Freebie Pattern: Crochet Elmo Earflap Beanie

Here’s a Freebie for you: Elmo!!

Worsted Weight Yarn, at least one-half 6-8 oz skein, in red

Small bits of white, black and orange worsted weight yarn

Small bits of Polyfil for the facial features

G Hook for the facial features

H or I hook for the beanie and earflaps.

Gauge: 3 Rounds = 2.75″

Stitches used: slip stitch, single crochet, sc2tog (I use the Invisible Decrease method by June at planetjune.com) and half-double crochet

Do not turn. This beanie is worked in the round. The ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch.

Beanie:

Round 1: Using a magic ring, 8 hdc into ring, Join with a sl st in the first hdc, close the ring. 8 hdc

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in the first stitch of the previous round; 2 hdc in each stitch around  for 16 stitches. Join with a sl st to the first hdc. 16 hdc

Round 3: Ch 1, *2 hdc in the first st of the previous round; 1 hdc in the next st; repeat from *. Join with a sl st in the first hdc. 24 hdc.

Round 4: Ch 1, * 2 hdc in the first st of the previous round; 1 hdc in the next 2 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 32 hdc.

Round 5: Ch1, *2 hdc in the first st of the previous round; 1 hdc in the next 3 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 40 hdc.

I usually stop increasing at this point for a newborn size beanie. In the next round, simply ch 1 and hdc around. Repeat this round until you have an appropriate height for your beanie.

Round 6: Ch1, *2 hdc in the first st, 1 hdc in the next 4 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 48 hdc.

This is where I stop increasing for a toddler size beanie. In the next round, simply ch 1 and hdc around. Repeat this round until you have an appropriate height for your beanie.

Round 7: Ch1, *2 hdc in the first st, 1 hdc in the next 5 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 56 hdc.

This is where I stop increasing for a preteen/early teen size beanie. In the next round, simply ch 1 and hdc around. Repeat this round until you have an appropriate height for your beanie.

Round 8: Ch1, *2 hdc in the first st, 1 hdc in the next 6 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 64 hdc.

For a beanie that fits most women, here is where I stop increasing.  In the next round, simply ch 1 and hdc around. Repeat this round until you have an appropriate height for your beanie.

Round 9: Ch1, *2 hdc in the first st, 1 hdc in the next 7 stitches; repeat from *. Join as in previous rounds. 72 hdc.

For a beanie that fits most men, here is where I stop increasing. Simply ch 1 and hdc around, joining each time, until you reach an appropriate height.

Earflaps:

Once I’ve reached the end of the final round, I simply begin my earflap right at this point. It keeps the ‘seam’ to the side of the hat and the earflap actually helps to create some camouflage.

Once you’ve joined with a slip stitch, I simply skip the next stitch and do 5 dc into the next stitch. It creates a semi-circle that is the foundation for your earflap. Here’s the basic pattern:

Round 1: at the end of your last round, join with a sl st. Skip the next stitch. 5 dc in the next stitch. Skip the next stitch and sl st into the next 2 stitches. Turn. (5 dc)

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch around. Sl st into the next 2 stitches. Turn. (10 dc)

Round 3: *2 dc into next stitch, 1 dc in the next stitch, repeat from * around. Slip stitch to next stitch on existing beanie. (15 dc)

At this point, you can do one of two things: 1.  You can fasten off. Then find the center point on the opposite side of the beanie and join with a slip stitch and repeat the steps for making the earflap. Or 2. You can slip stitch in each stitch around until you’ve reached the center point on the opposite side of the beanie. To find that point, I count the stitches around the entire beanie before starting and do it mathematically, or I lay my beanie flat, with the earflap against a table top or flat surface and place a stitch marker in the same spot directly across from the center of the existing earflap.

I will offset mine from the center just a bit, because personally, my ears are set back just a tad and not exactly centered. It’s a personal preference. If centering it works for you, then go for it.

