To start, I love, love, LOVE the minions from Despicable Me. I think it's an adorable movie and wanted a minion hat so badly. Cue new pattern.
I so badly wanted to start on this before Christmas but I refrained. It was hard trust me. As many knitters know you get a new idea and want to start on it ASAP instead of doing projects you need to finish. Typical wants vs. needs! Go figure.
Anyways. I decided my easiest route was to knit a simple beanie hat and then add the details by crocheting them and attaching them to the hat. For people that only crochet or only knit I apologize.
Bright yellow yarn worsted weight
Size 10 circular needles
Gray yarn worsted weight
White yarn worsted weight
Black yarn worsted weight
Size J crochet hook
Cast on 76 stitches. Join round careful not to twist.
Round 1-5: *K2, P2* to end of round
Round 6+: K in round till hat is at desired length (usually 5-6 in before you begin decreases)
Round 1: Decrease by 6 stitches evenly throughout the round
Round 2 and all other even rounds: K
Round 3: *K7 K2tog* to end of round
Round 5: *K6 K2tog* to end of round
Round 7: *K5 K2tog* to end of round
Round 9: *K4 K2tog* to end of round
Round 11: *K3 K2tog* to end of round
Round 13: *K2 K2tog* to end of round
Round 15: *K2tog* to end of round
Take darning needle and tie off remain stitches and weave in ends.
Eyes: (make 2)
Round 1: With black yarn: Ch 3. DC11 into 3rd ch from hook (2 ch counts as one DC totaling 12 in one chain)
Round 2: Continue to work but with the white yarn. Ch 2. *2DC in first ch, DC in next ch* continue to end of round. (total 18 chs)
Round 3: Ch 2. SC in each SC all the way around
Now your eye should be rounded as to create room for some batting.
Goggle: (make 1 after making eyes)
These were pretty easy. There are two different ways that these could be done. By doing one eye at a time, or do both at once (as I did in the picture above).
Join gray yarn were white ended. DC in each ch around eye. Then take second eye and with the SAME yarn strand DC into a ch onto the second eye. Then continue to DC all the way around the second eye as you did the first.
After you are finished, Just kind of move the yarn around until it is flipped up around the eyes. This will create an almost 3D effect to it.
Then take your black yarn and ch 5. DC in the 3rd ch. and DC one into each of the following ch (3 DC total).
*Ch 2. DC one into each of the following 3 chs.* Continue making this small band until it fits around the middle of your yellow hat.
Now all we need to do is attach everything! I simply took a darning needle and attached everything. Make sure you're careful because things can end up looking crooked with the black band. The best way to do it is draw a small guide on the actual hat and then sew over the line.
As for the eyes, those are pretty simple. Just make sure you put a small amount of batting to fill out the eyes.
Then that's it! You will have one of the most amazing little hats ever!