Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crochet Monster Hat Pattern

This was originally posted at The Train to Crazy, but here's the pattern again in case you missed it!

I have a confession. I don't really do handmade costumes. Well, at least not sewn costumes - we did this cardboard box robot thing last year. See, I REALLY hate to spend a ton of time on something and then only have it worn for a few hours. So, today I'm sharing something that your little one can use all fall and winter long! 


This little crochet hat should fit toddlers and young children. It fits both my 1-year-old and 3-year-old monsters. 




Crochet is really easy and fun. If you don't already know how, now is the time to learn! I learned through watching YouTube videos, but there is also a Crochet School series going on right now over here.

Abbreviations:
sl = slip stitch
dc = Double Crochet
sc = Single Crochet
hdc = Half Double Crochet

For the hat, use a worsted weight yarn, a size H hook, and join each round with a slip stitch around the beginning chain.Total stitch count per round is in the parentheses. Starting chain doesn't count toward the final stitch count. Repeat the stitch pattern between the asterisks until the end of the round.

Hat:
Chain 4, and join with a sl in the first chain.
Round 1: 10 dc into the loop you just formed (10 dc)
Round 2: Ch2, *2 dc in each dc* (20 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2, *1 dc in the first stitch, 2 dc in next*  (30 dc)
Round 4: Ch2, *1 dc in first 2 stitches, 2 dc in next* (40 dc)
Round 5: Ch2, *1 dc in first 3 stitches, 2 dc in next* (50 dc)
Round 6: Ch2, *1 dc in first 4 stitches, 2 dc in next* (60 dc)
Round 7-18: Ch 2, *1 dc in each dc* (60 dc)
Fasten off.

To make the smiley mouth on the front of the hat:

Count 20 stitches around from where you fastened off IN THE DIRECTION YOU CROCHET (this is different for lefties and righties) and attach yarn.

Row 1: Ch 2, dc in next 5 stitches, hdc in next 10 stiches, dc in next 5 stitches
Row 2: Ch2, turn work, dc in next 5 stitches, hdc in next 10 stitches, dc in next 5 stitches
Row 3: Repeat row 2. Fasten off. Weave in end, and flip mouth up toward the hat.
Using a small piece of felt, cut two triangles and place them like teeth between the hat body and the mouth. Stitch in place with a needle and thread.

Eye:
Round 1: Make a magic loop, and do 10 sc in the magic loop. (10 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in every stitch (20 sc)
Switch color
Round 3: *Sc in 2, 2 sc in next* (30 sc)
Round 4: *sc in 2, 2 sc in next* (40 sc)
Fasten off, and leave tail long enough for sewing onto hat.

Spikes (these are basically just shorter versions of these dino spikes):
Round 1: Make a magic loop/ring, and do 6 single crochets in the loop. Pull tight. (6 sc)
Round 2: Single crochet around (6 sc)
Round 3: 2 single crochet in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch - repeat around (9 sc)
Round 4: Single crochet in each stitch (9 sc)
Round 5: 2 single crochet in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch - repeat around (14 sc)
Round 6: Single crochet around (14 sc)
Round 7: Single crochet around (14 sc)
Fasten off, and leave a long enough tail to sew to the top of the hat. 

Sew all of your spikes and your eye onto the hat, and then send your little monster out to play (or rake the yard - whatever)!


Happy Halloween!

44 comments:

  1. This is so cute! I wish I knew how to crochet, but I think I'm pretty hopeless. Every time I've tried to learn I've ended up with an ugly, knotted strand of yarn.

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  2. That is super cute! I may have to see if my mom still remembers how to read a crochet pattern and have her teach me to make the hat. (She doesn't do needlework of any kind anymore unless it involves a machine due to arthritis.)

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  3. I just noticed your new profile pic. You look great!

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  4. Ugh... somehow I agreed to make two costumes this year for the rugrats. Tonight we had a minor meltdown since I have not been able to start the project and I may have kind of mentioned a visit to the costume store this weekend. Apparently homemade is the new cool and Luca was sobbing. Let's hope after bed time tonight I can get something done. It involves velvet which is awful to sew. Why did I agree to this torture?

    Adorable hat BTW. I need to learn how to crochet.

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  5. Okay, I really want to make this, but all of the directions terrify me! I'm trying to make a cowl right now, which is pretty straightforward, and I can't even get that right!

    You should link this up at Creative Me Monday, by the way. ;)
    http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/10/creative-me-monday_23.html

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  6. Very cute and cool, thanks for sharing. And how handy to have a little minion to rake the yard :-)

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  7. So adorable!!! I'm making one for my son tomorrow :)

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  8. This is so cute! I'm pinning this for my mom to make :) I'll stick with paper and fabric crafting - LOL

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  9. This is so adorable! I was just admiring a store bought monster hat the other day, and now I think I will have to make this one for my boyfriend's grandson for Christmas! Hooray!

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  10. I love this, do you sell these hats?

