These work great for photographers to use in shoots with babies and newborns because tie backs are so versatile. For the sleepy eyed newborns the headband doesn’t even have to be tied, it can just be tucked away and hidden.
These are fun to make and a great way to use up those scraps of left over yarn that you ‘knew’ you would find a use for
You can use any size hook and yarn of your choice.
Size J crochet hook (6.5 mm)
Worsted Weight- (MC)Turquoise – Not sure on what brand I used but it feels like Red Heart Super Saver. The (CC) white is heavy so it is probably Caron Natura or Red Heart with Love
A yarn needle, scissors, yard stick.
With MC make a chain approximately 25 inches long. If it helps mine is about 70 chains. Fasten off, tie each end.
You can use any flower pattern you want. For the turquoise one I:
With MC Ch2, join in 1st chain made to form a circle.
*Ch 3, DC into circle, ch3, slip stitch into circle * Rpt from * 5 more times for a total of 6 petals.
Fasten off. With yarn needle sew flower to center of the chain.
For the middle part of the flower
With CC, ch 2 and ss into 1st ch made to form a circle.
Make 4 sc’s into circle.
Fasten off, pull tight and sew into center of flower.
Wala, you’re done! It probably took you longer to read the directions than it did to do the actual crocheting. Have fun with this, try a version with ch4’s and triple crochets or even with 2 stitches between each of your chains.
Stitches Used in This Pattern-
Half Double Crochet worked in a spiral. No need to join, chain or turn. You should place a marker at the end of each round so you will know where you begin new rows.
This pattern is crocheted in a spiral. Do not join, do not chain, do not turn.
Round 1)Magic circle – 8 hdc [or ch2 and make 8 hdc in 2nd ch from hook] Round 2) in each hdc make 1 loop stitch & 1 hdc (16) Round 3) *2 hdc in 1st stitch, 1 hdc in next * (24) Round 4) *2 hdc in 1st stitch, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches * (32) Round 5) *2 hdc in 1st stitch, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches * (40) *your circle should measure 4″ across at the end of this round if you are making a newborn size hat Rounds 6-12) hdc in each stitch around.
Crochet in rounds thru row 12 or until desired length. I added a row of Brick Stitch to the edge.
Optional Brick Stitch Edge: * skip 3 chains, sc in next chain, chain 3, 3 double crochet in same chain. Repeat from * across row. End with: single crochet in next
Gauge: At the end of round 7: Your circle should measure 4” across. Adjust your hook size as needed.
For the hat itself you will use my single crochet baby hat pattern There is a download link at the end of this pattern that includes the full hat and kitty cat hat pattern.
For the cat’s eyes, nose, and ears use your 5 mm crochet hook
In 2nd ch from hook make 2 TC, slip stitch in next, 2 TC in next.
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use yarn needle to stitch up to middle of nose and wrap yarn 3 or more times around the center.
Use your tails to sew the nose to the hat. Weave your ends in neatly and hide them behind the nose.
With a strand of red yarn 12” or so, either embroider a small satin stitch mouth shape OR you can tie a knot in the center of the strand, tie another knot directly over that know. Use the tails to sew this to the hat. Weave the tails in well behind the nose making sure they are secured and fasten off.
With black yarn, and a long tail, ch2, make sc into 1st ch made. Fasten off and again leave a long tail for sewing and embroidering.
With a strand of white yarn about 6” long and your yarn needle work a single embroidery stitch along the inside of one of the sc’s. Repeat this on the other eye. Fasten your yarn on the wrong side of the eye, weave in the ends so they are hidden and secure.
Sew eyes onto hat using your tails of black yarn. When the eye is secured make two eyelashes on each the top and the bottom of the eye by running a short embroidery stitch diagonally away from your eye. Without pulling too tightly weave your tails in behind the eye so they are hidden and fasten off.
Use a 6” strand of yarn and your yarn needle to make a stitch of either side of the nose with the tails sticking out if the right side of the work. Tie them in a double knot and then a 2nd double knot making sure they are not so tight as to pucker your hat. Trim them to the desired length and then use the point of your yarn needle to separate the strands.
To keep the knots from coming undone (it seems people are drawn to touching the whiskers which doesn’t help them stay tied) I like to run black sewing thread thru the knots a few times. TIP: make sure to tie off and hide the knot from your sewing thread behind the nose.
Make 2- I made one in pink and one in ivory
With a long tail, chain 5
Rows 1 and 2: Sc 4, ch1, turn (4)
Now we begin decreasing each row to give the ears a triangular shape. This can be done several ways A) By sc2tog at either end of the rows B) by skipping the first sc of each row or C)by skipping the first sc in each row. In this pattern we will use sc2tog but of course you can use any method you are familiar with or prefer.
Row 3: sc2 tog, sc ea of nxt 2, ch1, turn (3)
Row 4: sc2 tog, sc the nxt, ch1, turn (2)
Row 5: sc2 tog, (1)
Fasten off leaving a long tail of 12” or more
Row 6: Attach your contrasting color, ch 1 and sc around the ear making 3 sc in the top of the ear to create a point. Again leave long tails.
With your yarn needle, work the strands of pink into the inside of the hat to get those out of the way. With your MC (Ivory) strands sew the ears to the top of the hat making sure to sew both in both the front and the back of the ear.
