How to Knit Bunny Ears for a Hat (Beginner Level)

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hello and welcome back to part four of

the five part video series on how to

knit the bunny hat with earflaps for

this video I'm going to be showing you

how to make the cute little bunny ears

and how I sew them on to get the best

flop like a bunny ear so for this part

here your you will need long cord I use

the 29 inch circular needles you won't

be mitting in the round but you just

need the long cord because you're gonna

be knitting in rows with a bit of length

optional I like to use a row counter for

this a yarn needle and some scissors and

for this I use the red heart

dreamy yarn in the ivory color alright

so let's get started so our initial cast

on for this it's the zero to three month

size that I'm showing you for this each

size I like to do a different length for

the bunny ears so for the zero to three

month it has the initial cast on is for

50 stitches and then I like to leave a

long tail as well for sewing the ear at

the end so to do that to get the tail so

that there's not too much wastage of

yarn I take my 5.5 circular needles on

my 29 inch long cord and then I'll take

so because the cast on is 50 I divide

that in half to 25 and I will wrap my

yarn around my needle 25 times so

there's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 21 22 23 24 25

so pull that off now if I just fold this

in half this here would be enough yarn

to give me my 50 stitches for cast on

but because I want

a long tail for sewing the bunny ear at

it at the end I probably want about at

least 1618 inches for sewing so I'm

gonna work myself down another 18 inches

past where I fold it in half

and then that's where I'm going to

create my slipknot okay and then you

want to take insert your needle and here

all we do is cast on by using the

longtail cast on method 50 stitches so

the first slip knot there counts as 1 2

3 4 ok so meet back up with me when

you've cast on your 50 stitches ok so

here I am I have cast on my 50 stitches

for the beginning of my little bunny

here and I have a long tail left over

here for sewing the ear at the end so

just a quick note when you turn to begin

your work here make sure that you're

grabbing and knitting with your working

yarn I've done it in the past where I've

accidentally started to knit with my

tail because it's so long

I got it confused with my working yarn

so oops on that one okay so making sure

that you're working with your working

yarn what we want to do here now is

we're gonna create a knit 1 purl 1

ribbing so knit the first and then purl

then I just give my yarn a little tug

there so it doesn't loosen up on me

and then just repeat that so knit one

purl one knit one purl one okay and you

want to do that all the way to the end

so you're doing a knit one purl one

ribbing and you should end up your last

stitch as a purl stitch so meet me back

when you finished your first row all

right so now we turn our work and now

here you can see when we turn hope you

can see that well so the first stitch

will be an it stitch and this second one

here with the little bump is a purl so

all we do is we continue with our knit

one purl one ribbing so first stitch

here knit it

second one purl so we're going to

continue doing that where we knit one

purl one to create a knit one purl one

ribbing for a total of six rows

all right so here we are I finished six

rows of the knit one purl one ribbing so

this is what I've got so far so now what

I'm gonna have to do is do a stretchy

bind-off so I'm just gonna remove that

so it's not so distracting on the camera

so turn your rack a left handed knitter

so if you're not sure how to do this

stretchy bind-off in your right handed

knitter and just watching a lefty get

you kind of confused I know there's a

ton of really great videos out there if

you just search stretchy bind-off for

knitting for my lefties I'm hoping here

soon to make another video in slow-mo

that will show you how to do the

stretchy bind-off for lefties alright so

but for now you can follow along I'll

give you detailed instructions on how to

do it here so the first stitch you're

going to knit off so you always want to

knit the knits and purl the pearls so

our second stitch is a purl now when you

have two stitches on your working needle

okay is when you're going to do your

stretchy bind-off so because I just did

a purl my yarn is in the front

therefore my working needle is gonna

stay in the front and then I'm going to

take my right hand needle or the needle

that's in my non-dominant hand and I'm

gonna go through the back of those

stitches okay and then at the front I'm

going to wrap it around and I'm going to

use that index finger to just really

tuck it in there to hold it in place

while I bring my needle through and pull

that loop up onto the needle and pull

those two stitches off okay so I've just

done my first stretchy bind-off so now

my next stitch is a knit stitch okay

so I'm going to knit that off

so now I have two stitches on my working

needle and because I knit the yarn is in

the back so I'm going to keep my working

needle in the back I'm going to take my

non-dominant hand needle and go into the

front of those two stitches and then I'm

going to wrap the yarn around and kind

of tuck it hold it there with my middle

finger so that I can work it to pull it

up through onto that working needle okay

so I've just pulled those two stitches

off into the one found it off okay so

now the next stitch here is a purl

stitch okay you can see the little nub

on the front of it so I'm gonna purl the


it's a purl and because my yarn is in

the front

my working needle will stay in the front

my non-dominant hand is in the back so

it's going to insert into the back of

those two loops okay

I'm gonna wrap my yarn around the

working needle tuck it and hold it kind

of tight if you can and then pull up on

to my working needle and slide those two

stitches off okay

another time so our next stitch here is

a knit stitch so I'm going to knit the

knit I now have two of my working needle

my yarn is in the back so my working

needle stays in the back with that yarn

