Free Pattern: Crochet Amigurumi Monkey Hats

Amigurumi monkey hats, anyone? Dress up your monkeys with a Fedora, Sun Hat, Cowboy Hat or Newsboy Cap.
These hats were made as a fan pattern for Sharon Ojala’s FREE Little Bigfoot Monkey pattern. A big thank you to Sharon for sharing her talents so freely and rocking my little world!

FREE pattern: Crochet Amigurumi Monkey Hats | Jennifer Wang Bears (free Little Bigfoot Monkey by Sharon Ojala)

NOTE: This blog post covers the making of the monkey hats only
>> Add to Ravelry projects

These hats fit best on a monkey with low-set ears and eyes. Click this link to read detailed notes on how I modified my monkeys from Sharon’s free pattern (you will need to be signed into Ravelry to view)

No time to read? Click each link below to scroll straight to the instructions for each of the monkey hats
>> Fedora
>> Sun Hat / Cowboy Hat
>> Newsboy Cap

A tale of three hats

Remember these three bad boys? These are the original versions of my amigurumi monkey hats, and I remember making them like it was yesterday. I had no idea what I was doing and couldn’t take an artsy photo to save my life. But, by golly, I didn’t care, I’d found my calling as a crochet designer!

Flash back to August, 2014. I’d just completed Sharon Ojala’s Little Bigfoot Monkey (my very first ami), and wanted to test the waters before designing an original pattern of my own.

Having never actually made a hat before, I assumed things would fall into place if I made the crown using single crochet in a continuous spiral.

Needless to say, that was A FAILURE. My hat brim and colour changes didn’t line up because of the “step” created by the spiral. Being as inexperienced as I was, I didn’t know of any way to fix this aside from joining each round with a sl st and ch1, but this left an awfully obvious “seam” line which was hard to ignore.

To better explain what I mean, here’s a quick video showing the difference between joining rounds and crocheting in a spiral.
>> How to Crochet: Crochet Rounds and Spirals by Tamara Kelly of Moogly

Try as I may, it seemed I was fated to live with wonky little monkey hats – and that was ok.

Amigurumi monkey hats update

Fast forward to January 2017 (two-and-a-half years later). I’ve finally gone back and revised my simple little hats, making them more stylish and better than ever. This means no more messy seams (hoorah!), and much cleaner colour changes. Also:

>> Basic Brimmed Hat has become a Fedora.
>> Basic Bucket Hat has become both a Sun Hat and a Cowboy Hat
>> Basic Cap has become a Newsboy Cap

I’ve spent close to three weeks editing these designs, including researching and testing different joining techniques in order to make these beauties as seamless as possible. If you’re interested, I’ve made a list of my favourite join methods below, with my monkey hats using a hybrid of the first two techniques.

>> Seamless Rounds. Youtube video by Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet
Lorene has come up with her own ingenious method of joining in the round by shifting her join at the end of every round, starting each dc round with ch1 and skipping a stitch. While I didn’t succeed with invisibly hiding my seam this way, I discovered a way of doing something similar which worked even better.

>> How To Crochet: How to Avoid Seam Lines in Hats. Youtube video by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd
I was glad to learn good ol’ Mikey is as irritated as me when it comes to disguising seam lines in hats. He prefers to use the continuous spiral method when crocheting in dc, and fixes the problem of an uneven ending by finishing with hdc, sc and a sl st. Too easy!

>> Joining Rounds for Perfect Stripes. Youtube video by Kristi Tullus
While I LOVE Kristi’s method of colour-changing (which produces truly seamless results), this method works best for amigurumi, as you need to cut the yarn after EACH round, regardless of whether you’re changing colours or not. If you’re making a hat, this unfortunately means crocheting over and/or weaving in lots of little ends (unless you’re not fussy about knotted yarn tails in your hat, in which case, go for it!).

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Before you get started...

>> Patterns worked using US crochet terminology (I learned to crochet from The Crochet Crowd’s: How to Crochet for Beginners series (formerly known as “Curtzy Crochet”)
>> Read the intro section for each hat to learn whether it’s joined in the round or crocheted in a spiral

US Crochet terms/techniques used:

magic circle
st(s) = stitch(es)
ch(s) = chain(s)
sp(s) = space(s)
ch-sp = chain space
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
fptr = front post treble crochet
BL / BLO = back loop / back loops only
inc = increase
Rep = repeat
f/o = fasten off

TECHNIQUES:
Crocheting in front loops and back loops
Crocheting between stitches (that is, between each post, not into the stitch itself)
The invisible join method (used for completing the final row of each hat)

You will need:

