Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Greg Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern
free crochet pattern from cRAfterChick.com
This hat project was a special request to make for the auction at my Mother’s school to help raise funds. I wasn’t sure how I could translate an all white and black sketched character but eventually it came to me. Greg is such a cute character from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. If you have a Wimpy Kid fan in your life, this makes a perfectly fun gift. I’ve even had adults wanting to don a Greg hat. He has been a big hit with both the teachers and the students at the school so far. I can’t wait to try this procedure on some more comic cartoon characters I might not have attempted it on before. I’m still new at pattern writing so if you have any questions, please let me know so I can sort it out. Happy crafting!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Greg Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern Notes
White Yarn for Beanie Hat (main color)- (I use a lot of Red Heart Saver yarn but any medium to normal weight yarn will do)
Contrast Black Yarn for details
“J” hook (6.0 mm)
Scissors or Yarn Cutter
Blunt large eye yarn / tapestry needle to weave in ends
Small amount of fiberfill stuffing for nose *optional*
Abbreviations used in this pattern:
ch – chain
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet (US)
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
*Note: This project is worked in the round on the base of a magic ring. If you do not know how to do this, please see tutorial here from: yarntomato on CrochetMe
The hat in this picture is made with my free Easy Peasy Pre-Teen / Teen / Women Double Crochet Beanie Pattern which you can find here as a foundation for the project. Want it in another size? No worries. Head over to Easy Peasy All Family Sizes Free Double Crochet Beanie Patterns to select the size of the free pattern you want for your project.
Hat Base: in main color yarn (white)
Use Easy Peasy Crochet Beanie Size of your choice in white yarn. Fasten off.
Attach black yarn to where you left off at end of beanie base with a sl st in one st. Ch 1 before placing 1 sc in the first st and each st around. Sl st to the top of the 1st st in round. Fasten off. Once you have completed your beanie for the base you are ready to start on making your own Diary of a Wimpy Kid hat of Greg!
Note: If you are going to do this in newborn / infant/ up to 1 year old sizes, switch to a G hook for the features instead of the J to scale them down in size or eliminate one increase row from each feature worked in the round.
Eyes (Make 2): Using black contrast yarn
Round 1: In magic circle ch 1 before placing the following st in to the circle as follows: 2 sc, 1 hdc,1 dc, 1 hdc, 3 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc and 1 sc. Pull circle closed. Sl st in to the top of 1st st in round. (12 st total)
Before you cut your yarn make sure you leave a tail long enough sew your eyes on to your beanie hat securely. Cut yarn and pull through tightly before placing to side until needed during assembly process.
Repeat process for second eye.
Smile: Using black contrast yarn
Make 1 chain of 18 ch and leave tail to sew this main part of the smile in to place when assembling beanie hat.
Make 1 chain of 5 ch and leave tail of yarn to sew the sides of the smile in to place on each end of the smile chain from previous step. Put to side until needed during assembly.
Nose Pieces (make 2): using white main color yarn
Row 1: Ch 7. Place 1 dc in third ch from hook and following 4 st. Ch 2 and turn. (5 dc)
Row 2: Place 1 dc in first st and following 4 st. Ch 2 and turn. (5 dc)
Row 3: Place 1 dc in first st and following 4 st. Ch 1 and turn. (5 dc)
Row 4: Sc in first st, hdc in next st, dc in third st, hdc in next st, and sc in last st. Cut yarn, pull through and fasten off.(5 st total)
Repeat this process for the second Nose Piece but before you start your original chain on Nose piece 2 make sure you leave a tail long enough sew your nose in place on to your beanie hat once completed. Fasten off at end of Round 4.
Nose Contrast Outline: using black contrast yarn
Round 1: Attach black yarn to one bottom corner of nose with a sl st. Ch 1 before placing 1 sc in each st up to top 5 st of nose tip curve. Place 2 sc in each of these 5 st before proceeding down other side of nose to corner with 1 sc in each st again. When you reach bottom corner, cut yarn and fasten off. You should have the 5 st at the base of the nose unworked with black like as seen in my pictures.
