Crochet Chunky Baby Chick Hat

Spring is around the corner and so is Easter which makes it a perfect time to make this chunky baby chick hat! The super bulky yarn and large crochet hook makes it a quick crochet project.

Materials:
– Chunky or Bulky yarn. I used Loops & Threads Zoomba Super Bulky yarn in Lightening yellow.
– Size I/9. I actually used a size K hook in the one pictured because that is all I could find at the moment the inspiration for this hat hit 😉 But I recommend using an I/9 for a tighter stitch and more exact sizes.
– Worsted weight yarn in orange and white.
– Size G hook for the eyes/beak.
– 2 small black buttons
– Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring tutorial
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
TC = Triple Crochet

Note: When beginning your hat, try to leave a long strand hanging from your magic ring. You will use this to create the little looped “feathers” on the top of the hat later on in the tutorial.

Chunky 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 1 (36 DC)
Round 5-8: DC in each stitch around (36 DC)
optional: SC or loosely slip stitch around the bottom to create a finished edge.

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)
optional: SC or loosely slip stitch around the bottom to create a finished edge.

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 around, join, ch 2 (45 DC)
optional: SC or loosely slip stitch around the bottom to create a finished edge.

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 6-11: DC around, join, ch 2 (50 DC)
optional: SC or loosely slip stitch around the bottom to create a finished edge.

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 7-12: DC around (55 DC)
optional: SC or loosely slip stitch around the bottom to create a finished edge.

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 7-13: DC around (60 DC)
optional: SC or loosely slip stitch around the bottom to create a finished edge.


Eyes (make 2):
With G hook and white worsted weight yarn…
Magic ring, make 6 SC in ring, pull tight and join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (12 SC)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around, join (18 SC)
I actually made an extra 2 SC in the last stitch of round 3 just to give the eye a slightly more oval look. Not a big difference but just wanted to throw out that option.
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.
Beak:
With G hook and orange worsted weight yarn…
Chain 4, SC in second chain from hook, HDC in next, DC in next, continue to SC around all edges making a SC + chain 1 + SC in the 3 corners. Fasten off leaving long tail.
Wings (make 2):
With K hook and super bulky yarn
Chain 8, HDC in third chain from hook, DC in next, DC in next, TC in next, skip next stitch and join to last with a slip stitch. Continue to SC around back of wing and other side of chain except when you come to the end of chain, make 2 slip stitches. Fasten off leaving long tail. Sew onto sides of hat.
When weaving in the end from your magic ring (beginning of the hat), loop it through the top 3 times. Just like you would weave in an end, but leave it in a loose loop instead of pulling it tightly through. THEN after you have made the loops, make sure the loose end is securely woven in and fastened off. This creates the little “feathers” on the top of the baby chicks head.
Sew embellishments on hat. The eyes should be touching and the top corners of the beak should be sewn over the edge of the eyes.
The wings only need to be attached at the top. Leave the bottoms flapping out a little.
Cheep, Peep, Chirp!
Update 2/28/2015
This baby chick can easily be turned into a duckling by crocheting a slightly different beak! Below is the pattern for the duck beak and of course you can always make embellishments bigger by using a larger hook and/or thicker yarn.
Crochet Duck Beak Pattern:
With orange yarn…
Chain 11, starting in 2nd chain from hook, SC Decrease across first two, SC in next 2, 2 SC in next 2, SC in next 2, SC Decrease over last two, chain 1, turn

Row 2: SC in first 2, HDC in next, DC, 2 DC in next two, DC, HDC, SC, SC + chain 1 + SC in last, continue to SC along sides and bottom and join with slip stitch in to first SC.

Fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto hat.
Stitch on two nostrils with black yarn.

Small part of beak:
With orange yarn…
Chain 5, SC in second chain from hook, HDC Decrease over next two, SC in last.
Fasten off leaving long tail to sew on to hat (under larger part of beak)



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