Introducing this year’s addition to my Christmas Hat collection!
Creating a new novelty festive hat is fast becoming a holiday tradition for me. I’m from a pretty big blended family and every year at Christmas, one of the kids which used to be me, my siblings or cousins and is now nieces and nephews, are given the job of reading the labels and handing out the gifts.
When we get together with the family we always eat first and then do presents after dinner. I don’t know what this Christmas will hold, because it’s 2020 and all bets are off, but I am excited to create the gift hat for the giver of gifts!
It’s a bit of fun and is available in 7 sizes from infant to adult.
This year I have decided to give away all 7 sizes for free which you will find below.
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You’ll need to know basic crochet stitches, how to work in rows and rounds and make simple increases. There is some simple sewing involved.
The pattern uses the star stitch for the body of the hat (to emulate pretty festive wrapping paper!). A basic description of the star stitch is included in the special stitches section below, or you can access the full Star Stitch tutorial here.
The instructions and tutorial to make the decorative bow is included in the PDF pattern. If you are working from the free pattern below, you can this tutorial will show you how to create the bow. (which is made using simple stitches) is also included in the pattern.
Hook: 4mm crochet hook
Yarn: 50-150gPaintbox Yarns Simply DK, 100% acrylic, 100g = 276m
Main Colour (MC), for the hat body: 40g-100g Paintbox Simply DK in Lipstick Pink (shade 151). Meterage by size given in sizing chart
Contrast colour (CC), for the bow and ‘ribbon’: approx 10g-25g Paintbox Simply DK in Mustard Yellow (shade 123). You’ll need about 15g-25g / 50m-80m depending on your size
Any acrylic or wool double knit yarn which meets gauge can be used with this pattern.
You may find this post useful in choosing a substitute yarn.
Other: Yarn needle & scissors
Measurements & Finished Size
- The hat pattern is written in 7 sizes (the hHat pictured is the Large Adult size)
- Instructions for different sizes are written in increasing order, with the smallest size first and larger sizes following in brackets i.e. up to 6 months(6-12 months, Toddler, Child, Teen / Small Adult, Adult, Large Adult) sts or Rows / Rounds
Finished hat measurements, are as follows for up to 6 months(6-12 months, Toddler, Child, Teen / Small Adult, Adult, Large Adult) respectively;
- To Fit head (cm): 37(40, 47, 50, 54, 58, 61)
- Approximate circumference of finished hat (cm): 32(54, 50, 52, 58, 52, 54)
- Length from crown to brim (cm): 15(16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22)
- To convert to inches, divide the cm figure by 2.5
- Approximate meters of MC of yarn required: 90(110, 140, 155, 190, 210, 220)
- Please read all the pattern notes before starting your project
- This pattern uses standard US crochet terms (UK equivalents are given in brackets in the abbreviations list)
- Numbers at the end of a row / round indicate the number of stitches in that row / round and are only given at the start of a section or where there is a change.
- Where applicable, I have included the stitch count and the ‘star’ count (which does not include the ‘end star st’
- Instructions written after *asterisks should be repeated as indicated
- Instructions written between [square brackets] should be repeated the specific number of times indicated
- The body of the hat is made as a rectangle using star stitch
- The rectangle is folded in half and seamed along the sides and top and a brim is added
- The ‘ribbon’ and bow (tutorial included) are then added to adorn your gift hat
Stitches & Abbreviations: US terms
(UK Equivalent in Brackets)
- ch = chain
- fsc = foundation single crochet (UK foundation double) – click here for tutorial
- hdc = half double crochet (UK half treble crochet)
- rep = repeat
- RS = right side
- sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
- sk = skip (UK miss)
- sp = space
- ss = slip stitch
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- WS = wrong side
- yo = yarn over
You can click here for a full star stitch tutorial, though I have included descriptions of the stitches below. Note that in the PDF version of the pattern you will get a more detailed description of the star stitch.
Beginning Star St (beg star st)
The beg star st will be worked at the start of each star row. The row will use a ch3 turning chain to start, but this does not count as a stitch.
Insert hook into second ch from hook, yo pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next ch, yo, pull up a loop starting on the first st of the row, [insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop] 3 times, (6 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 6 loops (this completes your sc5tog), ch1 (which creates the ‘eye’ or centre of the star) to complete the beg star st.
