Free Owl Hat Crochet Pattern

Adorable owl hat crochet pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs.
Want this free owl hat crochet pattern in the toddler size? It’s available for free here.

After making so many changes to owl hat patterns I’ve purchased on Etsy, I’ve finally come up with my own free owl hat crochet pattern that doesn’t resemble them at all (although the eyes are similar… how many ways are there to crochet circles?).  Right now, I’ve only written the newborn size, so I’m offering it free on my blog.  In the future, I’d love to write and sell some patterns on Etsy, but we’ll just have to see how that goes.  Of course, if you don’t crochet, you can always purchase one from my Etsy shop :).

All sizes are now available in the Daisy Cottage Designs shop. It’s a slightly different pattern, but it’s the one I use for all of my owl hats in the shop :)

While it does look cute sitting on a basket, I assure you it looks even more adorable on a real, live newborn.

This hat should fit babies whose heads measure between 13 and 15 inches.

-Worsted weight yarn (I used Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream Hot Green, Warm Brown, Tangerine, and  Hot Blue)
-J hook (or whatever size necessary to achieve correct size)
-H hook for eyes
-Buttons for eyes

Pattern Notes:
Pattern is worked through both loops.
This pattern is worked in spiral until you reach the earflaps There will be no chains or slipstitches at the ends of a round unless otherwise noted.
This hat should fit babies whose heads measure between 13 and 15 inches.
Directions for Hat:
Ch 2.
Round 1: 12 HDC in second chain from hook. (12)
Round 2: *1 HDC in the next stitch, 2 HDC in the next stitch* around. (18)
Round 3: *1 HDC in the next 2 stitches, 2 HDC in the next stitch* around. (24)
Round 4: *1 HDC in the next 3 stitches, 2 HDC in the next stitch* around. (30)
Round 5: *1 HDC in the next 4 stitches, 2 HDC in the next stitch* around. (36)
Round 6: *1 HDC in the next 11 stitches, 2 HDC in the next stitch* around. (39)
Rounds 7-9: HDC in each stitch around. (39)
Round 10: HDC in each stitch around. Sl st in next. (39) Join a new color in the same stitch as the sl st.
Round 11: Ch 1., HDC in the next stitch and in each stitch around with the new color.
Rounds 12-14: HDC in the next stitch and in each stitch around. On round 14, sl st in next.

Stop here for a beanie and add one round of SC. If you’d like earflaps, keep going. I don’t chain at the end of a row. I work the first HDC of the next row in the last HDC of the previous row. If it makes you nervous to skip the chains, you can replace the first HDC of each row with 2 chains.

Round 15: 1 HDC in each of the next 10 stitches.
Round 16: Turn. 1 HDC in each stitch across.
Round 17: HDC decrease, HDC across to last two stitches, HDC decrease in last two stitches. (8)
Round 18: Turn. 1 HDC in each stitch across
Round 19: HDC decrease, HDC across to last two stitches, HDC decrease in last two stitches. (6)
Round 20: HDC in each stitch across. (6)
Round 21: HDC decrease, HDC across to last two stitches, HDC decrease in last two stitches. (4)
Round 22: HDC decrease, HDC across to last two stitches, HDC decrease in last two stitches (2).

I leave 8 stitches between the earflaps in the back and 11 between them in the front. You can play around with this and decide how you like them spaced.

Round 23: Single crochet around the entire hat.
Cut yarn and weave ends.
Facial Features (Leave long tails for sewing on):
Eyes (Make 2). Use an H hook.
Ch 3.
Round 1: 9 DC into the third ch from hook. Sl st in the first double crochet (not the chain 2).
Round 2: Ch 1, HDC in the same stitch. 2 HDC in each stitch around. I work in one extra HDC so I can sl st in the first HDC rather than in the ch.
Round 3: Ch 1, HDC in the same stitch *1 HDC in the next stitch, 2 HDC in the next* around.
Fasten off and weave ends. Sew a button in the center.

Ch 6.
Row 1: 1 sc in second ch from hook, HDC in next, DC in next, DC in next, TC in next. Fasten off.

Ch 2.
Round 1: Work 5 SC in the second ch from hook. (5)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch. (10)
Round 3 –8: SC in each stitch around.
Fasten off and sew on hat.

You’re welcome to make this hat and sell it, but please link back to this post so others can give it a try.  Also, please share pictures of your projects! I’d love to see what color combinations you come up with.
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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern for free! I love it!

