Crochet Football Earflap Hat Pattern

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UPDATE 1-8-16
I am now providing the pattern for my Crochet Football Earflap Hat in ALL sizes! I am going to leave the original pattern at the bottom for those who liked it or may want to refer to it again. The new pattern has a slightly different stitch count and is the pattern I frequently use in my newer hat patterns. The original football hat is from 3 years ago! Hope everyone is enjoying football season!
Materials:
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Worsted Weight Yarn in Brown and White (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Chocolate and White)
– Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet

Size: 0-3 Months
Use white yarn on row 4 and 9 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5-10: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below
Size: 3-6 Months
Use white yarn on row 5 and 10 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6-11: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below
Size: 6-9 Months
Use white yarn on row 5 and 11
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7-12: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written belowSize: 9-12 Months (Should fit up to about 16 months)
Use white yarn on row 6 and 12 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8-13: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below
Size: Toddler/Preschooler
Use white yarn on row 7 and 13
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9-14: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written belowSize: Child
Use white yarn on row 7 and 14 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10-15: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below
Size: Teen/Adult
Use white yarn on row 8 and 15 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10: 2 DC in first, DC in next 15, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
Round 11-16: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (68 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below
 
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Earflaps for 0-3 months – Preschooler
Earflap 1:
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in endsEarflap 2: See my PUPPY HAT PATTERN if you need help on where to place the second earflap.
Chain 1, SC in next 10, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (8 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across (4 SC)
Row 8: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC decrease, continue to SC around the entire edge of the hat (including earflaps). Fasten off and weave in ends. Cut 6 long strands of the same color yarn, pull yarn halfway through last loop of the earflaps (you now have 12 strands). Knot, braid, and knot again at the end of your braid. Trim ends of braided tails so yarn is even. Do this for both earflaps.
Earflaps for Child – Adult
Earflap 1:
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

Earflap 2:
See my PUPPY HAT PATTERN if you need help on where to place the second earflap.
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, continue to SC around the entire edge of the hat (including earflaps). Fasten off and weave in ends. Cut 6 long strands of the same color yarn, pull yarn halfway through last loop of the earflaps (you now have 12 strands). Knot, braid, and knot again at the end of your braid. Trim ends of braided tails so yarn is even. Do this for both earflaps.

White Stitches:
Find the center of hat between the white stripes. With tapestry needle, sew on a vertical line, then use the spaces between rows as your guide for the horizontal stitches. Weave in loose ends.

Here is a quick pattern for all you football fans! And if you’re not a football fan, you could always make this earflap hat in the colors of your choice and it will still make a great winter hat for your little one. Enjoy!

Before I begin, I want to clarify what I mean when I say “Begin in the same stitch as chain 2.” I always start my rounds in the same stitch as my chain 2. And DO NOT end my rounds in the same stitch as the chain 2. I will let the pictures explain this better:

When joining, skip over the chain 2, and join to the first DC. This will help hide your seams!

Crochet Football Earflap Hat
Size: 3-6 months

Materials:
– Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn Chocolate
– Vanna’s Choice Yarn White
– Size H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle

HDC= Half Double Crochet
DC= Double Crochet
SC= Single Crochet

Hat:
With brown yarn:
Magic ring, chain 2,
12  DC in magic ring, join, pull tight, chain 2
(Note: Begin your rounds in the same stitch as chain 2 for entire pattern)
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (24 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (36 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC, DC in next 2, repeat around, join chain 2 (48 DC)
Switch to white yarn for Round 5
Round 5: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Switch back to brown yarn for Rounds 6-9
Rounds 6-9: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Switch to white yarn for Round 10
Round 10: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Switch back to brown yarn for Round 11
Round 11: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Start on Earflap

Earflap 1:
Row 1: Starting in the same stitch as chain 2, HDC in next 10, chain 2, turn
Row 2: HDC Decrease, HDC in next 6, HDC Decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HDC across, chain 2, turn (8 HDC)
Row 4: HDC Decrease, HDC in next 4, HDC Decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 5: HDC across, chain 2 turn (6 HDC)
Row 6: HDC Decrease across (3 HDC Decreases), chain 3, turn and slip stitch to first stitch in previous row, fasten off.

This should leave a chain loop at the end like this:

Earflap 2:
Join leaving approx. 19 stitches across the front, chain 2,

Row 1: In the same stitch as chain 2, HDC in next 10, chain 2, turn
Row 2: HDC Decrease, HDC in next 6, HDC Decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HDC across, chain 2, turn (8 HDC)
Row 4: HDC Decrease, HDC in next 4, HDC Decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 5: HDC across, chain 2 turn (6 HDC)
Row 6: HDC Decrease across (3 HDC Decreases), chain 3, turn and slip stitch to first stitch in previous row, do not fasten off…
Continue to SC around the hat. When you come to the chain 3 loops at the at the end of each earflap, make 3 SC inside the chain 3 loop. It should look like this:
This will give you a nice place to tie on your braided tails.

