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Baby Bunny Hat Free Knitting Pattern (With Ears)


In this blog post, Baby Bunny Hat Free Knitting Pattern (With Ears)

Make a baby bunny hat this Easter for your little ones to look super cute with this easy-to-knit free pattern.

This hat pattern is popular with readers every year and is easy to knit.

You can make the floppy ears hat in various colors from white, grey, and brown to bright or pastel shades – anything goes! 

You can even make the ears a contrasting color for a fun look.

Please scroll down to view the free pattern, or grab the ad-free printable PDF in my shop here.

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Free baby bunny hat knitting pattern

An Easy Level Bunny Hat Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are at the 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 a video tutorial will help you in this post.

bunny hat

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 Yarn Hometown yarn and Alize Lanagold Maxi.

You can experiment with yarns and textures – a fluffy textured yarn like a boucle or a cotton yarn would also work well.

knitted baby bunny hat with long ears

Baby Bunny Hat Pattern

Purchase the printable, ad-free pattern here.


Skill Level – Easy

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 is knit in the round, and the two outer ears 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 top of 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.

Copyright Info

  • 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 copyrighted photos for your product listing.
  • For the copyright T&C, please read my Terms of Use.
Child wearing a knitted bunny hat

Size Information

  • 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 baby’s 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 ensure 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 = 4 inches/10 cm

baby bunny hat

The Supplies You Need





Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • 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)
Grey bunny hat

Pattern Instructions


  • 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 the end through rem sts and fasten securely.
  • Sew in any loose ends.
bunny hat for baby

Ears – Make 2 knit flat – do not join in the round.

  • Using 9 mm 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 the 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.

Making Up

  • 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.
bunny hat knitting pattern

Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out the knitting lessons here – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know. 

Including how to cast on, how to knit the basic knit stitches, how to knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows, and a list of knitting abbreviations, and more. 

For more easy projects, check out this pattern category – Beginner Knitters

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

Baby bunny hat

Share your work with us…

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If you enjoyed making the baby bunny hat, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

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You can also find us on Pinterest and Ravelry.

I’d love to see your work.

Happy Knitting!

Everything You Need To Know About Knitting A Bunny Beanie

What is the best yarn for a baby beanie? 

The best yarn for a baby beanie should prioritize softness, warmth, and ease of care. 

Opting for a baby-friendly yarn with a gentle touch against delicate skin is crucial, as newborns and infants have sensitive skin. 

Merino wool and cotton blends are popular choices, providing a soft and breathable texture. 

Additionally, selecting a yarn that is machine washable ensures practicality for busy parents. 

Consider yarns labeled as “baby” or “soft” for optimal results, as they are specially crafted to meet the unique needs of baby garments, offering both comfort and easy maintenance.

Learn everything about yarn weights here – Yarn Weight Guide {+ Conversion Chart} 

Learn everything about yarn fibers here Yarn Types Explained: A Guide To Different Fibers 

What are the best knitting needles for a baby beanie? 

For knitting a baby beanie, the best knitting needles would typically be circular needles with a length suitable for working in the round. 

A circular needle offers flexibility and eliminates the need for seams in the final product.  

When choosing needle size, it’s important to match the size recommended in the pattern or adjust based on your gauge to achieve the desired fit and tension.

You can also use straight needles. 

As for material, bamboo or wooden needles can be a good choice for baby projects. 

They have a natural warmth to the touch, which can be pleasant for delicate skin, and they provide a bit more grip, reducing the chances of stitches slipping off. 

Additionally, these materials tend to be lighter, making the knitting process more comfortable for the crafter.

What techniques do you need to know to knit a beanie with bunny ears? 

To knit a baby beanie with bunny ears, you should be familiar with basic knitting techniques, such as casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. 

Additionally, understanding how to knit in the round is essential for creating a seamless and continuous beanie.

To add bunny ears, you’ll likely need to incorporate simple increases (inc) and decreases (dec),

Knowing how to switch colors can also be important if you plan to create contrasting elements like colored ears (for example, with pink yarn).

Finally, basic seaming techniques may be required to attach the bunny ears securely to the beanie. 

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  1. So cute! I would love to knit these for my grandsons that are 4 years old and 1 year old. How would I enlarge this pattern to knit for a child?