The Adventures of Miss Wigglyhead – Monkeying Around or How to Make a Sock Monkey Hat

Sock Monkey Hat front

I spent part of my week sitting in front of my wood stove crocheting this sock monkey hat for someone special:

Miss Wigglyhead saw the hat and had to have one for herself, so after much begging and a promise to keep her room clean, I made her one.

I used bits and pieces of yarn from my stash. They did not have labels so I can’t tell you much about them except they were all a fingering weight. Very little yarn was needed to make this hat. The finished hat will fit a doll with a head that is about 8″ in circumference.

You will need about 2 oz. of fingering weight white, red, and a mixed, tweedy looking grey/white yarn, two buttons for eye, a small bit of white felt for the mouth, red embroidery floss (I used Anchor #19), a needle, thread, a 3mm crochet hook, and a fork (to make the pom pom).

Abbreviations: ch = chain, slst= slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet

To make the hat:

Start with the WHITE yarn: chain 4. Form a ring by slst into first chain.

Round 1: Ch 3. 11dc into the ring. slst into the top of the Ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 3. 1dc into same stitch as Ch 3. 2 dc into each stitch all the way around. slst into the top of Ch 3.

Round 3: Ch 3. 2dc into the next stitch. *1dc into the next stitch, 2dc into the next stitch* slst into the top of Ch 3.

Round 4: Ch 3. 1dc into the next stitch. 2dc into the next stitch *1dc into the next 2 stitches, 2 dc into the next stitch* slst into the top of Ch 3. Tie off.

Round 5: With your RED yarn: Ch 1. 1sc in the next stitch and 1sc in each stitch all the way around. slst in the top of ch1.

Round 6: repeat Round 5. Tie off yarn.

Round 7: With your GREY/WHITE yarn: Ch3. 1dc in the next stitch. 1 dc in each stitch all the way around. slst into the top of Ch 3.

Round 8 to Round 12: repeat Round 7. Tie off yarn and weave in all the ends.

To make the ears:

With the GREY/WHITE yarn: Chain 3. slst into the first stitch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3. 9 dc into the ring. slst into the top of Ch3.

Round 2: Ch 1. 1 sc into each stitch all the way around. Tie off yarn. DO NOT slst to Ch 1.

Repeat for the second ear.

After crocheting the ears, sew them to each side of the hat on the grey/white section.

To make the mouth:

Cut a small oval from white felt. I used a piece of felted wool from a white sweater but cheap white felt from the craft store would work just as well. With a single strand of red embroidery floss, use a stem or back stitch to embroider a smile.  Sew the mouth to onto the hat.

Sew on two buttons for the eyes.

To make a small pom pom for the top of the hat, I used a fork and the tutorial found here:

How to make a mini pompom:

Once made, I stitched the pom pom to the top of the hat and plopped the hat on Miss Wigglyhead’s head.

I hope it will keep her warm while she is out having adventures.

Now if I could only get her to keep her shoes on when she is running around in the snow!


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