Yoda inspired Crochet hat


I have a short friend. My short friend just happens to also be a teacher. This teacher has a team that she works with. Her team is planning on Star Wars themed Halloween costumes this year. So, naturally, the shortest member of this team of teachers, my friend, has to be Yoda. She isn’t too thrilled with this idea, but I told her that she just needs to let me Crochet her a hat, and then she can drape a bed sheet around her, and the costume is finished. It’s so easy. Because I love my friend dearly, I knew I couldn’t just make a basic crochet hat for her. I need to make something pretty and feminine, and something that won’t always have Yoda’s pointy ears sticking out of it. Hhmmnn…

First of all, I needed a good yarn. I chose some Caron Simply Soft in dark sage. It’s a nice swampy Yoda color. But not too grody so that she can’t match it with other outfits if she so chooses. I think it’s a nice, neutral green color. Then, I did a ton of research in the lovely world of Pinterest to find a pretty hat pattern. My criteria was pretty strict: single color, pretty texture, no gaping holes, not slouchy, no buttons or flowers, or pompoms.

After about an hour of looking, I finally settled on the diamond ridges hat. It’s a free revelry download, which is always a bonus. But as far as Patterns go, this one was actually pretty complicated. My first complaint is that there is no indication of what hook size to use. I think a small hook will result in a more clearly defined texture, but too small of a hook means it might be a bit small for an adult head. I used a j-hook because it’s one of my favorites. It took three tries before I got ROW 6 to come out to the right stitch count. I’m not even sure I got it right. The written pattern is confusing so I had to rely on the pictures. I really liked how she did the pictures, though. Each new ROW was done in yellow, while the main hat was in blue. It definitely took a lot of time and effort to put all of that together. Overall, I’m not terribly fond of the pattern, and after three tries working on ROW 7, I frogged the whole thing. And continued my search. After spending another hour looking, and not finding anything, I finally decided to just use a hat pattern that I’ve already designed…the sea shell pony tail hat. And instead of leaving the hole at the top for a messy bun, I just added another RND of dc2tog and closed it off.

Now that the hat is finished, it’s off to make the ears. Again, I perused the wonderful world of Pinterest trying to find a free pattern that I liked. Once again, the Pinterest world came up short. I really liked these yoda ears from Bee Mine Crochet, but I’m not willing to pay $5.00 JUST for the ears. I know, I’m a cheapstake. So, once again, I just designed my own. And I’ve included the pattern for those down below. So, instead of attaching the ears directly to the hat, I put them on little green felt rounds, which I then attached to some hair clips, and voila! Removable yoda ears!! I am quite pleased with how it all turned out and know my short little teacher friend is going to love it as well.

YODA’s EARS

RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook, ss to first to join (5).

RND 2: ch 1, sc all the way around (5), do not ss to first to join, but work around in one continues RND.

RNDs 3-17: inc once for every RND. Final stitch count should be 20

Unique Fall Crochet Patterns


Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The colors, the weather, the flavors, the smells, the activities…ah, it’s a happy time. For the crochet artist who doesn’t have a hook in her hand all year long, fall signals a time for Yarn, scarfs, hats, sweaters, and cozies. The days are shorter giving more time during the evening, and the outside activities start to dwindle as the weather becomes colder. While some can easily decide what to crochet next, some will spend countless hours perusing the internet to find the perfect project. Instead of making another basic crochet accessory, why not try out these unique crochet patterns just perfect for fall!

Wearing food? Only if you are bold enough! These scarfs from Fierce Pixy Boutique are adorable. I know several teenage and college-aged girls who would love to add these to their wardrobes. And, she offers a discount if you want to purchase several patterns at once, score!

There is a whole slew of “interesting” Crochet vest patterns out there in the world. I am personally pretty fond of this fringed toddler vest by Beauty Crochet Pattern. However, I kind of want the fringe to go all the way around the vest instead of just on the front flaps. I imagine it’s pretty warm, though.

Personally, I don’t think crochet shorts should be a thing…but, there seems to be plenty of disagreement about that. Take these men’s shorts by Mermaid Cat Designs for example. If you don’t use the right yarn, though, there might be future problems to deal with. Bound to keep you warm during the cooler morning hours and not too hot for those warmer afternoon times that are typical of fall days.

