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Polar Bear Hat (free 6-12m pattern)

Polar Bear Hat Crochet Pattern  |  Little Monkeys Crochet

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Brrrrr!

I can already feel the weather changing here in Michigan. Soon we’ll be bundling ourselves up like eskimos to go outside. What better way to finish off your cold-weather ensemble than a cute polar bear hat?

This hat has sold very well in my Etsy shop, and now I’m making the pattern available for you, with selling rights, too!

Polar Bear Hat Crochet Pattern  |  Little Monkeys Crochet

Get the Full Pattern

The 6-12 month version is available at the bottom of this blog post, but if you want the full pattern, all sizes, you can get it on Ravelry!

Animal Hat Basics by Little Monkeys Crochet  |  Learn how to make a pom pom, how to change colors neatly in the round, how to make braided tassels for your earflaps, and how to attach facial features in this multi-part series by Little Monkeys Crochet.The full pattern even includes photos for every size that clearly show where to attach the facial features, and a copy of my new e-book “Animal Hat Basics” that teaches you how to make tassels and pom poms, how to attach facial features and how to change colors in the round. I think it’s a great deal!

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you're agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions. You're welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet littlemonkeyscrochet.com
Here are the “do nots”:
  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft, regardless of what your pattern-sharing buddies tell you. 🙂
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) for your own use. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post.

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Polar Bear Hat (size 6-12 months)

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Finished Size: Approximately 8.25" wide x 5.75" tall
Stitches Used: Ch, Sl St, SC, HDC, SC2TOG, HDC2TOG
Yarn: Medium, worsted weight yarn, 1 skein of white (such as RED HEART With Love), and bulky fur-like yarn, 1 skein of white (such as RED HEART Buttercup)
Hooks: Size I (5.50mm) for base, and size H (5.00mm) for features
Notes: Pattern is written in American standard terms.
Gauge: With 5.5mm (US I-9) hook, 4 rounds = 3.5 in (9 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

The Ch1 at the beginning of rounds DOES NOT count as a stitch.

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Base (worked in continuous rounds; use stitch marker to mark beginning of rounds)

With I HOOK, begin with a Magic Circle (MC).

Round 1: Ch 1; 10 HDC in MC. (10)
Round 2: (2 HDC in next St) around. (20)
Round 3: (2 HDC in next St, HDC in next St) around. (30)
Round 4: (2 HDC in next St, HDC in next 2 Sts) around. (40)
Round 5: (2 HDC in next St, HDC in next 3 Sts) around. (50)
Rounds 6-15: HDC around. (50)

DO NOT fasten off; continue to “Earflaps” instructions.

Earflaps (worked in rows)

With I HOOK,

Row 1: Sl St to next St. Ch 1, SC in same St and in next 8 Sts; Ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 2: SC across; Ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 3: SC across; Ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in next 5 Sts, SC2TOG; Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 5: SC across; Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 6: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 Sts, SC2TOG; Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 7: HDC2TOG, DC, HDC2TOG (3)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

To complete 2nd earflap, beginning at the base of the first earflap (the opposite side from which you started), and continuing on across the front of the hat, count over 19 Sts. Attach yarn. Ch 1, SC in same St and in next 8 Sts; Ch 1, turn. Repeat Rows 2-7 above.

DO NOT fasten off; continue on to “Edging” instructions.

Edging (worked in joined rounds)

With I HOOK,

Round 1: Ch 1. SC in same St and in each St around, working evenly along sides of earflaps, and including an extra SC at the tip of each earflap. Join with a Sl St into the first SC. Fasten off; weave in ends.
Round 2: Switch to FUR YARN. Attach yarn to a St at the back of the hat; Ch1. SC in same St and in each St around, adding an extra SC at the tip of each earflap. Join with a Sl St into the first SC. Fasten off; weave in ends.

Ears (make 2; worked in continuous rounds)

With H HOOK, begin with a Magic Circle (MC).

Round 1: Ch 1; 6 HDC in MC. (6)
Round 2: (2 HDC in next St) around. (12)
Round 3: (2 HDC in next St, HDC in next St) around. (18)
Round 4: (2 HDC in next St, HDC in next 2 Sts) around. (24)
Round 5: HDC around. (24)
Round 6: HDC2TOG around. (12)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for attaching to hat.

Snout

With H HOOK, begin with a Magic Circle (MC).

Round 1: Ch 1; 8 SC in MC. (8)
Round 2: (2 SC in next St) around. (16)
Round 3: (2 SC in next St, SC in next St) around. (24)
Rounds 4-5: SC around. (24)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for attaching to hat.

Final Assembly

Nose: Cut a rounded triangle nose from black felt. (Templates available with full pattern purchase.) Sew to snout using black thread (or attach with washable fabric glue), placing the bottom point of the nose on the center of the snout.

