Easy Thing 1 & Thing 2 Crochet Hat Pattern for Beginners + Video Tutorial

Did you know that annually on March 2nd we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday? We also celebrate National Read Across America that same week. These My Thing 1 and Thing 2 crochet hat pattern is a great quick and fun crochet project to join in the celebrations! The free crochet pattern is below.

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Melissa Hassler from Lovable Loops wearing one of her free crochet patterns- thing 1 and thing 2 crochet hats

Materials

  • I-9 5.5 mm crochet hook for the body of the hat
  • H-85 mm crochet hook for the numbers
  • Worsted weight yarn in red, white, & blue.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers 
  • Scissors
  • Extra large pom pom maker (sizes 6-12 months, toddler, child & adult)
  • Large pom pom maker (sizes 0-3 months & 3-6 months)

Finished Sizes

0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, toddler, child and adult

Pattern Notes

  • You are crocheting in the round from the top of the hat down.
  • Instructions between two asterisks (*) should be repeated for the remainder of the round.
  • The ch 2 at the beginning of each round does not count as a dc.
  • You are working from the top down.
  • You can make any size hat longer or shorter by repeating or eliminating the last row before you begin the earflaps.
  • The pattern is written in US terms.

Gauge

14 stitches = 4″ and just over 9 rows = 4″

Lovable Loops thing 1 and thing 2 crochet hat pattern

0-3 Months Size Instructions

Use red yarn.

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]

Rnds 5– 12: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [44]

For earflaps, stop here and scroll down for pattern.

Switch to Turqua yarn.

Rnd 13: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each rem st, join, fasten off and weave in ends [44]

3-6 Months Size Instructions

Use red yarn.

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]

For earflaps, stop here and scroll down for pattern.

Switch to Turqua yarn.

Rnd 14: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each rem st, join, fasten off and weave in ends [48]

6-12 Months Size Instructions

Use red yarn.

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]

For earflaps, stop here and scroll down for pattern.

Switch to Turqua yarn.

Rnd 16: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each rem st, join, fasten off and weave in ends [52]

Toddler Size Instructions

Use red yarn.

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]

For earflaps, stop here and scroll down for pattern.

Switch to Turqua yarn.

Rnd 17: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each rem st, join, fasten off and weave in ends [56]

Child Size Instructions

Use red yarn.

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– 17: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [60]

For earflaps, stop here and scroll down for pattern.

Switch to Turqua yarn.

Rnd 18: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each rem st, join, fasten off and weave in ends [60]

Adult Size Instructions

Use red yarn.

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]

For earflaps, stop here and scroll down for pattern.

Switch to Turqua yarn.

Rnd 20: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each rem st, join, fasten off and weave in ends [64]

0-3– 6-12 months Ear-Flaps

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

earflaps

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 the hat using blue yarn.

Toddler- Adult 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]

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 the hat using blue yarn.

Circle for sizes 0-3- 6-12 months

H-8 5 mm crochet hook & white yarn.

Round 1: magic ring, 9 dc, join with sl st to top of first dc [9]

Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [18]

Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [27]

Round 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [36]

You can use white or black yarn.

Round 5: ch 1, sc in each st, join, fasten off and leave long tail for sewing onto hat [36]

Do not sew circle onto hat until you have added the numbers! 

Circle for sizes Toddler, Child & Adult

H-8 5 mm crochet hook & white yarn.

Round 1: magic ring, 9 dc, join with sl st to top of first dc [9]

Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [18]

Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [27]

Round 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [36]

Round 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts*, join [45]

You can use white or black yarn.

Round 6: ch 1, sc in each st, join, fasten off and leave long tail for sewing onto hat [45]

Do not sew circle onto hat until you have added the numbers! 

Kids wearing Lovable Loops thing 1 and thing 2 crochet hat pattern

Numbers

H-8 5 mm crochet hook & black yarn.

Chain 30. Use a tapestry needle to sew your chain into the shape of the numbers 1 and 2.

Once the numbers are sewn onto the circle, you can attach it to your hat. Make sure it is centered between the ear flaps.

Braids Instructions

  1. Cut five 30” strands of the Cherry Red, Turqua and White yarns (total= 15 strands).
  2. Holding all of the strands, fold in half and pass the folded loop through the bottom of the ear flap (use hook to help).
  3. Pass the strand ends through the loop and pull tight to form a knot (now you have 30 strands).
  4. Divide the strands into three sections (10 strands in each) and braid. 
  5. Repeat for 2nd braid.

Adding the Pom Pom

Make a pom pom with your pom maker. 

  1. Wind the yarn around both arches. 
  2. Cut the yarn along the middle gap.
  3. Tie with a piece of scrap yarn. 
  4. Open the arches.
  5. Remove the pom pom.
  6. Trim any loose ends.

Finishing

Sew your pom pom to the top of your hat. Weave in your ends. 

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Melissa Hassler from Lovable Loops wearing one of her free crochet patterns- thing 1 and thing 2 crochet hats