Winter is right around the corner and its the perfect time to unpack my box of yarn and get going on some crochet patterns. I love crocheting and making hats for my nieces and nephews. This panda hat makes an adorable gift for both boys and girls.
Crocheting and crochet patterns may seem intimidating at first, but I find it so much easier than knitting. One of the main reasons is that its more forgiving as a beginner. If you lose a stitch or count wrong here or there it won’t be as noticeable. Below is a panda hat pattern I wrote. It is one of my first patterns that I wrote (for the most part when I crochet, I make it up as I go along) so please forgive me if there are any missteps!
Crochet Patterns: DIY Panda Bear Toddler Hat Supplies:
These crochet patterns are for a toddler sized panda hat. Finished size is 5 inches tall, 7 inches diameter.
Crochet Patterns Abbreviations:
ch – chain
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
dc dec – double crochet decrease
Beanie Pattern (use white yarn):
Round 1: ch 5, sl st into first on chain to form ring. 10 dc in loop, sl st to beginning stitch.
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in first st and 2 dc in each of the following 9 st around. Join with sl st.
Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st. Repeat pattern until you reach beginning stitch. Join with sl st.
Round 4: ch 2, 2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in next 2 st. Repeat pattern until you reach beginning stitch. Join with sl st.
Round 5 -10: ch 2, 1 dc around. Join with sl st.
Below is the base of the hat. You can see that for the most part, the top of the hat will be flat.
Ear Flaps Pattern (make 2, use white yarn):
Row 1: ch 12
Row 2: dc in third from chain, 9dc
Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc dec over next two dc, dc in next 4dc, dc dec over next two dc.
Row 4: ch 3, turn, dc dec over next two dc, repeat
Row 5: Ch 3, turn, dc dec over next two dc, repeat
Eye Patches (make 2, use black yarn):
Round 1: Ch 4 join with sl st to form ring. Ch 1,10 sc inside ring. Join to first sc
Round 2, Ch 1, 2 SC into each of the next 3 stitches, 2 dc in each of the next 4 stitches. 2 sc into each of the last 3 stitches. Join into first sc.
Round 3: 2 sc in same stitch, sc into next 5 stitches. hdc in next stitch. dc in the next 2 stitches. 2 dc in next 2 stitches. dc in next 2 stitches. hdc into next stitch. SC in next 6 stitches. Join into first sc.
Panda Ears (make 2, use black yarn):
Row 1: ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring. ch2, 10 hdc into the ring, join with a sl st into the top of the ch3
Row 2: ch 2, work 1 hdc in first stitch, work 2 hdc’s in each hdc around, join with a sl st
Row 3 – 4: ch 3, 1 hdc in each stitch to end, join with a sl st, finish off leaving 12 inches of yarn for sewing ear onto the hat.
After all the pieces are created by the crochet patterns, use a plastic canvas needle to sew the pieces together.