Monday, January 14, 2013

Free Pattern: Harry Potter Sorting Hat!

For a few years, my husband and I have been trying to get our oldest to start reading the Harry Potter series. I don't know if it was the size of the books, all the made up words, or the subject matter, but he just wasn't feeling it. He started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a couple of times but it never caught his interest.
A couple of months ago, that all changed. We gave him the first book again, and for some reason he was hooked. He read it quickly, followed by the second, and now he's almost done with the third. Yay! I love to get him interested in a series so it keeps him reading. (Moms you know what I mean, right?!)
So for Christmas he got all of the movies on DVD. We started watching them all in order and even our littler boys loved them.

Saturday morning my youngest little boy asked if he could paint a Santa hat brown. Odd request, sure, but I've heard stranger. He explained that it was going to be a Sorting Hat from Harry Potter. *Lightbulb* I suggested that instead of making a messy crusty mess, I'd crochet him one! Luckily it only took about an hour, maybe an hour and a half, and he had his own Sorting Hat!
Now you can make one! It goes pretty quickly. The first one I made with soft chenille yarn and an N hook. It worked great except it was a little floppy. I love the texture though, and the floppiness was easily remedied by lining the brim with brown felt. I stuffed the top of the hat too, and added a felt lining to the inside (because my son kept just yanking the stuffing out and it was driving me crazy!). Next I thought I'd experiment, so I made it again with double strands of standard worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice in Chocolate). It was definitely sturdier but not as stretchy I suppose. It didn't need to be lined or stuffed. You choose which way you want to do it!

Harry Potter inspired Sorting Hat

Brown yarn (chenille or double stranded worsted)
Size N crochet hook
Yarn needle
Brown felt (optional)
Polyester fiberfill (optional)
Needle and thread (optional)

st - stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
trc - triple crochet
sc2tog - single crochet 2 stitches together
FLO - crochet into the front loops only of each stitch

Adjustable ring - Make a ring, insert hook into front of ring and pull up loop through to front of ring, chain one stitch, sc into ring as directed in pattern, pull tail gently to close ring

Numbers in () indicate number of stitches at the end of that round.
Pattern is worked in unjoined spirals.
Use a locking stitch marker to keep track of rounds. At the end of each round, move marker to loop on your hook.

Rnd 1: Starting at top of hat with N hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull closed (3 sts)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnds 3-5: Sc in each st.
Rnd 6: 2 Sc in next st, sc in each st around (7 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts (8 sts)
Rnd 8: *(2 Sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts), rep from * around (10 sts)
Rnd 9: *(Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts), rep from * around (12 sts)
Rnd 10: *(Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st), rep from * around (18 sts)
Rnds 11-12: Sc in each st.
Rnd 13: *(2 Sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts), rep from * around (20 sts)
Rnd 14: Sc in each st.
Rnd 15: *(Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts), rep from * around (22 sts)
Rnd 16: Sc in each st.
Rnd 17: *(2 Sc in next st, sc in next 10 sts), rep from * around (24 sts)
Rnd 18: Sc in next 8 sts, 2 trc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 trc in next 4 sts, sc in next 4 sts (32 sts)
Rnd 19: Sc in next 8 sts, sc2tog 4 times, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog 4 times, sc in next 4 sts (24 sts)
Rnd 20: *(Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts), rep from * around (27 sts)
Rnd 21: *(Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st), rep from * around (30 sts)
Rnd 22: Sc in each st.
Rnd 23: Sc in next 14 sts, 2 hdc in next 10 sts, sc in next 6 sts (40 sts)
Rnd 24: Sc in next 14 sts, hdc in next 20 sts, sc in next 6 sts (40 sts)
Rnd 25: Sc in next 14 sts, sc2tog 10 times, sc in next 6 sts (30 sts)
Rnd 26: *(Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st), rep from * around (33 sts)
Rnd 27: *(Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts), rep from * around (36 sts)
Rnd 28: *(2 Sc in next st, sc in next 11 sts), rep from * around (39 sts)
Rnd 29: *(Sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st), rep from * around (42 sts)
Rnd 30: Sc in each st.

