The idea for this crochet hat pattern has been swimming around in my head ever since I created the Kimberly Scarf pattern almost a year ago! People seem to love a matching hat and scarf set, so I like to create a pair whenever I can!
This crochet hat pattern and matching scarf are particularly elegant with the detail of the “brick” stitch pattern and the subdued band of simple half double crochet.
The Origin Of This Pattern
The main stitch used for this crochet hat pattern is the “brick” stitch, or “crazy” stitch. The name of this stitch makes me laugh, because it sounds so funky or clunky, but in reality creates a very delicate and refined texture.
As I mentioned already, I created this crochet hat pattern to match the Kimberly Scarf pattern that I created in back in 2017. It is an infinity scarf that boasts the same elegant feel as the crochet hat pattern and is thick and cozy for cold winter days!
The name for this crochet hat pattern comes from one of my many wonderful sisters, Kim! Eventually I will have a pattern named after each of my sisters (I have 4 of them!). For now I have the Kimberly pattern set and the Ruthie Scarf.
The Yarn For This Pattern
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Whenever I have a pattern with a particularly delicate feel, I love to use Caron Simply Soft Yarn. It has such a wonderful sheen that particularly shows off a bit of a “fancy” stitch. It is also incredibly soft and has a very nice drape. For this hat and scarf set I used Caron Simply Soft in Bone.
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4 x 4 inch swatch of stitches as executed in the pattern = 5 stitch “clusters” along a row and 8 rows high
(sl st) slip stitch
(sc) single crochet
(hdc) half double crochet
(dc) double crochet
My stitching tends to be tighter than most, so pay attention to the sizing notes throughout and adjust as necessary.
Ch 1 at the beginning of each row of the band does not count as a stitch.
Row 1: 3 dc in the 4th ch from the hook. *Skip 3 chains. 1 sc in the next chain. Chain 3. 3 dc in the same chain that your last sc was crocheted into.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Complete the row with a sc in the last stitch. (9 sets of dc clusters)
Note for perspective: We are creating this hat by crocheting a rectangle, then seaming the two ends together to make a tube. We will add a band on one side of the tube and cinch up the other side of the tube for the top. So, the length of this row will eventually be the height of your hat.
A note about sizing: At this number of stitches and gauge, your hat will be about 9 inches tall. If you want to size up or down because you have a different gauge or just want a different size hat, you can start over with a shorter or longer beginning chain. Just choose a starting number of chains that is a multiple of 4. Each 4 chains will add or subtract roughly an inch from the height of your hat.
Row 2: Ch 4. Turn. 3 dc in the first chain of the chain 4. *Sc in the top of the chain space. Ch 3. 3 dc in the same ch space.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Complete the row with a sc in the chain space at the end of the row.
Row 3-44: Repeat row 2 until row 44 or until your piece is 20 inches long. We will be turning this rectangle sideways and seaming the two short ends together, so the length of this piece will end of being the width of your final hat (20 inches). If your gauge is different than mine, you may need to stop at an earlier row, or do additional rows, in order to achieve the same length.
Row 45: Ch 3. Turn. 3 hdc into sc (same stitch that the ch 3 comes out of). *Sc into the top of the ch 3 space. 3 hdc into the dc that lands in the center of the “v” shape created by the last row.* Repeat from * to * across. Complete the row with a sc in the last ch 4 space. Do not fasten off.
Note: Turn your project so that the length (longest edge) is laying horizontal. The longest edge will be the width of your hat and the shortest edges will be the height. At this point my project was 20 inches wide and 9 inches tall. If your hat is a different width or you would like your hat to be more narrow or more wide, then you can adjust the number of rows to fit your liking. Just be sure to end with the instructions for Row 45 so that you have a straight edge to seam together.
Connecting the ends together:
Fold so that the two short ends of the hat line up together. Sc the two ends together to form a tube.
Note: It can be helpful to crochet the ends together with the starting chain end facing you. If you only grab the starting chain as you join the two ends together, it can create some rather large gaps immediately next to the seam when finished (since there are quite a few chains skipped in that first row of crochet). You can remedy this by grabbing just a little more than the chain where it seems appropriate (see photo below) in order to keep any big gaps from forming.
Turn right side out.
Row 1 of the band: (note: right side should be facing you) Ch 1. Sc evenly around. I did about 75, which brought the band in a little narrower than the hat (close to 18 inches). I did this by crocheting about 5 stitches for every 3 rows of the hat. You can adjust the number of stitches for a smaller or larger band. Join to the first sc with a sl st. (75)
Row 2: Ch 1. Hdc in the same stitch and around. Join to the first hdc with a sl st. (75)
Row 3: Repeat row 2. (75)
Row 4: You may notice your work curling a bit at this point. So, to prevent the curling, for this last row we will turn our work around and crochet back in the opposite direction. After turning, ch 1. Hdc in the same stitch and around. Join to the first hdc with a sl st. Fasten off and weave in ends. (75)
Attach a long strand of yarn to the unfinished end (top) of the hat (or if you have a long tail left on this end you can use that). Using a yarn needle, weave the yarn in and out around the top of the hat (see photo below). Pull to cinch the hat tight and secure. Weave in ends.
You can find the matching Kimberly Scarf Pattern HERE.
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