  2. Wow…looking at the pattern at least, it looks so clear. I've been reading some that give me a headache! So excited to try it! Thanks so much!

  3. thank you so much. Do you generally just change the hook size for larger sizes? I want to make an owl hat for each member of the family:)

  4. Meagan, you could try increasing the number of HDCs in the first round and see how it goes from there. I haven't written the pattern for all the sizes yet, but as I do, I'll be sharing those, too. :)

  5. yay:)thank you

  6. SOOOO CUTE!<br /><br />Just wanted to let you know that I gave you a little award today! <br /><br /><br /><br />~ Sarah

  7. this is so pretty– thanks for sharing this adorable pattern. :) God bless…

  8. I made this for a friend&#39;s baby shower. She loved it! Thanks so much for sharing. My daughter (2 years old) thought it was for her the whole time I was making it so I guess I better figure out how to alter it to make it bigger. hee hee…

  9. Thank-you so much for this pattern! I have 2 nephews and a niece on the way, as well as several friends have babies this fall! This will make an adorable gift and it will also make for some adorable photos! <br />Thanks again!

  10. This pattern is so great… and so cute! All I have to do to finish mine is find some buttons and sew on those and the eyes. It was so easy to follow. I just needed to make sure I used a stitch marker for the first stitch of each row. Can&#39;t wait for the larger ones!

  11. How many HDCs do you recommend for a hat for a 6-12 month old? I love this pattern by the way. Super cute!

  12. Ooooh THANK YOU!!!!! I have been coveting these hats and I am suit to make one for my 1st grader and some sweet babies we know! Love it!

  13. I apperceive that Lauren is planning on announcement chargeless patterns for all the sizes, but I just couldn&#39;t delay to accomplish these hats for our accomplished family. <br /><br /><a href="; rel="nofollow">Cowboy Hats</a>

  14. Thank you for the pattern! It is coming out so cute! I have a question about the ear portion. What does -8: mean? Thank you!!!

  15. I am having a hard time understanding how to do the earflaps. Do I do the earflaps seperately or at the same time? if I do them at the same time do I single crochet in between the earflaps?

  16. Thanks for sharing your pattern! I featured you on my blog today! Come over and check it out!

  17. Thanks for sharing this! It is adorable and would look so cute on my grandson! Am I missing the link to the pattern? When I click on it in the tutorials section, it just takes me to a photo. Thanks!

  18. Love this! I made two for my kids for this Halloween. I apparently don&#39;t crochet as tightly as you do, because I had to use a size F hook to get it small enough for my newborn. It turned out adorable! Thanks so much for sharing. I&#39;ve posted it at this site:

  19. I am also a difficult time after the atria. I need help on it, please. Also a recommendation on the necessary changes for a year of 2.5 years. I try to make a matching game for a couple of brothers.<br /><br /><br /><a href="; rel="nofollow">remedios prostata</a>

  20. Anyone figured out the ear flap instruction? Not sure what the instrucion means after the previous row said to turn. Also the earflaps are not separated pieces, right?

  21. Sorry I just noticed all these earflap comments! The earflaps are done separately! The first is attached to the hat because you just start working in rows rather than rounds. For the second, you&#39;ll have to detach yarn and attach it again on the other side! : ) <br /><br />So sorry for the confusion. I haven&#39;t been keeping up with my Etsy shop or my blog lately. My excuse is

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  23. Thanks for the pattern. Our high school mascot is the owls! So I made mine in our school colors of black and gold. I used the same size hook but somehow added an extra stitch or two and made it a little bigger. It will fit a 2-4 year old! I also was confused on the -8 instruction on the ears but realized it meant rounds 3-8! I also had to watch some YouTube videos for a few of the stitches and

  24. Just Fabulous! Thanks so much.

  25. I just finished my first from your pattern and LOVE it!!!!<br /><br />

  26. I suck at reading patterns.I am better at visual video tuts. But i will try this one. TYFS its so cute.

  27. This is so adorable! My friend just had a little girl and made a special request for something like this. She&#39;s going to love it! Check out my blog, I&#39;ll post it when I finish!

  28. The clearest free pattern I&#39;ve seen so far! This is perfect! Thank you so much! I messed up tho, I didn&#39;t read the part where it said spiral… so I&#39;ve stopped to think about the 6 rounds I&#39;m going to have to undo! =( Oh Jeez!

