Crochet: Sly Fox Hat

Crochet a fox hat

October is here! I love October because it means that MAYBE cool weather is on its way to Houston. Probably not, but a girl can dream, right? October also means it’s costume time! Last year, I composed two sweet costumes for my boys’ book character parade (see here) at school.

Combine cool weather and costumes and you get…animal hat! Specifically, a sly little fox hat.

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It features some interesting shaping to create the point at the front and long sides to cover the ears. It is definitely inspired by Ganomy, which, if you’ve been reading long, is my favorite knit hat pattern. This crochet hat is worked from the top down, though, and, like I said, has a point at the front. Instead of two sets of increases and decreases, there eventually are three. I hope you guys like it! I’ll put some notes at the END with suggestions for changing the size. Please read through before asking questions! Have fun!

Materials
1 skein Vanna’s Choice in brick or other worsted weight yarn in a foxy color
Small amount of white and dark gray yarn in same weight
5 mm (US H) crochet hook
4 mm (US G) crochet hook
yarn needle

NOTES
Abbreviations (U.S. terminology)
Ch: chain
DC: double crochet
slst: slip stitch
sp: space
rep: repeat
DC2tog: DC 2 together
SC: single crochet
SC2tog: SC 2 together

Gauge
About 3.5 DC and 1.5 rounds per inch with larger hook.

Each beginning ch-3 counts as 1 stitch.

Pattern
HAT
With large hook, Ch 3, 11 DC into a magic circle. Cinch circle shut. Slst into top of beginning (beg) ch-3. (12)

Round 2: Ch 3, 1 DC in same sp, 2 DC in each st, slst to top of beg ch-3. (24)

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 DC in next st, *1 DC in next st, 2 DC in next st; Rep from * around, slst to top of beg ch-3. (36)

Round 4: Ch 3, 1 DC in next st, 2 DC in next st, *1 DC in next 2 sts, 2 DC in next st; Rep from * around, slst to top of beg ch-3. (48)

Round 5: Ch 3, DC in next 7 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 15 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in last 7 sts, slst to top of beg ch-3. (54)

Round 6: Ch 3, DC in next 8 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 17 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in last 8 sts, slst to top of beg ch-3. (60)

Round 7: Ch 3, DC in next 9 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 19 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in last 9 sts, slst to top of beg ch-3. (66)

Round 8: Ch 3, DC in next 10 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 21 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in last 10 sts, slst to top of beg ch-3. (72)

Round 9: Ch 3, DC2tog, DC in next 9 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 9 sts, DC2tog, DC in next st, DC2tog, DC in next 9 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in next 9 sts, DC2tog, slst to top of beg ch-3. (72)

Rounds 10-11: Repeat Round 9. (72)

Round 12-13: Repeat Round 9, but switch to white after the third decrease and work with that yarn, carrying the MC, to the stitch before the next decrease. You will have to attach the new color every round. Finish the round in the main color, attach white at the end.

Round 14: SC around in white, making [1 SC, ch 2, 1 SC] in the center DC of the increases of the previous round, slst to first SC. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
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Ears
Note: the ears are made up of two pieces each– a solid piece in the MC of the hat and a piece that is white + the MC.

Make 2 solid pieces for the back of the ears
Ch 10
Row 1: SC in second chain from hook and each of the rest. Ch 1, turn. (9)

Row 2: SC2tog, SC 5, SC2tog. Ch 1, turn. (7)

Row 3: SC in each st. Ch 1, turn. (7)

Row 4: SC2tog, SC 3, SC2tog. Ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 5: SC in each st. Ch 1, turn. (5)

Row 6: SC2tog, SC in next st, SC2tog. Ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 7: SC in each st. Ch 1, turn. (3)

Row 8: SC2tog, SC in next st. Ch 1, turn. (2)

Row 9: SC2tog. (1)

Ch 1, SC 9 down the side of the triangle. At bottom corner, ch 3, then turn triangle clockwise to work across the beginning chain, SC 9 to next corner, Ch 3, then SC 9 back to top of the triangle. SC in the sc2tog stitch from last row, ch 3, SC in same st, slst to first of the SC you made down the side of the triangle. Fasten off.

