Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Cheeseburger Hat (Crochet Pattern)

NOTE: PLEASE CHECK YOUR GAUGE and adjust hook size if necessary! I tend to crochet tighter than average, so what fits children for me and my gauge might fit adults for yours.

Photo courtesy The Not-So-Mad Hatter.


  • Worsted Weight Yarn in the following colors: (what I used will be in italics inside parenthesis)
    • Tan (Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Sun Gold)
    • Green (Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Jelly Bean)
    • Red (Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Red)
    • Yellow (Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Yellow)
    • Brown (Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Brown)
    • Off-White/Ivory (Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Ivory)
    • Size J (6.00 mm) Hook
      - PLEASE CHECK YOUR GAUGE! I suggest going down one or two hook sizes (US size I or H) if your gauge does not match mine.
    • Tapestry Needle


  • sts: stitches
  • sk: skip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • *___*: repeat whatever is between the *'s around


2"x2" = 7 hdc x 5 rows


This pattern will fit preschoolers up to older children.

  • To make a toddler size you will need to leave out row #7 (which will give you 60 sts instead of 66 sts), make 2 less tan rows in the upper section than called for, and 1 less tan row in the last section than called for.
  • To make an adult size simply go up one hook size.


Join each round with a slip stitch in the first stitch.


Begin with tan yarn and a magic loop. If you don't know how to do a magic loop, watch this video for a tutorial. (If you are uncomfortable with the magic loop you can chain 2 and start with Round 1 into the 1st chain.)
Round 1: 9 hdc in magic loop. (10 sts)
Round 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st. (20)
Round 3: ch 2, *2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next st* (30)
Round 4: ch 2, *2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts* (40)
Round 5: ch 2, *2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts* (50)
Round 6: ch 2, *2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts* (60)
Round 7: ch 2, *2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 9 sts* (66)
Round 8-10: hdc in each st

Switch to green yarn.

Round 11: dc in each st
Round 12: work this round in front loops only - *sk 2, sc, sk 2, 6 dc in st*
Round 13:  dc in each back loop of round 11 (you will have a ruffle of "lettuce" sticking out -- don't worry about this until later)

Switch to red yarn.

Round 14: dc in each st

Switch to yellow yarn.

Rounds 15-16: sc in each st

Switch to brown yarn.

Round 17: *sc, dc*
Round 18: *dc, sc*
Round 19: *sc, dc*

Switch back to tan yarn.

Rounds 20-22: hdc in each st
Round 23: sc in each st

Fasten off and weave in all ends.


Using the green yarn and tapestry needle, sew down the "lettuce" ruffle, taking care not to make it too tight which will keep the hat from stretching properly.

Embroider sesame seeds using off-white/ivory yarn and tapestry needle. Make a tear-drop shaped outline and then fill it in.


  1. SO much fun! Thank you for sharing the recipe! :D

  2. Now to make "french fry" gloves -- each finger a fry, maybe? And perhaps, a red fry box for the hand/palm with an golden arch "M" on it? ;) Just a thought.:D

  3. This is a cute pattern, Thank you for Sharing.

  4. Very "filling" pattern

  5. Just two quick questions. When talking about the top or bottom loops, which is the front loop and which is the back loop? Then whe it comes time to switch to the red yarn, do you start on the back loop of the same row you did the lettuce or do you start on the edge of the green row? Awesome hat by the way. I have been looking for something new and this is just the thing!! Thank you so very much for sharing your idea!

  6. This link should help with which is the front loop and which is the back loop:

    When switching to the red yarn you continue working in the round (in both loops, like normal) from your leaving off place, which is the row you just did in the green. You leave the green "flap" alone until the very end, when you sew it down loosely.

    I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions. :-)

  7. Thank you very much for the reply Devin. I will try and post a photo of the hat when I am done. I know an older gentleman who would LOVE a cheeseburger!! Thanks again!

  8. My very large 15 year old (6'6" with a 24" head) LOVES this pattern. How many more increase rows would you suggest to fit his melon? I'd love to give this to him for his birthday.

  9. I'm 23 years old and this pattern fits my head as is -- although it does stretch quite a bit to do so. To make it stretch a little less I'd just go up 1 hook size and then follow the instructions as they are. That should do it! :-)

  10. Thanks. I'll let you know how it goes!

  11. THANK YOU. I ave been looking for a hamburger pattern. I work with special needs and have been making personalized place mats. One of my guys LOVES hamburgers. I am going to adapt the pattern into a place mat for him

  12. Make sure to come back and let me see! I'd love to see how it turns out!

  13. i LOVE that idea :D

  14. Well I made the hat and it did turn out The next one I made I made smaller and doing what you did with the lettuce I made the 4 corners if the cheese look like they were melting down the burger. Then on the 3rd one I made....Lol....I took it a step further and made a double cheeseburger!!!! I don't know how to post photos on here from my phone to let you see them. I could send them via text on my phone if you would like to see them. Just let me know!

  15. Loved this as soon as I saw it and had to make it! Pattern was pretty basic and simple. However I had difficulty with the lettuce section when I went back with the tapestry needle to try to sew it. Any way to make the lettuce in a way that step can be eliminated or way to clarify on how you did yours? Mine was bulky and didn't look near as nice. Would like to post a pic to show you but done know hoe to do it through here. Would love for you to see it and give me suggestions to fix it :-)

  16. E-mail me a picture to devinmlyn(at)yahoo(dot)com and I'll try to help! :-)

  17. This is perfect!!! My brother is the manager of a meat department, and he wears beanie type hats because it is so cold, I think this would be awesome for him to wear!!!! Thank you so much for the idea!!!

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  19. LOL! Too cute! Love the work that you do! awesome! I wish I could knit. The red riding hood cape is SO cute! :) Now to find a "victim" who would wear a burger on their head. :) Who wouldn't want to? It's so cute! :) Thanks for sharing!

  20. I love this pattern! But the hat turned out really big. Sadly, one side of the hat is deformed, but the other side is perfect! Is there anything i can do?

  21. If you have a picture it'd be helpful for me to see what you're meaning and then I may be able to help out. As for it turning out big, check your gauge! If it doesn't match mine you may need to change your hook size to accommodate.

  22. Oh, ok I will do that the next time I make another hamburger hat and hopefully it will turn out nice this time.

  23. Can anyone tell me how to do the sesame seeds?

  24. I used yarn and a darning needle to embroider sesame seed shapes around the top of the hat.

  25. Thank you for this lovely pattern. I am definitely going to make one any time soon. :)

  26. Hi! I made one! I blogged about it here. I made a few adjustments, thank you for such a great pattern!

  27. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz respond as I'm looking to create my own blog and would like
    to know where u got this from. appreciate it

  28. I used the "Delicacy" theme from Wordpress's option, and then customized my own header. I do make blog designs for Blogger, my Etsy shop for that is:

  29. Thank you for the pattern I'm thinking of adding pickles for ear flaps 😃