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Free Pattern Friday: The Sock Monkey Hat

Last week, I posted this adorable photo of my little cousin wearing the sock monkey hat I made him for his birthday. I posted it here, but also on The Crochet Crowd's Facebook page. I was a little overwhelmed by the response. I think this is one of our most adorable hats, but it was nice to see other people respond to it as well. (I recognize that the cuteness of Brentley may have surpassed the cuteness of the hat.) After talking with my business partner, we decided to share this pattern.

I have only included the toddler size of our hat pattern but a full range of sizes (preemie to adult) can be purchased on Ravelry.

Please do not sell items made from this pattern. Feel free to give as gifts or donate to charity. Please do not sell this pattern as your own. Feel free to share, but please link back to this blog. Pattern is written in US terms.

Here we go!

Toddler Sock Monkey Hat

Materials needed:
H (5.00mm) hook
Yarn Needle
Two black buttons
White thread

Yarn needed:
I love this Wool in Brindle
RedHeart in Burgundy
RedHeart in Aran (cream)
Scrap Black yarn
*These are just what I used for this specific hat. Any worsted weight yarn will do.*

CH - Chain
BLO - back loops only.
HDC - Half double crochet
SC - single crochet
SS - slip stitch
ST - stitch

Main Hat:
Round 1: With Aran,  10HDC in a magic loop, SS to the top of beginning CH. (10) 

Round 2: CH2, 2HDC in each HDC around, SS to the top of beginning CH. (20)

Round 3: CH2, *2HDC in the first ST, 1HDC in the next HDC*, repeat from * around, SS to the top of beginning CH.(30)

Round 4: CH2, *2HDC in the first ST, 1HDC in the next two HDC*, repeat from * around. Change to Burgundy in last ST. SS to the top of beginning CH. (40)

Round 5: With Burgundy, CH2, *2HDC in the first ST, 1HDC in the next three HDC, repeat from * around. Change to Brindle in last ST. SS to the top of beginning CH.  (50)

Round 6-14: With Brindle, CH2, HDC in each ST around, SS to the top of beginning CH. (50) 

Round 15: CH1, SC in each ST around, SS to the top of beginning CH. (50) Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Fold hat in half. From corner, count over 9 ST. Join yarn with SS.
Row 1-2: CH1, SC in next 16 ST. Turn. (16)
Row 3-17: DO NOT CH! Skip first ST, SC across. Turn. (15-1) 
Each row will decrease by one ST until you have only one ST left. Fasten off.
Repeat on other side of hat making sure earflaps line up.

Once earflaps are finished, you get to make a decision. You can do the border in Brindle or Burgundy. Join yarn at any point of hat (I prefer to do it either at the back or bottom of an earflap), SC evenly around hat.

Tassels (One for each earflap):
With Burgundy, Cut 12x12in long pieces. Thread them through the bottom point of the earflap in between the stitches and fold them in half. Divide tails into 3 parts and braid tails to desired length, then knot the bottom. Trim tails for even length. 

Ears (Make 2):
Row 1: With Brindle, CH2. 7 HDC in second CH from hook. Turn.
Row 2: CH 1, *In BLO, 2SC in first ST, SC in next ST.* Repeat from * to end. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
(If you think ear is too small, do a 3rd row, CH1, SC to end.)

One little ear. :)

Rnd 1: With Aran, CH10. SC in second CH from hook and next 7 CH. In last CH, SC 3 turning to work in backside of CH (like picture). SC in next 7CH. 2SC in last CH. SS in first SC to join.

Rnd 2: CH1, 2SC in first ST. SC in next 7ST. 2SC. 3SC. 2SC. SC in next 7ST. 2SC. 3SC. SS in first SC to join.
Rnd 3: CH1, 2SC in first ST. SC in next 9ST. 2SC in next 2ST. 3SC. 2SC in next 2SC. SC in next 9 ST. 2SC in next 2ST. 3SC. 2SC. SS in first SC to join. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Smile: With Burgundy, CH 14. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

I like to sew on the smile before I make the nose x's with the black yarn.

Puff Ball:
With Burgundy, wrap yarn around hand until you think it's big enough. Break yarn. Slip off hand being careful to maintain shape. With a long piece, knot around middle. Make sure you have a long end to sew puff ball to top of hat! Cut loops being careful not to cut piece securing the ball together. Trim so that all pieces are similar length.

Sew all your pieces together & admire your adorable new creation!

Just for fun, here are a couple variations I have done.

If you have any questions or see any errors, please let me know! If you would like to see more free patterns, let me know as well. I would like to do one every Friday; I just need suggestions on what to post. Have a blessed day!


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