TUTORIAL – Crochet TMNT Hat

tmnt crochet hat

After the unexpected response I received for my Ninja Turtles hat, I am FINALLY posting this tutorial post!  Several readers have asked for it and I love knowing I can make atleast 1 person happy with this pattern.

Remember, I in no way consider myself an expert.  This is a pattern I drafted up that works for me and I hope to provide it in a clear manner.  I am available for any questions.  Feel free to use this pattern to create as many hats as you desire, even to sell….Just remember to give credit where its due.  Do not claim this pattern as your own.  That’s not nice.

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What you will need:

  • Crochet hook:

>>Size G and H  (us size)

  • Worsted weight yarn/4 :

            >>1 skein green (suggested Vanna’s choice in Kelly Green)

            >>second color yarn for the “mask”

           >>small amount of white and black (for eyes)

  • Scissors
  • Crochet needle

Tutorial written in US crochet terms with US size crochet hooks

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Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand yarn

supplies

suggested in Kelly Green for the perfect Ninja Turtle color

supplies (1)For this tutorial I will be using a royal blue color for the “mask” worn by Leonardo of the TMNT.  The size of this hat will be for a 6 month old baby.  Photo tutorial can also be used as a guide for larger size patterns written at the bottom of this post.

supplies (2)R1: with size H hook, begin the hat with a magic circle,  chain 2,  double crochet into the magic circle.

(if you are not familiar with the magic circle, an easy video tutorial can be found here)

TMNT pattern

continue with 11 more double crochet into the circle for a total of 12 DC (the initial chain 2 does not count as a DC)

tighten the magic circle

round 1 (4)

locate the top of the first DC of the round, slip stitch into the top of the stitch.

TMNT pattern1

R2: Increase = ch 2, DC into same stitch where ch 2 is, DC again into same stitch, continue with 2 DC in every stitch around.  (24 DC)

(remember the ch 2 does not count as a DC)

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locate the first DC of the row, slip stitch into the top of the DC

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R3: Increase = ch 2, 2 DC into same stitch as ch 2, 1 DC into next stitch

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continue with this increase around *2 DC, 1 DC*. (36 DC)

round 3 (6)

round 3 (7)locate the first DC of the row, slip stitch into the top of the DC

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R4: Increase = ch 2, 2 DC into same stitch as ch 2, 1 DC into next stitch, 1 DC into next stitch.

continue with this increase around *2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC*. (48 DC)

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locate the first DC of the row, slip stitch into the top of the DC (like we have been doing)

round4 (5)

R5: no more increase (for this size only)

ch 2, only 1 DC into same stitch as ch 2, DC in every stitch around

round 5starting with this row, our project will slowly start taking the shape of a hat.

once you reach the end of round 5, slip stitch into the top of the first DC like we have been.

round 5 (1)

R6: ch 2, 1 DC into same stitch as ch 2, DC in every stitch around

at the end of the round, slip stitch into the top of the first DC

round 6

R7: ch 2, 1 DC into same stitch as ch 2, DC in every stitch around

at the end of the round DO NOT slip stitch into the top of the first DC (like I did in this photo here)

round 7we will be preparing for the addition of the 2nd yarn color.  My preferred method of doing this might be tricky at first, but it allows for a smooth color transition.

start the last DC of the round but do not complete the stitch, leave 2 green ‘circles’ on the hook , slip knot your 2nd color, place new color onto hook

TMNT pattern9

pull 2nd color thru to complete the last DC of the round, tuck the green yarn behind your work (no need to tie off the green, we will be needing it again), and locate the top of the first DC of the round.

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slip stitch thru top of the first DC.  There you have it! A smooth color transition.

R8: chain 2

TMNT pattern11

1 DC into same stitch as ch 2, DC around

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slip stitch thru top of the first DC.  see the hat coming together?

round 9 (11)R9: ch 2, 1 DC into same stitch as ch 2, DC around

slip stitch thru top of the first DC

round 10

R10: ch 2, 1 DC into same stitch as ch 2, DC around

DO NOT slip stitch thru top of the first DC, we will be adding the green yarn back in for the next round.