Make 2 pieces for the front of the ears.
Work pattern as above, but switch to white for Rows 2-9. Switch back to main color after last SC2tog and work border in MC. Leave a long tail at the end of these pieces.

Stitch a front and back together, then sew in place on your hat.
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Eyes & Nose
With smaller hook, make 6 SC into a magic loop. Cinch loop shut. Slst to first SC.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 SC into same space and each stitch, slst to first SC. Fasten off, leaving a 12-18″ tail for attaching. (12)

For Eyes only
Slst into each st.

Sew eyes and nose in place with tail yarn.

the sly fox hat

Notes on size
As-is, the pattern fits a child size heads. My son is 5, but his head is about the same size as his 8 year old brother. For a larger hat, I increased my hook to a 5.5 mm (US I) and added some more repeats of Round 9 before making the last 3 rounds. It would be possible to make some more complicated increases, but I can’t give any specific advice on that. Try working the pattern through once, so you can see where the increases are placed and then work it again, adding an increase round after Round 4 (increase to 60) and then some round(s) after 8 (remember–Rounds 5-8 are increasing stitch count by 6 DC each round). The last 5 rounds are the same, so you would just need to figure out where to put the decreases that balance out the increases. Good luck!

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Sly Fox Hat Pattern is ©2013 Lisa Gutierrez | goodknits.com
For personal use only.

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145 comments to Crochet: Sly Fox Hat

  • AlisaNo Gravatar

    I am attempting to make this for my grandson and of course as I always am when reading the patterns, I get a little confused as I’m a beginner, so please accept my apologies. Round 5 is where my confusion starts. After everything in parenthesis the word “twice” has me thrown. Do you do everything outside of the parenthesis twice or both whats inside and outside of parenthesis twice?

  • AlisaNo Gravatar

    Thank you so much! I did manage to get it completed and he loves it!

  • KatrinaNo Gravatar

    What does MC mean, or did I miss that part? Fairly new to crocheting, but LOVING the cute little ideas for my 4 kids! Thanks for sharing!

  • Camil OrtegaNo Gravatar

    I need to know how I can make this for a newborn. Can you please help?

    • I just made the beanie part for a newborn. I used an F/5-3.75 MM hook and Caron Simply Soft yarn.
      Follow the instructions for the first 4 rounds as above. By the time I was finished with R4, the diameter of the crown was just over 4 inches
      Round 5: ch3, DC2tog, dc in next 5 sts, *3Dc in next stitch, dc in next 5 sts, Dc2tog, Dc, Dc2tog, Dc in next 5 sts* (crochet from * to * twice). 3Dc in next stitch, Dc in next 5 sts, DC2tog.
      rounds 6-7: repeat round 5
      Round 8: repeat round 5, except change to white after the third decrease and then change back to our main color before the next decrease.
      Round 9: repeat round 8
      Round 10: same as Round 14 in the original pattern above.

      I have not gotten to the eyes, nose, or ears yet, so I am not sure what the size change should be. I will experiment with that tomorrow. I hope the above will help you.

      My gauge with the F hook is 2 rows of 4 dc= 1 inch

      • Thank you so much for doing the newborn figuring, I was just wondering how to adjust it for babies when I scrolled down! :) Hat is done, now to just modify ears, etc. to go on it!

  • AshleyNo Gravatar

    I seriously love your patterns! They are always amazing and so beautiful. I was wondering do you have a pattern for this in adult sizes? Thank you so much. Your do talented

  • I made your sly fox hat for a school fund raiser ( http://institchgratification.blogspot.com/2013/10/donated-items.html) and it was a big, big hit. It disappeared rather quickly and I have had many others asking for this hat. Thank you for the wonderful pattern!!!! This is so fun to make!

  • That hat is adorable, certainly looks like it’s a hit with your little boy. I’d love to be able to make something like this one day.

  • CherylNo Gravatar

    I printed this pattern for my Mum to crochet, and she’s not sure what happened, but it’s far too small. It’s more like a beret – there’s no way it’s long enough to cover your little boy’s ears!