If it curls too much for your taste or if you stitch rather tightly, you can modify this by skipping round 2 and simply doing round 3 twice. The increases are fewer and farther between, reducing the curling.

You can see just the diagram here: Earflap Diagram

Eyes, Make 2

When doing pieces like this, or other amigurumi, I change to a G hook.

Round 1: Create a magic ring and do 6 sc into the ring. Close the ring. Do not join, work in rounds, use a small stitch marker to help to keep your place.

Round 2: 2 sc in stitch around. 12 sc

Round 3: 2 sc in the first stitch of the previous round, 1 sc in the next stitch, repeat around.  18 sc

Round 4: 1 sc in each stitch around. 18 sc

Round 5: begin to decrease. sc2tog the first two stitches of the previous round, sc in the next two stitches, repeat around. 12 sc

Round 6: decreasing again, sc2tog around. This has been corrected. There are no stitches between the decreases on this round. 6 sc. Leaving 4-6 inches for sewing, fasten off.

Stop here and stuff your eye with Polyfil. Using a yarn needle and the remaining few inches of yarn, string the tail through each stitch of the last round and close the eye.

Pupils, make 2

With black, create a magic ring and do 6 sc into the ring, close the ring tightly, then join with a slip stitch to the first sc and fasten off. If it appears to be disproportionate to your eyes, use the same magic ring method and work 8 hdc into the ring instead. This will make your pupil a little larger.

Nose, Make 1

Round 1: Create a magic ring and do 6 sc into the ring. Close the ring. Do not join, work in rounds, use a small stitch marker to help to keep your place.

Round 2: 2 sc in stitch around. 12 sc

Round 3: 2 sc in the first stitch of the previous round, 1 sc in the next stitch, repeat around.  18 sc

Round 4-7: 1 sc in each stitch around. 18 sc

Round 8: begin to decrease. sc2tog the first two stitches of the previous round, sc in the next two stitches, repeat around. 12 sc

This round has a correction. You should only sc in the next stitch, not the next two.

Round 9: decreasing again, sc2tog around. This has been corrected. There are no stitches between the decreases on this round. 6 sc. Leaving 4-6 inches for sewing, fasten off.

Stop here and stuff your nose with Polyfil. Using a yarn needle and the remaining few inches of yarn, string the tail through each stitch of the last round and close the nose.

I also tug on this piece a little to elongate it a bit.

Assembly:

Using the tails at the ends of your facial features, stitch the pupils to the eyes. Keeping the eyes as close together as possible, stitch them to the upper portion of the front of the beanie, not directly on top. Use the picture above as a reference. Then stitch the nose to the beanie sitting it right where the eyes come together. Knowing kids, I took a little extra time and did a few extra stitches to each piece in hopes that they’ll remain on the beanie. =)

Using a length of black yarn, I use an embroidery chain stitch to stitch the smile from side to side. I leave a 4-6 inch tail and bring my needle up through to the front side of the piece and work from right to left, as done with crochet. I go back later and knot that tail and weave in all the ends.

I’d love to know if you found errors or have any suggestions. Please share this pattern with anyone you’d like and use it for commercial or personal use. I’d appreciate credit when applicable and a link back here when you’re online or if you post pictures.

Enjoy!

About Dana

Graphic Designer, Crafter, Lover of all things creative!
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45 Responses to Freebie Pattern: Crochet Elmo Earflap Beanie

  1. Johnnie Tate says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I know two babies who will be receiving this one in the next week! So kind of you to make it available, free!

  2. Rachel says:

    Thanks for the pattern! In round 8, I believe you mean- ..sc in the next stitch (Not sc in the next two stitches) for a total of 12 stitches.

  3. Dana says:

    Rachel, I’ll have to make another here before I head for bed, to double check, but I do believe you are correct. I’ll get it changed in the post. Thank you!!

  4. Emilee Hardy says:

    I can crochet, but I don’t know all the lingo. If you could explain all the abbreviations I would appreciate it.

