Crochet Zebra Hat Pattern

I would like to introduce you to Zoe the Zebra and her friend Zack the Zebra! This is my latest animal hat pattern and I’m pretty excited about how it turned out. I hope you enjoy this pattern. Keep in mind that although I chose to embellish with felt and buttons, you can always leave those parts off or crochet them if you are worried about choking hazards. The ones I made are more for photo props or supervised wear.

Before we begin let me remind you of some basic directions you should follow while crocheting my hats:
– Always start your rounds in the same stitch as your chain.
– Always join your rounds to the first DC, NOT the chain.
– Your last stitch should be in the stitch before your chain.
– Do NOT count the chain 2 (or chain 1) as a stitch.

(You can find pictures of how to start and join your rounds HERE)


Materials:
– Black worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart with Love)
– White worsted weight yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable)
– Worsted weight yarn in an accent color (I used Vanna’s Choice in Pink and Sweet Pea)
– Two .5″ black buttons for eyes
– Two .25″ buttons in accent color for nose
– Two sheets of felt – one in black and one in white. I used cheapie felt sold in 8.5×11 pieces from Michaels Craft Store.
– Crochet hook size H-8 (5.0 mm)
– Tapestry needle


Abbreviations:

ch – chain
sl st- slip stitch
SC – Single Crochet
SC Decrease – Single Crochet Decrease
DC – Double Crochet
Magic Ring – Find a great tutorial including video HERE

Newborn size: Follow directions for 0-3 months using a smaller hook (G6/4.00MM). End with 11 rounds instead of 12.

Size: 0-3 Months
Starting with white yarn

Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 5: DC in each around, join (44 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: SC in each around, join (44 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 7-12: Repeat what you did in rounds 5 and 6 for the remaining rows. Use white for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (44 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.
Size: 3-6 Months
Starting with white yarn
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: SC in each around, join (48 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 7: DC in each around, join (48 SC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8-13: Repeat what you did in rounds 6 and 7  for the remaining rows. Use white for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (48 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.

Size: 6-9 Months
Starting with white yarn
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 7: DC in each around, join (52 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: SC in each around, join (52 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 9-14: Repeat what you did in rounds 7 and 8  for the remaining rows. Use white for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (52 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.

Size: 9-12 Months (Should fit up to about 16 months) 

Starting with white yarn

Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC

change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)

change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)



change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: SC in each around, join (56 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 9: DC in each around, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 10-15: Repeat what you did in rounds 8 and 9  for the remaining rows. Use white for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (56 DC or SC)



fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.



Size: Toddler/Preschooler 


Starting with white yarn

Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 13, join (60 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 9: DC in each around, join (60 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 10: SC in each around, join (60 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 11-16: Repeat what you did in rounds 9 and 10  for the remaining rows. Use white for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (60 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.

Size: Child

Starting with white yarn
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join (22 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 13, join (60 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join (64 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 10: SC in each around, join (64 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 11: DC in each around, join (64 DC)

change to black yarn, chain 1

Round 12-17: Repeat what you did in rounds 10 and 11  for the remaining rows. Use white for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (64 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.


Size: Teen/Adult

Starting with white yarn

Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC

change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each around, join(22 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join (33 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join (44 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join (48 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 11, join (52 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join (56 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 13, join (60 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join (64 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 10: 2 SC in first, SC in next 15, join (68 SC)
change to white yarn, chain 2
Round 11: DC in each around, join (68 DC)
change to black yarn, chain 1
Round 12: SC in each around, join (68 SC)

change to white yarn, chain 2

Round 13-18: Repeat what you did in rounds 11 and 12  for the remaining rows. Use white for the double crochet rounds and black yarn for the singe crochet rows. (68 DC or SC)
fasten off and weave in ends. Continue with earflaps as written below.

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Earflaps: To figure out where your earflaps should go, fold your hat so the seam is straight up the back (we will cover it up with the mohawk). Now your earflaps should be (approximately) centered on either side. So lets say you are making a 3-6 month size hat. Each earflap will be 10 SC’s long. So you will need to center 10 SC on either side of the hat. I can tell you that for the smaller hats I ended up about 7 or 8 stitches from the back seam in either direction to start the earflaps.
You can rotate color to make your earflaps striped or make them a solid white or a solid black.


Earflaps for Newborn: (make one on each side of hat)

Attach yarn and Chain 1, SC in next 8, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (6 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across (4 SC)
Row 6: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn

Row 7: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends 

Earflaps for 0-3 months – Preschooler (make one on each side of hat)
Attach yarn and 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 ends

Earflaps for Child – Adult (make one on each side of hat)
Attach yarn and 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
With accent color (like pink or green), and beginning at any point on the hat (I chose to start on the earflap), SC around hat and earflaps, when you get to the top of each earflap: chain 40 (or as long/short as you wish), slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. Fasten off and weave in ends.
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Ears (make 2):
Chain 5, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in remaining chains, ch1, turn (4 SC)
Row 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two, 2 SC in last stitch, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 3-5:
 SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (6 SC)
Row 6:
 SC Decrease, SC in next two, SC decrease, ch 1, turn
Row 7:
 SC in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (4 SC)
Row 8:
 Make 2 SC decreases, continue to sc around entire ear. Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.

