Crazy Cat Hat

Mar 4, 2010
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Author

Brenda K. B. Anderson

Introduction

You know the look on your cat's face right before it tears through the room, stalking it's invisible prey?  Yeah, you know the one.  Well this hat is a tribute to that look.  Hooray for the Crazy Cat!  

P.S.   If you make this hat I would love to see photos!

Materials List

 

Materials:

  • One skein (no more than 150 yards) of Lion Brand Homespun yarn in "Edwardian".  Or substitute with another textured chunky weight yarn that will give the same gauge.
  • No more than twenty yards of a worsted weight yarn for eyes.  I used Red Heart Soft yarn in "Honey"
  • No more than 10 yards of black worsted weight yarn for eye outlines and pupils.  I used Caron simply Soft yarn.
  • One yard of worsted weight yarn to embroider Crazy Cat's nose.  I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in light pink
  • One yard of worsted weight yarn to embroider Crazy Cat's whiskers.  I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in grey
  • Size I/9 - 5.5mm hook (use for main part of hat)
  • Size H/8 - 5.00mm hook (use for eyes and pupils)
  • Yarn needle

 

 

Finished Size

 

This hat will fit a tween, teen, or adult with a head circumference of up to 22".   The hat's circumference is 23" and is not very stretchy.  You could put it on a 23" head but it would feel quite snug.  The Styrofoam head pictured has a circumference of 21".

 

 

Gauge

 

To make a gauge circle swatch, work rounds 1-6 of hat pattern.  Diameter of circle should measure 4" (about 10 cm).

 

 

Notes

 

Abbreviations and terms used in this pattern:

Ch = chain

Dc = double crochet

Hdc = half double crochet

sc = single crochet

st(s) = stitch (stitches)

Sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together.  This is a decrease stitch.  (Insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through to the front of work, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through to the front, yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook.)

Sl st = slip stitch

Tr = triple or treble crochet

 

The back bump: 

This is also known as the back, backside, or butt of a chain stitch.  This is the part of the chain stitch that is opposite of the two loops (the ones that form the "v") that you would normally insert your hook under.  In other words, if you turn the chain upside down, so that you are looking at the bottom of it, you will see a line of dashes.  It is under each dash, that you would insert your hook if you were instructed to crochet into the back bump of each chain stitch.

 

Magic Ring:

Most of the pieces in this pattern start out with a magic ring.  If you are not familiar with this technique, I highly recommend typing "adjustable magic ring crochet" into your preferred search engine, to learn how to do it.  There is a good video of this method on You Tube also.  However, if you prefer not to use the magic ring method, you can chain 2 stitches, and then work into the second chain from the hook as directed.  For example, if the pattern reads: "make a magic ring, sc 6 times into ring..." you could instead: "ch 2, sc 6 times into the second ch from the hook".

 

 

 

The Pattern

 

Directions:

The top of the hat is crocheted in a spiral, starting at the top center.  When you get to the earflaps, you will work back and forth in rows.  Ears, eyes, and pupils are crocheted separately, and sewn on later.  Nose and whiskers are embroidered onto hat.

 

Make Hat Base:

Round 1.             With main color (chunky) yarn and size I/9 - 5.00mm hook, Make a magic ring, 6 sc into ring, pull to tighten ring (6 sts).

Round 2.             2 sc into each st around (12 sts).

Round 3.             [2 sc into next st, 1 sc into next st] 6 times (18 sts).

Round 4.             [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st, 1 sc into next st] 6 times (24 sts).

Round 5.             [1 sc into each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc into next st] 6 times (30 sts).

Round 6.             [2 sc into next st, 1 sc into each of the next 4 sts] 6 times (36 sts).

Round 7.             [1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 3 sts] 6 times (42 sts).

Round 8.             [1 sc into each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts] 6 times (48 sts).

Round 9.             [1 sc into each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc into the next st] 6 times (54 sts).

Round 10.          [1sc into each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc into next st, 1 sc into each of the next 4 sts] 6 times (60 sts).

