Hippo Earflap Beanie

I love crochet animal hats and crochet character hats, like this Hippo Earflap Beanie. Back in 2011, I created what felt like a million character hats, and amazingly enough not only was I able to reduce a bunch of debt I had but provide an amazing Christmas for my kids. And let’s be honest, they are fun to make, and kids and adults love to wear them. Not only are they great for Halloween but they can be worn anytime you like!

Materials:
Hook: H (5.00mm)
Medium worsted weight yarn – I use Vanna’s Choice or Impeccable Yarn!
Fiberfill (optional)

Terms:
ch: chain
st: stitch
slst: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
tr: triple crochet
hdc2tog: hdc crochet two stitches together (decrease) dc2tog: dc crochet two stitches together (decrease
( ): repeat around
{ }: total number of stitches

Instructions:
Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.
Round 1: ch 1, 9 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc {9 sc}
Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in joining space, (2dc in each sc) {20 dc} Round 3: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc {30 dc}
Round 4: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next two dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) {40 dc} Round 5: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next three dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) {50 dc} Round 6: ch 3, dc in joining space, dc in next 4 dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc) {60 dc}
Round 7-18: ch 3, (dc in each dc) {60 dc}
Fasten off.

EARFLAP
From final joining space count 9 st around the left side. Attach yarn (with the outside of the hat facing you);
Row 1: ch 3, dc in next 10 st {10 dc}
Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 6 st, dc2tog {8 dc}
Row 3: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 4 st, dc2tog {6 dc}
Row 4: ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 2 st, dc2tog {4 dc}
Fasten off, if you are going to add a tassel you can leave a tail if not weave in.
For the second earflap, count 21 st to the right (from the back seam), attach yarn, and repeat earflap directions.

With pink colors, sc around hat and earflaps. Ears – Make 2

With pink color
Row 1: chain 6- hdc in second chain and hdc in next 4 ch st, ch 1 – turn
Row 2: hdc in each st across, ch 1 – turn
Row 3: 2 hdc in first st, hdc across, 2 hdc in last st, ch 1 – turn Row 4: hdc across, ch 1 – turn
Row 5: hdc2tog, hdc across to last 2 st and hdc2tog, ch 1 – turn Row 6: hdc across, finish off.

With gray color – make 2 ears.
Crochet the same as the pink color. Hold two pieces together and sc around to join.

Eyes – Make 2

With black, ch 2
Round 1: 6 hdc in first chain {6 hdc}, fasten off.
Round 2: Join with white and 2 hdc in each stitch {12 hdc}

Snout/Nose/Mouth

With pink, chain 20
Row 1: Dc in 3rd chain from hook and dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 2: Dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 3: dc2tog, dc across to last 2 st, dc2tog
Row 4: Dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 5: dc2tog, dc across to last 2 st, dc2tog
Row 6: Dc across, ch 3, turn
Row 7: dc2tog, dc across to last 2 st, dc2tog

Sew on all parts to hat base – use photo as a guide. The Snout/Nose/Mouth can be stuffed with fiberfill to give it some dimension. Weave in all loose ends of yarn.

Teeth (make 2)

With white, join to the longer part of the pink piece. The placement of the teeth is up to you – close together or further apart.

Row 1: after join, sc in the same space, sc 2 more, ch 1, turn {3}, ch 1, turn {3}, fasten off. {3}
Row 2: sc across, ch 1, turn {3}
Row 3: sc across, fasten off. {3}

Nostrils: Embroider with gray 2 nostrils on the top of the pink piece (see picture)

Making Tassels

Cut chosen yarn for tassels about 40 inches in length. You could go longer if you want – I don’t recommend shorter because braiding will reduce the size a little. Depending on how many colors you want into your tassels will decide the number of strands you need. Remember that it needs to be able to be divided by 3 if you are braiding them so you can have the right proportions for the braid.

Each tassel:
2 colors: hold 2 strands together and cut equal pieces 6 or 12 times 3 colors: hold 3 strands together and cut equal pieces 6 times. Fold the yarn in half; put on hook pull through earflap; pull tails through the loop Pull tight Braid or finish however you prefer

Love the Hippo Earflap Beanie but don’t know how to crochet? No worries, you can order one!

Please do not copy and/or redistribute this pattern as your own – you can share the link or link into a blog post as long as credit is given back to me. You may make this top to sell it, again all I ask is that you link back to me, thanks! If you have any questions, please email me at contact at petramonaco dot com

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

Introverted Rebel, author, artist, teacher + coach, doer of things, and a mom to 3 boys – one with some extra needs that have forever changed my life. 

I love all things personal growth, music, art, food, words, and more importantly coffee.

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