  29. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

  30. I just made this hat for a teenager/adult. Here&#39;s what I changed:<br /><br />-Used a size K hook<br />-Round 1: 16 HDC instead of 12<br />-Added 2 rows where it says &quot;Rounds 7-9&quot;<br />-Added 2 rows where it says &quot;Rounds 12-14&quot;<br /><br />Everything else remained the same, including the size of the facial features.

  31. I am making this hat for my 13 year old daughter for Christmas. I am so excited about this pattern! Thank you for sharing!

  32. Thank you for posting this!!!<br />I adjusted it just a touch for my 2-month old niece! This was so much fun! My kids want their own. I just wanted to say thanks! Blessings!

  33. I adjusted the pattern and made the CUTEST red and brown one for my 3 year old niece! I can&#39;t wait for her to open it at Christmas!! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

  34. Lauren, just wanted to thank you so much for sharing this for free! HOW ADORABLE!!! I really respect people that can write their own patterns. May God continue to bless you and your family, Merry Christmas!<br />BreeAnna


  36. Made one myself! I can&#39;t wait to see it on my nephew! It&#39;s made with Lion Brand homespun in barley and rococo using a J hook. Since it&#39;s a bulky yarn I had to cut the number in the first round to 10 and adjust accordingly. Thank you for the pattern!;l=b487be6b9d

  37. Thanks for sharing this easy free pattern. Can&#39;t wait to experiment with yarns for a lightweight cap for grand-baby #7 due in May!

  38. Thank you so much for sharing for free! Would you happened to have figured out the pattern for larger sizes yet? I want to make one to fit my 6 month old&#39;s 17&quot; head!

  39. I have a request I have been trying to make a little baby firehat they have one on etsy for sale but I cannot match it. Just wondering if you could maybe give it a try?

  40. Thank you so much for this pattern. I made this hat for a baby shower and it was a hit! I had many requests for directions and my 22 year old who is a fan of animal hats now wants one as does her 27 year old sister!

  41. Love this pattern. So easy. I now have requests to make this hat from my daughter&#39;s pre-school! Such a hit. Thanks.

  42. These ear flap instrctions are very vague. How do you go about attaching the 2nd ear flap or how do you start on the other side of the hat to make the 2nd ear flap? Please HELP I have a hat with one ear flap and no where to go from here?!

    • You join your yarn either 8 stitches from the back of the ear flap or 11 stitches from the front of the earflap and work the second one the exact same way as the first.

  43. THANK YOU – as a beginner crochet-er, this was a PERFECT way to start things off. I really appreciate it!

  44. did you make the tassels on the flaps from the same yarn and if so how much yarn do you use?

  45. I have made TWO of these, and LOVE them. Thank You! Do you happen to have a pattern for the Elephant Hats?

    • I&#39;m glad you love the hats!! I do not have a pattern for the elephant hats. : ( Etsy is a great source, though!

  46. This pattern is absolutely awesome!!! This is the third time i&#39;ve made one, and i love it!!! Thank you soooooo much for posting this for free! Do you have any other funky cool patterns????!

    • Thanks! Glad you love it. I actually don&#39;t have any written out, but I&#39;ve got some ideas up my sleeve! Stay tuned because when I come back from maternity &quot;leave,&quot; they might just appear on the blog!

  47. I love this!! Am almost done with my first one but have a question or two. How do you do the braiding on each side of ear flaps? How are they attached, how many strands of each color and what is the length. Also same for the tassels on ears. Are they attached to the ears before the ears on sewed onto the hat??

    • Sorry, just saw this. I fold the strands for the braids in half and pull the loop end through. Then, you&#39;ll take the loose ends and pull them through the loop (does this make sense?? It&#39;s late :/ )<br /><br />I actually attach the tassels after I sew the ears on the hat but you could do it either way. They are attached the exact same way.

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  49. Thank you very much for the pattern! I made an Owl hat using your pattern, please view it in my blog<br />I used a different colour combination, pink and green which I think turned out quite well. Thanks again!

  50. I would love to make this hat for my daughter. Do you have a conversion guide to make this hat for adults?

    • I don&#39;t :/ I&#39;m still planning on writing the pattern for adults out. Perhaps I can do that this week. I&#39;m trying to get back in the swing of things after having my baby… you&#39;d think I&#39;d be back on top of it all since she&#39;s 2 months old, but life has just been hectic in general lately.

    • that would be great. Congratulations!

  51. Do you intend to post this pattern in larger sizes? Or have advice for increasing the size myself?

    • Ashley, I do! I&#39;m going to work on this ASAP since I&#39;ve been having so many requests for it. I just need to get things together after having a baby and life being extra crazy. Summer might be a little slower so hopefully I&#39;ll be able to get to it in the next couple weeks.