Round 11.          [1 sc into each of the next 19 sts, 2 sc into next st) 3 times (63 sts).

Round 12.          [1 sc into each of the next 10 sts, 2 sc into next st, 1 sc into each of the next 10 sts] 3 times (66 sts).

Rounds 13-21.     1 sc into each st around (66 sts).

Row 22.               Ch 1 (turning chain- does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 44 sts.

Row 23.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 22 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (42 sts).

Row 24.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each st across (42 sts).

Row 25.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 20 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (40 sts).

Row 26.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each st across (40 sts).

Row 27.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 18 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (38 sts).

Row 28.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each st across (38 sts).

Row 29.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 16 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (36 sts).

Row 30.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each st across (36 sts).

Row 31.               Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), TURN, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog, 1 sl st into each of the next 14 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc into each of the next 9 sts (34 sts).

 

Do not fasten off yet!  Chain 35 sts for tie end.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Join yarn to opposite corner (ear flap) and ch 35 sts for other tie end.  Weave in ends.

 

Make 2 Ears:

Round 1.             With same hook and yarn, make a magic ring, 5 sc into ring, pull to tighten ring (5 sts).

Round 2.             2 sc into each st around (10 sts).

Rounds 3 & 4.    1 sc into each st around (10 sts).

Round 5.             [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into following st] 5 times (15 sts).

Rounds 6 & 7.    1 sc into each st around (15 sts).

 

Fasten off with a long tail.  Use ending tail to stitch ear onto head.  Use photo as a guide for placement.

 

Make 2 eyes:

Round 1.             With yarn chosen for eyes (worsted weight), and size H/8 5.00mm hook, make a magic ring, 6 sc into ring, pull to tighten ring (6 sts).

Round 2.             2 sc into each st around (12 sts).

Round 3.             [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into following st, 1 hdc in next st, (1 dc and 1 hdc) in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in following st] twice (18 sts).

Round 4.             [2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, (1 hdc and 1 dc) in next st, 2 dc in next st, (1 dc and 1 hdc) in next st, 1 hdc into next st, 2 sc into next st, 1 sc into next st] twice.  On last sc st of round, yo with the black yarn to change color for next round (28 sts).

Round 5.             With black yarn, 1 sc into each st around (28 sts).

 

Fasten off with a long tail.  Use this tail to stitch eyes onto hat AFTER you have stitched pupil onto eye.

 

 

Make 2 pupils:

With size H/8 - 5.00mm hook and black worsted weight yarn, ch 8.  Working into the back bump of each stitch, and starting with the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 tr in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in last st.

 

Fasten off with a 12" tail.  Use this tail to stitch pupil onto eye.  (Stitch all the way around the edge of pupil).  Use photo for a guide.  Now you can stitch eyes onto head using the yarn tails from the eyes.  (Stitch all the way around the edge of eyes).  Weave in ends.

 

Embroider nose and whiskers onto hat using photo as a guide. 

 

Congratulations you Crazy Cat, now you are finished with your hat!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Comments

danphe wrote
on Mar 20, 2010 12:19 PM

So cute! One day I'll try to do it.

dolpicker wrote
on Mar 22, 2010 2:11 PM

This is awesome thanks a bunch.

Mary

Yarnville wrote
on Mar 22, 2010 4:46 PM

I'm so glad you guys like it!  Thanks for the compliments.

Brenda

on Apr 1, 2010 2:14 PM

I love the pattern, I just wish it wasn't made with Homespun, or some other type of boucle, because I really have trouble with it. I tried to make an afghan with it and completely lost track of my stitches. I have a lot of trouble keeping track.

