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Crochet Duck Cap Pattern

Summer isn’t over yet!  You still have time to enjoy this sweet little duck cap 🙂

Back in 2009 this was the 1st ever pattern I released on Etsy.  I remember making this for my son – who at the time was barely 2!  I fell in love with this little duck as I watched his (or her)  eyes come to life – giving it such a sweet little expression.  I hope lots of you enjoy it now too!

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SKILL LEVEL
Beginner/Easy

ABBREVIATION
cc – contrast colour
ch – chaindec – decrease
hdc – half double crochet
mc – main colour
sc – single crochetst – stitch
sts – stitches
sl st – slip stitch

MATERIALS
5.0 mm hook
4.5 mm hook
Tapestry Needle 50 g – 4 Worsted weight cotton (main colour)
10 g – 4 Worsted weight cotton (contrast colour)
Small amount black and white for eyes

Liquid stitch (optional) I find that this makes placing eyes easier if they are glued in place before stitching that way there is no shifting and they end up in the right place.

GAUGE 

15 sc x 12 rows hdc = 4″ x 4″ square

DIRECTIONS 
This hat will be worked in rounds, use a marker in the last st of each round to indicate the beginning of each row.  First six rounds are worked the same for all sizes.

Work entire cap right side facing.
Using 5.00 mm hook begin at the top with main colour ch 2

Rnd 1: 8 hdc in first ch

Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st around (16 hdc)

Rnd 3: 1 hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * to end of round. (24 hdc)

Rnd 4: 1 hdc in first 2 sts, 2 hdc in next *hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * to end of round. (32 hdc)

Rnd 5: 1 hdc in first 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * to end of round.  (40 hdc)

Rnd 6: 1 hdc in first 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * to end of round.  (48 hdc) Newborn to 6 months (14”-16”) x 5” stop here and continue as per below

Rnd 7: 1 hdc in first 5 sts, 2 hdc in next *hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * to end of round.  (56 hdc) 6 months to 12 months (16”-18”) x 5 ¾” stop here and continue as per below

Rnd 8: 1 hdc in first 6 sts, 2 hdc in next *hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st* repeat from * to * to end of round.  (64 hdc) 12 months to 3 years (18”-20”) x 6 ½” stop here and continue as per below

NEWBORN TO 6 MONTHS

Rnds 7-11: Hdc in first st and each st around. (48 hdc)

Change to 4.5mm hook for rest of pattern.

Rnds 12-16: Sc in first st and each st around, skip next st and fasten off with sl st. (48 sc)

BRIM

With right side facing join cc with slip stitch in 11th st from fasten of point.

Row 1: Ch 1, working in front loop only sc in next 22 sts, sc through both loops of last st

(24 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 4, 2 sc in next st, sc next 8, 2 sc in next st, sc next 4 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts sc last st (24 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 18 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in last st (22 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc next 8 sts, 2 sc next st, sc next 3 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc last st  (22 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 16 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc last st (22 sc)

Here is the final round which will give the hat a nice clean edge.

Start beside last stitch worked on brim, sc down side of brim and each stitch around the cap and finishing at the bottom of the other side of the brim.  Fasten off and weave ends into brim.

BABY 6 TO 12 MONTHS

Rnds 8 -12: Hdc in first st and each st around. (56 hdc)

Change to 4.5mm hook for rest of pattern.

Rnds 13-18: Sc in first st and each st around, skip next st and fasten off with sl st. (56 sc)

BRIM

With right side facing join cc with slip stitch in 15th st through both loops from fasten of point.

Row 1: Ch 1 working in front loop only sc in next 24 sts, sc though both loops of last st (26 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 5, 2 sc in next st, sc next 8, 2 sc in next st, sc next 5 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc last st (26 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 20 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in last st (24 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc next 8 sts, 2 sc next st, sc next 4 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc last st  (24 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 18 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc last st (22 sc)

Here is the final round which will give the hat a nice clean edge.

Start beside last stitch worked on brim, sc down side of brim and each stitch around the cap and finishing at the bottom of the other side of the brim.  Fasten off and weave ends into brim.

TODDLER 12 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS

Rnds 9-13: Hdc in first st and each st around. (64 hdc)

Change to 4.5mm hook for rest of pattern.

Rnds 14-21: Sc in first st and each st around, skip next st and fasten off with sl st. (64 sc)

BRIM

With right side facing join cc with slip stitch in 19th st from fasten of point.

Row 1: Ch 1 working in front loop only sc in next 24 sts, sc through both loops of last st

(26 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 5, 2 sc in next st, sc next 8, 2 sc in next st, sc next 5 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts sc last st (26 sc)

Row 3: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 20 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in last st (24 sc)

Row 4: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc next 8 sts, 2 sc next st, sc next 4 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc last st  (24 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 18 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc last st (22 sc)

Row 6: Ch 1 turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc next 3 sts, 2 sc next st, sc next 8 sts, 2 sc next st, sc next 3 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc last st (22 sc)

Here is the final round which will give the hat a nice clean edge.

Start beside last stitch worked on brim, sc down side of brim and each stitch around the cap and finishing at the bottom of the other side of the brim.  Fasten off and weave ends into brim.

FINISHING

EYES (make 2)

Starting with black yarn ch 2, 8 hdc in 2nd ch from hook join with sl st and fasten off.  Weave in tails.

Starting in any stitch  join white with sl st, sc in same space, 2hdc in next, 1 sc, sl st  in next.  Fasten off.

Take two tiny stitches with white using photo as guide.

Using tapestry need and double strand of black yarn attach eyes and work eye lashes using photo as guide.

HAIR

Ch 37 – leave long tail for sewing to hat.  Fold into three lengths with the middle being longest, stitch to top of hat.

TIES (Optional) – worked the same as a fringe

Cut 6 pieces of cc yarn 30 inches long.

Working in 3rd st beside brim, hold a strand and fold in half.  Hold hat with right side facing you, using 4.5mm hook draw the folded ends through the stitch from right to wrong side.

Pull the loose ends through the folded section and draw the knot up firmly.  Repeat for next two stitches.

Braid ties.  With 20” piece of yarn tie yarn around, knot and weave in ends. Trim ends.

Do this on each side of brim.

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