Skippyjon Jones Book Character Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern
free crochet pattern from cRAfterChick.com
When I started making hats for my mother’s classroom, Skippyjon Jones was brought up a few dozen times at least. Apparently he is a very popular children’s book character and my nephew was horrified that I did not know who he was. lol So I ended up making up this guy for my nephew and one in adult size for the auction at my mother’s school to raise funds. I donated this in addition to a Winnie the pooh hat, a Keroppi hat, and a Diary of a Wimpy Kid hat. I was shocked to find out about the bidding war going over these character hats. Almost all sold for $50 to $60 each! So many people were unhappy that they did not win, they begged my mother for me to make more for them to purchase. I guess you can say I now have been recruited to make an entire army of SkippyJon Jones hats..
Skippyjon Jones Book Character Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern Notes
White or OffwhiteYarn for Beanie Hat main color- (I use a lot of Red Heart Saver yarn but any medium to normal weight yarn will do) I used a white on this one but subsequent ones I opted for a very light cream
Black Yarn for face features
Blue Yarn for eye color
Medium Brown Yarn for face area
Lighter Brown Yarn for ear front
Darker Brown Yarn for ear backs and trim
“J” hook (6.0 mm)
Scissors or Yarn Cutter
Blunt large eye yarn / tapestry needle to weave in ends
Abbreviations used in this pattern:
ch – chain
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet (US)
dctog – double crochet two st together
dc – 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
Use Easy Peasy Crochet Beanie Size of your choice
Contrast Trim: using darkest brown yarn
Using a sl st attach the darkest brown yarn color to st where you left off at end of your beanie hat base. Ch 1 before working a round of 1 sc in each st around. Sl st in to the top of the 1st st in round. Pull yarn through and fasten off.
Once you have completed your beanie for the base you are ready to start on making your Skippyjon Jones hat!
Eye Color (Make 2): Using bright blue yarn
Round 1: In magic circle, ch 2 before placing 14 dc. Pull the circle closed to line up in tight circle. Sl st in to top of 1st st. (14 dc) Leave tail long enough to secure eye on to the beanie hat during assembly process.
For infant through 12 months sizes, make 12 hdc instead.
Eyes Pupils (Make 2): Using black yarn
Round 1: In magic circle ch 1 before placing 6 sc. Pull circle closed. Sl st in to the top of 1st st in round. (6 sc)
Before you cut your yarn make sure you leave a tail long enough sew your eye pupils on to your eye color during assembly.
For infant through 12 months sizes, make 4 sc instead of 6 sc.
Black Nose: using black yarn
Row 1: Ch 3 before making 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and following ch. Ch 1 and turn. (2 sc)
Row 2: Place 2 sc in first st and 2 sc in following st. Ch 1 and turn. (4 sc)
Row 3: Place 2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in following 2 st and 2 sc in last st. Ch 1 and turn. (6 sc)
Row 4: Work a round of sc around the perimeter of the nose placing 1 sc in each st and 3 sc in each of the three corners for your triangular shaped nose. The 3 sc will give a more rounded corner to your finished nose.
Before you cut your yarn make sure you leave a tail long enough sew your nose in place on to your face area during assembly process..
For infant through 12 months sizes, skip Round 3 increase.
Face Area: using medium brown yarn
Row 1: Ch 6 before placing 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each of the following 4 ch. Ch 1 and turn. (5 sc)
Row 2: Place 2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in following 3 st, and 2 dc in the last st of row. Ch 1 and turn. (7 sc)
Row 3: Place 2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in following 5 st, and 2 dc in the last st of row. Ch 1 and turn. (9 sc)
Row 4: Place 2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in following 7 st, and 2 dc in the last st of row. Ch 1 and turn. (11 sc)
Row 5: Place 2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in following 9 st, and 2 dc in the last st of row. Ch 1 and turn. (13 sc)
Row 6: Place 2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in following 11 st, and 2 dc in the last st of row. Ch 1 and turn. (15 sc)
Row 7: Place 2 sc in 1st st, 1 sc in following 13 st, and 2 dc in the last st of row. Ch 1 and turn. (17 sc)
Row 8: Sl st in the first 7 st, work 1 sc in next 3 st, sl st in next st before ch 1 and turn leaving last sts unworked. (3 sc)
Row 9: Work 1 sc in 1st st and following 2 st. Ch 1 and turn. (3 sc)
Row 10: Place 2 sc in the 1st st, 1 sc in next st, and 2 sc in last st of row. Ch 1 and turn. (5 sc)
Row 11-12: Work 1 sc in 1st st and following 4 st. Ch 1 and turn. (5 sc)
Row 13: Work 1 sc in the 2nd st of row, skipping 1st st, place 1 sc in next st and sctog last two st together. Ch 1 and turn. (3 sc)
Row 14: Work 1 sc in the 2nd st of row, skipping 1st st and sl st in to last st. Ch 1 and turn. (1 sc)
Row 15: Now work a round of 1 sc in each st around the perimeter of your face area in order to give it a more defined and polished look. Work 3 sc in to corners or curves to give it a more rounded look if desired.