Ear Fronts (Make 2): using main color white yarn
Round 1: In magic circle, ch 2 before placing 12 dc. Pull the circle closed to line up in tight circle. Sl st in to top of 1st st. (12 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 before placing 2 dc in first st and in each of the following 8 st. Place 1 sc in each of the last three st. Sl st in to the top of the 1st st in round. (21 st total)
Cut yarn and fasten off. You will need this during Ear Back assembly so don’t put it too far away.
Repeat process for second ear.
Ear Back (Make 2): using main color white yarn and black contrast yarn for last round
Repeat rounds 1-2 of Ear Fronts in previous step but do not fasten off at end of round 2. You want to leave a long enough tail at start of Round 1 so that you can sew the ears on to place on hat during assembly process.
Placing one ear front in front of your ear back you are working on, continue working the following through both pieces at same time.
Round 3: Attach black contrast yarn with a sl st in last st worked. Ch 1 before working 1 sc in first 6 st, then alternate 1 sc then 2 sc repeatedly until back at first st in round. Sl st in to top of 1st st in round.
Now repeat process for second ear.
Three Hairs on top of Head: using black contrast yarn
Round 1: Ch 9. Place 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next 7 st and sl st back in the last ch.
Round 2: Ch 13. Place 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next 11 st. Sl st back in the last ch.
Round 3: Ch 9. Place 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next 7 st. Sl st back in the last ch. Ch 1 and turn.
Round 4: Sl st around outside perimeter of three hairs and base. You will place 1 sl st in each st but 3 sl st in ends of hair to give more of a rounded appearance to the hairs. After completely going around sl st back into 1st st from round.
Leave a long enough tail to sew your hair in place on top of your beanie during assembly. Cut yarn and pull through. Put to side until this is needed during finishing off steps below.
Since I like to start adding my features from the bottom up we will start with Diary of a Wimpy Kid Greg’s smile. I find that by working from bottom up you get a better idea of how much space you have during the process. Otherwise you may find yourself scrunching up features at the bottom if you haven’t left enough space in your process. By working upwards you always have extra room as you can just move the next feature up a little higher if need be.
You are now going to use this the tail left on the large smile chain from before and your Blunt large eye yarn / tapestry needle to sew the main smile piece into the desired place on the hat. (You can reference my pictures to see how I placed his smile my own hat.) Once you have secured it into place, bring the yarn into the inside of the beanie hat and finish off.
Now repeat this process to the smaller side smile chain on the right side to give his lopsided signature smile.
Next we will work on attaching the nose that was assembled previously. Use the tail left behind and needle to secure the nose piece in place on to the beanie hat. I lightly stuffed mine to give it more a 3D appearance but it is not necessary. Pull yarn in to the inside of beanie once sewn on and fasten off.
Next we will work on the his eyes. Take the yarn tail left from one eye and sew it into place on to the hat. Note that you want the oval of eyes to have the narrow sides on top and bottom whereas the long ends facing sides. Once it’s sewn on, pull yarn in to the inside of the hat before finishing off. Repeat for second eye.
Now you need to attach Greg’s ears on to the beanie. Sew each of the ears in place by using the leftover yarn tail from when you crocheted the ears before directly on to the top sides of the beanie in your desired position. Once secure, pull yarn in to inside of your hat before finishing off. Repeat process for second ear.
Picking up Greg’s hair pieces you created before, use the tails and yarn needle to secure them in to place on the top of the beanie hat. I tend to center mine on the 1st Round circle on my own beanie hat but you can place it in your desired location to best fit your hat. Once the hair has been securely sewn on, pull yarn into the inside of the hat before finishing off.
Note: My pattern is for floppy pieces of hair. If you want them to stay upright and stiff, try adding a black pipe cleaner in the last round around the perimeter of the hair. It’s a lightweight and washable solution.
Check for any tails or ends that you may have missed in process to weave in and finish off. Do so if you find any. I would love to see your version if you make one, just drop me a line.
Here are some of the pictures I took to show how it looks worn and from different directions when completed:
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