Crocheted Minion hats are quick and easy to make. There are lots of ideas for these on Pinterest and they are easy to improvise if you can’t find a pattern. The pattern I liked best on Pinterest, and that I used, was by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me. However, the link to her pattern is broken. A search on her website did not reveal it either. This is a snapshot of the hats circulating on Pinterest.
Make your basic earflap hat in Minion yellow using an H hook with Medium-4 yarn using any pattern you like. This pattern works well in Half Double Crochet, so you could use a pattern like this one from Oombawka Design. Or if you prefer working in DC you could use this one from Craft Chic (all sizes available).
Add 3 rows of black on about the 9th or 10th row depending on the size of your hat. Then continue with yellow for approximately 8 rows after that. Add the ear-flaps. Add blue for the trim around the hat and the braids. Here is a tutorial by Classy Crochet for making and attaching braids if you need it.
Add one or two eyes as seen using a circle crochet, starting with about 8 HDC in your magic ring with black. Then switch to brown for one row. Then do 2 rows of white. Finish with either a half double crochet or a single crochet around the edge in grey.
Embroidery on a cute smile, And don’t forget to do the hair. I had to go back and add mine later as I forgot. I also added the braids because no earflap hat seems complete without them.
The hair is added by cutting your pieces the length you want them and fold them in half. Insert your hook through the top of the hat and pull the bottom loop through. Put both strands over your hook and pull through forming a nice knot.
The first hat I made was for my oldest grandson, and I later made a second hat for his baby brother.
This crocheted Spider-Man hat was another Pinterest inspired hat. The pattern came from lovingoutloud.net and she had the full pattern and great instructions. However, it is no longer there. Every single link I try takes you to a health website. No google search turned up anything either. I always like to give credit where credit is due, but cannot in this case. The pictures of her hat are still circulating on Pinterest so here is a snapshot of what it looks like.
There is also another photo of her son wearing the hat. The hat was easy enough to make up to the point of embroidering on all those cobwebs. At that point it was time-consuming and frustrating to get them looking cobwebby. I wasn’t sure the hat had turned out so good. However, it looked cute on my grandson and he loved it, so that’s what mattered.
Improvising a Pattern
Since it isn’t my pattern I will help you improvise a pattern. I used an H hook and made a basic earflap hat like this one over at Craft Chic. She has patterns for all sizes of hat. I did mine in a double crochet, like her pattern, but I think for embroidering on the webs it would be easier with a half double crochet for a more solid hat. You can use this HDC pattern by Oombawka Design.
Braids did not seem to go with this hat. So, I improvised a more masculine tail for the flaps.
Do this by attaching a chain stitch to the end of the earflap and chain the length you want. Then single crochet on both sides of the chain.
Black edging would look great around it, too. I would do this in a single crochet.
The eyes are easy to improvise. I started out with a circle: do about 8 HDC into your starting loop (either a chain 2 or a magic loop). Then do 2 HDC in each stitch. Next do (I think) 2 HDC in the first stitch and 1 HDC in the next stitch, repeat. Just use your good judgement on if it needs to be increased (or not) to get a flat circle, but only go half-way on the circle, then chain 2 and turn. Go around again til you get the crescent shape in the size you need. But remember you will do an outline stitch with black which will increase the size. I did the outline stitch in a single crochet. Then sew them on.
The picture of this eye came off an adult hat so stitch will vary, but it gives you an idea of how the half circle works. You want it to be slightly crescent-shaped.
If you search on Pinterest for crocheted Spider-Man hats you will find a couple people that are selling patterns on etsy, or the hat pre-made. I liked the idea of the one using puff paints to put the cobwebs on. That would be so much easier. However, I’m not sure how the puff paint would hold up over time, in my experience with puff paint. It eventually breaks and peels off in spots. Washing the hat would make this worse. Stretching the hat on your head might also cause it to break and peel. So, it’s an idea if you don’t want to tackle stitching that on.
I’m not sure if the Loving Out Loud creator used long stitches on hers to make them so straight. I decided to go with smaller stitches to prevent them getting hooked on everything, stitching to the back of the hat. On her pattern I believe she went half-way back.
One of my granddaughter loves Unicorns…more than average. While scrolling through ideas for hats on Pinterest she spotted a unicorn hat. There was no thinking about it–that’s the hat she wanted! The original pinterest picture she saw is by Amber at Appetizer for a Crafty Mind. She has pictures posted of the hat she made for her daughter. She got the pattern for the hat from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me.
This adorable crocheted yellow kitty hat was inspired by a hat I found on Pinterest by Luty Crochet. Below is a screen shot of the Pinterest pin of her hat, because it takes a bit of searching to find it on her page.
There is no pattern, but it was easy to improvise. I would have thought this hat extremely cute, even if it had not sparked some significance.
My Granddaughter and Yellow Kitty
When my first granddaughter was born I gave her a yellow kitty toy that rattled. Her mommy kept the kitty in the crib with her and she became very attached to it. At the time she also had a yellow bedroom, so I don’t know if there was a connection to that. But she sure lit up when you’d walk into that yellow bedroom with her.
She is now 8 years old and still very very attached to her yellow kitty.
Real Yellow Kitty
When she was 2 years old one of our cats gave birth to a yellow kitty. Naturally she was immediately attached to that kitty. Some of my favorite pictures of her are with yellow kitty and real kitty.
So of course I had to make her a yellow kitty hat!
My Take For a Pattern
I made this hat using a size H hook, Medium-4 yarn and a HDC. Use your favorite basic earflap hat pattern like this one from Oombawka Design. She has all sizes available. Mine is a childsize (age 7) hat. HDC approximately 15-16 rows in yellow depending on the size hat you are making. HDC about 5 rows in grey. Make your earflaps and SC around bottom edge for a nice finish.
During a hat search on Pinterest I was immediately drawn to this fun multi-colored girl hat with the big flower on it. This adorable pattern comes from Christine Longe at Lakeview Cottage Kids. She calls it The Cutest Earflap Hat Ever. Christine uses one big flower on her hat, but I loved the flower so much I couldn’t resist putting two.
She has several sizes on the pattern and it’s really fun to work up. The variety of stitches as well as the changing of colors make it so interesting. I really enjoyed making this.
The flower is called “Dahlia” and is also found on her blog. I had never crocheted a dimensional flower like this so the video tutorial is very helpful and I have made this flower several times for other projects.
You can link to her tutorial from the pattern, or from here: video tutorial. I am so appreciative of these gifted people that are willing to share their talents for free.
I made two of these hats and I see my granddaughters wearing them often. My little Elsa and Anna seem to like these hats more than their Frozen hats.
This adorable little puppy dog outfit was inspired from a picture of a pattern that I saw on pinterest, and is sold on esty. I did not buy the pattern but used free patterns and revised it to match a stuffed puppy.
You can use any newborn hat pattern, or try this one from Repeat Crafter Me. Or this one from Heart Hook Home. The eye spot and nose were easy circles crocheted and sewn on, with buttons for the eyes. There are several patterns for the type of ears I did, like this one at Alleys Site.
I could not find the pattern I used for the diaper cover. However you could use this one by Crochet A Flower, or you can search for another one. Having never made one before, and after seeing how it fit my grandson, I would make the next one with a narrower leg hole.
For the puppy dog tail and patch I chained to the width I wanted, then I decreased as I went up to form a triangle, using double-crochets. The tail was just a small circle that I did not increase til I got the length I wanted. Then I decreased at the bottom, sewed it on, and stuffed it with batting.
My little grandson was not very happy during part of his pictures, but they are so sweet when they cry.
I love making these baby blankets and burp cloths. They are fairly easy if you know how to crochet and sew. In addition they make such a nice gift for newborn babies. The new flannels and fleece colors are amazing, and for me they really made a difference in how these turned out.
Crocheted Edge Fleece Blankets
This was the first time I’ve made this kind of baby blanket using fleece and crocheting the edges. It was fun experimenting with different edge patterns and yarn colors. There are a lot of edge patterns out there, and I looked at several. The one I kept going back to was Kali at The Friendly Red Fox. You can link to her for patterns or find some on pinterest.
I first do a single crochet edge all the way around. You can use one color or two, depending on the look you are going for. I wanted to incorporate both colors of the fleece into this border.
It takes a half a yard of fleece to make one blanket that measures about 38″ long by 31″ wide.
Rotary Fleece Blade
I learned about an amazing tool from The Friendly Red Fox’s tutorial that I did not know existed. A rotary fleece blade! I was familiar with rotary cutters because I have owned one for a long time. After some research on amazon and online I bought the Kay’s brand, blade only, to use with my current rotary cutter to save money. It makes perfect holes for crocheted edge projects. There are a few other options out there, and I believe you can buy one at JoAnn’s, too.
Cut the fabric the size you want it to be, then run the blade carefully along the edges. I also purchased an O’Lipfa 5-Inch-by-24-Inch Lip Edge Ruler on amazon, which helps me keep a straight line when I’m running the rotary. And of course you will need a fairly good-sized cutting mat.
