Friday 9 December 2011

Hoot Hoot! Owl hat FREE PATTERN!!

Hoot Hoot! This was a request from a friend of mine who's 18 month old daughter loves owls. I will try to post the pattern that I used, However, I just made it up as I went along. I apologize to anyone who has a similar pattern, after a quick google or etsy search I realized that most owl hats looked the same~ish. I would suggest using google images or etsy and seeing what other embellishments you might want to use to make your Owl unique and special for the little kiddo in your life! So starts the pattern.

I used Bernat Softee chunky yarn in hot pink, grass, pumpkin and white.

I also used an H/8 - 5.00 mm hook, and 2 black buttons, and a needle for sewing all the peices on.

This hat will fit a 12 - 18 month old baby.

So here it goes:


using pink

1) starting with a magic ring ch2. dc 11 stitches in round and join to top of ch 2. pull magic ring closed.

2) 2 dc in each st around. join (24 dc)

3) {2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st} repeat all the way around, join. (36 dc)

4) {2 dc in first st, dc in next 2 sts.} Reapeat all the way around. Join. (48 dc)

5) {2dc in first st, dc in next 3 sts.} Repeat all the way around. Join (60st)

6) no more increasing on this round. ch2, dc in next st. dc in every st around join to top of ch 2. (60 sts)

7-14) ch 2. dc in next st. dc in every st around. join to top.  change to green yarn for rows 10-14 (4 rows) fasten off after round 14. weave in end of yarn.


1) From fastening off point count 9 sts. join yarn. ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2. dc over next 9 st. (11 dc, as ch 2 counts as dc) ch2 turn

2) dc2tog  dc over next 7 st. dc2tog. (9 sts)

3) dc2tog over next 2 sts. dc over next 5 st.  dc2tog.  (7st)

4) Dc2tog over next 2 sts. dc over next 3 st. dc2tog. (5 sts)

5) dc2tog over next 2 st. dc. dc2 tog over next 2 st. (3 sts) fasten off.

for second earflap, count 9 sts in the opposite direction from fastening off point on hat and repeat.

Using white

1) starting with a magic ring ch2. dc 11 stitches in round and join to top of ch 2. pull magic ring closed. 

2) 2 dc in each st around. join (24 dc)

3) {2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st} repeat all the way around, join. (36 dc)

4) fasten off leaving long tail for sewing on eyes.

If you would like to do the variation shown in some of the other pictures, complete row 1 using black yarn. When doing row 2 change to desired color and do 2 SC in each stitch around. (still a total of 24 stitches.) Do row 3 as stated above using white yarn. You will now have an eye with a large pupil, and colored "iris". (row 1 with DC, row 2 with sc and row 3 with DC.) Make sure to leave a long tail for sewing on.


make 2
1) start with magic ring and sc 5. do not join place marker if needed

2)2sc in each st around (10st.) move marker.

3-5) continue 3 more rows of 10sc each fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. attach onto hat.

cut 2 lengths of each color 6 " long. tie in the middle using main color and sew on the tops of ears.

make 1
using orange 

1) ch 6. turn

2) sc in second ch from hook.

3)hdc in next st

4)dc in next st

5) tr in next st.

6) dtr in next st. fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. 

cut 2 lengths of pink, green and white each approx 18" long. fold in half and loop through bottom of earflap. sort colors and braid, fastening off with a knot at the bottom.  Trim ends to be even. 

Voila! I added a little flower on the top in the orange color, but she was just as adorable without it. You could go really girly and do a bunch of flowers in matching colors and sizes and do an arrangement of  them. They sky is the limit! Have fun with this, I'm going to figure out mittens and scarves to match this next! You can find a flower pattern here.

**You may use this pattern to sell items, but I request that a link or credit be given back to this site** This is a ©Knotty Knotty Crochet pattern, and may not under any circumstances be sold in whole or in part. Duplication is by written permission only.

