Knit Toddler Dinosaur Hat

For Halloween this year I decided to knit a dinosaur hat for my toddler because he's been really interested in dinosaurs lately. I made one for both of my sons (infant hat pattern will be available later) because I think it's adorable when siblings have coordinating costumes.

I searched Ravelry and found some great patterns but they either didn't use the yarn weight that I had, didn't have multiple sizes, or were a bit too detailed for the time I had. I knew I could make the spikes so I decided to make a regular hat and add the spikes.

I think it turned out pretty cute ferocious ;)

Here's the pattern:

Materials You Will Need:
Green worsted weight yarn (sorry, I don't keep track of yardage)- I used Red Heart Super Saver, Light Sage
White worsted weight yarn- I used Red Heart Super Saver, White
Size 7 circular needle
Size 7 double pointed needles
1 stitch marker
1 tapestry needle

Abbreviations Used:
K- Knit
P- Purl
K2tog- Knit 2 stitches together to decrease
DPNs- Double pointed needles
sts- stitches
st- stitch

For main hat

With green yarn (or main color of choice) and size 7 circular needles cast on 80 stitches.

Place marker and join for knitting in the round. Start knitting ribbing by alternating knit and purl sts. Continue in 1x1 ribbing till work measures about 1-2 inches.

Switch to stockinette stitch (knit all rounds) and knit till work measures about 5 inches.

Work the following decrease rounds and switch to DPNs when needed
Row 1: [knit 8, k2tog] repeat around
Row 2 (and all even rows): knit all stitches
Row 3: [knit 7, k2tog] repeat around
Row 5: [knit 6, k2tog] repeat around
Row 7: [knit 5, k2tog] repeat around
Row 9: [knit 4, k2tog] repeat around
Row 11: [knit 3, k2tog] repeat around
Row 13: [knit 2, k2tog]repeat around
Row 15: [knit 1, k2tog] repeat around
Row 17: k2tog till end of row

Finish hat by k2tog until 3 stitches remain on the needle. Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail, weave through remaining stitches, pull through to inside of hat and weave in. Weave in beginning tail.

For spikes (make as many as you like):

With white yarn (or color of choice) and 2 DPNs (or size 7 straight needle) cast on 10 sts leaving a long tail.

Row 1: Knit 1 row
Row 2 (and every row till only 2 stitches remain): k2tog, k to end of row

Knit the last 2 stitches together, cut string leaving about 3 inches and pull through remaining stitch. Weave yarn through. Use the beginning tail to sew the spike to the hat.

Make as many spikes as you wish using the same technique and sew on hat in a row (or two rows if you want it to look more like a stegosaur).


  1. Adorable hat! I love the color you chose. SOmeday I want to learn to knit... but right now my sewing list is too long to pick up something new. It shall be done eventually though!

  2. Adorable! Cutest little dinosaur hat I've seen! Thanks for sharing at the Keep Calm and Link Up party! Hope to see you back next week!

  3. Wow.....Crafty Momma sure is talented! I'm so impressed with your skills, and want to learn to do that. I've been trying my hand at crochet lately, but I need a lot of work. :-)

    1. Awww, thanks! I've tried crochet and still can't get it down. I've heard it's easier than knitting but it doesn't make sense to me!

  4. I'm always on the lookout for cute knitting projects and this looks like one I'll have to try :) This will make a great Christmas present I think!

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