Work strands to inside the hat and weave them in. TIP: When I have a project with this many ends to weave in I like to utilize as many as I can in an effort to keeping the inside of the hat looking as clean as possible. In the photo I have taken the tails from the ears and the tail from the very beginning of the hat and [after weaving them in securely] used the yarn needle to bring them back thru the inside of the first round. To do this just bring them all through, trim to the desired length and use the tip of the yarn needle to slightly separate the strands.
For the braids in the photos I wrapped both the ivory and pink yarn around the a composition notebook (9.75” tall) 12 times (12 of each color) per earflap.
Using a crochet hook pull them thru the hole made in the bottom of the earflap by inserting crochet hook from the inside to outside.
Pull ends thru the loop made and gently pull until they are wrapped over the end of the ear flap. See photos below.
Arrange the yarn into three sections and braid. Fasten the braids by tying yarn around them. With a strand of yarn 24” long wrap the tied off spot.
Use your yarn needle to work the two tails under the wrap (see photo)
Trim your ends to even them up.
Pat yourself on the back–you just made a kitty hat!
Double Crochet Snow Boarder Hat Pattern
I wanted to make a puppy dog hat with earflaps for a new baby but most of the patterns I found either made 15″ hats…which is 2 inches too big for newborn babies [who have 13″-14″ heads] or the patterns called for a small crochet hook, [which I don’t have yet] OR the patterns were something like 0-6 months..there is a huge difference between a 10 day old baby and a 6 month old!!
So I just decided to work up my own patterns. In the process I also came up with this pattern for 0-3 months which will fit a head size up to about 14.5″ around.
Baby Ski Hat Pattern with Double Crochet Ear Flaps
Gauge= 6 stitches = 2″
This is crocheted in the round and in a spiral meaning you do not join and chain and you do not turn. To keep track of your rounds you should place a marker.
You will need
Worsted weight yarn
scrap yarn in contrasting colors if you are adding trim, eyes, nose, or ears
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Smaller crochet hook or yarn needle to weave in ends.
To double crochet the body of your hat
Round 1) Chain 2 and double crochet 10 times into 2nd chain from hook or if you are using magic circle make 10 dc in loop.
Round 2) Make 2 dc’s in each stitch. Place marker on last stitch
made. You should have 20 stitches
Round 3) *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch* repeat
around (30 stitches total)
Round 4) *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next 2 stitches* repeat
around (40 stitches total)
**check your sizing. If your circle measures 4.5″ across then you are right on track to make a 0-3 month size hat that will fit a head up to about 14.5″ around. If your circle is too small switch to a smaller hook (I used to crochet very tightly and had to use a K (6.5 mm) hook to achieve this). If your circle is too large use a smaller hook here. (Ally crochets very loose and would probably need a tiny F hook here).
Rounds 5-8– dc in each stitch around hat making sure to
move marker with each completed row.
If you will be attaching earflaps crochet until hat measures 4“- 4.25″
tall and do NOT cut yarn. Then proceed with earflaps.
If you will not be attaching earflaps crochet until hat is 5“
tall, cut yarn, fasten and weave in end.
This pattern makes double crochet earflaps which are rounded at the bottom. To make ear covers in single crochet you can use the earflap portion of the directions for my Puppy Dog animal Hat pattern
These are worked in rows back and forth. Updated November 2, 2014
Row 1) Dc 8 stitches beyond your maker, Ch 3 and turn (8 dc)
Row 2) Dc in the next st and each of the nxt 6 across Turn (7 dc + ch3 = 8 dc)
Row 3) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (7 DC) Turn
Row 4) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across. Turn (6 DC)
Row 5) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (5 DC) Turn
Row 6) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (4 DC) Turn
Row 7) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (3 DC)
Row 8) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (2 DC) Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for weaving in and fasten.
Now flip your hat over so you have the top of the hat nearest you and the earflap you just made on the righthand side. Like the picture.
Now count 13 stitches to the left of where your existing earflap starts. Join your yarn in the stitch to the left of the 14th.
Row 1) ch 3, and DC in the same stitch. DC in the next 7 st across.
Now follow rows 2-8 of the earflap directions.
When you are done with the 2nd earflap don’t cut the yarn just yet. Fold the hat in half, line up the earflaps and double check to make sure you go them the same length. When you are good to go fasten off, cut yarn and weave in your ends.
Trim- with contrast yarn attach with slip stitch behind right
ear. Ch 1, and sc around entire hat and earflaps. Make sure when you are single crocheting along the sides of the earflaps that you make 2 sc in each dc row. Cut yarn and
weave in loose ends.
Leave the earflaps as is or add braids, decorate with a chain and pom poms.
You can use this hat as a basis for any animal critter hat you like. Below are directions for noses, eyes, ears, etc for
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Even a beginner can make this in less than a couple hours.
I wanted to practice my half double crochet and I had a softball sized amount of pink Red Heart yarn that someone had given me. Without even realizing that I would create something useful I chained up 65 stiches, crocheted flat in the front loop for about nine rows and realized that if stitched up the ends this would make a warm headband.
Later that week the temps dropped and the winds off the fields froze my ears so this really came in handy!
If you want to make this on your own here is a rough pattern.
Feel free to make your changes to it as you see fit.
US size I crochet hook
scrap yarn (I used worsted weight)
Chain 65, turn Row 1– skip the first two stitches, and HDC (half double crochet) in the front loop across (63 stitches). Chain 2 and turn Rows 2 – 9– repeat row 1
Leave enough yarn to sew up the ends with either a yarn needle or crocheted together.
Put on and save your ears from those sub-zero February days 😉