Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Knitting! Woodland Stag/Deer Baby Hat

Halloween is coming in a month and it is time for another knitting pattern. This year my little guy is going to be a stag for Halloween and I designed this cute little hat for his costume. I now have two hat sizes available, but if either hat size doesn't work for your needs, you could always use a different hat pattern and just add the ears and antlers for your hat.

Woodland Stag/ Baby Deer Hat

Main colour (mc): Bernat Softee Chunky in Soft Taupe
Contrast Colour 1 (cc1): Patons Shetland Chunky in White

5mm double pointed needles (dpn's)

Gauge: 6 stitches and 8 rows = 2inches

Small: circumference 16-18 inches 
Medium: circumference 19 inches [all medium instructions will follow the small instructions in brackets ( ) ].
cc1-contrast colour 1
dpn's-double pointed needles
k2tog-knit two together
m1-make one stitch
mc-main colour
p2tog-purl two together
ssk-slip slip knit

 Hat Pattern:
With main colour, cast on 48 st (56st) on dpn's. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
row 1: k1, p1 around
Continue for 3 (5) more rows.
Next row: k around and repeat until hat measures 3.5inches (4.5inches) from the start.
next row: k6, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k around
next row:k5, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k around
next row: k4, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k around
next row: k3, k2tog, repeat around circle
(Medium size only: k around)
next row: k2, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k1, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k2tog, repeat around circle
last row: k2tog, repeat around circle (k one). Cut yarn, weave through remaining stitches, pull tight, bind off and weave in ends.

Outer Ear Pattern:
With main colour, cast on 4 st on 5mm needles
row 1: k
row 2: p
row 3 :k1, m1, k2,  m1, k1
row 4: p
row 5: k1, m1, k4, m1, k1
row 6: p
row 7: k
row 8: p
row 9: k1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k1
row 10: p
row 11: k1, k2tog, ssk, k1
row 12: p
row 13: k2tog, ssk
row 14: p
row 15, k2, bind off, weave in top end, but leave a long tail at the bottom (to sew the ear onto the hat). 
Repeat for the second ear.

Inner Ear Pattern:
In cc1, cast on 3 st on 5mm needles
row 1: k
row 2: p
row 3: k1, m1, k1, m1, k1
row 4: p
row 5: k1, m1, k3, m1, k1
row 6: p
row 7: k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1
row 8: p
row 9: k2tog, k1, ssk
row 10: p
row 11: k2tog, ssk
row 12: p2tog
Bind off. Weave in one end and use the other end to sew inner ear centred onto outer ear.

Antler Pattern:
In cc1, cast on 9 st evenly on 3, 5mm dpns.
Knit in the round until it measures 1.5 inches from beginning. Place 3 st on one needle and set aside. Cast on 2 st on a fourth needle and continue knitting in the round (8 st on needles). After 3/4", k2, k2tog, k to end of the round.
Next row: k4, k2tog, k1
next row: k
next row: k2tog, k to end of row (5st left)
next row: k
next row: k1, k2tog, k2 (4st left)
next row: k
next row: k2, k2tog (3st left)
next row: k, moving 2 st onto 1 needle, 1 on the other.
next row: k2tog, k1, bind off.
Rejoin yarn where the 3 st are set aside. Cast on 2 st (5 st total) and knit in round for 1/2". k2tog, k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1. Bind off.
Sew up hole where new stitches are joined on. Pull bound off ends to the inside of the antler. If desired, add stuffing to the base of the antler and then sew onto the top of the hat. 
Repeat for second antler.

And that's it! Please let me know if you find any errors in the pattern and if you have any suggestions. I also love to hear from people who made the pattern and enjoyed it. Please check out my other patterns on my blog and add me on raverly :honeynutbrown.


  1. Aww! What a cute little dear...er...deer! Love it! Don't let him where it in the woods during hunting season though! lol

  2. Spectacular! I would wear that in a second!

  3. That's awesome! Do you allow us to sell finished pieces if we give you credit for the pattern?

  4. I came to this while working on a fox costume (yours from last year, although I have to use a different hat pattern cause ddp make my eyes cross). So far I LOVE the fox, can't wait till it's done and he can wear it :)
    Now I think I'm gonna have to make a deer in honor of the upcoming hunting season, it could also work for Christmas as a baby reigndeer :)
    Super cute stuff :)

  5. Your little one looks so cute in that hat. Happy Halloween!

  6. we couldnt get the inner ear to work can you double check it for me please? xx

    1. Thanks for catching that, you are totally right! I have added the correction in italics and highlighted it. Hopefully it will work for you now! Sorry about that!

  7. Hi kris, i have been having problems working on the antlers when i save three stitches and continue working. Somehow the continuation of the antler comes out twisted. What am a doing wrong? Thanks emma

    1. Hi Emma. Hmmm, I'm not too sure what the problem is. I think the antlers may be a little twisted in the pattern. Do they look vastly different from the pictures? Are you on ravelry at all? If you look under the projects of the pattern, you can see a number of pictures that other people have posted of their version of this hat and maybe you can see a little closer up what the antlers looks like. Without seeing it in person, I have a hard time knowing what could be going wrong.

  8. Hi Kris,
    Whenever I save 3 stitches and start the next round with the two new cast ons, the pattern starts purl side out rather than knit side out to match the base. How do I fix this? I’m new to knitting in the round so haven’t quite figured out how to trouble shoot :) thank you!

    1. And by knitting in the round I mean knitting with double pointed needles…


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