Simple Cat hat

The first thing I ever sold in my etsy shop (I think it was around two years ago maybe?) was a purple cat ear hat with puff balls and ear flaps. It was a cute hat, but maybe a little short for my tastes. My skills since then have improved exponentially as have my ability to whip things up quickly. I've also worked and improved on this pattern since I first made it. Now you can make a cat ear hat, too! (Sans ear flaps. If anyone is interested, I will post a variation of this hat!)

Cat Hat!

One skein of any color yarn, worsted weight (I used Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn")
H hook
Tapestry needle

Stitches/Abbreviations Used
dc - double crochet
fpdc - front post double crochet (video)
bpdc - back post double crochet (video)
hdc - half double crochet
sc - single crochet
inc - increase (two dc in one stitch)
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain 
*repeat around what is in the asterisks* 

1. Either magic ring, then 12 dc or ch 4 then 12 dc into 3rd ch from hook. Pull tight. Sl st to join.
2. Inc around (24), sl st to join
3. *dc in next stitch, then inc* (36) sl st to join.
4. *dc in next two stitches, then inc* (48) sl st to join
5. *dc in next three stitches, then inc* (60) sl st to join
6. dc around
7. *dc in next four stitches, then inc* (72) sl st to join.
I usually stop increasing at this row because I like my hats a little snug. My head is 21 inches around, so if it's snug on me and you have a bigger head, you might want to do another row ;)
8 (optional). *dc in next five stitches, then inc* (84) sl st to join.
9. Continue dc around until hat reaches desired length. I typically stop when it covers the tip top of my ears. 
10 - 13. *fpdc, bpdc around, then sl st to join* around for three or so rows, until you're satisfied with the ribbing of the hat. 

Ears (Make two)
These are done in the round.
1. ch 3, then 6 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Pull tight.
2. hdc around
3. hdc inc around (12)
4. hdc around
5. *hdc in next stitch, then hdc inc* (18)
6. hdc around
7. *hdc in next two stitches, then hdc inc* (24)
8. sc around.
9. Close up the ear. Make sure you have it situated where when it's closed up, it's a nice triangular cat ear. Stick your crochet hook through your stitch, and the stitch on the other side, then sc on top of that stitch. I've included the pictures from my narwhal pattern to illustrate it a bit further.
Closing up

10. Leave a LONG tail so you can sew the ears to the hat! 

A tip on sewing the ears to the hat: Put the hat on your head, look into a mirror, and pinch where you think the ears would look the best. Pull off your hat, keeping your hands pinched, and sew the ears to where you pinched. Hooray cat ear hat! :)


  1. I would love to see the ear flap variation! Super the cute! I am totally going to make one. If you post the info for the variation I will make two! :3

  2. Made these for my son for a Tom costume for halloween (of Tom and Jerry). Felt like they were a little too short so I continued in the same sort of pattern and increased to 30 stitches around. I then created a pink triangle and sewed it onto the top and inside of the ear before closing the bottom.

    Thanks for the pattern. It really helped out a lot.

  3. I should have been more specific, when I said "these" I meant the ears :P

  4. Hi! I managed to creat my own ear flaps that ''fits'' with your design and the ribbing of the hat. Still, I'm curious, and I would like to see yours! :D
    by the way, I loooove your patterns!

  5. Ear flap variation please! I have a best friend that wants a hat with ear flaps an I think she would live this, if it had ear flaps, of course, so PLEASE PLEASE post the pattern!! : ))
    - jacob brett

  6. Just a laugh or maybe even a possible idea for whoever is reading this: on round 8 of this pattern, I made the careless mistake of reading "dec" instead of "dc" at the "dc five, dc" I noticed it looked sort of wavy and that the picture didn't look like it so I. Went back and looked and sure enough, dc not dec. Its easy for anyone to mess up but I think this mess-up may be productive, I would write out a pattern myself but I'm too lazy. So here's a free idea to anyone who wants to pursue it! : ) read patterns carefully and happy crocheting to all!!! : D : )

  7. I would love to see the pattern for the ear flap version also.

  8. Am I supposed to chain at the end or beginning of each round?
    Thank you!

  9. Can you give me more specific instructions on how to begin the cat ears. please

  10. Can you make a video on how to make te ears?? it's much easier like that!

  11. Where can I buy one
    My fingers don't know how to make one