Free Knitting Pattern: Easy Baby Cow Hat

This is a simple baby hat which requires you to be able to knit, purl, K2tog (knit two together) and be able to knit in two colours. If you haven’t knitted in multiple colours before, this is an easy project to start you off! Just remember to twist the two colours around each other when you change colours otherwise you will end up with holes. All the pieces are knitted flat and then sewn together afterwards.


  • Size 6 (4mm) needles
  • Black wool
  • White wool
  • Brown wool
  • Some stuffing
  • A blunt needle
  • A handful of pins

Free pattern: Knitted cow hatI made my hat from oddments of wool I had lying around. You can adjust the pattern to suit how much black & white wool you have – merely adjust how many stitches you initially cast on in each colour and then adjust how much you knit of each colour as you work through the rows. The hat was made to fit my 3 month old son.


The Main Hat

  • Cast on 25 stitches in white
  • Cast on a further 53 stitches in black
  • Work K1, P1 rib for four rows.
  • Starting with a Knit row, follow the pattern below (click on the pattern to see an enlarged view)

Cow Hat Knitting Pattern





  • I prefer not to have an ‘even’ slant as I think it looks better a little uneven. You can adjust the slant or the colour blocks as much as you like according to how much wool you have – there’s no need to follow the pattern to the letter!
  • When knitting this pattern, where the wool colours change over it is really important to ‘twist’ the wool threads around each other otherwise you end up with holes between the colours (purlbee has a much more eloquent explanation of how to knit intarsia here).
  • With the right side of the knitting facing you, begin the shaping for the top of the hat:
    • Row 1: k1, *k2tog, k5* (repeat between * until end of row)
    • Row 2 and all remaining even rows: Purl all stitches
    • Row 3: k1, *k2tog, k4*
    • Row 5: k1, * k2tog, k3*
    • Row 7: k1, *k2tog, k2*
    • Row 9: k1, *k2tog, k1*
    • Row 11: k1, k2tog to end of row


  • There should now be 12 stitches remaining. Break the yarn and draw the tail of the yarn through the remaining stitches tightly.

The Horns (make 2)

  • Cast on 21 stitches in your brown wool
  • Knit in stocking stitch (alternate rows of knit and purl stitches) until your horn is about 10 cm in length, ending with a wrong side (ws) row.
  • Row 1: k8, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k8
  • Row 2 and all remaining even rows: Purl all stitches
  • Row 3: k7, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k7
  • Row 5: k6, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k6
  • Row 7: k5, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k5
  • Row 9: k4, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k4
  • Row 11: k3, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k3
  • Row 13: k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2
  • Row 15: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1
  • Row 17: k2tog, k1, k2tog

There should be 3 stitches remaining. Break the yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing up, and draw it through the remaining stitches tightly.

Making up the Hat

  • Sew the hat seam using mattress stitch.
  • Sew the horns down their sides using mattress stitch.
  • Stuff the horns lightly (I used oddments of wool and material I had lying around).
  • Place the hat on a bowl and pin the horns into place.
  • Sew the horns onto the hat using horn-coloured wool.
  • Weave in all ends.


If you use this pattern, please consider making a donation to SOFT UK in memory of my daughter. You can donate online here: Thank you.

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