Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

If I had to choose a favorite author, Dr. Seuss would top the list. I can’t remember a time I didn’t love to read his books, whether I was being read to as a child, reading “Oh The Places You’ll Go” as a graduate, or now reading them to my own children. With Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America being this week, I thought it would be fun to make some Dr. Seuss inspired hats with my free Versatile Earflap Hat Pattern.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Hats

I have two designs to share with you and I’ll start with the Thing 1 and Thing 2 Hats. To make these hats, simply follow the pattern instructions making a red hat with blue as your second edging color. Attach ties of red, blue and white, and add a blue pom pom on top. Next follow the directions below for the “thing label” according to the size you are making.

Thing Label

0-3 Month and 3-6 Month Sizes

  • Round 1: With white yarn and an H (5.0 mm) hook, 6 sc in a magic circle; do not join, use a stitch marker at the end of rounds if you need to. (6)
  • Round 2: 2 Sc in ea st around; do not join. (12)
  • Round 3: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next st * repeat around; do not join. (18)
  • Round 4: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts * repeat around; ch 1, skip next st and sl st in the next st. Fasten off. (24)
  • Round 5: Attach black yarn in any st, ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around; join with a sl st in first sc. (24) Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to the hat.

6-12 Month and Toddler Sizes

  • Round 1: With white yarn and an H (5.0 mm) hook, 6 sc in a magic circle; do not join, use a stitch marker at the end of rounds if you need to. (6)
  • Round 2: 2 Sc in ea st around; do not join. (12)
  • Round 3: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next st * repeat around; do not join. (18)
  • Round 4: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts * repeat around; do not join. (24)
  • Round 5: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts * repeat around; ch 1, skip next st and sl st in the next st. Fasten off. (30)
  • Round 6: Attach black yarn in any st, ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around; join with a sl st in first sc. (30) Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to the hat.

Child and Teen/Adult Sizes

  • Round 1: With white yarn and an H (5.0 mm) hook, 6 sc in a magic circle; do not join, use a stitch marker at the end of rounds if you need to. (6)
  • Round 2: 2 Sc in ea st around; do not join. (12)
  • Round 3: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next st * repeat around; do not join. (18)
  • Round 4: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts * repeat around; do not join. (24)
  • Round 5: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts * repeat around; do not join. (30)
  • Round 6: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts * repeat around; do not join. (36)
  • Round 7: * 2 Sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts * repeat around; ch 1, skip next st and sl st in the next st. Fasten off. (42)
  • Round 8: Attach black yarn in any st, ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around; join with a sl st in first sc. (42) Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to the hat.

When you are finished, embroider your label with “Thing 1″ or “Thing 2″ as pictured, or simply a “1″ or “2.” Lastly, using the long tail, sew your label to the center front of your hat.

Stripy Hat

Up next is the Stripy Hat. I think this hat would be fun in any color combination, but we were keeping it Seuss-y this week. For this hat, work the pattern by changing colors as stated below and then finish off your hat by attaching pom poms to the earflaps.

0-3 Months

  • Round 1 in red
  • Rounds 2 & 3 in white
  • Rounds 4 & 5 in red
  • Rounds 6 & 7 in white
  • Rounds 8 & 9 in red
  • Rounds 10 & 11 in white
  • Work earflaps and both edgings in blue

3-6 Months

  • Rounds 1 & 2 in red
  • Rounds 3 & 4 in white
  • Rounds 5 & 6 in red
  • Rounds 7 & 8 in white
  • Rounds 9 & 10 in red
  • Rounds 11 & 12 in white
  • Work earflaps and both edgings in blue

6-12 Months

  • Rounds 1 through 3 in red
  • Rounds 4 & 5 in white
  • Rounds 6 & 7 in red
  • Rounds 8 & 9 in white
  • Rounds 10 & 11 in red
  • Rounds 12 & 13 in white
  • Work earflaps and both edgings in blue

Toddler

  • Rounds 1 through 3 in white
  • Rounds 4 & 5 in red
  • Rounds 6 & 7 in white
  • Rounds 8 & 9 in red
  • Rounds 10 & 11 in white
  • Rounds 12 & 13 in red
  • Rounds 14 & 15 in white
  • Work earflaps and both edgings in blue

Child

  • Rounds 1 through 3 in red
  • Rounds 4 through 6 in white
  • Rounds 7 through 9 in red
  • Rounds 10 through 12 in white
  • Rounds 13 through 15 in red
  • Rounds 16 through 18 in white
  • Work earflaps and both edgings in blue

Teen/Adult

  • Rounds 1 & 2 in white
  • Rounds 3 through 5 in red
  • Rounds 6 through 8 in white
  • Rounds 9 through 11 in red
  • Rounds 12 through 14 in white
  • Rounds 15 through 17 in red
  • Rounds 18 through 20 in white
  • Work earflaps and both edgings in blue

I hope you enjoyed these Seuss Hats. As aways, if you have any questions, please leave a comment or email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required. I think we will continue celebrating Dr. Seuss into next week as well. Are you doing anything special for Read Across America?