Padded Flannel Burp Cloths
I’ve been making these for several years. I first saw the idea at Homemade by Jill. The first ones I made, about 8 years ago, were like hers with the cut and frayed edges. It turned out to be a lot of work cutting the edges, and it made a bit of a mess going through the washer and drier. However, both my daughters loved them for their newborns and requested more when they had another baby. This picture shows two of those original burp cloths.
I like to do things quick and easy. I’m not picky about if they are perfect, as long as they look & feel good, and are functional. And–I own a surger! So the next time I made these I simply surged around the edge. It’s nothing fancy, but they look good to me, and they are burp cloths after all!
Warm & Natural Batting
This batting is ideal for these burp cloths. It pads them at just the right thickness and gives them substance without being bulky. And it adds extra absorbency. Furthermore, repeated washing’s make these even softer. The Warm & Natural batting is around $9-$10 a yard, but it’s very wide so you get a lot for your money. Watch for coupons (like 50-60% off of one cut coupon) for a great deal.
To cut I stack my 3 layers of fabric in the order in which they’ll be sewn. I then lay the pattern down and cut, which is time-saving. Next I fold them in half and use a pin to mark my half fold at each side, and then I sew down the middle. You could draw a line with an invisible fabric marker if you are worried about sewing a straight line.
I get about 8 burp cloths out of 2 yards of flannel.
Last of all I surge around the edges, just trying to round them out as best as I can.
I use matching but contrasting fabrics on both sides. When purchasing the fabric I chose the flannel to match the fleece.
Baby blankets & burp cloths are so pretty, no wrapping is even necessary.
Crocheted Elephant Border
I adore this elephant border, especially for the elephant fleece. It is a free pattern by Laura Hickman at Baking Outside the Box. You have to sign up to access the pattern. You can also get it on Raverly if you have an account with them.
Or, you can go to this link and watch her video tutorial, no sign up necessary.
At first glance you would not know they are elephants, like the rolled up pink blanket above, but once you know they are elephants it’s pretty clear. My first blanket with the elephants I used a yarn that was too soft so they didn’t stand up as well (photo below). Laura used Simply Soft by Caron 4-ply yarn. You can see how she prepares her fleece at her guest post on Fleece Fun.
The elephants stand out much better when doing your foundation row in a different color, as you can see the difference between the blue blanket and the pink blanket.
A fleece blanket with a matching baby hat makes a super sweet gift, too.
Breaking down the cost on the materials for baby blankets & burp cloths I spent to make 1 blanket with 4 burp cloths is about $4.50 to $5.00. So it is a really nice gift at a great price!
This is a flannel blanket I did with cotton crochet thread and a smaller crochet hook. I did not use the rotary edge blade on this because the fabric is thinner and the smaller crochet hook goes easily through the fabric.
While wandering through the yarn aisle looking for yarn to make a crocheted baby blanket for my soon-to-be-born grandson I saw this Baby Bernat Yarn. It was sooo soft, and the colors so nice, I could not resist buying it. I didn’t plan to follow a pattern, and had no idea how thick this baby blanket was going to turn out. After I started making it I was pretty sure that two skeins wasn’t going to be enough. Four skeins make this blanket at a cost of about $12, which was well worth it. My daughter loved it.
Chain until you get about 15 or so inches, or until it looks about the right width for the bottom. Double crochet til you run out of yarn. That’s it! Simple!
My blanket was just big enough to wrap a newborn in.
The border is done in white and blue. With white I Single Crocheted around for 2 or 3 rows. Next, do a row of Half Double Crochets. I used Red Heart Plush baby yarn that has since been discontinued. I don’t know what brand the blue is.
The blue was done with a Picot Edge Stitch Insert blue yarn into a stitch with a SC, chain 3, SC into same stitch, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat around.
There are a number of hat patterns out there. I like this one by Ashlea at Heart Hook & Home. It’s much easier to have a ‘go to’ pattern for all beanie sizes when you are making a lot of them. You want to chose a soft baby yarn for baby hats.
Before I made a pom pom I did some online research til I found a method I liked. Over at Homemade Gifts Made Easy they have an article: How to Make Pom Poms Five Times Faster! This method worked great.
Our little guy was born in January, so the blanket was perfect for him for winter. This is his big brother holding him with his cousin looking on.
My oldest granddaughter loved this baby blanket. A few months later she requested a doll blanket for her birthday, just like this one. I was able to get a doll blanket out of one skein. It’s a good size to place in a doll carrier, stroller or crib. I made a second one for another granddaughter. They love them! I also made them lots of small fleece blankets with a crocheted border for their dolls.