As someone with poor blood circulation with constantly cold hands, I am a big fan of fingerless gloves. There are lots of options to crochet your own, but I kind of really like these geometric ones from BLASK studio. Colorful, tasteful, and functional. I might be making these for myself this fall 😊

Every year I make my mom some slippers for Christmas. Usually one pair will get her through the first six months of the year, so my goal is to make her two of them. Unfortunately, I don’t always manage my time well enough to get them done in time. I’ve made her some elf slippers before, and I think I will make some for her again this year. Don’t you just love these by Hookedo Patterns?

There exists a plethora of unique crochet patterns for hats, but these whimsical holiday hats from Uniquely More caught my eye. They remind me of a Christmas trees a little bit.

Have you found any deliciously unique crochet patterns this fall? Because I think this list definitely needs to be expanded! Comment below, and I’ll be sure to include them next time.

FREE Crochet Pattern for a Messy Bun Hat Using YOUR Favorite Crochet Stitch!


I love to make hats. They are relatively easy, quick, and can vary so much! I recently had a ton of requests for those messy bun, or ponytail hats. Honestly, it was more of a challenge than anticipated to come up with a good pattern for these hats. Normally, I would start at the top, increase, then add length. I have an amazing pattern for basic beanies that has been praised and complimented up and down! You can find that pattern for free HERE. And I am proud of the tight, hole-less start of my hats. But a pony tail hat needs a rather large hole at the top, and I found difficulty in trying to figure out how to leave that hole large enough for a bulky wad of hair to fit through it. I also really wanted to incorporate some elastic, so that you could fit the glorious messiness through the hole snuggly without leaving a large portion of you head exposed to the elements.

I came across this one pattern that started at the brim and worked up. But I very much disliked the stitches that were used (too time consuming, and frustrated my fingers), and it did leave too big of a non-stretchy hole at the top. But, I was inspired, made a few changes (ok, several changes), frogged way more than my patience could tolerate, and came up with my first messy bun hat pattern, The Oceanside (Because what else are you going to call a hat that uses a shell-stitch pattern.). And it was so easy to do, and worked up so quickly, that I made two others: Starry Nights and Dual-colored. And I realized that this pattern was actually really amazing, because you could use almost any stitch you wanted to. Then my brain started going into overload mode, and I had to step it back a bit. Instead of coming up with a quatrillion different patterns, why not have one pattern that has a quatrillion different options and can cater exactly to your preferences as the artist? And I came up with this 100% personalized pattern that you can make using virtually ANY crochet stitch. Try it, I bet it’ll work!

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Size K (6.5 MM) crochet hook
  • Yarn in desired color – worsted weight, or work with two strands throughout
  • Tape measure
  • Elastic hair band
  • Desired embellishments – buttons, ribbon, jewelies, pretties, etc.

Gauge – you will be happy to know that the gauge is not important for this pattern! As long as you use your measuring tape, check sizes as you go, and make the necessary changes, this hat will be perfect!

THE BRIM

RND 1: Ch 61, hdc in second stitch from hook and all the way across (60). Adjust the stitch count as needed to have a length of 20″. Being careful not to twist, ss to first to join into a large circle. Ch 1 (I like to turn after every RND, but you don’t need to)

RND 2: Alternate BPHdc and FPHdc all the way around (60). Ss to first to join and ch 1.

BPHdc – Back Post Half Double Crochet – YO, insert hook around the back side of the next hdc stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook.

FPHdc – Front Post Half Double Crochet – YO, insert hook around the front side of the next hdc stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook.

RNDs 3-5: Repeat RND 2. The brim should be measuring 1.5″ in height. Add or remove RNDs as necessary.

THE HAT

Use whatever stitch pattern you want to. Pictured I have the shell pattern in two colors, but I’ve also used the star stitch pattern, a v-stitch pattern, and BPDc pattern for similar results. Just repeat whatever pattern you choose until your hat reaches a height of 4.5-5 inches. It’s not a perfect science. One of the joys of using such a large hook means that there is quite a bit of stretch and give to the material, which is great for larger heads as well. After you get the desired height of your hat, you are ready to move on to the closure/top/ponytail hole.

THE PONYTAIL HOLE

This part is fun and only takes 3 RNDS to complete, you ready?

RND 1: Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around: *Dc, skip 1 stitch* (half of your stitch count. If you didn’t add any stitches to the brim, you should have 30 dc stitches). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2, dc all the way around (30), ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 1, grab your elastic hair band and work around it and the hat, repeat the following all the way around: *sc, sc2tog*. Ss to first to join and finish off. Enjoy your new hat ☺

Messy Bun, Ponytail Hat


Alright, alright, I’m giving in to the overnight fad. While I am very much not a fan of these crochet hats, the amount of interest in them that has been expressed to me is more than enough. I have been convinced that the creations thereof are not only worthwhile, but appreciated. So, your search is over! I now make and offer these hats in several different styles and color combinations! So contact me on Facebook to get one of your own, or check out my Etsy shop to obtain the patterns and make your own. Hope you all enjoy ☺️


It took me a lot longer than it probably should have for me to figure these out. I love the ribbed brim. It has quite a bit of stretch to it so that it will fit snuggly on your head without slipping around as you go about your day. And, one of my favorite features of these hats is how they are long enough to cover the ears, but not too long that they bunch in the back (at the neck).

With so many different textures and color options to choose from, you can be sure that yours is going to be one-of-a-kind, unique to you and your style preferences.

As always, anything made from my patterns can be sold, but please do not copy or redistribute the pattern itself. Thank you very much ☺️

Crochet Hat Display, DIY


I know that there are tons of ideas online on pinterest and google of how to display your hand-crafted hats at a craft show. I am sure that the idea that I am about to tutorial below is not original to the brain of Family Bugs. However, there is no possible way that I could even trace back to where I got the idea from, and even more impossible the track back to the original creator of this idea. So, without further ado…here is my hat display.

  1. Get some cute little globe-shaped vases from the dollar store (newborn sized hats fit these so perfectly).
  2. Coerce Mr. Lovely to drink some coffee flavored beverage (or, if you appreciate these kind of drinks, by all means, guzzle it down yourself!).
  3. Hot glue the globe vase to the coffee jar. While not necessary, this insures that the globe does not get dislodged during transport or while the hats are coming off and on.
  4. Wrap it up in the yarn of your choice. Or paint it. Or paper mache some cute scrapbook paper. Just cover it up and make it look pretty.
  5. Add the hat, and your finished!

Pretty simple, and pretty low-cost. Which is perfect for a craft-show. This particular display is going to work better for me than my previous display for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s a little bit sturdier, being glass instead of Styrofoam. Secondly, I only have two different kinds of hats for this particular show: Poke ball hats, and pikachu hats, I didn’t need a display with 6 different stands. Although that could add an interesting element to my overall display, it isn’t what I was going for. So, I’ve got my two little stands, and in front of each stand I will have my stacks of hats (in all sizes), and it’s going to work out perfectly!

Pikachu Crochet Pattern :-)


IMG_1710Memorial day weekend was rainy and cold in West Texas where I hail from. So, I took advantage of the time and finished up several crochet patterns that have been needing some final touches. I am very exited to announce that Pikachu has been published and is ready for purchase from my ETSY SHOP. And as with all of my crochet patterns, you DO have permission to sell any finished products made from my patterns, but please do not copy or redistribute the pattern itself. Also, I am not affiliated with Nintendo…

But, isn’t it just cute! I really like how the tail turned out. There are three different sizes available 0-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-24 months. Which includes like 6 different hat sizes, but it’s all good 🙂 Super easy to read pattern with lots of pictures to talk you along the way, you don’t have to be an expert crochet-er to figure it out. Basic stitches (Chain, Single Crochet, Half-double Crochet, Single Crochet two Together (Sc2tog), Slip Stitch, and that’s really it!).

You can always go HERE to check out all of Family Bugs’ crochet patterns (several of them are *FREE*), and share the love on Pinterest and facebook!!

Draculaura crochet pattern


Being modeled by my 3-yr old daughter. This hat should fit up to 10 years old!
Being modeled by my 3-yr old daughter. This hat should fit up to 10 years old!

Just recently, I had someone request a crochet pattern for a Draculaura hat for little kids. Well, after spending about a week and a half on it (off and on, of course), I managed to come up with one. I am not too happy with how the eyes have turned out, therefore, I am offering it as a FREE crochet pattern!! This hat should fit any child from 3-years old on up to 10-years old. If you have any questions about this crochet pattern (or any other crochet pattern from me), just shoot me a comment, or an email at FamilyBugs@Gmail.com and I will help you just as soon as I can 🙂

Also: I always take requests for making specific crochet patterns (offered for free, like this one, or at a highly discounted rate), so if there’s something you want, just contact me and I will see what I can do!!

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Hook Size: J/10-6.00 MM and G/6-4.25MM
  • Yarn Type: Worsted Weight (I use Red Heart Super Saver), in black, white, pink (any shade, I used baby pink) tan, and a purple color

Stitches Used

  • Ss – Slip Stitch
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Inc – Increase = Work two of the same stitch both into the next stitch
  • Hdc2tog – Half Double Crochet 2 Together – Yarn over hook, Insert hook into first designated stitch. Yarn over hook and pull through stitch. Yarn over hook and insert hook into second designated stitch. Yarn over hook and pull through stitch, Yarn over hook and pull through all 5 loops on hook.
  • Dc2tog – Double Crochet 2 Together – Yarn over hook, insert hook into first designated stitch, Yarn over hook, and pull through stitch, yarn over hook and pull through two loops on hook (half of a double crochet stitch). Yarn over hook and insert hook into second designated stitch, yarn over hook and pull through stitch, yarn over hook and pull through two loops on hook, yarn over hook and pull through remaining loops on hook.
  • Sc2Tog – Single Crochet 2 Together – Insert hook into first available space. Yarn over, pull through. Insert hook into second available space. Yarn over, pull through. Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook (also called an invisible decrease).

Gauge Swatch – This is used to determine if your tension and hook is going to create a similarly sized product at the end.  After completing this, if your swatch measures larger, you might want to choose a smaller hook and complete another gauge swatch.  If your swatch measures smaller, choose a larger hook and try again.

Ch 16
ROW 1: Sc in second ch from hook and all the way across (15) Ch 2, turn.
ROW 2: Dc all the way across (15) Ch 1, turn.
ROWs 3, 5: Repeat Row 1
ROWs 4, 6: Repeat Row 2
Finish off.  Swatch should measure pretty close to 5.5” X 3″


Basic Hat
There are lots of color changes in making the basic hat that is Draculaura. Please don’t freak out, I’m going to talk you through every step of the way 🙂
With J hook (and black color)

This is what you should get after all of the increase RNDs...It's a very nice striped effect, no?
This is what you should get after all of the increase RNDs…It’s a very nice striped effect, no?

RND 1: Ch 3. Work this entire RND all in that 3rd ch from hook: Dc 2, color change to pink, dc 1, color change to black, dc 1, color change to pink, dc 2, color change to black, dc 2, color change to pink, dc 1, color change to black, dc 1, color change to pink, dc 2, color change to black, dc 2, color change to pink, dc 2 (16). Ss to first to join. For the rest of the pattern, whenever a color change is needed, there will be the abbreviation: CCP (for Color Change Pink), CCB (for Color Change Black), or CCT (for Color Change Tan)

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout) and turn: Inc, dc CCB Inc, dc, CCP inc, dc, CCB inc, CCP dc, CCB inc, dc, CCP, inc, dc CCB dc, CCP inc, CCB inc, dc (24) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, and turn: Inc, dc 2 CCP Inc, dc 1, CCB dc 1, CCP inc, dc 2, CCB inc, dc 2, CCP inc, CCB dc 2, CCP inc, dc 2, CCB inc, dc 2, CCP inc, dc 2 (32) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and turn, Inc, dc 3 CCB Inc, dc 3, CCP inc, dc 3, CCB inc, dc 1, CCP dc 2, CCB inc, dc 3, CCP inc, dc 3, CCB inc, CCP dc 3, CCB inc, dc 3. (40) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2 and turn, Inc, dc 4 CCP Inc, dc 2, CCB dc 2, CCP inc, dc 4, CCB inc, dc 4, CCP inc, dc 1, CCB dc 3, CCP inc, dc 4, CCB inc, dc 4, CCP inc, dc 4 (48) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and turn, dc 6 CCB dc 6, CCP dc 6, CCB dc 3, CCP dc 3, CCB dc 6, CCP dc 6, CCB dc 2, CCP dc 4, CCB dc 6 (48). Ss to first to join.

This is without the attachment of the pigtails or eyes. Congratulations! You made it through all of the color changes!!
This is without the attachment of the pigtails or eyes. Congratulations! You made it through all of the color changes!!

RND 7: Ch 2 and turn, dc 6 CCP dc 4, CCB dc 2, CCP dc 6, CCB dc 6, CCP dc 3, CCB dc 3, CCP dc 6, CCB dc 6, CCBP dc 6 (48). Ss to first to join.

RND 8: Ch 2 and turn, dc 6 CCB dc 6, CCP dc 5, CCT dc 16, CCP dc 3, CCB dc 2, CCP dc 4, CCB dc 6 (48). Ss to first to join.

RND 9: Ch 2 and turn, dc 6, CCP dc 4, CCB dc 2, CCP dc 3, CCT, dc 16, CCP dc 5, CCB dc 6, CCP dc 6 (48), ss to first to join.

RND 10: Repeat RND 8

RND 11: Repeat RND 9


Pig Tails
With J hook (and starting with pink color), make two of the following

I just LOVE the little curlies at the bottom of the pig-tails...cute!!
I just LOVE the little curlies at the bottom of the pig-tails…cute!!

ROW 1: Ch 41. Ss in second ch from hook, sc 1, work 2 sc in the next, hdc 2, hdc2tog twice, dc 5, work 2 dc in the next, dc 2, work 2 dc in the next, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 11, dc2tog, dc 1, dc2tog twice (37), color change to black, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 2: Sc 2, sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog, sc 10, work 2 sc in the next, sc 3, work 2 sc in the next, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 2, (31), turn and ss 31 all the way back up, color change to pink, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 3: Sc 1, sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog, sc14, work 2 sc in the next, sc 5, sc2tog (28), turn and ss 28 all the way back up, color change to black, ch 2 and turn.

ROW 4: Dc 2, dc2tog, dc 15, work 2 dc in the next, dc 2, work 2 hdc in the next, hdc 4, hdc2tog, sc 2, work 2 sc in the next, sc 1 (34), turn and ss 34 all the way back up, color change to pink, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 5: Sc 2, sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog, sc 16, work 2 sc in the next, sc 1, ch 5, ss in second ch from hook, sc2tog twice, sc 3, work 2 sc in the next, sc 14, sc2tog twice, sc 1, ch 1 and work 7 sc stitches across the top of this. Finish off.


I could not figure out how to make them look not angry, but I do love the heave eye-liner and thick lashes. Definitely adds to the teen-angst look!
I could not figure out how to make them look not angry, but I do love the heave eye-liner and thick lashes. Definitely adds to the teen-angst look!

Eyes
With g hook (and starting with black), make two of the following

RND 1: Ch 2. work 8 sc stitches (8) color change to purple, ss to first to join, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 2: Work 2 sc stitches in each of the next 6 stitches (12), color change to white, ch 1 and turn.

ROW 3: Skip the first stitch, sc 1, work 2 sc in the next, sc 2, work 2 sc in the next, hdc 2, work 2 dc in the next, dc 1 (12), ch 2 and turn.

ROW 4: Skip the first stitch, dc 1, work 2 dc in the next, hdc 2, work 2 hdc in the next, sc 2, color change to black

RND 5: Ss, ch 1 and turn. Sc 2, work 2 sc in the next, sc 2, work 2 sc in the next, Ch 1, ss in first ch from hook, sc, Ch 1, ss in first ch from hook, sc, ch 2, ss in first ch from hook, ss into the

And there she is finished, with the pigtails and eyes attached. Perfect for any little girl in love with Monster High!!
And there she is finished, with the pigtails and eyes attached. Perfect for any little girl in love with Monster High!!

second ch, sc 1, ch 2, ss in first ch from hook, ss into second ch, sc 1, Ch 3, ss in first ch from hook, ss into the second ch, ss into the third ch, sc 1, ch 2, ss in first ch from hook, ss into the second ch, sc 1, ch 1, ss into the first ch from hook, sc 3, work 2 sc into the next, sc 2, work 2 sc into the next, sc 1, ch 1, ss into the first ch from hook, sc 4, ss to first to join and finish off.

Take some white yarn and stitch in a little bit of a “sparkle” in the center of the eye, making sure that it is the same for both eyes. And voila! Attach the eyes to the tan part of the hat, and attach the pig tails to the back of the hat (making sure that they point outwards and curl in the right direction). And it is finished!!

Basic Beanie Free Crochet Pattern 2.0!


img_0854UPDATED (March 4, 2014)

Free crochet patterns for EVERY beanie size you could possibly want from Preemie all the way up to adult large.  My originally posted corhcet patterns for these beanies can be found HERE, just in case you are interested, but seeing as it was one of my earlier crochet patterns ever written, it is quite poor in quality and understand-ability (sure, that can be a word).  So, I re-worked my crochet pattern and now have it available to the public!

Stitches required

  • Ch – Chain – Yo, pull through
  • Ss – Slip Stitch – Insert hook, Yo, pull through both loops on hook
  • Dc – Double Crochet – Yo, Insert hook, yo, pull through, yo, pull through two loops on hook, yo, pull through remaining two loops
  • Inc – Work 2 Dc both into the next stitch

Materials Needed

Starting off with these basic beanie crochet patterns you could make all sorts of different hats: striped, mohawk, owl, monster, with earflaps, newsie, simple, with flowers…And, as always, if you have any questions about any of these, or need any help along the way, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email {familybugs (AT) gmail (DOT) com}.

Please note that the Ch 2 that occurs at the beginning of each round does NOT EVER count as a dc stitch throughout the crochet patterns.

These patterns are based off of the measurements taken from Bev’s Size chart, if you aren’t sure about sizing measurements…well, I’ve included that too!
Clover “Shiro” Tape Measure

  • Newborn: Head Circumference 13″ – 14 ”  33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5″ – 13″ Hat height = 5.5 to 6″ 13-15 cm
  • Baby – 3 to 6 months: Head Circumference: 14″ – 17 ”  36-43 cm; Hat height= 6.5 – 7″ 15-18 cm
  • Baby – 6 to 12 months: Head Circumference: 16″ – 19 ”  41-48 cm ;  Hat height = 7.5″  18 cm
  • Toddler – preschooler (12 months – 3 years): Head Circumference: 18″ to 20 ” 46 -48 cm; Hat height = 8″  20 cm
  • Child (3 – 10 years): Head Circumference: 19″ – 20 1/2″  48-51 cm; Hat height =8.5″  22cm
  • Pre-teens and Teens  Hat: Head Circumference: 20 1/2″ – 22″   53 -56 cm; height 9-10″  25 cm
  • Adult Woman: Head Circumference:  21.5″ – 22.5″  Hat height = 11″
  • Adult Man: Head Circumference:  23″ – 24″  58.4 cm – 61 cm; Hat height = 11″-11.5″

Gauge Swatch – This is used to determine if your tension and hook is going to create a similarly sized product at the end.  After completing this, if your swatch measures larger, you might want to choose a smaller hook and complete another gauge swatch.  If your swatch measures smaller, choose a larger hook and try again.
Ch 16
ROW 1: Sc in second ch from hook and all the way across (15) Ch 2, turn.
ROW 2: Dc all the way across (15) Ch 1, turn.
ROWs 3, 5: Repeat Row 1
ROWs 4, 6: Repeat Row 2
Finish off.  Swatch should measure pretty close to 5.5” X 3

Why double crochet? You might ask.  Well, double crochet is fast, relatively easy, and I think that it still results in a really warm product.  The looser stitches trap more air between the fibers and air is an incredible insulator (that is if you can trap it)!  Also, the looser stitching will result in a hat that has more stretch and give to it, which is more likely to fit all sorts of head shapes and sizes 😀  So, ENJOY!!

Feel free to use and distribute the finished hats however you would like, I don’t mind finished hats being sold from these patterns (That’s what I do with them), or for charity purposes, or auctions…or personal use…turn it upside down and use it as a bowl, add some handles and use it as a bag…skies the limit!

Preemie Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT counts as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (21) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 3: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (28). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 5-7: Repeat RND 4.

Newborn Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 16 dc (16). Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (24) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 3: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (32) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (32). Slip stitch to top of ch 2 to join.

RNDS 5-7: Repeat RND 4.

0-3 Month Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Slip stitch to first to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (35). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 6-8: Repeat RND 5.

3-6 Month Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round). Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (35). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 6-9: Repeat RND 5.

6-12 Month Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 16 dc (16). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (24) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, repeat the follwoing all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (32) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: (Last increasing round). Ch 2,repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 3 (40) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (40). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 6-9: Repeat RND 5.

12-24 Month Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 4 (42) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (42). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 7-10: Repeat RND 6.

img_08533-10 Years Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 4 (42) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (42). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 7-11: Repeat RND 6.

Preteen – Teen Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 16 dc (16). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (24) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (32) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 3 (40) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 4 (48) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 5 (56). Ss to first to join.

RND 7: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (56). Ss to first to join.

baby newborn preemie adult large small teenRNDS 8-12: Repeat RND 7.

Adult Small Size

With J hook

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 16 dc (16). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc (24) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 2 (32) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 3 (40) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2,Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 4 (48) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: (Last increasing round) Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (8 times): Inc, dc 5 (56) Ss to first to join.

RND 7: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (56). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 8-14: Repeat RND 7.

Adult Large Size

RND 1: Ch 3. In 3rd chain from hook work 14 dc (14). Ss to first to join.

RND 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as dc here or throughout). Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc (21) Ss to first to join.

RND 3: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 2 (28) Ss to first to join.

RND 4: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 3 (35) Ss to first to join.

RND 5: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 4 (42) Ss to first to join.

RND 6: Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 5 (49) Ss to first to join.

RND 7: (Last Increasing round) Ch 2, Repeat the following all the way around (7 times): Inc, dc 6 (56). Ss to first to join.

RND 8: Ch 2 and dc in each stitch around (56). Ss to first to join.

RNDS 9-15: Repeat RND 8.

Free Crochet Insect Patterns


"Going Buggy" collection of crocheted hats
“Going Buggy” collection of crocheted hats

My little blog is named Family Bugs for a lot of different reasons that speak about me and who I am.  As part of this, one of my first crochet projects were these adorable little crochet insects that each represent a different member of my family. There were five of them, and you can find the pattern for those on my Ravelry store front (all for free).  The Beetle represented my husband, the Butterfly represented me, the Grasshopper represented my son, the Bumblebee represented my oldest daughter, and the Ladybug represented my youngest.  Well, along those same lines, I also created some animal hats (sticking with the same colors and insects).  Just recently, I had someone request the pattern for these hats.  So anyways, here we go with the free crochet patterns for these five insect hats (a line of products which I affectionately call “Going Buggy”).

The basic foundation for these hats is of course, the hat itself.  You can find the earflap pattern for every size in Newborn up to adult large HERE.  If you would rather not use the earflaps and want just a basic beanie, then go HERE.

The eyes for each of these (except for the beetle) are all the same.

  • With J hook and black color, Ch 3.
  • RND 1: In third Ch from hook, work 5 dc.  Ss to first to join (5).
  • RND 2: Color change to white, Ch 2, do not turn.  Work 2 dc in each stitch across.  Ss to first to join (20). finish off.

The mouths are all simply sewn right onto the hats in the appropriate places and in different configurations.

LADYBUG

There are actually two different patterns for the ladybug hat.  The first of which is the one that I have pictured at the top of this blog post that has little pompoms for the antenna.  The hat is done in a darker red color, the antenna in black.

  • With J hook, ch 2.
  • RND 1: Work 5 sc all into the second ch from hook (also known as a magic circle).  Ss to first to join.  (5)
  • RND 2: Ch 1, do not turn, work 2 sc into each stitch around.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • RND 3: (Repeat this round until you reach the desired height of your antenna stalks, I like to do 2-3 rounds here) Ch 1, do not turn.  Work 1 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • Finish off.
  • Make a pompom and attach it to the magic circle that you started off with.  Attach the antenna to the hat at the desired location.

crochet newborn propThe second option is the one that is pictured to the right, where the hat is done in black, and so is the antenna (works really well with an entire costume or outfit).

  • With J hook, ch 2.
  • RND 1: Work 5 sc all into the second ch from hook (also known as a magic circle).  Ss to first to join. (5)
  • RND 2: Ch 1, do not turn. Work 2 sc into each stitch around.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • RND 3: Ch 1, do not turn.  Work a 2:1 ratio of sc stitches all the way around (2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in the next).  Ss to first to join. (15)
  • RND 4: Ch 1, do not turn.  Work a 2:2 ratio of sc stitches all the way around (2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in the next 2 stitches). Ss to first to join. (20)
  • RND 5: Ch 1, do not turn.  Sc all the way around.  Ss to first to join. (20)
  • RND 6: Repeat RND 4
  • RND 7: Ch 1, do not turn. Repeat the following 5 X *Sc2tog, sc 2*.  Ss to first to join. (15)
  • RND 8: Ch 1, do not turn. Repeat the following 5X *sc2tog, sc 1*.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • RND 9: (Repeat this RND until your antenna reaches the desired height, I usually do 3 or 4) Ch 1, do not turn.  Sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • Finish off and attach to the desired location on the hat.

