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
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.