Sometimes during this time of year, my cat will finally be a little big snuggly, sort of. 

He is a beautiful cat I pulled from a bush as a baby. His mommy was very wild and most of the time her litters did not survive long. We had just moved into a new home at the time and had an unfortunate visitor in our attic….a rat. The exterminator informed me the best line of defense was a cat. And since there was a new litter across town in my old neighborhood, I guess it was time to finally keep a kitten for myself.

Little did I know, he would purr his way into the hearts of everyone. He has grown into an amazing companion for my littlest child, they have a unique bond of love.

 Sometimes, however, my cat will hide around the corner and attack my leg. We don’t know why he does this to me and no one else in the house. He did it to my sister once, but that’s because she looks like me. His name, Ninja Kitty, is so fitting because he sneaks around like a warrior ninja. He is also really good at catching rats and, to my dismay, leaves them around the outside of the house. I try not to feel irritating about disposing of them since a dead rat is better than an infestation of rats. Our fruit trees tend to attract different kinds of animals.

While he may not always enjoy the lap snuggles, I for sure always enjoy snuggling with him. And I also love this cozy winter polka-dot hat and I hope you do as well! Scroll down for the free pattern!

Crochet Hook 6 mm (J), I highly recommend Furls Hook (affiliate link) or a Tulip Rose Crochet Hook (link below). I love both of these.

Sheep Yarn Bobbins– Check out my post to the FREE printable!

Yarn-
Red Heart With Love (affiliate link)
2 skeins in color of choice

Yardage:
• 145 yards (133 m) – one skein of each color

If gauge is met, other yarns of the same weight can be substituted:
• Red Heart Comfort Chunky
Stylecraft for Babies Chunky
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky
King Cole Big Value Baby Soft Chunky

Many of the supplies can be found at the affiliate links below:

Other Supplies-
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Faux Fur Fabric for Pompom, or pre-made link below.

Measurements-
• Adult size, brim stretches to
fit 19-23″ heads

Gauge-
• 16 sts and 9 rows = 4” (10 cm)
in background fabric pattern

Abbreviations-
• blo – back loop only
• CC – contrasting color
• ch – chain
• Cluster Stitch*
• hdc – half double crochet
• MR – Magic Ring (Magic Circle)
• rep – repeat
• st(s) – stitch(es)
• yo – yarn over

Special Stitches

BLO- work stitch in the back loop only

Half Double Crochet- Yo, insert hook into stitch, yo and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.

Cluster Stitch- Yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, draw yarn through two loops on the hook; repeat * three times (5 loops on hook), yo and draw yarn through 5 loops on hook.

Magic Ring (Magic Circle)- https://brianakdesigns.com/magic-crochet-circle-ring/

Notes

-The cluster hat is worked in the round, from top down. The clusters are worked in a second color, but the hat can also be worked in one solid color.

-For more information on colorwork, as well as a free printable sheep bobbin, visit:

-The Chain 2 at the beginning of the round does not count as a stitch.

-Using the hook over, versus yarn over, method will lessen a traveling seam. Change tension if the cluster stitches are not offsetting eachother. 

Round

Description

Stitch

Count

1 With main color yarn, hdc 8 inside MR, join. 8
2 Ch 2, 2hdc in each stitch around, join. 16
3 Ch 2, *2hdc in first, with CC cluster st 1; repeat * around, join. 24
4 Ch 2, *2hdc in first, hdc 2; repeat * around, join. 32
5 Ch 2, *2hdc in first, hdc 1,  with CC cluster st 1, hdc 1; repeat * around, join. 40
6 Ch 2, *2hdc in first, hdc 4; repeat * around, join. 48
7 Ch 2, *2hdc in first, hdc 1, with CC cluster st 1, hdc 3; repeat * around, join. 56
8 Ch 2, *2hdc in first, hdc 6; repeat * around, join. 64
9 Ch 2, *2hdc in first, with CC cluster st 1, hdc 6; repeat * around, join. 72
10 Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around, join. 72

 

11 Ch 2, *hdc 8, with CC cluster 1; repeat * around, join. 72
12 Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around, join. 72
13 Ch 2, *hdc 4, with CC cluster 1, hdc 4; repeat * around, join. 72
14 Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around, join. 72
15 Ch 2, *with CC cluster 1, hdc 8; repeat * around, join. 72
16 Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around, join. 72

Finishing

1

Images of these steps are on the last page.

With CC, chain 6, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and across, slip stitch in 2 stitches on brim, turn.

5
2 Skip the two slip stitches on brim, in blo, slip stitch 5, turn. 5
3 Ch 1, in blo, slip stitch 5, slip stitch in 2 stitches on brim, turn. 5
4-72 Repeat rows 2-3 along the edge of brim.  

Join brim by slip stitching through the front loops of the last brim row to the back loop of beginning brim row. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Leave the beanie plain or create a yarn or fur pompom for top.

https://brianakdesigns.com/quick-faux-fur-pompom-tutorial/

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