I’ve got a confession. I recently purchased 2.65 miles (????!!) of my favorite yarn, Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. I found “bonus pack” skeins from Michael’s and picked up oh, just a couple… It was too good of a sale to pass up!
I knew with all this yarn, I had to come up with a classic crochet pattern I’d like. Something that was quick to make, had texture and I wouldn’t get bored crocheting. And so after a few frogggings, the snowbird hat was born.
The hat is crocheted from the brim up. It uses half-herringbone double crochet and relies on decreasing to shape the top. It’s probably not good for beginners, but if you’ve been crocheting and are familiar with a few stitches and typical hat construction, give it a try!
85 yards of chunky yarn – I used Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman (1 skein)
Size K (6.5mm) crochet hook
Abbreviations & Special Stitches
HDC – half double crochet. Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull through one. Yarn over, pull through 3 loops.
HHDC – half herringbone double crochet. Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops.
SC2TOG – single crochet two together. Worked across two stitches: insert hook into first stitch, yarn over, pull through one. Insert hook into second stitch, yarn over, pull through one. Yarn over, pull through 3 loops.
Brim is worked by making a long, skinny band.
To begin the brim:
Chain 5 + 2 (counts as first HDC). Work 1HDC into each of 5 stitches across. [6 HDC]
Row 2 – 26: Ch 2 (counts as first HDC), turn. Working in back loops only, HDC into each stitch across. [6 HDC). This will give it a textured “ribbed” look.
Slip stitch short ends together. This is the brim of your hat!
To begin the hat body:
Hat is worked in the round, do not turn between Rounds.
Round 1: Chain 2 (counts as first HHDC, half herringbone double crochet). Working across long side of brim, work 39 HHDC. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2. [40 HHDC]
Rounds 2 – 5: Chain 2, work HHDC in each stitch around. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2. [40 HHDC]
Round 6: Chain 2, work 7 HHDC. *SC2TOG, 8 HHDC*. Work from * to * around for 5 decreases. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2. [35 HHDC] Note: HHDC stitches are the same height as SC so while it feels odd to use SC as a decrease next to HHDC, it will look ok!
Rounds 7 – 9: Chain 2, work 4 HHDC. *SC2tog, 5 HHDC*. Work from * to * around. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2.
Round 10: Chain 2, work one SC. *SC2tog, 2 HHDC*. Work from * to * around. Join with slip stitch to top of chain 2.
Round 11: To tightly close top of hat, work one slip stitch into every other stitch around.
Repeat Round 11 again if needed. About 5 stitches should be remaining.
Fasten off, leaving long tail. Sew top of hat closed. Attach a pom or leave plain – whatever you’d like!
NancyNovember 15, 2018
Thank you for your free patterns. I am 84 and my day is filled with crocheting . People give me yarn and I turn it into winter things and it is given to the needy. I love doing it and feel blessed when I find free patterns. Thank you. Thank you.
AndreaDecember 11, 2018
I have worked and re worked and re worked does 6 and 7 and 8. I start with the correct number of stitches in 6, and even in 7 but I always seem to end up with an extra stitch in 7 and so I don’t finish off properly. Any ideas what I’m doing wrong????
JJCrochetMarch 18, 2019
Aw you’re very welcome, Nancy. Thank you for sharing what you do with the patterns. Let me know if there’s ever something you’re looking to make but just ca’t find a pattern for.
HEATHER LEBLANCSeptember 23, 2019
I made the band according to the directions using a 6.5 mm hook and LB wool ease thick & quick yarn. After the recommended 24 rows, the band measures 14 “. Is this intended to fit a baby/toddler?