Football Beanie with Optional Earflaps
Go long, crafters!
What better way to gear up for Super Bowl XLIX than with a hat that looks like a football! This Football Beanie is made with double the yarn, so the end result is twice as soft and twice as warm. It’s definitely worthy of your best touchdown dances!
Note: This pattern is written for an infant-sized (0-3 months) hat and includes instructions for making optional earflaps with or without braided tails, so you can customize it to look just how you want! Keep an eye out for additional sizes coming soon!
- US size I9/5.5mm crochet hook
- 1 skein Red Heart Extra Soft yarn in Dark Brown
- 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver yarn in White
- Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Pattern: The Football Beanie
Note: In this pattern, always crochet with two strands of yarn. You can do this by ether using two skeins of the same color and pulling from either the outside or the inside, or you can just pull from both the inside and the outside of a single skein.
Rnd 1) Make a magic circle. Ch 2. Make 8 hdc inside the circle. Join to beginning of the round and ch 2.
Rnd 2) 2 hdc in each st around. Join to beginning of the round and ch 2.
Rnd 3) *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in next st* – repeat around. Join to beginning of the round and ch 2.
Rnd 4) *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts* – repeat around. Join to beginning of the round and ch 2.
Rnd 5) *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts* – repeat around. Join to beginning of the round and ch 2.
Rnd 6) *2 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts* – repeat around. Join to beginning of the round and ch 2.
Rnd 7-18) 1 hdc in each st around. Join to beginning of the round and ch 2.
Rnd 19) 1 stl st (loosely) in each st around. Join to beginning of the round and fasten off. Weave in ends.
If you want the earflaps:
Do not fasten off. Ch 2 and skip ahead to earflap instructions.
Earflaps (Make 2)
Rnd 1) Hdc 10. Ch 2. Turn. (10 sts)
Rnd 2) Hdc dec, hdc in next 6, hdc dec. Ch 2. Turn. (8 sts)
Rnd 3) Hdc across. (8 sts)
Rnd 4) Hdc dec, hdc in next 4, hdc dec. Ch 2. Turn. (6 sts)
Rnd 5) Hdc across (6 sts).
Rnd 6) Hdc dec, hdc in next 2, hdc dec. Ch 2. Turn. (4 sts)
Rnd 7) Hdc across. Ch 2. Turn. (4 sts)
Rnd 8) Make 2 hdc dec. Ch 2. Turn. (2sts)
Rnd 9) Hdc across. (2sts)
Fasten off. Cut the yarn so that you have a long enough tail you can use in your braids, if you want the braided tails. If not, just weave in ends.
For the second earflap, count across the front from last earflap 14 sts. Insert hook and start your second earflap from that point (see photos for placement help).
When you’ve finished the earflaps, sc around the entire hat in either white or brown for a finished look. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Braided Tails for the Earflaps
Cut twelve strands of yarn 24” in length of brown and six strands of white. Divide these into two piles, one for each earflap: 6 strands of brown and 3 strands of white per earflap.
*Note: If you want fuller tails, increase the amount of yarn you cut for your tails. These instructions make for some thin-ish tails, which are less heavy but (in this crafter’s opinion) not as adorable.
Using a larger hook if needed, pull the strands of yarn through the bottom of the earflaps (see photos for braided tails placement). Pull the strands through so that they are even, leaving about 12” hanging on either side. This will give you twice as many pieces to work with for braiding.
Braid the strands together, either by mixing the colors or by keeping them separate (1 strand all white, 2 strands all brown), whichever you prefer.
When you’ve braided the tails, take a spare piece of brown yarn and tie the braids using square knots to keep them in place. I usually tie a few knots on either side, just for extra security.
Trim the tails, and there you have it! Extra points for you!
Front Football Stitches
Rnd 1) In White: ch 12.
Horizontal Stitches (Make 3):
Rnd 1) In White: ch 6.
Sewing the Stitches onto the Hat:
Thread some white yarn onto a tapestry needle. Stitch the vertical stitch onto the front of the hat roughly in the middle (or wherever looks best to you). It’s easy to find the middle of the hat when you’ve already done your earflaps.
Stitch the horizontal stitches on over the vertical stitch so that there is some part of the vertical stitch sticking out at either end (see pictures for placement). Fasten off and weave in your ends.
There you have it, crafters! Keep your kiddos warm and spread the football spirit. With or without the earflaps, with or without the tails, this Football Beanie is guaranteed to bring a little hooray to your day. Go team!
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