How to Crochet a Hat for a Dog

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Things You'll Need

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker

It’s not just people who you can crochet a hat for. People who enjoy crocheting can make a hat for their canine friends to help keep them warm when it gets chilly outside. The dog may not be particularly fond of wearing a hat; but for a bit of fun, there’s no harm in crocheting him a hat for special occasions.


Determine the size of crochet hook you’ll need to begin your project. The size of dog the hat is being made for will be the deciding factor. Larger hooks create larger stitches so if you have a smaller dog it’s best to use a smaller hook. Four-millimeter hooks are best for small dogs, 5-millimeter hooks for medium dogs and 5.5-millimeter hooks for large dog breeds.

Stitch two chains for the first round. In the second chain, work in eight single crochets. Don’t join these two chains, but instead place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round. Work two single crochets into each single crochet in round two for a total of 16 single crochets.

Alternate a single crochet into each single crochet followed by two single crochet into the next single crochet eight separate times (the patterns in rounds three to five are all repeated eight times). This process is repeated until you have 24 single crochets for round 3. Round 4 requires 32 single crochets in a pattern that alternates two single crochets into the next two single crochets and two single crochets into the next single crochets. In round 5, single crochet into the next three single crochets and then add two single crochets into the next single crochet for a total of 40 single crochets.

Back loop only for round 6. In this part of the construction, single crochet in each single crochet around and then single loop each stitch to the first stitch in order to join it together.

Form three chains in rounds seven to 10. To do this, use both loops in the chain to double crochet in each stitch around. Slip the stitch to the top of the beginning of the chain. To finish off the main body of the hat, fasten the yarn off once you’ve completed all of your stitches.

Create two chains that measure 40 stitches in length in order to make ties for the hat. These ties act as fasteners to hold the hat securely on your dog’s head. Depending on the measurements of your dog, you might need to make the ties a bit longer or even shorten them. Once the ties are the desired length, fasten them off.


  • Ensure a snug fit when fastening the ties of the hat.


  • Don’t leave your dog unattended while wearing the hat.