Crochet · DIY

Crochet Sticks and Stones Hat

You can now buy the PDF printer-friendly version of this hat pattern here! It contains none of my ramblings!

my Hello! We’ve finished moving house and I’ve just finished making this new hat! Whoo! I can now get out all the pretty yarns that I have stored in boxes for this move! Hopefully, we’ll stay in this new house for at least a year so I don’t have to store the yarns in boxes again anytime soon… With that in mind, I’m hoping to be able to open an Etsy store soon. Fingers crossed!

Anyways, like my previous (surprisingly popular) Frida clutch, the idea for this hat also comes from Instagram. I browse Instagram every night before going to bed. After a busy day, my husband and I like to take a moment before bed to scroll through Instagram looking for food videos. But my feed is, of course, also full of crochet pictures! And one of the things I’ve seen a lot lately from different accounts are these crochet hats with bobbles and the “V” created by every crochet stitch being visible underneath them running sideways. Ok, I just made that sound confusing… By “V”, I meant the part of the stitch where you insert your hook. You know, like when making chains and each chain creates a “V”. Is that still confusing? Gosh, I’m not very good at explaining but hopefully you’ll be able to see what I meant when looking at the pictures.

Let’s get started shall we?

To make this hat, you will need a 4mm crochet hook and some yarn that will be suitable for your hook size. To be honest, you can make this hat using any yarn with any size crochet hooks. You will also need a tapestry needle, scissors and an optional pom pom. I used a homemade fur pom pom, so if you’re making a fur pom pom too, you will also need a needle and thread. Although any pom pom will work if you just want to buy one or use one you already own.

This pattern will be worked in the round (except for the band). You will need to slip stitch to join after every round. The hat is made from the bottom up. The good news is that there are no decreasing with this pattern! Yay for me because I don’t like doing decreasing since it just won’t look as nice in a pattern like this, plus it gets confusing with all the counting and dividing… Blegh! No! So yay for making a straight tube that we will just close once we finished crocheting it all up!

On to the pattern!

First, we will be making a band for the hat. We will be working in rows in the back loops only for this part. The band of the hat determined the size of the hat. I made the band to be able to fit the average adult woman’s head. However, you can make other sizes by changing the number of rows of the band. To make other sizes, just take a measurement of your head (or look up average head measurements for woman, girl, baby, man, etc…) and make a band that is that length MINUS a few centimeters. You can also just wrap the band around your head without stretching it. You want to make sure you make the band just short of your measurement. This is because the band will eventually stretch with repeated use. So, since the average woman’s head circumference is 55cm, I made my band 52.5cm. If you are using another measurement, make sure to take that measurement and minus it by 2.5 to 3cm, to get the length of the band you need to make.

Band (crochet in the back loops only!)

Chain 11.

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until your piece measures 52.5cm. Slip stitch the 2 ends together. Do not fasten off!

Now you will be working in the rounds on the side of your band.

Hat

Chain 1

Round 1: Sc evenly across the side of your band, sl st to ch 1 to  join,

Round 2: Ch 2, hdc in each sc around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join,

Round 3: Ch 1, back-post sc around each hdc around, sl st to ch 1 to join,

Note: Back-post sc is just like back-post hdc, dc or treble crochet. If you have never done a stitch like this before, it basically means that you will be crocheting around the post or the bar of a crochet stitch. To make a back-post sc in this pattern, you will insert your hook into the space between the hdc posts/bars from behind, then go across a post/bar, and then insert your hook once again into the next space between the hdc posts/bars from the front this time. Then complete the sc like normal. I’ve inserted some pictures below which will hopefully helps. By making a back-post sc, the “V” created at the top of the hdc stitch will be pushed to the front (instead of being at the top), making it visible. Making a back-post sc also means that the hat will no increase in length, which we want since we want the  bobble to sit right on top of the visible “V’s”.

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Hopefully, in this picture you will be able to see the space between the hdc posts/bars as indicated by the arrows. You will insert your hook, from behind, in through the right space and out through the left space. Do not insert your hook into the “V” at the top of the stitch!
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Here we go inserting the hook from behind into the space between the hdc posts/bars…
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… and there it went out again through the space between the 1st hdc post/bar and the 2nd hdc post/bar.
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Your piece should look like this:

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The pink “V”stitches are from the hdc stitches that you pushed out, while the purple “V” stitches are the sc you made. This is a top view.
Round 4: Ch 1, sc in next sc, *bobble stitch in next sc, sc in next 2 sc,* repeat around, sl st to ch 1 to join,

Note: The bobble stitch I used here is a 5-dc bobble stitch. If you are unfamiliar with this, it basically means that you do 5 dc together in ONE stitch. You have the option here to ch 1 after each bobble stitch. I like to do this since in my mind, it creates a neater look and bobble stitch will not be slanted to the left. However, if you do this, you will need to skip that ch 1 in the next round. If you don’t, you will be increasing the stitches of your hat.

At this point, your piece should look like this:

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Front view.
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Back view.
Remember to push out those bobble stitches so that they’ll pop at the front!

Round 5: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to the top of ch 2 to join,

Note: If you did, a chain 1 after your bobble stitch remember to skip that ch 1 in this round.

Repeat from Round 2 until your desired length.

I repeated mine until it measures 9″. A shorter length means that it will be more snug on your head, while a longer one means that it will be more slouchy.

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Once I got my desired length, I fastened off, leaving a long tail to sew the hat shut.

I like to sew my hat shut by inserting my needle through the top of every stitch, pulling tight to close it and then sewing over it to make sure it stays shut. P70725-141918[1]

You can stop here if you like, but I added a fur pom pom to the top of mine!

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And you’re done! You can see that the bobbles reminds me of little stones (or maybe pebbles will be more appropriate?) perching on top of a long branch (the running visible “V’s” being the branches/sticks).

Enjoy your new hat!

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4 thoughts on “Crochet Sticks and Stones Hat

  1. Rambling is one the best things about posts!! I love learning more about other bloggers by their rambling writing style!! This such a fun looking hat!! I made way way too many hats last year and swore I wouldn’t make any this year but after seeing this I might need to make just one more hat!! LOL 😀

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