    She’s using the Patons Canadiana Weight Cat 4 and 5mm hook size (I thought maybe she single crocheted by accident, but that’s not it). She’s going to unrip it and start again, but do you have any advice or ideas as to what she may have done wrong? She made a gauge swatch and it turned out fine…

    I don’t crochet myself, but my Mum really isn’t computer literate so I do this part for her.

    I really love the pattern, and I’d love to see my godson wearing the hat! Thanks in advance for any help you can give…

  • SherryNo Gravatar

    I just finished this for my 17 yo son, who loves it! As does his 22 yo sister and 26 yo BIL who also want one for each of themselves. It’s just too cute!

  • JoyNo Gravatar

    I love this and am making it for my greatgrandson who is 6. But I have run into a problem. Round 12…when you attach the white yarn, it says to “carry the MC to the stitch before the next decrease”. What do you mean by “carry the MC”?
    Thanks for the answer and thanks for the cute pattern.
    Greatgrandma Joy

    • Carry the MC means lay the main color along the row you are working and crochet around that yarn with your new color, that way, when you change back to the main color for the rest of the hat, you won’t have more ends to tuck when the project is finished and the color change goes more smoothly.

  • VelmaNo Gravatar

    Where it says “For Eyes Only….slip stitch into each stitch,” what is that referring to? Is that how you are attaching the eyes to the hat or do you mean around the outer portion (like an additional round) to make them bigger than the nose?

    • I replied via email already, but I thought I should put my answer here in case anyone else is confused:

      Yes! Work that round for the eyes only. It makes them a tiny bit bigger and it also makes a little outline of chain stitches.

  • A question!, do you have tutorials

    • Not for this hat. It’s pretty straightforward crochet terminology, though. You need to know how to work in the round and a few stitches (specifically the double crochet and the double crochet decrease and increase).

  • LorenNo Gravatar

    I wanted to make a fox hat for a co-worker. I tried a larger hook and adding two more copies of row 9 but it wasn’t big enough. Here’s what I ended up doing (I think the total stitches per row are correct):

    Round 8: Ch 3, DC in next 10 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 21 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in last 10 sts, slst to top of beg ch-3. (72)

    Round 9: Ch 3, DC in next 11 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 23 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in last 11 sts, slst to top of beg ch-3. (78)

    Round 10: Ch 3, DC in next 12 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 25 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in last 12 sts, slst to top of beg ch-3. (84)

    Round 11: Ch 3, DC2tog, DC in next 11 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 11 sts, DC2tog, DC in next st, DC2tog, DC in next 11 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in next 11 sts, DC2tog, slst to top of beg ch-3. (84)

    Rounds 12-15: Repeat Round 11. (84)

    Round 16-17: Repeat Round 11, but switch to white after the third decrease and work with that yarn, carrying the MC, to the stitch before the next decrease. You will have to attach the new color every round. Finish the round in the main color, attach white at the end.

    Round 18: SC around in white, making [1 SC, ch 2, 1 SC] in the center DC of the increases of the previous round, slst to first SC. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

  • I love this pattern, but do not understand DC2tog. Can you help?

  • Thank you sooo much, can’t wait to finish this project!

  • GraceNo Gravatar

    I’m wanting to make this for a younger toddler (2-3yo). Any suggestions for making it smaller?

  • DeniseNo Gravatar

    Hi Lisa, thank you for this adorable tutorial! I have one question though since I’m just getting back into crocheting after a few decades. What are the numbers in parentheses for , what do they mean?

  • Sandra ReightlerNo Gravatar

    Thank you so much for the pattern. I love the way it look’s but here is my problem. I am a beginner and I used the same size hook as indicated, a 5, and have almost finished the hat except for the single crochet around. The hat is so large I don’t know of any adult it would fit. I used Caron Simply Soft 4 ply yarn. Can you please help? Could I be crocheting too loosely or do you have any other suggestions? I know that the yarn is machine washable and dryable so I am hoping I can shrink it without having to tear the entire hat apart.
    I appreciate your help.

    Thanks, Sandra

    • CarolineNo Gravatar

      Hi Sandra,

      I just finished making this hat also, using an H/5.00 mm hook and Vanna’s Choice yarn. Mine fits me really well! Which I’m pretty excited about. Anyway, I do have a loose hand, which I’m sure accounts for this. I wanted to make a bigger hat, so this is good for me.

      However, to go smaller, you probably just need to use a G hook and try and make your tension tighter, too, since the hat you have is too big for an adult. That should help.

      For your wash and dry idea, because the yarn is acrylic, it probably won’t shrink much.

      Good luck!

  • Janis MackNo Gravatar

    Love this pattern! Can you please explain what you mean by magic circle? Are you just slip stitching to create the circle?

    Thanks!!

  • Janis MackNo Gravatar

    just found a tutorial on you tube! after decades of crocheting I love that I am still learning new things like this!!

  • Ohhh its just to nice! Love the hat, kept the little ears of my daughter warm and cozy this winter. Check the result here: http://mevrouwknutsel.blogspot.nl/2014/02/vosjes.html
    Thanks for sharing!

  • TomiNo Gravatar

    Hi! Looked through the comments to see if this question was already asked; forgive me if I missed it. Does the chain 3 at the beginning of each round count as a double crochet in your round count? Thanks so much!

  • CarmenNo Gravatar

    I am so excited about making this cute hat for my grandson’s school fundraiser. I am almost finished with hat except for the ears. Can you give me any advice on how to place them and then sew them in place? Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  • JulieNo Gravatar

    Help please! I have the same problem as Sandra R.; (March 1st comment)… my hat is way too big, using an H hook. My gauge with an H hook and worsted wt. yarn is exactly as you have instructed! I am not skilled enough to know how to make my own increase/decrease adjustments to correct this, could you offer any ideas? Thanks so much, Love the hat! Meantime, am going to start over with smaller hook!

    • Perhaps your gauge is a little looser than mine. I crochet 7 double crochet stitches per 2″ in the round with the H hook. You could try a smaller hook and see if that helps. On the first page of comments, I left some suggestions for making it smaller:

      Aside from decreasing hook and/or yarn size, my [untested] suggestion would be to stop increasing after Round 7 (66 stitches) and then go to round 9, but change EVERY “DC in next 9 sts” to “DC in next 8 sts.” Round 9 has increases and decreases that even itself out. They’re placed in certain spots in the round, so change the 9 to 8 to make sure they’re in the same general position as the original pattern.

      If that is still looking too big, you can stop at Round 6 (60 stitches) and change that Round 9 to “DC in next 7 sts.”

      AND, you may need to make less Rounds after your new Round 9. Just go until it looks to be the right height for him. It should fit over his ears.

      I hope these help!

  • CathyNo Gravatar

    You have the sweetest model. What a happy fellow! My boys are grumpy when I ask them yo model my hats.

  • ShazNo Gravatar

    Thank you so much for this pattern, I’ve made two now, one the original colours and one in the fashion of an Arctic fox
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154060182635002&set=pb.853470001.-2207520000.1397444708.&type=3&theater

    Thank you so much!! I gave the red fox to my daughter and the white one to her best friend as a reward for their bravery in shaving their heads for the Leukaemia Foundation here in Australia, so again, thank you!!

  • RobynNo Gravatar

    Hi, I’m attempting to make your sly fox but have come across a problem. I get to row 4 and that’s fine I end up with right amount of stitches but row 5 I’m ending up with stitches left over after following pattern to end. Has anyone else noticed this as well. Thanks

  • katia do nascimentoNo Gravatar

    Ei lisa amei a toca e estou doida para fazer mas estou com dificuldades o que significa pc e dc e quantos pontos fica no total a touca/ Me desculpa minha falta de entendimento .Obrigada

  • EmilyNo Gravatar

    Hi Lisa, I don’t think this has been asked yet and please excuse me if this is a really silly question but are the instructions in UK or US terminology as I’d love to attempt this but also need to adjust stitches depending. Tia x

  • An WillemsNo Gravatar

    Hi there, I love this pattern and have made one of these hats for my nephew. Just thought I’d mention though that I found one of these for sale on this link. As it says above that the pattern is for ‘personal use only’, I thought you’d want to know and maybe contact this seller.