Comments

  1. 1
    Kelli B says:

    Thanks, girl!!!

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    Kelly says:

    Hey Micah,
    You are soooo awesome and creative! Ive seen these hats around and always thought of making one but you’ve made it easier for me with the pattern. Your stripe hat is super cool too. VERY SEUSSY Thank you thank you thank you very mucho!

    Adios mi Amiga!
    Happy Hookin!

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    Cheryle says:

    These designs are sooooooo nice!!! You are very creative! Thank you so much for sharing with everyone! Your generosity is so much appreciated!!!!!!

  4. 4
    kim says:

    OMG thank you adorable. I need to make this for me and my kids!!

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    Lorraine says:

    So, so, so cute! You are very kind to share these adorable hat patterns! Thank you!

  6. 6
    Kinberlee Adams says:

    Very cute! <3 it! Thank you Micah!!!

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    Felicia says:

    Thank you so much, I love them!

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    Sara says:

    Thanks so much for letting me share this! I hoped you wouldn’t mind… Found this late last night and thought it would be perfect to share at T.H. today. Meant to message you last night. But apparently got sidetracked… Wishing you a happy weekend Micah! :)

    • 9
      Micah says:

      Thank YOU so much! I just love your site and it is a treat to see my free patterns featured there. Keep up the great work!!

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    Laura says:

    super cute micah :)

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    Joan says:

    Such a wonderful set of hats, it brings the reader and listeners very together and cozy with much enjoyment. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of wonderful creativity.

  11. 12
    Sara says:

    What a great way to honor such a great author. Your boys look so pleased with their hats. Thanks for sharing your Seussical hats. Will your boys be seeing Lorax?

    • 13
      Micah says:

      Thank you, Sara. They did have fun with their hats, but no movie theaters for them. We tried to take my older son a while ago and he was too scared to even go in theater and my younger son could never sit for so long :) We will just have to keep reading the story for now and enjoy seeing it when it comes out on DVD.

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    Donna says:

    Love these hats, thankyou so much for sharing the pattern. What is the colour name of the blue, it is hard to match up colours and I love the blue you have in your hat, would you be able to share colour name and brand name as well!!
    Thank you!!

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    Lauren says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome patterns. Just wondering how you sewed the G… I’ve got THIN… But can’t seem to get the G. Any help would be great. And the 2, as well… I assume I will have the same problem with the 2.

    Thanks again!
    Lauren

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    Iris says:

    Hey Micah,
    Great pattern and a wonderful idea, my friends’ kids are gonna get new hats for their birthdays =)
    Your pom poms are beautiful, how do you make them? Mine always look sickly and they fall apart after a while.

    • 21
      Micah says:

      Thanks, Iris! I know your friends’ kids will love them. I use this pom pom maker from Clover available at most major craft stores. It is so easy to use. To finish them off I try to tie a knot as tight as I can, then I carefully insert the tip of a hot glue gun into the center and squeeze in a little glue (do this in 2 or 3 different spots). That should hold them together well. Good luck!

      • 22
        Iris says:

        There’s a pom-pom maker?! ebay here I come!
        Thanks for the tip, never thought to hot glue them together, it makes so much sense =)

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    Jan says:

    Hi, love the hats am making them for my 2 grandchildren not sure if the size is toddler so just wondered if you could tell me how old your boys are and the size you made for them.
    Thank you so much for the free pattern.

    • 24
      Micah says:

      Hi Jan. My boys are 3 and 5 and I made the child size hat for both of them. I usually suggest that size for 3 to 8 year olds and the toddler for 1 to 2 year olds. If you are able to measure their head circumference just above their ears, the toddler size should fit a head up to 19 inches in circumference and the child size will fit up to 20.5 inches.

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    Danielle says:

    Love this! I made a set for my twin sisters who are quite the thing 1 and thing 2. Instead of a red hat though, I did blue with red edging because I didn’t have enough red. They turned out great!! Super easy pattern to follow(:

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    Linda says:

    I love the thing hats. I have twin grand daughters who have the shirts. I want to make the hats for Christmas. Would you please let me know the yarn weight and hook size that you used?
    Thank you so much, Linda

    • 28
      Micah says:

      Hi Linda – I used a Worsted/Aran weight yarn, specifically Vanna’s Choice (in cranberry, aqua, white and black), and an I hook. Happy crocheting…I hope your granddaughters will love them!

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    Michelle says:

    Thanks!!

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    Heather says:

    I am not sure if I missed it or not…did you just braid your yarn you attached to the ear flaps? Thanks for your time!!

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    Valerie says:

    I wanted to send you a picture of the hats I made. I have twin 17 year old nieces. Their friends call them Thing 1 and Thing 2. When I saw your pattern, I knew i had to make it for them! At the last second I made my sister a Dr. Suess hat…inspired by you-I added a rim from a different pattern for the girlie look. I posted the picture to Pinterest…
    http://pinterest.com/pin/20829216998704944/

    Thanks so much for sharing the pattern!!!! It was a big hit!