  5. Mary Price says:

    I made the Elmo hat, so darn cute. I posted it in Feb 10th issue of knitting paradise forum and gave The Cctton Gin credit for the free pattern…I added ties and tassels. I will keep coming back!

    • Dana says:

      Mary, you made my week! I’m gonna go google Knitting Paradise and see what that’s all about. I sure appreciate you taking the time to make the hat and even post it! Happy Friday!

    • Dana says:

      Mary! I just checked out your pics. Your great grand babies look great in your hats! I love those Angry Birds. You did a great job!

  6. Amanda V says:

    You are AMAZING! My baby will be Elmo for Halloween! =)

  7. Kirsten says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this adorable design. I used the pattern for the facial features to create an elmo backpack for my 2yr old granddaughter. She loves it :)

  8. Dana says:

    Kirsten, Thanks for the kudos. I hope my work schedule lets up soon, I’ve got some other ideas to share, but haven’t had time to write them out to share. Glad the Backpack was a success!

  9. Joan says:

    I have never used a magic ring and wonder how you can do this adorable pattern with regular crochet hooks.

    • Dana says:

      Hi Joan. The technique is called a magic ring or magic circle. You use regular crochet hooks to do this. I’ll past a link to a video on youtube. I love the lady who shows you how to do this. She is a very good teacher. I’ve learned tons of things from watching her tutorials. Hope this helps!

  10. Crystal Rodgerson says:

    Thanks for making this available for free :-) My 11 month old loves Elmo, so I am going to make this for his birthday (we are having an Elmo themed party).

  11. Grandma says:

    Made 2 hats for gifts – 1st one for god-daughter then our granddaughter – both were a hit. But I used 2 strands of red yarn together ( one regular and the other eyelash) and dbl crochet rather than hdc. I found the hdc with 2 yarns strands was too stiff. Hat ended up being very furry. Really looked like Elmo.

  12. Judy says:

    Love this hat! I have made 2 of them this week. I did find a couple of mistakes in the pattern, however. In Row 6 of the eye and row 9 of the nose, I think it should be sc2tog all the way around to get down to 6 stitches in that row. (no sc between the decreases).

    • Dana says:

      Judy, you are correct. I’m pressed for time this week, but will do my best to get corrections made and posted as soon as I can. Thanks for pointing them out! :)

  13. Jill Hazard says:

    Dana,
    I have tried to make this hat to the dimensions you have listed in your pattern but keep coming out smaller than norm. I, being a tight crocheter as my friend calls me, even went up to a J hook. For my 20 mo grandson, who has a fairly normal toddler size head, I had to take the rounds out to your ‘preteen’ size which was 7 rounds. My gauge only measured 2.25″ for 3 rounds. I am not sure what I am doing wrong. I do have a couple a questions though:
    In the instructions for the Earflap: You’ve listed in Round 3 to ” 2 dc into next stitch, 1 dc in the next 2 stitches,” Should it be 2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch, repeat around? (so 2 dc, 1dc, 2dc,1dc, etc) Also, on your Earflap diagram located on this page, you have put colored dots for the slip stitches as well as have written sl, sl, sl underneath; however, you have written in your pattern to slip stitch twice. Please let me know which is the correct way to do it as it will alter the flap a bit.
    Lastly, let me apologize if it seems I am being nit-picky. I love your beanie and want to make sure I have it just like yours. My grandson loves Elmo, or as he says “Melmo” and I know he will be thrilled with this beanie.
    Thank you~Jill

    • Dana says:

      Jill, thank you for stopping by and for your candidness. I truly appreciate construction critiques of my work. I can’t get better without it!

      As for solutions… Here goes:

      On your gauge, since I’m not there to observe, I can’t make a call on what you could be doing ‘wrong’. Are you doing half double crochets? My only guess is that you might be doing singles.

