Simple Fox Hat — Free Pattern

In case you haven’t noticed, foxes are really in right now. This season I’ve already crocheted a nifty fox basket and sewn several felt fox ornaments. I really wanted to make a fox hat for a friend’s baby, but I’m pretty terrible at fair isle and halfway through my first attempt, I scratched the whole thing. The snout was all scrunched and I didn’t like the look of it.

I decided on something much simpler — my regular old hat pattern with some ears sewn on top. I winged the ears, but I really like how they turned out. For this project I used some Montera Classic Elite llama/wool chunky yarn I’d been coveting for some time. This hat is fuzzy, warm and downright delightful.

Simple Fox Hat -- Free Pattern | Alaska Knit Nat

Here’s what you need:

1 skein of orange chunky yarn (I used Bolsita Orange from Montera Classic Elite)

size 9, 16-inch circular needle

one set of size 9 double pointed needles

darning needle

Size: This pattern fits a 12-18-month baby. For a larger hat (2T-3T), cast on 72 stitches and follow the same pattern. For a smaller hat, knit this same pattern on size 8 needles.

Gauge: I do not gauge my work, but according to Montera yarn’s website, it should be 3.5-4 sts/inch on size 9 needles.

Abbreviations:

k2tog= knit two stitches together

For the main body of the hat, cast on 64 stitches on the circular needle and knit last stitch to first stitch without twisting the stitches. Knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for five rounds. Knit in stockinette stitch for 22 more rounds, or until piece measures about 5.5 inches.

Decrease as follows:

Place a marker at beginning of round.

K2tog, K6, repeat till end of round

Knit one round

K2tog, K5, repeat till end of round

K one round

K2tog, K4, repeat till end

K one round while transferring to double pointed needles. Or knit the round and transfer stitches — whatever’s easier for you.

K2tog, K3, repeat till end

Knit one round

K2tog, K2, repeat till end

Knit one round

K2tog, K1, repeat till end

K2tog, repeat till end.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Run the yarn through the remaining stitches with a darning needle and draw up the hole tight. Weave in ends.

Ear (make 2):

Simple Fox Hat -- Free Pattern | Alaska Knit Nat

With three double pointed needles, cast on 16 stitches (5, 5, 6), leaving a 12-inch tail. Connect last stitch to first stitch and begin knitting in the round. Knit 3 rounds.

K2tog, k3, K2tog, k3, K2tog, k4

Knit 2 rounds

K2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog k3

Knit 1 round

K2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2

Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail. Run yarn through the remaining stitches and draw up tight. Weave in the end on the inside of the ear.

With your darning needle and the long cast-on tail, sew the bottom of the ear closed.

Simple Fox Hat -- Free Pattern | Alaska Knit Nat

As for sewing on the ears, I folded my hat in half and determined the best placement of the ears. I sewed each ear on with the remaining length of cast-on yarn. I didn’t use any special technique for sewing, so I recommend whatever you feel most comfortable with. I actually didn’t have enough cast-on yarn so I did some touch ups with extra yarn.

Simple Fox Hat -- Free Pattern | Alaska Knit Nat

Now it’s up to you whether to stitch a little nose and eyes on the front of the hat. I decided not to as I figured the child’s face would be the fox’s face. Either way would be cute!

Simple Fox Hat -- Free Pattern | Alaska Knit Nat

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12 thoughts on “Simple Fox Hat — Free Pattern”

    1. Hi Laurie,
      I love it! I would suggest following the same pattern, but use bulky yarn and size 10 needles. For a similar looking yarn, I’d suggest Lamb’s Pride Bulky, but sometimes it can be a little wooly for people who have sensitive skin.
      Good luck and thanks for commenting,
      Natasha

  1. I’VEMADE ABOUT A HALF DOZEN LITTLE HATS WITH BEAR EAR AND EAR FLAPS FOR CHARITIES. I CAN’T TO START ON THIS CUTE PATTERN. THANKS AGAIN

  2. Hi,

    Id love to make this hat for my newborn, I’m a beginner, what size of needles would I need and would I cast on less stitches?

    Thanks!

    1. Dear Lili,
      You have two options: Cast on fewer stitches and use the same needle size and yarn weight OR use smaller needles and lighter-weight yarn and follow the same pattern. I would suggest the latter. I recommend following the same pattern but use size US 6 needles and a DK weight yarn. I should come out small enough for a newborn.

      Good luck and thanks for commenting!
      -Natasha

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