Free Crochet Pattern...Happy Kid Lids!

I made these fun hats because we are having a really cold living in Antarctica kind of weather!  These Happy Kid Lids are super lofty, cozy, and warm.  Crocheted with a big hook and thick yarn, they work up very, very fast in just 8 rounds too!  A big and fun pom pom tops it off nicely...this is a great hat to keep those little heads warm.  Just as a side note, my kids love, love, love these hats, so field tested and got the seal of approval too...always a good thing!

Happy Kid Lids
By Jennifer Dickerson

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Note: If you need to substitute yarn, just select a yarn that recommends a 9.0 mm hook on the yarn label)

Sizing As Shown:

  • 7.5 inches tall (not including pom pom)
  • 19 inch circumference

Note: Hat is very stretchy and will fit lots of heads, but if you need to change the size, just make your starting chain in any even number to begin.

Ch 30 (Note: If you desire a different size, just make your starting chain any even number).  Join with a sl st in the furthest ch from the hook.
Round 1: Ch 3 and work a dc in each chain around.  Join with a sl st to close round.
Round 2: Ch 3 and work a dc in each st around.  Join with a sl st to close round.
Round 3: Ch 3, the in the first space (not stitch this time), work a puff st (see below for photo tutorial), then ch 2. *Skip the next space, then in the next space (puff st, ch 2).  Repeat from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.
Round 4: Ch 3, then work a dc in the top stitch of the first puff stitch from the previous round.  *dc in the next space (ch 2 space from previous round), then a dc in the top st of the puff st from the previous round.  Repeat from * to the end of the round, then join with a sl st to close round.
Round 5: Ch 3 and work a dc in each st around.  Join with a sl st to close round.
Round 6: Repeat round 5.
Round 7: Repeat round 5.
Round 8: Repeat round 5.
Fasten off leaving a long tail (12-18 inches) for cinching the top.  

Check out the photo and explanation below for a step by step tutorial of the puff stitch:

  1. Wrap yarn around hook.
  2. Insert into the chain (if working the foundation row) or top of the stitch from puff of previous row (if working row 1) and draw up a loop.
  3. You'll now have 3 loops on your hook.
  4. Wrap yarn around hook and draw up a loop.
  5. You'll now have 5 loops on your hook.
  6. Wrap yarn around hook and draw up a loop.
  7. You'll now have 7 loops on your hook.
  8. Wrap yarn around hook one more time and pull through all 7 loops on your hook.
  9. Work the number of chains per the pattern (in this case 2) and you're finished!
To finish and assemble, see below.

Finishing & Assembly:  When you are finished crocheting your hat, you'll have a tube.  Turn the hat inside out, thread the remaining tail with a tapestry needle and whip stitch the top leaving an inch or so in between stitches.  Slide the top of the hat together by pulling on the tail and sliding the hat to cinch the top and then tie a knot (or two) to secure.  Weave in ends.  Make a pom pom for the top with remaining yarn and tie to the top.  

Click the video to watch how to crochet Happy Kid Lids stitch by stitch (includes pom pom tutorial too):

If you need to just watch the pom pom part, click below to watch a helpful video:

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  1. what age of child would this fit? Is it to big for a 12 month old?

  2. what age does this hat fit? Im trying to make one for a 12 month old


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