Make sure you leave a long enough tail to be able to sew your face area once assembled in place on the beanie hat before cutting yarn and pulling through.
For infant through 12 months sizes, skip Row 6 and 7 increases for face area. This means you will sl st in the first 5 st in Row 8 instead of 7.
Ear Fronts (Make 2): using lighter brown yarn
Row 1: Ch 14. Place 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and each of the following 11 st. Ch 2 and turn. (12 dc)
Row 2: Place 1 dc in 2nd st , skipping 1st st, work 1 dc in each of the following st, dctog last two st in round. Ch 2 and turn. (10 dc)
Row 3: Place 1 dc in 2nd st , skipping 1st st, work 1 dc in each of the following st, dctog last two st in round. Ch 2 and turn. (8 dc)
Row 4: Place 1 dc in 2nd st , skipping 1st st, work 1 dc in each of the following st, dctog last two st in round. Ch 2 and turn. (6 dc)
Row 5: Place 1 dc in 2nd st , skipping 1st st, work 1 dc in each of the following st, dctog last two st in round. Ch 2 and turn. (4 dc)
Row 6: Place 1 dc in 2nd st , skipping 1st st, work 1 dc in each of the following st, dctog last two st in round. Ch 2 and turn. (2 dc)
Row 7: Place 1 dc in 2nd st , skipping 1st st. Fasten off (1 dc)
For infant through 12 months sizes, make start with a chain of 12 and work hdc stitches instead of dc throughout ear front.
Ear Back (Make 2): using darkest brown yarn
Leave a long enough yarn tail to secure ear when finished at start of your ear backs. I tend to estimate roughly 3 to 4 times the length I will be stitching to be on the safe side.
Starting off leaving the tail, repeat rows 1-7 from Ear Fronts in previous step but do not fasten off at the end of Row 7. Ch 1 and turn. Place a completed ear front in front of the ear back you are working on, lining up the stitches.
Row 8: With the lighter colored ear front facing you, work 2 sc in to the top st of both pieces, work 1 sc in each st down side of ear pieces, working 3 sc in each of the bottom corners. Continue working 1 sc in each side stitch of ears up to 1st st. Place 1 sc in same sp as 1st st in round. Sl st and fasten off.
You are now going to use this the tail left on your finished nose from before and your Blunt large eye yarn / tapestry needle to sew the nose on to the face area piece into the desired place on the hat. (You can reference my pictures to see how I placed my own.) Once you have secured it into place, use remaining tail to freehand stitch your mouth lines from bottom of nose (see picture above) before bringing the yarn to the back of the face area and finish off.
Now you have a completed face area piece, so using the tail left on your face area from before, sew your face area securely in place on your beanie hat. I normally start mine at the bottom roughly 1 dc round up from bottom of the beanie but feel free to play around with it.
Next we will work on Skippyjon Jones’ eyes. Take the yarn tail left from one eye pupil and sew it into place on to blue eye color piece . Once it’s sewn on, pull yarn in to the inside of the hat before finishing off. Repeat for second eye.
You should now have two completed eyes and each should still have a long blue yarn tail. You want to use this and your darning / tapestry needle now to sew them in place on each side of the narrow nose color from face area on to beanie hat. Once secure, pull yarn to inside of beanie before fastening off.
Now all that is left is to attach Skippyjon’s ears on to the beanie. Sew each of the ears in place by using the leftover yarn tail from your assembled ears you crocheted 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.
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. Then you are all done. One completed
Here are some of the pictures I took to show how this Skippyjon Jones hat looks worn and from different directions when completed:
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