  52. Just a little coincidence, or totally meant to be?! I decided to make this cute little hat for my cousin who just had a baby. The coincidence…Luke was born 03/23/12!!

    • How cool!! Two years younger than my precious Riley and just 12 days younger than sweet Caroline. I hope Luke has enjoyed the hat.

  53. Wow thank you for sharing the pattern, going to ask my Mum to make me a couple in different colours for our newborn baby photography :-) <br /><br />Bless you for sharing :-)<br /><br />best wishes<br />Clair

  54. I made the cutest chocolate/pink/white newborn cap using your pattern. Thanks a million for freely sharing this beautiful pattern.

  55. Here is the hat I made!;set=a.2634806231272.2149305.1288930129&amp;type=1&amp;theater<br /><br />Thank you so much for the free pattern! It&#39;s much appreciated. :)<br /><br />Tiffany

  56. lovely pattern! thanks a lot:-). ill post a link soon enough.<br /><br />ravid – Israel

  57. Hello Lauren, Thank You so Much for sharing this pattern!!! I love your pattern over any that are on etsy. I am new to crocheting, and am basically teaching myself because I had my first child 14 months ago and had the sudden urge to learn! Anyway, I seem to be doing something right because people really like my work and requested that I make this in a 3-6 month size. I read all of your comments

    • Jennifer, I&#39;m so sorry I didn&#39;t respond more quickly to this post! I would add one or two more increase rows and that should help you get the right size! Will write out the 3-6 month pattern soon. I really need to get this done.

  58. This is the cutest owl hat pattern I&#39;ve seen and you are amazing for providing it for free. I plan to make a few of these as baby shower gifts. Thanks!!! :D

    • I know how much I love free patterns! Once I write each one down, I&#39;m thinking about selling it on Etsy, but I plan on keeping the newborn size free.

  59. I have got this hat for TODDLER sizes down to a science! you will need to go buy the 10mm gray plastic crochet hook- the biggest one often sold with the huge useless blue hook. follow this pattern EXACTLY stitch for stitch. The ONLY difference is you add one entire row to the bottom of the first color AND the bottom of the second color before you start the ear flaps. In other words, instead

    • Awesome! Glad that works for you. I really do plan on writing all the sizes but life just gets CRAZY sometimes.

  60. Thank you so much for this great pattern! Its by far the easiest pattern I&#39;ve come across to understand, great job!!! Would love to show you a pic of mine, but I have no idea how!! Anyways thanks again, LOVE it:)

    • I&#39;m glad you had an easy time understanding it! I don&#39;t think there&#39;s a way to include a picture in a comment… I&#39;m sure it looks great!

  61. Thank you for sharing your talents with us! I made a mommy very happy by hooking one of these for her son. Here&#39;s how mine turned out.;set=a.376771169058129.84340.369305046471408&amp;type=3&amp;theater

  62. I am trying to make this hat for a 6 yr old, 3 yr old, and 1 yr old for my friends kids for Christmas. Does anyone have an adjusted pattern for different sizes? I do pretty well with adjusting patterns when I have a head to try the hat on, but my friend lives 2 hours away, so I can&#39;t just run over and try the hat on to see if I need to adjust anything. Thanks :)

  63. As others have mentioned I too am having difficulty with the EARS. The pattern states &quot;SC in each stitch around&quot; if I go &quot;around&quot; I will have created a circle and your ears look more oblong, tapered and thicker as if they were doubled. So, I was wondering if I am to work them back and forth rather than in a round and once I&#39;m finished are they folded in half? I&#39;m

    • Just keep going… they&#39;ll look like a circle at first, but as you keep going, you&#39;ll create a &quot;tube&quot; of sorts.

  64. Thanks a million for a great pattern, and for offering it for free. I just finish my newborn hat, it turned out gorgeous! now will work on one for my 5 year old. God Bless!

  65. So adorable! Just want some help on how the ears are supposed to be positioned on the hat. Are the ears supposed to be circles? Thank you for your help!

  66. Love it! Thanks for the free pattern. :) I was just wondering how you make the little &quot;puffs&quot; on the ears, and the braids… I don&#39;t see any instructions for these… If you could let me know that would be great!! Thanks!!!

