Two days ago my son and I were walking home from getting lunch, and as we walked past a local shop that sometimes sells handmade stuff I saw on the window display a knitted fox hat that looked really cute. I don’t know what it is about foxes right now but they are everywhere! They’re on t-shirts, socks, sweaters, hats, you name it.
We went inside and my son tried on a few of the hats. Since they are handmade, they can vary in size so we were looking for one that fit him well but still had a bit of room to grow into. In the end, the only one that met that criteria (there were only a few hats) was in a tan-brown color we didn’t really like so we walked way without a hat. The fact that the hats were $45 didn’t exactly entice me either. They are absolutely worth $45, but I knew I could make one that fit him well, in a color we liked, and for far less money in materials.
So, I came home and began searching on Ravelry for fox hat patterns. I finally found one I liked and was very similar to the one in the store, although not exactly the same. It is the Frisky Fox Hat.
I first started knitting the child size but quickly realized that it was far too small, so I ripped everything out and started again but in the adult size this time. Despite this setback, it was a very quick knit.
My son loves it, and I think it’s cuter than the one at the store, if I may toot my own horn. I didn’t look at the handwork of the one at the store, but it looked like it was knit in one piece, whereas the eye and ear patches of mine were knitted separately and then sewn on to the hat. The one at the store did not have colored ears, plus the eyes and nose were buttons. They were very cute, but I like this one better. Although I will admit that the one at the store looked more like a fox. I should have made the eye patches pointer on the nose side to simulate a long snout.
The best part is that I chose acrylic yarn instead of wool, which means I wash in the washing machine!
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Autumn Red for the hat, White for the patches, Brown for the eyes and nose.
Needles: US 9 for the hat, US 8 for the eye and ear patches.