Horse Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Horse Hat

This horse hat started the pattern bonanza! It is the first pattern I ever wrote for someone else to follow. I started making animal hats for people and just followed the patterns I designed and memorized in my brain. Someone contacted me on Etsy and asked if I would write this pattern so they could make it… and thus began my journey into pattern writing.

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Materials

Yarn: Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn
160 Brown (CA)
150 Toasted Almond (CB)
105 Old Rose (CC)
292 Amethyst (CD)

Yarn weight: Worsted

Hook sizes: 5.5 mm and 11.5 mm

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Abbreviations

CA – Color A
CB – Color B
CC – Color C
CD – Color D
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Rep – Repeat
Sc2tog* – single crochet two together
Rem – Remaining
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Tog – Together
RS – Right Side
WS – Wrong Side
Sk – Skip
Xs – Times

Hat Sizes

6–12 months
Toddler/Child
Teen/Adult
Large Adult

Notes

When working in the round, work initial sts in 1st chain made and over tail of yarn to be tightened when work is finished.

Pattern

BASE OF HAT

Yarn: CA and CB

Hook: 11.5 mm

Worked in the round with CA and CB held together as one.

 

All Sizes:

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 9 dc in 1st ch. (10 sts total)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in the top of 1st dc made, 2 sc in each dc around. (20 sts)

Rnd 3: 2 sc in 1st sc made from rnd 2, [1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 10 xs. (30 sts)

 

Rnd 4 (based on size):

6-12 Month Size: Sc in each sc. (30 sts)

Toddler/Child Size: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 xs, sc in each sc around. (32 sts)

Teen/Adult Size: [1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in 6th st] 5 xs. (35 sts)

Large Adult Size: [1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in 3th st] 10 xs. (40 sts)

 

Following rnds (based on size):

6-12 Months Rnds 5-14: Sc in each sc. (30 sts in each rnd) Do not cast off.

Toddler/Child Rnds 5-15: Sc in each sc. (32 sts in each rnd) Do not cast off.

Teen/ Adult Rnds 5-16: Sc in each sc. (35 sts in each rnd) Do not cast off.

Large Adult Rnds 5-17: Sc in each sc. (40 sts in each rnd) Do not cast off.

FASHIONING THE EAR FLAPS

1st Ear Flap:
Beg where you finished final rnd of hat base.

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 8 sts, ch 1, turn. (8 sc)

Row 2: Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (6 sts)

Row 3: Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn. (4 sts)

Row 4: [Sc2tog] twice, ch 2, turn. (2 sts)

Row 5: Skip 1st sc, 1 sc in last st. (1 st)
Cast off leaving 10” for braiding later.

2nd Ear Flap:
Attach yarn 7 st after last ear flap with rs facing.
Fashion identical to the 1st ear flap by repeating rows 1-5.

TRIM OF HAT

Yarn: CC Hook: 11.5 mm
Attach yarn at the back of hat between the ear flaps where there are 7 sts between them.

Rnd 1: Sc in each st and along sides of ear flap rows, sl st in 1st sc made. Cast off.

 

BRAIDS

Using CB, CC and CD cut 10 strands of each color 30” in length (or desired length). Loop 5 of each color around bottom of each ear flap, braid to desired length and tie.

 

NOSTRILS (Make 2)

Yarn: CC

Hook: 5.5 mm

Rnds worked in the round.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 8 sc in 1st ch made.

Rnd 2: Sl st in each sc made in rnd 1.

Cast off. Leave 6” yarn for sewing.

 

MUZZLE

Yarn: CA, CC, CD

Hook: 5.5 mm

Worked in rows turned to form a half circle, switch to rnds for the final two rows to create a trim around the straight and round edges. Switch to new color when instructed on the last yarn over of the last stitch of the old color.

Row 1: (CA) Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 7 dc in 1st ch. (8 dc) Do not connect.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), turn, work 1 dc in same st as ch, 2 dc in each st around. (16 dc)

Row 3: Ch 2, (counts as 1 dc), turn, work 1 dc in same st as ch, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] 6 xs. (22 dc)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, work 1 dc in same st as ch, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] 9 xs. (31 dc)

Row 5: (Switching to rnds) (CC) Ch 1, sc along straight edge of half circle (16 total), (continue around half circle working in the dcs from row 4) 2 sc in 1st dc, 1 sc in each dc until last dc, work 2 sc, sl st to join row.

Rnd 6: (CD) RS Ch 1, 1 sc in each next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each next 28 sc, 2 sc in last st, sl st to join.

Cast off.

Sew nostrils onto muzzle as shown in picture.

Sew muzzle onto hat as shown in the picture.

EYES (Make 2)

Yarn: CA

Hook: 5.5 mm

Worked in the round.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, sc 8 xs in 1st ch made.

Rnd 2: Sl st in each sc made in rnd 1.

Cast off. Leave 6” yarn for sewing.

Sew onto hat above the muzzle as shown in picture.

 

EARS

Inner ear: (Make 2)

Yarn: CC

Hook: 5.5 mm

Row 1: Ch 5, sk 1st ch, sc in next ch and in each rem ch. (4 sc)

Rows 2-6: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc. (4 sc)

Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc2tog. (2 sts)

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog. (1 st)

Cast off. Leave 6” for sewing.

 

Outer ear: (Make 2)

Yarn: CA

Hook: 5.5 mm

Row 1: Ch 6, sk 1st ch, sc in next ch and in each rem ch. (5 sc)

Rows 2 – 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc. (5 sc)

Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc, sc2tog. (3 sts)

Row 10: Ch 1, turn, sc, sc2tog. (2 sts)

Row 11: Ch 1, turn, sc2tog. (1 st)

Cast off. Leave 6” for sewing.

Sew pink ears on top of brown ears using pink yarn. Try to hide the pink yarn so it doesn’t show behind the brown ears. Sew ears onto top of hat using the brown yarn.

 

FLOWERS

Hook: 5.5 mm

Worked in the round.

SMALLER:
Yarn: CD

Rnd 1: Ch 3, in 1st ch work sts in this sequence: 2 dc, 1 sc (1 petal made), [3 dc, 1 sc] 4 xs.

Finish off leaving 6” for sewing. Tighten tail from ch to close hole in center.

LARGER:

Yarn: CC

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), work 9 dc in 3rd chain from hook, sl st at the top of 1st dc (10 dc total).

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 4 dc in next st (1 petal made), [sc in next st, ch 2, 4 dc in next st] 4 xs, sl st in base of 1st ch-2 in rnd 2 (five petals made). Finish off.

Sew smaller flower on top of larger flower.

Sew flower onto hat by an ear as shown in the picture.

 

MANE

Using 2 strands of CA
After sewing all other pieces to the hat you can begin working on the mane. Starting at the back of the hat on the brim you will work sts over the sc from the base of hat. Lay hat flat and centered. Find the center of the hat between the horse’s ears. Attach yarn three stitches to the right of center at the brim. Draw a loop up about an inch in length by pulling on your hook. *Remove hook. Insert hook into next st and pull a loop up. Sl st around next sc. Draw a loop up about an inch in length. Work six loops across row. Insert hook into next row starting at the st above last loop made and pull a loop up.* Rep * to * up to the ears, between them, then down to a few rows above the eyes.

 

 

 

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