It’s time for the introduction of a new addition to my Christmas Crochet Hat collection! This year, I am going green (metaphorically) and adding a tree to the line up!
Below you’ll find the toddler to adult size patterns with guidance on how to adjust.
This pattern is in no way intended to be used as a toy.
If you wanted you could use this pattern to replace the real thing, or as festive decor on the table or in your home!
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Okay, let’s get started!
- This pattern uses US crochet terms (UK equivalents are given in brackets in the abbreviations list)
- Numbers in brackets at the end of a round indicate the number of stitches in that round and are only given at the start of a section or where there is a change
- Turning chains to not count as stitches
- Instructions written after *asterisks should be repeated as indicated
- Unless otherwise indicated stitches should be worked in consecutive stitches
- The hat is worked from the top down in rounds, joining each round with a slip stitch and turning
- You will decorate your tree at the end
Crochet Skills Needed
- Knowledge of basic crochet stitches
- Making a Magic Ring (modification given)
- Working in rounds using simple increases
- Working in the back loop
Materials for the Hat and baubles
Hook: 4mm crochet hook (or size needed for gauge)
Yarn: Any dk weight yarn which meets gauge will work for this pattern. The rest depends on how decorative you get! I have outlined what I used in the items pictured.
For the Main Colour (MC):
- About 110m of Women’s Institute Premium Acrylic Double Knit in Lime. (Paintbox Yarns Simply DK or Stylecraft Special DK would make good alternatives and both have great colour choices)
For the Decorations:
- Hobbycraft’s Baby Brilliance DK in White (which has a bit of sparkle running though – Sirdar Snuggly Pearls DK is a great alternative if you don’t have access to Hobbycraft)
- Paintbox Yarn’s Metalic DK in Sangria
Yarn Substitution Options:I recommend using a DK yarn which you can work with a tight tension to allow the structure which keeps the tree standing up! The pattern will work with different weight yarns but the finished size will vary.
Other: Any other adornments you want to add to decorate your tree!
Materials for the Star
You can see full details of what’s needed for the star on the Twinkle Crochet Star on the pattern page. You can use any suitable yarn and crochet hook, though I recommend a fine yarn and suitable crochet hook to create a small star.
You’ll need a small amount of stuffing too. Please ensure you use fire safety approved stuffing.
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If crocheting a hat for children and infants in particular, exercise extra caution in securing small pieces to the main hat to ensure they don’t end up coming loose and becoming a health and safety risk. I recommend securely sewing on crocheted pieces such as the ‘baubles’ and topper, ensuring they cannot be removed, and minimizng any potential choking hazards. The ‘tinsel’ must be secured at short intervals so it does not present a safety or strangulation risk. Do not leave children infants or babies unattended with this hat.
The safety of infants and children is paramount. Please be cautious and use your own judgement.
Note that the small version of the tree in the images was used for some of the progress shots and is not a complete hat. I use it as a decoration in my home. The larger tree hat in the pictures is adult size (as modelled by me).
Stitches & Abbreviations: US terms
(UK Equivalent in Brackets)
- blo = back loop only
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet (UK treble)
- hdc = half double crochet (UK half treble)
- MR = Magic Ring – click here for a tutorial
- rep = repeat
- rs = right side
- sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
- sc3tog = single crochet 3 together (UK double crochet 3 together) – for the star only – see the star pattern for description
- ss = slip stitch
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- ws = wrong side
20 sts and 15 rows in 10cm of alternating rounds of dc and sc worked in the blo using a 4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
Note that it is quite important to keep your tension tight so that the tree stands up on it’s own.
Measurements & Finished Size
The approximate circumference of the finished hat measures around 42, 45m 52m 55cm for the toddler, child, teen / small adult and adult sizes respectively.
Note that ages are a guidance only. Crochet hats should have negative ease (be smaller than the head they are made to fit) but should not be uncomfortably tight.
You can adjust the finished size by altering the number of increase rounds you work.
Dora’s Crochet Christmas Tree Hat Pattern
Start each round working into the last st of the precious round – do not work into the slip stitch!
