Crocheted Horse Hats
My granddaughter loves loves loves horses. She got it from her mother, who also loved horses from the time she was a girl. So, no surprise that she requested a crocheted horse hat, just as she requests a lot of horse things. Her siblings often think they need the same thing, so it seemed like it would just be fun to make them all horse hats. They often play like they are horses, so they can all be horses.
This was another find on Pinterest. There are many cool horse hats pinned. The one I chose was previously sold on etsy, but is no longer available, so below is the snapshot of the one still going around on Pinterest. I also looked at other pictures that were pinned, but had to improvise a pattern. You can find a couple of patterns for sale, but I could not find a free pattern.
It impresses me how well she got her pieces sewed on so nice and flat. I’m a little challenged sewing mine on. Just practice!
Basic Earflap Hat
I enjoyed crocheting the basic hats for these. That is always the easy part. Use a basic earflap hat pattern like the one from Craft Chic (all sizes available) using an H hook with Medium-4 yarn in DC. Don’t forget to do a SC edge around the entire hat and flaps when you are done, before sewing on face pieces.
Improvised Pattern Pieces
For the horses nose you will have to know some basic crochet and be able to wing it. Chain approximately 20, turn, then DC, HDC or SC back across the row. Chain and turn, then decrease the first stitch. I didn’t write down what I did, so just keep turning and decreasing for about 8-10 rows til it looks right on the hat. The stripe down the nose is the same idea with about 12 starting chains working decreases down about 9 rows to 4 stitches.
Eyes are a small black crocheted circle. I sewed these on and then used white yarn and made a French knot for the white of the eyes. You could use a small button or come up with a creative idea. The small dots for the nose are a magic ring with about 8-10 HDC–that’s it.
Row 1 – chain 7
2 – SC in second chain from hook, SC in next six chains, chain 1 and turn.
3 – Two SC in each SC (12), chain 1 and turn.
4 – Repeat row 3 two more times.
5 – Decrease stitch together in first 2 SC, SC the rest of the row, chain 1 and turn.
6 – Repeat row 5 til you are down to decreasing the last 2 SC at the tip of the ear.
Single crochet around the whole ear.
Some people add a smaller white piece inside the ear, which looks great. I think I just forgot to do that. It would have helped the ears stand up a little more. If you want the ear a little smaller you could start decreasing sooner at the base.
The main is attached with short pieces to the front for bangs and longer pieces going down the back. If you need instructions, follow the ones from Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me on her Unicorn Hat. You can also use her instructions on the braids.
I mistakenly sewed this nose on upside down according to the pinterest pin picture I was looking at. It still looks like a horse and the kids didn’t notice. What we might consider a mistake in crafting only makes it that much more unique because there is always a creative work-around.
It was hard to get these little munchkins to model for me. We had to get a front view and a side view.