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  11. Noah's Mama, I'd be happy to make one for you. Send me an email at theboytrifecta@gmail.com!

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  12. these look awesome. how would i change the pattern to fit a 6 year old with a big head?

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    1. Just increase the number of rounds, and add some extra increases if necessary, although I find 60 stitches to be plenty for most kids.

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  13. This hat is so precious! Can't wait to finish making it! Thanks for the pattern!

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  14. if only i was good enough :P

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  15. Wow so cute! I'll definitely have to practice my stitches first. And since I only have girls I'd use pink and purple, but I know my daughter would absolutely love it!

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  16. Hmm..I'm tempted to make a larger one for myself.

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  17. This is super cute!! I'm a new follower! Thanks for the fab pattern ~ I'm just learning but will keep this cutie in mind!!
    xo
    Heather
    www.twindragonflydesigns.com

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  18. Thank you so much for this great pattern!

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  19. I'm making this for my little monster of a nephew! :) This is such a wonderful, easy, and straight-forward pattern for me (a beginner!) to follow...thanks so much!

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  20. Can you tell me what a Magic Loop Is? I don't think I have ever heard of it and I've been crocheting for a few years.

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  21. Thanks for the patter; it is so cute ;>

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  22. Great pattern! what yarn do you use??

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  23. Cardstonborn - if you google 'magic circle' you will find heaps of tutorials on magic loops. It's a way of starting to crochet in the round.

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  24. i have three boys too! the youngest of which turns 2 on the 8th and his party is the 12th! i'm going to make this for him to wear at his monster party and force him to stay in the A/C so he doesn't overheat. ;-P it's such a cute hat! and i thank you for posting it as a free pattern! as does my husband, who already thinks i've gone overboard with the monster theme! haha!

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  25. Love the hat! I have twin 5 year old monsters! So I will be making 2 already started one. But I also like to add my own personal touch to patterns so I think I am going to make the eye semi 3-D and add Colorado around black pupil. We shall see how it turns out!

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  26. I love this hat pattern! I just don't know if I can make it by myself. Do you sell one's that you make?

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  27. Can u tell me how to stitch the spikes into the hat I am having trouble

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  28. What yarn did you use? Brand?

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  29. Is Round three of the eye supposed to be "sc in 1 st, 2 sc in next?" The way it is now doesn't add up right... hmmm...

    Sorry, it's the pattern tester in me speaking...lol

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    1. I was just reading through the comments to see if someone else noticed this, too. I think you're right. Glad you said something because I was starting to think I was crazy!

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  30. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern for free. I appreciate your hard work and I loved making this beanie!

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  31. What size hook soyou you? I used h an it's way too big for my 2 yo and almost too big on my 5 yo. I used worsted weight yarn. Mshomeyer@gmail.com

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  32. i love the pattern and so does my 3 yr old!!! ive been workin on a few of these hats as gifts and row 3 for the eye just doesnt add up so i just improvised lol. and again thank you for the free pattern! the lil boys love em an i have ppl askin if there are girl monsters so im gonna do a lil experimentation and see how it works lol

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  33. Super cute! I LOVE this pattern and so does my daughter and 2 yr old grandson! I will be attempting to make him one. Thank you for sharing your pattern!
    Hugs, Paula

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  34. Help, I don't crochet, but I do knit. Does anyone know if there is a knit pattern of this adorable hat and where I may find it? My daughter sent me this page and would like me to make one for my 3 year old grandson. Any assistance will be gratefully appreciated.

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  35. Do you allow for the sale of the finished products from this pattern (link and credit the pattern to you and your blog site)? I made my son one and a girly version for my daughter and everywhere I go I have people ask if they are for sale! Thank you for sharing this pattern!

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  36. Thank you for the pattern! I used it for the eyes and spikes.

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  37. Just made this and my sone LOVES it, he wants a "mike" hat (monsters inc) and this pattern is so versatile I could totally make it from this pattern thanks so much!!:)

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  38. Thank you so much for posting this! I have been looking literally all afternoon for awesome but different Christmas presents to crochet my family!! I have four nephews (ages one to six who are all little monsters haha!) and a niece who is slowly growing her hair back after chemo so this pattern will be perfect for all of them! I've got my colors and am set to start!!

    Thank you again!
    From The Soon To Be Favorite Auntie!!

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  39. Thak you for the cute pattern!! I have only had it about four days, and I have made three already, one for each of my grandkids! I plan on making a bunch of them and sending them to St. Jude's hospital. I hope that's ok?? Thanks again for sharing this adorable pattern!!

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  40. I made a pink one for my 3yr old granddaughter, and she loves it!!!

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  41. Ty for sharing pattern I make hats and donate to several charities and I made two of the dino and monster hats and donated and one little boy hand wrote me a ty card and sent me his picture of him wearing hat it was so cute so I wanted to ty for sharing pattern

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  42. Thank you ! Made for a friends daughter and she loves it! Now I have more requests!

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