I am not a Star Wars fan. Until the year 2015, I had never seen a single Star Wars film. I watched the three original films (but none of the prequels) last summer, and I have to say, I’m still not entirely sure what the big deal is. (Please don’t send me hate mail.) But the one thing I did enjoy about these films is Yoda. A tiny, ancient, green creature who spouts philosophical wisdom and is voiced by Fozzie Bear. I can get into that.
I decided to make a Yoda hat for a friend of mine who is expecting a baby next month and is married to a Star Wars fan. I used Red Heart Soft yarn in Guacamole (excellent name for a yarn color, by the way). I stitched up a hat with ear flaps for a 6-9 month old, so that it will be ready for Baby’s First Halloween. Use whatever base hat pattern you please: ear flaps, no ear flaps, adult, child, whatever works for your purposes. For the ears, I started by using this pattern, but it was a bit small, so here are my slightly-modified instructions. (I used only one strand of yarn)
HDC=half double crochet
HDC2tog=half-double crochet two together
Make two (unless, for some reason, you want a one-eared Yoda.)
Using an F hook, start by CH 12
Row 1: Starting in the second CH from hook, HDC all the way across (11 HDC) CH 1, turn
Row 2: HDC in each stitch across (11) CH 1, turn
Row 3: HDC2tog, HDC in next 7, HDC2tog (9) CH 1, turn
Row 4: HDC in each stitch across (9) CH 1, turn
Row 5: HDC2tog, HDC in next 5, HDC2tog (7) CH 1, turn
Row 6: HDC in each stitch across (7) CH 1, turn
Row 6: HDC in each stitch across (5) CH 1, turn
Row 7: HDC2tog, HDC in next stitch, HDC2tog (3) CH 1, turn
Row 8-9: HDC in each stitch across (3) CH 1, turn
Row 10: HDC2tog, HDC (2) CH 1, turn
Row 11: HDC2tog (1)
Single crochet around the ear, join in first SC. Fasten off, but leave a long tail to sew onto the hat.
Before sewing the ear onto the hat, I pinched the wide end in half, and sewed the last three stitches (close to the crease) together. That made it easier to sew on, and gave it a better Yoda look.