Free Crochet Lobster Hat Pattern

This free crochet Lobster Hat pattern is sure to be a hit at Halloween. My little guy actually just wears it for pretend play all the time as well. It’s a beginner pattern and you’ll learn a few amigurumi tricks along the way. The hat works really well as a cut crustacean photo prop. I’ve written the animal hat pattern in five sizes – from Newborn to child. You can use your favorite crochet hat and just skip down to the Lobster bits or you can follow the simple double crochet hat pattern with a ribbed brim that’s included. (Always handy to have when you need to whip up a speedy hat!) This pattern is free to use on my site or you can purchase a printable Pdf version from my Ravelry store HERE

Keep reading for the free crochet animal hat pattern!

Materials needed to make the crochet lobster hat

1 skein Red Heart Super Saver in Burgundy

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5.5 mm US size I hook , 4.00mm US size G hook (if you are thinking about getting new hooks, read this review post)

scrap worsted weight yarn in white

8mm black safety eyes

some polyfill stuffing

Pattern notes for the free crochet animal hat pattern

When making a hat body with dc, I like to start my rounds by joining not with the first, but rather the second st of my round. ch 2 and continue with my first st into the same st as joining, my last st into the same st as joining as well. This creates a nice, invisible seam. See this post for a detailed tutorial!

To make the nice ribbed brim follow this link to a detailed tutorial.

For the sc parts of the pattern it is important that you always join with the first st of your round and sc your first st of the next round into the same st as joining.

Overview of the different sizes

 Newborn: 36 st x 6 rounds

3 – 6 Months: 42 st x 8 rounds

6 – 12 Months: 48 st x 9 rounds

Toddler: 54 st x 10 Rounds

Child: 60 st x 11 Rounds

 

Free Crochet Lobster Hat Pattern

 Newborn

Head circumference 13 – 15 inches, hat size 12 x 5 inches

With a 5.5 mm US size I hook

Make mr,

Rnd 1: (see notes about starting Dc Rounds) 12 dc in ring (see Notes about joining dc Rounds)

Rnd 2: 2dc around (24 dc)

Rnd 3: *2dc in st, dc in next st, repeat from * around (36 st)

Rnd 4 – 6: dc in each st around

Ch 5, make a ribbed brim

 

 3 – 6 Months

Head circumference 15 – 17 inches, hat size 14 x 5.5 inches

With a 5.5 mm US size I hook

Make mr,

Rnd 1: (see notes about starting Dc Rounds) 12 dc in ring (see Notes about joining dc Rounds)

Rnd 2: 2dc around (24 dc)

Rnd 3: *2dc in st, dc in next st, repeat from * around (36 st)

Rnd 4: *dc in 5 st, 2dc in next st, repeat from *around (42 st)

Rnd 5 – 8: dc in each st around

 

6 – 12 Months

With a 5.5 mm US size I hook

Make mr,

Rnd 1: (see notes about starting Dc Rounds) 12 dc in ring (see Notes about joining dc Rounds)

Rnd 2: 2dc around (24 dc)

Rnd 3: *2dc in st, dc in next st, repeat from * around (36 st)

Rnd 4: *dc in 2 st, 2dc in next st, repeat from* around (48 st)

Rnd 5 – 9: dc in each st around

 

Toddler

Head circumference 18 – 20 inches, hat size 18 x 7 inches

With a 5.5 mm US size I hook

Make mr,

Rnd 1: (see notes about starting Dc Rounds) 12 dc in ring (see Notes about joining dc Rounds)

Rnd 2: 2dc around (24 dc)

Rnd 3: *2dc in st, dc in next st, repeat from * around (36 st)

Rnd 4: *dc in 2 st, 2dc in next st, repeat from* around (48 st)

Rnd 5: *2dc in st, dc in next 7 st, repeat from *around (54 st)

Rnd 6 – 10: dc in each st around

ch 5, make a ribbed brim

 

Child size

With a 5.5 mm US size I hook

Make mr,

Rnd 1: (see notes about starting Dc Rounds) 12 dc in ring (see Notes about joining dc Rounds)

Rnd 2: 2dc around (24 dc)

Rnd 3: *2dc in st, dc in next st, repeat from * around (36 st)

Rnd 4: *dc in 2 st, 2dc in next st, repeat from* around (48 st)

