Mermaid Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern – Kids Edition!

Mermaid Slouchy Hat Crochet Pattern – Kids Edition!

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This magical mermaid slouchy hat is perfect for the kiddos in your life! Along with unicorns, mermaids are such huge characters in kids’ culture right now.  There’s no way I could put out a crochet pattern for an adult-sized one and not design one for kids too!  So, between this pattern and my women’s version, you can make cute little “mommy and me” (or “auntie and me”, etc.!) mermaid sets this holiday season!  (Find the women’s version here!)  It doesn’t get more magical than this!

(You can purchase an ad-free PDF copy of this pattern in my shop for just $1.99 HERE!)

This hat has the same basic concept as my Mermaid Slouchy Hat Pattern for adults, but it is sized to be about an inch smaller all the way around – so a standard 3 – 10 years kids sized hat.  I went with the gorgeous Caron Simply Soft Party yarnagain – the photos here show the hat worked up in the Teal colorway.  I love the combination of this “jade” color and all the metallic sparkles throughout!  This yarn is definitely becoming a staple in my stash!

Who else is ready to have some aquatic adventures?  Let’s make this Mermaid Slouchy Hat: Kids Edition!

Supplies:

Size I/9 5.25 mm Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle

Scissors

2 Skeins of Caron Simply Soft “Party” Yarn (“Teal” color way used in photo)

Abbreviations:

Beg = beginning

BLO = back loop only

Ch(s) = chains

Dc = double crochet

Fpdc = front post double crochet

Rem = remaining

Rep = repeat

Rnd = round

Sc = single crochet

Sk = skip

Sl st = slip stitch

St(s) = stitch(es)

Size:

Cuff Circumference of about 20”; total length (before fin) of about 10”

Special Stitches:

Front post double crochet: double crochet around a double crochet post from the previous round (hook is inserted behind post so as to push the post to the “front”)

Crocodile stitch (Crocodile st) – 4 fpdc around one dc post of a 2dc cluster, 4 fpdc around other dc post of 2dc cluster.

Gauge:

2 rows of crocodile stitches=1.75”, and 1 crocodile stitch across=1.75”

Instructions

Cuff

Row 1 – Ch 9, sc across.  Ch 1, turn (8 sc)

Row 2 – in BLO (see Fig. 1), sc across.  Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)

Rep Row 3 until piece measures 20” when VERY stretched – about 50 rows.  Place both ends of the cuff together, and sl st across in BLO to make join the band and form cuff (see Fig. 2). Ch 1.  Do not fasten off. (8 sc per row)

Body of Hat

Body of Hat
Rnd 1 – Working in top of cuff, evenly sc 69 sts around cuff. (69 sc)

Rnd 2 – Ch 3 (counts as a dc, ch 1), *sk 2 sts, 2 dc in next, ch 1. Sk 2 sts, dc in next. Ch 1* rep from * to * 10 more times. Sk 2 sts, dc in next, ch 1, sk 2 sts, join with sl st to 2nd ch of beg ch 3. (Fig. 3 shows dc’s and 2dc clusters.) Ch 1 (12 dc and 11 2dc clusters)

Rnd 3 – *Sc in dc from previous rnd. 4 fpdc around first post of 2dc cluster below (Fig. 4 shows 4 fpdc worked around first post); 4 fpdc around second post of 2dc cluster below – crocodile st made.* (Note: to make a crocodile stitch, you will need to turn your work to dc around the second post – see Fig. 5 for order in which dc’s are worked.) Rep from * to * 10 more times. Sc in last dc. Ch 2. Join with sl st to beg sc. (12 sc and 11 crocodiles)

Rnd 4 – Ch 2, dc in same st. *Ch 1, dc in next center of crocodile below. Ch 1, 2dc in next sc from rnd below.* rep from * to * 10 times. Ch 2. Join with sl st to top of ch 2 from beg. (12 2dc clusters, 11 dc)

Rnd 5 – Ch 1, *crocodile around 2dc cluster from last rnd, sc in dc from rnd below.* Rep around 10 times. Crocodile st around last 2dc cluster. Join with sl st to center of first croc made. (12 crocodiles, 11 sc)

Rnd 6 – Ch 3, *2 dc in sc from previous rnd, ch 1, sc in dc from previous rnd.* Rep from * to * 10 more times. Ch 1. (11 2dc clusters, 12 sc)

Rnds 7 – 22 – Rep rnds 3-6 four more times.

