My family has had a baby boom over the last 3 years. Tons of little ones added on both my side and my husband’s side. I love making hats for the new little additions. Even though I can make hats much more quickly than I make blankets or sleepsacks, I can still barely keep up! (My husband’s grandmother went from 0 great-grandkids to 7 plus one on the way and my grandma has added 5!)
I have done a lot of different bear hats and a few birds, owls, and a sheep, and I love how cute the animal hats turn out. I decided to try a fox hat for one of the newest babies, and I am so excited about how it turned out.
Fox Beanie Pattern
Size: 6-12 months (I hope to add smaller sizes in the near future)
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Carrot and Black (less than 1 skein of Carrot and a very small amount of Black)
Hook: I used a size K, but I crochet very tightly, so most people would probably need a size I.
Gauge: 12 stitches and 10 Rounds (rows) = 4 inches
Note: Either join the last stitch of each row with a slip stitch and chain 2 or for a seamless hat, mark the first stitch of each round and crochet continuously (don’t join each round)
Round 1: 12 DC in a magic circle
Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch around (24 stitches)
Round 3: *1 DC in first stitch, 2 DC in next stitch, repeat from * around (36 DC)
Round 4: *1 DC in first 2 sitches, 2 DC in next stitch, repeat from * around (48 DC)
Rounds 5-13: DC in each stitch around (48 DC per round)
NOTE: your hat should measure about 5-5.5 inches in height at this point. Adjust your number of rounds accordingly
Rounds 14-16: * FPDC around first stitch, BPDC around next stitch, repeat from * around (48 stitches, 12 each FPDC and BPDC)
Note: Your hat should now measure approximately 6.5- 7 inches in height. You can do more or fewer rounds of DC around or of the FPDC/BPDC to achieve your desired look. I wrote the pattern using the number of rounds I used, but I tend to have short rows due to my habit of crocheting too tightly.
Start using MC (Carrot)
Row 1: Chain 10
Row 2: DC in third chain from hook and in each chain across (8 DC)
Row 3: CH 2, Decrease DC over first 2 stitches, DC in next 4 stitches, Decrease DC over last 2 stitches (6 DC)
Row 4: CH 2, Decrease DC over first 2 stitches, DC in next 2 stitches, Decrease DC over last 2 stitches (4 DC), Finish Off
R0w 5: Join black yarn with slip stitch, CH 2, Decrease DC over 1st 2 stitches and over last 2 stitches (2 DC)
Row 6: Ch 2, Decrease DC over 2 stitches (1 DC), finish off
Sew 2 triangles together to make one ear. Using 2 will make the ears more sturdy. I turned them inside out when I finished to make the edges cleaner.
Sew each ear onto your hat.
Here is another picture on a background that shows the ear tips a little better: