Pop-Up Crochet Skeleton Hat with Moving Ears – FREE Pattern

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This adorable and fun crochet skeleton hat with moving ears will have people smiling everywhere you go. The unique design uses an air pump to make the skeleton bone ears go up and down.


Have you seen the bunny hat with moving ears that’s been trending on social media? Just squeeze the bunny’s dangling paws to make its ears go up and down. Or did you see the Crochet Penguin Hat with Flapping Wings? It’s cute, silly, and fun for kids (and kids at heart) of all ages.

But have you ever wondered if you could crochet a moving ears hat? What about hats of different cute crochet animal characters? Now you can!

This pattern will show you how to make your very own crochet skeleton hat with moving ears – yes, the bone ears move!

See the “moving hat” in action here:

As with any handmade item, you can customize and make this trendy crochet hat your own. You can use my tutorial to make it in any size. And because the squishy worsted-weight chenille yarn I used, Premier Pixie Dust Brights, comes 18 colors, you can make any color penguin you want. Who says a skeleton can’t be orange – or black?

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Make them for your kids or even for yourself. These silly crochet hats are perfect for costume parties, holiday celebrations, or anywhere you need to lighten the mood.

And if you are a visual learner, I also added a few video tutorials to learn the stitches needed to help you along with the written pattern as well. This pattern used to be a mystery crochet along and is broken up like that accordingly.

It’s time to get creative, so let’s get started!

Moving Ears Skeleton Hat Crochet Pattern

Crochet Hats with Moving Ears

If you’ve never tried to make a moving crochet pattern before, it may look complicated. But all it takes are some simple air pumps that you sew right into the long arms of the hat. Of course, I’ll include photos and instructions so you know just where to place them to achieve this cool effect.

If you can’t get enough of these funny beanies, you’ll be delighted to know that I have written 10 other crochet pop-up hat patterns for all different occasions. You can find all of them, including helpful tutorials, videos, and photos, in my 10 Pop Up Pals Hats ebook!

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If you like fun and cute crochet animal patterns, you might also like to try one of these:

  1. Panda Bear Tissue Box Cover
  2. C2C Rainbow Hat with Unicorn Pom Pom
  3. Cat Bunny Reversible C2C Bag Pillow
  4. Penguin Hat with Flapping Wings

So, let me now give you the supplies you need in order to crochet this cute pattern.

How to Crochet the Skeleton Hat with Moving Ears Pattern

Materials you will need

Gauge

3 sts x 2 rounds = 1 square inch

Size

10 (width) x 7.5 inches (just the hat, one size (adult) – Refer to this post to adjust the size of the beanie for a different head size

Stitches used in the pattern

Learn all the basic crochet stitches HERE

Video tutorials

Beanie – like Skeleton: https://youtu.be/uvdkZkSOsWo

How to Add the Air Pump: https://youtube.com/shorts/g-TspfmNh1Y

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Free Written Crochet Skeleton Hat with Moving Ears Pattern

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Pattern Notes

First, you’ll crochet the beanie, then the arm straps where the air pump gets inserted into, then the ears, and face. Then you assemble it all.

If you want to make the hat smaller, please use the reference table provided for the hat pattern.

Crochet-Hat-Size-Chart

Written Pattern for the Crochet Hat

Crochet Beanie – Video Tutorial

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Written Pattern for the Crochet Skeleton Hat

Start with White

ALL first dc stitches are made as a ch3 or ATC (both count as a stitch, I used the ATC) – explained in the video!

R1: MR, ch 1, add 12 dc, close the ring, sl st to the first st

R2: 2 dc per st all around, sl st to the first st

R3: *1 dc in the first st, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (36 sts)

R4: *1 dc in 2 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (48 sts)

R5: *1 dc in 3 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (60 sts)

R6: *1 dc in 4 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st (72 sts)

R7-15: 1 dc per st all around, sl st to the first st

Fasten off

Measurements: Aim for about 9-10 inches in width and 6.5-7.5 inches in height.

Beanie of the Moving Ears Skeleton Hat Crochet Pattern

Crochet Air Pumps Arms

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Written Pattern for Air Pump Arms

Crochet 2 of the following:

R1: 18 foundation double crochet stitches (see video – Part 2), sl st to the first st

R2-19: 1 dc per st, sl st to the first st

R20: *1 dc in 2 sts, then 2 dc in the next st, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R21-22: 1 dc per st, sl st to the first st

R23:*1 dc dec over the next 2 sts, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

Measurements: Aim for about 2-2.5 inches in width and about 13 inches in length.

Arms of the Moving Ears Skeleton Hat Crochet Pattern

Crochet Skeleton Hat Assembly

Skeleton Face, Ears, and Assembly – Video Tutorial

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Written Pattern for Face, Ears, and Assembly

Finish the Skeleton Hat Bone Arms

Weave through the last round, and close the hole.

Lay the beanie flat, and on each side, sew 9 of the 18 dc stitches from the first round of the arm to the beanie. Add the air pump to the arms if you have them.

Skeleton Ears (make 2)

With white

R1: MR, ch 1, add 10 dc, close the ring, sl st to the first st, cut yarn

Now repeat R1 for a 2nd circle

Now we’re connecting the first and 2nd circle

R2: 1 dc per st (both circles), sl st to the first st (sew together gap between circles)

R3: 1 dc per st, sl st to the first st

R4:*1 dc dec over the next 2 sts, repeat from * all around, sl st to the first st

R5-9: 1 dc per st, sl st to the first st

2 Bones:

Ch 7

R1: 3rd ch from the hook, in the same stitch [2dc, ch 2, sl st to the ch, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st to ch], 1 sc in the next 3 chs, sl st to the last ch, then add all the following into the last ch [2dc, ch 2, sl st to the ch, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st to ch]

Fasten off and sew the tiny bones to the bulb section of the arms (around R21-22)

Nose:

R1: MR, ch 1, 6 sc, sl st to the first st, close the ring, fasten off, and sew the nose to the beanie around R10

2 Eyes:

R1: MR, ch 1, 9 sc, sl st to the first st, close the ring

Whatever is written between the commas is for one stitch, e.g. 2hdc are placed into one stitch

R2: 2hdc, 2hdc, [1dc, 1 tr, 1 dc], 2hdc, 2hdc, 2hdc, [1dc, 1 tr, 1 dc], 2 hdc, sl st to the first st

Fasten off and sew the eyes about 7 sts apart and the top of the eyes are starting around R7 to the beanie

Embroider on the mouth (one long, loose black yarn, then sew lines over them such that the line makes a wave).

Face of the Moving Ears Skeleton Hat Crochet Pattern

Assembly

Now add the air pump mechanism, by adding the bulb through the long arms and squeezing the bent air flap (opposite side of the air pump) between 2 stitches on round 4 of the beanie such that they point outward – top right and left side of the face. Add the air flaps into the bones, then sew the bones to the beanie. 

Easy Fun Free Moving Ears Skeleton Hat Crochet Pattern

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