Whew! Can I just start by saying this crochet hat was a doozy for me to design?
I knew exactly what I wanted for this crochet dinosaur hat to look like, but it didn’t turn out the first time or the second time.. or the third time.. or the fourth time. I think I lost track of how many times I crocheted and frogged this dinosaur hat!
The look was spot on, the problem was the overall fit of the hat.
My main goal for this crochet hat was to use just ONE skein of the new Caron x Pantone yarn. I got the yarn as soon as it hit stores in October. It is now December and yes, it took me that long to design this dinosaur crochet hat so I hope you love it as much as I do!
I was insistent on doing the waist coat/knit stitch, but I came to terms after the third try that it was just not stretchy enough and I didn’t want this hat to be too rigid. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the stitching to relax.
So I moved onto just a regular single crochet in the back loop only so the stitches would (for the most part) line up one on top of the other for the dinosaur graph to look nice.
Still a fail because then I realized carrying the yarn was making it not so stretchy! I didn’t want to come to terms that carrying yarn wasn’t going to cut it because that was just it.. I didn’t want to CUT the yarn for each color change. (Spoiler alert: that’s what I ended up doing!)
After a few more attempts and me actually recreating a whole different graph then going back to the original graph.. I give you the crochet dinosaur beanie. I have to say it was worth all the hard work because I absolutely love it and so does Trevor!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this design. I have the graph below for you follow and there are a number of times you have to change colors but with the hat being so small, it’s a very doable project. I was able to get the final version cranked out in a few sittings.
All in all, it’s a fairly simple hat with color work. The brim is worked first then the main body of the hat is crocheted with the color work and graph. There is also some shaping at the top of the hat so there are no large holes to close up at the top. I added a yarn pom pom as an extra, but that is optional.
If you would like the written version of the graph (Round 1: 4 green, 2 light green, 2 green, etc.) that will be available in the PDF that you can purchase on Ravelry. Thank you for the support!
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