    [link removed]

  • I am having difficulties with round 9. I consider myself a proficient crocheter and understand the terminology and abbreviations. But I cannot get my DC 3 (points) to line up with the previous rows. I have counted all of my stitches and everything works up until the second decrease. Are the points supposed to line up? Anyone else have this difficulty?

  • SarahNo Gravatar

    Okay, so I retread the pattern once again and found I was missing a dc2tog. Silly me!

  • johnnieNo Gravatar

    I have a whole new appreciation for designers as well as for those who are good at attaching appendages, especially ears! Thanks

  • Hiya,
    I am in the midst of attempting this for my almost one year old boy. With a 4.5mm hook. So far so good! It fits surprisingly snug, which is good, seen as (in nz) winter is almost over so heading into spring.
    Thanks so much for this pattern! I’ve been meaning to give it a go for a while. I’ve yet to do the eyes and ears but I’m sure it’s going to look stunning :)!!

  • Kelly FullenNo Gravatar

    I am wanting to make this in a 3-6 mos. size, can you help me with that. Thank you.

    • On the first page of comments, I left some suggestions for making it smaller:

      Aside from decreasing hook and/or yarn size (which is what I would do for a small baby!), my [untested] suggestion would be to stop increasing after Round 7 (66 stitches) and then go to round 9, but change EVERY “DC in next 9 sts” to “DC in next 8 sts.” Round 9 has increases and decreases that even itself out. They’re placed in certain spots in the round, so change the 9 to 8 to make sure they’re in the same general position as the original pattern.

      If that is still looking too big, you can stop at Round 6 (60 stitches) and change that Round 9 to “DC in next 7 sts.”

      AND, you may need to make less Rounds after your new Round 9. Just go until it looks to be the right height for him. It should fit over his ears.

      I hope these help!

  • Linda BNo Gravatar

    I just finished the Sly Fox hat and it is just so cute. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
    I did an article about it on the Bubblews website.

    Here is the link: http://www.bubblews.com/news/6355282-sly-fox-hat-is-fun-to-crochet

    I am going to try to adapt your basic patter to make other animals like a bunny and a baby chick. I have young great nieces and nephews that would love wearing them and making up stories.

  • […] This fox hat is just so cute! Especially as I have a best friend who is welcoming a little boy soon. Note to self – learn to crochet! […]

  • yeyeNo Gravatar

    Hello I made this for my little girl and show it to other people that make me a order for 2 of then can I selling and post the photo in my page? Thank you

  • BeckyNo Gravatar

    Round 9: Ch 3, DC2tog, DC in next 9 sts, [3 DC in next st, DC in next 9 sts, DC2tog, DC in next st, DC2tog, DC in next 9 sts] twice, 3 DC in next st, DC in next 9 sts, DC2tog, slst to top of beg ch-3. (72)

    Rounds 10-11: Repeat Round 9. (72)
    after rnds

    My question – Round 9 has decreases so how would I still have 72 sts after rnds 10 & 11 or am I missing something>

  • NicoleNo Gravatar

    This hat is really cute but I’m making it for a baby with a 17 in round head. I tried questing on how to make it smaller and am having no luck. Anyway you can help me?

    • On the first page of comments, I left some suggestions for making it smaller:

      Aside from decreasing hook and/or yarn size, my [untested] suggestion would be to stop increasing after Round 7 (66 stitches) and then go to round 9, but change EVERY “DC in next 9 sts” to “DC in next 8 sts.” Round 9 has increases and decreases that even itself out. They’re placed in certain spots in the round, so change the 9 to 8 to make sure they’re in the same general position as the original pattern.

      If that is still looking too big, you can stop at Round 6 (60 stitches) and change that Round 9 to “DC in next 7 sts.”

      AND, you may need to make less Rounds after your new Round 9. Just go until it looks to be the right height for him. It should fit over his ears.

      I hope these help!

  • Kim TolbertNo Gravatar

    This hat is simply adorable! So creative! Love it, and am making one for my two year old grandson.

  • I’m on round 12-13 I don’t understand “switch to white after the third decrease ”
    Is the third decrease the third DC2Tog?

    Thx for your help.
    Totally can’t wait to see it finished!

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