• Elisa

Totoro Hat Free Crochet Pattern

Updated: Oct 19, 2019




Totoro is a Japanese character from one of Miyazaki's most beloved and celebrated movies..."My Neighbor Totoro". A nostalgic story about childhood innocence, friendship, and magic!

"Everything will work out in the end!"

Totoro, adorable and fuzzy creature, is a spirit of the wild forest. He has a big friendly smile, brings fun and most of all comfort.


Totoro has become an iconic character

by teaching us the importance of laughing at our fears and the value of imagination and nature in our everyday lives.


The movie first came out more than 25 years ago, and Totoro continues to be one of the most beloved characters among children and adults.




Today I want to share with you, my fellow crocheters, the crochet pattern of the Totoro Hat I designed few years ago.

It is a very easy and quick crochet project...perfect for a last minute gift!

I made tons of these hats years ago for family and friends!


Let's have some fun together crocheting this must-have kids' accessory!!

SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

YARN: Worsted Medium Yarn (Lace 4) in Grey, Black and White.

HOOK SIZE: H/5 mm

STITCHES USED and ABBREVIATIONS: slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), decrease (dec), increase (inc), fasten off (F/O)


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INSTRUCTION: join with sl st at the end of each round, chain 2 and crochet in the same st (otherwise instructed).


SIZE 0-3 MONTHS (grey yarn)

1) 11 dc in a magic ring (11)

2) 2 dc in every stitches around (22)

3) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*, repeat ** around (33)

4) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 2 st*, repeat ** around (44)

5-10) dc even (44)

Do not fasten off, start crocheting the earflaps following the instructions below.


SIZE 3-6 MONTHS (grey yarn)

1) 11 dc in a magic ring (11)

2) 2 dc in every stitches around (22)

3) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*, repeat ** around (33)

4) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 2 st*, repeat ** around (44)

5) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 10 st*, repeat ** around (48)

6-11) dc even (48)

Do not fasten off, start crocheting the earflaps following the instructions below.


SIZE 6-9 MONTHS (grey yarn)

1) 11 dc in a magic ring (11)

2) 2 dc in every stitches around (22)

3) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*, repeat ** around (33)

4) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 2 st*, repeat ** around (44)

5) * 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 10 st*, repeat ** around (48)

6) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 11 st*, repeat ** around (52)

7-12) dc even (52)

Do not fasten off, start crocheting earflaps following the instructions below.


SIZE 9-12 MONTHS (grey yarn)

1) 11 dc in a magic ring (11)

2) 2 dc in every stitches around (22)

3) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*, repeat ** around (33)

4) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 2 st*, repeat ** around (44)

5) * 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 10 st*, repeat ** around (48)

6) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 11 st*, repeat ** around (52)

7) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 12 st*, repeat ** around (56)

8-13) dc even (56)

Do not fasten off, start crocheting the earflaps following the instructions below.


SIZE TODDLER (grey yarn)

1) 11 dc in a magic ring (11)

2) 2 dc in every stitches around (22)

3) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*, repeat ** around (33)

4) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 2 st*, repeat ** around (44)

5) * 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 10 st*, repeat ** around (48)

6) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 11 st*, repeat ** around (52)

7) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 12 st*, repeat ** around (56)

8) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 13 st*, repeat ** around (60)

9-14) dc even (60)

Do not fasten off, start crocheting the earflaps following the instructions written below.


SIZE CHILD (grey yarn)

1) 11 dc in a magic ring (11)

2) 2 dc in every stitches around (22)

3) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st*, repeat ** around (33)

4) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 2 st*, repeat ** around (44)

5) * 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 10 st*, repeat ** around (48)

6) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 11 st*, repeat ** around (52)

7) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 12 st*, repeat ** around (56)

8) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 13 st*, repeat ** around (60)

9) *2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 14 st*, repeat ** around (64)

10-15) dc even (64)

Do not fasten off, start crocheting the earflaps following the instructions below.



EARFLAPS SIZE 0-3 MONTHS / TODDLER (grey yarn; work in rows)

1) ch 1, 1 sc in the same st, 9 sc (10); ch 1, turn

2) 1 dec, 6 sc , 1 dec (8); ch 1, turn

3) sc even (8); ch 1, turn

4) 1 dec, 4 sc , 1 dec (6); ch 1, turn

5) sc even (6); ch 1, turn

6) 1 dec, 2 sc , 1 dec (4); ch 1, turn

7) sc even (4); ch 1, turn

8) 2 dec (2); ch 1, turn

9) 1 dec (1); F/O and weave in ends.

In order to position the second earflaps, fold the hat in half and position the first earflaps slightly toward the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first one.

Sc all around hat and earflaps.


EARFLAPS SIZE CHILD (grey yarn, work in rows)

1) ch 1, 1 sc in the same st, 11 sc (12); ch 1, turn

2) 1 dec, 8 sc , 1 dec (10); ch 1, turn

3) sc even (10); ch 1, turn

4) 1 dec, 6 sc , 1 dec (8); ch 1, turn

5) sc even (8); ch 1, turn

6) 1 dec, 4 sc , 1 dec (6); ch 1, turn

7) sc even (6); ch 1, turn

8) 1 dec, 2 sc , 1 dec (4); ch 1, turn

9) sc even (4); ch 1, turn

10) 2 dec (2); ch 1, turn

11) 1 dec (1); F/O and weave in ends.

In order to position the second earflaps, fold the hat in half and position the first earflaps slightly toward the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first one.

Sc all around hat and earflaps (work three single crochet in the last st of the earflaps).



BRAIDED TAILS

Cut 3 long strands of yarn; insert through the last st of earflaps getting 6 strands to work with. Make a knot and braid, knot where you want the tails to end, trim yarn.


EYES (black and white yarn; make two)

1) starting off with black yarn, 6 sc in a magic ring (6)

2) switch to white yarn, inc around (12); join with next st, F/O and leave a long tail for sewing.


EARS (grey yarn; make two)

1) 4 sc in a magic ring (4)

2) *1 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** twice (6)

3) *2 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** around (8)

4) *3 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** around (10)

5) *4 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** around (12)

6) *5 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** around (14)

7) *6 sc, 1 inc*, repeat ** around (16)

8) sc even (16)

9) *6 sc, 1 dec*, repeat ** around (14)

10) *5 sc, 1 dec*, repeat ** around (12)

11) *4 sc, 1 dec*, repeat ** around (10)

12) sc even (10); F/O and leave a long tail to sew the ear between rounds 1/3 of the hat.


NOSE AND WHISKERS

Embroider the nose and the whiskers with some black yarn as shown in the pictures.




I can't wait to see your version of this Totoro hat! Feel free to tag me (@elisascrochet) in your photos on Instagram or Facebook if you'd like!


Elisa




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