Bright Baby Crochet Owl Hat
Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2013.
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This pattern is written in US crochet terms
Gather Your Supplies Supplies:
- Caron Simply Soft yarn
- 6.5mm Crochet Hook
- 5.5mm Crochet Hook
- Darning needle
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Gauge and Sizing
The finished product measures approximately 20″ in circumference, 5.5″ from crown to base and the ear flaps with poms measure approximately 7″ long. It should fit most babies 0-3 months old.
- Ch – Chain
- Dc – Double Crochet
- Sc – Single Crochet
- Slst – Slip Stitch
This pattern utilizes the Magic ring to start crocheting in the round. This technique results in a neater circle without a small hole in the center. To learn how to start a magic ring, see my post:
Rounds 1-7 use color A
Use size 6.5mm hook
Round 1: Make a magic ring with 10 dc. Slst to join.
Round 2: Ch 3. Dc two times in each stitch around (20 dc). Join with slst.
Round 3: Ch 3. *Dc once into the next stitch. Dc twice into the next stitch. Repeat this sequence around (30 dc). Join with a slst.
Round 4: Ch 3. *Dc once in the next two stitches. Dc twice into the next stitch. Repeat this sequence around (40 dc). Join with a slst.
Round 5: Ch 3. *Dc once in the next three stitches. Dc twice into the next stitch. Repeat this sequence around (50 dc). Join with a slst.
Rounds 6-7: Ch 3. Dc once into each stitch around. Join with a slst. (50 dc)
Change to Color B
Rounds 8-12: Ch 3. Dc once into each stitch around. Join with a slst. (50 dc) Fasten off.
I find it easiest to lay your hat on a flat surface to judge where to place the ear flaps. There is no exact science to this; you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like. You may count your stitches exactly or you may just “eyeball” it, which is what I tend to do. Our ear flaps are going to be 10 stitches wide so mark your hat accordingly.
Normally when crocheting in rows, you would make your last stitch into the chain of the previous row. For the ear flap, we are going to skip this stitch. This will cause a gradual decrease that is virtually invisible.
Row 1: Ch 3. Dc into each of the next 9 stitches (10 dc).
Row 2: Ch 3. Dc into each of the next 8 stitches (9 dc).
Row 3: Ch 3. Dc into each of the next 7 stitches (8 dc).
Row 4: Ch 3. Dc into each of the next 6 stitches (7 dc).
Row 5: Ch 3. Dc into each of the next 5 stitches (6 dc).
Row 6: Ch 3. Dc into each of the next 4 stitches (5 dc).
Row 7: Ch 3. Dc into each of the next 3 stitches (4 dc).
Row 8: Ch 3. Dc into each of the next 2 stitchs (3 dc). Fasten off and repeat for the other side.
Use Color C
Start by chaining one at the back of the hat. Sc into each stitch until you reach your first ear flap. Sc 3 times around each of the dc posts up the side of the ear flap. When you reach the point of the ear flap, sc twice into the first dc stitch, dc once into the next dc stitch and sc twice into the last dc stitch. Continue sc three times around each dc post until you have reached the base of the hat. Continue this around the other ear flap and join with a slst once you have sc around the entire hat. Bind off.
Start off using color C.
Use 5.5mm hook
Round 1: Make a magic ring with 10 dc. Close the magic ring and join with a slst. Fasten off color C.
Switch to color E
Round 2: Ch 3. Dc twice into each stitch around (20 dc). Fasten off and repeat for the second eye.
Switch to color D
Sc 15 times around one eye from right to left as usual. Holding the second eye directly next to the first, insert your hook into a stitch on the second eye and make a sc. This will fasten the two eyes together. continue sc 13 more times and slst into the 14th stitch. Bind off.
Place your eyes where you want them to be and stitch them to your hat using a darning needle. I continued to use the white yarn for this so the stitching would not be visible.
Beak, Tassels and Poms
Use Color D
Thread your darning needle and insert it from the inside of the hat out where you want the point of the beak to be. Now start forming the triangular shape and insert your needle just below the eye at an angled position from the point. Repeat this for the other side. Now fill in the gap with several passes of thread to the the beak a nice, full appearance. Tie a knot on the inside of the hat to secure.
You will need 12 strands of yarn approximately 5″ long. Use six strands of yarn for each side. Flip your hat to the back and locate the area you wish the tassels to be. Insert your hook under a dc post. Fold your group of yarn in half and pull it through. With your fingers, pull the tails of the yarn through the loop and pull tightly to secure. Repeat on the other side.
The most important thing to keep in mind while making the poms is to make sure they are the same size. This proves to be a difficult task sometimes! You make use a pom maker or you can simply use your hand. Hold the end of your yarn (leaving a generous tail) in your fist. Wrap the yarn several times around your fist. Be sure to keep count how many times you wrap so you can make the other pom the same size. For my poms, I wrapped the yarn around my fist 100 times, but keep in mind, I have rather small hands. You may have to modify this number. Once you have wrapped the desired number of times cut your yarn and carefully slide it over your fist. Cut another piece of yarn approximately 6-8″ and lay it flat on a table. Place your wound yarn directly in the center and tie your loose strand around it as tightly as you can.
Using your scissors, cut all of the loops. Shape your pom using scissors over a trash can…this part gets messy! Repeat this for the other pom.
For a video tutorial on how to make a pompom, check out this video: