Monday, October 8, 2012

The Pink Panda

Finally...I know, I know. I keep promising this pattern, but life seems to get in the way.

Worsted weight yarn (pink, black, & white)
You'll need less than 3.5 oz of pink and small amounts of black and white
Size H crochet hook
Yarn needle
2 black buttons

Fits a child, teen, or small adult head
I made this hat for a 6 year old and it barely fits my head. (I have a pretty small head)

Note: For this pattern I did not join each round. I hate the seam, so I just kept going around. You may need to mark the first stitch to keep track of the ending/beginning of each round.


With Pink, ch 3

Rnd 1: Work 7 hdc in 3rd chain from hook. (8 hdc) The first 2 chains as a stitch. Do not join.

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st. (16 hdc)

Rnd 3: Work (1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st) around. (24 hdc)

Rnd 4: Work (hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (32 hdc)

Rnd 5: Work (hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (40 hdc)

Rnd 6: Work (hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (48 hdc)

Rnd 7: Work (hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (56 hdc)

Rnd 8: Work (hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (64 hdc)

Rnds 9-17: Work hdc in each st around. On the last rnd you will finish off. I worked a sc then sl st in the last two sts, just to prevent seeing a really pronounced finish.
(If you are using the same color for the ear flap don't worry about the sc and sl st.)

First Ear flap

Holding the hat with right side facing, attach Black yarn with sl st. 

Row 1: Ch 1 and work sc in same st. Sc in next 16 sts. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn. 

Row 2: Sc2tog over the first 2 sts, sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)

Row 3: Repeat row 2, until 1 st remains. Finish off.

Second Ear flap

Skip next 17 sts and attach Black yarn with sl st. Repeat instructions for first ear flap.

I did not crochet an edging for this hat. I like the way it looks without one.

Finish off, leaving a tail long enough to use in the braid. (12 inches or so) I really hate weaving ends when I don't have to:D


* You will hold two strands of yarn together. This makes the ear thicker and stand up better *

With Black yarn, Ch 4

Row 1: 7 dc in the 4th chain from hook (8 dc) TURN

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in the first st and next st, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st) 3 times. (12 hdc)

Finish off leaving a tail long enough to sew onto the hat.


With Black yarn, Ch 5

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 sts. (4sts) Turn

Row 2: Sc2tog twice (2 sts) Turn

Row 3: Sc2tog. Finish off leaving tail long enough to sew nose to the hat.


With White yarn, ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st, finish off. (12 sc)

This will be your inner eye, where you will sew the buttons

Outer Eye Spots

Don't fret over the stitches. If you find that you are off by a stitch, it will be ok as long as you end up with an oval shape. Work these spots in a continuous oval. Do not join after each round.

With Black Ch 4

Rnd 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, 4 sc in last st. Rotate, working into the other side of the chain. Sc in next 2 sts. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sc.

Rnd 3: 2 sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 6 sts.

Rnd 4: 2 hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts.

Rnd 5: Hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in nexxt 8 sts, 2 sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 9 sts. Finish off using no knot method. Leave a tail long enough to sew to face.

Sew the inner eyes onto the outer eye spots, referring to the photos. Then sew the entire eye spot to the hat. Try to place the spots more vertical than horizontal. Mine may be a touch too horizontal.  To me, this makes the face look like a raccoon (maybe I've been looking at the face for too long now;D)

As always, remember to sew through the top layer of the stitch on the hat. Don't go completely through to the inside, this will make the inside of the hat look messy.


I used Black, Pink, and White

Cut 10 strands of each color. You'll use 5 strands of each color for each earflap.

Please let me know if you find a typo or mistake. I'll gladly correct it. I'll take better photos tomorrow and hopefully Ireland will cooperate.

Don't forget to show me your finished Pandas...I'd love to share them.


  1. Cute hat, I love it. I had to laugh at your daughters cute face, my Mom used to tell me my face was going to freeze like that!

  2. What a cute pattern

  3. Perfect timing, Liz! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. My two older granddaughters came into the room today dressed in their snow gear because they were pretending it is snowing:) Each of them had on velour bear hats and my daughter exclaimed, "I'll crochet a bear hat for Joy!" [her 4 month old baby] Now she has a pattern to follow, thanks to you! xx from Gracie

  4. Super cute! Thanks for the pattern!

  5. is beautiful! thanks for the pattern

  6. Çok sevimli panda şapka ama içindeki kız daha sevimli ona çok yakışmış sizi tebrik ederim elinize sağlık görüşmek üzere mutlu hafta sonu dilerim sevgiler.

  7. great !
    Greetings from Poland :D

  8. Wow! That hat was so cute. The color and the design were cool. Thanks for sharing this well written post with us.

    Charles of Real Estate Philippines

  9. Thank for sharing. I will crochet it for my bunny birthday.

  10. Where can i get one of these my girlfriend would love that

  11. What a great hat and pattern! You did amazing! The colors also go together flawlessly! And what a great model you have! :)

  12. just found the pink panda..... and if you pinch the top of the nose you can get a heart shape...<3

  13. I needed a pattern for eyes for a different project and couldn't follow the directions with that one and found this after a search. It's much easier to understand but my outer eyes did not come out oval - but the round ones work for what I need. Thanks!