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Sock Monkey Hat (Free Pattern!)

Sock Monkey Crochet Hat  |  Free 6-12m Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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It’s finally done!

I wish I could put into words for you what the completion of this pattern means to me. Not only is this the first multi-sized pattern I’ve created, but it’s also the first hat I ever made for my littlest monkey (although it has admittedly improved over the last couple of years). And, it’s the hat that I’m most known for in my made-to-order Etsy shop.

I am crazy excited to debut this hat. C-R-A-Z-Y.

Sock Monkey Crochet Hat  |  Free 6-12m Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

I’m going to share the 6-12 month size with you here, for free, because you rock. Seriously, I never thought I could actually be a blogger, but you guys have supported, encouraged, and challenged me (in a good way!) every step of the way.

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.

Get the Full Pattern

If you’re loving this hat as much as I am, and you want to snatch it up in every size (newborn – adult large), you can purchase it on Etsy or Ravelry. The full pattern even includes photos for every size that clearly map out 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!

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Sock Monkey Crochet Hat  |  Free 6-12m Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

I also need to give a big ol’ shout-out to Amanda at Mission for Mawu Photography. This girl has skills. And she happens to be using them for an eternal cause. She and her husband, along with their son (who is about the age of mine), packed up their lives and relocated to Africa a while back to serve a cause so much greater than themselves. I was blessed enough to catch them on furlough this summer and asked her to take some photos of some of my upcoming hats. She delivered, as she always does. To read about her adventures, check out her blog or her Facebook page!

Sock Monkey Crochet Hat  |  Free 6-12m Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Sock Monkey 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: 3 colors of medium worsted, plus small amount of black and red for mouth (I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn)
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 the round)

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

Round 1: Ch 1; 9 HDC in MC. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (9)
Round 2: Ch 1; HDC in same St. 2 HDC in next 9 Sts. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (19)
Round 3: Ch 1; HDC in same St, HDC in next St. (2 HDC in next St, HDC in next St) around. CHANGE TO COLOR B. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (29)
Round 4: Ch 1; HDC in same St, HDC in next 2 Sts. (2 HDC in next St, HDC in next 2 Sts) around. CHANGE TO COLOR C. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (39)
Rounds 5-10: Ch 1; HDC around. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (39)

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

 

Earflaps (worked in rows)

With I HOOK and COLOR C,

Row 1: Sl St in 8 Sts, Ch 1, SC in same St and in next 6 Sts; Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 2: SC across; Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 3: SC across; Ch 1, turn. (7)
Row 4: SC2TOG, SC in next 3 St, SC2TOG; Ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 5: 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 15 Sts. Attach yarn. Ch 1, SC in same St and in next 6 Sts; Ch 1, turn. Repeat Rows 2-5 above.

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

 

Edging (worked in the round)

With I HOOK and COLOR C,

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 COLOR B. 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)

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

Round 1: Ch 1; 8 SC in MC. Join with Sl St to top of first SC. (8)
Round 2: Ch 1; HDC in same St. 2 SC in next 7 Sts. Join with Sl St to top of first SC. (15)
Round 3: Ch 1; HDC in next 15 Sts. Join with Sl St to top of first HDC. (15)

Fasten off, leaving a 6 inch tail for attaching to hat.

Mouth

With H HOOK and COLOR A, Ch 9.

Round 1: 2 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. SC in next 6 Chs. 4 SC in last Ch. Continuing along the other side, SC in bottom of next 6 Chs. 2 SC in bottom of remaining Ch. Join with Sl St to top of first SC. (20)
Round 2: Ch 1; 2 SC in same St. SC in next 8 Sts. 2 SC in next 2 Sts. SC in next 8 Sts. 2 SC in next St. Join with Sl St to top of first SC. (24)

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

Mouth Details

Cut an 18” piece of red yarn (or other lip color of your choice). Sew on the lips, following the horizontal line that is one line below the center of the mouth. For a “smiling” monkey, follow the natural curve around each side, as shown below. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Cut a 12” piece of black yarn (or other nostril color of your choice). Find the vertical center of the mouth and sew a small “x” on either side. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Final Assembly

Mouth: Place so that the bottom of the mouth rests just above the second-to-last row of the hat (so you should be able to see the edging and one row of the main color below the mouth). Make sure it is centered, and use the long tail to sew it on.