Rnd 23 – Rep Rnd 3 once more. Do not fasten off.

Combining Crocodiles:

Rnd 24 – ch 2, sk the sc closest to ch 2 and dc in next sc (combined crocodile made), ch 1. (See Fig. 6 to see what a decreased 2dc cluster looks like.) *Dc in center of next crocodile, ch 1. 2 dc in next sc, ch 1. Dc in center of next crocodile, ch 1. Dc in next sc, dc in sc after that (combined crocodile made), ch 1.* Rep from * to * twice. Dc in center of next crocodile, ch 1. Join with sl st to top of beg ch 2. (4 combined 2dc clusters, 3 2dc clusters, 7 dc)

Rnd 25 – Ch 1, *crocodile around first combined 2dc cluster from previous rnd (see Fig. 7). Sc in next dc. Crocodile around next 2 dc cluster. Sc in next dc.* Rep from * to * twice. Crocodile around next combined 2dc cluster. Sc in next dc. Join with sl st center of first crocodile st of rnd. (7 crocodiles, 7 sc)

Rnd 26 – Ch 3 (counts as a dc, ch1), *dc in next sc, dc in sc after that (combined 2dc cluster made), ch 1. Dc in center of next crocodile, ch 1. 2 dc in next sc, ch 1. Dc in center of next crocodile ch 1* Rep from * to * once more. Join with sl st to 2nd ch in beg ch 3. (2 combined 2dc clusters, 2 dc clusters, 5 dc)

Rnd 27 – Ch 1, *sc in first dc. Crocodile around next combined 2dc cluster. Sc in next dc. Crocodile around next 2dc cluster.* Rep from * to * once more. Sc in next dc. Join with sl st to first sc from beg of rnd. Fasten off, leaving a long tail. (4 crocodiles, 5 sc)

Closing top of hat
With long tail threaded on needle, gather sts around yarn needle and pull through (Fig. 8), cinching the hat closed (tie a knot to keep in place if necessary). Fasten off, carry yarn ends to inside of hat, and weave in ends.

Fin
(All rows are worked in BLO)

Ch 14, sc across (13 sc)
Row 1 – Sc across 13 sts, ch 1, turn (13 sc)
Row 2 – Sc across 13 sts, ch 1, turn (13 sc)
Row 3 – Sc across 12 sts, leave rem sts unworked, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Row 4 – Sc across 12 sts, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Row 5 – Sc across 11 sts, leave rem sts unworked, ch 1, turn (Fig. 9 shows what your work should look like after this row) (11 sc)

Row 6 – Sc across 11 sts, ch 1, turn (11 sc)
Row 7 – Sc across 10 sts, leave rem sts unworked, ch 1, turn (10 sc)
Row 8 – Sc across 10 sts, ch 1, turn (10 sc)
Row 9 – Sc across 9 sts, leave rem sts unworked, ch 1, turn (9 sc)
Row 10 – Sc across 9 sts, ch 1, turn (9 sc)
Row 11 – Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (10 sc)
Row 12 – Sc in next 10 sts, ch 1, turn (10 sc)
Row 13 – Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (11 sc)
Row 14 – Sc in next 11 sts, ch 1, turn (11 sc)
Row 15 – Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Row 16 – Sc across 12 sts, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Row 17 – Sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in last, ch 1, turn (13 sts)
Row 18 – Sc in 13 sts, ch 1 (13 sc)

Sc evenly 6 sc across top of fin (Fig. 10). Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Sew fin to top of hat (Fig. 11). Carry yarn tails inside of hat and weave in ends.

Here is the finished hat!

Thanks for crocheting along with me!  Join me next week for another fun, easy pattern that is sure to brighten up your winter!!!  You can follow me on social media and subscribe to my email list (links and form to the right) to keep up to date on all my future posts, too!

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