      If not, when working with hats, in the round, what you can do is to continue increasing a few more rounds than the pattern calls for. With HDC I do 8 stitches in the first round, 16 in the next, 24, 32, etc. Do nine or ten rounds, then measure the diameter of your circle so far. Measure your grandson’s noggin. Multiply your diameter that times 3.14 and you’ll have the circumference for your finished hat.

      As for the flap. I will get the corrections made in a day or two and repost the pattern. It should be 3 slips. 2 slips makes it pucker a bit, but 3, for me, leaves the flap nice and flat.

      Feel free to comment again with other questions if this hasn’t helped.

      • Jill Hazard says:

        Dana,
        I took it all out and went back to the ‘I’ hook and that did the trick! I now have a perfectly round beanie with earflaps! While my gauge still measures smaller, I, and another crocheter (I like to crochet with my friend in Calif.) who is a looser crocheter have found that the preteen does work for a toddler. Its no problem, not everyone crochets with the same tension. I measured my grandson’s head, well as much as a 20 mo old would allow, and I found it to be somewhere around 19-19 1/2″ . I tried the hat on before I finished it to make sure. Also, just to let you know, I was doing hdc and it was the hook. I ‘overcompensated’ haha. In regards to the earflaps, the two sl worked for me and was not much of a pucker, so that is okay.
        I really like this pattern and plan to check out the others as well. thanks again!

      • Dana says:

        Jill, so glad it worked out for you! And I have friends I crochet with too! I’m missing them right now actually. Again, life and work get in the way of my favorite things. =)

  14. Tanya says:

    Thanks for sharing. I wasn’t able to get eyes quite the same as yours, but it works for me. :D. Please keep sharing

    • Dana says:

      Tanya, my full time job is really getting in the way of my favorite hobby!! I’ve got several other new patterns to share, but writing them up is more time consuming that creating them!

  15. Tanya says:

    Oh yeah, on mine I added a tassel braid to each ear flap and put a goldfish (Dorothy) on the end. Kind of cute if I say so myself.

  16. Judy Hinman says:

    Have the above instructions been corrected, or should I add the corrections. I love the hat and my grandson LOVES Elmo!
    Thanks

    • Dana says:

      Hi Judy. I just corrected the issues with the eyes. Thanks for the reminder. I started a new job in December and my laziness with the blogging is worse than before. Hope to get back in the swing of things this year. Got several other patterns in my head to share.

      • Judy Hinman says:

        Thanks so much for your quick reply.
        Can’t wait for your new patterns if they are half as good as this darling Elmo.
        Good luck with your new job!
        Judy

  17. Rachel says:

    HI there. Love the pattern. I’d like to add a correction to the ear-flap part.
    In round 3, you have written, *2 dc into next stitch, 1 dc in the next 2 stitches, repeat from * around.
    I believe this should be changed to, *2dc in next stitch, 1 dc in the next* repeat from *. (Not 1 dc in the next 2…). The diagram shows correctly, but for those who want to jump right in ;), it may be a bit confusing. I personally just made one as you have written in hdc and it turned out perfectly anyways, IMO! Thanks!

  18. Donna Larsen says:

    thank You for the free Elmo beanie pattern I made one and took it to the local hospital 36 mile away. I like to make different hats and give it to the baby ward. They love them all and I love making them Thank you so much. I’m using your basic pattern to make a gingerbread boy now.

    • Dana says:

      Donna, that wonderful to hear! I love donating to the children’s ward. And I am so glad the pattern was a success for you. The boy I made it for is heading back to chemo soon. Need to start him another one. Not sure what he’s into now. I need to write out my Minion. Anyhoo. Thanks for stopping by and inspiring me to get back to paying it forward.

  19. tishushu says:

    Hi, Dana. I love this hat! I’m making two for my two new nephews whose first and second birthdays! Thanks for this pattern!

  20. Alissa says:

    Would this hat fit a 3-6month old?

  21. Kathryn N. says:

    Does anyone have suggestions for the yarn and color for Elmo’s nose?

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