Snout: Using long tail, begin to sew the snout to the hat, placing the bottom of the snout just above the fur edging. (Tip: Use a pin to hold the top of the snout centered in place so your snout doesn’t end up off-centered.) Stuff it with a small amount of polyester fiberfill before closing it up completely.

Ears: Flatten hat. Using long tail, sew ears to either side of hat. The top of the ears should attach at Round 5. (The photos below are only to help you understand how to fold the ears. The size shown below is not 6-12m, so do not depend on it for feature placement.)

Polar Bear Hat Crochet Pattern  |  Little Monkeys Crochet

Eyes: Using thread and a sewing needle, attach two ½ inch buttons just above the snout, using the photo as a guide.

Tassels (optional): For each tassel, use 6 pieces of white yarn and 3 pieces of fur yarn. Refer to the “Animal Hat Basics” tutorial, Braided Tassels, if further instructions are needed. Tutorial can be viewed at http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/animal-hat-basics-series-tassels/.
Polar Bear Hat Crochet Pattern  |  Little Monkeys Crochet

 

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
  • Do not make a video tutorial of this pattern (or any of my patterns). For a detailed explanation of why this hurts designers, please contact me.

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  • Lee Ann September 25, 2014, 8:26 am

    This hat is so cute and adorable and I love the furry yarn around the edges and for the ties! Thank you very much! :). 🙂
    _____
    Lee Ann
    Crochetgottaloveit.blogspot.com

    • Rebecca September 25, 2014, 4:07 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you like it 🙂

  • ericka September 25, 2014, 4:33 pm

    a.dor.a.ble!!!!!!

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:36 pm

      thanks 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Terrie Zuleger September 29, 2014, 2:58 pm

    I just finished my first panda hat and I have to say he just turned out adorable!!!! I could not locate the fur yarn that you used in yours or a pure white but had to use an off white instead but he is just as cute! Hope to be able to use RH Buttercup on the next one. Thanks for the pattern and will be working on the sock monkey next.

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:36 pm

      I’m glad you liked it!

  • connie November 18, 2014, 7:31 pm

    would love to have this pattern for adult

  • Jeanette Hazelton November 19, 2014, 6:41 pm

    I cannot see where to order the full pattern and get the book also as stated in the cover page: “The full pattern even includes photos for every size that clearly show where to attach the facial features, and a copy of my new e-book “Animal Hat Basics” that teaches you how to make tassels and pom poms, how to attach facial features and how to change colors in the round. I think it’s a great deal!” can you direct me to the correct webpage.

    • Rebecca November 19, 2014, 6:51 pm

      Hi Jeanette! You can get it here:

      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/polar-bear-crochet-hat

      The word “Ravelry” in the sentence just before the one you mentioned above is a link to the listing. 🙂

      • Jenny Crew August 14, 2015, 12:03 am

        I will not pay for any pattern from a free website. Selling larger sizes is ridiculous! I’ll go elsewhere.

        • Rebecca August 14, 2015, 8:30 am

          Does it offend you that I would want to be paid for my work to help put food on my family’s table? Do you work for free?

  • Pam November 20, 2014, 1:39 pm

    How do you make a magic circle and how big should it be for the Polar Bear hat?

  • Barb August 28, 2015, 8:54 am

    Love this, I’m pretty new to crochet. Could you assist me in making this a toddler size for a 3-4 yr old?? I would so appreciate it,

  • HAZEL RYAN September 11, 2015, 6:52 pm

    how do I get polar bear hat in all sizes

  • Cynthia November 13, 2015, 2:48 pm

    Thanks Rebecca.

  • Deborah Montgomery January 11, 2016, 9:11 am

    Love this pattern have made several of them to give to the hospital for the neo-natal unit. Had to adjust the pattern a little, but still turned out really cute.

  • Amanda Meister January 11, 2016, 11:18 am

    This hat is to adorable and sweet. I can’t wait to get some white pipsqueak yarn to make the fluffy parts.

  • Tamy-Lu Vandenberg January 11, 2016, 6:05 pm

    This is one of the cutest polar bear patterns I have seen! I am going to have to live to be 115 to complete all the projects I want to do when you come up with such cute patterns! LOL

  • Cathy Davis January 14, 2016, 9:48 pm

    I love this pattern. Plan on making it fir my granddaughter for next winter. She is only 5 months old and has 2 dozen hats for this winter.

  • E. Lopez January 15, 2016, 7:43 am

    This is so cute!

  • joyce cundiff January 16, 2016, 2:35 pm

    I love the polar bear pattern. I have 2 new grand babies, I’m going to make both of them one. Thank You for the patterns.

  • MemawD March 1, 2016, 2:41 pm

    I can’t wait to get this one done my one and a half year old grandson loves bears and hats with ears on them this is adorable thank you so much for the free pattern!

  • Lori Koperek November 13, 2016, 2:02 pm

    This hat is adorable! I made one for a quick birthday gift and the Mom loved it!