I started off with some black Red Heart yarn that I had left over from a blanket I made YEARS ago. I used a G crochet hook for this project.
I started off with the free hat pattern that I found HERE. The pattern is all double crochet and chain stitches, so it is easy to make. Once you create your round, you just keep building on that.
Then you just keep building on that circle, with a slight increase in stitches as you go.
You will end up with a little "beanie" style hat like this.
This is where I added my own creativity to the original pattern. I used the basic idea that I learned in the Teach Me To Crochet book by Leisure Arts
There is a pattern in that book for a circular pillow, and I used that but only doing the first three rounds to make two little black circles that I attached to the beanie hat to create Mickey Mouse Ears for an American Girl Doll!