Some (most?) parents can’t resist dressing their baby up in animal outfits. Ears of a bear on a hoody, slippers that look like paws, soft and furry jump suits… and now this hat with a dragon tail and spikes!
I have to admit that I am a partial to this kind of cuteness too, provided that it’s not too much. Everything in moderation! And because of all of this I really enjoyed designing this pattern. This definitely won’t be my last one in the animal or creature series.
Dress your children up if you like, but be careful what you wish for! This hat might turn your angel into a little dragon! (Right, Aura? :o))
Ah, nevermind, it’s too cute not to knit…
2x Grignasco knits Merinogold (a 500 gr) (1120)
Circular knitting needle 4 mm
Gauge: 10x10cm: 20 x 28 stitches
k – knit
k2tog – knit 2 sts together
skpo – k1, slip the next st and pass this over the one that you have just knitted
sl – slip one stitch
Cast on 80 stitches
Rows 1-10 work 1 x 1 rib
Rows 11-46 knit
Place a stitch marker every 20 stitches; this divides your work in four. (Use a different stitchmarker to mark the beginning of your row.)
Odd rows: * knit to two stitches before stitch marker, k2tog, knit to two stitches before stitch marker, skpo * repeat from * 4 times (4 sts decreased)
Even rows: knit
Repeat these 2 rows 20 times , until there are 40 stitches left.
Place a stitch marker between stitches 19 and 20, this will mark the middle of the hat.
Knit 5 rows
Knit to two stitches before stitchmarker, k2tog, k1, slip stitch marcher, sl1, skpo * (2 sts decreased)
Repeat these last six rows until there are eight stitches left on your needle. Remove stitch markers.
k2tog, skpo repeat to end (4st decreased)
Graft these 4 sts together using kitchener stitch.
There are six spikes, knitted across the length of the hat.
Cast on new stitches on both sides of the middle by a knitting needle or crochet hook – pull up loops between the stitches.
Keep in mind that the stitches are longer then they are wide; skip one stitch every two stitches to even out the difference.
Between the spikes are spaces of five stitches.
The first spike
To knit your first spike, cast on 10 stitches between rows 41-54 on both sides of the middle row.
Place stitchmarkers to tell apart both sides.
1 Knit one row
2 *k2tog, knit to two stitches before stitch marker, skpo, repeat from * to end of row
Repeat these 2 rows until there are four stitches left. Graft these stitches together using kitchener stitch
The remaining five spikes
Repeat the instructions for the first spike for the other 5.
Place your 2nd spike between rows 60-76 and cast on 12 stitches on both sides of the middle.
Place your 3rd spike between rows 82-98 and cast on 12 stitches on both sides of the middle.
Place your 4th spike between rows 104-117 and cast on 10 stitches on both sides of the middle.
Place your 5th spike between rows 123-136 and cast on 10 stitches on both sides of the middle.
Place your 6th spike between rows 142-152 and cast on 8 stitches on both sides of the middle.
Do you have questions about this pattern? Don’t hesitate to ask me!
This pattern is on Ravelry.
The pictures are taken by Aura (She is also the designer of my logo :o))