Recently I had a request from a customer (on my Hatting Madly Crochet Facebook page) to replicate a knitted penguin beanie (that her 22 month old daughter had lost. So I began hatting madly, and this is the crocheted version that I came up with.
This is a pattern is for a petite 22 month old girl. She has a head circumference measurement of 18 inches (46cm), hat height 7 inches (18cm). In saying that, this hat fits my 13 month old son – head circumference: 19 inches (48cm).
Hook: 4 mm for body of hat … or whatever hook achieves required hat circumference. 4.5mm for ribbing, eyes and beak, 5mm hook for eyes.
Yarn: DK/8ply. I used Sullivans Soft Touch acrylic. It seems a bit heavier than most DK/8ply yarns – it’s probably more a worsted weight. I normally used 2 strands of 8ply held together in place of a super bulky weight yarn, but with this particular yarn, and also because I was working ribbing which crochets up quite thick, I chose to use one strand.
Gauge: 10 dc stitches = 6.9cm (sorry I didn’t pay attention to the height)
Hat circumference: 17.5 inches (45cm)
Hat height: 7 inches (18cm)
BODY OF HAT
R1. In 2nd chain from hook 10 sc. Join with sl st in first sc.
R2. ch3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in same stitch, then 2dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (20 dc)
R3. ch3, dc in same stitch, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (30dc)
R4. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (40dc)
R5. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (50dc)
R6. ch3, increase evenly seven times by crocheting twice in same stitch until you have total of 64 dcs (64dc)
R7 – R15. ch3, then dc in each dc around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (64dc)
R16 – 19. ch3, (FPDC, BPDC) around. Join with sl st in first FPDC (not the top of the chain). The chain 3 should fall slightly to the back.
Using 4.5mm hook and one strand of black…. ch2 (join with sl st at end of each round).
R1. In 2nd ch from hook, 5 x sc (5 sts)
R2. Using 5mm hook and 2 strands of white (so that the eyeballs are rigid and stand up off the hat) ch1, sc x2 in each stitch around (10 sts)
R3. Ch1, (2sc, 1sc) around (15 sts)
R4. Ch1, sl stitch around, but do 2 sl st decreases (same concept as sc2tog) evenly in the round to make eyeballs stand up (13 sts)
Join and fasten off.
Using 4.5mm hook and one strand orange yarn ch2
R1. 6sc in 2nd ch from hook – don’t join. Use st marker to indicate beginning of each round here and throughout. (6 sts)
R2. 2sc in each st around (12 sts)
R3. (2sc, sc) around (18 sts)
R4. (2sc, sc, sc) around (24 sts)
R5. (2sc, sc, sc, sc) around (sorry didn’t do stitch count – not really that important)
I used the wrong side as the “right side” coz I thought the texture looked better.
Fold beak in half and stitch the straight edge to the body of the hat, just above the ribbing. You can stuff it and sew it completely shut if you wish, or you can sew it to the hat so that the beak stays open, but not entirely open. I kinda stitched it half shut – if that makes sense?
Sew eyes either side of the beak, just above ribbing.
Hope that’s not overly confusing😉