Ears: Using long tail, attach ears on either side of hat. Each ear should be attached to rows 7-9.

Eyes: Using thread and a sewing needle, attach two ½ inch buttons just above the mouth, so that their inner edges line up with the centers of each nostril.

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.Attach pom pom and/or tassels (optional). Check out my tutorial series, "Animal Hat Basics," for instructions!

 

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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  • Jenni September 2, 2014, 6:18 am

    So cute!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:20 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Caro September 2, 2014, 8:37 am

    So adorable, thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:21 pm

      You’re welcome!

  • Melissa Mendoza September 2, 2014, 1:36 pm

    Love, love, love! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and love for crochet with all of us!

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:21 pm

      Aww thanks 🙂

  • Amanda September 2, 2014, 2:27 pm

    Awww! LOVE this! It’s been so neat to see your business grow and flourish, and I’m honored to be a {tiny} part of that!
    Thanks for the shout out! 🙂

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:21 pm

      You’re more than a {tiny} part! 😀

  • Ericka September 2, 2014, 6:26 pm

    This is fantastic and you SHOULD be proud – its a huge feat!!!! Congratulations on your first multi-sized pattern!
    Many kudos to your friend, Amanda. Sending her and her family off with prayers.

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Ericka! And I will pass that along to Amanda. 🙂

  • Donna D. Rearick September 2, 2014, 6:39 pm

    I can hardly wait to make this for my great grandson. Thank you so much.

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:22 pm

      I hope he loves it 🙂

  • Amber L. September 3, 2014, 7:36 pm

    Super adorable hat!

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:22 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • T'onna @ USS Crafty September 3, 2014, 8:01 pm

    Your sock monkey hats are sooooo cute!

    • Rebecca September 3, 2014, 9:23 pm

      Thank you so much T’onna!

  • Mel {MamaBuzz} September 5, 2014, 8:25 am

    This is so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

    • Rebecca September 17, 2014, 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much for the feature! 🙂

  • Cricket November 10, 2014, 9:44 am

    I gotta make this! My sister-in-law has a god-child called “monkey” and it is about to snow! Wish me luck

    • Rebecca November 10, 2014, 11:13 am

      Good luck! 🙂 🙂

  • Wendy February 5, 2015, 4:13 pm

    I have tried everything, but I am not getting the same gage. Every time I make this according to the pattern, it’s like a newborn size. Help! I even went up a hook size thinking mayby I’m working too tightly. I’m right at 2″ for 4 rounds. I love your hat style verses the others I’ve looked up, but something isn’t working.

  • Penny July 6, 2015, 1:49 pm

    I wondered how you take a small cap directions and turn it into an adult size. Please help.

  • Jenny September 3, 2015, 8:05 am

    I’ve tried and tried but the pattern won’t eveeen fit my 4 month old. She is a small 4 month old. Agree with previous poster, its more like a newborn fit.

  • Aditi January 11, 2016, 10:33 am

    Beautifully written pattern. Would love to make one. Thanks

  • Karen Fogle January 11, 2016, 11:07 am

    I adore this sock monkey hat pattern & am making it now for my nephew ♥

  • Berta January 11, 2016, 11:14 am

    I love this pattern! I’ve been planning on making a sock monkey set for my niece (due on the 22nd of this month!) And this is the first pattern I’ve liked and have been able to follow! Thanks so much!

  • Leslie January 11, 2016, 11:15 am

    This is too cute! Can’t wait to make this for my son!

  • Cheryl chandler jacobo January 11, 2016, 12:42 pm

    Love the sock monkey hat!

  • Shelia Honeycutt January 11, 2016, 1:54 pm

    I love sock monkey’s!!! Making this pattern for grandbaby! Thank you so much for all you do and for making your lovely pattern available to us!

  • Mishka January 11, 2016, 6:54 pm

    Can’t wait to make these for my grandchildren.

  • liv January 11, 2016, 8:33 pm

    I was lucky enough to be one of the testers on this pattern and have made it more times than I care to count super cute very easy and always a hit at those winter birthday parties

  • JANET HURLEY January 15, 2016, 12:39 am

    LOVE THE PATTERN, I HAVE MADE 6 OF THEM FOR NIECES AND NEPHEWS. LOVE MAKING BABY ITEMS, AND AFGHANS.