Here are  more pictures of  variation of the owl hat.


  1. It looks fantastic and I love the use of your colours!

  2. Thank you SusanD1408! I sure had fun making it!! Can't wait to do a boy~ish variation....stay tuned for that one!

  3. I am SUCH A BEGINNER! I took 4H crochet from a little old lady when I was about 13.... now I'm 45 and recently rekindled my love of crochet. I am working hard on the monkey hats. My stitches still don't look wonderful, but I'm sure it takes practice.

    After admiring the owl hat on Facebook I cruised on over to your blog and LOW AND BEHOLD there was THE FREE OWL PATTERN! Thank you so much! Now, if I can just do it.

    The TOG instruction throws me a little. I've looked at You Tube to find out what all that means. Maybe I just need some practice ;)

    Thank you so much for the pattern. Would it be possible for you to tell me how to adjust (more rows or more stitches?) to make the hat(s) for say a 6 year old girl. Although, possibly the head size for a 6 year old girl and the head size of an 18 month baby are possibly not that different? My girls are 23 and 19 so I just can't remember exactly but my niece is 6 and I really want to make her one of these hats for a Christmas present!

    Thanks for any help. Maybe we need to skype interactive (personal) crochet lessons LOL. I seem to be able to do the stiches but following the pattern - that's taking me a little bit to catch on to.


  4. Ok Gina, I'm not that great at explaining how to do things, but here it goes. If you want to make this hat for a 6 year old, then I would suggest making 1 more row with increasing stitches to do that. A good rule of thumb for the basic beanie (either with the owl or monkey hat) is that the "crown", or the part of the hat with increasing stitches determines the size of the hat. FOr example, when I crochet the basic beanie, I do four rows of DC for a 0-6 month, I do 5 rows of DC for 6-12 month and up and I do 6 rows of DC for age 3 and up.

    This is where it gets simplified: this pattern is based on the 12 x multiplication table. so in row one you will have 12 stitches. Row 2, you will have 24. Row three you will have 36....see how it goes up by twelve each time?

    Also in row 2 we have 2 stitches in each stitch of the previous row. Then In row three, we have 2 stitches in one stitch of the previous row, and then a single dc. so its a repeating pattern of 2 DC, 1 DC....I hope that makes sense. Each row you just add one more single stitch. So row four would look like: 2DC, 1DC, 1DC. Then repeated all the way around. Row 4 would be 2DC, 1 DC, 1DC, 1DC. So for your six year old I would add one more row that would read :

    {2dc in first st, dc in next 4 sts.} Repeat all the way around. Join (72st) right? because you are on row 6, and 6 x 12 = 72

    If you were making it for an adult, I would try going to 7 rows of increasing stitches. You will know its right because the "crown" lays flat before adding the rows with no increasing stitches.

    I hope this is a help. I would probably add one more row to the bottom of the hat for hat hight. Add the earflaps and everything else as written.

    I wish I did have time to do a skype lesson, because i'm much better at showing than explaining. I hope that this works and your grandaughter gets a lovely owl hat for Christmas!! Don't forget to post a picture in the inspirations album back on facebook when you're done, I would love to see it!
    Merry Christmas Gina, and all the Knotty Knotty followers!

  5. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Since I have made two of the monkey hats (for newborn - 3 months), and made one attempt at one for my niece (that is now big enough for a man's head LOL), your instructions help me A LOT!

    OK. Just a little more... do you buy your yarn at a specialty shop or like at Walmart? I only see Red Heart at WM??? I live in a very small town so that's about it for selection. The other question, do you sew on the mouth (monkey), eyes (owl) with regular thread or something else?

    Also, because I know they will ask, are these things washable (probably gentle cycle)?

    Sorry for all the questions! But I am SO EXCITED about making these. My blood pressure has been super high. I've been trying to "kick back" a little more and the crochet has kept me occupied and that's been lovely.

