Free Owl Hat (Adult size)

Author

Debra Dandaneau

Introduction

The owl variation of my basic double-crochet hat, inspired by the adult and baby knit owl sweaters by Kate Davies (but I can’t/don’t knit).

There are six owls spaced evenly around the hat, formed by front-post double-crochet stitches.

Some added notes:  my crochet tension is tight… so I use a large hook and only chain 2 to count as a starting dc.  A “typical” crocheter might use a smaller hook, such as an “H” and use a chain 3 to count as the first dc of each row.

I corrected row 9… to be only 1 repeat of row 8 (the “12” repeats were for my “basic” hat pattern).  Thanks for catching that!

Materials List

Worsted weight / weight 4  yarn:  200 yds /180 m (ex. Red Heart Super Saver, Caron Simply Soft, Lions Brand Wool Ease)

Hook H/I/J (5/5.5/6 mm): to gauge (I crochet with high tension so I typically use “J”)

12 buttons:  3/16 or 1/4 inch, for “eyes” (I used 3/16 inch white)

Sewing thread and needle (for sewing on eyes)

 

 

 

Finished Size

One size fits most adults

Gauge

1st 4 rounds approx. 4 – 4 1/4 inches (10.5 cm) in diameter

Notes

Let me know if there are errors or confusing parts so I can correct the pattern on my blog:

https://sites.google.com/site/coudreducoeur/crochet-patterns/Double-Crochet-Hat

The Pattern

chain 5, join into ring (or make magic ring)
Rnd 1:  ch 2 (1st dc in each rnd), 11 dc, sl into ch-2 dc for join (12 dc)
Rnd 2:  ch 2, dc in 1st dc, [2 dc in next dc] 11x, join (24 dc)
Rnd 3:  ch 2, [dc in next dc, 2 dc in  next] 11x, 2 dc in next dc, join (36 dc)
Rnd 4:  ch 2, [2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc] 11x,  2 dc in next dc, dc, join (48 dc)
Rnd 5:  ch 2, [dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11x, 3 dc, dc in sl stitch join, join (60 dc)
Rnd 6:  ch 2, dc in next st, [2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc] 12x, 2 dc, join (72 dc)
Rnd 7:  ch 2, dc in next 10 dc [2 dc in next dc, dc in next 11] 5x, 2 dc in final dc, join (78 dc)
Rnd 8:  ch 2, dc in next 77 dc (78 dc)
Rnd 9:  repeat Rnd 8

Owls:

Rnd 10:  ch 2, 2 dc, [2 FPdc, 4 dc, 2 FPdc, 5 dc] 5x, 2 FPdc, 4 dc, 2 FPdc, 2 dc, join (78 dc)
Rnd 11:  ch 2, 2 dc, [skip 2 dc, tr in each of next 2 dc, FPtr in each of the skipped sts over previous 2 tr, skip 2, FPtr in each of next 2, tr behind FPtr in each of the 2 skipped sts, 5 dc] 5x, skip 2 dc, tr in each of next 2 dc, FPtr in each of the skipped sts over previous tr, skip 2, FPtr in each of next 2, tr behind previous 2 tr in each of skipped sts, 2 dc, join (78 sts)
Rnd 12:  ch 2, 2 dc, [TPdc in next 8 dc, 5 dc] 5x, FPdc next 8, 2 dc, join (78 dc)
Rnd 13:  Rpt Rnd 12 (78 dc)
Rnd 14:  ch 2, 2 dc, [skip 2 dc, FPtr in each of next 2 dc, FPtr in each of the skipped sts over previous 2 tr, skip 2, FPtr in each of next 2, FPtr behind FPtr in each of the 2 skipped sts, 5 dc] 5x, skip 2 dc, FPtr in each of next 2 dc, FPtr in each of the skipped sts over previous tr, skip 2, FPtr in each of next 2, FPtr behind previous 2 tr in each of skipped sts, 2 dc, join (78 sts)
Rnd 15 – 17:  repeat Rnd 12
Rnd 18:  repeat Rnd 14
Rnd 19:  ch 2, dc in next 2, [dc in next 3 sts,  2 FPtr under center sts of owl into center 2 sts of previous rnd skipping center 2 sts of this owl,  dc in next 3, dc in next 5] 5x, dc in next 3 sts,  2 FPtr under center sts of owl into center 2 sts of previous rnd skipping center 2 sts of this owl,  dc in next 3, dc in next 2, join (78 sts)      
Rnd 20:  ch 2, dc in next 77 dc, join (78 dc)
Rnd 21-24 (border):  ch1, sc in each st, join (78 sc in each Rnd)

Sew button eyes on in appropriate locations

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