Yarnville wrote
on Apr 3, 2010 10:17 AM

Hiya bookworm!  You can certainly substitute another kind of yarn.  I chose Homespun for three reasons: I wanted it to look nubbly, I wanted the very slight variance in stitch pattern to be undetectable [the top part of this hat is made in a spiral, but when you get to the earflaps you stitch in turned rows.  There is a very slight difference in how single crochet looks between the two methods], and I just happened to have some lying around.  If you choose a smoother yarn you will probably see a tiny bit of a difference in your stitch texture between the top of the hat and the earflaps.  It will still be super cute though so don't let that stop you!  Any acrylic, wool, or wool blend yarn that will give you the same gauge will do.  Go for it!

pritipleas wrote
on Apr 18, 2010 10:38 PM

Brenda, This is just SO cute. I will get to work on it so my granddaughter will have it when she is older. Only 3 now and would I just love to see her in this now.  I wish I was great with making changes in patterns. Just wanted to tell you how cut I thought this was.

Very happy to have come upon this site and am just now looking at all of these great things. Thanks!

Yarnville wrote
on Apr 20, 2010 9:33 PM

Pritiplease,

I just wanted to tell you that I just made a version of the Crazy Cat hat for my nephew who is 2 years old.  I just used worsted weight yarn (instead of chunky) and a slightly smaller hook (I'm pretty sure it was size H) and followed the pattern as written.  It fit him quite well actually.  For a three year old, you could try using a heavy worsted weight yarn and size H hook.  I  would guess that your gauge circle (swatch) should be about 3 1/2" in diameter (instead of 4").   Your Granddaughter is a lucky gal to have a tallented grandma like you!

Tangibles wrote
on Nov 13, 2010 10:32 PM

This is outstanding and one I think I'd love to try. I am just wondering how it'll look on me....lol...but I think I have a niece who would steal it from me. :)

Tangibles wrote
on Nov 13, 2010 10:32 PM

This is outstanding and one I think I'd love to try it. I am just wondering how it'll look on me....lol...but I think I have a niece who would steal it from me. :)

Lollipop024 wrote
on Nov 16, 2010 6:56 PM

Too cute! I've been looking for a pattern like this!

Do you crochet it in a category 4 or 5 yarn? If I did it in category 4, what hook size would I need to use?

Thanks!

Cooster wrote
on Nov 17, 2010 6:53 AM

I know this is going to sound like a no brainer. I'm still kinda new at reading the patterns. But in the 'ROUNDS'  section, you have '6 times' at the end of each round. I'm not sure if i should do 6 rounds for each 'ROUND' direction orrrr.... Lol, im so confused. It goes ROUND 1-21 and i tried to do 6 of the ROUND 3 lastnight but it throws off the number of (sts) at the end of them all. Someone please help!

star757 wrote
on Nov 18, 2010 4:28 PM

To cooster:  You do whatever is in the brackets 6 times.  For example on Round 3: [2 sc into next st, 1 sc into next st] 6 times (18 sts).  You do those stiches 6 times, so 2 sc into st, 1 sc into next st is done 6 times giving a total of 18 stiches in the round.

made222 wrote
on Nov 26, 2010 3:05 PM

Luv it so much, my daughter loves hats so as soon as I can I'm going to make it.

 

Thanks for the pattern

 

made

KendraKat wrote
on Mar 20, 2011 8:01 AM

Thanks for the pattern!  I made this and it turned out very cute.  I used larger hooks (J&K) as I made this for myself and I wanted to make sure it was going to fit over my rather large, curly hair.  I also made "earflaps" instead of crocheting all the way around in the back.  You can check out my photos on ravelry (where I came across this pattern): http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KendraKat

You can feature my photos on the pattern page on Ravelry if you would like!  (I am very proud of this work hehe)  ;)

rissaroo1234 wrote
on Sep 19, 2011 4:02 PM

This is adorable! But how would i make it into a hat for a head bigger then 23 inches? would I just add more rows or something? sorry im relitively new to this =) I want to make one for my boyfriend for Christmas and his head is about 25 inches around.

LCGreem wrote
on Oct 29, 2011 3:30 PM

 

I made this yesterday after finding your pattern.  I added pompoms to the tie strings and edged around it in a contrasting color. I am giving it to my daughters friend for her birthday tomorrow!  thank you so much!  I love it!

