This devil hat pattern is a variation on my Giddyup! Pony Hood at naughtyneedlesknitting.com. 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.
1 hank Knit Picks Sierra
2 1Â½” 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 endâ€”30 st.
Row 7: Sl 1, BO 2 st K to end of rowâ€”28 st
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 K8â€”32 st
Row 3: Sl 1, K2 P 26 K3
Row 4: Sl 1 K8 M1 K2 M1 K10 M1 K2 M1 K9â€”36 st
Row 5: Sl 1 K2 P30 K3
Row 6: Sl 1 K9 M1 K2 M1 K12 M1 K2 M1 K10â€”40 st
Row 7: Sl 1 K2 P 34 K3
Row 8: Sl 1 K10 M1 K2 M1 K14 M1 K2 M1 K11â€”44 st
Row 9: Sl 1 K2 P38 K3
Row 10: Sl 1 K11 M1 K2 M1 K16 M1 K2 M1 K12â€”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 12â€”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
Row 1: *K2tog K4 repeat from * to endâ€”50 st
Row 2: (and all even rows until Row 11): Purl.
Row 3: *K2tog K3 repeat from * to endâ€”40 st
Row 5: *K2tog K2 repeat from * to endâ€”30st
Row 7: *K2tog K1 repeat from * to endâ€”20st
Row 9: *K2tog repeat from * to endâ€”10st
Row 11: *PK2tog repeat from * to endâ€”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)
Row 1: K
Row 2. P
Repeat rows 1 & 2
Row 5: K3, ssk, K2tog, K3â€”8 st
Repeat Row 2
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, twice (omit this step for shorter horns)
Row 11: K2, ssk, K2tog, K2â€”6 st
Repeat Row 2
Row 13: K1, ssk, k2tog, K1â€”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.