Baby Bear Hat

Happy Free Pattern Friday!

Today’s free pattern is a Baby Bear Hat with Ear Flaps.  This hat goes quite nicely with the adjustable diaper cover found here (see pic at the end of this post of both items together).  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

The baby bear hat  is for the beginner/intermediate crocheter. This will comfortably fit a 0-6 month old baby.

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MEASUREMENTS

Hat:   When laid flat it measures 6.5″ across and 5.5″ in length

MATERIALS

Size H Crochet Hook

Soft Worsted Weight Yarn (1 skein each in contrasting colors)

Stitch Marker (or safety pin)

Yarn Needle

ABBREVIATIONS

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

sc – single crochet

st – stitch

tc – triple crochet

INSTRUCTIONS

You will be using your stitch marker (or safety pin) in the first round (the magic ring round).  Place it in the first sc and move it up after completing each round.  Continue this until the end.

HAT

Start with a magic ring.  Ch1 (place stitch marker).  6sc in ring. Join.

Rd1:     2sc in each st (12sc)

Rd2:     (1sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) around (18sc)

Rd3:     (1sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) around (24sc)

Rd4:     (1sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st) around (30sc)

Rd5:     (1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st) around (36sc)

Rd6:     (1sx in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st) around (42sc)

Rd7:     (1sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st) around (48sc)

Rd8-22: 1 sc in each st around (48sc)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

To make the circumference of the hat bigger (for older babies) continue increasing stitches after row 7.  For example: Rd8 would be (1sc in next 7sts, 2sc in next).  Continue this until the hat reaches the desired circumference.

EAR FLAPS (make 2)

Fold hat in half.  With a stitch marker or safety pin, mark the areas on either end where you would like to place the ear flaps.  Unfold the hat and continue:

R1:       With main color: join with slip stitch at the stitch marker. 1sc in next 7 (7sc)

R2:       Ch1. Turn.  1sc in next 7 sts (7sc)

R3:       Ch1. Turn.  sc decrease, sc in next 3 sts, sc decrease (5sc)

R4:       Ch1. Turn. sc in next 5 sts (5sc)

R5:       Ch1. Turn. sc decrease, sc in next st, sc decrease (3sc)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

EDGING

With contrasting color, join yarn with slip stitch to any st in last round along brim of hat.  Ch1.  Sc around.  Jin with slip stitch to first st.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

EARS(make 2)

Start with a magic ring.  Ch1.  6sc in ring.  Join.

Rd1:     2sc in each st around (12sc)

Rd2:     (1sc in next 2t, 2sc in next st) around (18sc)  Switch to contrasting color.

Rd3:     1sc in each st around (18sc)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to hat

Stitch ears to the top of the hat by eyeballing placement.  It may help to pin the ears in place before attaching.

BRAIDS (make 2)

Cut 12 lengths of yarn (6 in main color and 6 in contrasting color) 20” long.

Pull through the bottom center st of ear flap

Braid yarn.  Tie a knot at the bottom and trim ends evenly.

I hope you enjoyed this free tutorial.  Come back every Friday for a new one!

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