Crochet Chicken and Rooster Hats

In December, 2011, my dad said all he wanted for Christmas was a hat made by me. When asked what kind, he said, “any”. I told him I would make him a chicken hat if he didn’t care which kind…and so I did. I LOVE my dad! He has worn that chicken hat each winter every time he runs his snow blower. People driving past have stopped and commented on his hat. He shows it to everyone. It makes me happy beyond belief to know he not only wears it but loves it too. 

This year for his birthday I thought he needed a new hat. This time I made him a black rooster. My dad’s smile made my whole year!

Materials

Yarn: worsted weight white, yellow, red; Lion Brand Fun Fur in white or black.
This hat is cute made from regular worsted weight yarn as well. See photo below.

Crochet Hooks: H, I
Miscellaneous: yarn needle, Two ½” black buttons for eyes, black thread and sewing needle.

Gauge: 4″ = 13hdc and 9 rounds

Sizes: newborn to adult

Note: this hat is worked in a continuous round and is not joined at the end of each round unless stated. Please use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.

Directions: With I hook and holding both strands of white and fur, ch 2, sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook, place marker for working in the round.
1. 2sc in each stitch to end of round. (12sts)
2. *sc, 2 sc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (18sts)
3. *sc 2, 2 sc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (24sts)
4. *sc 3, 2 sc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (30sts) newborn
5. *sc 4, 2 sc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (36sts) 3-6 mths
6. *sc 5, 2 sc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (42sts) 6-12 mths
7. *sc 6, 2 sc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (48sts) 12-24 mths
8. *sc 7, 2 sc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (54sts) Child/preteen
9. *sc 8, 2 sc in next s*, repeat to end of round. (60sts) Teen/Adult

Remove marker and hdc each stitch until hat is the desired length (see chart at end of post).

Earflaps: Fold hat in half. With right side of hat facing you, attach both yarns with a sl st to one side.
Start with the appropriate size:
Up to 6 mths: sc 7
6 mths to 4T: sc 8
Child: sc 9
Preteen/teen: sc 10
Teen/adult: sc 12

After first row of sc as listed above, follow these instructions for all sizes.
Turn, ch 1, sc2tog, sc across, sc last 2 stitches together, ch 1, turn.
[*Sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn*, repeat for one more row.
Sc2tog, sc across, sc last 2 stitches together, ch 1, turn.]
Repeat from [ to ] until no stitches remain. Finish off and weave in ends.
Fold hat in half to find placement for 2nd earflap. It should start exactly across from the first flap. Starting on the RS of the hat, attach yarn and follow directions for earflap.

NOTE: Depending on how you crochet, the majority of the fur is probably inside of the hat. If necessary, turn hat inside out before adding features.

Eyes

Chicken: With black thread and sewing needle sewing buttons in place.

Rooster (optional, not shown in sample): Make 2. With H hook and white yarn, start with a magic circle of 6 sts (or preferred method for creating a circle of 6 sc sts), sl st to join. Ch 1, 2sc in each st to end of round. Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing in place. With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew each eye to front center of hat. With sewing needle and black thread, sew a black button to each eye.

Beak

Chicken: Leave a long yarn tail in the beginning for sewing beak in place. With H hook and yellow yarn, ch 6, turn, hdc in third chain from hook and in each ch across. *ch 1, turn, hdc in next stitch and in each stitch across*, repeat until no stitches remain. Finish off. Give the beak a tug to get the shape you want. Use a yarn needle and yarn tail to sew the top of the beak to the hat.

Rooster: Leave a long yarn tail in the beginning for sewing beak in place. With H hook and yellow yarn, ch 7, turn, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each ch across. (6sts). Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc 2, hdc2tog. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog. Finish off and weave in end tail. Give the beak a tug to get the shape you want. With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew the top edge of the beak to the hat. If white eyes were added, sew the beak so it overlaps the bottom edge of the white circles.

Waddle: With H hook and red yarn, ch 9. 3dc in third ch from hook, hdc, sc 3, 2sc in next st, sl st. Finish off and weave in ends. With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew small end of waddle to top corner of beak. See photo above for placement.

Feet

Choose one of the following options.

Feet tassels (at end of ear flaps): Cut approximately 44 strands of yellow yarn, 8” long. Use a crochet hook to pull half of the strands through one hole approximately ½” from the tip of an ear flap. Pull the rest of the strands through a hole right next to the first. Cut one more piece of orange yarn 10” long and wrap around all of the pieces, right next to the flap. Tie a knot. Wrap around again and tie another knot. Trim ends of tassel, being careful not to trim too short. Repeat for other ear flap.

Braids (shown on black rooster): Cut 9 strands of black, 18” long. Use a crochet hook to pull ends through tip of one flap. Pull through until even with other end and braid. Tie a matching piece of yarn around the braid, approximately 1.5” from end, or tie a knot. Repeat for other side. Pull yarn ends apart for a frizzy look if desired.

Top of Hat

Pompom top (chicken): Hold one strand of red and one strand of black yarn and wrap 35-50 times around the palm of your hand. Carefully slide the yarn off your hand and wrap an 8” length of yarn around the center, pulling tight and knotting to hold in place. Do NOT cut this piece of yarn. Pull each end through two stitches at the top of the hat. Firmly tie a knot next to the hat. Trim pompom as desired. A piece of cardboard or pompom maker may also be used.

Comb (rooster):

1. With I hook and 2 strands of red yarn (held together), ch 16, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (15sts). Next part creates the first/large bump on comb.

2-3. Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st and in next 5sts.  (6sts)

4. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, dc 2 hdc2tog. (4sts)

5. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog. Finish off and weave in end.

6. This step starts the 2nd bump on comb. Attach 2 strands of red yarn to next unworked st next to bottom edge of large bump. Ch 2, hdc in same st and in next 4sts. (5sts)

7. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc, hdc2tog. (3sts)

8. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, sl st in last st. Finish off and weave in ends.

9. This step starts the last bump on comb. Attach 2 strands of red yarn to next unworked st nxt to bottom edge of 2nd bump. Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st and in next 3 sts. (4sts)

10. Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog. (2sts)

11. Ch 1, sc evenly around outer edge of comb with a sl st in between each bump and 2sc in the top of each bump. Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing comb to top of hat.

Fold hat in half, lining up ear flaps. With yarn needle and yarn tail, sew bottom edge of comb to top of hat.

Variation

Wings (make 2, not shown in samples): With I hook and both yarns from body of hat, ch 15. Sc in first ch from hook and across.
*Ch 1, turn, sk 1, sc across*, repeat until 3 sts remain. Ch 1, sc in each st around edge of wing, with 2sc in each corner. Finish off, leaving a long tail for attaching to hat. See photo for placement. Wing is attached directly above the ear flap. Pin in place to keep straight while sewing if necessary.

Non-furry hats: This pattern is cute made from one strand worsted weight yarn too. Anita Mills made these bright and cheery samples. Many people commented that they look like peeps. I love them!

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