Finished Knit: Bunny Hat

Pattern: Bunny Hat and Cowl Gigi

Needles: 2.5 mm (US 1.5)

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Dove Heather, and Elann Super Kydd Mohair (discontinued)

You first met this bunny hat last month in this post, when I was having a tough time deciding which pom pom to go with it! I opted for the natural cream one, which had a lot of votes, although really any of them would have worked.  And the important part? Lila absolutely LOVES it!!

Ravelry Project page is here. 

She loves to play with the ears. If you knit this (and it comes in sizes from baby to adult), make sure you sew those ears on well! Lila hops around and pretends she’s a bunny when she’s wearing it. And for those of you who saw Guy’s many instagram photos from the Women’s March on Saturday, you’ll see this is the hat she is wearing- I couldn’t talk her into the pink kitty hat, but I can hardly blame her- this bunny hat is way cuter!

I enjoyed knitting this- it was a fine gauge, but the hat was a simple knit, and the ears were easy to make. The pattern comes with instructions for both knitting it flat and in the round, I opted to knit the hat in the round. The ears initially had me stuck, until I realized that the increases and decreases are worked on both the right side and wrong sides, and once I got that sorted it was easy-breezy.

I knit the pink inner ears with some leftover laceweight mohair I had in my stash from this sweater (whoa, 8 years ago!), and it was a perfect finishing touch. The pattern comes with instructions to knit a matching cowl, but Lila is oddly anti-cowl these days, so I skipped it. I’m thinking about knitting her little mitts to match.

I didn’t tell Lila I was knitting this for her, so I measured the circumference by comparing it to another hat that she wore and fit, so that I could ensure it would be a good fit. I think we even have a little room for growth, so I’m confident it will fit her next winter as well. When I was finished and let Lila see it, her reaction was amazing! As a knitter, you hope that a recipient loves their hand knit, but she was so excited and wanted to wear it all the time. I wouldn’t let her wear it to school until I got photos – I was worried it would get lost. Once I got some photos, I put a label with her name on it inside, and crossed my fingers. So far, it comes home every day!

It’s a beautiful hat. I know the fine gauge might scare off some knitters, but it was worth it. The finished result is just so cute!

62 comments

  1. Beth   •  

    cuteness personified!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Beth!! I so loved this pattern, it turned out ever cuter than I expected!!

  2. Laura   •  

    It is adorable! The love for the hat is obvious. Good job, Mom.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks so much. She does love it! And those ears are so sweet, she loves hopping around. 🙂

      Cheers,

      Julie

  3. Val   •  

    Aww, she’s so delighted (and utterly delighful!) <3 <3 <3

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Val! She loves that hat, and it gives me so much joy to see her running around the playground with those little ears bouncing around!

  4. Kath   •  

    Upon my word I NEED an adult version of this!!!

    • Julie   •     Author

      It would be so cute in the adult version! Fortunately the pattern comes with all the sizes you might need. 😉

  5. Stephanie   •  

    What the world needs now is more photos of adorable girls in awesome bunny hats! I loooove the way Lila has styled this for her photoshoot–the shirt with the animal face and the sparkly pink necklace are perfect! And excellent knitting, Julie! So glad Lila loved it!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you so much! She was excited to participate in the photos, but it was so hard for her to hold still! Ah, 4-year-olds.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  6. Kelly J. R.   •  

    The hat turned out super cute and how cool that she wants to wear it all the time. Added bonus!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kelly,

      I was so relieved! It’s hard when you knit stuff for kids, they say they want it, and then 5 seconds after they have it, they discard it or declare it ‘itchy’ and then it’s sunk. The yarn is super soft, but I wasn’t sure if the weight of the ears or the pom would make her decide it was uncomfortable, but it isn’t and she loves it! I think somehow the ears and the pom all balance each other out.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  7. Rachael H.   •  

    I knit each of my daughters a critter hat for Christmas (one bunny, one kitty). All of my Christmas pictures feature one normal kid and one blur because the daughter who got the bunny hat wouldn’t stop hopping to make the ears flop!

    • Julie   •     Author

      haha, that is hilarious- so bunny hats ARE more fun! I knit Lila a kitty hat when she was a newborn, but it was long before she could bounce!

  8. Kristen   •  

    Darling hat and darling girl! Love to see pictures of your lovely family.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kristen,

      Thank you! She likes getting involved in photos, but only when she’s in good mood!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  9. Alina   •  

    Julie, this is just adorable! Lila is a one happy girl 🙂 Fine gauge never scared me off, I think it creates such a beautiful fabric, that it is absolutely worth it!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Alina,

      I totally agree, the fine gauge made the hat take a bit longer, but it looks so good! It’s a little hard to see, but the decreases are done very well, as well- ending in the loop for the pom pom. in a fine gauge they look so professional.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  10. Suzanne   •  

    What delight to have such a cute child AND cute knit!

    Could you share what her name labels look like and what the source is? Thanks!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Suzanne,

      No problem! They are Mabel’s Labels – http://mabelslabels.com/ The labels are quite small, but fully customizable. You pick the colour, the picture image (if you want), and the font. It’s really cute, and they stay on clothes really well, even through washing. 🙂

      Cheers,

      Julie

      • Suzanne   •  

        Thank you, Julie!

  11. Kat   •  

    Oh my gosh, that is so precious 🙂 I’m so glad she loves it, it’s so gratifying when a surprise knit gets a reaction like that! She looks absolutely adorable!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kat,

      So true! Especially with kids, you never know if they are going to like it, or even wear it – and kids will not wear anything unless they actually want to. We’ve had some rough mornings when the weather turned cold and she still wanted to wear warm weather clothes! It’s a good thing they are cute, because they are totally unreasonable.

