There comes a time when winter asks…free pattern included

This winter seems to be rather harsh. I am not a weather forecaster. I just feel it in my bones. Better to be ready and overstocked with winter hats then crochet when the snow falls.

Today I prepared a free simple shell pattern hat for a toddler. I crocheted a similar one in a newborn size the other day and got a lot of positive feedback which made me curious “What it might look like when crocheted in a bigger size?” I wanted to see it. So I designed this hat for my little daughter. I had to add strings because the yarn is so soft that she prefers playing with it to wearing it.

A lot of crocheter´s luck with this project.

Let´s get started.

Shell Pattern Hat with a Brim
Size: 42-43 cm/16.53-16.92 in
Yarn: Himalaya Baby Dolphin Chenille Yarn, Yarnart Dolce, Kartopu Yumos (for a pompom)

Yarn alternatives for overseas are:
– YarnArt Dolce
– Kartopu Yumurcak
– Universal Yarn Bella Chenille
– Katia Bambi
– King Cole Yumi
– Red Heart Velvety

Need: 3 different colors. Color A, Color B, Color C
Weight: Super Bulky
Meterage: 100 g (3.53 ounces)/120 m (131 yards)
Needle size: 6 and 5
Time: at about 2 hours

US terminology:
MC – Magic Circle
Sl St – slip stitch
CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
BP SC – back post single crochet
BL SC – back loop single crochet

Each row starts with either 1 CH = Single Crochet or 2 CH = Double Crochet and ends with SlSt.

HAT
Hook 6
Color A
1st row: 10 SC into MC
2nd row: 2 DC into each SC from previous row, three DC into last SC (21 DC)
3rd row: 2 DC into each DC from previous row (42 DC = must be divided by 6)
4th row: 5 DC into first CH, 1 SC into third CH, 5 DC into next third CH, repeat (creating the shell stitch pattern). It is better to start each row in the middle of the “shell”. To get there use SlSt with the same yarn color.
Color B
5th row: 5 DC into SC from the previous row, SC into the middle of the “shell”, repeat
Color C
6th row: 5 DC into SC from the previous row, SC into the middle of the “shell”, repeat
Color A
7th row: 5 DC into SC from the previous row, SC into the middle of the “shell”, repeat
Color B
8th row: 5 DC into SC from the previous row, SC into the middle of the “shell”, repeat
Color C
9th row: 6 DC into SC from the previous row, SC into the middle of the “shell”, repeat
Color A
10th row: 6 DC into SC from the previous row, SC into the middle of the “shell”, repeat
Color B
11th row: 6 DC into SC from the previous row, SC into the middle of the “shell”, 7 DC into SC from the previous row, SC into the middle of the “shell”, repeat
Hook 5
12th row: BP SC around the hat

BRIM
Hook 5
Fold the hat into half. Mark the halves with a piece of yarn. Count 8 CH from the marker. Here starts the brim and ends 8 CH from the second marker.
Color B
1st row: 2 BL SC, 1 BL SC, end with SlSt into the hat, turn
2nd row: SC into SC from the previous row, end with SlSt into the hat, turn
3rd row: SC into SC from the previous row, end with SlSt into the hat, turn
4th row: SC into SC from the previous row, end with SlSt into the hat.

STRING
Cut three same pieces of yarn (2x). Replace the markers with the strings and make braids from them.

POMPOM
The one in the picture is a crocheted one but it could be replaced with any pompom-type you like. The pattern for a crocheted pompom will be described in another article. Stay tuned up.

If you have any questions please leave me a message in a chatbox on the webpage.

That it is.
If you like this hat and try this pattern please share your pictures in the comments for the others to get inspired.

Thank you very much for your visit and have a warm and wonderful winter.
Katy