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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Crochet Hat (free pattern)

I’ve been crazy busy this week working up these Ninja Turtle hats. Aren’t they the cutest?!

Its getting cold out and the little ones need to keep their heads and ears warm. They have become a huge hit with customers. I’ve been making 3 of these hats a day!

I first saw these hats on Pinterest and thought it was a great idea. So I thought I would share my version of this pattern with you.

My pattern is different but I got the main idea from here. I basically copied her Idea but not her pattern. I mainly didn’t use her pattern because It didn’t specify what size it was.

My customers had ordered mostly toddler sizes so I went with my sure fire way.

I have a specific way of making my hats that works for me so I always have my go to main body hat pattern.

The following pattern is for a toddler size 5-6


Red     Blue    orange


Suggested to use a size 6.00 mm ( J/10) crochet hook

Eyes (White) Make 2 – With white yarn chain 8

double crochet in 2nd chain from the hook until end of row (2 DC in last chain)

Rotate and work DC’s on opposite end until end of row

2DC in beginning DC of next row (again working on opposite end) – DC until end of row

Slip Stitch and Fasten off

note: for the bow in the back use this same pattern and sew the two pieces together

Pupils (black) – Make 2

Make a magic circle

6 Dc inside magic circle

slip stitch to beginning DC and fasten off


Make a magic circle

11 Dc inside magic circle – slip stitch to beginning DC

Row 1: 2DC in each DC across

Row 2: *2 Dc in first Dc, 1Dc in next*(repeat * to * until end), slip stitch and chain 2

R0w 3: *2DC in first DC, 1Dc in next 2 DC* (repeat * to* until end), slip stitch and chain 2

Row 4: *2DC in first DC, 1 DC in next 3DC*(repeat * to * until end), slip stitch and chain 2

Row 5: *2DC in first DC, 1 DC in next 10 DC* (repeat *to * until end), slip stitch and chain 2

Row 6: *2DC in first DC, 1 DC in next 11 DC* (repeat *to * until end), slip stitch and chain 2

Row 7: *2DC in first DC, 1 DC in next 10 DC* (repeat *to * until end), slip stitch and chain 2

Row 8- 11: Change colour (red, blue, orange or purple) DC in each stitch across, slip stitch and chain 2

Row 12-16 Change colour (back to green) DC in each stitch across, slip stitch and chain two

Row 17: Dc in each stitch across, slip stitch and fasten off (weave in ends)





  • Connie Palmer November 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Is there a reason you didn’t post suggested color yarn or needle size? And instructions for the bow in back?


    • admin November 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you so much for noticing that. I have made the changes accordingly. I do not suggest colours I figure people can see that through the photos, I do tell you where to change colours within the pattern though. Thank so much for stopping by. Let me know how the hat goes :)


  • Lexi Stamper November 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Is there a pattern for the ties on the back of that hat, and at least a suggestion on how to attach them?

    Also, why is it required to leave a website address to comment…? Just wondering. :)


    • Lexi Stamper November 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      And do you allow others to sell their finished products from your patterns?


      • admin November 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm

        Yes of course I do. If I didn’t want other people making them I wouldn’t share the pattern :) Plus in this day and age there is no pattern out there that you can’t find for free!


    • admin November 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      The ties at the back are the same pattern that I use to make the eyes. I have it written as a note on there. I attached them by whip stitching. If you are not sure what that is you will be able to find many videos on youtube on how to.
      As for the website to comment I have been trying to take that requirement out but haven’t managed to figure out how to do that. It just came standard with my template. I’m not much of a computer whiz! LOL Thanks so much for stopping by. Let me know how the pattern works out for you.


  • Penny December 4, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Hi there l was just wondering if this pattern goes up any other ages?


    • admin December 4, 2013 at 5:49 am

      Hello, You could make any size hat really with any kind of pattern. The appliqués would basically stay the same. For smaller sizes I would do less of the increasing rows and make the cap a little shorter. For larger pattern I would not do any more increasing rows but I would definitely ad a couple of rows at the end. Thanks for stopping by!


  • Andria December 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you so much for shareing this pattern i am going to make it now


  • amanda December 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Is this for a 5 or 6 yr old


  • Chris December 9, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Love the pattern. Made one tonight for my 6 year old great grandson.



  • Lisa January 18, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I think I might be doing something wrong. I crochet but have never done a hat before. Is it supposed to look all wavy? I am on row 7 right now and it really doesn’t look like a hat. :-( wondering if I should take out my stitches and start over.


    • admin January 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Its definitely not supposed to start looking wavy. What you would see at first is a circle being made in the first few rows while you are adding stitches (making increases). Once you stop making increases and start working regular rows you should start seeing a dome shape starting to form. You may be using a wrong hook size or a yarn that is too think as well. Let me know if you have any more questions.


  • Susan Suttie February 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Help! Having trouble sourcing green chunky wool. Am not confident enough to double up DK. Can you help?


  • Susan Suttie February 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Sorry, just realised you are not in UK-oops!


  • Liz February 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I love this pattern, but I’m having a really hard time making the whites of the eyes! They just don’t look like yours in the picture… Is there a video or step by step photo I could look up?
    Thank you! And I do really love these hats!!!


  • Susan Suttie February 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Eventually found Boshi yarn in the green and am using 6mm hook but all I get is a flat plate not a bowl shape! Have converted your dc into treble as in uk but tried twice and its just not working out.
    What can I try?
    Thankyou, I have two lovely grandsons patiently waiting………..


    • admin February 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      well once you stop the increasing rows you should start getting a bowl shape. Try using the chain two at the beginning as the first double crochet, see if that works for you.


  • Daniela Kueper October 25, 2014 at 5:57 am

    I figured it out. I never learned how toread patterns and most of my ccrocheting had been learned thru you tube. But my kids are ninja turtle fans so I had to try it out and it worked. It took me a while to figure out the eye but I even managed that. Thank you for sharing. Next I will try the minion hat but without ear flaps those are too complicated.


    • admin October 25, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Hey! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Im glad that you were able to figure the pattern out. I started learning how to crochet through YouTube as well. The ear flaps look more complicated than they really are. I would give it a go:) Let me know How The minion hats work out. I would love to see a picture of your ninja Turtle hats, please feel free to post a pic on my Facebook page.


  • Deb Charters October 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    What size of hook are you using? I don’t thin my hooks come in sizes they are letters, like G or H


  • Sharon costello November 2, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I have ripped out and started over 3 times due to my count. On the row 5 the 2 dc, dc 10 does not work out ending with 10! I allEys have 5 left to end the row with.


    • admin November 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Hello, I’m sorry i’m not quite sure what to tell you or how to help you. All i can suggest is that you try to make the hat with your count and see how it turns out. If there is any way at all i can help you out i would love to so feel free to get back to me.


  • H November 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    What size/weight yarn did you use?


  • Shirley November 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you sharing the pattern I love it. Love making them


  • Shannon December 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Do you remember what brand of yarn you used to make this hat? I am using Caron Simply soft but it is looking too thin :(


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