Bear Hat

Bear Hat

OCTOBER 18, 2018

When a friend of mine asked if I could make a baby bear hat for her little one, I jumped at the idea of designing another animal hat. When I design my animal hats, I like to draw inspiration from stuffed animals (if you follow me you know that Beanie Boos were my inspiration for a few of the hats I designed over the summer), illustrations from books my children have and clip art/cartoon images that I find on the internet. These methods of "research" help me determine which features are most important and also help me scale the various parts of the face (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, etc.). I'm very happy with how this cutie turned out and I hope you agree!

- Crochet Hook: H 5 mm & I 5.5 mm (I love these Clover hooks!) or hook needed to obtain gauge
- tapestry needles
- stitch markers
- Yarn: worsted weight brown, black, white, cream and dark brown

0/3 months - adult

15 dc= 4" and 10 rows= 4"

-you are crocheting in the round

-hat is worked from the top down

-the ch 2 at the beginning of each round never counts as your first stitch

CLICK HERE to visit my Basic Beanie pattern for more information on how I size my hats.

Crochet hook: I 5.5mm
Yarn: brown

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [11]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [22]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [33]

Rnd 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnds 6– 13: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [48]

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

Crochet hook: I 5.5mm
Yarn: brown

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [11]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [22]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [33]

Rnd 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 6: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnds 7– 15: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [52]

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

Crochet hook: I 5.5mm
Yarn: brown

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [11]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [22]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [33]

Rnd 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 6: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 7: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 12 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnds 8– 16: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [56]

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

Crochet hook: I 5.5mm
Yarn: brown

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [11]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [22]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [33]

Rnd 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 6: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 7: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 12 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnd 8: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 13 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts*, join [60]

Rnds 9– 18: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [60]

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

Crochet hook: I 5.5mm
Yarn: brown

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [11]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [22]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [33]

Rnd 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 6: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 7: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 12 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnd 8: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 13 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts*, join [60]

Rnd 9: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 14 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 14 sts*, join [64]

Rnds 10– 19: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [64]

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

Crochet hook: I 5.5mm
Yarn: brown

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [11]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [22]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [33]

Rnd 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 6: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 7: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 12 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnd 8: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 13 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts*, join [60]

Rnd 9: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 14 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 14 sts*, join [64]

Rnd 10: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 15 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 15 sts*, join [68]

Rnds 11– 21: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [68]

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

Begin first ear-flap where hat ended. See photo for second ear-flap placement.  ear-flap-placement-crochet-hat

Row 1: sc in 10, ch 1, turn [row 1 count= 10]

Row 2: sc2tog, sc in 6, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 2 count= 8]

Row 3: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 3 count= 8]

Row 4: sc2tog, sc in 4, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 4 count= 6]

Row 5: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 5 count= 6]

Row 6: sc2tog, sc in 2, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 6 count= 4]

Row 7: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 7 count= 4]

Row 8: sc2tog, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 8 count= 2]

Row 9: sc2tog and if this is the first ear-flap, finish off. If this is the second ear-flap, continue to sc around entire hat and ear-flaps.

Begin first ear-flap where hat ended. See photo for second ear-flap placement.  ear-flap-placement-crochet-hat

Row 1: sc in 12, ch 1, turn [row 1 count= 12]

Row 2: sc2tog, sc in 8, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 2 count= 10]

Row 3: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 3 count= 10]

Row 4: sc2tog, sc in 6, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 4 count= 8]

Row 5: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 5 count= 8]

Row 6: sc2tog, sc in 4, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 6 count= 6]

Row 7: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 7 count= 6]

Row 8: sc2tog, sc in 2, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 8 count= 4]

Row 9: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 9 count= 4]

Row 10: sc2tog, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 10 count= 2]

Row 11: sc2tog and if this is the first ear-flap, finish off. If this is the second ear-flap, continue to sc around entire hat and ear-flaps.

Begin first ear-flap where hat ended. See photo for second ear-flap placement.

Row 1: sc in 14, ch 1, turn [row 1 count= 14]ear-flap-placement-crochet-hat

Row 2: sc2tog, sc in 10, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 2 count= 12]

Row 3: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 3 count= 12]

Row 4: sc2tog, sc in 8, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 4 count= 10]

Row 5: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 5 count= 10]

Row 6: sc2tog, sc in 6, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 6 count= 8]

Row 7: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 7 count= 8]

Row 8: sc2tog, sc in 4, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 8 count= 6]

Row 9: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 9 count= 6]

Row 10: sc2tog, sc in 2, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 10 count= 4]

Row 11: sc in each st, ch 1, turn [row 11 count= 4]

Row 12: sc2tog, sc2tog, ch 1, turn [row 12 count= 2]

Row 13: sc2tog and if this is the first ear-flap, finish off. If this is the second ear-flap, continue to sc around entire hat and ear-flaps.

Crochet hook: H 5 mm crochet hook 
Yarn: blackdark brown & white 

Instructions between two asterisks should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

black yarn Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 8 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [10]

dark brown Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 2 sc in each rem st, join [20]

white  Rnd 3: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st*, join [30]

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.

Crochet hook: H 5 mm crochet hook 
Yarn: cream

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 8 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [10]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [20]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [30]

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto hat.

Crochet hook: H 5 mm crochet hook 
Yarn: dark brown

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc, join with sl st in top of first sc [6]

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 2 sc in each rem st, join [12]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, 2 hdc in next st, sc in the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next 2 sts, sc in rem 4 sts, join [16]

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto snout.

  1. Sew nose onto top of snout.
  2. Sew snout onto the bottom of hat (centered between the ear flaps).
  3. Use dark brown and a tapestry needle to make the nose/mouth line and the smile.
  4. Sew eyes onto hat.

Outer Ear

Crochet hook: H 5 mm crochet hook 
Yarn: brown 

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 10 hdc, join with sl st in top of first hdc [10]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each rem st, join [20]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next st, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st*, join [30]

Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each rem st, join [30]

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto hat.

Inner Ear

Crochet hook: H 5 mm crochet hook 
Yarn: cream

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 10 hdc, join with sl st in top of first hdc [10]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each rem st, join [20]

Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each rem st, join [20]

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

Sew the inner ear onto the outer ear by weaving yarn through the last rnd of sts of the inner ear and the front loops of the last rnd of sts of the outer ear (this will prevent the cream yarn from being visible from the back of the hat). 

Sew the ears onto the hat.

Earflap Braids

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 hook to help). Pass the strand ends through the loop and pull tight to form a knot. Divide the strands into three sections (8 strands in each) and braid.  Repeat for 2nd braid.

Pictures are from my Frankenstein Hat.

Free Frankenstein Hat Crochet Pattern

Free Frankenstein Hat Crochet Pattern

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