Rosenbloom wrote
on Oct 30, 2011 1:02 PM
Thanks for free pattern-- I may try making for Halloween! Brenda's Pumpkin hat could also be cute costume idea for little ones who can't wear a mask or don't like face paint. Cat hat reminds me of 2nd Harry Potter movie when Hermione accidently turns herself into a cat (if I don't finish hat in time for October 31st, probably could get around to it in time for "Harry Potter Birthday Party" --both Harry and author J.K. Rowling share birthday of July 31. If there isn't already a pattern, maybe someone can design a cap resembling two-faced character in 1st Harry Potter movie--could be also a tribute to Roman God Janus (for whom month of January is named), who looks back at old year and forward into New Year at the same time.
Yarnville wrote
on Nov 23, 2011 6:15 PM

LCGreem -

Thanks for sharing your photo - your hat turned out super cute!

-Brenda

ellenpran wrote
on Dec 3, 2011 8:28 AM

I am having problems with crocheting the eyes.  I get to round 3 and you say repeat twice.  Which bracket do you  repeat from, the { or (    this one?

 

Thank you

Ellen

Carolyn1992 wrote
on Dec 6, 2011 11:51 AM

I ran across this pattern yesterday and finished it in no time. I used glow-in-the-dark yarn for the eyes.  :-)

CJ/

 

Christine@28 wrote
on Jan 27, 2012 11:51 PM

Two days before Christmas I talked Fairy God Daughter number 1 to open her Christmas prezzies from me. Still 89.6°F at 9pm at night and she wouldn't take the hat off. Now, after sharing photos, I have so many more to make :)

Thank you!

IrinaU wrote
on Mar 29, 2012 2:35 AM

Brenda, thank you for your pattern! Love it. Today I posted my Crazy hat that I made last winter. Irina

fkocol2 wrote
on Jun 12, 2012 1:39 PM

I love it. Going to try to make it. Thanks for the pattern.

YizzyNY wrote
on Aug 31, 2012 8:24 PM

I am working on a Halloween costume that involves a cat hat so I made the hat without the face. I also didn't use homespun--I used Vanna's choice (I'm one of those terrible crocheters who throws caution to the wind and ignores gauge and yarn weight completely!) But it all worked out very well and the hat looks terrific. The instructions were so easy to follow; thanks so much!

on Oct 19, 2012 6:12 AM

Thanks for such a wonderful pattern xxx  I am half way through making a black one for myself and the pattern is very easy to follow and well written ;-)  I hope you do not mind me asking, but am I allowed to sell hats made from this pattern or is it for personal use only?  No worries either way, but just thought I would ask xxx  Thanks again ;-)

on Oct 19, 2012 6:14 AM

Thanks for such a great pattern ;-)  I is very well written and easy to follow.  I am in the middle of making myself a black one just like our own cat.  I was just wondering if it is OK to sell completed hats made from this pattern?  No worries either way, but just thought I would ask you.  Thanks again xxx

Yarnville wrote
on Dec 14, 2012 6:48 PM

Magpiesdelights,

I don't mind if you sell hats that you make from this pattern- it was kind of you to ask!

Happy crocheting!

-Brenda

Dcombs0034 wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 5:13 PM

I'm new to crochet and love this hat, but my ears turn out round.  In the picture they look pointed?

bluebellzz wrote
on Oct 5, 2014 7:37 AM

i love this pattern thanks hun looks cute wish i could load a piccy

bluebellzz wrote
on Oct 5, 2014 7:37 AM

i love this pattern thanks hun looks cute wish i could load a piccy

bluebellzz wrote
on Oct 5, 2014 7:37 AM

i love this pattern thanks hun looks cute wish i could load a piccy

ljrc wrote
on Oct 14, 2014 4:30 PM

Thanks for sharing this pattern!!!  Here's a photo...my cat crazy cat loves the crazy cat hat and so do I!