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Callie Horse Hat | Free Crochet Pattern | Baby, Toddler, Child and Adult Sizes | The Unraveled Mitten

The Callie Horse Hat: Free Crochet Pattern

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The kids will love this fun crochet horse hat with stand-up ears and even a mane! Perfect for back to school, Halloween or just pretend play.

*Updated 10/2017 to add more sizes!! 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, Toddler/Preschooler, Child and Adult. 

As a mom, crocheting things for my kids is pretty much a given. My oldest daughter is already requesting one of these in about every horse color imaginable and of course a unicorn version as well. It always so fun to see their little eyes light up when they see a vision of something they had in their head come to life in yarn form…. and bonus points if they can wear it for playtime.

I made the toddler size for my youngest, who is 3, but it also fits my 5 and almost 7 year old. I love that crochet is stretchy so I can really get some miles out of the hats I make for my kids.

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Materials

    • Red Heart Super Saver in the colors Buff, Off-White and Baby Pink
    • 5mm/H crochet hook
    • Needle to weave in ends
    • Scissors
    • Stitch Marker
    • 2- 1 inch black buttons


Gauge and Sizing

  • Gauge: 6 dc  x 4 rows = 2in
  • Finished Toddler/Preschool Size hat measures: 7 inches tall ( not including earflaps) and 9 inches wide

Abbreviations

  • I use US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Hdc2tog: Half double crochet 2 stitches together, Half double crochet decrease
  • Tr: Treble/Triple Crochet

Callie Horse Hat | Free Crochet Pattern | The Unraveled Mitten | Baby, Toddler, Child and Adult Sizes

Base hat pattern

Notes: Ch 2 does not count as dc

You will join each round with a slip stitch to the top if the 1st dc.

0-3 Months Size

Rnd 1: Using the Buff yarn, make a Magic Circle, Ch 2, 10 dc in ring. Cinch ring closed and join. (10)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, 2 dc in each st around hat. Join (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next. * 2 dc in next, dc in next, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (30)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (40)

Rnd 5-9: Ch 2, Dc in same st as ch2 and in each st around. Join. (40)

Skip to Earflap instructions.

3-6 Months Size

Rnd 1: Using the Buff yarn, make a Magic Circle, Ch 2, 10 dc in ring. Cinch ring closed and join. (10)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, 2 dc in each st around hat. Join (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next. * 2 dc in next, dc in next, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (30)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (40)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 7, * 2 dc next, dc in next 7 repeat from * around the hat. Join. (45)

Rnd 6-10: Ch 2, Dc in same st as ch2 and in each st around. Join. (45)

Skip to earflap instructions

6-12 Months Size

Rnd 1: Using the Buff yarn, make a Magic Circle, Ch 2, 10 dc in ring. Cinch ring closed and join. (10 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, 2 dc in each st around hat. Join (20 dc

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next. * 2 dc in next, dc in next, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (30 dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (40)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 3 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join with sl st to top if 1st dc (50)

Rnd 6-11: Ch 2, Dc in same st as ch2 and in each st around. Join. (50)

Skip to earflap instructions

12-24 Months Size

Rnd 1: Using the Buff yarn, make a Magic Circle, Ch 2, 10 dc in ring. Cinch ring closed and join. (10)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, 2 dc in each st around hat. Join (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next. * 2 dc in next, dc in next, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (30)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (40)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 3 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join with sl st to top if 1st dc (50)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 9, * 2 dc in next, dc in next 9 repeat from * around the hat. Join. (55)

Rnd 7-12: Ch 2, Dc in same st as ch2 and in each st around. Join. (55)

Skip to earflap instructions

Toddler/Preschooler Size

Rnd 1: Using the Buff yarn, make a Magic Circle, Ch 2, 10 dc in ring. Cinch ring closed and join. (10)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, 2 dc in each st around hat. Join (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next. * 2 dc in next, dc in next, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (30)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (40)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 3 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join with sl st to top if 1st dc (50)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 4 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 4 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (60)

Rnd 7-13: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2, dc in each st around. Join.

