Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crochet Baby Duck Easter Hat {free pattern}


When it comes to holidays, I love to create new crochet hats that correspond. Well, Easter is no exception; in fact, I probably enjoy creating new crochet hats for Easter in particular because everything surrounding this holiday is cute. Bunnies, chicks, lambs, heck, even decorated Easter eggs are cute! I wanted to test out an animal a bit different than the three listed above so instead of chicks, I went with a duckling. Isn't he cute!! 


To get started on this adorable hat, you'll need:
~a fuzzy yellow yarn (I used Baby Bee 'Pitter Patter Eyelash Yarn in Sunkisses')
~worsted weight yarn in black, white and orange (I used I Love This Yarn 'Super Soft')
~a US H/5.5 mm crochet hook
~tapestry needle

Stitches you will need to know for this pattern:
~magic ring
~SC- single crochet
~HDC-half double crochet
~DC- double crochet
~DC decrease

This hat is made in individual pieces and then sewn together to create the cute Easter goodness. :)

Hat:  
**at the end of each round DO NOT join to the first stitch, just continue to DC into first stitch at the beginning of each round** (this helps to eliminate a seam in the back of the hat)

With yellow yarn, start by making a magic ring; ch2, 11DC in magic ring
Round 2: 2DC in first DC and in each DC around (22DC)
Round 3: *2DC in first stitch, DC in next stitch; repeat from * around (33DC)
Round 4: *2DC in first stitch, DC in next 2 stitches; repeat from * around (44DC)
Round 5: *2DC in first stitch, DC in next 10 stitches; repeat from * around (48DC)
Rounds 6-11: DC in each stitch around; join to beginning stitch in round with a slip stitch but DO NOT fasten off. You will continue onto the first earflap from this spot.

Earflap 1: 

ch2; DC in same stitch and in next 9 stitches, ch2, turn
Row 2: DC decrease, DC in next 6 stitches, DC decrease, ch2, turn
Row 3: DC in each stitch across, ch2, turn (8DC)
Row 4: DC decrease, DC in next 4 stitches, DC decrease, ch2, turn
Row 5: DC in each stitch across, ch2, turn (6DC)
Row 6: DC decrease, DC in next 2 stitches, DC decrease, fasten off

Earflap 2:

Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap.
From determined spot; join yarn, ch2, DC in same stitch and in next 9 stitches, ch2, turn
Row 2: DC decrease, DC in next 6 stitches, DC decrease, ch2, turn
Row 3: DC in each stitch across, ch2, turn (8DC)
Row 4: DC decrease, DC in next 4 stitches, DC decrease, ch2, turn
Row 5: DC in each stitch across, ch2, turn (6DC)
Row 6: DC decrease, DC in next 2 stitches, DC decrease and then continue with a SC around hat and earflaps. At the top of each earflap: ch30 (more or less depending on the length of tie you'd like), SC in 2nd ch from hook and the rest of the way down the ch. When you get back to the hat, slip stitch into the hat, turn and SC in each stitch back up the tie, turn and then SC in each stitch back down the tie. (This will leave you with a tie 4SC thick). Continue to SC around the rest of the hat and fasten off when you get to the beginning of the hat.


 Top Duck Bill:

With orange yarn and using 2 strands;
ch8, DC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end, then continue around the other side of the ch with a DC in each stitch. Join to first DC and fasten off leaving a long tail.

Bottom Duck Bill:

With orange yarn and using 2 strands;
ch6, DC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end, then continue around the other side of the ch with a DC in each stitch. Join to first DC and fasten off leaving a long tail.

To make the duck beak sew the two duck bills together. Set aside.



Outer Eye (make 2):

With white yarn and using 2 strands;
ch6, HDC in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 4, make 2HDC in last ch. Now, work up the other side of the ch with HDC (there will be 5HDC), join to the first stitch with a slip stitch, ch 2.
Row 2: 2DC in each stitch around, join to first DC, fasten off leaving a long tail. (24DC)

Inner Eye (make 2):

With black yarn and using 2 strands;
make a magic circle, ch1, 6SC into magic circle, join to first SC, fasten off leaving a long tail.

Sew the inner eye onto the outer eye creating a pupil. :)



Pom Pom:

With yellow yarn,
make your pom pom by using a pom pom maker or by making your own.
I unfortunately do not have my own pom pom maker so I always make my own. Palak at Make it Handmade has a great tutorial on how to make your own pom poms. Check it out here.




Now that you have all of your pieces made. Sew them onto your hat using the picture for placement reference.




And there you have it, step by step directions for making a super cute Easter crochet hat all your own. I love this hat and how simple and easy it is to make. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do! :)



Do you like to make themed hats for special occasions? I would love to see pics of any hats you make using this pattern. :)

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns, but if you do, I ask that you link back to my post.Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***
This post was originally featured at from Gardeners 2 Bergers as a guest post. 


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