  6. Hi Gina
    so to answer the questions, I buy my yarn at a little store called the crafty lady in Lacombe. They have a much better selection than Wal-mart or Lacombe, and she gets her yarn from all over the globe. Good prices too!

    I leave a REALLY long tail on the monkey mouth and owl eyes and use that to hand sew it to the hat. Same with the ears. I figure its less likely to come apart that way.

    I would recommend hand washing anything knit or crochet then re-shaping and lay flat to dry. I would hate to have not weaved an end in good enough and have it come apart on me. Also anything not Knotted will fray like the ends of the strings on the owl ears or the end of the braided ropes on the earflap hats.

    I wish you many relaxing hours of crochet!! May it bring down the blood pressure!

  7. PS Gina,
    I peeked very quickly at your blog, might have to try some of those yummy looking recipes, especially the sweet cinnamon loaf. Maybe I'll wait till hubby's out of town so I don't have to share! :)

  8. HEY THANKS! Yea... that cinnamon loaf was REALLY good! My husband isn't much of a sweet eater but he LOVES "monkey bread" and this was very similar. I have to say the presentation was over the top. Definitely will be good for gift giving and it also will probably find its way to my Christmas morning breakfast table. Let me know if you try it and I'll keep working on these hats and hope to post a picture soon.

  9. Hi Gina,
    So I think I may have made a terrible mistake. If you are making a hat for a 6 year old, don't add a row 6, just make it "taller" by adding an extra row at the bottom of the hat, so a row 15. I think a row 6 will make it too big, or if you add a row 6 then use sc not dc for that row only. I'm so sorry if this means unpicking a few rows. I am making a hat for a four year old right now and it turned out big enough to fit me. I tried my 1 year old's hat on my 6 year old and it fit perfectly exept it was too short. So like I said, just a row 15 should be good. Again I'm sorry, I'm just figuring things out as I go too.

    I found a great chart for hat sizes and shoe sizes (for slippers etc.) That I will try to post a little later. Once again, please forgive my mistake!

  10. Hey Kristi! Thanks again for all the tips. You are actually the ONLY PERSON I can ask this to. I even asked at Church if there were any little ladies who might like to get together just to crochet - help follow patters and I got no takers LOL. So glad I found you.

    OK - more questions. Last night I worked on another monkey hat. I'm struggling with the ear flaps and th 2dcTOG instructions. I'm just going to say what I do and you tell me what I'm doing wrong because my stitches never count out right and now the Left flap is a little off from the Right flap.... eek.

    I connect to the hat with the gray yarn and chain 3 to get started then count that chain 3 as one of the dc to make 11 total. I chain 2 after turn. Start to do another dc stopping when I have 2 loops left, yarn over, and do dc as normal except last pull through is through 3 loops for the TOG. Then dc 7 times, the do th dc2tog again.

    Is that right? Or am I counting something wrong. I've never done the 2dctog before -just learned it on youtube. I've learned how but not necessarily how to count it.

    Thanks Kristy! I REALLY appreciate you helping me.

  11. Thanks for the free pattern! Made one as a birthday gift:

    Let me know if you want me to remove the pattern. I document and revise it as I go along.

  12. anon, I saw that you also have the sock monkey pattern up, I have changed the pattern so the top isn't so pointy, if you would like to try it out! I like the colors you picked for your owl hat!

  13. I'm working on another Sock Monkey with your new pattern. Unfortunately, my niece lost the first one I made so I need to make a replacement. :/

    Thanks a lot for sharing and happy holidays! :-)

  14. What a darling owl hat!! Thank you very much! :) :)

    Lee Ann


    new blog: Crochetgottaloveit

    My website:

    Crochet...Gotta Love It!

