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Winter Hats 2011: Crochet Dragon Hat Tutorial

October 27, 2011
In: Crochet

Every year, around this time, I make the kids new winter hats. I’m always just a tiny bit late, because I think of it only when it starts getting cold, which is by definition too late. Hodaya’s hat is a pattern I tried last year, but the size came out wrong and ended up being too big at first, and too small later on (well, really too short). Hodaya’s hat is not quite ready yet, I’ll be sure to post it when it is…

Noam’s hat is a dragon hat of my own design, based loosely on Toothless from “How to Train your Dragon”. It’s really simple and I’m willing to share what started out as a general outline and turned in to a quite detailed tutorial, of how I did it (after the jump).

Dragon Crochet Hat Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon

Materials

  • 1 ball dark green worsted weight yarn (MC)
  • 1 ball light green worsted weight yarn (CC)
  • A small amount of worsted weight black and white yarn, for teeth and eyes.
  • 4-4.5mm crochet hook

Notes

  • Gauge is not critical for this project, you can make the hat to fit your child (or other recipient) according to your experience.
  • All the pieces are worked in continuous rounds, do not turn or join unless instructed otherwise. Place a marker in the last stitch to indicate the end of the round. Move marker up as each round is completed.

Abbreviations

  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • st – stitch
  • sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together: Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook – 1 stitch decreased.
  • [ … ] – repeat instructions in [ ] as many times as specified.

Instructions

Hat

1: With MC, ch 2. 6 sc in second st from the hook, or use the magic loop method.

2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 12  sc at the end of this round (12)

3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times (18)

4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 6 times (24)

Continue increasing in this manner [2 sc in next st, sc in next X st] 6 times until you reach the size you want.

Continue sc around until you reach the length you want, donor cut yarn. ch 1, turn.

Ear Flaps

I decided to go for a pointy look for the ear flaps, I thought it would be more appropriate for a dragon.

For my 4 year old I decided the flaps would be 14 sc wide at the top, if you’re using a different stitch or making it for a different size, measure or use your judgment to determine how many stitches you need. X should be an even number.

1: sc X times. ch 1, turn.

2: sc2tog, sc to last 2 st, sc2tog, ch 1, turn.

Continue repeating row 1 & 2 until you are left with 1stitch.

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch.

Make a second ear flap about a 1/3 of the way around the hat.

Starting at the first ear flap, join yarn with a sl st, and sc evenly around the edges of the flap, to give it a more finished look. sl st around the hat to the second flap (this prevents rolling), and sc evenly around the second flap. Cut yarn and pull through the last stitch.

Teeth

You may want to count the stitches to make sure you have a multiple of 4, or space your teeth accordingly from the edge of the flap, you don’t want to be left with a silly gap on one side…

Join the white yarn at the front edge of the right ear flap.

1: Sc 3, turn (without ch 1!)

2: sc2tog, sc 1, turn (without ch 1!)

3: sc2tog

4: sl st down the left edge of the tooth. This will give it a nice pointy finish.

5: sl st in next stitch.

Repeat steps 1-5 until you reach the second flap.

Ridges

1: With CC, ch 2. 4 sc in second st from the hook, or use the magic loop method.

2: sc in each st around (4)

3: Work 2 sc in each st around (8)

4: sc in each st around (8)

Stop here or continue increasing in this manner [2 sc in next st, sc in next X st] 4 times until you reach 12, 16 or 20 st.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail (for attaching to hat) and pull through last st.

Flatten the piece to create a triangle.

Create ridges in various sizes.

Fold the hat in half, making sure to line up the ear flaps(I pinned them together with safety pins to make sure it didn’t shift while I worked), and attach the ridges to the spine of the hat, using the long tail you left, starting at the back and ¾ of the way to the front.

Attach ridges to the spine of the dragon hat

Eyes (make 2)

I ran out of white yarn, so I used light green for the background, but you could not run out of white yarn…

1: With white yarn: ch 2, 2 sc in second ch from the hook. ch 1, turn (2)

2: sc twice. ch 1, turn (2)

3: 2 sc in next st, twice. ch 1, turn (4)

4: sc in each st across. ch 1, turn (4)

5: 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st.ch 1, turn (6)

6-7: sc in each sc across. ch 1, turn (6)

8: sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, sc2tog. ch 1, turn (4)

9: sc in each st across. ch 1, turn (4)

10: sc2tog twice. ch 1, turn (2)

11: sc twice. ch 1, turn (2)

12: sc2tog (1).

sc evenly around entire piece (which should be shaped like as lightly rounded diamond) to finish nicely.

Close with slip stitch and cut yarn leaving a long tail for attaching the eye to the head.

1: With black yarn, ch 2. 6 sc in second st from the hook, or use the magic loop method.

2: Work 2 sc in each st around – 12  sc at the end of this round (12)

3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times (18)

Close with slip stitch and cut yarn leaving a long tail for attaching the pupil to the background.

Attach pupil to the eye background.

Attach eyes to dragon head.

Enjoy!

(Maybe you can get your model to sit still, I sure couldn’t)

Dragon Crochet Hat Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon

[This pattern is for personal use only. Items made with this pattern may not be sold without my explicit permission. Please read the Terms & Conditions for further details.]

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Comments:

  1. Eidilia Thomas

    Thank you for sharing this adorable hat pattern. I’m going to make one for my grandson, who is 4 years old and calls dragons and dinosaurs by the generic term “charchor”. I think he will love it!

    • oomanoot

      I think charchor is a character from beyblade or dragon ball or one of those anime series, as I seem to recall my 6 year old mentioning something that sounds like that…
      I’d love it if you share the result when you’re done :)

  2. […] asked for and got a dragon hat. Hodaya can’t speak yet, so she got what I felt like making. Basically, the simplest crochet hat […]

  3. This is adorable!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern – I added it to my crochet pinterest board =)

    Visiting from Make It Wear It at The Train to Crazy =)

  4. This is a super hat :) Think I'll try it some time