I’ve often called my kids animals, so now I’m dressing them that way. With my baby’s big brown eyes, I wanted to make him an animal hat that complemented them. I settled on a monkey.
I used Loops and Threads Impeccable for the yarn, and a 4.5mm crochet hook. This hat will fit up to 1 yr old. You can adjust the circumference or length as necessary.
Begin with dark brown.
Ch4, slip st in first ch, ch1.
Row 1 – make 8 sc in the ring. Join with sl stitch, ch 2.
Row 2 – make 2 hdc in each sc (16 hdc), join with sl stitch, ch 2.
Row 3 – 2 hdc, 1 hdc, repeat until end for 24 hdc. Join with sl stitch, ch 2.
Continue in this fashion, evenly adding 8 hdc each row until you get to row 9 (72 hdc).
Make 72 hdc all around for 5 more rows. If making a hat without earflaps, bind off at the end of this row, then do a round around with light brown. If making earflaps, do not bind off, but continue with the following directions:
Earflap 1 – ch 1. Make 13 sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2 – sc2tog, sc until last 2sc, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Continue this way, decreasing by two sc each row, until you get to 3 sc.
Next row – sc2tog, sc 1, ch 1 turn.
Next row – sc2tog. Bind off.
Count 23 st from the side of the first earflap. Join the brown yarn, and follow the steps for the first. When finished both earflaps, outline the entire hat with light brown yarn, making scs all around.
Ears (make 2)
With the light brown, ch 4. Join to first ch with sl st, ch 1.
Row 1 – make 8 sc in centre of ring. Join to first st with sl st, ch 1.
Row 2 – make 2 sc in each sc. Join to first sc with sl st. Ch 1.
Row 3 – 2 sc in first, 1 sc in second. Continue around until you get 24 sc. Join yo first sc with sl st, bind off.
With dark brown, repeat to end of the third row, but do not bind off. Hold two ear pieces together, with the right sides facing out, and then make a row of sc all around. Bind off, leaving a long tail for attaching to hat.
I attached the ears at the seventh and eighth rows.
Eyes (make 2)
The eyes are done making the same three row circle as the ears, using light brown. After completing the row circles, sew them together with 4 or 5 stitches, as seen in the picture before adding them to the hat:
Ch 12. Make 1 hdc in second ch from hook, 8 hdc across, and 4 in last ch. Make 8 hdc across the other side, and 3 in the same st as the first. Join to first hdc with sl st, and ch 2.
2 hdc in first st. 10 hdc, 2 hdc in each of the next 2, 10 hdc, 2 hdc in last.
Hdc all around. Bind off, leaving a long tail to attach to hat.
Sew ears to hat
Sew eyes, adding black dots for pupils
Sew a smile onto the muzzle, before attaching it to the hat. When attaching the muzzle, allow it to puff out. I stuffed mine with spare yarn. Add a nose.
Make a tassel for each earflap using 2 strands of brown, light brown, and black, braiding them together.
Feel free to make this hat. Let me know of any irregularities or inconsistencies in my pattern.
You can sell any finished hats with this pattern, but please do not sell the pattern or reproduce it without my consent. Feel free to post any finished projects on your own site, but please send them back here for the pattern. Enjoy!
Stay tuned, because I’ll be posting the pattern for big brother’s hat soon!