Baby Football Earflap Hat Crochet Pattern

Other than rhythmic gymnastics and swimming, I've never really been a big 'sports' fan. I don't really mind it, I just don't love it. I honestly don't know why, since I loved climbing trees and playing outside as a kid. I guess it's just one of life's many unanswered questions.
Despite that, I decided to challenge myself and channel my inner athlete by creating this cute little football hat for my adorable baby cousin. What can I say?.. I'm sucker when it comes to making things for the ones I love!



What You'll Need: 
  400yds DK (8ply) Yarn - Stylecraft Special DK
Tapestry Needle

Finished Size
3 - 6 Months Old
{Head Circumference 16 inches, 40cm. Hat Height 6.5 inches, 16.5cm}



 ~ Note ~
{Chains at the start of a round count as the first Half Double Crochet of that round}

Round 1~ Taking your 6.00mm crochet hook and brown yarn, start of by making a Slip Knot, then crochet 2 Chains. Crochet 7 Half Double Crochets into the first chain you made. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 8 half double crochets now.
Round 2~ Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. Crochet 2 Half Double Crochets into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 16 half double crochets now. 
Round 3Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 24 half double crochets now.
Round 4~ Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 2 stitches. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 32 half double crochets now.
Round 5~ Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 3 stitches. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 40 half double crochets now.
Round 6~ Change yarn colour to white. Chain 2, then crochet a Half Double Crochet into the same stitch. *Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 2 stitches. Then crochet 2 Half Double Crochets in the next stitch. Repeat from the * all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2. You should have 53 half double crochets now.
Round 7 - 14~ Change yarn colour to brown. Chain 2. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into every stitch all around. Slip Stitch into the top of chain 2.
Round 15~ Chain 2. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet only into the next 35 stitches. {Note: This is starting to create the back of the hat as well as the ear-flaps.}
Round 16~ Chain 2. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 35 stitches. Do NOT fasten off, as you will be crocheting the left ear-flap in the same place.


~ Ear Flaps ~

Left Ear-Flap
Round 1~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 6 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 2~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 4 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 3~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 2 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 4~ Chain 1. Crochet 2 Half Double Crochet Decreases.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.

Right Ear-Flap
Start of by attaching your yarn to the last stitch of Row 16.
Right across from where the left ear-flap is.
Round 1~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 6 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 2~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 4 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 3~ Chain 1. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease. Crochet 1 Half Double Crochet into the next 2 stitches. Then crochet 1 Half Double Crochet Decrease.
Round 4~ Chain 1. Crochet 2 Half Double Crochet Decreases.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.


~ Border ~

Taking your 6.00mm crochet hook and white yarn, start of by making a Slip Knot, then attach your yarn to the back of the hat, right in the middle.
Then Single Crochet all along the edge of your hat. Slip Stitch into the first single crochet.
Fasten off, and weave in loose ends.


~ Braided Tassels ~

Taking your brown and white yarn, cut 9 strands of yarn (3 snow white, 6 chocolate brown), each 30 inches long. Then make a simple knot into the bottom of the left ear-flap. Make a loose braid as short or long as you like, (Mine was 8 inches) then tie a knot at the end, and cut of any excess yarn.
Repeat for the right ear-flap.

When you've completed all the rounds, take your tapestry needle and snow white yarn and stitch some football detailing onto your hat, right in the middle.

 Hope you all enjoyed this pattern!
If you did crochet this, please post a photo of your creation onto my Facebook Page.
I'd love to see it!
Have a lovely day crocheting!



8 comments:

  1. If I want to make it for an almost 3 year old, what would you recommend to make the hat bigger? Increase rounds, or larger hook, or something else altogether? This is cute ... plan to adapt this hat and add a flower for my little girl. :)

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    1. If she has a slightly large head for a 3 yr old you can use this earflap hat pattern as it fits 4-10 yrs old --> http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2014/09/frozen-olaf-inspired-hat-crochet-pattern.html
      However, if her head is a bit on the small side you can use this earflap hats pattern --> http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/01/crochet-puppy-hat-pattern.html

      Hope this helps!
      Olivia

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  2. I'm having trouble with rounds 15 and 16. I don't know if I am supposed to do a HDC in the next 35 stitches then chain 2 and turn then do 35 more HDC in the previous 35 HDC or what? I usually am able to follow your patterns with no problem, but this is confusing me for some reason.

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    1. After row 15, chain 2 and TURN your work so that you're just crocheting row 16's stitches in the stitches you created in row 15.
      Hope this helps!

      Olivia

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    2. Yes this helped!!! Thanks a bunch for replying and for making your patterns available. I'm not only self taught, I'm left handed so I love that your patterns are so easy to follow. I have noticed that my hat is wrong side out, probably because I'm a lefty. :)

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  4. I'd love to make this for my grown grandson.. Any clue how many stitches for adult sizes? Love all your hats

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  5. Could you please make some crochet patterns for Rhythmic Gymnastics? Like maybe backwarmers,apparatus holders, or even toe shoes? :-)

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