One of the things I love to crochet are hats. I used to have many different crochet hats. Unfortunately, when we moved house, I gave away many of them… But I’ve never made a crochet hat for a toy before. So in this blog, I set out to create a pattern for my Dumpy Doll! (You can purchase the pattern for the Dumpy Doll here!) While this specific pattern is for the Dumpy Doll, you can customize it to fit your own toys/dolls.
So, here we go!
For this pattern, I used a 3.5mm crochet hook and an 8 ply cotton yarn. You can, however, use whatever hook and yarn you’d like.
The first thing to do is decide what kind of hat you would like to make. Do you want to make that is worked from the bottom up and then sewed close, like my Stick and Stone Hat, or do you want a hat that is worked from the top down, like the bunny hat worn by my daughter here?
Once you’ve got that down, here’s what to do if you are creating the hat from the bottom up:
- Start by crocheting a base that will go around the doll’s head. Join the 2 short ends together.
- Build the length of the hat to your desired height, like in the Sticks and Stones Hat.
- Don’t forget to join each round!
- Once you reach the desired height, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing and sew that opening close.
If you are crocheting from the top down, here’s the base pattern for you.
Note: Pattern is written in US terms.
Round 1: 10dc in magic circle, (10dc)
Round 2: 2 dc in each dc around, (20dc)
Keep increasing for the next few rows until the circle is wide enough to just almost fit around your doll’s head, when it is flat. For the Dumpy Doll, this is achieved in Round 2. Once you’re sure that the hat will fit, work dc evenly (no more increases) around until you reach the desired length. For the Dumpy Doll, this is just 2 rounds.
Here’s a big tip: Make sure to stop every once in a while and check that your hat fits!
Fasten off and sew in the tails. Add other decorations as you’d like for the hat. I decided to add cat ears to Dumpy Doll’s hat.
To make the cat ears, ch 4.
Row 1: sc in the second chain from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn, (3sc)
Row 2: sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn, (3sc)
Row 3: sc2tog, sc in next sc, ch 1, turn, (2sc)
Row 4: sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn, (2sc)
Row 5: sc2tog, ch 1, turn, (1sc)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Make one more ears and then sew them on to the hat.