I fell back in love
with crochet a few years ago. I’d learned as a child, picked it up and dropped
it again as a young adult, but when I moved to a much colder area three years
ago, I found myself wanting a variety of hats and cowls and scarves.
So I dug out
my stash of yarn and hooks, and I got back in the crochet groove.
Since then I have been
collecting numerous patterns on one of my Pinterest boards
. I am also a knitter (albeit a beginner), but
I love that I can whip up a crochet hat in little to no time. Last year the
majority of my handmade Christmas gifts were crochet hats and scarves. Since crochet is something I can do easily
while watching TV, I was able to get through my gift list in a couple months
with no problems.
This year I am
planning to once again make a slew of hats for myself and family members. Here
are some that are on my list. Which one will you make first?
This gorgeous mustard
beanie at Always Rooney
is a great pattern if you’re a beginner. It
uses only single crochet and double crochet stitches. Along with the pattern, you’ll also find links
to instructional videos for each stitch. The color is great for fall, and it
looks quite warm! I also really like the leather detail that she added. Just
Super Soft Slouch
I love slouchie
beanies as they fit my face and don't make me look
like a Smurf! This one by Cre8tion Crochet
has an interesting seam detail which forms a star shape at the top. It
involves some more detailed stitches for forming the seam, but it can still be completed
in an afternoon.
Urban Jungle Hat
Another slouchie, but
this time worked in a puff stitch which makes it a bit more formal. It has less
slouch too, which adds to it being a great one to wear with dressier
outfits. The pattern by Vickie Howel is available from Ravelry
, and Christi at The Simple Stitch
shows two versions she made. Bonus! She links
to a spiral flower pattern that you can attach to the hat.
1920s Cloche Hat
This one is for the
Downton Abbey and Great Gatsby fans! (Confession: I’m one). A classic cloche
hat in crochet from Hopeful Honey
. The main stitch used is the half double
crochet, and instructions for the flower are included too. This is a really
classy hat, and I can see it made in a variety of rich warm tones for fall.
Slouchy Peaked Hat
shares this free pattern — I have a fondness for peaked hats in this newsboy style, and many
of my fabric winter hats are like this.
I’d like to try my hand at making my own! The texture is an added bonus, and
makes the hat look complicated, but it’s made with single crochet and double
crochet stitches only. The pattern includes charts too!
This might be the first one I
attack this fall, as I really like the ridging detail. The pattern by Liz
McQueen is available for sale at Ravelry
, and having used one of her patterns before, I am
sure it will be well worth the price. Now I just need to decide what color yarn to
Bobble Pouf Earflap Hat
Every kid needs a crocheted earflap hat right? I like this version from Moogly
a lot. Those bobbles and the pompom are super
cute! Make it plain or make it striped as shown. You get instructions for newborn, kids and adult
sizes too, so make one for everyone in your family.
Reversible Strands Hat
We can’t forget the
guys! I made one of these hats last year, and while it was one of the more
complicated patterns I’ve tried, the result was well worth it. Not only is the
hat reversible, but you can use as many colors as you like, or make it just in
one color. It's super warm because of the way the stitches are
intertwined ... and it’s a free Ravelry download
from Nancy Smith!