Crocheted Photo PropBUMBLEBEE

This hat pattern is just so simple.  Locate the size that you want from my earflap pattern (or from the beanie patterns).  Start with the black color, and every two RNDs change to another color (either yellow or black depending on what you were using previously).  The bumble bee antennas are just simple pompoms done in the black color and attached to the proper location.  OR, you can use one of the Ladybug antenna patterns for that.  See, simple wimple!

 

BEETLE

As a precaution, I made several of these to sell at a craft show and they were usually called *frogs*. Last four RNDs of this hat is where the color changes come in.  Starting with the Dark Blue, follow the pattern as written.  THEN, fourth RND from the end, color change to light blue, next RND is back to the dark blue, the next RND is back to the light blue, and the last RND finishes up with the dark blue.  The beetle hat also fashions very large, different eyes.  So, let’s work those out (obviously, you want to make two of these):

  • With J hook and black yarn, ch 3.
  • RND 1: In 3rd ch from hook work 10 dc.  Ss to first to join (10)
  • RND 2. Ch 2, do not turn, work 2 dc in each stitch around 9 times, color change to white, and work 2 more DC in that last stitch. Ss to first to join (20).
  • baby newborn preemie adult large small teenRND 3: Still working with the white, Ch 2, do not turn.  Work a 2:1 ratio all the way around (2 dc in the first stitch, 1 dc in the second).  Ss to first to join (30).  Finish off.

GRASSHOPPER

Locate the size that you want from my earflap pattern (or from the beanie patterns) and work all but the last three RNDS in the light green color.  Color change to the darker green for the last three RNDs and for the earflaps (if you chose that option).  You can do the antenna like the ladybug’s, or make the slightly more elongated version that is written below.

  • With J hook and dark green, ch 2.
  • RND 1: In second ch from hook, work 5 sc. Ss to first to join (5)
  • RND 2: Ch 1, do not turn.  Work 2 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join (10).
  • RND 3: Ch 1, do not turn.  Work 1 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join (10).
  • RND 4: Repeat RND 3.
  • RND 5: Ch 1, do not turn.  Sc2tog 5 times.  Ss to first to join (5).
  • RND 6: Color Change to the light green.  Ch 1, do not turn.  1 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join (5).
  • RND 7: (Repeat this RND until you reach the desired length.  I like to do 3-4 RNDs) Ch 1, do not turn.  1 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join (5).
  • Finish off and attach the antenna to the proper place on the hat.

BUTTERFLY

This is by far the most complicated pattern in this set.  Stick with me, and I’ll get you through it though (it’s still pretty easy as far as crochet patterns go).  Start off by making the hat in a tan or cream color (or any other color that you want for the body of your butterfly).  You can use the earflap pattern (or the beanie patterns). Then on to the Antenna: Of course, you can use the antenna pattern that I have given for the Ladybug, Bumblebee, or even the grasshopper one, but I wanted each hat to be different, so there’s also a different antenna pattern for the butterfly.

With J hook and brown or black yarn, Ch 22.  Work 2 dc in third ch from hook and all the way down. (40) finish off.

the backThe wings are actually each made out of  two different sized circles that are attached one overlapping the other on the hat itself.  I have pictured with a baby pink color, but any color you want will work just fine.  You will want to make two of the larger circle, and two of the smaller circle, placing the smaller circle on the hat first (it goes beneath and under the larger circle)

Smaller circle:

  • With J hook, Ch 3.
  • RND 1: In third Ch from hook, work 8 dc.  Ss to first to join (8).
  • RND 2: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work 2 dc in each stitch across.  Ss to first to join (16).
  • RND 3: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work a 2:1 ratio all the way around (2 dc in first stitch 1 dc in the second stitch).  Ss to first to join (24).  Finish off.

Larger circle:

  • With J hook, Ch 3.
  • RND 1: In third Ch from hook, work 10 dc.  Ss to first to join (10).
  • RND 2: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work 2 dc in each stitch across.  Ss to first to join (20).
  • RND 3: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work a 2:1 ratio all the way around (2 dc in first stitch 1 dc in the second stitch).  Ss to first to join (30).
  • RND 4: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work a 2:2 ratio all the way around (2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in the next 2 stitches). Ss to first to join (40).  Finish off.