Introduction: Baby Space Invader Hat

Picture of Baby Space Invader Hat

This pattern fits a 6-12 month old baby.

Step 1: Materials

Black and white yarn--I used Cascade brand 220 Superwash (100 grams/3.5oz 220 yards)
Size 8 (US) circular needles
Size 8 (US) double-pointed needles
Three stitch markers

The gauge is 1.5 sts for 1 cm, or 15 sts for 10 cm.

Step 2: Charts

Picture of Charts

It's a good idea to draw these out for yourself on graph paper.

Step 3: Knitting Instructions

1. Cast on 7 st with black yarn

2. Knit the ear flap, from the bottom up, following chart #1. You'll increase by 2 sts every other row until you have 17 sts. Add a st after the first st and right before the last st of every increase row. Don't despair if your increases leave holes that are kind of ugly. You can go in and patch them up a bit when you weave in the ends. Make the first and last stitch of every row pretty tight.

3. When you've got the earflap knitted according to the chart, cut the thread (kind of longish) and remove the flap from the needles to put it aside. You should finish on a wrong side row and be ready for a right side next.

4. Repeat step two (but not step three) for the second earflap.

5. When you've finished the chart for the second earflap, turn it over and knit across, continuing the seed stitch pattern on the edges.

6. Cast on 8 sts.

7. Put the other earflap on the right side of the circular needles. Knit across, continuing the seed stitch pattern on the edges.

8. Cast on 18 sts.

9. Join the two end of your knitting into a circle and knit around five rows in seed stitch, but knit in garter stitch over the garter stitches in the center of the two earflaps. You're making a garter stitch border around the hat.

10. Knit around three rows in garter stitch.

11. Find the center back of the hat and mark off three stitches on either side (6 sts between two markers). These are marking the beginning and end of the repeat space invader pattern that goes around the hat. 54 sts or 23 x 2 +8. Don't worry about the math unless you want to.

12. Knit past the first marker and right after the second marker, start the pattern from Chart #2 at the bottom left and read the chart from left to right. Because you're knitting in the round, you will read every row of the chart from left to right and from the bottom up. I drew out the entire pattern, even though you really only should need the two repeating invaders.

13. Knit chart #2.

14. Stockinette stitch 3 rows.

15. Begin decreases every 20 sts. Decrease 6 sts every other row for 8 rows.

16. Transfer knitting to double-pointed needles.

17. Decrease every row until you have only 8 or 9 sts left.

18. Tie off the top of the hat

19. Weave in loose ends.

20. Block flaps with a steamy iron to make them flat.


clunymph (author)2008-12-06

thanks for an awesome instructable. here's a pic of my husband and son in their space invaders hats.

Wow!!! How great! Can I have permission to put this on my knitting blog?


Here's two more of the same hat that I took with my camera.

GomSeMaRi (author)ewilhelm2011-01-27

soooo cute

sure, go ahead! neat blog.

Carlhendershot3 (author)2013-05-03

Awesome. =)

X-mind (author)2011-10-04

Is there an instructable on this project for beginners? I really wanna make this hat!! please, anyone!

Zontee at Lion Brand (author)2011-02-15


DELETED_jorgegunn (author)2011-01-16

Great pattern Gonna make one for my new nephew. I went ahead and made a Pdf of the charts and i thought i woud post it for you all to use too.

thanks! it's really useful!! i will start this project today :D

omnibot (author)2011-01-14

Nice pattern. Currently knitting an invader tribute-jacket.

domestic_engineer (author)2011-01-14

that's cool. I just crocheted a space invaders scarf for my friend. It has a section of the space invaders screen on one end, and the atari logo on the other end.

electrette (author)2008-08-06

Has anyone made this hat for an adult? I am about to knit it for a baby, but a grown-up friend is very jealous. Please let me know if you have a pattern for larger sizes. Thanks so much for the pattern. I can't wait to finish the hat and give it to the parents! They will love it.

I have made a grown-up version, but I haven't posted the pattern. Or even written it down. I'd like to make an instructable about how to design your own space invaders hat, actually. It's on my to-do list, but I never have time!

canida (author)2007-09-04

Oh yes, this looks awesome! Now I just need to find a geeky-enough friend with a baby.

Honus (author)canida2007-09-04

Perfect for my little guy! He promises he won't get his lunch on it...... :D

canida (author)Honus2007-09-12

I'm not sure I believe him!

Scurl! (author)2007-09-05

this is sweet, and i'm going to make one for my daughter....but first i'm giong to learn to knit. from the looks of's complicated. but worth it.

laernmoer (author)Scurl!2007-09-06

don't be worried about learning to knit - if you're good at repetition and following instructions, knitting is pretty easy once the hand motions are down.

Scurl! (author)laernmoer2007-09-07

i'm excellent at both those, AND at hand motions. (i could get myself killed in at least 5 different gang territories!) so this should be a breeze. i'm buying the appropriate needles and yarn tomorrow, so we'll see how this goes. I've done alot of macrame and some's just the technical talk in step 3 that got me worried LOL

The awesome thing about knitting is that it is a lot easier than it looks. For a first project, try making a hat on circular needles that is all one color or just stripes (very easy), then move on to patterns from there.

Pocket Universe (author)2007-09-07

Need it, want it!

fungus amungus (author)2007-09-04

So, um, when does the adult version come out?

I found this very cool design for a grown-up size Space invaders hat by a certain Vinny.

I'm doing one for a 6-year old this week, so You'll probably have to wait at least two weeks for grown-up size.

Yeah, really!

Kiteman (author)2007-09-05

This looks good, but I can't knit, so I showed this to SWMBO, and she likes it. Good enough for me.

macdadyabc (author)2007-09-05

wow, thats pretty friggin sweet.i would make one but i cant knit or crochet or whatever it is. looks good though

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