November 24, 2009

Snake Hat Pattern

I decided to design this snake hat after getting an order from a friend of mine asking what types of boys hats I could create. All this hat consists of is a basic knit cap with an I-cord snake attached to the top, really basic yet has lots of character!

SIZE: 3-6 mos, Child 5-6.

Cast on 72 (78)sts. Beginning with a knit row, work in St st until piece measures 6 (61/2)from beginning, end with a WS row.

Shape Crown
Row 1:
*K4 (4) k2tog (decrease made); rep from * – 60 (65) sts.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
Row 3: *K3 (3), k2tog; rep from * – 48 (52) sts.
Row 5: *K2 (2), k2tog; rep from * – 36 (39)sts.
Row 7: *K1 (1), k2tog; rep from * – 24 (26) sts.
Continue in this manner, working 1 st less between decreases, until 12 (13) sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, and pull tightly to secure.

Sew seam. Weave in ends.

For Snake:
2 dpns size US 6. Work around (I-cord).

Cast on 4 sts. (After each round, do not turn work, slide sts to right end of needle, pull yarn to tighten.)

Round 1: k4
Round 2: k1, m1, k2, m1, k1
Round 3: knit 6
Round 4: k1, m1, k4, m1, k1
Round 5: knit 8
Round 6: ssk, k4, k2tog
Round 7: knit 6
Round 8: ssk, k2, k2tog
Round 9: knit 4

Continue to knit till snake reaches desired length for hat.
k2tog, k2
k2tog, k1
cut end and pull through. Knot yarn for eyes and attach red tongue.

To attach snake to cap pin in desired location, then take a different colour to add stripes or use the same colour as snake and sew around the body wrapping about an inch or so apart to firmly attach snake to cap, sew in loose ends.

Copyright 2009.


  1. What size needles did you use for the hat? What yarn weight? I'd love to make this hat, but I'm still a beginner and need the specifics. Thank you!

    1. Hi Wendy, Did you get a reply to your question about this hat. If not, here's a suggestion for you. Choose a simple hat pattern that you are able to do in any weight of yarn and follow it. Choose the size suitable for your needs. You will then be able to follow the instructions for the snake using the Snake Hat Pattern. I hope this is a useful tip for you. Good luck with your project.

      Kind regards,