Round11just like before, leave the last DC of the round unfinished

grab the green yarn with the hook, pull thru the stitch completing the DC, NOW slip stitch into the first DC of the round

TMNT pattern13

R11: tie off the 2nd color yarn now that it has fulfilled its duties, ch 2 with your green, DC into same stitch as ch 2

round 12DC around in every stitch

round 12 (1)slip stitch into top of first DC of the round

round 12 (2)R12: repeat row 11

Round13 (1)

tie off at the end of this row.  Base of the hat is complete!

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Now for the eyes.  I am sure there are many ways to create the eyes needed for the TMNT look.  Feel free to experiment on your own.  Use felt, buttons, or anything you’d like.

This is my way.

Grab your white and black bits of yarn, size G hook, and scissors.

eye supplies

starting with the white (the eyeball)

make a slip knot, chain 3

TMNT pattern14

locate the 3rd chain from the hook, DC into that chain

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DC 4 more times into the same stitch (5 DC total)

this creates sort of a half circle

eyeball (4)the half circle is nice, but we want more of a “winged” look for the eyes.

in order to achieve this look, treble crochet 2 into the same stitch we are already working in.

eyeball (5)tie off, leaving an extra long tail for sewing onto the hat

eyeball (6)

Grab your black yarn (pupil) and same G hook

start with a magic circle, 6 single crochets inside the circle, slip stitch to the first sc of the round

tighten your magic circle

TMNT pattern16

tie off, leaving extra long tail for sewing onto eyeball (white yarn)

eyeball black (3)lets bring these two pieces together for the perfect TMNT eyes

we will need to use a tapestry needle to sew the black circle onto the white applique

eye together

thread the black yarn onto the needle

eye together (1)

place the black circle where you like it, and start threading it directly onto the white piece.

I go thru the center space and into the single crochets on the outside of the circle.  Anyway will work, as long as its secure.

I finish by tieing the ends of the black yarn on the backside to keep the pieces from coming apart.

TMNT pattern17just like that, our eyeball has taken shape

eye together (9)create another just like it, remember we need 2

EXCEPT the second “eyeball” (white part) will have to be flipped once complete before adding the black circle.  It is necessary to finish the 2nd eye on the reverse due to the “winged” corner of the eye being on one end of the white applique.  We want that “winged” end on both outsides of the eyes to give it that realistic face.

2nd eyeNow, find a place on the colored strip where you like the eyes.  I tilt my eyes so that the “winged” end is a little more exaggerated

putting eye on

thread the long white tail thru your needle

putting eye on (1)

and carefully start sewing the eye onto the hat.  There is no wrong way to do this really.  I just do it as neatly as possible to hide the stitches on the front.  The inside can look like this and its ok!  make sure to weave in your ends well.

putting eye on (2)

Now do the other eye.

Tada!

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This finished picture tutorial measures 16 inches in circumference, perfect for a baby up to 6 months.

This pattern can easily be increased for larger sizes.

I will provide written patterns for those common larger sizes.  All supplies remain the same.

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Toddler 1-3 years old  / 19 inches circumference, 7 inches long

R1: Magic Circle, 12 DC

R2: ch 2 (does not count as a DC), 2DC in same stitch, 2 DC in every stitch around (24 DC)

R3: ch 2, 2 DC in same stitch as ch 2, 1 DC in next stitch. *2 DC in next, 1 DC in next*, repeat * * around. (36 DC)

R4: ch 2, 2 DC in same stitch as ch 2, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next. *2 DC in next, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next*. repeat * * around (48 DC)

R5: ch 2, 2 DC in same stitch as ch 2, 1 DC into each of the next 7 stitches. *2 DC in next, 1 DC in each of the next 7*. repeat * * around.

