A couple of years ago, I started knitting a hellboy hat for each Halloween at the insistence of RN Olivia who was a big fan. At the time, I hadn't even seen the movies but after her suggestion, I made a point of watching what I thought I wouldn't care for and was pleasantly surprised at how fun both of the movies are. Let that be a lesson to all of us to try new things, right? Or at least consider the cast: if Ron Perlman's in it, it's probably good!
What surprised me was how popular the Hellboy hat was, especially with the NICU Daddies. I now try to always throw a few hats in just for the Daddies to love: Hellboy, Yoda, camouflage, etc. NICU Daddies need knit hat love too, especially for their baby boys.
Pattern by Glenna Anderson Muse
Pattern copyrighted 2013 by Glenna Anderson
Muse. Please do not place pattern on the web or make any use of pattern other than
for personal use or knitting for charity.
(increases, decreases, knitting in color blocks, knitting in the round)
Sizes: Medium Preemie (3-5 lbs)
Small ball black worsted weight yarn
1/3 skein red worsted weight yarn
Size 8 straight needles
Size 8 double pointed needles
Small amount of stuffing for each “horn”
16sts x 24 rows = 4”
With black yarn and straight needles, CO 26 sts
Knit x 3 rows
Knit all (26), (without turning work) using red yarn, CO 14
stitches (40 sts total)
Continue to alternate Knit and Purl rows, and red and black
color blocks (be sure to cross red/black yarns in the middle snugly to keep a
taut seam between the two colors) until total length from back (black part)
measures 2.5”, ending with Purl row.
Cut 8” tail on black yarn, leaving red yarn connected. Will
be only using red from this point.
With next row, knit onto double pointed needles, using only
red yarn. Place marker between last
stitch of that row and first stitch on next row. Join into round.
Continue knitting all stitches, in the round, in red, until
piece measures 4”.
K2tog around row (20 sts)
K2tog around row (10 sts)
K2tog around row (5 sts)
Cut tail. With yarn
needle, draw tail through remaining 5 stitches and draw tightly. Secure and weave loose ends into underneath
side of hat.
Horns (Make 2)
With red yarn, CO 4
stitches over three needles.
Place marker between last stitch CO and beginning of next
row. Join in round.
- K+1 in
each stitch (8 sts)
- K+1 in
each stitch (16 sts)
K1, repeat around row (24 sts)
- K+1, K2, repeat around row (32 sts)
K2, repeat around (24 sts)
K1, repeat around (16 sts)
around (8 sts)
Cut tail. With yarn
needle, draw tail through remaining 8 stitches and draw tightly. Secure, use tails to sew onto “forehead” of
hat, and weave loose ends into
underneath side of hat.
Can make matching booties from your favorite bootie pattern or from mine: Bernat Precious Booties