Penguin Hat Pattern 0-3 Months (Crochet)


Hello, Everybody! I made this adorable hat for a friend of mine this week and it got such a response on Instagram that i just had to write up the instructions.

I've done my best to be as descriptive as possible, but if you have any questions feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to help you! You can find my information in the "Contact" page at the top of this blog.

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XOXO,
- Katie

Penguin Hat Pattern 0-3 months


Materials:
  • ·         6mm and 5 mm crochet hook
  • ·         Worsted weight yarn:

1.       Black
2.       White
3.       Yellow or Orange (beak color)
4.       Accent color of your choice
  • ·         4 Stitch Markers
  • ·         Yarn needle
  • ·         Scissors
  • ·         Fabric Paint (to hand draw the closed eyes)


Abbreviations:
  • ·         CH – Chain
  • ·         DC – Double Crochet
  • ·         SC – Single Crochet
  • ·         SLST – Slip Stitch
  • ·         2tog – Two together


Notes:
  • ·         CH at the beginning of rounds never counts as a stitch
  • ·         You may use a basic hat pattern of your choice, but I have included mine in case you’d like to follow along.
  • ·         You may use your own technique to attach ear flaps, but I have included mine in case you’d like to follow along.


To Make the Hat:

Using a 6mm crochet hook and your black yarn, CH 2.
Round 1: In the second CH from the hook, place 11 DC. Join with a SLST to the top of the first DC to close the round. (11 DC)
Round 2: CH 2 (does not count as a stitch). In the same stitch, Place 2 DC. Then, place 2 DC in every stitch around. Join with a SLST to the top of the first DC to Close the round. (22 DC)
Round 3: CH 2 (does not count as a stitch). In the same stitch, Place 2 DC. Then, place 1 DC in the next stitch. *2 DC in the next stitch. 1 DC in the following stitch*.  Repeat from * until the end of the round ( you should end with 1 DC). Join with a SLST to the top of the first DC to close the round. (33 DC).
Round 4-9: CH 2 (does not count as a stitch.) In the same stitch, place 1 DC. Place 1 DC in every stitch around. Join with a SLST to the top of the first DC to close the round. (33 DC).
Tie off your work.

To add earflaps:

Lay your hat flat, with the seam in the back. Using stitch markers, mark out 8 stitches on either side of your hat next to where the ears would be. Repeat the following directions on either side to create both flaps:
Using a 6 mm crochet hook and your black yarn, attach your yarn in your first marked stitch with a SLST.
Row 1: CH 2 (in this row, this will count as a stitch). Place 1 DC in the next 7 stitches. CH 1 and turn your work.  (8 DC)
Row 2: Place 1 DC in every stitch across (remember, the CH 2 from the previous round will count as your last stitch). CH 1 and Turn your work. (8 DC).
Row 3: DC 2tog. Place 1 DC in the next 4 stitches. DC 2tog. CH 1 and turn your work. (6 DC)
Row 4: DC 2tog. Place 1 DC in the next 2 stitches. DC 2tog. Tie off your work. (4 DC)

To add the trim:

You may choose to weave your ends in or cover them using the trim. In either case, make sure the yarn where you attached and ended your ear flaps is very secure. I always add another knot as a precaution.
Using a 6mm crochet hook and your white yarn, attach the yarn with a SLST to the back of the hat. SC around the border of your hat to create a finished edge. You will have to make places to SC around the ear flaps, just make sure this is done neatly for the best quality.
SLST to your first SC and tie off your work to complete the border. Weave in your ends.

To add the ear flap ropes:

Add 8- 10 long strings of yarn to the tip of the ear flap by using a yarn needle to thread it through and double the strand. I used black, white, and my accent color yarn for this and I used random placement. Be creative!
Then, tie the strands into a knot by looping them around your finger and sticking the ends through. Be sure to secure it as close to the tip of the ear flap as possible.
Next, braid the strands until you reach your desired length and finish the rope by repeating the previous knot process. Trim the ends to be an even length.
Repeat on the other side.

To add the pom pom:

Use a pom pom maker and your accent color OR wrap the yarn around your hand until you have a substantial amount. Sliding the yarn off your hand, make sure it stays in loops. Lay down a scrap piece of yarn, then place your bundle on top length-wise. Tie the scrap yarn around your bundle as tightly as possible. Using Scissors, cut the loops to open the pom pom. Then trim the strands until they are even and you reach your desired pom pom size.
Attach to the top of your beanie by using a string of yarn and a yarn needle to go through the pom pom and threading the ends into opposite sides of the top of your hat. Turn your hat inside out and secure the pom pom strings with a knot. Weave in your ends.

To create the white mask of the penguin face:

This will be two circles worked in a continuous round that you stitch together.
To create the circles, use your white yarn and a 5 mm crochet hook.
CH 2.
Round 1: Place 8 DC in the second Chain from the hook. Do not join.
Round 2: Place 2 DC in the next stitch ( use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of this round). Then, place 2 DC in every stitch around ( 16 DC). Do not join.
Round 3: Place 2 DC in the next stitch ( use a stitch maker to mark the first stitch of the round). Then place 1 DC in the next stitch. *Place 2 DC in the next stitch, and 1 DC in the following stitch.* Repeat from * until you reach your stitch marker (24 DC).
To smooth the edge of your circle, SC in the next stitch. Then SLST into the next 2 stitches. Tie of your work.
Once you have completed both circles, place them right sides together.  Whip stitch two edges together, so that when you open the work the top and bottom have a “heart shape.” Weave in your ends.

To Create the Beak:

Using your 5 mm crochet hook and orange or yellow yarn, CH 5
Row 1: Place 1 SC in the second CH from the hook. Place 1 SC in every stitch across. CH 1 and turn your work. (4 SC )
Row 2: SC in the second CH from the hook. SC 2tog. SLST into the last stitch. Tie off your work. (the SLST end will be the tip of the beak.)
Determine which “heart shape” side of the mask you want to be the top and bottom. Then, stitch the beak onto the center of the bottom of the mask using the same color yarn you crocheted it with.

To Create the eyes:

Use fabric  paint to hand paint two semi circles on either side of the mask. Then, paint on your desired length and amount of eye lashes.

To finish the hat:


Allow your paint enough drying time. Once it is dried, stitch the penguin face onto the front of your hat using white yarn. ALL FINISHED !!



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