The Knotted Nail
Free Pattern Friday: Despicable Me Minion Hat!
I feel it's only fitting that my very first blog post is also the first item I ever sold! Back in the early years of trying to remember how many loops went into which stitch, I came across a tutorial on YouTube showcasing a similar Minion hat to the one I've designed below. Once I finally got the hang of the whole "crocheting in a round" thing and finished my project, I knew I was obsessed. My mind instantly started flooding with ideas and before I knew it, I had instantly pinned over 100 projects on Pinterest.
Fast forward 6 years, a college degree and a husband later, and I am finally coming to you with a Minion hat design of my very own! I've sold a few on Ebay and Etsy, and gifted even more to the children at a daycare center I worked at, gaining raving reviews from everyone. After a couple tweaks and simplifying, I'm finally ready to share my first personally written crochet pattern- wish me luck!
As long as you can crochet in a circle and tie a knot, this pattern will be easy (or at least nothing a couple 5 minute YouTube videos can't teach you). The entire pattern is made out of 3 parts: the hat, the goggles and the mouth. Give yourself a cozy blanket, some binge-worthy Netflix and a cup of coffee and I can almost guarantee you will have this hat completed in less than 3 hours.
That's not even the best part: since the yellow Minion design is exactly the same as the purple "evil" Minion, you technically have two projects in one! Swap out the yellow yarn for a lovely purple and you have yourself another item to add to your collection. Keep scrolling for the free pattern!
Despicable Me Minion Hat
Yellow Minion & Purple "Evil" Minion
Weight 4 yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Bright Yellow/Purple, Black, Dark Brown, White & Grey
Tapestry needle (for sewing goggles & mouth)
I - 5.5mm
Height: 1dc round = 1 inch
(available in pattern for purchase on my Etsy Store!)
ch = chain
slst = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
inc = increase (2 crochets in 1 stitch)
F/O = finish off (ch1, cut yarn and pull tail through to create a knot)
*For every round, start with a ch2 & join at the end with a slst in 2nd chain.
Magic circle w/ 10dc (including ch2).
2dc in each (20)
1dc, inc (30)
2dc, inc (40)
3dc, inc (50)
*Continue this pattern (adding 1 additional dc between each increase) until desired width. These increasing rounds determine how big your hat will be. Once you are finished with your increasing rounds, switch to BLACK yarn (DO NOT CUT YELLOW YARN!)
*For 2 rounds* Ch2, 1hdc in each.
After 2nd round, switch to BRIGHT YELLOW (Tie black yarn ends together on inside to secure).
For remaining rounds till you reach the desired hat height: ch2 & 1dc in each stitch, joining w/ slst in 2nd chain. After last round, F/O & weave in tail.
*For every round, join with a slst in 2nd chain.
Large Goggles (for Child - Adult sizes)
(BROWN) Magic Circle w/ 10dc (including ch2). Switch to WHITE
(WHITE) Ch2, 2dc in each (20). Switch to GREY
(GREY) Ch2, 1hdc, inc (30). F/O w/ long tail for sewing
Small Goggles (for Newborn - Toddler sizes)
(BROWN) Magic Circle w/ 8dc (including ch2). Switch to WHITE
(WHITE) Ch2, 2dc in each (16). Switch to GREY
(GREY) Ch2, 1hdc, inc (24). F/O w/ long tail for sewing
Sewing Goggles & Mouth
Attach a tapestry needle to the long tail of one of the goggles. With joining chains towards the back, fold the hat in half to determine the middle of the front side. Working with 1 goggle at a time, insert tapestry needle in the middle between the two black rounds. With the goggle in place (I try to line it up with the rows above and below the black strap to make sure they’re even), carefully sew around, going through the outer grey stitches of the goggle. Once secure, insert the needle in the middle where you first started sewing so the needle is on the inside of the hat. Cut the yarn, leaving a tail long enough to tie. Repeat the same steps with the other goggle. Once both are sewed on with tails on the inside of the hat, tie tails together to secure.
Attach tapestry needle to a long piece of BLACK yarn and tie around 1 dc post where you would like the mouth to start (Make sure tail is tucked inside the hat). On outside of hat, skip 2dc, insert needle between the dc posts towards inside of hat and sew back through previous dc space (yarn will overlap). Continue to sew mouth using this overlap method until desired length and shape.
Purple Minion Teeth
Attach tapestry needle to a long piece of WHITE yarn and to around 2 dc posts at the base of the mouth. Working in loops, begin to create various triangle tooth shapes along the entire length of the mouth (should be very unique and organic shapes- not symmetrical). When finished, create a knot on the inside of the hat and cut yarn, leaving a small tail (don't need to weave in)
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