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When our daughter was about 5 years old, she drew a picture of the kind of hat that she would like to have. She came up with was this idea of having a frog sitting on top of her head.

I decided to turn it into a real hat that she could wear.

It is knit with bulky yarn, so it knits up quickly so the hat can be made in a day.

The legs and eyes are made using crochet as I could not figure out how to knit these pieces for the hat.

Me, being a big kid, wanted one for myself to wear, so I made one in a larger size to fit my head.

We both get lots of compliments and people smile when they see these frogs sitting on top of our heads.

Step 1: Gather Your Yarn & Tools

This hat is made with bulky weight yarn, so it knits up fast and easy.

I chose gray to make the ribbing on the hat, but you can choose any contrasting color you like.

You will need

  • 1 ball (100 grams) bulky green yarn like Berroco Comfort Yarn from Webs
  • 1 ball (100 grams) bulky contrasting color yarn like Berroco Comfort Yarn from Webs
  • Small amount of 4 ply white yarn for the eyes
  • Small about of 4 ply dark color yarn for the centre of the eyes
  • Small amount of 4 ply red for the mouth (or use the color of your choice)
  • 5 mm (US size 8) (UK size 6) knitting needles
  • 4 mm (Us size G/6) (UK size 8) crochet hook
  • Darning needle
  • Ruler

TIP - check your yarn stash for the small amounts needed for the eyes and mouth.

Step 2: Start at the Top of the Hat

Instructions are for a child's size hat ( 3-10 years) with Adult sizes in brackets

Gauge - 3.5 stitches = 1" on 5 mm needles

TIP - Knit a 1-2" sample of 8 stitches and check your gauge. If you don't have the right number of stitches, either increase or decrease the size of you knitting needles to get the correct gauge.

With green bulky yarn and size 5mm needles, Cast on 8 sts

See Learn to Knit on Instructables for detailed basic how to instructions

Purl 1 row

Knit row, increasing 1 in each stitch = 16 stitches

Purl 1 row

Knit 1, increase 1 in next stitch - repeat to end of row = 24 stitches

Purl 1 row
Knit 2, increase 1 in next stitch - repeat to end of row = 32 stitches

Purl 1 row
Knit 3, increase 1 in next stitch - repeat to end of row = 40 stitches

Purl 1 row

Knit 4, increase 1 in next stitch - repeat to end of row = 48 stitches

Purl 1 row
Knit 5, increase 1 in next stitch - repeat to end of row = 56 stitches

Purl 1 row
Knit 6, increase 1 in next stitch - repeat to end of row= 64 stitches

Knit until piece measures 4 1/2" - child

(Adult Hat start hat following above instructions but add one more increase

Purl 1 row

Knit 7, increase 1 in next stitch - repeat to end of row = 72 stitches

Knit to 5 1/2")

Cut off green yarn and join contrasting color

Knit 1 row of contrasting color

Step 3: Add the Ribbing

Next row - Knit 2, Purl 2 - repeat to end of row

Repeat this row until you have 2 1/2" of ribbing

Cast off loosely leaving 18" of yarn for sewing the seam

TIP - Use a needle 1 mm larger to cast off. This make the cast off loose enough

Step 4: Make the Eyes

Use 4 ply dark yarn and a 4mm crochet hook.

Start with a Magic Circle (or ch 2)

Make 8 sc in circle ( or 8 sc in 2nd chain from the hook)

Join into a circle and cut the yarn

Join white to sc in dark circle

Sc in 1st stitch, ch 1

Repeat around the circle to the last sc

Join and cut yarn, leaving 18" for sewing on the eyes

Step 5: Make the Legs

Make 4 Legs

With bulky green yarn and 4 mm crochet hook,

Ch 13 sts,

Sl st in 2nd chain from hook

Sl st in next 2 chains - makes 1st toe

Chain 4,

Sl st in 2nd chain from hook
Sl st in next 2 chains - makes 2nd toe

Repeat to make 1 more toe

Sc in top of 1st toe

Sc in each of the remaining 9 chain stitches

Tie off yarn leaving 18" to sew the leg on the body

Step 6: Sew on the Legs

Lay the hat flat with seam at the center back of the hat

Sew on 2 back legs as shown in the picture, on either side of the back seam

Gently stretch the ribbing flat as you sew these on

Leave about 1 1/2 inches between legs

Turn the hat to the front

Sew on the 2 front legs as shown in the picture

You are almost done....

Step 7: Sew on the Eyes

Sew on the eyes to the front of the hat as shown in the picture

Embroider mouth

You are now finished

Enjoy having a frog on your head!!

Step 8:

<p>owww cuteee</p>
<p>This is so cute!</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>

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