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Leopard Print Hat Pattern | The Leonidas

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In this post, you will see a fun 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 intarsia, a colorwork technique, where you use blocks of color from two different colored yarns.

Leopard Print Hat

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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.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

If you have never knit in the round before you can watch my video tutorial here.

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

*Please scroll down to see the free pattern*

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 8mm (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 advanced beginner 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.

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Skill Level – Intermediate

Size –

  • 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

Yarn

  • 1 x skein of bulky yarn in black
  • 1 x skein of bulky yarn brown
  • Bulky weight (05)
  • Yarn weight guide

Needles

Notions

Other Tools

Leopard print intarsia

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

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

Pattern

  • 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 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 remaining stitches and pull tightly together and stitch closed.
  12. Make a pom in black or brown yarn and stitch to the top of the beanie.
  13. Sew in any loose ends.

Pick up remaining stitches and pull tightly together and stitch closed.

Make a pom in black or brown yarn and stitch to the top of the beanie.

Sew in any loose ends.

Other men’s hat patterns you may like;

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Happy Knitting! xoxo

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4 Comments

  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.
      Thanks,
      Louise

      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!
          Louise