Above: Peach and pink blanket second doll back.
Below: One granddaughter went to Kindergarten this way for ‘What do you want to be when you grow up’ Day. She said she wants to be a mommy.
This crocheted needle & scissors case came from a great idea I saw by Tamara Kelly over at Moogly.com. She calls it the Nifty Needle Case. She offers the pattern for free. It’s easy and works up quick. I used variegated “peaches and cream” cotton yarn.
I added ribbon to keep my scissors attached to the case to keep it from going down the crack of the sofa or the side of the seat in the car. Other items can also be attached, which I did with things I use when I’m crocheting. Large safety pins work great to pin parts on hats while sewing them on. Crochet markers are great when you need to mark your spot. You can even stick your crochet hook in while transporting, or just to hold when you don’t want to set it down where it could drop down a crack. The yarn needle threader comes in very handy, too!
This crocheted needle & scissors case is so handy. I use it all the time. Thank you Tamara @ Moogley!
This sweet little crocheted snowflake hat is very easy to make. I was inspired by a hat I found on Pinterest, that was sold on etsy, and is no longer available.
This is the only way I know how to give credit to the person who made it is to do a snapshot of the Pinterest pin.
You can use any basic earflap hat pattern you like, or like this one by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me. I made mine using an H hook with Medium-4 yarn and a DC.
The white edging for this adorable crocheted snowflake hat is a basic shell stitch. First I did a SC all the way around the hat and attached to the first SC with a slip stitch. Next I chained 2, 4 DC in same stitch, skip 1 stitch, SC in next, skip 1 stitch, 5 DC in the next stitch, repeat around. You could also substitute a slip stitch for the SC, as I do this sometimes and it works great, too.
The original hat looks like they SC around first, then on the next row SC in a stitch, chain 5 and skipping 2 stitches SC in next, repeat.
I made the braids with both colors of yarn, and quite thick because I loved the way it looked. However, if you have not attached braids before, or need a quick update, here is a tutorial on that by Classy Crochet.
There are a variety of snowflake patterns available. I love watching YouTube tutorials. That is my go-to when I want to learn a new stitch without the complication of understanding written patterns. This is a good tutorial for a snowflake pattern.
My grandkids love to look through Pinterest with me for ideas for hats they like. My oldest grandson liked a Minecraft Creeper hat made by Krista at fivespeckledeggs. However, this hat is knit. So I used the base pattern from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me for an Elf Hat. Using an H hook with Medium-4 yarn and a DC I altered green and black for the tail, and used green for the main part of the hat til the last 2 rows, which I did in black. Then I added a green pom-pom at the end.
For the mouth, also using an H hook, I single-crocheted about 15 across with about 6 rows, til it looked about right. Then I added the bottom parts of the mouth at about 8 across with 4 rows. The top part of the mouth is about 10 across and about 4 rows. If you’re used to crocheting it’s easy to wing it. The eyes were 8 single crochets with about 6 rows.
Ear-Flap Minecraft Creeper Hat
You can use any basic ear-flap hat pattern. I’ve used a variety of different patterns, and basically they’re pretty similar. I find myself back at Sarah’s at Repeat Crafter Me because her patterns are clean and easy to follow. She uses her puppy dog hat pattern for her basic ear-flap pattern referral. She gives you the instructions for all pattern sizes. Her pattern is done in a DC.
If you like a tighter look you can use a pattern like this HDC pattern by Oombawka Design. My hat was made for my 9 month old grandson using HDC.
I added two rows of black before the last 3 rows. Then I did the ear-flaps in green and did a SC edge around the bottom of hat and earflaps using black. The eyes were about 7 SC across with about 4 rows. I used yarn with a needle to ’embroidery’ the mouth to the stripe. The black braids are approximately 8-9 inches long.
Cute little people just make these hats look so much better!
I took the basics for this crocheted raccoon hat from a pattern by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me. She has some of the best patterns around and she offers them free, which is awesome. She has size variations for this pattern.
The pattern is fairly simple. I used Red Heart Plush baby yarn that has since been discontinued. The feel of this yarn is amazing, it is so soft. However, there were challenges working with it because it was fragile and broke easily, especially if you had to unravel. That must be why they discontinued it.
I decided to make a white spot under the raccoon’s nose, like this one created by Mistybelle. Then I sewed a pre-made pom pom for the nose. The eyes were simplified by cutting white felt for the base of the eye and sewing black buttons on top, with the crocheted ‘eye patch’ beneath that.
I made this crocheted raccoon hat for my newborn grandson.