Monday, January 7, 2013

Hello Kitty - Cat Ears Tutorial

I was asked recently to make a Hello Kitty earflap hat and matching fingerless gloves.  That's not really what I "do", but it's something I can do.  There are lots of patterns out there for hats, earflap hats, Hello Kitty hats, bows, ears, gloves, etc.  (Hint: is a GREAT resource for patterns.)

I'll share with you what I did.

HAT: Pick your favorite pattern for making a hat.  Some people like single crochet.  Some, like me, prefer a half-double crochet.  Some like double crochet.  Pick your favorite.  The body of the hat is simple; it's white with an accent color trim.  What color would you choose?  (Need a pattern?  Check Ravelry!)

BOW: The Crochet Bow Barrette by The Enchanted Ladybug is the one I chose to use for my hat.  It was an easy to read pattern that worked up quickly.

EYES and NOSE: Elizabeth Trantham actually has a Hello Kitty Hat pattern listed on Ravelry, but the only parts of it I used for this hat were the directions for the nose.  When I made the eyes with the larger oval, it didn't look quite right on my hat.  Play around with it and see what works best for you.

EARS: There are lots of patterns for ears out there.  None of them looked quite right for me, so I decided to make my own.  Since I used an 'I' hook for the rest of my hat, that's the hook I used also for the ears.

Worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice)
I hook
Tapestry Needle

The ears are worked in the round. Do not join the rounds.

Make a magic ring, 6 sc in ring.  Pull tightly to close.  Mark the beginning of next round.
Round 1: sc in each st around. (6 sts)
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)

Round 3: sc in each st around.
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st], around. (18 sts)

Rounds 5-6: sc in each st around.

Fold ear in half and slip stitch the opening closed.  Pull a long yarn tail through and sew to your hat.  This makes a nice, thick ear that can be shaped easily.

WHISKERS: I didn't like the look of a straight stitch on the hat for the whiskers, so I decided to embroider them with a chain stitch instead.  It makes them a little thicker and more uniform.  But hey -  do what you like best!  Make it your own.


Kara @ Petals to Picots said...

So cute! Nice work :)

Anonymous said...

Super cute :)

Natalia Rautio said...

Hi, thank you for your tutorial, and thank you for sharing it with me. I love the way my Hello Kitty hat turned out.

McKinley {Haolepinos} said...

Did you make this hat? Would you be willing to make two and sell them to me? I have looked all over Etsy for the perfect one and I have not been satisfied with anything... EXCEPT THIS!!! I love your version! If so please respond to me via email at Haolepinos{@}gamil{.}com Thank you.

Grams35 said...

Love your version of the Hello Kitty. Time to get started! Thanks.

NicMarie84 said...

Thank you so much for this! I found a great Hello Kitty hat pattern but wasn't thrilled with the ears, this is perfect! Thanks again!

hoffee and a nuffin said...

I'm so glad this tutorial is working out for all of you! Thank you for your kind words & happy crafting!

Anonymous said...

hi i was wondering if you can show me how you did the whiskers? im not to sure on what you mean by chain them.. you can contact me at

hoffee and a nuffin said...

There are many tutorials online (blogs/YouTube) that teach embroidery and you may find instructions on how to embroider a chain stitch there.

Anonymous said...

Love your version of Hello Kitty hat.
Have you use single crochet for the hat or it is half single crochet or maybe neither of them? Can you tell me wich one you used? Thank you very much for your blog and time ^.^

hoffee and a nuffin said...

Dear Anonymous,

I used half double crochet for this hat.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great idea on the ears, much better than what I had been trying

Anonymous said...

Thank u for showing how to make the ears, I have been trying out other ears and could not find one that I liked. Yours was easy to follow. Thanks again.

Cindy Dy said...

I enjoy reading your articles. You really have a wonderful blogs. Keep up the good work. Thank you also for the information!


charlotte said...

Can you make a video slowly? I'm a visual learner....I havent quite learn to crochet in directions cos I dont know what "sc" stands for, single crochet? But even then a slow motion video would be nice.. :)

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Anonymous said...

I have an older niece who wants a hat like this, thanks for your help.

Danielle Galvez said...

Your Hello Kitty hat is fabulous. I appreciate the pattern tutorial. I noticed part of your design is missing instructions. I didn't see how you completed the ear flaps on the side of the hat base. Can you please explain? Thanks so much!