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Published on January 23rd, 2016 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: polar bear and teddy hats!

It’s chilly here in the UK this week, and your little ones need cosy hats to keep their ears warm!  Grab your hooks and make them one of Kate Eastwood’s gorgeous little bear cub hats!

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This week, the brilliant Kate Eastwood from the Just Pootling blog has created a tutorial especially for crocheting little bear hats.

Crochet Club: free teddy bear crochet tutorial by Kate Eastwood on LoveCrochet

 

With January and February chills creeping into the UK, there won’t be many little toddlers and babies who aren’t in need of a warm and snuggly hat, so what could be better than either a Polar Bear or Teddy Bear hat to keep the cold wind out?

Each hat is made from simple HTR (HDC for the US) and worked in a round, with the cutest of little ears added as the finishing touch!

My Teddy Bear hat is sized to fit an Under 1, with the finished circumference being approx. 40cm and makes a perfect new baby gift.  My Polar Bear hat is the perfect size for a 12 – 24 month old, with the finished circumference being approx. 45cm and is just right for playing out in the snow.

Crochet Club: polar bear hat on the LoveCrochet blog

For both my hats I used Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran, using 2 balls in Amber for the Teddy Bear Hat and 2 balls in Ecru for the Polar Bear Hat. Both hats would work equally well in an aran cotton for a lighter hat. I worked with a 3.5mm hook for a close texture.

Crochet Club: polar bear and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

The only stitch you will need for the entire hat is a HTR (HDC for US) and I found that the following worked well for the start and end of each row:

TIP: Start each round with a chain of 2 in place of a HTR, then at the end of each round finish off by working a sl st in to the top of the chain 2 from the start of the round.

Crochet club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

Start by making a chain of 4 and then join the first and last chain together with a sl st to form a ring.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 1: Beginning with a ch of 2 as your first HTR, work 8 HTR in to the ring, and then join with a sl st into the top of the ch 2 from the first st.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 2: Work 8 HTR in to the ring (working the first and last stitch as in the TIP above.)

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

You are now going to start the increasing which will give you the shaping for the top of the hat.

Round 3: Work a ch of 2 in to your first st ( your first HTR ), then work 2 HTR in to the next st, 1 HTR in to the next st, 2 HTR in to the next and so on, repeating this pattern all the way around. 24 sts.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 4:  Work 1 HTR in to each of the first two st and then work 2 HTR in to the next st. Continue this pattern all the way around. 32sts.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 5: Work 1 HTR in to each of the next three st and then work 2 HTR in to the next st. Continue this pattern all the way around. 40 sts.

Round 6: Work 1 HTR in to the next four st and then work 2 HTR in to the next st. Continue this pattern all the way around. 48sts.

Round 7: Work 1 HTR in to the next 5 st and then work 2 HTR in to the next st. Continue this pattern all the way around. 56 sts.

Round 8: Work 1 HTR in to the next 6 st and then work 2 HTR in to the next st. Continue this pattern all the way around. 64 sts.

Round 9: Work 1 HTR in to the next 7 st and then work 2 HTR in to the next st. Continue this pattern all the way around. 72 sts.

Round 10: This is your final round of increasing and needs to be worked as follows: Work HTR all the way around, increasing by working 2 HTR in to one stitch on every 11th st. Work the final 6 sts to the end of the round. 78 sts.

That now completes the shaping and you will be just be working straight rounds from now on. I found it useful to mark the final st of round 10 with a stitch marker as this enables you to measure the finished length of your work accurately.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

Continue to work a further 17 complete rounds of HTR . You will now really see the hat shape beginning to form.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

Your work should measure approx. 11cm from your stitch marker to the rim of the hat. This allows for a there to be a roll up trim to the hat. Finish off and sew ends in.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

The Teddy bear hat is worked in exactly the same way but Round 9 will be your final round of shaping.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

Attach a stitch marker in to the last stitch of round 9 and then continue straight rounds of HTR until your work measures 9 cm from the stitch marker to the rim of the hat. Finish off and sew ends in.

The next step is to make the ears for the hats as follows:

For the Polar Bear ears: 

Make a chain of 3 and join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Work 6 HTR in to the ring ( following the first and last stitch TIP )

Round 2: Work 2 HTR in each st. 12 sts.

Round 3: Work 1 HTR in to the first st, then 2 HTR in to the next st, continue this pattern all the way round. 18 st.

Round 4: Work 1 HTR in to the next two st and then 2 HTR in to the next st, continue this pattern all the way round. 24 sts.

Round 5: Work 1 HTR in to the next two st and then 2 HTR in to the next st, continue this pattern all the way round. 30 sts.

Rounds 6 and 7 : Work two straight rounds of HTR. Finish off and sew in ends.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

For the Teddy Bear ears:

Work exactly the same as for the Polar Bear ears but make Round 4 your final shaping round. 24 sts.

Rounds 5 and 6: Work two straight rounds of HTR. Finish off and sew in ends.

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

Use a needle and yarn to sew your ears in place, I found it easiest to fold the hat in half flat whilst doing this.

Once the ears are sewn in place simply roll up the bottom of the hat to make a soft brim and your hat is ready to go!

Crochet Club: polar and teddy bear hats on the LoveCrochet blog

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




13 Responses to Crochet Club: polar bear and teddy hats!

  1. Lesley says:

    Gorgeous! So cute. Thank you. I wil definitely make these as baby gifts.

  2. Margaret says:

    These hats are so cute. Thanks for making and sharing this pattern.

    Have a nice day, Margaret

  3. Emily says:

    Loved those bunny hats looking forward to making them for my first grandchild due in June love this blog thanks ladies

  4. Emily says:

    Love this pattern can’t wait to make it for my first grandchild due in June thank you ladies for sharing your patterns

  5. Su Guay says:

    What is an HTR? I am just starting to crochet and I don’t see it in my how to book.

    • Mary says:

      Su Guay-a HTR is an English term for a half double crochet in the US.

    • Charlotte says:

      With an ordinary UK treble, you yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, pull loop through stitch, yarn over hook, pull through first two loops, yarn over, pull through last two loops. Stitch complete.
      A half treble UK goes like this; yarn over, push through stitch, yarn over, pull loop through stitch, yarn over, pull through all three loops in one go. Stitch complete. It’s only half the height of a treble but much thicker than a double crochet. Hope this helps. xx

  6. Huelga Araya says:

    Gracias por estos osos tan bonitos. Se los haré a mis dos bisnietos. Dios los bendiga siempre.

  7. Emily says:

    Is 78sts to big for 0-3mths i tried crochet 72 sts and it was too big nearly fit my son head should use a smaller hook

  8. Tina says:

    I have just started to crochet this hat! It is coming up way too big!

    • Merion says:

      Hi Tina and Emily –

      The first size is designed for “up to 1 year old” but we will have some lovely Easter hats coming that will be perfect for smaller babies!

      You could try a smaller hook, or removing some of the increase rounds at the start of the pattern – but a smaller hat pattern is on the way for you!

      Kindest,
      Merion and the LoveCrochet team x

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