Free Crochet Little Pony Hat



What little child out there has never dreamed of owning their very own pony? I was spoiled rotten and had TWO ponies during my childhood. Maggie, an adorable old paint pony that died and left me heartbroken at the tender age of three. Enter in Betsy, a sweet and spunky little Shetland that showed up Christmas morning. She was a great sport and let me, my siblings, many cousins and friends ride her. My family has always owned horses, and I think it was as much my dad's dream to have a pony around as it was mine. In fact, it wasn't too long after I announced that I was pregnant with their first grandchild that he was combing craigslist for ponies:)

With that being said, it probably comes as no surprise to anyone that I created my own crochet pony hat pattern. I have had a lot of fun with this one... I certainly didn't limit my yarn choices to the colors found in the barn. I have made blue ponies, pink ponies, purple ponies, and even a rainbow pony (some might be familiar if you watch a certain show!). But I also love the gray, brown and buckskin ones too:) So have fun and play around with it.

You will need:
  • size H (5.00mm) hook
  • your choice of size 4 worsted weight yarn (I HIGHLY recommend Red Heart with Love for all of my character hats)
  • Yarn needles

Beanie
Size: Toddler (Fits most 12 month -3 years at 19")
Row 1: 10 DC in a magic ring, join to first DC. Chain 2
Row 2: 2 DC in each around, join. Chain 2 (20 DC)
Row 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (30 DC)
Row 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (40 DC)
Row 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 3, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (50 DC)
Row 6-13: DC in each around. Chain 2. (50 DC)

Size: Child (Fits MOST 5-13 year olds at 21". For smaller child use a smaller hook- like a 4.5)
Row 1: 10 DC in a magic ring, join to first DC. Chain 2
Row 2: 2 DC in each around, join. Chain 2 (20 DC)
Row 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (30 DC)
Row 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (40 DC)
Row 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 3, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (50 DC)
Row 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 4, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (60 DC)
Row 6-14: DC in each around. Chain 2. (60 DC)

Size: Adult (24")
Row 1: 12 DC in a magic ring, join to first DC. Chain 2
Row 2: 2 DC in each around, join. Chain 2 (24 DC)
Row 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (36 DC)
Row 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (48 DC)
Row 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 7, repeat around, join. Chain 2. (54 DC)
Row 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 8, repeat around, join. Chain 2 (66 DC)
Row 7-14: DC in each around. (66 DC)

Earflaps
Size:0-3 month to 9-12 month
Row 1: DC in next 10, chain 2, turn
Row 2: Decrease DC, DC in next 8, Decrease DC (10 DC)
Row 3: Decrease DC, DC in next 6, Decrease DC (8 DC)
Row 4: Decrease DC, DC in next 4, Decrease DC (6 DC)
Row 5:  Decrease DC, DC in next 2, Decrease DC (4 DC)
Row 6: Decrease DC, Decrease DC, Fasten off. (2 DC)

Size: Toddler to Adult

Row 1: DC in next 12, chain 2, turn
Row 2: Decrease DC, DC in next 10, Decrease DC (12 DC)
Row 3: Decrease DC, DC in next 8, Decrease DC (10 DC)
Row 4: Decrease DC, DC in next 6, Decrease DC (8 DC)
Row 5: Decrease DC, DC in next 4, Decrease DC (6 DC)
Row 6:  Decrease DC, DC in next 2, Decrease DC (4 DC)
Row 7: Decrease DC, Decrease DC, Fasten off. (2 DC)

Crochet around the entire base. I usually HDC around the ear flaps and SC

Face Pieces:
9-12 month/Toddler
Chain 10
Row 1: In second chain from hook 2HDC, HDC in next 7, 2 HDC. Chain 1 and turn. (11)
Row 2: 2HDC, HDC in next 9, 2HDC. Chain 1 and turn. (13)
Row 3: 2HDC, HDC in next 9, 2HDC. Chain 1 and turn. (15)
Row 4: HDC in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn. (15)
Row 5: HDC DEC, HDC in next 9, HDC DEC. Chain 1 and turn. (13)
Row 6: HDC DEC, HDC in next 7, HDC DEC. Chain 1 and turn. (11)
Row 7: Slip stitch next 2. HDC in next 6. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 8: HDC across, Chain 1 and turn. (6)
Row 9-16: HDC across, chain 1 and turn. (6)
SC around the entire piece. Fasten off and leave a tail long enough to sew on.