I like to make my braided tails about 9-10″ long. So I cut 8 pieces of approx. 40″ long yarn. String it halfway through the loop on the end of the earflap. You will now have 16 strands to braid with. Tie a knot at the top, braid about 6″ down, make another knot and leave 2-3″ inches of fringe on the bottom. Of course you can customize this to your liking.

White Football Stitches:
With a tapestry needle, sew the white yarn in the placement of the stitches in this picture. I start with the vertical middle stitch and then sew the 3 horizontal stitches on top.

I hope you like this pattern! Let me know if you have any questions.
 Feel free to post a picture of your finished hats on my Repeat Crafter Me Facebook page!
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Comments

  1. says

    Adorable! I am going to pin this to make as soon as it calms down a little. ha,ha,ha Yeah right! Well as soon as I can make time.:)

    • says

      Well there actually isn't much "sewing" more just stringing the yarn through the hat using your tapestry needle. You can use one long strand or 4 different pieces. Be sure to tie/knot it in the back. Does that make sense? It is just how you see it. String a piece of white string through the hat to create the stitch lines. Let me know if you have any other questions!

    • says

      I have a lot of friends who are having Sept/Oct/Nov babies so I am already busy making gifts (hence this pattern) :o) But I agree, definitely not the right time of year to really be thinking about football earflap hats :o)

  2. says

    Thanks so much for posting this pattern. I made my 5 yr old great-neice, Jayden, a Hello Kitty earflap hat for Christmas and promised my 6 yr old great-nephew that I'd make him a football earflap hat. It's June in TX and he still reminds me about that promise. Thanks for lighting a fire under me so Cayden can finally get his hat! It's already in the upper 90's here but I guarentee you he'll be wearing that hat! : ) Thanks for sharing your gifts and talents with us.

    • says

      I made my son one of these hats last year and he wore it every day. The yarn started to ball up and look nasty so I finally hid it from him. I will need to make another for the fall. I would love to see the one you make for Cayden!

  3. says

    This hat is adorable! I am not an expert crocheter, or pattern alterer. How would I size this bigger for toddlers? Football season starts in September, and this would be a great project for me to make for my big noggin year old twins.
    Thanks for the tutorial, pinning this right now!

  4. says

    I don't think it would be hard to make this hat larger on your own, just keep increasing until it's the size circle you need. Then follow the pattern as written. I haven't made it yet, but in my experience altering the size of these kinds of hats is easy. :)

  5. says

    Thanks sooooo much for the pattern. I just made it and it came out way cute. I have just the little guy in mind for this. I really hope they like it!
    Thanks Again
    Tanya

  6. says

    When you are switching to the white, do you finish off after you chain two or do you just somehow add the color white in there? Thanks for the pattern as well, love it for my Sept baby :)

  7. Anonymous says

    is their any way this could be made bigger for an older kid or even an adult. I would like to make this for my nephews.

  8. says

    Love it. I'm using it as a base to make a yoda hat and I will also make a football hat for my cousins baby who is due 3 days before superbowl sunday.

    • Anonymous says

      I have been making many of Sarah's hats lately andthis football hat was the most recent. I needs it to fit a 1 year old…I just went by the owl hat to get the bigger size and put in the white rows accordingly. Hope this helps

  9. says

    I want to make this for a friend of mine, but her son is 5 years old and big for his age. Could you possible help me out with increasing the size?

  10. says

    Hello, I love this patten and just started back crocheting. I have a question. After I chain 2 and add 2 DC in the same stitch, do I count the chain as a stitch when I count the round?

  11. says

    LOVE the pattern but it came out absurdly tiny. I followed it correctly, but it would not even fit a preemie, let alone a 3-6 month old. Not sure if I want to try again with a hook size 1 or 2 larger or not.

  12. says

    I appreciate the handholding. As much as I’ve crocheted, I still get confused on the little things like stopping and starting a row/color. Thank you!

  13. Colleen says

    Hi, I love all of your patterns and I have made a few of them. I love that you show where to start and end. I’m new to crocheting so that helps a lot. I just have one suggestion I hope you don’t mind. I noticed that you don’t put a guage with the instructions. I only mentioned this because as I said I am new and my crocheting is still a little too tight. A gauge would really help with knowing what size of needle to use. Thanks for all of your patterns they are beautiful.

  14. Kristen says

    I made this for a friend and it fits but it too short. It basically covers his hair and stops at the top of his forehead. Bummed :(

  15. TK says

    I love your patterns! I run into problems having a straight seam. I join just like you show but my seam goes diagonal still. I know it’s probably something easy that I’m missing. Thanks for all you do!

  16. Amelia says

    Thank you so much for your pattern. I made it today…it was very easy to follow. Your directions were very clear, and the pics are a help to make sure your on track. It turned out great by the way!

  17. Sarah says

    Mine ended up super big and I ended on row 12 with no ear flaps. Used same yarn and H hook, and ended with the right number is stiches on each row. Any ideas why it got so big? other than operator error?! Haha

  18. Maeghan says

    Hi there, just wondering about the earflaps.. you have two different patterns, what one do you use? The HDC or the SC? And on the SC how do I make space for the yard for the braid on the sides?

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