Notes: This is a combination of a pattern and guidance on how to make your hat, as each teddy is different, and will have different ear positions. I’d rate this pattern as an Intermediate difficulty for this reason.
This pattern uses US crochet terms. It is worked in a spiral, without joining at the end of each round.
- Aran or light worsted weight yarn
- 4.5mm crochet hook
- 4 removable stitch markers, or scraps of yarn to mark positions
- ch chain
- sc single crochet (UK double crochet)
- scBLO single crochet Back Loop Only (UK double crochet Back Loop Only)
- scFLO single crochet Front Loop Only (UK double crochet Front Loop Only)
Round 1: Work 6sc into a Magic Loop -OR- Ch 2 and work 6sc into the second ch from the hook. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in each sc (12)
Round 3: (sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (18)
Round 4: (2sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (24)
Round 5: (3sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (30)
Round 6: (4sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (36)
Round 7: (5sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (42)
Round 8: (6sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (48)
Round 9: (7sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (54)
Round 10: (8sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (60)
Round 11: (9sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (66)
Round 10: (10sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (72)
At this stage, measure your flat circle against the back of your teddy’s head. If it fits comfortably between your teddy’s ears, you’re there – if not, work more increase rows (or frog a few) to make sure it will fit. We will be fitting the hat for ear holes in a few rounds; here you want it to cover the back of his head up to his ears.
Round 11: scBLO around (72)
Rounds 12-15: sc around (72). If you would like the effect of a hat band, work rows 14 and 15 in a contrasting colour.
Now, you need to work out where your ear holes will be. Place the hat on your teddy’s head, with the end of the round at the centre back and the edge fitted behind the ears. Using your stitch markers, mark the edge of each ear. Between the sets of markers is where your ear holes will be. On my teddy, the markers were 10 stitches apart.
Round 16: With the main colour, scFLO to the first stitch marker. Count the stitches to the next marker, and chain that number of stitches. For example, on my teddy there were 10 stitches between the markers, so I chained 10. Skip the stitches between the markers, and continue to scFLO to the next set of markers. Do the same as for the first set. You can now remove the stitch markers as you have finished with them, and they’re likely to be in your way. Continue to scFLO to the end of the round.
What you’ll have is the beginning of the brim with two holes for ears to for through. Now, you’ll continue increasing to make a flat brim.
Round 17: (11sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (78). When you come to the chains, sc around the chain rather than into it. Remember to sc the same number of stitches as chains, (for example, 10sc in a 10ch space) as well as working any increases may that fall there.
Round 18: (12sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (84)
Round 19: (13sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (90)
Round 20: (14sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (96)
Round 21: (15sc, then 2sc in next stitch) around (102)
Sl st to the next sc, and fasten off. Work in all ends.
You can also customise your hat by adjusting the width of the brim – try a really floppy one for beach side, for example!
Enjoy, and do let me know how you’re getting on! This pattern is also on Ravelry; I’d love to see your project photos!