The Owl and the Pussyhat – Free Pattern

As we were sitting around the big table at Knit Night this Tuesday last, the subject of favorite children’s books came up. This led to extemporaneous declamation of favorite bits of favorite books all around the table, ending with a duet (Katie and myself) of dear Mr. Lear’s classic, “The Owl and the Pussycat”. The curious conjunction of that spontaneous group memory coupled with the knitting of Pussy Hats for the upcoming Women’s March, and… well, the child’s hat below is what came out of that fusion in my brain. I give to you (none too soon)…

The Owl and the PussyHat

(groaning may now commence). Pithy directions follow. More detailed directions upon request.

Yarn: Fat Sheep Yarns ( 100g, sport-weight) hand-dyed from Hitsujidama,
Tokyo Needles: US5 (3.75mm), 16” circular
Gauge: 5.5 sts to 1”
Notions: two 8-aught beads

Directions: Cast on 78 stitches, place beginning-of-round marker, and join being careful not to twist. Begin knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 28 stitches. Knit the next 8 stitches (this is where the Owl will go). Continue with ribbing, beginning with purl 2nd ending with purl 2 just before the BOR marker.

Continue ribbing (knit the knits and purl the purls) for 20 rounds. Work the Owl as follows:

Round 2: work 4-st Right Cross (slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold to the back; K2, K 2 from cable needle). Work 4-st Left Cross (slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold to the front; K2, K 2 from cable needle).

Rounds 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, and 20: Knit across 8 sts of Owl
Round 10: work 4-st Right Cross; work 4-st Left Cross

Round 14: Beads! Knit 2, place bead, knit 2, place bead, K 2. Now the Owl has eyes. Squee if you must.

Round 18: work 4-st Right Cross; work 4-st Left Cross.

After round 20 of ribbing, begin knitting stockinette (knit every stitch) for 24 rounds (or until you think it’s tall enough). Turn work inside-out and work Three-Needle Bind Off. Darn ends (or cuss word of choice. Me, I was brought up by a Midwestern Mom who can probably count on her hands the number of cuss words she has said out loud in her life. Certain linguistic patterns cling to the tongue, despite the pernicious influence of peers). Turn right side out. Admire. Done! This works up in an hour or two, so consider donating one to someone you know taking a child to your local Women’s March. See you there!

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