Rnd 5: *2dc in st, dc in next 3 st, repeat from * around (60 st)

Rnd 6 – 11: dc in each st around

Ch 5, make a ribbed brim

Lobster Amigurumi Parts

Eyes:

With a 4mm US size G hook

Make a mr

Rnd 1: 6sc in mr

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

Rnd 3: *2sc in next st, sc in next st repeat from * around (18 st)

Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (24 st)

Rnd 5, 6: sc around

Rnd 7: sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, repeat from * around (18 st)

Fasten off, leave a long enough tail for sewing eyes onto the hat

Place safety eye in center of mr

 

Tentacles

With 4mm

Ch 20, slst into eachs st to end, fasten off

Big tentacles (make 2)

Make a mr

Rnd 1: 4sc into mr

Rnd 2: *2sc in st, sc in next st, repeat from * around (6 st)

Rnd 3 – 12: sc around

Rnd 13, 14: sc2tog, sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st, sc in last st

Rnd 15: sc, sc2tog, sc in next 2, 2sc in next st, sc in last st

Rnd 16 – 24: sc around

Fasten off, leave long enough tail for sewing tentacle onto hat

 

Crochet Lobster Claws

(make 2)

With 4mm

Child and toddler

Ch 32

Newborn to 12 months

You can shorten the band but the top version (ch 32 is good for photo props, though!)

Ch 22

Dc in 2nd ch from hook and each st to end, do not fasten off!

Ch1, 3 sc along the side of the band made.

Rnd 1: Ch1, sc in front loops only, sc in each st then continue turning the row into a round and sc in back loops left open, sc in each st , join with a slst to first sc (6st)

 

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

Rnd 3: *2sc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from * around (18 st)

Rnd 4: sc in each st around

Rnd 5: *2sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, repeat from * around (24 st)

Rnd 6 – 10: sc in each st around

Rnd 7a: sc in next 9 st, ch 1, connect to st on opposite side of circle (Note: this st is 4 st away to first sc of round) sc in last 4 st, sl st to join to first st (13 st, 1 ch st)

Rnd 8a: sc in next 9 st, sc in ch st, sc in last 4 st (14 st)

Rnd 9a: sc in next 9 st, sc2tog, sc in last 3 st (13 st)

Rnd 10a: sc in next 8, sc2tog, sc in last 3 st (12 st)

Rnd 11a: sc in next 7, sc2tog, sc in last 3 st (11 st)

Rnd 12a: sc in next 7, sc2tog, sc in last 2 st, (10 st)

Rnd 13a: sc in next 6, sc2tog, sc in last 2 st (9 st)

Rnd 14a: sc in next 6, sc2tog, sc in last st (8 st)

Rnd 15a: sc in next 5 st, sc2tog, sc in last st (7 st)

Rnd 16a: sc in next 5, sc2tog, (6 st)

Sc2tog around (3 st)

Fasten off

Stuff claw

Rnd 7b: join in the stitch next to the first claw and sc around to first claw, sc into the same ch 1 as first claw (to close the gap between two claws) join to first sc (12 sc)

Rnd 8b: sc in each st around

Rnd 9b: sc in first 5, sc2tog, sc in last 5 st (11 st)

Rnd 10b: sc in first 5 st, sc2tog, sc in last 4 st (10 st)

Rnd 11b: sc2tog, sc in last 8 st (9 st)

Rnd 12b: sc2tog, sc in last 7 st (8 st)

Stuff the claw

Rnd 13b: sc in first 3 st, sc2tog, sc in last 3 (7 st)

Sc in first 3 st, sc2tog, sc in last 2 (6st)

Sc2tog around (3 st)

Fasten off, weave in ends

 

Assembly

Lay your hat down flat, making sure your seam is in the back

Pin first eye in third, fourth and fifth round and sew on, make sure you keep eye round!

Leave five stitches between eyes (this is left up to your personal taste!) and sew on second eye

Small tentacles go on either side of the first round

Big tentacles on either side of the second round

Sew claw bands on the inside of the rim making sure you are even on both sides.

 

I hope you have fun with this pattern! You can get a printable pdf version including the tutorial for the seamless join and the ribbed brim in my etsy shop here. Or my Ravelry store HERE. Thank you and happy crocheting!

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