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Knitted Cat Hat – Free Knitting Pattern


In this post, you will see a knitted cat hat – free knitting patern.

The benefit of making a knitted cat hat is that you can make one in a few hours using bulky yarn and (US 11) 8 mm knitting needles.

Even with zero knitting experience, the free pattern and making-up photo tutorial will help you to make your cat hat to enjoy wearing in October.

Please scroll down to view the free knitted cat hat pattern, or grab the printable PDF in my shop here.

Knitted cat hat pattern

Knit A Simple Cat Ear Beanie

This cat ear beanie is knit in a long rectangle shape and then seamed into a square shape.

The cat ears are the two top main points of the square that take shape when you wear it.

This adorable cat hat is a must for any cat lovers and can be made in a range of sizes from kids to adult size.

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Kitty Hat Knit In Bulky Yarn

This hat will go with a casual outfit or be a part of a Halloween costume.

Knit with bulky weight yarn (with needle size US 11/8 mm) and knit flat on straight needles (not circular needles).

This is so it is easier for beginners to make in not a lot of time.

cat hat knitting pattern

Cat Hat Knitting Pattern

Here is a cat hat pattern for you to try out!

Make a knitted hat (a versatile accessory) to wear in October or to a Halloween party.

This hat is a perfect first project for a beginner as it uses simple stitches.

Grab your adfree printable PDF pattern in my shop here with all the necessary photographs.

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.
  • You must give pattern credit to Louise Bollanos/Handy Little Me as the designer.
  • Do NOT use copyrighted photos for your product listing.
  • For the copyright T&C, please read my Terms of Use.

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner Knitters)

knitted cat beanie


This hat can be made in a range of sizes;

  • Newborn – 3 months baby – Head circumference = 13-16″ / Finished length = 12″
  • 1-3 years – Head circumference = 18-21″ / Finished length = 16″
  • 5 to 12 years – Head circumference = 19-22″ /Finished length = 18″
  • Teens to medium adults – Head circumference = 22-23″ / Finished length = 20″
  • Large adult – CO 32 / Head circumference = 24-25″ / Finished length = 22″
  • You may want to adjust the head circumference/finished length depending on the recipient of the hat.


  • 11 sts and 15 rows = in 4×4 inches/10×10 cm in stocking stitch.
cat ear knit beanie

The supplies you need…




cat ear beanie


  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • St, St – Stockinette stitch (stocking stitch)
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side

Stitch patterns

2×2 ribbing

  • Row 1 (RS) – *K2, P2 – rep from * to the end of the row.
  • Row 2 (WS) – *K2, P2 – rep from * to the end of the row.

Stockinette St (Stitch)

  • Row 1 (RS) – Knit.
  • Row 2 (WS) – Purl.
knitted cat ear hat

Pattern Instructions

Time needed: 3 hours and 30 minutes

How To Knit A Cat Ear Beanie

  1. Cast on.

    With the US 11/8mm knitting needles cast on 16-20-24-28-32 sts

  2. Work the ribbing for the brim.

    Next, you will knit the ribbing for the brim.
    Work in 2×2 ribbing – for 4 inches.Knitted cat hat step 5

  3. Knit the main body of the hat.

    Next, you will work in stockinette stitch…
    Row 1 (RS): Knit.
    Row 2 (WS): Purl.
    Continue to work in st, st (repeating rows 1 and 2) until the piece measures 6-8-10-12-14 inches.knitted cat hat laying flat

  4. Work the ribbing for the brim.

    Work in 2×2 ribbing – for 4 inches.Knitted cat hat step 5

  5. Cast off.

    Cast off in rib.

  6. Make up the hat – Step 1.

    Fold the hat in half with the wrong side together on the inside and the right sides facing you.knitted cat hat step 1

  7. Make up the hat – Step 2.

    You will start to seam on one side (and then the other), leaving a 2-inch gap on each side of the ribbed brim unsewn.knitted cat hat step 2

  8. Make up the hat – Step 3.

    Turn the hat inside out and seam the 2 inches on each side of the brim using the mattress stitch.knitted cat hat step 3

  9. Make up the hat – Step 4.

    Weave in all loose ends and turn the brim up by 2 inches.
    You shouldn’t see any seams when you turn over the brim of the finished hat.knitted cat hat finished

Knitted cat hat

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I’d love to see your work.

Happy knitting!

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  1. Hi, loving the pattern. Just to check: the measurement of 12 inches, is that including the 4 inches of ribbing or just the stockinette?? Thank you

    1. Hello Twig,
      Yes depending on the size you are making, the finished length measurement will include the ribbing section.
      Happy knitting!