* To make a larger hat, continue increasing by 3 sts per round until the hat reaches the size you want. Continue on as instructed below, adjusting stitch counts for each row.

Rnd 31: Working in FLO of each st, *(2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts), rep from * around (48)
Rnd 32: Working in both loops of each st, *(Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts), rep from * around (54 sts)
Rnd 33: *(Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st), rep from * around (60 sts)
Rnd 34: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts), rep from * around (66 sts)
Rnd 35: *(Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 sts), rep from * around (72 sts)
Rnd 36: *(Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st), rep from * around (78 sts)
Rnd 37: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next 12 sts), rep from * around (84 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Thread a yarn needle with a long strand of the brown yarn you are using. Knot the end. Push the mouth made in Rnds 23-25 to the inside. Weave the yarn from the bottom of the hat, up through the mouth, securing it to the inside. Stitch both sides of the mouth the same way so that it stays to the inside of the hat, then come up between the eyes created in Rnds 18-19, and back down towards the mouth, pulling tightly so that it makes the center of the eyes tilt downward slightly for the Sorting Hat's grumpy expression. Pull the yarn tightly and knot to the inside of the hat, and weave in end.

For a stiffer brim, overlap rounded strips of brown felt over the inside of the brim and pin into place. Trim edges to line up with the crocheted edge of the brim. Use brown thread to stitch the felt into place on the edge and inner edge of the brim.

If your hat is too floppy on top, insert polyester fiberfill. Cut a circle of felt to fit inside just underneath the eyes of the hat. Stitch into place with brown thread. Make sure not to put the felt circle too low or the hat won't fit onto a head.

Now get to sorting!


  1. YES!!! Thank you so so SO much!!! I cannot wait to make this for our little Potterhead :D

  2. This is SO COOL!!! What a great idea. I want one for myself, haha!

  3. This is awesome!! If by chance you have time... maybe you could make a video. I am just beginning to crochet so I'm not quite there yet.

  4. Thanks so much for this pattern my grandson has read all the Harry Potter books and has me reading them now.

  5. Just shared this on GeekCrafts!

  6. this is awesome! Just added to my to make list, my daughter also loves it & she's 18 lol (raised on the Potter books though ;-)) Thanks for a brill pattern! Helen

  7. This is fantastic. Will go perfectly with my crochet Dobby :-).

    1. Hi mandy:) would you share your doby pattern please?

  8. Thanks so much for taking the time to share this pattern. I finished the hat this morning and it's awesome! Used an N hook and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. The hat took 1 1/2 balls of this yarn for a total of about 160 yards. This was a fun project that's going to delight my grandson! Thanks again.

  9. Thanks so much! Must make this!

  10. Hi there!

    I'm wondering if you could tell me how much yarn you used for your hat?? I'm wanting to buy yarn so I can make it for a friend of mine, but don't want to get too little/too much!

    Thanks in advance!

  11. Love this! I featured your pattern on Moogly this morning for a HP free pattern roundup:
    Thanks for sharing your pattern!

  12. I had a request for this in a newborn size. how hard do you think it would be to scale down?

  13. We are a family of HP fans! Lovin' this!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. After making one for my Potterhead friend for Christmas I am DEFINITELY making one for myself!!! :D

  15. Approximately what size is this as written?

  16. I'm going to say something crazy here and suggest you could make the basic outline of this hat in a mid-grey/blue and it would make an epic Gandalf the grey costume addition!

  17. Thank you so so so much for this! Amazing!

  18. You did an amazing job on this! It literally looks exactly like the hat from the movie! I featured it in an MNE Crafts round-up so even more people can find it!!

  19. am I the only person whose hat does not match the image?! please help this is a gift

    1. What are you having trouble with? Hope I can help! Make sure you are using the same weight yarn and hook!

    2. My first attempt had no nose and mouth was to the side. I'm using a double strand and N hook.

    3. I am having the same issue. Did you ever figure out what went wrong?

    4. I just frogged a whole bunch of work because the mouth ended up square on the back... I'm going to try again and see if it turns out correctly on the second go.

