diy knit cat ear hat (inspired by eugenia kim)

September 27, 2012

I’m a sucker for anything feline-related, so naturally I fell in love with this Eugenia Kim hat. I liked how it was chic and not overly cutesy. I created a very simple pattern that any beginner knitter can do. If you can knit a scarf you can make this hat!

[All the techniques needed to knit this hat can be found in my Basic Knitting Tutorial]
Want to buy an already made cat ear hat hand knit by me? Click here 

I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn in Edwardian
Pattern: Using no. 7 needles cast on 30 stitches. Knit each row until the pieces measures 19″. Bind off. Fold in half lengthwise. Sew the top and side together (pictured below). Turn inside out. The square shape turns into cat ears when placed on the head.

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  • Michelle Evans
    September 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Oh my gosh this is so cute!!!

  • Karina
    September 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I absolutely love this and it looks really easy to make!

  • Emily Daniels
    September 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm


  • Zana Davies
    September 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Fantastic job on the hat- it's adorable!!!

  • Zana Davies
    September 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    btw that top is awesome- who makes it?

  • Hippy at Heart
    September 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    really beautiful! I love your hair btw 🙂

    September 28, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Oh wow! This is super cute and amazing because the only thing I can knit is a basic stitch. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous
    September 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    This is SO CUTE and I can't believe how easy it is to make!

  • Inés
    September 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, I want that hat, but then I also want your hair! hehe!
    If you go through my site, you will find my new post, I hope you enjoy it!

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Big hugs!


  • AD+SH DIY Fashion Blog
    September 29, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Such a cute idea.
    xx Tanya

  • Anonymous
    September 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Saw this on craftgawker…I'm going to give it a try this weekend! Thanks for sharing =)

  • Anonymous
    October 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm


  • Cathie
    October 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    you are a genius! I had one as a little girl and now I can have one again!

  • Yoshi Wang
    October 5, 2012 at 2:21 am

    SO. CUTE. And it IS so simple! I'm a super green knitter trying to see what I can start out with with yarn and two needles.. and this is perfect!

  • Anonymous
    October 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    i love this pattern. so fun for those brrrr cold days. i made one in alpaca. so soft
    & fuzzy. wondering what yarn you used for yours? MANY THANKS. you rock!
    jeannie f. vancouver, cananda

  • Anonymous
    October 13, 2012 at 1:18 am

    thanks, GIna Michele! my hats are a BIG hit. the rains came here yesterday: just in time, caroliine! i'll p/u some of the yarn u. used.

    xo jeannie

  • BrightestPersonality Blog
    December 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Hello! I can clearly see the fact that you undoubtedly understand what you are writing about here. Do you own a degree or maybe an education that is somehow related with the topic of the post? Waiting forward to hear your answer.

  • Anonymous
    February 2, 2013 at 8:13 am

    thanks for share.

  • Anonymous
    February 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    howww do you sew the pieces together? what kind of stitching??

  • Noelia
    March 27, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    this is adorable and simple! wonderful idea.
    i do have a question, i'm using a lighter weight yarn, so 30 of my stitches look a good bit shorter than your 30. could you give a measurement of the width of the knitting?
    thanks so so much!! xxxo noelia

  • Anonymous
    April 15, 2013 at 4:30 am

    I have a question, did you use 7mm needles or a u.s. number 7 needles?

  • Tacy Caudle
    July 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Your hair is beautiful, like my granddaughter's! Thanks for inspiring me to make her a hat!

  • Mandy Robinson
    April 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Hello, I love the hat! I was wondering how much yarn you used? I have some Softee Chunky yarn that I would like to use, but I want to make sure that I will have enough yarn! It is a 3.5 oz skein! I want to make the hat the same size as yours!

    • Gina Michele
      April 30, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Hi Mandy- The yarn I used came in a 6 oz. ball and I used less than half of it to make the hat. You should be ok with 3.5 oz 🙂

  • Doris
    October 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Hi, when you say fold it in half length wise do you mean from the first row to last?


    • Gina Michele
      October 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Yes, that's correct 🙂

    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2015 at 1:49 am

      Sorry I have a hard time visualizing these things. So when it's folded in half, the folded seam is on the side, and it is open on the top, bottom, and other side? Or do you fold it in half and the folded seam is the top, with the sides and bottom open? Thanks c:

    • Gina Michele
      January 2, 2015 at 1:56 am

      When it's folded in half, the folded seam is on the side and it is open on the top, bottom and the other side. Hope this helps!

  • Anonymous
    September 18, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I just made this hat………. its never going to leave my head.

  • Karen Harding-Hubbard
    May 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I made myself and my husband this hat a couple of years ago. We have 6 black cats so are cat crazy. We wear them often. I made 1 for my baby granddaughter the other day in a black glitter dk yarn and have just started knitting myself 1 the same. Thank you Gina.

  • Anonymous
    March 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I am currently making one of these with my own twist to it. Thanks for the easy pattern. Much love.

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