  15. Thank you for posting a couple of patterns... I make the owl hat just as pattern said, My mom love it so much she took it to work with her(school bus driver). One of her little girls who has a illness that make her hair fall out seen it, asked to try it on.... It was a smiggen bit small, but she still asked to keep it. She told her" it my daughters, but let see if she cant make you one" Here I sit today make another one, so that she can have one to keep her head warm. Right now she is 95% bald. :(
    Thanks for this pattern... with out it a special little girl would have to go with out.

  16. Rachel- LaDawn Creations -- This is why I make the patterns available for free. Thank you for your kindness in making her a hat, your kindness won't go forgotten, I'm sure.

  17. Kristi,

    Would you mind sharing how you made the sweet little flower? I can almost make it out, but my eyes aren't as good as they used to be. LOL

  18. Ahhhh, the flower. I have found many different flower patterns at, but this particular one I don't remember what pattern I used. Here is a link for flowers Hope that helps. I will put in the original post as well.

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  20. This is such a cute pattern! This will be my first try at making a hat (I've really only made afghans and scarves before) for my best friend's baby. I notice in some of your pictures you crocheted the black (and other colors) into the eyeball, instead of using buttons. Can you give my a little guidance as to how to do that? Thank you!

  21. Sure Barrbara, I updated the pattern and put instructions under the eye instructions. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  23. Please help me. I am a beginer and have taught myself. I made the owl hat and the top part of the hat does not lay flat. I am wondering what I done wrong. Not sure if you can help me without seeing my hat. thank you so much.


  24. Off the top of my head I would say either your hook is too small or you missed the increasing stitches (where you put two stitches in a previous one). Be sure to count your stitches. If you have the correct number then I'm not too sure what has happened, sorry I can't be more of a help.

  25. My friend shaved her head last week for bald for bucks (she raised $1300), so I made this for her to keep her head warm. I used alpaca yarn for my hat because it will be really soft against her head and she loves alpacas. This was my first time making a hat and it turned out really good. Thanks for the pattern my friend will love her new hat. I also used your flower pattern to make her and my other friend (that also shaved her head for bald for bucks) flower clips to put on the white hats they wear at school.

  26. @Kristin ~ Great post! Thank you for being so generous! This is why I post the patterns here for free. Good on you! have you seen the shell stitch beanie? Its one of my first posts. It is another very pretty hat that isn't animal themed. Great also for those crocheted flowers, and so quick and easy to work up. I would love to see pictures of the hats you made. Head on over to the group knotty knotty crochet on facebook and let us all see your handiwork!

  27. this is so cute. how do i print it without all the comments though. going through lots of paper for the pattern which is really only 2 pages

    1. Press 'Print'. Your printer will ask you which pages you want.
      Ex. Print pages 1 - 3 Then press 'Print' again.

  28. Is it possible to make this for a teen? And if so, what would I need to do different so that it is large enough?

  29. I was wondering how to make the pattern fit a larger head. my son wants this but he has a big head (22") and i know how to crochet but not fix patterns to the size i need. thanks so much

  30. Hi Brie, you could use a different hook size. measure across your circle when you get to the last row of increasing stitches (row 5 in this pattern.) Now if your math-y (I'm not, but this is easy and it works) take your circumference which in your son's case is 22". the formula is C=Dπ or circumference=diameter x pi. so you need your distance from edge to edge of your flat circle to be approx 7". That will give you a hat with roughly a 22 inch circumference.

    Alternately you could add another row of increasing stitches if you need. sometimes I have added a row of single crochet because I don't need the hat too much bigger. If you'll notice this hat is based on the 12 times table. (row 1=12 dc, row 2=24 dc, row3=36 dc and so forth. so if you add another row, row 6 would have a total of 72 dc and would read 2dc in first stitch, dc in next 4 stitches. Row 6 has 6 stitches repeated) I'm thinking this will make your hat too big, but its all trial and error.