Skip to earflap instructions

Child Size

Rnd 1: Using the Buff yarn, make a Magic Circle, Ch 2, 10 dc in ring. Cinch ring closed and join. (10)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, 2 dc in each st around hat. Join (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next. * 2 dc in next, dc in next, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (30 dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (40)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 3 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join with sl st to top if 1st dc (50)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 4 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 4 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (60)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 19, * 2 dc in next, dc in next 19 repeat from * around the hat. Join. (63)

Rnd 8-14: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2, dc in each st around. Join. (63)

Skip to earflap instructions

Adult Size

Rnd 1: Using the Buff yarn, make a Magic Circle, Ch 2, 10 dc in ring. Cinch ring closed and join. (10)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, 2 dc in each st around hat. Join (20)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next. * 2 dc in next, dc in next, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (30)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 2 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (40)

 Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 3 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 3 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join with sl st to top if 1st dc (50 dc)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 4 sts. * 2 dc in next, dc in next 4 sts, repeat from * around the hat. Join. (60)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 11, * 2 dc in next, dc in next 11 repeat from * around the hat. Join. (65)

Rnd 8-15: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2, dc in each st around. Join. (65)

Skip to earflap instructions

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Earflaps

For the first earflap just continue where you left off on the last round of the hat. For the second earflap. Fold your hat in half with more stitches in the front than the back and place the earflap so it lines up with the first one. See the picture below.

Earflap Placement for Callie Horse Hat

0-3 months & 3-6 Months Size Earflaps

Row 1: Ch 1, hdc in same st as ch 1 and in next 7 sts. Turn (8)

Row 2: Ch 1 Hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, hdc in next 4, hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn (6)

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in same st as ch 1 and in each across. turn (6)

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, hdcc in next 2 sts. Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn (4)

Row 5: Ch 1, hdc2tog across starting in same st as ch 1. Turn (2)

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1. Finish off.

6-12 months, 12-24 months and toddler/preschooler size Earflaps

Row 1: Ch 1, Hdc in same st as ch 1, hdc in next 9 sts, turn (10)

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, Hdc in next 6, Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn (8)

Row 3: Ch 1, Hdc in same st as ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn (8)

Row 4: Ch 1, Hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, Hdc in next 4 sts, Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn (6)

Row 5: Ch 1, Hdc in same st as ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn (6)

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, Hdc in next 2, Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn (4)

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc2tog across starting in same st as ch 1 turn (2)

Row 8 Ch 1, Hdc2tog across starting in same st as ch 1, finish off.

Child and Adult Size Earflaps

Row 1: Ch 1, Hdc in same st as ch 1, hdc in next 11 sts, turn (12)

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, Hdc in next 8, Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn (10)

Row 3: Ch 1, Hdc in same st as ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn (10)

Row 4: Ch 1, Hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, Hdc in next 6 sts, Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn (8)

Row 5: Ch 1, Hdc in same st as ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn (8)

Row 6: Ch 1, Hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, Hdc in next 4 sts, Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn (6)

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc2tog starting in same st as ch 1, Hdc in next 2, Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn (4)

Row 8: Ch 1, hdc2tog across starting in same st as ch 1 turn (2)

Row 9 Ch 1, Hdc2tog across starting in same st as ch 1, finish off.

Border and Braids

Join your accent color (I used baby pink) to tip of earflap leaving a long tail because it will be incorporated into the braids. Sc evenly around the hat. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Finish off leaving a long tail.

For each braid cut 6 lengths of yarn about 36 inches in length. Using your hook pull the strands through corner of earflap so an even amount hangs on both sides of the earflap. Tie a knot in the top. Divide the yarn in 3 sections and braid. Tie knot at bottom. Trim. Be sure to make each braid the same length and be sure to use the same tension.

Callie Horse Hat | Free Crochet Pattern | The Unraveled MItten

Ear Patterns

The ears are worked in continuous rounds. I find it helpful to place a stitch marker in the first stitch of the round.

When you finish off, leave a long tail so you can sew the ear onto the hat.

