Have you ever heard of a store called “Hobby Lobby”? It’s a place where you can find just about everything you need for your arts & crafts and home decors/accents. Well, there is a brand new store just open right here in Bellingham where I live. There is some good yarn collection there and they’re often on sale. I picked up a few skein of wools to make hats and then happen to sae “Top This!” Yarn by DMC which look pretty interesting to me. Each skein of this yarn comes with a head of animal to add to the tip of the hat just as you add a pom pom. There are different types of animals to choose from. The colors of the yarn are well matched with the colors of the animal that come with it. It took me awhile before I finally made up my mind and went for a puppy!
1 skein of Top This! Yarn (contain affiliate link) of your choice
1 set of Double Point Knitting needles size 5.5mm or #9 US (affiliate link)
A Stitch marker
A row counter
Tapestry needle (big eyed needle)
A pair of Scissor
4.4 sts x 8 rows per square inch over stockinette stitch
Cast on 68 sts. Join yarn in round. Place marker between the first and last sts. Work 1x1 ribbing using mistake sts. (knit to the back loops of the knit sts and purl the purl sts in normal way). Work ribbing for about 1-1.5 inch to your liking.
Next round: Knit and increase 4 sts evenly. (about every 17 sts) You should have 72 sts total. Then work in stockinette st until the hat is 4.5 inches in length from the cast on row. Now work decrease rounds to form a crown as follow;
Round 1: *K 7, k2tog; repeat from * to end or round
Round 2-5: Knit.
Round 6: *K6, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 7-10: Knit.
Round 11: *K5, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round.
Round 12-14: Knit.
Round 15: *k4, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 16-17: Knit.
Round: 18: *k3, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 19: Knit.
Round 20: *k2, k2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Round 21: Knit.
Round 22: *K1, K2tog; rep from * to end of round.
Cut yarn leaving about 8 inches tail. Use tapestry needle to weave the yarn through all sts left on needles and pull tight. I weaved through this sts about 3 times just to fill up that little space. Then bring the yarn inside the hat and weave behind a few sts before cutting it off. Attach the animal head at the top of the hat.