    Also, you could base your hat on any times table you like. how ever many dc you have in your magic ring is the table it will be based on. try 13,

    I hope this isn't all too confusing. I'm not great at explaining these things. If you go by your "crown" size, the circle of increasing stitches, you can't go wrong. when you get close to that 7 inch diameter, stop increasing, and make the hat. I have a hat size chart that will tell you how "tall" to make the hat, look for the link at the top of this page.

  31. thank you so much Kristi! this helps out a lot!

  32. Hi Kristi, I am wondering if you have ever unraveled your 12-18 month old hat to find out exactly how much yarn you used? If so, How much? Please let me know if you have. Thanks :)

    1. Never unraveled any of my work unless I find mistakes! BUT I have wieghed them and they use around 50g of yarn. Hope that helps!

    2. Thanks for the help :)

  33. I couldn't find the yarn used for this hat so I got some peaches n cream in the colors I liked but it was just too thin. I tried diff sz hooks & adjusting the number of stitches but it just kept coming out weird looking like the top was really flat & then just curved at the increase row. So I tried using two threads of red heart super saver & it turned out great :o) so far I just have the hat, no ear flaps or owl stuff but it already looks so much better!! It's a little scratchy, but I've washed stuff I've crocheted with it before & an extra dryer sheet in the dryer makes it baby soft. Hope this helps those who couldn't find the right szed yarn :o)

  34. hello, thanks a lot for the pattern :*
    i have some questions: do you start each round with ch2?
    how you joint exactly? thank so much!

  35. Hello- Thank you SO much for sharing this pattern! it's uber cute! I have just found my love of crocheting having been a SAHM of two sweet girls! This is my mommy out! Ahhh, Thanks so much!

    Perhaps you can help me with the ears, mine aren't looking like ears I have switched hooks and such to no avail. If you have any tips I'd be all ears

  36. Hi Kristi! I'm currently making the owl hat for my son (LOVE the pattern!) but I'm having a size issue...he is 10 months old with a 18 inch head so the 12-18 month size should fit which is the pattern that you have here. I used the Bernat Softee Chunky yarn, 5mmH hook...everything is the same. And yet, I'm sitting here wearing the hat which fits me perfectly! What could I have done wrong?! LOL

  37. Hi, I was wondering if you listed this hat pattern on Listia. Thanks

  38. do you have this owl pattern in a newborn size to crochet?

  39. HI Kristi,
    Thank you so much for this free pattern! Although you say that you are not good at explaining, I disagree. This pattern is so clear and easy to understand. I think you are a wonderful teacher! I'm looking forward to making lots of your patterns. Thanks again!

    1. Well, thank you for your kind words Lyndal. They make sense to me too :) Would love to see finished projects! Post photos on the knotty Knotty crochet GROUP site when you are done :)

  40. Hey I am making this hat and just wanted to ask when you join the yarn to the first St on each round how do you join them? I'm totally lost on that. Lol Thank you for your help and your awesome pattern!

  41. This pattern is far superior to the 'other' free 'Owl Hat' pattern that I struggled with! You obviously know how to properly give instructions!! My daughter wants me to make the 'Cabbage Patch Doll' hat, but I am afraid to try if the pattern is again poorly written!!!

    1. Well SusieQ, you just totally made my day! And I was having a crummy one, so thanks for your kind words! I have wanted to make that hat too, so maybe I will rock my saturday night trying to figure it out and make it my next free pattern the cabbage patch ;) Thanks again, I would love you see your owl hat. Head on over to the facebook group and post pics if you can!

  42. I think it is rather easy to see from the other comments as well that this post is well written and useful. I will definitely bookmark your site. Clipping Path

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  44. I want to make your hats in a larger size. Can you help me in determining what size of needle to use. Thanks a lot. Very pretty hat.

  45. which grappling dummy do yo prefers sitting position or standing

  46. Están muy lindos los gorritos de búhos me encanta yo no trabajo mucho en crochet pero si me indican bien las abreviación es seguir que lo hagoojala me pueda ayudar para ver si los hago. Gracias


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