Make 2

0-3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months Ear

Rnd 1: make a magic circle, ch 1, 6 sc in ring. Pull tight to close (5)

Rnd 2:  sc in each st around (5)

Rnd 3: 2 sc in each st around (10)

Rnd 4: sc in each st around (10)

Rnd 5: *2 sc, sc in next st repeat from * around. (15)

Rnd 6-7: sc in each st around (15) Stop here and finish off for sizes 0-3 and 3-6 months

For 6-12 Months Size Only

Rnd 8: sc in each st around. (15)

Size 12-25 Months, Toddler/Preschooler, Child and Adult Ear

Rnd 1: make a magic circle, ch 1, 6 sc in ring. Pull tight to close (6)

Rnd 2:  sc in each st around (6)

Rnd 3: 2 sc in each st around (12)

Rnd 4: sc in each st around (12)

Rnd 5: *2 sc, sc in next st repeat from * around. (18)

Rnd 6-9: sc in each st around (18) Finish off.

Nose Pattern

0-3 Months and 3-6 Months

Row 1: Using off-white, ch 9. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Turn (8)

Row 2-3: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn. (8) Do not turn on last row. Skip to border instructions

6-12 Months and 12-24 Months

Row 1: Using off-white, ch 11. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Turn (10)

Row 2-4: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn. (10) Do not turn on last row. Skip to border instructions

Toddler/Preschooler, Child and Adult

Row 1: using the off-white, ch 15. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across, turn (14)

Row 2-5: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn (14). Do not turn on last row. Skip to border instructions.

Border: Do not turn on last row, ch 1 and sc evenly around entire piece placing 3 sc in each corner, join to top of first sc with sl st. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave in end from starting ch.

Nostrils

Make 2

0-3 Months Through 12-24 months

Make magic circle, ch 1, 4 sc in ring. pull tight to close, finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing

Toddler/Preschooler, Child and Adult

Make a magic circle, ch 1, 6 sc in ring. pull tight to close, finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Face Strip

0-3 Months and 3-6 Months

Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across, turn (3)

Row 2-6: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across, turn. (3) Do not turn on last row, Skip to border instructions.

6-12 Months and 12-24 Months

Row 1: Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across, turn (4)

Row 2-8: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across, turn. (4) Do not turn on last row, Skip to border instructions

Toddler/Preschool, Child and Adult

Row 1: Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across, turn (5)

Row 2-11: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across, turn. (5) Do not turn on last row, Skip to border instructions.

Border: Do not turn on last row, ch 1 and sc evenly around entire piece placing 3 sc in each corner, join to top of first sc with sl st. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave in end from starting ch.

Cute, Tiny One-Round Bow

Make a magic circle, Ch 4, 3 Tr in ring, ch 4. Join into ring with a sl st, Ch 4, 3 tr in ring, Ch 4. Join into ring with a sl st. Pull magic circle tight. Finish off leaving a long tail. Wrap tail around center of bow a few times. Weave in ends.

Callie Horse Hat | Free Crochet Pattern | Baby, Toddler, Child, Adult Sizes | The Unraveled Mitten

Finishing

Using your tapestry needle, sew pieces onto hat in the positions shown in the picture.

Mane: Using the cream yarn, Cut lengths of about 12 inches. Using 2 strands at a time, insert your hook through the backside of a double crochet and pull up a loop, yo and pull trough.

Start at the top, placing 1 group in each dc in the magic circle. Fluff up the front with a few more groups placed in the dc’s from round 2.  Continue the mane down the back of the hat in groups of 2 or 3 next to each other for a few more rows.

Weave in all ends and enjoy!

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9 comments

  1. Kelly says:

    I would love this pattern in a variety of sizes. I want to make this for my 7 year old (which I think I can adjust accordingly). I also want to make this for a baby gift (3-6 month). I will attempt to adjust that as well, but if you publish other sizes, that would be awesome. Thank you so much for the free pattern. It is absolutely adorable and I cannot wait to make this for my little horse lover.

  2. Amy says:

    Hi, I am working on the 3-6 month size of your pattern, and I may be wrong, but I noticed a couple of errors in the 3-6 month earflap instructions. On Row 2, instead of HDC in the next 6, it should be HDC in the next 4, and also on Row 4, instead of DC in the next 2, it should be HDC in the next 2. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I couldn’t get the earflap to look correct as written. My two-month old is named Callie, so I was excited to find this pattern. 🙂 Thanks!

    • Heather says:

      You were absolutely correct Amy, I just updated the pattern. Thank you. When I first designed this hat a few years ago it was for a little girl named Callie.

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