R6: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R7: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R8: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R9: , ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R10: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R11: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R12: < add green color back in for this round>, ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R13: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

tie off, weave in ends

Eyes

Size G hook

- white:

chain 3, 5 DC into 3rd chain from hook, 2 treble crochet, tie off with long tail

- black:

magic circle, 6 sc into circle, tighten circle, slit stitch into top of first sc, tie off with long tail

sew black circle onto white “eyeball” (applique)

>>for 2nd eye, place black circle onto white applique that has been flipped over <<

sew eyes onto “mask” portion of the hat where desired

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Child 4-10 years old  / 20 inches circumference, 8 inches long

R1: Magic Circle, 12 DC

R2: ch 2 (does not count as a DC), 2DC in same stitch, 2 DC in every stitch around (24 DC)

R3: ch 2, 2 DC in same stitch as ch 2, 1 DC in next stitch. *2 DC in next, 1 DC in next*, repeat * * around. (36 DC)

R4: ch 2, 2 DC in same stitch as ch 2, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next. *2 DC in next, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next*. repeat * * around (48 DC)

R5: ch 2, 2 DC in same stitch as ch 2, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next. *2 DC in next, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next*. repeat * * around (60 DC)

R6: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R7: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R8: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R9: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R10: , ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R11: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R12: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R13: < add green color back in for this round>, ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R14: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

R15: ch 2, 1 DC in same stitch as ch2, 1 DC in every stitch around.

tie off, weave in ends

Eyes

Size G hook

- white:

chain 3, 5 DC into 3rd chain from hook, 2 treble crochet, tie off with long tail

- black:

magic circle, 6 sc into circle, tighten circle, slit stitch into top of first sc, tie off with long tail

sew black circle onto white “eyeball” (applique)

>>for 2nd eye, place black circle onto white applique that has been flipped over <<

sew eyes onto “mask” portion of the hat where desired

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Like I said at the beginning of this post, I am available for questions.  Feel free to use this pattern just remember to give credit where its due.  Do not claim this pattern as your own.  Thats not nice.

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23 Responses to TUTORIAL – Crochet TMNT Hat

  1. Reblogged this on Crochet Adventures! and commented:
    Free tutorial! Very cute. :)

  2. hmm…I may actually have time to make that for my nephew before Christmas! (omg, what am I saying?)

  3. ctgcernusak says:

    Reblogged this on acraftyday and commented:
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat, my sister is sharing here pattern after OVERWHELMING requests (yours truly included). Enjoy!

  4. Person says:

    Your 4-10 says 9 inch circumference. That’s not possible….

  5. Susan says:

    How many rounds of green on the top portion would need to be added to make this an adult size?

    • Hi! I would add another row of increase to the child size so that the circumference grows by atleast an inch to fit adult. Including the extra increase row, maybe 1 extra row should give you the length you need :-) hope that helps!

  6. Sue Ann Shwiller says:

    I am doing the Child 4-10 years old. Which row do I change color for the band? It says row 13 go back to green?

  7. Thinking of making these as party favors for a birthday party. How many hats for the child 4-10 do you think one skein of the green will make?

  8. Thank you for your tutorial……

  9. Susan fernandez says:

    Can you do this hat in half dc ? If so what changes would there be as far as rows done?

    • Hi there! Yes, the hat can absolutely be done in half double crochet. That would call for more increase rows in order to achieve the same circle diameter as in the double crochet. You would have more stitches per row as a result compared to this pattern.

  10. Molly Jo says:

    Hi! Just to clarify….it seems that no matter what size you make the band color is only 3 rows. Is that correct?
    Thanks, mj

  11. Barb says:

    At what part would you add another row for an adult hat? I see on the child’s size the last increase is row 5. Would I add another identical row or would there be a new pattern for row 6? And is that the only row to add? Also, which row should the color band start? Sorry for all the questions! Thank you for a great pattern!

    • Hi there! For an adult size hat, simply add an increase row at Row 6. This row would require adding more stitches so that the total number of stitches goes from 60 to 72. In order to do that the row would be as follows: *2 DC in next, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next, 1 DC in next* = (2,1,1,1,1). Row 7 will pick up where the old Row 6 is, 1 DC all the way around and continue with the child size pattern. This added Row 6 also counts as the extra row which should give an extra 1/2 inch of length. Hope that answers your question!

      • Barb says:

        Absolutely! Thank you so much! I haven’t crocheted since I was a teenager (long time ago) but wanted a knitting diversion. This is such a cute pattern and I’m making it as a surprise for a friend in the UK.

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