• Tam Johnson

DIY Mini Cooper Gear Knob Crochet Hats (& Mini-Pompom Tutorial!)

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My sister-in-law has a black & white Mini Cooper that she calls Domino. There is nothing she doesn’t do for Domino, as far as I can tell, and one day she asked me if I could crochet some Mini Knob Hats for him… Yes, I got the girly-giggles too 😊

I had to wonder what all the fuss was about, and was very surprised when she told me there is a whole community of Mini Cooper enthusiasts out there who love to style up their Minis in all sorts of crafty ways! I shouldn’t have been surprised really… I live with a BMW fanatic after all.

She requested a red-&-white one (as it was around Christmas time) and one of ombre blues that would match the blue lighting of his console and dashboard. So I tried out a few versions and was pretty pleased with the results! Not only was she really happy with them, apparently they suit Domino very well and he was very happy too…

So, for those of you with a Mini Cooper fetishist enthusiast in your life, surprise them with one (or several) of these for a birthday or Christmas present and you’ll be loved forever! Or just give them as gifts to anyone with a car, yes? Or crochet them a bit longer for your hubby…?

I’m just sayin’!

As I don’t have photos of the originals I made for her, (nor my own mini-cooper to photograph the tutorial hats in!) I’ve had to make do with my own humble Toyota Corolla Verso as a model…

As you can see, these patterns are very versatile and can be adjusted for any car’s gear knob! If you aren’t sure of sizing, just remember that crochet is fairly stretchy and you can refrain from decreasing towards the bottom and just thread a drawstring around the last round of stitches 😊

My husband suggested adding a couple of pompoms that dangle from the bottom of the hat… Oh the innuendo runs rampant in this pattern! I do apologise (kinda…) #sorrynotsorry LOL.

Please remember that this pattern is for your personal use only. You may of course sell creations you make from it, but include the pattern link (or otherwise credit my work somewhere) and only ever share a link to the pattern and not the pattern itself, for copyright reasons. I know you know what it takes to make up a new pattern (even ones as simple as these) so please respect my work and share the love appropriately. Thanks gorgeous 😉

PS: This pattern is available as a beautiful, printable, full colour PDF download on Craftsy for just £2.98!

(There are no less than 3 variations for this pattern, one very simple two slightly more complicated, but all 3 are what I consider to be EASY PATTERNS.)

For these patterns you’ll need:

  • A collection of DK yarns in colours of your choice – I used very cheap acrylic yarns from the local pound-shop (like a dollar-store).

  • 5 and 4mm hooks

  • Yarn needle

Terms are in US crochet terminology. Terms used in this pattern:

  • CH: chain

  • MR: magic ring / circle

  • SC: single crochet

  • HDC: double crochet

  • SL: slip stitch

  • SK: skip stitch

  • S.st: same stitch

  • N.st: next stitch

  • Sp: space

  • INC: Increase – work 2 sts in same st/sp

Special stitches used:

  • Crab stitch: single crochet working from left to right – it can be fiddly to get the hang of but is easy to do; check out this great little video here if you get stuck!

  • HDC V stitch: work HDC, CH 1, HDC into same stitch.

  • Spike stitch: Insert hook into the space below the previous round’s stitch (where that previous stitch was originally worked into), pull up a long loop fairly loosely to avoid distorting the fabric. Yarn over and pull through to complete as a normal SC stitch. Probably make more sense when you get there and see the pics 😉

Note: When you see SC 3 (for example) – it means that you are to work a single crochet stitch in each of the next 3 sts. If you see 3 SC (usually followed by ‘in s.st’) – then you are to work 3 SC in the same stitch. Make sense?

If you have any questions or issues about this pattern, please don’t hesitate to give me a shout at tam@coloursofyourtruth.com!

Let’s crochet!

striped crochet hat

Simple Striped Knob Hat 😊

You’ll need just two colours for this little hat! Also you may find it easier to carry your yarn ends under your stitches, rather than having to weave in all the ends when you’re done. PS: sorry for the slightly fuzzy photo, my photography is a work-in-progress!

R1) Using 5mm hook. Work 5 SC into MR. Do not SL to join, continue in spiral.

R2) INC in each st around (10)

R3) SC 1, INC – repeat around (15)

R4) SC 2, INC – repeat around (20) Now join together with a SL and SL join each round after. CH 1.

