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chicken viking hat

((cue “The Immigrant Song” now))  😉

I just thought this was a riot and HAD to pass it along. Someone was very creative. It was a free pattern so I don’t think there is any problem with posting it. Enjoy!


6–12 months

See adult sized instructions on Craftster.

Crochet guidelines and crochet pattern for drumsticks also on Craftster.

Finished measurements

16.5 inches (40cm) around, stretching to 18 inches (45cm)


18.5 sts and 28 rows per 4″(10cm) in pattern, using larger needles


Note: This yarn is discontinued. Substitute cotton baby yarn of your choice.

  • MC: Lily Sugar Babies (100% cotton, machine washable, 140g per ball), colour 01210 (peach), less than 1 ball
  • CC: Lily Elite Cotton (100% cotton, machine washable, 100g and 169m per ball), colour 05620 (yellow), a few yards
  • 1, 3.75mm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge (OSTOG)
  • 1, 4mm circular needle, OSTOG
  • 1 set 4mm double pointed needles, OSTOG
  • stitch markers
  • safety pins or contrast yarn for marking positions
  • yarn needle for finishing
  • small amount of batting for stuffing drumsticks

Stitch Patterns

Seed Stitch
  • 1st and alternating rounds: *K1, P1* to end.
  • 2nd and alternating rounds: *P1, K1* to end (so as to P all K sts from row below and vice versa).
Goosebumps (on a multiple of 4sts)
  • 1st and alternating rounds: K to end
  • 2nd round: *P1, K3* to end
  • 4th round: K2, *P1, K3* to last 2 sts, P1 K1


Main hat
  • Using MC and smaller needles, CO 80sts. Join stitches into a round (don’t twist!) and place marker at beg of round.
  • Work 5 rounds in seed stitch.
  • Switch to larger needles and work 16 rounds in goosebumps.
  • *K2tog, K14, place marker* to end of round (no need to double-mark end of round).
  • Continuing in goosebump pattern, k2tog after each marker on alternating rounds another 7 times (40sts on needle), then every round 7 times (5sts on needle). Remove markers.
  • Break yarn and draw through remaining sts. Pull yarn to inside of hat and weave in end securely.
Earflaps and ties
  • Mark center front and back of hat.
  • Count 10sts from center back along bottom hem. Using MC and smaller needle, pick up 20sts towards center front.
  • Beginning with a RS row, work 3 rows seed stitch.
  • Dec 1 each end of this and every other row, 4 times (12sts on needle).
  • Dec 1 each end of every row 4 times (4sts on needle).
  • BO remaining sts.
  • Cut 6, 20 inch (50cm) lengths of MC yarn and thread them evenly through BO edge of earflap to make something resembling a 10 inch (25cm) fringe.
  • Holding 3 bundles of 4 strands, braid ties to desired length (9-12 inches, or 22-30cm). Tie strands securely in an overhand knot and trim loose ends to 1 inch of knot.
  • Repeat for other side.

Note: Determine drumstick placement visually or use these guidelines: center of side, 12 rows above edging, corresponds to center bottom of drumstick as shown in diagram.

  • Using DPNs and MC, and beginning at top back corner of future drumstick, pick up 25sts in a back-slanted circle.
  • (RS) K 1 round.
  • Work in goosebumps to last 3sts, turn.
  • P to last 3sts, turn.
  • Work in goosebumps to last 4sts, turn.
  • P3, P2tog, P7, S.S.P, P to last 4sts, turn.
  • Work in goosebumps (as best you can) to last 5sts, turn.
  • P2, P2tog, P5, S.S.P, P to last 5sts, turn.
  • K2, K2tog, K3, S.S.K, K to last 6sts, turn.
  • P1, P2tog, P1, S.S.P, P to last 6sts, turn.
  • At this point, pause and stuff the drumstick before the opening disappears.
  • K1, K3tog, K to end. (15sts on needle)
  • K2tog to last st, K1. (8sts on needle)
  • K 2 rounds
  • K2tog to end (4sts on needle)

Note about feet: Toes are made as a variety of tiny i-cords, which hang off at all angles, sometimes by single threads. These are sewn up properly during finishing. It would undoubtedly be easier to crochet these, if you’re that way inclined (crochet instructions here).

