This free crochet bunny hat pattern is easier than it looks and makes a darling Easter accessory for your favorite baby or toddler.
I’ve started to worry lately about what I will crochet when I don’t have a cute baby head available to accessorize.
I guess I will just have to make patterns for cute 6-year-olds and 8-year-olds and 11-year-olds…and then after that…well, I’m sure my kids will be shopping at Forever 21 at that point and probably not for crocheted bunny hats.
So, I’m going to enjoy this cute animal hat chapter while I can. Mo actually loves getting new crochet projects every week or two. Quinn, on the other hand, has just turned the corner into the I-will-remove-anything-you-put-on-my-head-no-matter-how-many-thousands-of-times-you-try stage.
So needless to say, photographing this hat was a challenge. 391 pictures later (no kidding–thank goodness for digital photography), we got a few good ones.
I think this might be the last headwear project Quinn’s going to get for a while.
If you’re looking for a sweet, handmade, non-candy Easter gift or you just know a baby that would look adorable as a little bunny rabbit (I mean, really, who wouldn’t?), this free bunny hat pattern is perfect for you. (Add the free crocheted carrot rattle pattern and you’ve got yourself a winning set!)
It’s quite quick to whip up and the only stitches used on the main body of the hat and ears are a half double crochet (hdc), half double crochet decrease (hdc-dec) and a chain. The scalloped edging uses a slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc) and a triple (aka treble) crochet (tc).
If you’re a beginner crocheter, this project is a great way to learn a few new stitches. But if that sounds overwhelming, you can just leave off the scalloped edge and add one more row of half double crochets instead.
The hat can be made with or without the face details. Originally, I thought I’d prefer it without eyes, nose and whiskers, but after a day of looking at it, I decided to add them. It’s totally up to you.
I wrote this pattern with sizing for newborns (0-3 months baby), 3-6 months, 6-12 months and toddlers/preschoolers. The complete free newborn bunny hat pattern is below.
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CROCHET BUNNY HAT SUPPLIES
• 1 skein “I Love This Cotton” (from Hobby Lobby) – color: Spunky
• size I/9 crochet hook
• (2) 1” wooden buttons for eyes
• small amount of accent color yarn for nose and whiskers
• tapestry needle
• sewing needle and thread (to attach button eyes)
2” = 7 stitches
CROCHET BUNNY HAT PATTERN
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0-3 month (newborn):
Round 1: Magic ring, chain 1 and make 8 hdc in ring, join to first hdc, chain 1 (8 hdc total)
Round 2: 2hdc in each stitch around, join, chain 1 (16 hdc total)
Round 3: (2hdc in first stitch, hdc in next stitch) repeat around, join, chain 1 (24 hdc total)
Round 4: (2hdc in first stitch, hdc in next 2 stitches) repeat around, join, chain 1 (32 hdc total)
Round 5: (2hdc in first stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches) repeat around, join, chain 1 (40 hdc total)
Round 6-12: hdc around, join, chain 1 (40 hdc total)
Row 13: (scalloped edging) sc, dc, tc, dc, sc, sl st, [sl st, sc, dc, tc, dc, sc, sl st] repeat 4 times, sl st, sc, dc, tc, dc, sc. Fasten off. (40 stitches total)
0-3 month ears:
Round 1: Magic ring, ch 1 and make 6 hdc in ring, join to first hdc, ch 1 (6 hdc total)
Round 2: [2hdc in first stitch, hdc, hdc] repeat around, join, ch 1 (8 hdc total)
Round 3: [2hdc in first stitch, hdc, hdc, hdc] repeat around, join, ch 1 (10 hdc total)
Round 4: [2hdc in first stitch, hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc] repeat around, join, ch 1 (12 hdc total)
Round 5: [2hdc in first stitch, hdc, hdc,] repeat around, join, ch 1 (16 hdc total)
Round 6-20: hdc in each stitch, join, ch 1
Finishing – All Sizes
Fold corners of the top of the ear in to meet in the middle. Whip stitch the seam that forms together. Repeat with second ear. Sew both ears to hat. Reference photos for placement. (I attached them so that the top of the ear was about four rows down from the top of the hat and both ears were slightly more to the front of the hat than the back.)
Sew button eyes on. Use accent color of yarn to add a nose and whiskers as pictured.
Snazzy blog photos can make it look like some people are doing it all (effortlessly!) while others of us (me!) are barely holding it together. So whenever I can, I like to introduce a little reality check in the form of a very un-Pinterest-worthy detail from my perfectly imperfect real life.
My hope is that it’s a helpful reminder to anyone reading that NO ONE is doing it all perfectly.
Don’t let all these airy, luminescent baby pictures give you the wrong impression. My kiddos were digging in the dirt and chewing on sticks in between each photo. How else are they going to learn to be real bunnies?!
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