Monday, December 16, 2013

Crochet Polar Bear Hat Pattern



Sometimes the simplest hats turn out the cutest. And oh.my.goodness this hat is just too cute for words. My pictures don't capture how soft and snuggly this sweet little polar bear is! Made with bulky weight yarn, it works up quick and is perfect for a boy or girl! I added a removable red flower for baby sister which gives it a little holiday spirit.

Materials:
- Loops & Threads Charisma yarn in White (sold at Michaels craft stores)
- Small amount of black worsted weight yarn for the nose and to sew on the eyes.
- Size I9 (5.50mm) Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Poly-fil stuffing for the nose
- 2 small black buttons for eyes

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring Tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Ch = Chain



Polar Bear Hat Pattern:

Size: 0-3 Months
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next four, join, ch 2 (36 DC)
Round 5-8: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (36 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: 3-6 Months
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5-9: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: 6-12 Months
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next seven, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
Round 6-10: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: Preschooler
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
Round 6-12: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: Child
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 9, join, ch 2 (55 DC)
Round 7-13: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (55 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Size: Teen/Adult
Magic ring, chain 2, DC 10 in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, ch 2 (20 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2. (30 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next two, join, ch 2 (40 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next three, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next four, join, ch 2 (60 DC)
Round 7-14: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2 (60 DC)
do not fasten off, start on earflap

Note: Please use my pattern as a guideline. If you feel like you need to add or remove a round at the end, please do so. I usually add a round for my 2yo who has a big head and remove a round for my baby. You can always adjust as you see fit. Or feel free to follow it as it is written!
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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 ends

Earflap 2:
Leave 9 stitches in front for newborn, 12 stitches for 0-3 months, 15 for  3-6 months, 19 for Preschooler,
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, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. When you reach the earflap, continue to SC around. When you get around the point of the other earflap, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down. When you get back to the earflap, continue to SC around until you are back to where you started. fasten off and weave in ends.

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:
Leave 22 stitches in front for Child, 25 stitches for  adult
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, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down the chain. When you reach the earflap, continue to SC around. When you get around the point of the other earflap, chain 40 or as long/short as you wish, slip stitch in 4th chain from hook and the rest of the way down. When you get back to the earflap, continue to SC around until you are back to where you started. fasten off and weave in ends.


Polar Bear Nose:
Start with black worsted weight yarn...
Magic ring, ch 1 and make 8 SC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, (12 SC)
Switch to bulky white yarn...
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (12 SC) don't join, continue to SC in rounds
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around, slip stitch to join, fasten off leaving a tail to sew onto hat.
You will want to stuff nose with poly-fil stuffing as you sew it onto your hat.

To make nose bigger, add a round (or two) after round 4. So round 5 would be "2 SC in first stitch, SC in next two stitches, repeat around (24 SC)" and if you want to add one more round, Round 6 would be "2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (30 SC)." be sure to to make a round of SC in each stitch as your final round.

Bear Ears (make 2):
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 10 DC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: SC in each stitch around (this will cause ear to curve in). Fasten off leaving long tail to sew on.

To make ear bigger: 
Magic ring, chain 2 and make 10 DC in ring, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next (15 SC), join, ch 1
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (causing ear to curve in). Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.

Feel free to add a crocheted flower like I did.  I followed my favorite free flower pattern that I found over at Very Berry Handmade. The pattern is called A Frothy Flower and you can find it HERE.







Now excuse me while I photo bomb you with pictures of my baby wearing her new polar bear hat :)














30 comments:

  1. I just was given two wonderful gifts by God this year and when I see this hat I said they had to have it... thank you thank you for the pattern.... can't wait to start them... the girls are going to look so cute in them...

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  2. Thank you SO much for all of the patterns that you share!

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  3. This is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thank you! Your patterns are wonderful! Merry Christmas!

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  5. Thank you so much! I love your patterns.

