| |

Leopard Print Hat Pattern | The Leonidas


In this post, you will see a leopard print hat pattern.

This unisex leopard beanie features a shaped crown and the perfect amount of slouch.

Keep warm and look awesome by making this hat pattern that is really easy for any advanced beginners or intermediate knitters.

It also uses stranded colorwork, a technique, where you use blocks of color from two different colored yarns.

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can purchase your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.

Get the latest in your inbox!

Weekly news, free patterns, tutorials, and more.

An Intermediate Level Knitting Pattern

This is an intermediate knitting pattern for those of you who are more advanced than beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog, and knitting in the round.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here. – How to join knitting in the round with circular knitting needles

There is also stranded knitting in the pattern, this means that you will knit with more than one color and follow a chart.

Leopard Print Hat

The Yarn I Used

I made the hat using Alize Lanagold yarn in black and brown, using two strands knit together.

This made it suitable for size 8 mm (US 11) 16″ circular needles.

The bulky or chunky yarn would be fine to use – or any yarn that can be knit on size 8mm (US 11) needles.

Please note if you use bulky weight yarn – you will knit with one strand.

knitted leopard print beanie

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any intermediate knitters.

The pattern is worked from a chart, using two colors to create the leopard print pattern.

If you have never worked from a chart before, it is pretty easy once you get started, following the numbered rows and repeating the sequence.

Leopard print hat for men

The Leonidas – Leopard Print Hat Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

Create your own animal print hat with this pattern.

Use either stranded knitting (carrying the yarn as you work – floating across the back of the hat) or the intarsia technique.

Intarsia is more difficult to work in the round, so stranded colorwork will be easier in my opinion.

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.

Skill Level – Intermediate

Size Information

  • Men’s medium.
  • The hat measured approx 10 inches in width at the widest part (the brim) and around 10 or 11 inches long w/out the pom pom.

Gauge – 10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 12 sts and 16 rounds.

The Supplies You Need




Other Tools

Leopard print intarsia

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit the next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • PM – Place marker
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

  • Cast on 56 sts.
  • Join in the round and pm, being careful not to twist the sts.
  • Round 1 – *K2, P2* Repeat from * to the end of the round.
  • Repeat round 1 for a total of 3 rounds.
  • Pick up the second color (brown) carry both yarns and follow the graph pattern – from right to left.
  • Work the graph from the bottom up and repeat it when you reach the 18th round.
  • Work the chart for a total of – 20 rounds.
Leopard print chart

Working with the black color only, decrease as follows;

  1. *K5, K2tog* repeat from * to the end of the round.
  2. Then – *K2, P2* repeat from * to the end of the round. Repeat this for a total of 3 rounds.
  3. *K6, K2tog* repeat from * to the end of the round.
  4. Knit to the end of the round.
  5. *K3, K2tog* repeat from * to the end of the round.
  6. Knit to the end of the round.
  7. *K2, K2tog* repeat from * to the end of the round.
  8. Knit to the end of the round.
  9. *K1, K2tog* repeat from * to the end of the round.
  10. K2tog to the end of the round.
  11. Pick up the remaining stitches and pull them tightly together and stitch them closed.
  12. Make a pom in black or brown yarn and stitch it to the top of the beanie.
  13. Sew in any loose ends.

Share your work with us…

I love seeing your finished projects.

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

Happy Knitting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. The rest of the free version of your pattern is blocked by the “Related Post” box. It’s cutting off your supply list and nothing else is visible.

    1. Hello Inger,
      Thank you for letting me know about that – there was a technical issue that I have now fixed.
      You should be able to see all of the pattern instructions now.

      1. Is this really bulky 5? I’ve gauged several 5s and can’t get close to the gauge w 11 needles. Is it super bulky yarn ?

        1. Hello Stephanie,
          I used bulky yarn on 8mm (US 11) needles for the hat – if you cast on 56 sts with super bulky yarn I think the fit would be too big.
          If you use the super bulky yarn you would also have to change your needle size to 9mm (US 13) or 10mm (US 15).
          You could always try it out if you have the supplies?
          I checked the gauge again and it is 12 sts and 16 rounds.
          I hope that helps!