so it's easy to grab my non-dominant

hand will insert into the front of those

loops wrap around hold it tight while

you pull through oopsie now there I lost

it I didn't hold it quite tight enough

there we go slide it up onto the working

needle that loop and pull those two

stitches off so you're going to continue

doing that

stretchy bind-off all the way down until

you've got them all the stitches bound

off and then I'll meet you back and I'll

show you how what our next step is okay

here we are at the last bind off so here

what you want to do is pull up so you

have about a good 10 12 inches and then

cut it off

that yarn there that you've just snipped

the 10 12 inches you're going to be

using to sew the ear on to the Hat so

you want to just be able to leave enough

yarn to do that okay

so now here we have just this long piece

that we've knit so you're probably

wondering okay so how do we get an ear

out of that so what our next step is

here and the reason we did the is

stretchy bind-off is because this is the

outside of the ear and we need kind of

that extra stretch in order to fold it

so it lays nicely so the beginning cast

on where we left that long tail here to

sew the ear we're going to take that and

we're going to thread it on to our yarn

needle and then just lay your piece so

that it's flat so that's outside and

then we're going to sew up this inner

rim this inner seam here and bring that

ear together so to do that I'm going to

go over to this corner and then back in

through and I'm working from the bottom

underneath up through where I want to

sew it okay and that'll just make a nice

join there so now I'm going to use the

mattress stitch technique and I'm going

to go into all of these kind of the

ribbing here you can see the

that look like they're laying on top of

the yarn here so I'm going to go into

this one and then work my way from side

to side to side working into the first

stitch of those rows that lay on top of

the yarn okay I'm gonna go from under

and up then I'm going to look for that

first row there that lays on top and I'm

going to go into the first stitch okay

so I've already done this one here so

I'm going to move up to the next one I'm

going to do that here I work into that

first V hole there if you can see it

okay so that's it you just want to keep

rotating back and forth just working

into those rows that lay on top of the

yarn with the mattress stitch


all right so you can see here these last

two is getting small but I still have

two rows that I haven't sown into so

there's that one and then this guy right

here at the top okay

so now you can see give my yarn a little

tug there just to pull that seem nice

and tight so we've made a nice seam

right up the middle and created an ear

so just weaving your end here at the top

and snip off your yarn

okay so now we want to take the last

tale here we want to thread that on to

our yarn needle like so now we're going

to go over to the opposite corner to the

cast on first stitch there okay

working the same way we did with the

mattress just working from underneath

and pulling it up through then I'm going

to go back to that corner where the

stitch already is okay and that'll close

that up and then you can see here

there's a bit of a gap so I'm just going

to work using my mattress stitch again

and close up that seam

okay so here you just go in to the

spaces that you feel will close this

seam up nicely there we go okay so now

we'll show you how to attach these ears

onto the Hat so our thread we don't want

to be way up here because we're going to

be using it to attach it onto the Hat so

I'll show you when we do one side or the

other ear it'll matter which way we go

in the direction for how we thread the

yarn down through so for this year here

I'm going to attach it to this side of

the Hat so I want my yarn see I'm in the

middle now I want to come down to about

this second rib here so I'm just gonna

take my yarn and follow my threads of

that rib down okay

so now you see it's come down this side

of the ear and then for this other ear

here I'll come down the opposite side to

about same you go from the middle about

that second rib in okay now on the Hat

I look for the sides of the Hat the

decrease row so I like to work in that

one so you can see how it just kind of a

little bit lays on top of your hat your

decreased rows you can just see a small

indentation where the decreased rows are

so I like my ear to end up usually about

the third stitch from the top so I'll

space those out evenly and I'll be

working in my decrease rows okay so I'm

going to start down here this side

decrease row I'm going to go to that

last one that I can see kind of

protrudes out go down and then I'm going

to work my way up the next stitch and up

to the next slot they're in the ear okay

then I will thread through the next

stitch in the ear working my way up the

Hat I'm going to go into the next stitch

there of the decrease go down through

the hat okay go up there the next stitch

and into the next stitch of the hat

which is almost the middle guy there go

up okay


just keep going up and down here working

your way up so now you can see here I'm

about at that third stitch from the top

so I want to be right there with my ear

and then I'm just gonna do that stitch

just repeat it just one more time just

to kind of give that a firmer because it

likes to flop at that point so I just

like to make that nice and sturdy all

right and then I'll turn my hat inside

out and then just give it a knot and

weave in my end a little bit

okay and there we go so you can see that

that year wants to flop nicely here on

the Hat it's got a bit of a curve to it

so now for the other side you would do

the exact same thing you would thread

that down to about that second rib

before and then start follow along your

decrease row until you get to about the

third stitch from the top and that is

how we do our little bunny ears so meet

me back in part five of the video series

and I'll show you how to do the I chord

and tassel all as one consistent unit so

I don't make the tassel and then attach

it on I make it all one cohesive unit so

meet me back in part five