The Fudgy Bear hat belongs to Michael and is not for sale or trade. It’s knit from 100% alpaca, and that lovely chocolate colour is the color of our alpaca, Fudgy. The pink of the ears was done with some pink roving I had and needle-felted into the knitted ears, which were sewn to the hat.
Toddlers get all the great hats, so I’ve been working on a line that are really cute hats, made in adult sizes. Michael wears the Fudgy Bear Hat and the Pumpkin Hat to work — he says it helps keep his mystique.
The original Fudgy yarn was a bulky yarn that I hand spun, two ply, from 100% alpaca. I over-spun it just a tad to give it more “spring” when I knit it (alpaca, like cotton, has a tendency to sag) . . . this maybe wasn’t the best idea, as the hat came out a bit scratchier than I anticipated.
Fudgy Bear Hat Pattern
CO 52 sts., join to work in the round. Don’t twist (this isn’t a mobius hat).
K2, P2 for 7 rounds.
Row 8: K
Row 9: *K13, M1* (repeat 4x)
Knit in the round until hat measures 6-6.5″.
Decrease rounds to shape crown:
Round 1: *K 11, K2tog, K1*
Round 2: *K 10, , K2tog, K1*
Round 3: *K 9, K2tog, K1*
Round 4: *K 8, K2tog, K1*
Round 5: *K 7, K2tog, K1*
Round 6: *K6, K2tog, K1*
Round 7: *K5, K2tog, K1*
Round 8: *K4, , K2tog, K1*
Round 9: *K3 , K2tog, K1*
Round 10: *K2, K2tog, K1*
Round 11: *K1, K2tog, K1*
Round 12: *K1, K2tog*
Round 13: *K2tog*
Draw yarn through remaining sts and weave in ends.
Fudgy Bear Ears, make two
(I leave a tail on each end to make sewing the ears to the hat easier).
CO 3 sts.
K1, Kfnb, k1 (4 sts)
K1, Kfnb of 2 sts, K1 (6 sts)
K1, Kfnb of 4 sts, K1 (10 sts)
K1, K2tog four times, K1 (6 sts)
K1, K2tog twice, K1 (4 sts)
K1, K2tog, K1 (3 sts)
Mark where you want the ears to sit on the hat.
This is the hat before the ears were placed–I was trying to figure out where they should go.
The wall to the left is painted white.