  67. Hi! I just tried this pattern. Thank you so much for sharing it! Here&#39;s a picture of it on my FB page:;l=3d08217115.<br /><br />Love your blog!<br />Angela

  68. Thanks for the great pattern. I love it! Blogged about it here:

  69. Done!!!! thanks a lot for your pattern. I had to modify because of the size. This is the result:

  70. This pattern is gorgeous. I just made it &amp; then wondered why the eyes were too big for the hat…silly me, hadn&#39;t bothered checking the hook size! I&#39;m using DK yarn…is that right or will I need to change things a bit? I&#39;ve not got any aran.

  71. Found this pattern on Pinterest!! It is excellent and easy to follow! hat made, will link you up on my blog when I do post on the hat! Thank you so much xox

  72. I keep trying to go to the link for the adult earflap hat pattern, (which i have used before and it turned out great) but it keeps telling me &quot;Sorry, the page was not found&quot;.

  73. Dear Lauren, thanks for sharing your pattern. I am just finishing a blueish one which is looking more like a penguin for a nephew of mine. I believe it will be a great Christmas gift for a 3 year old boy. Anyway I wish you and your beautiful family blessed Christmas time and the following year.

  74. The link to the Adult sized Owl pattern says &quot;Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist.&quot; :( ~So sad!!! It was going to be the last thing to finish on my christmas list!

  75. Good evening/morning! I was interested in making this in the adult size, but I discovered that the link to that particular page of your blog no longer works :(<br />Will you be offering it again in the future?

  76. Thank you so much for posting this! I made this hat as a gift for my friend, and she had her newborn daughter&#39;s baby pictures taken in nothing but the hat and a diaper cover. They turned out so precious! I&#39;m now making hats for my sister, who is expecting a baby boy because she loved the hat I made for my friend so much!! Thank you for sharing your talent!!

  77. SO adorable. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  78. i am having difficulty with the ear flaps. Either I am reading it wrong or something. But not sure how to add them

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  80. I get lost after round 16 something is definitely not coming out right. I&#39;m finishing way too early with the rounds. ;/

  81. How would you make it so the eyes are closed? I am almost done with the beanies, which by the way thank you so much. My friend is having twins, boy and girl. I wanted to make the girl one sleeping and the boy one awake. It looks simple enough but I&#39;m still learning. Also I&#39;m having a very hard time with the ears. When I follow the directions so keep going in the round, the edges keep

  82. Hi! New follower via GFC……..this is the cutest thing ever. Thanks for sharing the pattern. Would like to invite you to stop by and link it up at the All Things Baby linky party.<br /><br /><br /><br />

  83. I always get little wavy bumps on the top of all my crochet hats. Any idea how to avoid this? Thanks! I am in the process of crocheting this now!

  84. I Thank You So Very Much For This Wonderful Pattern. I Made A Newborn One In Just A Few Hours For My Friends New Baby. . After I Was Done With The First Ear Flap I Just Slipped Stitch DownThe Ear Flap And Slip St 11 AcrossAnd Starte Ear Flap 2 The Same Way A One. Then I Sc All Around The Hat And ScAroundThe Hat Again In The Brown Color.Contact Me At <br />[email protected] Warm Hugs<br />

  85. Thank you for sharing this pattern! I am a novice crocheter… this was my first project.<br /><br />Your instructions are easy to follow and I was able to complete the hat in 2 evenings. I am so excited to give this to my cousin for her baby shower!

  86. Thanks for the pattern, I have also bought it. I have just made a owl hat, and linked to your blog.<br />

  87. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful pattern !!!<br />I will make two owl hats, one for our seven months old nephew and one for our friend&#39;s baby boy that will soon become one years old !!! I&#39;m so excited !!!<br />When i will post these in my blog i will sure link back to your wonderful blog !!!<br />You are such generous and your creations are very beautiful !!!<br />Thank you

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  91. Hey there! Thank you for this pattern, it was really easy to read. I had some issue with understanding the ear flap part, too, but I read through the comments and saw the second one was to be attached on it&#39;s own and everything came together!<br /><br />Thank you for sharing. Here&#39;s the first Owl Hat I made using your pattern!<br /><br />

  92. Thanks for much for the great pattern. I have a brand new nephew that would look adorable wearing it.

  93. – Made these for a friend of mine that lives in Australia. He had them made for his coworker that was having a baby, so I made one a little bit bigger than the other so they could wear it a littler longer as they grew. :) I did put the buttons on the white one after the picture. xD<br /><br /> – This one I made for someone in town that

  94. Maryln Roan says:

    The pattern was very easy to follow and the made up very nice, Perfect baby gift. Thank youfor sharing.

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