My Black Cat Slouch Hat has chunky ribbing and cute cat ears. The simple and free Crochet Cat Hat pattern works up quickly and makes a great gift. This post contains affiliate links, which help to support this site. Thanks!
I’m not totally sure why, but I have been wanting to make a cat ear hat for a while now. It just seemed like a good idea. I finally got around to it last week, and I think I was right. It was a totally good idea. This hat’s pretty fun, guys.
It’s pretty great with the “you’re freaking meow’t” tee I made the other day, no? I mean. I do love me a good (or even a bad) pun. (If you guys want the cut file for that design, let me know in the comments and I will get it up for you.) [UPDATE! You can get the free file to make your own t-shirt right HERE.]
I used some cool yarn I picked up probably a year ago at Michaels. It’s a thick black yarn with flecks of metallic gold throughout. I love the tweed-y kind of look it has when crocheted and the gold is kind of perfect – metallic and fun but also kind of subtle and definitely not too flashy. I pretty much love it.
If you want to make your own cat hat, I have written up the pattern for you! The pattern is free for personal use. It may not be sold or redistributed in any way. If you want to share the pattern with someone, please send them here. You may sell items made from the pattern, if you link back to the pattern when possible, but you may NOT use my photos to sell your items. Thank you!
Crochet Cat Hat Supplies:
- About 150 yards of Size 6 Super Bulky Yarn (I used Isaac Mizrahi Craft Carlyle Yarn in Roosevelt, which is no longer available and is on the lighter side of the Super Bulky designation. If you use a thicker “super bulky” you may need to adjust your hook and adapt the pattern, see my comments on this in the pattern.) OR two strands of Size 4 worsted weight yarn held together works as well.
- Size L (8.0 mm) Hook (adjust hook if needed to fit yarn)
- Yarn Needle
Black Cat Slouch Crochet Cat Hat Pattern
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My Black Cat Slouch – Crochet Cat Hat pattern is free for personal use. You may sell items that you make from the pattern as long as you include a link back to the pattern when possible. Please do not sell or redistribute the pattern in any way. If you want to share the pattern with a friend, please just send them a link. Visits to my website provide me with income that allow me to offer my patterns free of charge. Thank you for your support!
This pattern uses American crochet terms.
UPDATE 4/8/16: There is now a video available for this pattern! You can see it just below. (If you are not seeing the video below, it may be because of an ad blocker. You can also view the video on my youtube channel HERE.)
Crochet Cat Hat Video Tutorial
Cat Hat Crochet Pattern
Row 1: Work a row of foundation single crochet that is about 11″ (28 cm) long [fsc (I just added a video for how to make the foundation single crochet stitch! Check it out HERE and be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel for more video tutorials! OR see my written photo tutorial here)]. With the Isaac Mizrahi Craft yarn, I needed 23 fsc. With Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick and an L hook, I only needed 21 fsc. If you don’t want to use the fsc stitch, you can chain the appropriate number and then work single crochet (sc) in each ch across. (Note: If you would prefer a shorter, beanie style hat instead of the longer, slouch style, you will want a shorter row of only 9-10″.)
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Working in back loops only, hdc in each stitch across. The length of your row should shrink up a bit as you work the hdc rows. It should shrink from about 11″ to about 10″ after a few rows.
Repeat Row 2 until the piece is long enough to wrap around your head (remember it will stretch!) or about 19″ (48 cm) long. This took me about 33 rows total with the Isaac Mizrahi yarn.
Now you have a nice long rectangle. Fold it in half widthwise, and work single crochet stitches through both short ends to form a tube. Continue working single crochet stitches across the top of the hat as shown in the image below.
Finish off and weave in the ends. Then flip the hat inside out so the seams you just made are on the inside of the hat.
Next, we will add a brim to the bottom of the hat. Join the yarn by the seam and work single crochet stitches evenly around the open edge of the hat. It took me about 45 scs to go all the way around. Join with a slip stitch to the first sc. That’s the first round of the brim.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, working in back loops only, hdc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in eact stitch around. Slip stitch to join. Finish off and weave in ends.
Finally, we will form the ears. Thread a piece of yarn onto the yarn needle and stitch through the top corners of the hat to form ears.
Pull on the ends a bit to tighten up the ear shape, tie knots to secure, and weave in the ends.
And that’s it! Your Crochet Cat Hat is all ready to wear. You can push it back and the ears will be a bit lower like so:
Or, fold up the brim to place the ears on top of your head.
I love the chunky ribbing and the playfulness of the ears. Isn’t it fun?
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