Striped Herringbone Hat (Child size age 4-8) – Free Pattern

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Are you ready for the easiest crochet hat pattern? The Striped Herringbone Hat is a wonderful project for beginners because it doesn’t involve increasing or decreasing. It’s worked up as a flat panel and stitched together at the end. In fact, this was the first crochet hat one of my pattern testers made and it looked absolutely gorgeous. Don’t feel intimidated by the name either! If you don’t know how to create the herringbone half double crochet stitch, I will teach you! Everything you need to know is in this post so let’s dive in!


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Notes:
– The sizing of this hat is fairly flexible and should comfortably fit a child age 4-8. Tension plays an important role in this pattern and stitches that are too tight will result in a hat much smaller. It is recommended that a moderately loose tension is used. To gauge, the brim of your hat lying flat should reach 17 ½ inches in length and 2 ½ inches in width.
– This pattern is written in US terms
– Ch 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
– You may use your preferred method for colour changing in each row as long as the stitch count matches the pattern.
– There is no increasing or decreasing in this pattern. It is worked as a flat piece and stitched together with a seam to create the hat shape.
– This pattern uses the “herringbone half double” stitch. If you are not familiar with it, I have provided a quick written walk through below.

Materials Needed:
– 2 skeins of Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn (worsted weight). Will be referred to as “colour A” and “colour B”
– 6 mm hook (I used my Furls Odyssey)
– Scissors
– Yarn needle
– Yarn or faux fur pom-pom if desired

Stitches Used:
– Chain (ch)
– Single crochet (sc)
– Back loop single crochet (blsc)
– Herringbone half double crochet (hhdc)

Special Stitch Tutorials:
Herringbone Half Double Crochet – Yarn over and insert hook into stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Pull the top loop on your hook down through the middle loop on your hook (2 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through remaining loops on hook.

Pattern:

To make the hat brim:
With colour A, ch 9. Place 1 sc into the second ch from hook. Continue to the end of the row. (8) Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2 – 53:
Place 1 blsc into each stitch across the row. (8) Ch 1 and turn.

Row 54:
Place 1 blsc into each stitch across the row. (8) Chain 1.

To complete the brim portion of your hat, place 1 sc into the same space as your last blsc. This will act as a slight curve allowing you to continue along the top, lengthwise. Do not count this stitch in your 54 stitches that are next. Work your way across the brim placing 1 sc evenly across to the other end making a total of 54 sc stitches. Fasten off.

To create the hat portion:
*Attach colour B and ch 1.*

Row 1:
Place 1 hhdc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2:
Place 1 sc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3:
Place 1 hhdc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 4:
Place 1 sc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54).

*Fasten off. Switch to colour A and ch 1.*

Row 5:
Place 1 hhdc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 6:
Place 1 sc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 7:
Place 1 hhdc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 8:
Place 1 sc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54).

*Fasten off. Switch to colour B and ch 1*

Row 9:
Place 1 hhdc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 10:
Place 1 sc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 11:
Place 1 hhdc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 12:
Place 1 sc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54).*Fasten off.

Switch to colour A and ch 1*

Row 13:
Place 1 hhdc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 14:
Place 1 sc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 15:
Place 1 hhdc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 16:
Place 1 sc into the first stitch and into each stitch across. (54). Fasten off and cut yarn ensuring to leave a long tail for sewing the seam of your hat.

You should now have one flat piece in the shape of a rectangle. The tricky part is making sure that the herringbone stitch is visible and facing you. This will be seen by the slight slant on the rows where you used that stitch. Your yarn tail should also be on the top right corner. At this point, you may also wish you weave in all your ends.

Fold your two ends into the middle. Attach your yarn tail to your needle and begin stitching from the top of the hat to the bottom of the brim. You can use whichever stitch you would like for sewing the seam, some common variations are a whip stitch or a running stitch. Carefully place the stitches in the loops closest to you to avoid the tail showing through the rows where you switched colours. Once you reach the bottom, fasten off and weave in all your ends if you haven’t done so already.

Flip the hat inside out. Your herringbone stitches should once again be visible. With yarn colour A, cut another tail and attach to your yarn needle. Begin by weaving this piece in and out of the stitches at the very top of your hat. When you get back to the beginning, carefully tighten the yarn tail (make sure to grab both ends to avoid them being pulled through). Your hat should start to gather and close up nicely. Tighten and tie off. Weave in your ends.

If you wish, you may choose to add a yarn pom pom or perhaps a faux fur one as a nice accent to your hat. Doesn’t it look cute with one on the top?

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