Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dalek Hat!

Update 11/5/14

My apologies for not getting back to some of you sooner on the pattern. I have been fighting illness and disability.  A note on the download site for the pattern (below): it is a documentation repository site. I don't know how to get it to work on a phone or tablet without an appropriate application. 

Download the Word File here: Word Dalek Hat Pattern

Download the PDF File here: PDF Dalek Hat Pattern

Ok, I think I may have found the issue some people were having with the pattern below.  Sorry for the errors and confusion. I am adding ending stitch count to the rounds of the base hat as well as what my definition of HDC is. It's all below in Red. I also found another error in the pattern that was adding extra 2 HDCs in the ends of rounds.

Some people are having trouble with the pattern and some are not. Some are getting a ruffled round rather than a dome hat. I am working on getting the pattern straight. I find that using Half Double Crochet or even single crochet may work better than Double Crochet. I used Half Double Crochet.  The blue hat (pic below) was done following my pattern as written.  If you are still having trouble, you may want to find a simple dome hat pattern to use and see if it works. Please share your findings so I can post it here for those who may need a different pattern. You basically want a simple, dome shaped hat for the base. 

Any positive comments that offer suggestions to improve the pattern are welcome. Nasty, sarcastic comments will be deleted.

UPDATED 10-12-13

Note: I tend to crochet rather tightly. If you are a loose-stitch crocheter, you may want to adjust the pattern to reflect your style.  The "dome" is slightly increasing until you get to the "grill" or black part, where it is straight crochet (no increase).  If you find the "dome" to be ruffly, try removing some of the increase stitches (and remember, it's half double crochet, not double.  I had added DC for ease for those who crochet very tightly, but it's not working out well).  Thanks to my friend Melanie for alerting me to this problem!
Just got through making this, and writing the pattern!  It's crochet and relatively easy.

Note: Note: the Eye uses wire to hold it up. You can crochet a shorter "rod" for the eye and not use the wire.

Dalek Style Hat 
in Crochet

I am not a fantastic crochet artisan, just like to crochet and love Doctor Who. A good use of leftover Tom Baker scarf yarn.  Pattern may be distributed freely, but for personal use only.  No product may be made and sold from this pattern.

Size: Med-Lg Adult (adjustable in pattern)

Difficulty: Hat easy, parts medium
Crochet hook size H / 8 / 5.00 mm

Yarn: Worsted weight (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
Grey or Dalek color of choice- about 2 oz
Black - about 1 oz
White - about 1 1/2 oz
Blue - less than 1/2 oz (small amount)

Yarn needle

18” stiff wire (like coat hanger)  (OPT)
2 small (2-3” diameter) circles cardboard or plastic canvas (OPT)
Small piece of duct tape, or felt and glue (OPT)

Note: How to do basic crochet stitches CLICK HERE
Ch: Chain
St: Stitch
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
Sl: Slip Stitch
Rnd: Round
Tbl: Through Back Loop only
Tfl: Through Front Loop only
* *: Repeat between asterisks


This piece is made in parts and sewn together.  Dalek color listed here is grey, but you may substitute your favorite Dalek color for grey. The light “ears and eye parts should be crochet rather tightly to hold shape.  I used wire to hold the eye straight.

Half Double Crochet:
Yarn over hook, pull loop through base stitch. There should be three loops on hook as for DC, attached to base stitch. Then, yarn over hook, pull loop through all three stitches. It gives a sort of fat sc look.

This is done with an incremental increase. The increases are done in the same stitches as the increases in the last row, with straight hdcs in between. You should not get a round, ruffled shape. 

If you are having trouble with this pattern, try finding a simple dome or beanie crochet pattern that works for you. One is here:  Just remember on the black rounds to crochet through the back loop only so you get a free loop available on the front rounds at each stitch.

Rnd 1: With grey, ch 2. In first Ch, Sc 6, join ring. End with 6 sts.

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (first Ch 2 counts as 1st Sc, hdc  here on out), hdc in same stitch. 2 hdc in each stitch around.  Join with Sl st.  End with 12 sts
At this point, you should have a flat disc shape.

Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 2. End with 24 sts
At this point, you should be seeing a very slight dome shape emerging. You will be increasing each row by only 12 stitches, forming a 12-sided figure, a dodecagon. You want an even flattish area with an increase area at the same points around your dome. I have rewritten the pattern below: 

End of round 3

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 hdc in next stitch  *1 hdc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch, * Repeat instructions between "*" around and join with sl. End with 36 sts

Rnd 5: Ch 2,  1 hdc in next st., 2 hdc in next st., *1 hdc in 2 next sts, 2 hdc in next st,   * Repeat instructions between "*" around and join with sl. End with 48 sts

Rnd 6: Ch 2,  1 hdc in next 2 sts., 2 hdc in next st. * 1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st,  * Repeat instructions between "*" around and join with sl. End with 60 sts

Rnd 7: Ch 2,  1 hdc in next 3 sts., 2 hdc in next st., * 1 hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st,  * Repeat instructions between "*" around and join with sl. End with 72 sts

Rnd 8: Ch 2,  1 hdc in next 4 sts., 2 hdc in next st. * 1 hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st,  * Repeat instructions between "*" around and join with sl. End with 84 sts

Note: if you need to make the hat bigger around, increase here with the same pattern as above.  If you need to make it smaller, omit round 8 and so forth to desired size.

Rnd 9: Ch 2, Hdc in each st around.  Join with sl.  This tightens up the dome shape.