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  6. It's amazing how incredibly awesome your patterns are! Thanks for sharing your talent with us crocheters who can't design :)

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  7. I dont live close to a Michaels would using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn work? Thank you for all your wonderful patterns!!!

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  8. Sarah, thank you so much for another wonderful pattern.

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  9. So cute Sarah! I need to make a kitty one for a little girl, just needs different ears and face.

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  10. HI Sarah, this is ADORABLE! What are your terms of use? Okay to sell what we make as long as we give you the credit you so richly deserve or are these personal use only? Thanks so much!

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  11. Hi Sarah, your BabyGirl is sooo cute! I like this hat pattern so much, will do this one for my 2years old daughter Sarah ;-) Merry Christmas for You and your family!

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  12. unbelievably cute!!! Thanks a lot for your sharing!!! Lovely kids you have there~!!!

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  13. I finished my first one this morning! Good golly! So adorable! I used french knots for the eyes because the intended recipient puts everything in her mouth! I much prefer the buttons, however. The personality in the face is better with the buttons! I just posted on my blog about it and linked to your pattern if you want to see mine. My long stemmed candle holder is not the best model...YOUR MODEL is THE BEST! What a precious baby! My model DOES hold a candle...but cannot hold a candle to your model. (ha ha...small play on words.) Thank you for this fabulous pattern. Twin babies live next door...those are my next two recipients!

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  14. Hi there! I just wanted to say "Thank you so much!" for posting all of your patterns. I made this cutie for Christmas for my niece this afternoon...only took a couple of hours. I omitted the earflaps and ties (she's only 3 months old, and will likely just shove it in her mouth!), and it looks fantastic! Again, thanks a lot! Merry Christmas! :D

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  15. Thank you once again for an adorable pattern! Your little one is a doll and brother is cute too. You are so talented.

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  16. You are so creative! Thank you so much for sharing. Loved the pictures of your children they are adorable.

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  17. I made this hat so quickly for my grandson - as just an intermediate crocheter with arthritis, most things take a long time for me to make, but I got it done in one day! I did the finishing touches & weaving the next day. I'm so happy with how it turned out, thank you so much for sharing your pattern!! I crocheted the eyes rather than using buttons because I'm paranoid I wouldn't be able to sew them on tight enough. Love love love it!! I can't thank you enough! :)

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  18. hi sarah!! thanks for the wonderful patterns! i am kind of confused in reading them though...i am making the preschooler sized polar bear hat and i'm not understanding the pattern when it says: "2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, around, join, ch 2" and so forth when it says to DC in next two, around....and so on. could you please help me? thank you!

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  19. I love your pattern! I also made a pair of mitts to match!

    http://randomassortment.blogspot.ca/2014/02/polar-kuma-hat-and-mitts.html

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  20. Love this hat. I'm no expert on crocheting. I am confused by the crochet hook size. Hope you can help me out. My hooks are by alphabet so I Googled a conversion chart. A size 9 hook is 5.50mm. Several people have already made the hat so that is my confusion. Is there a misprint?

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  22. I just made this in grey for my niece's birthday! She calls it her koala hat :)
    http://www.litgeekstudio.com/2014/02/crocheted-hats.html

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  23. I used this pattern as a jumping off point to create a Pooh hat. I linked back to your pattern on my blog and noted the changes I made to turn it into Pooh Bear! http://toluverscreations.blogspot.com/2014/04/pooh-bear-hat.html

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  24. Thank you so much for this it is adorable!

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  25. it's wonderful... thank you so much

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  26. Thanks for the pattern. I just finished one for my friend's newborn. (But in brown since she and her husband love Yellowstone.) I'll post about it on my blog and link back to you.

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  27. Hi, Thanks for the great pattern, I just made it in grey for my niece. I was wondering how you made the flower though . . . any chance of getting a pattern for that? Thanks! (www.lifeslabnotebook.blogspot.com)

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