  • Switch to CC and work 4 rounds as i-cord.
  • K2. Break yarn and draw through these 2 sts to make heel spur.
  • Join yarn to remaining 2sts. Inc 1 twice.
  • Still working as i-cord, inc 1 into first st.
  • Treat these 2 sts as separate i-cord and K them again. Break yarn and draw through these 2sts to make toe.
  • Join yarn to remaining 3sts.
  • K2, treat as for previous toe.
  • Join yarn to remaining 1 st. Inc 1, K2 as i-cord, break yarn and draw through.
  • Repeat for other drumstick and foot, picking up in opposite direction in order to begin with a RS round.


For the feet
  • Draw each toe’s end tail down through toe and bury in drumstick. Shape each toe to a point.
  • Sew toes securely into desired positions using remaining tails. Bury yarn ends in drumstick.

Weave in remaining ends.


Adult Sized Pattern for it

So I finally did it. My camera isn’t working so no pics yet, but it actually came out the right size for a grown-up head. The only thing I’ll alter if I make another adult-sized Raw Chicken Viking Hat is to make the drumsticks a bit bigger (they look kinda dinky on the bigger hat). The pattern is mostly the same as the baby one with these few adjustments:
– with 3.75mm circular needles (US5), cast on 102 st. – do 6 rounds seed stitch – switch to 4mm circular (US6) needles and do 24 rounds in the 4-row gooseflesh pattern (as in the original pattern) – *k2tog, k15, place marker* repeat all the way around so you have 6 sections – continue in goosebumps pattern, reducing on odd-numbered rounds, until you have 54 stitches left (8 reducing rounds) – change to reducing on every round until only 6 st left, break off yarn and pull through
– EARFLAPS – mark centre back, count 13 st forward along bottom edge, pick up 24 st
– do 3 rows seed stitch then begin reducing as per original pattern
– DRUMSTICKS – mine came out looking a tad small so next time I’ll maybe increase by ~20% (making it pick up 30 st in back-slanting oval instead of just 25) and starting about 15 rows above edging
– the rest is the same (ties, feet, etc) and came out OK


3 thoughts on “chicken viking hat

  1. Well. I couldn’t find the Immigrant Song on your playlist, but I know the song so well (I come from the land of ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot wind blows, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, ah! or something like this – these were college years so I’m a little impaired with my musical memory) and now it’s banging around in my head (thanks a lot) and will probably be there all day.

    This hat is entirely too cute, and perhaps I will take another stab at going completely insane and try to knit it. …in my spare time. Is that you in the picture?????? Your beautiful blond hair looks like tail feathers on the back of the chicken!!! Love this Post!!!

  2. LOL nah this isn’t me. That is actually the woman who came up with the pattern, modeling the adult sized one. This was posted years ago and I don’t know who she is. The pattern was listed as a free pattern so I didn’t feel bad about reposting it.

    And yes that’s the song! muhaha! I couldn’t resist it. I kept giggling as I pictured in my mind an army of people wearing those hats and wielding mighty swords screaming, “We are your Overlords!”

    I never post pics of myself because it would just be too frightening even for the internet. All kidding aside, I had a picture of me surface, that had been taken when I was visiting friends, (there were a lot of people there) and it was photoshopped and passed around the i’net. Needless to say it wasn’t an attractive photoshopping and it was one of the most hurtful things ever. So now I just don’t post pictures of myself. I’m not the most attractive woman anyway, though my beloved sweetie thinks I’m beautiful , but no need to let everyone else know it, too. shrugs.

    I may have to make that hat for next winter. I love it too much not to make one. LOL.

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