There is an odd thing that happens in the early stages of a child’s life. They find a particular stuffed toy or blanket and latch on for dear life, never letting go come hell or high water. As a parent, you pray it is something easily replaced or repaired to avoid the hell of your child trying to sleep on their own without it.
With Auden it was a small penguin stuffed animal. Originally this toy had a tiny velcro strap intended to hold a pacifier or teething toy. Over time that strap is all but gone and the poor toy has lost its original grey color in lou of a more dingy version. But still Auden loves this toy like nothing else in the world; probably even more than me on his more cranky days.
Because of his attachment to this particular toy penguins have become the animal to have. Which I don’t mind because who doesn’t love a nice penguin? As Auden has grown into a ‘big kid’ we have accumulated many a penguin toy, stuffed animal, and book. Oh so many penguins. Which has lead to a tradition in our house.
Every year I crochet Auden a new hat for winter. Last year, at his request I made him the Fishing Penguin Hat by Heidi with Snappy Tots and that thing got wore so much by the end of the season we had to pack it away with hopes he forgot about it so it could be replaced with a less gross version.
This year I asked him what kind of cool weather hat he wanted and he said “I want a giant penguin on my head.” Because of course he does. So this year I made my own pattern. It would be a crime to say I wasn’t inspired by the earlier mentioned ladies and their amazing patterns so thank y’all for the inspiration!
This years hat is a giant penguin head with giant flippers hanging down to hug the wearer. Because of course it is. At least that’s what my model keeps saying. Now if I could only get him to stay still for a minute for some decent pictures!
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Chunky Penguin Winter Hat
Pattern by Lizz Jelsma
N or 9.0 MM Hook
1 Skein Big Twist Super Chunky yarn or other size 6 Super Bulky yarn in Black, White, and Orange
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
DTC -Double Treble Crochet
SLST – Slip Stitch
This pattern is written using American crochet terms.
Approximate finished size is 9” from the top of the hat to the brim; 23” around the brim.
To make smaller or larger try varying the hook size and yarn weight.
Work instructions between * to * number of times listed.
Hat (In Black)
Row 1: Create a magic circle, CH 2, DC 10 in the circle, SLST to the first DC to join and pull tight to close. You may also use a CH 3 and DC 10 into the first chain then pull tight. (10)
Row 2: CH 2, 2 DC in each stitch around, SLST to the first DC to join (20)
Row 3: CH 2, *DC 1, 2 DC in next stitch* 10 times, SLST to first DC to join (30)
Row 4: CH 2, *DC 2, 2 DC in next stitch* 10 times, SLST to first DC to join (40)
Rows 5-10: CH 2, DC 40, SLST to first DC to join (40)
You will now start working on the fins.
Rows 11-15: CH 2, DC 7, turn (7)
Row 16: CH 2, DC next two stitches together, DC 3, DC next two stitches together, turn (5)
Row 17: CH 2, DC 5, turn (5)
Row 18: CH 2, DC next two stitches together, DC 1, DC next two stitches together, turn (3)
Row 19: CH 2, DC 3, finish off and weave in ends. (3)
Count 14 stitches on the brim of the hat from the edge of the first fin. You will attach your yarn for the second fin in the next stitch.
Rows 20-28: Repeat Rows 11-19
Attach your yarn on the brim at the seam (right before the first fin). SC down the sides of the fins and around the brim evenly. At the tips of the fins you will place 2 SC in the first and last DC in the end row. Finish off and weave in all ends.
Face (In White)
Row 1: CH 17, DC in third CH from hook, DC 15, turn (15)
Row 2-4: CH 2, DC 15, turn (15)
Row 5: 10 DTC in the fourth CH from the hook, skip three stitches, SLST in the next stitch, skip three stitches, 10 DTC in the next stitch, SLST in last stitch in row and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Beak (In Orange)
Row 1: Create a magic circle, CH 1, SC 6 in the circle and pull tight to close. Do not join. You may also use a CH 2 and SC 6 into the second chain from hook then pull tight. (6)
Row 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)
Row 3: SC 12, SLST in the next stitch and finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. (12)
Eyes (In Black)
Row 1: Create a magic circle, CH 1, SC 6 in the circle, SLST to the first SC, and pull tight to close. You may also use a CH 2 and SC 6 into the second chain from hook then pull tight. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Attach the beak, holding it in a triangular shape, to the face where the two semi-circles meet.
Attach the eyes with the center above the stitches with the DTC in them.
Attach the face at the front of the hat right above the bottom of the brim. With the remaining tail make shine marks in the eyes then weave in the ends.
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