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Melissa! 🙂

  12. Corinne   •  

    I can totally see why she loves it. A hat with ears is just soo cool.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Corinne,

      So true!! who doesn’t love a hat with ears! I’ll have to remember that when James gets bigger!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  13. miss agnes   •  

    She has grown so much! The hat is adorable, no wonder she loves it. What a precious hat, really lovely.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Agnes,

      I know, she’s so big already! She will be five in April. Hats with ears, a winning combination!

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Jen! 🙂

  14. Wanda   •  

    oh my goodness!! That hat is so adorable I could die – but Lila’s joy is just the absolute best part!! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, but enjoy how much she loves the things you make her to the hilt! My stepkids are 9 and 12 yrs old now, and they tend to show less enthusiasm with finished items than when they were little – they always thank me genuinely, but it doesn’t make them dance around anymore – lol. They were 2 and 5 when they came into my life, and I made them so many amigurumi toys that they loved and would get so excited about – that was the best part of all the making for sure. These days, their enthusiasm is generally highest for all things electronic… 🙁 But I am taking it as normal developmental stages, fully realizing that when they are adults and think back on their childhood, they will remember the homemade stuff so fondly. (My 2 favorite presents of all time as a kid was a big 2 story dollhouse my father made me, and an entire closet full of handsewn Barbie clothes my aunt made me – I fully believe one day my stepkiddos will remember the homemade amigurumi, hats, and mittens just as lovingly!)

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Wanda,

      You are so right, when they look back at their childhood, the handmade things are going to be the big memories! Things like that create a feeling of care and love that no electronic thing every could. And totally typical of tweens, to want store bought stuff. The tide will turn when they are older, I’m sure!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  15. Stefanie   •  

    This is an all out bunny hat with those ears and back fold for the pom pom. I love it. Lila is adorable and it looks cute on her.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hats with ears for the win! I loved the design of this hat, the folded over top with the loop for the pom pom, such a thoughtful detail. I’m just so glad that she likes it!!

  16. Christine   •  

    Everything from the pom pom, to the ears, the yarn colour combination is so super cute. Lila looks so happy with it. Good choice Julie…don’t you love when everything works out like that?

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Christine,

      I’m really happy with how it turned out, and so glad that Lila loves it! I would probably have been pretty surprised if she didn’t like it, because bunny hats are so awesome!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  17. leslie   •  

    OMG! absolutely adorable!!!!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Leslie!! She was wearing it earlier today, and every time she does I smile. It’s just so cute!

  18. Anna   •  

    I know I said this already on Instagram, but I just love this hat! And Lila’s joy is amazing! Makes gifting such a gorgeous hat even more precious, I am sure.

    • Julie   •     Author

      It’s definitely one of the most loved things I’ve knit for her, that’s for sure! Loved by her, I mean. 🙂

  19. Loulou   •  

    Oh my goodness…so cute! She clearly loves it.

    • Julie   •     Author

      She does! It’s so sweet to see her wearing it, and bouncing around to make the ears flop! xo

  20. Michele   •  

    The bunny hat is super cute!! And so is Lila! So glad she loves it – who wouldn’t with those ears and that fluffy tail!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Michele,

      So true!! Fluffy bunny hats for everyone!! It feels good when a child loves a hand knit!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  21. Preeti   •  

    How adorable is Lila in her bunny hat!! Mohair ears and that fluffy pompom, I’d totally wear this everyday 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Pretti,

      I so agree, the big fluffy pom pom is the icing on the bunny hat cake! It’s holding up really well, I let Lila wear it to school where it no doubt takes a beating, but other than her often putting it on backwards, it’s doing great!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  22. Tien   •  

    Cuteness overload! Love the pictures of Lila pulling on her bunny ears 🙂 It really must be the best feeling when they love and want to wear the gift that you made for them. Especially since kids can be so unpredictable. I’ve yet to score with a handknit item for my little guy. But it challenges me to keep trying when I see wonderful reactions like this 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Tien,

      You are so right, kids are so capricious it’s hard to know what will resonate with them! I had really hoped that this would be a winner, not just because ti took a fairly long while to knit (those were some tiny needles!), but I was hoping that the fact that it had such a cute pom pom and the ears would make it great. And such a relief! I hope your little guy find something to love soon! Have you tried fingerless mitts? I knit a pair for a friend of Lila’s for her birthday, and ended up with lots of requests from the little boys! I did a kid version of the align mitts.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  23. Monica   •  

    Love everything on this post. From the hat to the model 🙂 I have a sweet spot for girls with glasses…having my own version at home.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Monica!! Who doesn’t love girls in glasses, right?!

  24. Diane   •  

    Oh that bunny hat is the best! And your daughter is really rocking it.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Diane!! She was wearing it today, she loves it!

  25. Maryse   •  

    Lovely hat! And the smile that comes with it! I’ll show it to my daughter 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Maryse,

      Thanks so much! I bet your daughter is going to live it!!

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      I totally agree- so much cute in this hat!!

  26. Christine   •  

    That hat is adorable on her and so are her glasses!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Christine! It was hard work last year getting her used to wearing her glasses all the time, but we finally got there. Now there are no more battles. But they do seem to get broken every couple of months …. ah well. Can’t expect them to never get broken when kids are that little.

  27. Tori   •  

    So cute! I love the pom pom. She looks so happy in it.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Tori! She loves wearing it, and then she hops and the pom pom bounces – it’s too cute!

  28. Tahnee   •  

    So cute and this must be the best possible way of using a pompom on a hat!

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