How to Crochet a Hat With Ears

By Jessica Cook
Use your favorite hook to crochet a hat with ears.

A crocheted hat is a thoughtful gift for a baby shower or a child's birthday or other holiday. Give that handmade gift an extra boost when you add ears to your crocheted hats. Crochet a hat with ears and turn the wearer into a cat, bear, dog or any other animal. The little ones in your life will love to play dress-up and stay warm at the same time when you crochet a hat with ears for them.

Chain five and join with a slip stitch to form a ring. Chain one and make five single crochet stitches in the center of the ring you have made. Join with a slip stitch.

Chain one and make two single crochet stitches in every stitch around to increase the size of your circle. Join with a slip stitch.

Make the hat larger by increasing the circle by five stitches in every round. To do this, chain one and make two single crochets in the first stitch followed by one single crochet in the next stitch; repeat for 15 stitches, and join with a slip stitch. For round four, chain one and make two single crochets in the first stitch followed by one in each of the next two stitches. Repeat this pattern around for a total of 20 stitches; join with a slip stitch. For round five, chain one and make two single crochet stitches in the first stitch followed by one in each of the next three stitches for a total of 25 stitches; join with a slip stitch. Continue to increase by adding one more individual single crochet stitch after the doubled stitch in your pattern. Stop when the hat is approximately 1 to 2 inches smaller around than the child's head.

Single crochet evenly around to determine the length of the hat. To do this, chain one and make one single crochet in every stitch around. Repeat this for every round until the hat reaches its desired height. Fasten off, cut the working yarn and make one more slip stitch to secure it. Weave in your loose ends with a large-eye blunt needle.

Chain eight and make one single crochet stitch in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain one and turn, then make one single crochet stitch in every stitch across. Repeat this for two more rows. Chain one and turn, and make a single crochet two together in the first two stitches; make one single crochet in each of the center stitches and make a single crochet two together in the last two stitches. Chain one and turn. Repeat the last row one more time, then fasten off. Repeat a second time for the other ear.

Sew the ears to the top of your hat using a large-eye blunt needle. Now your crocheted hat with ears is ready to wear.