Materials: 1 skein I Knit or Dye Baby Hippopotamus
Pair of 5.5mm Circular Needles 100cm (for Magic Loop method)
m1: lifted increase
pm: place marker
k2tog: knit two together
sl1k: slip stitch knit wise
sl1pw: slip stitch purl wise
Ear Flap (Make 2)
Cast on 3 sts
Row 1: sl1k, m1, k1, m1, k1 (5sts)
Row 2: sl1p, p to end
Row 3: sl1k, m1, k to last st, m1, k1
Row 4: sl1p, p to end
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 25sts
Break yarn. Leave sts on cable whilst you knit the 2nd ear flap.
Cast on 10. Knit across the first ear flap and second ear flap. Join to knit in the round. (60 sts)
Round 1: Knit 5, pm (this will be where the start of the round is) k to end of round.
Knit in stocking st until hat measures 5" from join.
Row 1: *k8, k2tog*
Rows 2 and 3: Knit
Row 4: *k7, k2tog*
Rows 5 and 6: Knit
Row 7: *k6, k2tog*
Rows 8 and 9: Knit
Row 10: *k5, k2tog*
Row 11: *k4, k2tog*
Row 12: *k3, k2tog*
Row 13: *k2, k2tog*
Row 14: *k1, k2tog*
Row 15: *k2tog*
Thread yarn through remaining sts, pull closed and fasten off. Weave in ends. Block.
Optional: Add a pom pom and make braided tassels for the ear flaps!