Change to second colour on the SL. You can use the draw-through method, or the knotting on method – see pics below.

  1. Drawing Through Method: Draw through next colour on the SL as follows:

(Seen from back of work) Insert hook into next stitch as per usual. Loop next colour onto hook and pull through.

Draw loop through to complete SL.

Seen from the front of the work.

2. Knotting-On Method: knot on the next colour on the SL as follows:

Use an overhand knot to tie next colour onto a large loop drawn up from the previous colour.

Pull the knot down to the end of the loop on the fixed side (the other side of the loop moves as you pull on the end of the yarn – you don’t want your knot on that side which is at the front of your work, you want the knot at the back.

Insert your hook back into the loop and close it over the hook (you can see the knot now moves to the back).

Draw the next colour through the loop created by the previous colour.

Pull both the new colour and previous colour ends tight to completely close the loop and leave you with just the new colour loop magically poking out ready to start the next round with an invisible colour join 😊

Once you’ve chosen your preferred joining method, continue with the pattern:

R5) Crochet 1st st into s.st as SL, CH 1.

SC 3, INC – repeat around. SL, CH1 (25)

R6) SC 4, INC – repeat around. SL, CH1 (30)

Change back to 1st colour on SL.

R7) SC 5, INC – repeat around. SL, CH1 (35)

R8) SC around. SL, CH1 (35)

Change to 2nd colour on the SL.

R9) SC around. SL, CH1 (35)

R10) SC 15, SK 1, SC 15, SK 1, SC 3. SL, CH1 (33)

Change back to 1st colour on the SL.

R11-12) SC around, SL, CH1.

Change to 2nd colour on SL.

R13-14) SC around, SL, CH1.

Change back to 1st colour on the SL.

R15-16) SC around, SL, CH1.

R17) SC crab stitch around. Finish off. Thread a simple length of yarn through R15 with your needle to act as a drawstring. Alternatively you can chain enough sts to go around plus a bit more and thread that through as I did.

Make a mini-pompom and secure to the top of the hat using the tail from the magic ring. (See instructions at the end for the mini-pompom tutorial 😊)

Ombre V-Stitch Knob Hat:

You’ll need 6 colours for this hat if you want to make that many rounds, but a minimum of 5 to get the right height. Try your best to choose colours that blend into each other for the best ombre effect 😊

In this pattern, don’t carry your yarn ends under your stitches, it’s easier and looks better to tie them off at the end, I’ll show you how. It’s best to use the knotting-on method to join new colours for this pattern.

R1) Using 4mm hook. Work CH3, DC 11 into MR. SL join.

R2) CH 3, INC in s.st, INC in each st around. SL to CH3. (24)

Join colour 2.

R3) Col 2: CH 3, HDC in s.st (counts as 1st V st) – see photo below.

*SK 1, (HDC, CH 1, HDC {V st})* Repeat * around. SL to CH3. (12 V’s)

Join colour 3.

R4) Col 3: Repeat round 3, working your V’s into the CH 1 space from previous V sts.

Join colour 4.

R5) Col 4: Repeat round 4.

Join colour 5.

R6) Col 5: Repeat round 5.

Join colour 6.

R7) Col 6: Repeat round 6.

Join colour 5.

R8) Col 5: Repeat round 7.

Join colour 4.

R9) Col 4: Repeat round 8.

Join colour 3.

R10) Col 3: CH 2, HDC in each st and CH 1 sp around. SL join. (24 HDC’s)

Join colour 2.

R11) Col 2: CH 1, SC in each st around. SL join. (24 SC’s)

Join colour 1.

R12) Col 1: CH 1, SC in each st around. SL join.

R13) Crab stitch around. Finish off. Turn hat inside out and tie all the ends to each other like so:

Trim the ends leaving a 5mm tail on each. Turn the hat back the right way and thread a drawstring through if desired.

Here you can see just how well the invisible knotting-on method works for this stitch 😊

Make a mini-pompom and secure to the top of the hat using the tail from the magic ring. (See instructions at the end for the mini-pompom tutorial 😊)

Spike Stitch Knob Hat:

You’ll need 4 colours for this hat. I bet it would look awesome in Bob Marley colours! Hmm, I might just go ahead and do that for my car…

R1) Using 4mm hook. Work CH3, DC 11 into MR. SL join.

