Easy Crochet Bear Hat Pattern

Elevate your crochet skills with my versatile Crochet Bear Hat Pattern, suitable for all sizes from baby to adult.

Whether you’re crafting for yourself or loved ones, this pattern offers a delightful and cozy accessory that’s both adorable and functional. The free Bear Hat pattern is below.

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Crochet Bear Hat Pattern Information

Skill Level

Beginner. Basic stitches in basic form. Simple repeats in rounds.

Project Materials

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Crochet Bear Hat Size Chart

Hat SizeCrownCircumferenceHeight
0-3 Months4.5 inches13-14 inches5 inches
3-6 Months5 inches14-15 inches5.5 inches
6-12 Months5.5 inches16-17 inches6.25 inches
Toddler6 inches18-19 inches6.75 inches
Child6.5 inches19-20 inches7 inches
Adult7 inches20-23 inches7.75 inches
Crochet Bear Hat Size Chart
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Crochet Gauge

Gauge is very important for this pattern.

15 stitches = 4″ and 10 rows = 4″

To make gauge swatch, crochet the first five rounds of the hat. Then, measure your swatch across the middle. If it measures close to 4.5 inches, your gauge matches mine.

If your swatch is larger than 4.5 inches, your gauge is looser than mine. Try using a smaller crochet hook.

If your swatch is smaller than 4.5 inches, your gauge is tighter than mine. Try using a larger crochet hook.

Important Notes

  • This pattern starts with a magic circle.
  • The beginning of each round starts with a chain. This chain does not count as your first stitch. 
  • At the end of each round, you’ll join your yarn with a slip stitch (sl st) to the first stitch made in that round. 
  • Repeat instructions between asterisks (*) for the remainder of the round.
  • You are crocheting in the round.
  • Hat is worked from the top down.
  • If needed, you can make any size hat longer or shorter by repeating or eliminating the last row.
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Related Patterns

If you like this Bear Hat you may also like my Dinosaur Hat, Frog Hat, and Owl Hat patterns!

Terms & Abbreviations

  • dc = double crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • rnd = round
  • rnds = rounds
  • rem = remaining

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Crochet Bear Hat Pattern Instructions

0-3 Months Size Crochet Bear Hat

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: brown

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st to the top of the first dc (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (48 stitches)

Rnds 7– 13: Repeat round 6 (48 stitches)

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

3-6 Months Size Crochet Bear Hat

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: brown

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st to the top of the first dc (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (52 stitches)

Rnds 8– 15: Repeat round 7 (52 stitches)

Now, scroll down for earflap instructions.

6-12 Months Size Crochet Bear Hat

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: brown

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st to the top of the first dc (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join (56 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (56 stitches)

Rnds 9– 16: Repeat round 8 (56 stitches)

Now, scroll down for earflap instructions.

Toddler Size Crochet Bear Hat

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: brown

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st to the top of the first dc (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join (56 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (60 stitches)

Rnds 10– 18: Repeat round 9 (60 stitches)

Now, scroll down for earflap instructions.

Child Size Crochet Bear Hat

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: brown

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st to the top of the first dc (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join (56 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 14 sts*, join (64 stitches)

Rnd 10: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (64 stitches)

Rnds 11– 19: Repeat round 10 (64 stitches)

Now, scroll down for earflap instructions.

Adult Size Crochet Bear Hat

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: brown

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st to the top of the first dc (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join (56 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 14 sts*, join (64 stitches)

Rnd 10: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 15 sts*, join (68 stitches)

Rnd 11: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (68 stitches)

Rnds 12– 21: Repeat round 11 (68 stitches)

Now, scroll down for earflap instructions.

Earflap Instructions

image showing placement for crochet hat earflaps

Firstly, begin the first earflap where you ended the last round of your hat.

Then, refer to the chart and image below for placement of the second earflap.

SizeFront of HatBack of Hat
0-3 Monthsleave 16 stitches in frontleave 12 stitches in back
3-6 Monthsleave 16 stitches in frontleave 12 stitches in back
6-12 Monthsleave 18 stitches in frontleave 14 stitches in back
Toddlerleave 18 stitches in frontleave 14 stitches in back
Childleave 20 stitches in frontleave 16 stitches in back
Adultleave 22 stitches in frontleave 18 stitches in back

0-3 Months Earflaps

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 10 sts, turn (10 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog, turn (8 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (8 stitches)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, turn (6 stitches)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (6 stitches)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, turn (4 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (4 stitches)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc2tog, turn (2 stitches)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc2tog (1 stitch)

Repeat for second earflap and continue to single crochet around entire hat and both ear-flaps.

3-6 and 6-12 Months Earflaps

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 12 sts, turn (12 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 8 sts, sc2tog, turn (10 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (10 stitches)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog, turn (8 stitches)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (8 stitches)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, turn (6 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (6 stitches)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, turn (4 stitches)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (4 stitches)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc2tog, turn (2 stitches)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc2tog (1 stitch)

Repeat for second earflap and continue to single crochet around entire hat and both ear-flaps.

Toddler, Child, & Adult Earflaps

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 14, turn (14 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 10 sts, sc2tog, turn (12 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (12 stitches)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 8 sts, sc2tog, turn (10 stitches)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (10 stitches)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog, turn (8 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (8 stitches)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, turn (6 stitches)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (6 stitches)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, turn (4 stitches)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (4 stitches)

Row 12: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc2tog, turn (2 stitches)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc2tog (1 stitch)

Repeat for second earflap and continue to single crochet around entire hat and both ear-flaps.

Braids- All Sizes

Cut six 30” strands of the brown and cream yarns (total= 12 strands).

Holding all of the strands, fold in half and pass the folded loop through the bottom of the ear flap. Use a crochet hook to help.

Pass the strand ends through the loop and pull tight to form a knot.

Divide the folded strands into three, eight strand sections and braid.  Repeat for 2nd braid.

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Eyes- All Sizes

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Make 2
Crochet hook: H/5 mm
Yarn: blackdark brown & white 

Black yarn 
Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 8 dc, join (8 stitches)

Dark brown 
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st, join (16 stitches)

White  
Rnd 3: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next st*, join (24 stitches)

Use a tapestry needle and white yarn to add the “eye sparkle” to the corners of the eyes. I simply threaded the yarn back and forth 2-3 times.

Sew eyes onto hat.

Snout- All Sizes

snout from a crochet bear hat

Crochet hook: H/5 mm 
Yarn: cream

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 10 dc, join (10 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (20 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (30 stitches)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto hat.

Nose- All Sizes

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Crochet hook: H/5 mm
Yarn: dark brown

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 6 sc, join (6 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st, join (12 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 hdc in first 2 sts, sc in the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next 2 sts, sc in rem 4 sts, join (16 stitches)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the nose onto the snout.

Sew the snout onto the bottom of hat. Make sure it is centered between the ear flaps.

Use dark brown yarn and a tapestry needle to make the smile and to connect the smile to the nose.

Ears- All Sizes

ears from a crochet bear hat

Outer Ear

Make 2
Crochet hook: H/5 mm
Yarn: brown 

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 10 hdc, join (10 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, join (20 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 hdc in same st, hdc in next st*, join (30 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each st, join (30 stitches)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto hat.

Inner Ear

Make 2
Crochet hook: H/5 mm
Yarn: cream

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 10 hdc, join (10 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, join (20 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in each st, join (20 stitches)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto outer ear.

Then, use a tapestry needle and cream yarn to sew the inner and outer ears together.

You will be working through the sc border on the inner ear and the front loops of the sc border on the outer ear.

Sew the ears onto the hat.

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