Make a baby bunny hat this Easter for your little ones to look super cute in with this easy-to-knit free pattern.
This hat pattern is so popular every year with readers and it is really easy to knit.
You can make the hat in various colors from white, grey, and brown to brights or pastels shades – anything goes!
Please scroll down to see the free pattern or grab the ad-free printable PDF in my shop here.
An Easy Level Bunny Hat Knitting Pattern
This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are casting on, casting off, and knit and purl stitches.
It will also introduce you to shaping, through simple increases and decreases.
You will also need to know how to stitch the ears onto the hat, but there is a video tutorial to help you in this post.
The Yarn I Used To Knit The Bunny Hat
For this pattern, I have used many different brands of super bulky yarn, including Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.
I also like the Lion Brand Hometown yarn and Alize Lanagold Maxi.
You can experiment with yarns and textures – a fluffy textured yarn like a boucle would also work really well.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.
Baby Bunny Hat Pattern
The bunny hat knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
The hat is made in 3 pieces – the beanie, which is knit in the round, and the two ears, which are knit flat and then stitched onto the hat.
The ears are knit in garter stitch and are folded in half before being sewn onto the hat.
You can also modify the pattern to make the ears longer or shorter.
I find it easier to stitch them on when the hat is placed over a ball of yarn or another prop that is the same size as a baby’s head.
- Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern.
- If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
- Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
Skill Level – Easy
- The instructions are written for smaller sizes.
- If changes are necessary for a larger size the instructions will be written thus ( ).
- The circumference of the head is worked out like this >
- 0-3 months = 14-15′′ / 3-6 months = 15-16′′ / 6-12 months = 16-17′′ / 18-24 months = 18-19′′
- Please measure to make sure you have the right circumference for your hat as every baby is different and may need to go up or down a size.
Gauge – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4in/10cm
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List
- CO – Cast on
- K – Knit
- K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
- P – Purl
- Rem – Remaining
- Rep – Repeat
- Rnd(s) – Round(s)
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- Cast on > 30 sts (0-3 months) / 32 sts (3-6 months) / 34 sts (6-12 months) / 36 sts (18/24 months).
- Join in rnd, placing a marker on first st.
- Knit every round until the work from beg measures 5.5′′/6′′/6.5′′/7′′.
- Size 0-3 months/3-6 months/6/12 months only: Next rnd: (K6. K2tog. K7. K2tog) twice.
- Next rnd: Knit.
- Size 18/24 months only: Next rnd: *K4. K2tog. Rep from *around.
- Next rnd: Knit.
- Both sizes: Shape top:
- 1st rnd: *K3. K2tog. Rep from * around.
- 2nd rnd: Knit.
- 3rd rnd: *K2. K2tog. Rep from * around.
- 4th rnd: Knit.
- 5th rnd: *K1. K2tog. Rep from * around.
- 6th rnd: *K2tog. Rep from * around.
- Break yarn.
- Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely.
- Sew in any loose ends.
Ears – Make 2 knit flat – do not join in the round.
- Using 9mm needles cast on 18 sts, leaving a tail of around 12 inches to stitch the ear to the hat.
- Knit every row until the piece measures 13 inches.
- Row 1: K2tog, knit to last stitch, K2tog.
- Row 2; Knit.
- Continue with the two rows above until you have 2 sts left K2tog, cut yarn, and thread through.
- Pull yarn tight and stitch in the loose ends.
- Make a second ear to match.
- The ears should measure around 15-16 inches long from cast-on edge to tip.
- You can make the ears longer or shorter if you wish.
- The ears should be folded in half and then stitched onto the hat.
- Fold the hat in half and stitch the ears to either side.
- Alternatively, you could also use a small ball or a ball of yarn to place your hat onto, then see where you want to stitch the ears.
- You can see a video tutorial showing you how to sew the ears onto the hat over on my YouTube channel here.
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