How To: Crochet a Dobby the House Elf Hat (from Harry Potter)

Hello…. long time no see eh?

Today we’re going to get right into it. You wanna know how to crochet a Dobby the House Elf Hat right?

So here we go!

Materials Needed:

Worsted weight yarn in Oatmeal, Green and Black

White Felt scrap

Size I crochet hook

Pattern for your favourite hat

A tiny bit of white yarn or embroidery floss for the eye detail.

A tiny bit of brown or black yarn for the mouth detail

A yarn needle, embroidery needle or hot glue gun for attaching the details.

Dobby Finished 1

First step is to make the hat. I’m not going to re-invent the wheel by adding a hat pattern to this post. Everyone has their own favourite in the size that suits them and there are tons of really good free patterns out there to choose from.

I will link the one I used for my Dobby Hat here:

Basic HDC Beanie Pattern on Ravelry.

Once you finish your hat in the desired size, we will begin the ears.

The ears are worked in rounds (no joining) with oatmeal coloured yarn and an I sized hook.

EARS (make 2):

  1. ch 2 – in second ch from hook, sc 3
  2. sc increase around (6)
  3. 1 sc in each of the next 2 stitches, then 1 increase around (8)
  4. sc increase around (16)
  5. sc in each of the next 6 stitches then increase 10 times (26)
  6. decrease 2 times and then sc in each of the next 20 stitches (24)
  7. sc around
  8. sc around
  9. sc in the next 11 stitches, decrease 2 times, sc in the next 9 stitches (22)
  10. to 14. sc around (22 for 5 rounds)

15. 1 sc then decrease 2 times then sc in the next 7 stitches then 2 increases then sc in the next 8 stitches (22)

16. 2 decreases then sc in the next 8 stitches then 2 increases then sc in the next 8 stitches (22)

17. and 18. sc around (22)

Fasten off leaving enough tail to sew ear onto hat.

Dobby Pieces Nose:

Nose is worked in the round with oatmeal coloured yarn and an I sized hook.

  1. ch 2 – in second ch from hook sc 3
  2. sc in the next 2 stitches and then increase in the last stitch (4)
  3.  and 4. sc around (4)
  4. increase, 1 sc, increase, 1 sc (6)
  5. sc in the next 2 stitches, increase, sc in the next 2 stitches, increase (8)

6. to 8. sc around (8)

9. sc in the next 3 stitches, increase, sc in the next 3 stitches, increase (10)

10. to 14. sc around (5 rounds of 10)

Fasten off leaving enough tail to sew nose onto Dobby hat.

Eyelids (make 2):

Eyelids are worked in rows with oatmeal coloured yarn and an I sized hook.

  1. ch 12, sc in second ch from hook and every ch until the end, ch 1, turn (10)
  2. dec over next 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, decrease (8)

Fasten off. You can leave enough of a tail to sew eyelid to hat or weave in end if you’re going to use the hot glue gun for eyelids.

Black part of eyes (make 2):

Black part of eyes is worked in the round with black yarn and an I sized crochet hook.

ch 3

in second ch from hook hdc 6, join to first sc and fasten off. Weave in end if using hot glue or use tail to sew eye pieces together later.

Green part of eyes (make 2):

Green part of eyes is worked in the round with green yarn and an I sized hook.

ch 3

  1. in second ch from hook hdc 6 (6)
  2. hdc inc in each stitch around (12)

Fasten off. Weave in end of using hot glue or use tail to sew eye pieces together later.

Finishing!:

Sew ears in place on hat. Sew nose in place on hat. For eyes, I used a piece of white yarn to make eye detail on black piece of eye by sewing it through both the black and the green pieces of the eye. Cut round pieces from white felt that are slight larger than the green crocheted circles that you made. Glue or sew white felt in place on hat and then layer the green and black pieces (with the white detailing in place) on top and glue or sew down. Glue or sew eyelid in place slightly above eyes. To make the shaping for the bridge of the nose, thread a piece of oatmeal yarn onto a yarn needle making sure to knot it at the end really well. Then insert the yarn from the inside of the hat near the inside of the eyes at the top of the bridge and pull yarn through. Next, insert the needle one stitch below where you entered and pull through to inside. Next, insert yarn on the inside of the opposite eye (across the bridge of the nose). This will make the bridge of the nose scrunch up into the shape we want for the nose, Pull yarn through tightly so that it scrunches and insert it one stitch down from where you inserted it last and pull through to the inside. Next, insert yarn on the opposite side of nose and continue working your way down the bridge of the nose in this manner until you’ve got the desired shaping.

Ta da! Dobby the House elf!
Dobby Finished 2

A note on using this pattern. You may use it for free to make for your friends and family. I’m pretty sure Dobby is a registered trademark of some movie company – therefore I wouldn’t recommend you trying to sell Dobby hats. Because of this trademark, this pattern is free to use (I’m making no money from it) but please don’t sell it. If you do make and sell these hats, it is not my fault if they get removed from your shop by Etsy. I warned you! hehehe..

 

Other than that, you’re free to make and enjoy this pattern and I’d love to see your Dobby creations. Please share and comment below!


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