Crochet Pattern – Shark Hat

After spending 10 years or so in the workforce making a living wage, I took a not-very-well-paying job with a local college to take advantage of the tuition benefit and get my Masters Degree. At first I was DREADING the holidays as I looked at my budget and all the people I had that I wanted to buy gifts for. And then I realized this would be a perfect opportunity to put my passion for craft to work and make – *drumroll please* – HOMEMADE GIFTS!!

Last year, I did mostly infused liquor for the adults, and decided to make adorable hats for my nieces and nephews. I saw a pattern for a shark hat posted online (on some crafting Facebook feed, I’m sure) and decided to make it for my nephew who was 8-years-old at the time. The pattern is posted here on Repeat Crafter Me, and is being modeled by my nephew a year later (this past Christmas) in the photos on this post. I made the “child” size for him, but there is a variety of baby sizes all the way up to adult posted in the original pattern.

three-kids-hats
All three Georgia kids in their handmade hats from Christmas 2015, taken by my mom while she was visiting during Christmas 2016. Yes, it was like 76 degrees at Christmas in Savannah. My middle nephew in the green hat takes after his father with dead eyes and a million-yard stare in photos. At least my niece in the owl hat smiled!

Of course a year ago I had no idea I was going to start a blog, so I took no photos of the process. I don’t know that I would have been able to anyway, because a week before Christmas last year I got pneumonia and was in a delirious fever dream (missing out on ALL the fun family activities – it’s not often we get all three of my sisters and myself, and all of their husbands/significant others/children in one spot!), so I got way behind on my Christmas projects (I was done with the liquor, but I was only in-progress with all four kids’ hats – the three pictured here, and my local niece as well). I tried to keep working on the hats, but if you’ve ever had pneumonia or anything along those lines you know how hard it is to focus at all or make yourself do ANYTHING requiring any effort at all. I managed to finish the owl hats (I made three – I’ll get to that in another post) before Christmas, but had to put the finishing touches on the shark and dinosaur hats on Christmas day – between naps.

 

I followed the instructions below to make this hat, but instead of using buttons for eyes I used a pattern I had for eyes already from Mamachee that I had purchased on Etsy here for different cute hat embellishments for monsters, bugs, dinosaurs, and animals.

 

Shark Hat Pattern

Materials:
– Worsted weight yarn in Gray, Red, and White (I used Caron Simply Soft – one of my favorites for multi-color projects for kids – but the original poster recommended Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice)
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Tapestry needle
– Buttons for eyes
– Poly-fil (or you could use scrap yarn to stuff top fin)
Stitch marker

Shark Hat Pattern:

Size: Child 
Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join, chain 2 (22 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (33 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (44 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first, DC in next 10, repeat around, join, chain 2 (48 DC)
Round 6: 2 DC in first, DC in next 11, join, chain 2 (52 DC)
Round 7: 2 DC in first, DC in next 12, join, chain 2 (56 DC)
Round 8: 2 DC in first, DC in next 13, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 9: 2 DC in first, DC in next 14, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
Round 10-14: DC in each around, join, chain 2 (64 DC)
do not fasten off, begin on earflap as written below

 

Earflap 1: 
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

 

Earflap 2:
Chain 1, SC in next 12, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC decrease, SC in next 8, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC across (10 SC)
Row 4: SC decrease, SC in next 6, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC across ( 8 SC)
Row 6: SC decrease, SC in next 4, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC across ( 6 SC)
Row 8: SC decrease, SC in next 2, SC decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC across (4 SC)
Row 10: Make 2 SC decreases, chain 1, turn
Row 11: SC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends

 

With the same gray yarn you will want to single crochet around the earflap edges and back of hat. NOT the front are of hat where the teeth will go. Weave in loose ends.
 
Shark Gums:
With Red Yarn…
Working in BACK LOOPS ONLY, attach yarn on the front side of the hat at the first stitch next to the earflap. Chain 2 and DC across front area of hat (all the way to the second earflap). Fasten off and weave in ends.
Shark Teeth:
With White Yarn…
Working in the FRONT LOOPS ONLY, attach yarn to the front loop of the stitch where you began the gums, chain 4, *SC in second chain from hook, HDC in next chain, DC in last chain. Now you have created a triangle! Skip 2 stitches and Slip Stitch to the next stitch. Chain 4 and repeat from *. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Shark Fin:
Magic Ring, chain 1 in ring, 6 SC in ring, continue working in rounds (use stitch marker if needed)
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (9 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (9 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch , SC in next 2, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (15 SC)
Round 7: SC in each stitch around (15 SC)
Round 8: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (18 SC)
Round 9: SC in each stitch around (18 SC)
(this is where I stopped for the 0-3 month size hat)
Round 10: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 5, repeat around (21 SC)
Round 11: SC in each stitch around (21 SC)
Round 12: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 6, repeat around (24 SC)
Round 13: SC in each stitch around (24 SC)
Round 14: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 7, repeat around (27 SC)
Round 15: SC in each stitch around (27 SC)
(this is where I stopped for the toddler/preschooler hat)
Round 16: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 8, repeat around (30 SC)
Round 19: SC in each stitch around
Round 20: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 9, repeat around (33 SC)
Round 21: SC in each stitch around
Feel free to continue this pattern (I hope you can see how this pattern increases by now) to make the fin as large as you would like.
When it’s the size you desire, fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto top of hat. Stuff lightly with poly-fil (or extra yarn) and sew onto top of hat by weaving tapestry needle under the last row of single crochets and then through the hat.

It ended up being worth it – the kids loved them! And I’m really happy about how the shark hat turned out. I would recommend making this pattern – it was not terribly difficult, and the instructions were quite well done (they were easy enough to follow even for a feverish person self-quarantined in her apartment who is not sure what’s real and what’s not due to the cabin fever/loneliness and ACTUAL fever). Happy crafting!

shark-hat

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