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Crochet Baby Bear Hat a Free Crochet Pattern

This crochet bear hat is a free crochet pattern that’s easy to make and fast in chunky yarn. Crochet bear ears are super simple and make for a sweet little baby bear beanie.

Is there anything cuter than a little baby in a bear hat? These chunky crochet bear hats work up fast in Lion Brand’s Hometown USA yarn, almost as fast as those babies grow! ? Chunky yarn and chubby cheeks, yes please!

I love gifting handmade hats for babies, and it’s all the more fun when the hat is as adorable the baby sporting it! The simple addition of the bear ears takes this hat from functional to sweet.

Crochet bear hat pattern in baby size laid flat in chunky cream yarn with yarn ball on wood background.
This bear hat crochet pattern is free in sizes baby through adult!

There’s a prime age for hat wearing, and you should take full advantage of it. Before you know it, those lil ones are toddling around and pulling everything off. And leaving a trail behind them.

Not to worry though, whatever the age you’re crocheting this hat for, it’s here. The free crochet bear hat pattern is for sizes newborn through adult! You know you want to match your little one 😉

Cream colored chunky crochet hat in baby sizes with bear ears on hat laid on white wood background.
This crochet hat with ears is a free pattern in all sizes!

To keep everything in one place, I’ve started with the crochet bear ears pattern, then how to sew them on. Scroll down past these to find the crochet bear hat pattern in all sizes.

This pattern would work well in white yarn if you prefer a polar bear hat like my son would!

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Two crochet bear ears ready to sew on crochet hat in chunky yarn.
Adding the bear ears to this simple chunky beanie pattern is easy!

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Materials

Notes

  • Beanie is worked top down in the round. 
  • Ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch.
  • Traditionally when working hdc a ch 2 is used, but I prefer a ch 1 in the round to keep my join tight with little to no gap.

Stitches

ch- chain

hdc- half double crochet

Mc- magic circle, or magic ring.

sc- single crochet

ss- slip stitch

Gauge

2”/5cm x 2”/5cm = 4 hdc x 3 rows of hdc

Rnds 1-3 = 3.25″/8.3cm diameter

Crochet bear hat with ears placed flat on wood background.
Crochet the bear ears separately and sew them on the top of your chunky beanie.

Bear Ears Pattern

This pattern includes the written bears and directions for how to sew the ear on. For a full photo tutorial to crochet these bear ears check out this post.

There are step by step directions and photos included in the post dedicated to sewing the bear ears on.

How to Crochet a Chunky Newborn Beanie

Watch the video tutorial on how to crochet the newborn size chunky beanie on my YouTube.

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Crochet hat with bear ears.

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Baby bear chunky crochet beanie flat in cream with yarn ball.

Crochet Bear Hat Pattern in 10 sizes

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Crochet Bear Beanie in chunky yarn for babies through adult sizes.

Materials

  • • 81yds/74m super bulky yarn (#6) I used Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn* (5oz/142g ea)

Tools

  • • 9mm (M) hook
  • • Yarn needle
  • • Measuring tape
  • • Scissors
  • • Pins

Instructions

Bear Ears Pattern

Start with a Mc-magic circle.

  1. 6 dc into the mc, only pull closed to a semi circle, turn.
  2. Ch 1, sc into the same and in each dc.
  3. Leave a long tail to sew on to hat.
  4. Set aside until hat is completed. For smaller baby sizes you may want to sew on your ears after round 5 so there is plenty of room to work in the hat.

Sew on Ears (beanie pattern below)

  1. To sew on your ears lay hat flat and pin flat edge of ears to either side along the fold. Use T-pins or sewing pins to secure the ears on rounds 3 & 4 for baby sizes and rounds 5 & 6 for child-adult sizes.
  2. Use your yarn needle and a the long tail you left to sew ears to hat.
  3. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Beanie Pattern

NB-2 weeks Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} rep from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)
  5. Repeat round 4.
  6. Repeat round 4.
  7. Ch 1, sc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24) ~4.7"/12cm tall
  8. Cut yarn and weave in tail.

0-3 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)

Rnds 5-8. Repeat round 4. ~5.4"/13.7cm tall
9. Ch 1, sc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)

Cut yarn and weave in tail.

3-6 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)
  5. Rnds 5-9. Repeat round 4. ~6"/15.2cm tall
    10. Ch 1, sc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (24)
  6. Cut yarn and weave in tail.

6-12 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (32)
  6. Rnds 6-9. Repeat round 5. ~6"/15.2cm tall
    10. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (32)
    Cut yarn and weave in end.

12-18 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (32)
  6. Rnds 6-10. Repeat round 5. ~6.7"/17cm tall
    11. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (32)

Cut yarn and weave in end.

18-24 mos Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (32)
  6. Rnds 6-11. Repeat round 5. ~7.3"/18.5cm
    12. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (32)
    Cut yarn and weave in end.

2-5 years Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (40) 6.5”
  6. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (40)
  7. Rnds 7-11. Repeat round 6. ~7.3"/18.5cm
    12. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (40)
    Cut yarn and weave in end.

Child Size Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (40)
  6. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (40)
  7. Rnds 7-12. Repeat round 6. ~8"/20.3cm tall
    13. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (40) Cut yarn and weave in end.

Teen/Sm Adult Size Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join last st to first with a ss. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2 hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (40)
  6. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join.(40)
  7. Rnds 7-13. Repeat round 6. ~8.7"/22cm tall
    14. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (40)
    Cut yarn and weave in end.

Md/Lg Adult Size Hat

Start with a mc.

  1. 8 hdc into the mc, join with a ss to the 1st. (8)
  2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, join with a ss. (16)
  3. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch, 2 hdc in the next, *{hdc in the next stitch, 2
    hdc in the next} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (24)
  4. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2hdc in the next stitch} repeat from *around, join with a ss. (32)
  5. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (40)
  6. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, *{hdc in each of the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch} repeat from * around, join with a ss. (48) 7.5”
  7. Ch 1, hdc in the same stitch and in each stitch around, ss to join. (48)
  8. Rnds 8-14. Repeat round 7. ~9.3"/23.6
    15. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each stitch around. (48)
    Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Notes

After your hat is complete refer to the directions at top on how to sew on the ears. Or check out the full bear ears tutorial, including how to crochet them and sew them on to your hat.

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Ericka

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Hello! Is this pattern written in British English? Thank you so much!!!

Christa

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Hello Ericka, All my patterns are written in American English and I use US Terms. I hope this helps! Have a great day, Crystal

Christine Bourgeois

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Hi there,

I made this for a friend at work last spring for her newborn baby. It was my first time and turned out really cute, so thanks! Now, her baby boy has grown and the hat is a bit short. She’s wondering if I can add on a few rows to make it longer. Is this possible? If so, is it possible for a beginner like me?

Thanks, Christine

Christa

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

Hi Christine, Thanks for reaching out with your question. I love to hear that mama likes the hat so much she wants to keep using it! It's always such a compliment when people use our handmade gifts! This is definitely possible. The easiest way to do it is by joining yarn with a slip stitch on the back, or at the seam of the hat. Then chain 1, and single crochet in the same stitch and in each stitch around, slip stitch to the first stitch to join the round. You can just repeat this round until you've added the length needed. Cut and weave in your ends! I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions! Crystal

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