Baby Hippopotamus FREE Hat Pattern

Posted by Coral on 23rd Feb 2018

Materials1 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!