Crochet Pattern: Koala Hat by Olena Huffmire Designs

Free crochet pattern: Koala Hat by Olena Huffmire Designs for Underground CrafterI’m so excited to share another awesome hat pattern from Olena Huffmire! If you missed her first contributor post, be sure to check out the Slouchy Beanie with video tutorial here. Today’s pattern is the Koala Hat, a perfect gift for your favorite toddler, and it includes a video tutorial, too!

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Koala Hat

Crochet Pattern by Olena Huffmire Designs

Free crochet pattern: Koala Hat by Olena Huffmire Designs for Underground Crafter

Size:

  • Toddler (2 ½ year old)

Materials:

  • Bernat Baby Blanket Tiny in Gray Owl (A)
  • Loops and Threads Colorwheel in Charcoal (B)
  • Caron Simply Soft in White (C), Black (D), and Yellow (E)
  • US H8/5.00mm crochet hook

Gauge:

  • 15 sts x 8rs = 4”

Notes:

  • Ch 2 at beginning of each round unless it says something else
  • Join with slip st at the end of each round unless it says not to
  • A video tutorial is available at the end of this pattern

Stitches and abbreviations:

  • 3-sc-inc – sc 3 in the same st
  • Ch – chain
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Dec – decrease
  • Ea – each
  • Inc – increase
  • Sc – single crochet
  • St – stitch
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Hat Pattern

With Gray Owl (A),

  • Round 1: Ch 4, dc 12 in 1st ch (12)
  • Round 2: Dc inc in ea st around (24)
  • Round 3: [Dc, inc] around (36)
  • Round 4: [Dc 2, inc] around (48)
  • Round 5: [Dc 3, inc] around (60)
  • Round 6: [Dc 14, inc] around (64)
  • Rounds 7-15: Dc around (64)
  • Do not fasten off

Earflaps

Left earflap

  • Row 1: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch, dc in next 11 (12)
  • Row 2: Dec, dc in next 8, dec (10)
  • Row 3: Dec, dc in next 6, dec (8)
  • Row 4: Dec, dc in next 4, dec (6)
  • Row 5: Dec, dc in next 2, dec (4)
  • Row 6: Ch 4, sl st to join in last st. Fasten off.

Right earflap

  • With back of the hat facing you, skip 15 sts, join with a slip stitch to the 16th st, and repeat same rows 1-6 as for left earflap.

Hat Edging

  • Join Charcoal (B) to back left of the hat, sc around earflaps and hat, working 6 sc in each of the ch 4’s at the tips of the earflaps.

Braid the Tassels

  • Cut two lengths of the Gray Owl (A). You will use these to tie the braids.
  • Hold the ends of Gray Owl (A), Charcoal (B), and White (C) in your right hand and wind the strands around your elbow 12 times.
  • Cut all strands at the place where you were holding them.
  • Separate 6 strands of each color for the two earflaps. [(6×3)x2]
  • Fold all 18 strands in half for the first earflap. Holding the hat with the inside facing you, use hook to pull center of strands through the hole.
  • Use your fingers to pull the strands through the loop, pull tight to secure.
  • Separate the colors and braid.
  • Use length of Gray Own (A) to tie the braid.
  • Cut yarn ends so they are the same length.
  • Repeat for second braid, measure the length, and tie at the same spot as the last tassel.

Eyes (make 2)

With White (C),

  • Round 1: Ch 3, dc 12 in 4th ch from hook, join (12)
  • Round 2: Inc around (24)
  • Round 3: [Dc 1, inc] around (36) Change to Charcoal (B)
  • Round 4: [Sc 2, inc] around (48)
  • Join, leave long tail, fasten off. Attach to hat.

Pupils (make 2)

  • Round 1: With Black (D), Ch 3, dc 12 in third ch from hook, join (12)
  • Leave long tail, fasten off. Use a single strand of white to embroider sparkle. Attach to hat.

Nose

With Charcoal (B),

  • Round 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4, 3-sc-inc in last ch, sc in next 4, 2 sc in last ch (14)
  • Round 2: Inc, sc in next 4, inc in the next 3 sts, sc in next 4, inc in next 2 (20)
  • Round 3: Sc, inc, sc in next 4, [sc, inc] x 3, sc in next 4, (sc, inc) x 2 (26)
  • Join, leave long tail, fasten off. Attach to hat.

Free crochet pattern: Koala Hat by Olena Huffmire Designs for Underground Crafter

Ears (make 2)

With Gray Owl (A),

  • Round 1: Ch 4, dc 12 in 1st ch (12)
  • Round 2: Inc in ea st around (24)
  • Round 3: Dc around (24)
  • Round 4: Dc around (24)
  • Round 5: Dec around (12)
  • Join, leave a long tail, fasten off.

Inner Ears (make 2)

With Charcoal (B),

  • Round 1: Ch 4, dc 6 in 1st ch, ch 3, join to same ch space.
  • Leave a long tail, fasten off.

Ear Hairs

  • With Gray Owl (A), cut 14 short lengths of yarn, separate 7 and 7, tie with knots at the tip of the ears.

Bow

With Yellow (E),

  • Round 1: Ch 4, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc 2 in same ch, ch 3, join to same ch, ch 3, dc 2 in same ch, ch 3, join to same ch space.
  • Leave a long tail, fasten off. Wrap tail around center of bow, attach to hat.
© 2017 by Olena Huffmire (Olena Huffmire Designs) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Olena’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/10/20/crochet-pattern-koala-hat/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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