Cut two pieces of white felt to fit into each ear. Use a strand of 2-ply yarn in your accent color (separate your 4-ply yarn) and with your tapestry needle, stitch felt onto the crocheted ear. Be sure not to poke the needle all the way through the ear so you don’t see the stitches on the back of the ear.


Sew ears onto hat by first pinching the bottom of the ear together and stitching that together with your tapestry needle. Then sew it onto your hat through two of the double crochets along the fold of round 3. Keep weaving yarn in and out of ear and around the double crochets until it is secure. Weave in ends.

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Mohawk

Use your seam as a guide. You will want your mohawk to travel up the seam and to the top of the hat. To make the mohawk fringe:

Step 1: Loop your yarn around hand a couple of times. 
Step 2-3: Take your hook and pull one end of the loops through one of the DC stitches along the seam. I recommend starting at the bottom and working your way to the top.
Step 4-5: Pull yarn through the loop on the right side of your seam. Pull tight.
Step 6: Cut end loops and trim yarn.
Step 7: Continue to do this all the way up the hat. 
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Face

Use two black .5″ buttons for the eye, and two small buttons for the nose. Cut the snout out of felt. You can use the picture bellow to see the shape the snout should be in. Cut it bigger for larger hats and smaller for smaller hats. I will try to make a template for the felt ears and snout pieces when I am able to get ahold of a scanner.
Sew the nose buttons onto the felt snout. Using 2-ply black yarn (separate your 4-ply yarn) and a tapestry needle, stitch the felt snout onto the hat. The felt piece should be centered and rest against the accent color on the bottom of your hat.
Stitch the black button eyes about the snout.



Add a matching ribbon bow for the girl hats!

I thought the pink zebra hat would go perfect with this blanket! A perfect gift set :)

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  1. says

    HI, Thank you so much. This is perfect. I am due in 3 weeks and just made this zebra hat for my coming baby boy. I am going to try to make a matching diaper cover with your white DC and Black SC stripes. I am not good at making patterns so was wondering if you have a diaper cover pattern already made that could adapt to this easily. I want to take pics with your wonderful hat and a matching diaper cover. I have two little boys and am due soon, so I know how busy you are. So please don't think I expect it. As I said I am going to try on my own, but never made up a pattern before.
    You are really awesome, and thank you for ALL YOU SHARE!!!
    Heidi

  2. says

    I think this is a super cute pattern, thank you for sharing. I didn't want to use any felt when I did my hat so I hope you don't mind but I would like to share my changes: For the ears, I did 2 white ears(worked up the same)in addition to the black ones. I then sewed decorative yarn around the white pieces to make it look as it would when stitching the felt piece on. After doing that I attached (using black yarn) the black to the white by sc around the ears continue attaching to hat per listed pattern. Then for the snout I worked it up like this:
    With black yarn:
    Ch 13
    2 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 10 sc, 2 sc in last chain, ch 1, turn
    14 sc, ch 1, turn
    14 sc, ch 1, turn
    Sc decrease, sc in next 10, sc decrease, ch 1, turn
    12 sc, ch 1, turn
    12 sc, ch 1, turn
    Sc decrease, sc in next 8, sc decrease, ch 1, turn
    10 sc, ch 1, turn
    Skip 1, sc in next stitch, dc in next 4, sc in next stitch, skip 1, sc in last stitch
    Continue to sc around entire snout. Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew onto hat.
    I hope this helps and that is is ok for me to share. =)
    Once again, thank you for creating such lovely patterns and sharing them for free!
    Love & Light

  3. says

    I love this pattern (and ALL your patterns!) but I'm having trouble getting the seam straight. It seems to be running crooked which will obviously be a problem when I come to add the mane on top of the seam. Do you have any suggestions as to what I might be doing wrong please. Thanks :-)!

  4. says

    Hi there l was wondering how you make a bow and where l could get hot pink or neon yarn as Andrea at you never know did one and l have a customer that want one like hers but can't seem to ask her her blog won't let me

  5. says

    Hat is simply amazing!! My granddaughter loves Zebras! I was more than excited to make this hat for her. I whipped it up in a couple of hours. Only changes I made were to crochet everything and not use felt. Also did the ear flaps in black. Thanks again for an amazing pattern!!

  6. says

    First of all, I love, love, love your blog! I normally go here to look for a pattern before going somewhere else. You have such cute patterns. And this one is just as adorable as everything else you make. Anyways, I have a question. I am making the 6-9 mo one. It said to go up to 14 rows. My 14th row is a black one. Is this ok? Or should I add another row so I end up with a white row? Just wondering.

  7. says

    Hi Sarah, I love your patterns, they are the easiest by far of all patterns out there. I have made several of your hats for my granddaughter! I am in the process of doing the mane on the zebra. For the first time doing one of your patterns, I am stuck :/ For the mane it looks like you are doing the same thing along the seam as you do the braids (pulling the yarn through the loop). For some reason I can't get it right. I would appreciate any help you can give me as this zebra hat is for a baby shower gift that is next weekend! Thank you for all your wonderful patterns and my crochet filled nights!

  8. says

    What a great pattern! I have to admit I was disappointed when it wasn't the Zebra Appliques. I was looking forward to finishing out my blanket with these. Thanks for all the great patterns!

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