Rnd 10: Repeat Rnd 9

Change to Black
Work 5 rounds as Rnd 8 Hdc in each St around Tbl (through the back loop - you want a loop showing in the front at each black round) and fasten off.  Weave in ends.
Hat in blue.
This was crocheted using the pattern above. 

Grill Rings on Hat
The diagram shows the black rounds with the front loops making horizontal lines across. 

Work in these loops for this section.  It’s easier if you start with counting the number of stitches in the round and dividing by 6, then marking those 6 areas off by tying a piece of contrasting yarn around the posts on the last round. These will be your “post markers” the vertical grill piece areas.  Rnd 1 in the diagram is the last grey round.  Work with bottom of hat (last round) up, right side out.

NOTE: If you crochet tightly, you might want to try DC instead of HDC below.  

Starting with the loops on Rnd 6 (bottom edge) attach grey yarn to a Tfl stitch just in front of a post marker (preferably where you would join the rounds). 3 hdc, * 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st * round.  Join. Fasten off.
Round at Rnd 4: At same vertical location on Rnd 4, attach grey Tfl. Ch 3.   *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st * until you get to the next post marker.
Vertical Post: sl around HDc post you just did, and working down hDc posts in the two rounds between Rnd 4 and Rnd 6, sc 1 in first post, sc 2 in 2nd post.  Sl in nearest hDc post in grey round done on Rnd 6, turn.  sc in each of the 3 sc back to Rnd 4 grey round, sl in top of last post crochet in the grey round you are working on.  Continue with *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st * until you get to the next post marker and repeat around until you have 6 vertical posts between the two grey rounds on the black rounds. Fasten off.
Round at Rnd 2: Do exactly what you did in Round at Rnd 4, matching vertical posts.
Round at Rnd 1: This is much the same as before, only shorter and smaller.  Work the pattern as the last two rounds, only use Hdc instead of hDc, and Sc 1 in each vertical black post instead of 1 and 2.
The hat part is done.
Light “ears”
With white, Ch 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in 1st ch, join with sl.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, Sc in same st, *Sc 2 in ea st* around. Join with sl.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, Sc in each st around Tbl only.  Join with sl.
Next 8 Rnds: Ch 2, Sc in each st around. Join with Sl.
Rnd 9: Ch 2, Sc in same st Tfl only, and working Tfl only * sc, 2 sc in next *. Join with Sl, Fasten off. 
Make two of these.

With white or grey, Ch 10, join into a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, sc in each st around, Join with sl.
Continue Rnd 1 for 15 total rounds or until desired length.  Do not fasten off.
Note: This post requires support (like wire) to hold it up. You can make it half the length or shorter and it will not require wire.

Eye cup:
Change to black.  With Black, repeat sc row as above one time, join with sl.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, sc in same st, * Sc 2 in each st around *, join with sl.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, * sc in next, 2 sc in next *, join with sl.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, * sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next *, join with sl.
Rnd 5: Ch 2, sc in each st around, join with sl.
Rnds 6-9: repeat Rnd 5
Rnd 10: Ch 2, sc 3, * sk1 st, sc in next 3, * Repeat around, join with sl.
Rnd 11 and 12: Repeat Rnd 5:
Rnd 12: Repeat Rnd 5 but Tfl only. Join and fasten off.

Blue Eye
With blue, make a circle by C2, sc 6 in 1st ch, join.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around, join.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, * 2 sc in next, 1 sc in next * around, join.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, sc, * 2 sc in next, sc in next 2 * around, join. Fasten off.

With white, make five rings: one large, two medium, two small.  Assembled the rings will go on the eye post in the order of small/medium/large/medium/small. 

Small: Ch 12, join.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, Sc in same st.  * 2 sc in each st around *. join with sl. Fasten off if for small.

Medium: Make Small but don’t fasten off.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, * 2 sc in next st, sc in next * around, join with sl. Fasten off if for Medium.

Large: Make Medium but don’t fasten off.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, Sc in next, * 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 * around, join with sl.  Fasten off.


Weave in all loose ends.

Sew the blue eye inside the black eye cup to the back loops of the next to last round. 

Put the rings together in small / medium / large /  medium / small order and slip on to the post of the eye.  Should be at the center of the post.

For stiffness, use a couple of pieces of cardboard and a piece of stiff wire, like that of a wire coat hanger.  Bend the wire in half and thread through the center of the blue eye, catching a thread to keep it from pulling through. Poke two holes in the cardboard circles, and bend the wire to hold the post firmly on the hat.  Then tape the wire down to the cardboard. You can also use round pieces of plastic canvas.  The cardboard serves to hold the wire steady when the hat is on your head.

Sew the round end of the post to the hat with white yarn.

Sew the light “ears” to the sides of the hat with white yarn.

© Lisa Murray 2013.  Pattern may be distributed freely, but for personal use only or gift giving.  No product may be made and sold from this pattern unless for charity or non-profit.
Doctor Who and Dalek name, images, etc. property of the BBC. 


  1. Oh my gosh!! Thank you so much for the pattern. My husband is going to flip and insist that I make this for him immediately. :-) And I will....right after I make one for myself. :-)

  2. You are so very welcome. Please feel free to share it with your fellow whovians!

  3. Just found this whilst on a two week holiday to the arse end of nowhere, with insomnia. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  4. When I click the link to download the pdf, it just takes me to the file in Google Drive but I don't see an option to save or download from there. Do you know if it's something that is only available using a computer (not phone/tablet) or the Drive app?

  5. Hi Cyn.

    I don't know if you can download via phone or tablet. It's a document site. Hope this helps.