So, I have had MANY requests for the pattern of my Reddit Alien hat that I’m going to go ahead and post my pattern without the usual testing that I would consider normal before releasing a pattern. Please, if you have any questions or find any errors let me know and I apologize upfront for it, alright? That being said, it really is an easy hat to make believe it or not.It made a hat big enough for my head and my hubby’s head, but was a bit big for the children so take that into mind if you need to omit a round of increases or such.
Get out those stitch markers, I did it in a round.
small amount of polyfil
White yarn and a small amount of red yarn (for the eyes)
rnd 1: 8 sc in magic circle
rnd 2: 2 hdc in each sc
rnd 3: *2 hdc in 1 hdc, hdc in next* around
rnd 4: *2 hdc in 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2 hdc* around
rnd 5: *2 hdc in 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next 3 hdc* around
rnd 6: *2 hdc in 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next 4 hdc* around
rnd 7: *2 hdc in 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next 5 hdc* around
rnd 8: *2 hdc in 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next 6 hdc* around
rnd 9-20: *1hdc in each hdc* around
Earflaps: (you can use this simple one or one of your favorite ear flap patterns or no ear flaps at all)
For the right earflap join with sl st about 10 hdc from binding off point
row 1: hdc in next 12 st
row 2-6: ch 2, hdc across
For the left earflap count back from original hat end point about 22 hdc then follow the instructions for the right earflap.
Now to finish up the bottom of the hat!
join with sl at the original binding off point of the hat
sc in each hdc around, up and down both sides of the earflaps with the exception of the bottom of the earflaps do:
3 hdc in first hdc
1 hdc in next hdc
1 dc in next 3 hdc
1 tc in next 2 hdc
1 dc in next 3 hdc
1 hdc in next hdc
3 hdc in last hdc
Bind off and weave in ends.
Cut 4 strands of the white and red yarns about 24 in strands. If you want longer ties, cut your strands longer. Now fed the one end through the two tc on the ear flaps and put the middle of the strands there. Divide out the yarn into groups of three and braid down the length as far as you want or all the way down. When done do a simple loop knot followed by another loop knot about an inch apart and trim off the ends.
Antennae: I used a size F hook just for this part to keep the stitches close (stuff as you go, trust me)
6 sc in magic circle (or ch 2, then 6 sc in 2nd loop)
rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around
rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around
rnd 3: *1 sc in next 2sc, then sc2tog* around
rnd 4: *1 sc in next sc, sc2tog* around
rnd 5: sc2tog around
rnd 6-15: sc around
rnd 16 â€“ 20: 1sc in next 3, hdc in next 3 (this makes the bump on the top of the antennae)
rnd 21 -35: 1 sc in each sc around
the next two rows are optional, but I find it really helps the antennae stand up and easier to attach)
rnd 36: 2 sc in each sc around
rnd 37: *1 sc in next two sc, 2 sc in 1 sc* around
bind off, weave in, finish stuffing and then sew to the very top of your hat.
Ears: (make four, join 2 together with sc along the top curve)
row 1: ch 3, 4 hdc in 3rd ch
row 2: ch 2, 1 hdc in 1st hdc, *2 hdc in 1 hdc* remaining sts
row 3: ch 2, 1 hdc in next 2 hdc, *3 hdc in 1 hdc* remaining sts
row 4: ch 2, 1 hdc in 1st hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc, *2 hdc in 1 hdc, 1 hdc in next 2 hdc* remaining sts
I stuffed my ears before attaching them to the hat for a ‘fuller’ looking ear.
Attach tip of ear to the hat at around the fourth row of your hat and hold the ear together as you sew down the length of the ear.
Eyes: (make two)
rnd 1: 6sc in magic circle
rnd 2: 2sc in each sc around
rnd 3: *2sc in 1 sc, 1 sc in next* around
bind off and sew onto the hat. I had the bottom of the eye at around the third row from the bottom of the original hat with about 6 hdc in-between them.
Alright, take a deep breath and the wOOt as loud as you dare for you should have a lovely hat!