Nostrils (make 2)
In a magic ring, 6 SC. Join, fasten off and leave a tail long enough to sew on your nose.

Child/ Teen and Adult
Chain 13
Row 1: In second chain from hook 2HDC, HDC in next 10, 2 HDC. Chain 1 and turn. (14)
Row 2: 2HDC, HDC in next 13, 2HDC. Chain 1 and turn. (17)
Row 3: 2HDC, HDC in next 15, 2HDC. Chain 1 and turn. (20)
Row 4: HDC in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn. (20)
Row 5: HDC DEC, HDC in next 9, HDC DEC. Chain 1 and turn. (17)
Row 6: HDC DEC, HDC in next 7, HDC DEC. Chain 1 and turn. (14)
Row 7: Slip stitch next 3. HDC in next 7. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 8: HDC across, Chain 1 and turn. (7)
Row 9-18: HDC across, chain 1 and turn. (7)

Nostrils (make 2)
In a magic ring, 6 HDC. Join, fasten off and leave a tail long enough to sew on your nose.

Ears (Make 2)
For 9-12 month/Todler:
Magic circle, chain 2, DC 7 in magic ring DO NOT JOIN. Chain 2 and turn.
Round 2: 2 DC, 2 DC, DC TRC, TRC, TRC DC, 2 DC, 2 DC (Each comma separates a stitch) chain 2 and turn
Round 3: 2 DC, 2DC, 2DC, 2DC, TRC, TRC, TRC, 2DC, 2DC, 2DC, 2DC, chain 2, turn
Round 4: DC in next 10 stitches, TRC, TRC, TRC, DC in next 10 stitches
Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to sew on.


Ears (Make 2)
For Child/Teen
Magic circle, chain 2, DC 7 in magic ring DO NOT JOIN. Chain 2 and turn.
Round 2: 2 DC, 2 DC, DC TRC, TRC, TRC DC, 2 DC, 2 DC (Each comma separates a stitch) chain 2 and turn
Round 3: 2 DC, 2DC, 2DC, 2DC, TRC, TRC, TRC, 2DC, 2DC, 2DC, 2DC, chain 2, turn
Round 4: DC in next 10 stitches, TRC, TRC, TRC, DC in next 10 stitches
Round 5: DC in each chain around.
Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to sew on.


Now you need to shape the little guys. Take each bottom corner and bring it to the middle. See how it makes a little horsey ear shape? Good. Now take the long tail and sew along the bottom using a yarn needle. Then sew it on to the hat! A tiny pinch will give them the pointy shape:)

Eyes
9-12 month/ Toddler
12 DC in magic circle, join. Leave an extra long tail to sew on and for eyelashes. Sew on little reflection spot with white yarn.

Child/Teen
14 DC in magic circle, join. Leave an extra long tail to sew on and for eyelashes. Sew on little reflection spot with white yarn.

A few tips on the eyes... When you sew on the eyelashes, determine how long you want it to be and sew down in a loop left by the hat's pattern. I do two stitches and use the EXACT same holes on both ends to go through. Then do the same for the next three eyelashes. Of course if you are making a boy hat, you can leave the eyelashes off!

Wavy Hair
Chain to the length desired. DC across the length. Chain 2 and turn. Place 2 TRC in each stitch across. Fasten off and sew on.

It would be super easy to make this a unicorn hat! I used the horn pattern from Repeat Crafter Me's blog. Sara is one of my very favorite crochet bloggers and she has a cute pattern for a different type of unicorn over there!

There you have it! A beautiful crochet pony hat! Remember to post any pics of your creations to my Facebook Page! Or use the hashtag #thefriendlyredfox on instagram!
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