Using MC and a 4mm hook, make a MR (or ch 2 and work into second ch from hook);
Round 1 (rs): Work 6sc in MR, ss to top of first st, turn (6 sts)
Round 2: Ch2 (does not count as st throughout), *1hdc, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (9 sts)
Round 3: Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), 1sc in blo of each st to end, ss to top of first st, turn
Round 4: Ch2, *1hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (12 sts)
Round 5: As Round 3
Round 6: Ch2, *1hdc, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (18 sts)
Round 7: As Round 3
Round 8: Ch2, 1hdc in each st to end, ss to top of first st, turn
Round 9: As Round 3
Round 10: Ch2, *1hdc, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (27 sts)
Round 11: As Round 3
Round 12: As Round 8
Round 13: As Round 3
Round 14: Ch2, *1hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (36 sts)
Round 15: As Round 3
Round 16: As Round 8
Round 17: As Round 3
Round 18: Ch2, *1hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (45 sts)
Round 19: As Round 3
Round 20: As Round 8
Round 21: As Round 3
Round 22: Ch2, *1hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (54 sts)
Round 23: As Round 3
Round 24: As Round 8
Round 25: As Round 3
Round 26: Ch2, *1hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (63 sts)
Round 27: As Round 3
Round 28: As Round 8
Round 29: As Round 3
Round 30: Ch2, *1hdc in next 6 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st,turn (72 sts)
Round 31: As Round 3
Round 32: Ch2, *1hdc in next 7 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st,turn (81 sts)
Round 33: As Round 3
For remaining sizes;
For Toddler size, continue to Body of Hat
Round 34: Ch2, *1hdc in next 8 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (90 sts)
Round 35: As Round 3
For Child size, continue to Body of Hat
For remaining sizes;
Round 36: Ch2, *1hdc in next 9 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, turn (99 sts)
Round 37: As Round 3
For Teen /Adult size, continue to Body of Hat
For remaining sizes;
Round 38: Ch2, *1hdc in next 10 sts, 2hdc; rep from * to end, ss to top of first st, st, turn (108 sts)
Round 39: As Round 3
For Adult size, continue to Body of Hat
Body of Hat
Continue without fastening off;
Round 1: Ch2, 1hdc in each st to end, ss to top of first st, turn
Round 2: Ch1, 1sc in blo of each st to end, ss to top of first st, turn
Repeat these two rounds a further 4(4, 6, 7) times – 10, 10, 12, 14 non increase rounds for the toddler, child, teen / small adult and adult sizes respectively.
You may wish to adjust the number of non-increase round repeats to ensure the hat sits stably on the recipients head.
If you want to use this as a decoration / ornament, you can remove the non increase rounds, stopping after Round 35 for example.
Fasten off and sew in ends
Now you’re ready to trim your tree!
You can really go to town with the decorations or keep it simple. Below I’ve included instructions for the decorations you see here. You can decide what is appropriate for your make.
The tinsel was simply made by securely attaching a contrasting yarn to the top of the hat, chaining and wrapping it around the body of the hat in a spiral, slip stitching the chain to the hat at short intervals to securely attach it as the chain wound down.
For Clarification: You must ensure the chain is securely attached and will not come loose or tangle, Do not leave long lengths of chain unattached, especially when making hats for children, infants and babies. Do not allow the chain to be a safety or strangulation hazard.
As an alternative, you may wish to slip stitch a tinsel spiral directly into the fabric of the hat, or leave it off altogether.
Mini Crochet Baubles
To make the baubles, you will essentially be working the Popcorn Stitch into a magic ring. (Learn more about bobble and popcorn stitches here)
Make as many as you like in your choice of colour and yarn;
Make a MR (if you’re not using the MR, ch3 and work into the 3rd ch from hook);
Step 1: Work 5dc into the MR, pull the loop mostly closed but do not tighten.
Step 2: Remove hook from loop (ensuring you leave the loop open)
Step 3: Insert the hook from back to front through both loops of the first dc
Step 4: Catch the loop from the 5th dc and pull it tightly through both loops of the first
Step 5: Ss into the magic loop and pull it securely closed.
Fasten off and use the two tails to secure your baubles to the tree so they cannot be removed.
The Crochet Christmas Tree topper
Follow the Twinkle Crochet Star Pattern to make the topper. A reminder to use fine yarn to make the star – if it’s too big it might tip your tree over!
Alternatively you could add a mini pom pom on top!
Once you have made the topper of you choice, secure it on the top to finish trimming your tree!
And there you have it – your complete crochet Christmas tree hat!
Additional clarification – the hat is balanced on the cat’s head for the photos only. This pattern is not intended to be used for pets.
I do hope you enjoyed this pattern, please remember to share your efforts with me on social using #DorasChristmasTreeHat or pin this post for later!
How to share your makes
On Instagram, you can use the hashtag #HookMeHappy or #DorasChristmasTreeHat or just tag @doradexplored. You can tweet me your pictures, or add your them to my Facebook page. And if socials aren’t your thing, feel free to email me your efforts. It really does make my day! I’m also a huge fan of Pinterest so if you like my patterns I’d love it if you pin them, or visit my Pinterest page which showcases some wonderful inspirational crochet patterns – the talent out there blows my mind!
Before I go, I’ll leave you with a snap of just how excited Millie cat was about modelling this new pattern…Love her!
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