I made my helmet for a toy owl to wear, but you could knit it as a fascinator or small party hat.
PLEASE NOTE: This free knitting pattern is for the helmet only, the owl knitting pattern is available to purchase separately from http://www.loveknitting.com/festive-owls
THE PATTERN INCLUDES: Row numbers for each step so you don’t lose your place, instructions for making the helmet, a list of abbreviations and explanation of some techniques, and recommended yarns.
TECHNIQUES: All pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight knitting needles. You will need to cast on and off, knit, purl, work an increase and decrease and a sew seam. This pattern is intermediate level, but as it is free knitters of all abilities could give it a try!
FINISHED SIZE: The helmet is approximately 6cm tall (not including the horns) and 7cm diameter.