Crocheted Ninja Hats
Ninja Turtles will always be a hit with the boys so my 2 oldest grandsons did not hesitate to request a crocheted Ninja hat! They work up super easy & fast!
The free pattern is available by Jennifer at Knottz of Yarn. She uses her favorite basic beanie hat pattern in a DC with an “H” hook. My favorite basic beanie hat comes from Ashlea at Heart Hook Home. I like hers because she shows you how to get the perfect size. She also uses a DC.
Ashlea doesn’t mention what size hook to use, which has frustrated me looking for that information a few times. However, I found it in the comments below. She generally uses a size H hook, but says it doesn’t matter as long as your measurements come out the same. I have found that size H is the best choice all around for hats. If I use a larger hook, especially if the yarn is lighter weight, the increases come out choppy looking instead of smooth and round.
Jennifer’s instructions say she does 4 rows below the mask. When I made mine I was looking at the picture of her hat and counting the rows instead of reading the instructions, so I counted and did 5 rows below. Looking at this hat on my grandson after making it I would definitely move the mask down closer to the face. So, for a child size hat I would do 10 rows of green at the top, then 4 rows in your favorite Ninja color. Then add 2 rows at the bottom, ending with a SC around the edge.
But, that is just personal preference. The kids don’t care. The hat with the blue mask was for my 1 year old grandson, so there are less rows on his.