Crochet Dog Hat Free Pattern

Tan plushie wearing a bluish green crochet dog hat with a pom pom.

In a world where fashion knows no bounds, why should our furry companions be left behind? Introducing the Puff Stitch Hua Headwarmer: a crochet dog hat for your small fur babe! From an adorable pom-pom accent to vibrant color choices, crafting a cozy and charming accessory for your beloved canine companion is not only delightful but also a practical. Grab your hook, some yarn, and whip one up today. Discover how these charming hats can add a touch of flair to your furry friend’s wardrobe.

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Why should your pup wear a crochet dog hat

Small dogs with short hair, like Chihuahuas, Toy Fox Terriers, and Mini Greyhounds have less protection from the cold. Having less insulation in the form of body fat or thick fur, leaves them more exposed to the elements. Clothing, such as a crochet hat, provides an extra layer of warmth and insulation, keeping their sensitive ears and head protected from the cold.

Not only that, they look darn cute!

Yarn needed to make a hat for your pup

You’ll want a yarn that is not only warm to keep your pup’s head warm, but also soft, especially for those with sensitive skin. I not only design patterns for anyone to crochet their own, I also make and sell these handmade hats. I use Caron Simply Soft which is a lightweight #4 yarn. As it’s name implies, it’s super soft and comes in an array of colors. I also use Red Heart Soft. My clients love the feel and look of the finished product. You will find my original Hua Headwarmer (currently only sold as a finished product) in my Etsy Shop.


I originally came up with the Hua Headwarmer (pronounced Hoo-ah) for a Chihuahua at a dog daycare I worked at. The sizing is based on poundage, the amount of stitches, and size of the crochet hook. These sizes will fit similar sized small dogs. You could very easily adjust based on the number of stitches you start with.

XXS (3-4 lbs.) Head Circumference 6-7”

XS (5-6 lbs.) Head Circumference 7-8”

S (7-9 lbs.) Head Circumference 9-10”

M (10-12 lbs.)Head Circumference 11-12”

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Materials Needed To Make Your Crochet Dog Hat

#4 lightweight to medium (approx. 60-80 yds)

US F Hook (3.75 mm) -for XXS & XS sizes

US G Hook (4 mm) -for S size

US H Hook (5 mm) -for M size

Tapestry needle

Abbreviations Used (US Terms):

MR = magic ring

ch = chain

BLO = back loop only

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

sl st = slip stitch

rep = repeat

Special Stitch:

Puff st: yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull up a loop, rep 3x, {you will have 9 loops on your hook}, yo pull through all loops on hook {do not ch 1 to close}


  • Ch 3 does not count as a stitch.
  • On hat, Rnds 1-3 are worked in rounds.
  • On hat, Rows 4-7 are worked in rows.
  • The width of the neck cuff can be adjusted by adding more chains.

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Plush dog wearing a bluish crochet dog hat.

Crochet Dog Hat Pattern Instructions

(Number on outside of paratheses is for sizes XXS and XS (In parentheses is for sizes S and M)

Neck Cuff:

Row 1:  ch 8 (ch 10), sc in 2nd ch and each ch across, turn (7,9)

Rows 2-35 (2-39):  Work in BLO, ch1, sc across, turn. At end of 35 (39), bring short ends together, sl st Row 1 and Row 35 (39) together, forming a circle.

Crochet Dog Hat:

Rnd 1: Using MR, 10 (11, 12) dc in ring, pull to close, sl st in 1st st [10, 11, 12]

Rnd 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each st around, join as before [20, 22, 24]

Rnd 3: ch 3, *Puff st in same st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, join [30, 33, 36]

Now working in rows.

Row 4: ch 3, *dc in next 2 sts, Puff st in next st,; rep from * until 7 (8, 8) sts remain, leave these sts unworked, turn [23, 25, 28]

Rows 5: ch 3, *Puff st in same st, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * across, turn [23, 25, 28]

Row 6: ch 3, *dc in next 2 sts, Puff st in next st,; rep from * across, turn [23, 25, 28]

Rows 7: ch 3, *Puff st in same st, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * across, turn [23, 25, 28]

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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Trim on hat:

  • On opposite side from where you fastened off, join yarn with sl st to the hat at end of row 7.
  • Put 2 sc in the end of each of the 4 rows.
  • Put 1 sc in each dc at top of hat.
  • Put 2 sc in end of each of the 4 rows on opposite side of hat. Fasten off. Weave end.
  • Join yarn again back where you started the first sc, dc in each sc from the previous row.
  • Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing the cuff to the hat.
FINISHED HAT SECTION WITH TRIM-This is not a photo of a hat with the puff stitch.

With the long tail, sew Row 7 of hat to neck cuff making sure to leave open about 12 rows on the neck cuff.  This is where the dog’s face and muzzle will come out. (See photo below)

Plush dog wearing a cream colored crochet dog hat.

Drawstring: (Optional)

Ch. 80-100 based on how long you want the drawstring. Leave a tail long enough on each end of chain to put on a needle. Use the needle and weave the drawstring in and out of the double crochets on the trim of the hat. Make sure the ends of the chains are double knotted, then cut off or weave in ends of yarn. You can then pull the drawstring tighter around the face and tie under chin.

Pom Pom:

Use a pom pom maker or wrap yarn around a 3-4 in. piece of cardboard. The number of times depends on how big you want the pom. I usually wrap between 150-175 times. Gently pull wraps off the cardboard. Tie in middle. Snip loops. Trim. Sew to top of hat. You can also use a faux fur pom pom. I like the ones that come with snaps, which makes it removable for washing the hat.

Faux Fur Pom Pom

Care Instructions

I always recommend hand washing for my dog hats, but they can be machine washed and dried on the gentle cycle. If you are using a removable faux fur pom pom, remove before washing.


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