Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Panda Bear Hat

So one of my friends wanted a pedobear hat for his son, and he wanted it crocheted. I'd yet to crochet a hat, so I wanted to make something as a test pattern. I only had white and black yarn with me when I started this endeavor, so thus: Panda Hat!

Yarn: Vanna's Choice Worsted, main color (white), secondary color (black)
Hook: 3.75 (F)
Gauge: ?? (Gave away the test hat, though pattern testers say their versions of this hat turn out small)

Hat Body
(worked in spiral):
R1: With main color, sc5 into ring, place marker on last stitch. I suggest the Magic circle (http://crochetme.com/Dec_Jan_0405/reads_round.html)
R2: 2hdc in each st (10)
R3: 2hdc in each st (20)
R4: *hdc, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (30)
R5: *hdc 2, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (40)
R6: *hdc 3, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (50)
R7: *hdc 4, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (60) [If you want a smaller hat, skip R8]
R8: *hdc 5, 2hdc in next st, repeat around from * (70) [If you want a larger hat, do another round with increase following the motify.]
R9: hdc in each st except at the halfway point and end where you do 2hdcs [So st 35? and 70 do 2hdc] (72)
R10-21: hdc in each st.
Tie off yarn, leaving the stitch marker in the last stitch.

Earflaps (make 2, one in each direction from marker, main color):
Count 10 from the marker & reattach yarn.
R1: Ch1 (this counts as your first hdc), hdc 11, turn with a ch1. (12)
R2: hdc 12, turn w/ ch1 (12)
R3: hdc2tog, hdc 8, hdc2tog, turn w/ ch1 (10)
R4: hdc 10, turn (10)
R5: hdc2tog, hdc 6, hdc2tog, turn w/ ch1(8)
R6: hdc2tog, hdc 4, hdc2tog, turn w/ ch1(6)
R7: hdc2tog, hdc 2, hdc2tog (4)
Tie off.

Attach secondary color at marker & hdc around hat & earflaps. Do 2hdc in the corner stitches where the earflaps attach to the hat body. For a cleaner edge, also do a round of ss stitches around ontop of the hdcs, then tie off.

Ears (make 2 in secondary color):
R1: sc 5 into ring
R2: 2hdc in each st (10)
R3: 2hdc in each st (20)
R4: *hdc, 2hdc in next st, repeat from * (30)
R5-R6: hdc around
R7: *hdc, hdc2tog, repeat from * around (20)
R8: hdc2tog around (10)
Fold the ear in half and ss the bottom together, then tie off. Leave a long tail for sewing the ears to the body. Attach the ears where you see fit.

Tassels (do one for each earflap):
Cut 6 3-feet sections of each color. Pull 6 strands through 6 stitches on the bottom of the earflaps in alternating pattern (M,S,M,S,M,S). Divide strands into 3 sections and braid to desired length, then knot. Trim if necessary. To get the effect I managed, make sure to hold the strands without twisting.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions/issues. Pattern not for distribution or resale, hats made with pattern are also not to be sold. kthxbai.


  1. hi tar, this panda bear hat looks realy beautiful. super, thank you for this idee, espacialy for kids. judith. i'm from switzerland.

  2. Gary sent me over, this is adorable. I'm not quite there on the knitting skills yet but am bookmarking for when I am.

  3. How do you get your ears to stay up? Mine seem to flop down no matter how I stitch them on.

  4. how many chains for the ears? Or do you just go into SC without chaining

  5. The key to the ears is to make them concave so that they support themselves. Really they're just collapsed balls.

  6. This is awesome, but do you have any ideas on how to measure it to fit? if possible can you email me? i couldn't seem to find your email.


    have a good one!


  7. Hi! Sorry, I'm kind of new to crocheting hats, and I've only been crocheting on and off for a few months now. I was a little confused by the * when R4 started up. Would you also mind explaining whats going on around R4, because that was kind of where I hit a road block. At first I thought you meant to do 1hdc in 1 stitch, then 2hdc in 1 stitch; but then in R6 was where I got confused because of the 3hdc?

  8. Just like Jamie said above, I'm also confused by what you mean by the * when R4 is started.

  9. For those who are confused:
    R4: Do hdc, then do 2 hdc in next stitch, repeat around
    R5: Do hdc in next two stitches, then do 2 hdc in next stitch, repeat around
    R6: Do hdc in next three stitches, then do 2 hdc in next stitch, repeat around...
    Adorable hat!

  10. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! That clears it up for me.

  11. Hey :]
    im having trouble making the hat rounded.
    Whenever i try crocheting it it comes out flat!
    This is the first hat ive made and i aparently dont seem to quite understand it. Can someone help me out here ?
    I love this pattern by the way :]

  12. Row 9 hurts my brain. DX
    I can has help?

  13. what did you mean by "Pull 6 strands through 6 stitches on the bottom of the earflaps in alternating pattern (M,S,M,S,M,S)"? by the way, awesome pattern, love the hat :D

  14. This is so cute! I can't wait to try this pattern

  15. I am a little confused by your pattern, and I have been making hats for a few years.

    So you join the stitches at the end of the row with a slip stitch? Are there chains in between? (ex normally at the beginning of a row of hdc you would chain 2 or 3 before starting the next round). At this point I have 8 rows, but my hat is only slightly larger than a coaster.

  16. Aha! Somehow I missed the "spiral" instruction at the very beginning. Silly me!

  17. This is a reply to a few of your questions..

    Lenore - Check out the video on this page for doing "Magic Circle" crochet, and for working in the Round vs Spiral http://thinkcraftythoughts.blogspot.com/p/crochet-tutorial-for-uluru.html

    Vi - The 6 strands I'm referring to should be the 6 you cut from the previous sentence. You feed them through six stitches at the bottom of the ear flaps so that you can start braiding them for the tassels. The M,S refers to Main color and Secondary color, as that's the pattern I used for my strands.

    Hope that helps!

  18. What size hat should this be for? My cousin (in her late teens) wants a panda hat SOOOO bad, but I'm afraid to try this without a size. Also, how much yarn do you need for it? Thx!!!

  19. thank you so much for being so generous ang giving away this panda hat pattern..i'm planning to give a hat to my celebrity crush who loves panda..thank you soo much!! =)

  20. Cute pattern! I'm also wondering about the size though, I'm thinking about doing this for my boyfriend (but brown, pedobear-style ^^) so would it be enough to use a 4.5 needle instead of 3.75?

  21. I actually designed this hat originally to be a pedo-bear hat.. hehe. It works well :P

    For the sizing I think if you use a larger hook and work another row of increases, it should be fine. Let me know how it goes!