I love hats! And baby hats are so cute! Here is the tutorial for Shaun the Sheep hat. Grab your crochet needle and let’s start!
What you will need:
- white, fluffy yarn
- black yarn
- white yarn for the eyes
- crochet needle
- a needle large enough for the yarn to sew the parts together
Let’s get started then!
1) Depending on the age of your baby/toddler/child you will need to make the top of the hat using the fluffy, white yarn. To do that, first of all measure the circumference of the child’s head and divide it by 3.14, this will tell you how large of a ‘pancake’ you need to crochet for the top of the hat. Here is the pattern to follow.
Ellie’s 6 months and her head circumference is 42cm so I made the top of the hat 13cm large.
2) When you are happy with your ‘pancake’, continue with the white, fluffy yarn for another 2/3 rows of double stitches.
3) Now switch to the black yarn and continue all the way until the bottom of the hat. I used the single stitch for the black yarn. Try on the hat and see how low you want it to go. When it reaches just above the eyebrow line it’s time to go to the next step.
4) Now mark the exact spot at the temples, this is where the ‘ears’ of the hat will begin. You can fold the hat in two and just mark 2-2,5 cm from each side. The part in the middle will be the front of the hat. Leave the front and crochet single stitch row from one marker till the next then turn the hat and crochet the other way. Depending on the thickness of the yarn you will need to crochet other 3-4 rows (marker to marker only, leaving the front as it is). The back should reach the top of the neck.
5) Now on to the ‘ears’. From the end of the row crochet about 12 single stitches (depending on the width of the ‘ear’) and turn the hat, crochet the other way, reducing the stitches on each end. Repeat until the desired length of the ‘ear’.
6) Do the same for the other side.
7) Finish it off with the reverse stitch all around the edge of the hat to make it prettier.
8) Now onto the eyes and ears. For the eyes you will need to crochet two circles, using the white yarn, and two, using the black for the pupils. Depending on the thickness of the yarn, see how many rows you will need for each circle. The pattern is simple:
- Make a slipknot and 6 single stitches into it, tighten.
- Crochet 2 chain stitches and then 1 single stitch into the same loop. Continue with 2 single stitches all around and unite into the second chain stitch in the beginning of the row.
- Again 2 chain stitches and then 2 single stitches into the next loop; this row will consist of 1 single stitch and then 2 single stitches into the same loop.
- 2 chain stitches and 1 single stitch into the next loop, followed by 2 single stitches into the next loop. So it’s 2 single stitches and then 2 single stitches into the same loop.
- Continue doing the same, adding one more single stitch each time. (i.e. 3 single + 2 into the same loop, 4 single + 2 into the same and so on).
9) Sew the eyes together and add the ‘shine’ to the pupils. Sew them onto the hat.
10) The ears of the sheep:
- Make a foundation chain of 6 loops and unite the last stitch into the slipknot.
- Crochet 2 chain stitches and then 5 single stitches, unite into the 2nd chain stitch. Continue for 1/2 of the length of the ear. (Depending on the yarn and how loose you crochet)
- Now let’s start adding the width to the ear. Always start the row with 2 chain stitches. Now fold the ear flat and each time you hit the side of the ear add 2 single stitches into the same loop. The again a row without additions, followed by another row with additions (1st row 6 loops, 2nd 8 loops, 3rd 8 loops, 4th 10 loops and so on. Just count the rows. Depending on the yarn you use it will be approximately 14-16 loops for the widest part of the ear.
- When you reach the desired width of the ear, do another 2 rows without additions and then start reducing the loops (again on each side of the ear). Do 2-3 reduction rows and then finish the ear, avoiding creating a sharp tip.
11) Make the other ear and stitch them onto the hat.
And now you have it, Shaun the Sheep hat!