Wednesday, 4 December 2013

"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Crochet Little Donkey Hat


This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 4!


My little girl is doing a nativity at her nursery in a few weeks and she has been cast as a donkey. I was asked a few weeks ago to sort her costume and if I'm honest, I was planning on just buying her one. Then I actually looked some costumes up and realised how expensive they are! Ouch!

I decided that a simple grey tshirt and leggings and a grey donkey hat would be perfect and a fraction of the cost. Today I am going to share the pattern for the donkey hat.

This pattern is for age approx 2-5 years or a 19-20" head.

Work the hat holding 2 strands of double knit yarn together. I used a 6.5mm crochet hook but use any size hook you need to get the gauge.

Gauge: At the end of round 5, your hat should measure 6" in diameter. At the end of round 13, the hat should measure 7" in length.

Little Donkey Hat

1. using grey yarn, make a magic loop, ch3, work 9 dcs into loop, join with a sl st in top of ch3 (10)
2. ch3, turn, dc in same st, work 2dcs in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (20)
3. ch3, turn, dc in same st, *dc in next st, 2dcs in next st*, rep around, dc in last st, join with sl st in top of ch3 (30)
4. ch3, turn, dc in same st, *dc in next 2sts, 2dcs in next st*, rep around, dc in last 2sts, join with sl st in top of ch3 (40)
5. ch3, turn, dc in same st, *dc in next 3sts, 2dcs in next st*, rep around, dc in last 3sts, join with sl st in top of ch3 (50)
6-11. ch1, turn, sc in st at base of ch, ch1 (counts as 1st dc), dc in 49sts, join with sl st in ch1 (50)
12-13. ch1, turn, sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc (50)
14. bind off and weave in ends

Earflap 1:
1. with wrong side of stitch facing, count 18sts to the right from the bind off stitch, ignoring the stitch at the base of the bind off, join yarn, ch1, sc in same st and in next 11sts (12)
2. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (10)
3. ch1, turn, sc across (10)
4-5. rep rows 2-3 (8)
6-7. rep rows 2-3 (6)
8-9. rep rows 2-3 (4)
10. ch1, turn, sc2tog twice (2)
11. ch1, turn, sc across, bind off

Earflap 2:
1. with wrong side of stitch facing, count 7sts to the left from the bind off stitch, including the stitch at the base of the bind off, join yarn, ch1, sc in same st and in next 11sts (12)
2. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc across to last 2sts, sc2tog (10)
3. ch1, turn, sc across (10)
4-5. rep rows 2-3 (8)
6-7. rep rows 2-3 (6)
8-9. rep rows 2-3 (4)
10. ch1, turn, sc2tog twice (2)
11. ch1, turn, sc across, bind off

Finishing:
1. with wrong side of stitch facing, join yarn at the back of the hat, ch1, sc in same st and around, working 2scs in each of the 2 stitches at the end of the earflaps, join with sl st in 1st sc (74)
2. bind off and weave in all ends

Now to turn it into a donkey hat!


Mouth:
1. using one strand of cream or white yarn and a 5mm crochet hook, ch20, dc in 4th ch from hook and in each st across (18)
2. ch3, turn, sk st at base of ch3, dc in each st across, end with dc in top of previous row's ch3 (18)
3-4. ch1, turn, dc2tog, dc across to last 2sts, dc2tog (16/14)
5. ch1, turn, sc in 14sts, sc in 6sts evenly down the short side (not including the corner st), work 3scs in corner st, sc in 16sts, work 3scs in corner st, sc in 6sts evenly up the short side, join with sl st in 1st sc
6. bind off, leaving a long tail to attach the mouth to the hat

Nostrils (make 2):
1. using one strand of grey yarn and a 5mm crochet hook, make a magic loop, ch1, work 8scs in loop, join with sl st in 1st sc (8)
2. bind off, leaving a long tail to attach the nostril to the hat

Ears (make 2 white/cream and 2 grey):
1. using one strand of white, cream or grey yarn and a 5mm crochet hook, ch2, sc in 2nd ch from hook (1)
2. ch1, turn, 2scs in st (2)
3. ch1, turn, 2scs in each st (4)
4. ch1, turn, 2scs in first st, sc across to last st, 2scs in last st (6)
5-15. ch1, turn, sc across (6)
16. work an extra 2scs in corner stitch, do not turn, sc evenly around the ear, working 3scs in the very tip of the ear to create a sharp point, work 2scs in the same place as the first sc, join with sl st in first sc
17. bind off and weave in ends
18. hold a white ear on top of a grey ear, with wrong sides facing down on both ears, join grey yarn in one of the corners, sc around, working through both ears to join, work 3scs in each corner, join with a sl st in first sc
19. bind off, leaving a long tail to attach the ear to the hat
20. repeat for the other ear

Sew everything onto the hat. Attach some black buttons for eyes and black yarn onto the top of the hat for hair. There you have your very own little donkey :)

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.

3 comments:

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

This is the cutest little donkey hat I've ever seen! Maybe the only one I've ever seen, but I love it. you did a great job!

Christy W said...

what is a magic loop?

Unknown said...

This turned out really cute. Great directions. I made it just a bit smaller for my two year old granddaughter by using one strand of worsted weight yarn and a smaller hook. I used a 5.5 I hook and it measured 5.5inches at the end of round 5. i used a 4.25 G hook for the ears and other parts. I did not do row 16 on the ears so they were just a little smaller for my smaller sized hat. Your nice clear photos showed me where to attach everything. Thank you :)

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