R2) CH 3, INC in n.st, (DC, INC) around. SL to CH3. (18)

Join colour 2.

R3) Col 2: CH 1, *SC into sp between DC posts. Spike st into base of n.st.*

Here’s how you do the spike stitches:

Insert hook into space below the next stitch. Draw up a long loop (not too tight or it will distort the fabric). Yarn over and draw through to complete the stitch.

Repeat * around. SL join. (10 SC’s, 9 Spikes)

R4) CH 2, Work 1st HDC into the 1st st right next to CH 2 for rest of pattern.

*HDC 5, INC* – around. (22) SL join.

Join colour 3.

R5) Col 3: CH 1, *SC 2, Spike st into top of the V made by previous spike. Like this:

SC 1. Repeat around, adding a second SC where you increased on previous round. SL join. (12 SC, 9 Spikes)

R6) CH 2, *HDC 6, INC* – around. (25) SL join. You’ll see that it starts to form a nice cup-shape.

Join colour 4.

R7) Col 4: Repeat round 5, adding extra SC’s where you increased on previous round. SL join.

As your hat progresses you’ll notice bigger bands between the sections of spikes that actually looks pretty cool in my humble opinion. You can always choose at this point to add extra spikes between the additional SC’s if you’d like.

R8) CH 2, HDC 7, INC x2, HDC 5, INC, HDC 2 (to get less of bump at the join). (27) SL join.

Join colour 3.

R9) Col 3: Repeat round 7, adding extra SC’s where you increased on previous round. SL join.

R10) CH 2, HDC around. SL join.

Join colour 2.

R11) Col 2: Repeat round 9. SL join.

R12) CH 2, HDC around. SL join.

Join colour 1.

R13) Col 1: Repeat round 11. SL join.

R14) CH 2, SK 1st st, HDC into 2nd st. HDC 6, SK 1, (HDC 7, SK 1) x2, HDC 2. SL join.

R15) Crab stitch around. Finish off. Thread a drawstring through if desired.

Make a mini-pompom and secure to the top of the hat using the tail from the magic ring. (See instructions below for the mini-pompom tutorial 😊)

Mini-Pompom Tutorial:

To make a mini-pompom you’ll need:

  • A dinner fork with 4 tines – the longest, straightest tines are best; the more of a taper you have on the width of the tines, the more of a distortion you’ll get in the pompom, resulting in more waste when you trim it later.

  • Yarn of your choice.

  • Yarn needle.

Watch the 4min video for this tutorial!

Begin by wrapping your yarn around the tines of the fork. Try to keep your wrapping tension even (too tight and you’ll struggle to get it off and cut through the ends, but you don’t want it loose either). Wrap around the fork in such a way that you begin to form a ball shape – you don’t want to wrap from side-to-side all over the fork’s tines which will make an untidy and difficult to tie pompom.

Once you have a good amount of yarn wrapped around to make a little ball shape, cut the yarn. Cut a section of the same yarn about 6 inches long. Thread one end through the centre of the tines (nearest the fork handle), so it comes up from below and next to the centre of the pompom’s open edge. Loop the other end round the back and up the centre of the open end of the fork.

Tie half an overhand knot (just enough to keep it together) and slide the pompom off the fork.

Being very careful to not let go, finishing tying your knot as tightly around the centre of the pompom as you can – it’s a bit tricky because yarn is naturally fairly slippery and doesn’t hold onto itself that well under stress; get a helper if you need to, to hold down the first half of the knot while you tie the second half! If you don’t tie it tightly, the pompom will unravel over time.

Trim all but the longest of the tails so they’re even with the looped edge of the pompom. The long tail will be used to tie the pompom to the top of your hats! Cut through the looped edges of the pompom all the way around. Fluff it out and then holding the tail with finger and thumb, trim the pompom into a nice round sphere.

Tip: make sure you catch the bits of fluff with a little bin or container – they stick to fabrics like poop to a baby-blanket!

Thread the tail of the pompom onto your yarn needle and thread it through the hole in the centre of your Magic Ring at the top of your hat.

Turn the hat inside out, and using several tight knots secure the pompom to the hat with the tails of the pompom and MR. Trim the ends and you’re done!

And that’s it! Enjoy making one for your Old Faithful and your friends and family, and if you want to, please share your pics on the pinterest page for this patern so we can all admire your handywork!

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