FREE KNIT PATTERN: Debil Zevil Hat (Naughty Needles Freebie Variation)

This devil hat pattern is a variation on my Giddyup! Pony Hood at There you’ll also find the bondagy original version and the sweet kiddie My Little Ponyhood version (see end of pattern for pictures)

The basic helmet-style hat used in the pony hood lends itself to pretty much any silly hat variation you can dream, and you can easily change the sizes to kid or baby sizes just by adjusting your yarn weight, needle size & gauge.

I love this pattern. Sadly, it just wouldn’t fit in my new book Naughty Needles (preorder now!). Adult Medium with full length horns is shown.

This version fits quite snugly, so unless you have a small head, make the L version. If you want a roomier fit, add two more increases after Row 12 of the hood-shaping section.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner (Knit, purl, increase & decrease, seam)

Time: 3 – 4 hours

Unisex M (L)
Where no parentheses are used, instructions/quantities apply to all sizes.

Yarn, etc.
1 hank Knit Picks Sierra

2 1½” D-rings
Needles & Notions
US 10.5 (6.5mm) needles, or size necessary to achieve gauge
STOCKINETTE stitch, double strand of yarn A: 4″ =12.5 st


M1=invisible increase (knit into back of next st below)


CO 48 st.
Rows 1-5: Sl 1, *K1 P1 to 1 st from end; K1.
Row 6: BO 18 st knitwise, knit to end—30 st.
Row 7: Sl 1, BO 2 st K to end of row—28 st

Shape hood

The markers will be used to place increases in the following even rows. All the increases are written out in the directions, but the markers are a reminder to prevent screwups.

All will be invisible M1.

Increases will be placed 1 st to either side of marker. Please count your stitches after every increase row to be sure you’re on track before you get ahead of yourself.

Row 1: Sl 1, K2 P6 PM P10 PM P6 K3
Row 2: Sl 1 K7 M1 K2 M1 K 8 M1 K2 M1 K8—32 st
Row 3: Sl 1, K2 P 26 K3
Row 4: Sl 1 K8 M1 K2 M1 K10 M1 K2 M1 K9—36 st
Row 5: Sl 1 K2 P30 K3
Row 6: Sl 1 K9 M1 K2 M1 K12 M1 K2 M1 K10—40 st
Row 7: Sl 1 K2 P 34 K3
Row 8: Sl 1 K10 M1 K2 M1 K14 M1 K2 M1 K11—44 st
Row 9: Sl 1 K2 P38 K3
Row 10: Sl 1 K11 M1 K2 M1 K16 M1 K2 M1 K12—48 st
Row 11: Sl 1 K2 P42 K3
Row 12: S1 1 K47
Repeat Rows 11 and 12 three (five) more times.


Row 1: Sl 1 K2 P42 K3 CO 12—60 st
Row 2: K60
Row 3: K3 P42 K 15
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 two more times
Knit 2 (6) more rows in stockinette

Shape Crown

Row 1: *K2tog K4 repeat from * to end—50 st
Row 2: (and all even rows until Row 11): Purl.
Row 3: *K2tog K3 repeat from * to end—40 st
Row 5: *K2tog K2 repeat from * to end—30st
Row 7: *K2tog K1 repeat from * to end—20st
Row 9: *K2tog repeat from * to end—10st
Row 11: *PK2tog repeat from * to end—5
Break yarn, leaving 12″ tail.
With yarn needle, run yarn through 5 remaining live st, then seam forehead and weave in end.
Slip D-rings through short nub end of collar, and sew nub down to inside.

Horns (Make 2)

CO 10
Row 1: K
Row 2. P
Repeat rows 1 & 2
Row 5: K3, ssk, K2tog, K3—8 st
Repeat Row 2
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, twice (omit this step for shorter horns)
Row 11: K2, ssk, K2tog, K2—6 st
Repeat Row 2
Row 13: K1, ssk, k2tog, K1—4st
Row 14: P2tog, ssp
K2tog, break yarn, leaving 12″ tail, and pull through. Seam long sides together with mattress stitch to form horns. Stuff with scrap yarn.


Sew horns onto hat slightly forward from top, with curves facing in. Weave in ends. Block hat. Ta da!

Original Giddyup! Pony Hood. Pattern here. Photo by Robyn Eden.

My Little Ponyhood variation. Pattern variation instructions here.

7 Replies to “FREE KNIT PATTERN: Debil Zevil Hat (Naughty Needles Freebie Variation)”

  1. I love your “debil” hat pattern and received your book as a gift. quick question regarding the “Debil Zevil” pattern. in the materials list it says to purchase 1 hank of knit picks sierra in cranberry, BUT FOR THE COLLAR instructions, ROW 7 READS AS FOLLOWS:

    Row 7: Sl 1, BO 1 st, drop yarns B & C and start 2 strands yarn A. BO 1 more st and K to end of row—28 st



  2. I dont know if you respond to questions but Im looking for a pattern for a knitted hood that is made in 2 separate pieces and then sewn together.
    I dont know if youre familiar with harley quinn (a batman villain) but I am trying to make a hat based on hers, meaning it would have to be half black and half red, and the only way I can think to acomplish this is in a pattern where the two halves are knitted separately.
    Any help you would be willing to provide would be GREATLY appreciated =)

  3. I have been searching all over for a Christmas gift to make for a very particular relative, and am so excited to have found this! Thank you so much can’t wait to whip this up!

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