  • The same yarn used to make your Little Bigfoot Monkey, or any yarn of a similar weight.
    I used Homemaker’s Everyday 8ply Acrylic for the pink monkey, and Woolly and Warmy’s Papatya Batik for the smaller two monkeys.
  • Crochet hook to match your yarn (the same size used to make your monkey).
    I used a 3.00mm (US 2 1/2) for the pink monkey, and a 2.5mm (US 1 1/2) for the smaller two monkeys.
    NOTE: how tightly or loosely you crochet WILL affect the size of your hats. If your finished hat is a little tight, try stretching it out with your fingers. If it’s a little loose, frog back a round or two and try crocheting with tighter tension.
  • A blunt-ended wool needle (handy for weaving yarn tails in)
  • Stitch markers to help you keep track of the rounds (I use a short length of contrasting yarn placed in the last st of each round)
  • Scissors
  • Your monkey!
    NOTE: I’ve found that making monkeys with smaller ears sewn mid-way or lower on the head work best for wearing these hats. Unfortunately, as cute as they are, the larger monkey ears aren’t as suited for hat-wearing.

Are you ready to dress up your monkeys? Then let’s get crocheting!

#1 Fedora

Effortlessly classy or a fashion faux pas? You decide. Dress your little monkey up as a 1920s businessman, or give him some scruff as a whip-wielding archeologist.

FREE pattern: Crochet Monkey Hats | Jennifer Wang Bears (free Little Bigfoot Monkey by Sharon Ojala)

There were three major changes I made to the old design:

  1. I tweaked the number of increases in rounds 1-5 so the top of the hat now lays nice and flat.
  2. Since I was adamant about using single crochet for the crown, crocheting in a spiral was the most aesthetic choice (no messy joins), and I figured out a quick trick to make a fluid colour change for the band and brim when it was time to work in the round.
  3. By dramatically decreasing the number of increases, the brim now looks neater and holds its shape better.

#1 FEDORA
Work in a continuous spiral. Do not join until instructed to in Rnds 9-11
Main colour A; accent colour B

Beginning with A

Rnd 1: magic circle with 6st (6)

Rnd 2: inc around (12)

Rnd 3: inc around (24)

Rnd 4: (inc, then 1sc in each of next 3st) around (30)

Rnd 5: sc around in BLO (30)

Rnds 6-8: sc around for three rounds

Rnd 9: sc around, leaving 3sts remaining. Then sl st into each of the remaining 3sts. Sl st to the first sc of the previous round by inserting your hook from the back of the st to the front, changing colours by pulling through with B

Rnd 10: ch2. Beginning in the same st, 1hdc in each st around (30) Sl st to first hdc (NOTE: if the slip stitches from the previous round are too tight, loosen them first with your yarn needle or a smaller crochet hook)

Rnd 11: sl st to next st by inserting hook from the back of the st to the front, changing colours by pulling through with A. Ch2 (does NOT count as 1dc), and, starting in the same st, repeat the following sequence: (1dc, then 2dc in the next st) around.

DO NOT sl st to first dc. Instead, cut yarn and use the invisible join method to f/o.

Using small amounts of yarn A and B, hide any “jump” caused by the colour change by embroidering over the join with 1 or two sts to match the adjacent sts. Weave in ends inside the hat and cut excess.

*Optional: place hat on head and “pinch” the top-front of the hat to help create the distinctive look of a fedora.

#2 Sun Hat / Cowboy Hat

FREE pattern: Crochet Monkey Hats | Jennifer Wang Bears (free Little Bigfoot Monkey by Sharon Ojala)
Why, I do declare! This style of hat will transform your monkey into a Southern belle or a rowdy cowboy. The difference lies in the size of the brim and the colours/accessories used.

FREE pattern: Crochet Monkey Hats | Jennifer Wang Bears (free Little Bigfoot Monkey by Sharon Ojala)

I gave the Basic Bucket Hat a complete overhaul, switching to joined rounds of dc instead of sc in a spiral. Each dc in the crown is made by crocheting between the stitches, giving it a bit of extra stretch.

