Today on the blog we have the free pattern for a crochet block stitch hat, that is easier to crochet than it looks!
This is a really simple design, that is so effective due to the colour changes on the different rows.
This is perfect for the “in-between” months of October and March, when some days you need a hat, and others it’s far too warm!
As always, I have the free pattern for you here, but you can also get the advert free instant PDF here.
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So what is Crochet Block Stitch and why use it for a hat?
Block stitch is made using alternating rows of double crochets in groups of 3, and a row of Single crochets and chains to make the gap in between to give the little”pop” of colour.
It’s as simple as that but how effective does this look?
Add to that my “faithful” ribbing band (see below) and the fact that the hat is worked in the round with minimal sewing and Voila, we have a really stylish looking hat!
Now, I need to talk about yarn for this hat. I used Juniper Moon Farm Findley DK, which is an absolutely stunning 50% wool 50% silk blend, and totally wonderful – this really is a premium yarn.
This yarn is simply amazing, made in the hills of Virginia, by a lady who rears her own sheep and Angora goats to make yarn (How idyllic does this sound?).
You can get the yarn here – you need 2 50g balls of the grey (22), and 1 of the blue (21)
Crochet Hat Ribbing Band
There are so many ways to make a ribbing band, but without fail I tend to lean to this way.
I will always start with a row of Foundation Double crochet (or a smaller stitch), rather than a chain.
Why? Well if you start with a chain it is really tricky to:
1:stop the chain from twisting
2: Stop the chain getting really tight (top tip – use a larger hook size if you do chain)
3: have it as a lovely flat edge.
Foundation Double crochet (or foundation stitch), will give you an amazingly flat edge, and you can start with the same hook size, and, as you’ve already done a row of stitches it’s really easy to see where to join the hat.
To make a crochet block stitch hat
You will need:
25 sts x 14 rows = 10 cm measured over st pattern
tapestry needle, stitch marker, pompom maker 8cm
Finished Size – 22 cm width x 21 cm high
Patterns is made using USA terms
Starting chains do count as a stitch.
The hat is worked in the round with RS facing throughout
This crochet pattern is written in USA terms
ch – chain
BPDC – Back Post Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
FDC – Foundation Double crochet
FPDC – Front post double crochet
SC – Single crochet
SS – Slip Stitch
st (s) – stitch (es)
FDC Foundation Double , 3ch (counts as first DC), yrh, insert hook in 3rd ch from hook, *yrh, pul, yrh, draw through 1 loop on hook (ch made), [yrh, draw through 2 loops on hook] twice (DC made) **, insert hook in the last ch made; rep from * for number of sts required, ending last rep at **
FPDC – Front Post Double crochet, work the treble around the post of the stitch inserting hook from front to back to front again.
BPDC – Back Post Double crochet, work the treble around the post of the stitch inserting hook from back to front to back again.
Make a Block Stitch Crochet Hat.
Rnd 1: With MC 83 FDC. ss to join, continue working in the round. (Be careful not to twist)
Rnds 2-7: 3 ch (counts as a DC), * FPDC, BPDC; rep from * to end, SS to beg 3 ch. At the end of last rnd, fasten off. 83 sts
Rnd 8: Join CC, 3 ch (counts as 1SC and 2 ch), miss 2 stitches, * 1SC, 2 ch st, miss 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, 1 SC, 2 ch, miss 1 sts, join with a SS in first of beg ch 3. Fasten off, 28SC
Rnd 9: Join MC in 2 ch-sp. [3 ch 2DC in same 2 sp, 3 DC in each 2 ch-sp around. ss to top of 3 ch to join. Fasten off. 84 sts
Rnd 10: Join CC in first st, 3 ch (counts as 1SC and 2 ch), miss 2 sts, *1SC, 2 ch, miss 2 sts; rep from * to end, join with ss in first beg 3 ch. Fasten off, 28 SC.
Rnds 11-29: Rep rows 9-10 nine more times, then rep Row 9 once more. Fasten off, leave a long end for sewing.
Sew running stitch around the top of the hat, and gather the top together. Fasten off, weave in all ends.
Make an 8cm diameter pompom with CC, sew to top of hat.
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