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’tis the Season of Critter Hats

November 6, 2013


It seems I’ve inadvertently made it a tradition to knit (or crochet) new hats each year just in time for Halloween dress-up.  Given that the end of October is typically the start of truly cold weather in this part of the world, I suppose it makes sense to be compelled to create and give hats as part of our celebration.

O’s hat this year (as with N’s hat last year) is really an ‘up-cycled’ version of a hat he already had.  Having had a couple of questions about how I did the spikes, I thought I’d just share that with you here…

Dino/Dragon Spikes:

  1. Cast 28 stitches on two needles (14 each) and join.  I used the long tail method and left myself a tail of yarn long enough to use to stitch the spikes to the hat later.  If you want to make the spikes bigger or smaller just cast on more or less stitches in pairs.
  2. Knit 4 rows even.
  3. Decrease every other row on each end (k2tog, ssk) until you have 2 stitches left.
  4. Cut yarn and pull through.
  5. Stitch to hat/hoodie/mittens/whatever else suits your fancy!


  • Ravelry notes for N’s owl hat here (crochet).
  • Ravelry notes for O’s dino/dragon hat here.
  • Previous critter hats herehere, and here.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2013 2:25 pm

    Love the owl! Just what do we do to our children, making them wear these embarrassing hats because we think they look so cute! At least yours are old enough to request them – my babe has to suffer through whatever I put on her head.


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