#2 SUN HAT / COWBOY HAT
Work in the round
Main colour A; accent colour B
*Optional: small amounts of green and pink for the rose

Beginning with A

Rnd 1: ch6 and sl st to beginning ch to form a ring. Sl st to inside the ch6 ring and ch2 (counts as one dc). 9dc in ring (crochet over your yarn tail and pull to tighten the ring). Sl st to top of ch2 (10)

Rnd 2: sl st to sp between the first two dcs. Ch2, 1dc in same sp, then 2dc in each sp around (20) Sl st to top of ch2

Rnd 3: sl st to sp between the first two dcs. Ch2, and, starting in next sp, 1dc in each sp around (20) Sl st to top of ch2

Rnd 4: sl st to sp between the first two dcs. Ch2, 1dc in same sp, then 1dc in each of the next 3sps. Repeat the following sequence around (2dc in one sp, then 1dc in each of the next 3sps) (25) Sl st to top of ch2

Rnd 5: sl st to sp between the first two dcs. Ch2, and, starting in next sp, 1dc in each sp around (25) Sl st to top of ch2

Rnd 6: insert hook in the next sp between two dcs from BACK to FRONT, sl st and change colours by pulling through with new colour B. Ch1, and, starting in the SAME sp, 1hdc in each sp around (25) Sl st to the first hdc (not ch1)

Rnd 7: [NOTE: for the brim we are now working in the stitches, not spaces] insert your hook into the next st from back to front, sl st and change colours by pulling through with A. Ch2, dc in the same st, then 2dc in each st around (50) Sl st to ch2

Choose whether you’d like to make a Sun Hat or Cowboy Hat below

SUN HAT:

Rnd 8: sl st to next st and ch2. Starting in the next st, 1dc in each st around. Cut yarn and use the invisible join method to f/o. Weave in ends inside the hat and cut excess.

*Optional: To give your hat some extra pizazz (and help hide the join where the colour change occurs), decorate with your choice of embellishment. I used the rose design from the FREE Rose Potholder and Dishcloth pattern pattern found on yarnspirations.com, but you are free to use any decoration you wish!

COWBOY HAT:

Rnd 8: insert hook in next st from back to front, sl st and change colours by pulling through with B. Ch1 and sc in same st. Then 1sc in each st around. Cut yarn and use the invisible join method to f/o. Weave in ends inside the hat and cut excess.

Fold up sides of hat. Press the top of the crown flat and pinch lengthways.

FREE pattern: Crochet Monkey Hats | Jennifer Wang Bears (free Little Bigfoot Monkey by Sharon Ojala)

#3 Newsboy Cap

I love this hat’s texture. Completely worked in the round, the bumpy effect of the front-post trebles hides any messy joins, making this hat look neat and streamlined.

FREE pattern: Crochet Monkey Hats | Jennifer Wang Bears (free Little Bigfoot Monkey by Sharon Ojala)

#3 NEWSBOY CAP
Work in the round
Main colour A; *optional accent colour B

Rnd 1: 8dc in magic circle. Join to first dc with sl st
Do this by making a magic circle as normal, except crochet 8dc into the ring instead of 8sc (no need to ch first)

Rnd 2: Insert hook in sp between first two dcs, sl st, then ch2. 2dc in same sp (counts as 3dc). Then ch1 and *3dc in next sp, ch1. Rep from * to end of round (there should be eight 3dc groups in total). Sl st to top of ch2

Rnd 3: sl st until you reach the first ch-sp between two 3dc groups. Ch2, then 2dc in same ch-sp (counts as 3dc). Then *fptr in 2nd dc of next 3dc group, 3dc in next ch-sp. Rep from * to end of round, ending in fptr. Sl st to top of ch2

Rnd 4: sl st three times to reach the same st as the first fptr. Then ch3, 2dc in the same st (counts as 3dc). Then *skip 1, fptr, skip 1, 3dc. Rep from * to end of round, ending in fptr.

> If you’d like your hat to be slightly more slouchy with more “cables” (see the red hat), end round with sl st to first ch3, and continue to Rnd 4aOtherwise, end with sl st to BL of first dc (NOT starting ch3) and skip to Rnd 5 (see the green hat)

FREE pattern: Crochet Monkey Hats | Jennifer Wang Bears (free Little Bigfoot Monkey by Sharon Ojala)

*Rnd 4a: ch3, fptr in next st. Then *dc in next st, fptr in next st. Rep from * to end of round. Sl st to BL of first fptr (NOT the starting ch3).

Rnd 5: ch3, dc in the same BL as ch3, then 1dc in each st around in BLO. Sl st to first dc (NOT ch3)

Rnd 6: sl st to next st and ch1. Hdc in the same st, then 2dc in each of the next 6st. Hdc in the next st, ch1 and sl st in the same st. F/o and weave in ends.

*Optional: you can make your hat even cuter by adding a pom pom

I would love to see how your finished amigurumi monkey hats turn out. Post your photos to my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram. Don’t forget to also share your monkey hats on Sharon’s Facebook page Amigurumi Freely, I’m sure she’d love to see them as well. Happy crocheting!

PS: Found a typo in the patterns? Let me know in the comments below! 

FREE pattern: Crochet Monkey Hats | Jennifer Wang Bears (free Little Bigfoot Monkey by Sharon Ojala)

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