    5. I didn't have any luck either with all. I used bulky yarn, N hook, and even went loose on my stitches (after frogging it three times). It came out looking like it would be a hat for my dog it was so small. The mouth looked like a mouth of a sock monkey - just protruded out. Not sure what is going on. And I have a lot of experience with crocheting. Sigh. Worth a shot though!

    6. But totally wanted to add, I'm not sure what I am doing wrong, NOT the pattern. I appreciate the pattern being available!!

    7. Me again, haha! I was determined to make this work! I went out and bought Bernat Mega Bulky yarn aaaaaaannnnndddddd *poof*!! Pattern worked flawlessly!! It took me 3 skeins. Now I tend to make tight stitches, so if you decide to get this kind of yarn, I would suggest 4 skein to allow some leeway. Hope this will help anyone that may be reading that encountered the same problem. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern!

    8. I tried it twice with the 2 strands of yarn as mentioned in the description and the mouth was not centered between the eyes. The mouth starts at one eye and goes around to the back.

  20. Wow, this Sorting Hat is awesome! Thank you very much! :)

    Lee Ann

  21. This is amazing!! I finally got the chance to make this, and it turned out great with my N hook and chunky yarn. Thanks for sharing your pattern! I'm sure I'll have some friends that will want this as well. :)


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  23. I want to make this in an adult size. How would i go about doing this?

  24. Thank you for a great pattern and a great sorting hat.

  25. Thanks for the pattern. I had to adjust it a bit for what I needed but it helped a lot.

  26. Is there a video somewhere for this?

  27. Thanks so much for you pattern! I actually used it with a G size hook and worsted weight yarn...Make two of them (leaving out the face details) and they're Dobby ears! I sewed them on the side of a hat for my daughter's Dobby Halloween costume. Thanks for the awesome pattern!

  28. How do I make this adult size. I came figure it out :( thank you

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  30. This is a great pattern thank you. It came out a bit smaller than I thought it would. Still want to finish it up though. Any tips for keeping the eyes and mouth to the inside? I am not doing something right.

  31. I just finished one and it turned out awesome! It's for a 4 month old's photo shoot, so I had to downsize it quite a bit. It took 3 tries, but I got it! I used 1 strand of Hobby Lobby Crafter's Secret in Brown (perfect color for it), and a K hook. I extended it by 3 rows after row 29, as suggested to make a little larger. Then I had to adjust the remaining rim rows. I wish we could post pics here!

    1. I just made another one last night for an 8 mo old baby. I used Bernat Super Value that I had on hand and an M hook. It turned out to be the perfect size.

  32. I am struggling with the last part about the mouth and eyes. Anyone know the best way to do this?

  33. how many skeins of vanna's choice yarn does this take?

  34. This is a great pattern. I used it for my daughter's 11th Birthday Party. That was a couple years ago. My how the time flies. I've featured this post on my blog if you'd like to see.

  35. I am so grateful that you shared this pattern I have already made 3 but the first was the most fun for my granddaughter wanted to post a picture but can't figure out how

  36. Great fun pattern. Looks great so far but honestly ....for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to stitch the eyes and mouth.
    Has anyone else hadthis problem....or can anyone offer some tips to help me figure it out? Thanks!

  37. I love it.....I want to make one for myself.....have you any suggestions how to make it? Or will yours be big enough for me?

  38. Can you please elaborate on the sewing of the mouth and eyes. Every time I do it it doesn't look right or it can easily popped back out as if I didn't sew it.

    1. The way I finally got it to look right is by following the instructions but I only sewed the middle section of the mouth then pinched the center of the eyes together with it. Then sewed it tightly inside the hat. The eyes should stick out since they are eyebrows based on the pictures shown. Hope this helps.

  39. How would i adjust the pattern to make it larger for an adult?

  40. I'm a little stuck - I've increased by 3 sts for 3 rounds as directed (From 42 to 51 sts) and I'm about to start the instructions for round 31. All the stitch counts are even. How do I go about adjusting properly?

  41. Hermoso !!! Lo haré para este invierno para mis nietos Desde Sabinas, Coahuila, México !!!

  42. I just made this with 4 strands of 8ply acrylic and it worked perfectly, just following the pattern. I did add a couple extra rows so it's pretty much adult size. Thank you for a great pattern


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