Crocheted Toddler Hat with Ear Flaps

This hat is sized for a 12-18 month old toddler.  You can use this pattern to make a hat for a boy; just leave off the picot trim and flowers.  We think it is well worth the trouble and expense to find a good wool yarn, rather than the cheap acrylic yarn which is widely available in stores.

You will need:

1.  One skein of brown yarn

2.  A size H crochet hook

3.  A small amount of pink yarn

4.  A needle and pink thread

An adorable baby in a brown hat with pink flowers
A small brown crocheted circle Row 1.  Using the brown yarn, chain 6.  Join.  Chain 3.  Work 12 dc in the loop.  Join with a slip stitch.
A crochet circle with a textured pattern

Row 2.  Chain 3,  dc in the same stitch.  2 dc in the next stitch. Work a cord stitch in the next stitch. 


(Reach you hook behind the stitch, bring your yarn up, and work like a normal double crochet.  See picture.)  * 2 dc, work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch.  You should have 6 spoke like lines, separated by four stitches.

  Row 3.  Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  2 dc,  2 dc in the next stitch.  Work a cord stitch.  *2 dc in the next stitch.  (Reach under the cord stitch.  It will partly cover the next stitch, but you do want to crochet into that stitch.)  2 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch.  Work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch.  The spokes should be separated by six stitches.
  Row 4.  Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  2 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch.  2 dc,  work a cord stitch.  *3 dc.  2 dc in next stitch.  2 dc.  Work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch. (The spokes should be separated by 7 stitches.)
  Row 5.  Chain 3, dc in same stitch. 6 dc.  Work a cord stitch.  *7 dc.  Work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch. (The spokes should be separated by 7 stitches.)
The top of a brown hat, yarn, and a crochet hook Row 6.  Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  2 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 3 dc.  Work a cord stitch.  *3 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 3 dc.  Work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch.  (The spokes should be separated by 8 stitches.)
  Row 7.  Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  3 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 3 dc.  Work a cord stitch.  *4 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 3 dc.  Work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch.  (The spokes should be separated by 9 stitches.)
  Row 8.   Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  3 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 4 dc.  Work a cord stitch.  *4 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 4 dc.  Work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch.  (The spokes should be separated by 10 stitches.)
   Row 9.   Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  4 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 4 dc.  Work a cord stitch.  *5 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 4 dc.  Work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch.  (The spokes should be separated by 11 stitches.)
  Row 10.   Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  4 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 5 dc.  Work a cord stitch.  *5 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 5 dc.  Work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch.  (The spokes should be separated by 12 stitches.)
  Row 11-13.   Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  11 dc.  Work a cord stitch.  *12 dc,  work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch. 
 An ear flap is added to the hat  Row 14-17.  (Earflap 1)  Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  11 dc.  *Chain 3. Turn, dc across.*  Repeat from * until you have four rows.  Loop off work and weave in the end.
  Earflap 2.  On the opposite side of the hat, attach the yarn just inside the line made by the cord stitch.   Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  11 dc.  *Chain 3. Turn, dc across.*  Repeat from * until you have four rows.  Loop off work and weave in the end.
A shot of the single crochet trim

Trim Row 1.  Work a row of sc all the way around the hat.  On the corner of each ear flap, work three sc in the same stitch.  On the sides of the ear flaps, work 2 sc on the side of each double crochet.  (If you are making a hat for a boy, you may wish to loop off here.)

 

A picot trim

Trim Row 2.   Chain 1, sc in same stitch. * Chain 3.  Slip stitch in 3rd chain from hook. 

Working a picot trim

Skip next sc, and sc in next stitch.*    Repeat from * around.  Join with slip stitch, and finish off work. 

A crocheted pink flower Flower.  (Make 3)  Using pink yarn, chain six and join.  *Chain three, 2 dc in loop.  Chain three, slip stitch in loop.  This will form one petal.*  Repeat from * to form five petals.  Finish off flower.
A pink pompom Pompom.   Wrap the pink yarn around your hand multiple times.  The more times you wrap in, the fluffier your pompom will be.  Carefully slide the wraps off your hand, and tie them tightly in the middle.  (This will form a sort of figure eight.)  Slide scissors through the loops on one side and cut through them.  Repeat on the  other side.  Fluff the yarn ends into a ball and trim any long pieces of yarn.
The pompom and flowers on the hat Position the flowers and the pompom on the hat.  Stitch them firmly into place with the pink thread.  Look over the hat and weave in any loose ends.
 

For a professional finish, wash the hat according to the directions on the yarn.  (Usually hand wash with a gentle detergent.)  Place the hat over a bowl or a ball and let it dry. 

 

 

The word crochet comes from the French word for hook.  It is an apt name since crocheting is a method of making a fabric from yarn, using a hook.  No one seems to know exactly when and where the art of crochet originated, but it is a popular and practical craft.  It is relatively easy to learn and can be used to make everything from blankets and clothes to delicate lace and Christmas ornaments. 

Row 9.   Chain 3, dc in same stitch.  4 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 4 dc.  Work a cord stitch.  *5 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, 4 dc.  Work a cord stitch.*  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slip stitch.  (The spokes should be separated by 11 stitches.)

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