Star Stitch (star st)
Insert hook into ch1 or the ‘eye’ of the beg star stitch, yo, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook)
insert hook into the ‘leg’ of the last loop you pulled up on the previous stitch (this is where the tutorial may help you), yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), insert hook into the same st as the last part of the previous stitch, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), insert hook into the next unworked st, yo pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop (6 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 6 loops and ch1 to complete the st.
End Star Stitch (end star st)
The end star stitch is like a partial star stitch, working until you just have 5 loops on the hook instead of 6;
Insert hook into ch1 or the ‘eye’ of the last st, yo, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into the ‘leg’ of the last loop you pulled up on the previous stitch, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), insert hook into the same st as the last part of the previous stitch, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), insert hook into the last st of the row, yo pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 5 loops.
For this pattern you do not need to work a chain at the end as this will be included in the turning chain at the start of the next row.
20 sts and 11 rows in 10cm of star stitch using a 4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
Note that each ‘star’ counts as 2 stitches (the star and the chain) and measures about 1cm across width ways.
The Gift Hat Pattern
Using MC and a 4mm crochet hook;
Row 1: Make 32(34, 40, 42, 48, 52, 54)fsc
Row 2 (RS): Ch3 (does not count as a st), work a beg star st, the work star st across until there is one unworked st left, make an end star st, turn. 32(34, 40, 42, 48, 52, 54) sts, 15(16, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26) stars (includes the beg star but not the end star st)
Row 3: Ch2 (does not count as st), 1hdc in first st (end star), 2hdc in each ‘eye’ (i.e. the ch1 of the star) to the last eye (the beg star st), 1hdc into the top of the turning ch3, turn. 32(34, 40, 42, 48, 52, 54) hdc
Rows 4 – 29(33, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45): Rep rows 2 and 3 finishing on a Row 3 rep.
Fasten off, set aside
You will now make the ‘ribbon’ for the hat and the bow to add on. You may wish to add other adornments as desired!
Using CC and a 4mm crochet hook;
Ch58(66, 74, 76, 80, 84, 88), or a length long enough to reach along the longest side of your rectangle with a couple of inches excess. Remember that your chain will most likely shrink a bit once you start working into it!
Row 1: Ch1, 1sc in second ch from hook and each ch to end, turn. 57(65, 73, 75, 79, 83, 87) sts
Row 2: Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, turn
Rows 3 – 5: As Row 2
Fasten off, set aside
Note that you can make the ribbon wider or narrower by adding or removing rows. You may find that the ribbon twists and curls so you could give it a gentle block (or light steam press under a tea towel!), though when you sew it onto the hat, this should flatten out naturally.
Making the Bow
You can visit this page for a full written and photo tutorial demonstrating how to make the bow.
This includes guidance on adjusting it’s size to suit.
Note that the full PDF includes instructions and a photo guide to create the bow.
Your finished bow should look similar to the image below.
Constructing the hat
You should now have your 3 parts; the hat body, the ribbon and the bow.
Taking the body of the hat first, fold it in half down the centre of the long side (along the rows) so that the WS is facing you. Using a yarn needle, sew together the sides, working from the base up to the fold.
To give the hat some extra structure, I have also stitched along the fold row, then sewn together the other side seam, leaving an opening for your head.
Adding the brim
Wit RS facing, attach your MC yarn to the side seam;
Round 1: Ch1 (does not count as st), 1sc in each st around the brim of the hat to end (you will be working into the back of the fsc on one side and the last row of hdc on the other), ss to top of first st, turn
Round 2: Ch1, 1sc into each st to end, ss to top of first st, turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends
Adding the Ribbon and Bow
Take the ribbon and pin it in the centre front of the hat, up to the crown and over the back.
Leave a small length at either end to tuck under the brim for a neater finish. Sew in place on either side of the ribbon.
The front and back of the hat are more or less the same. You will see a slight difference where you worked the brim into the back of the foundation row compared to the last row of star stitch, so just choose which you prefer the look of!
Take your bow and stitch it to the front centre of the hat (or wherever you find suits) and stitch into place.
And you’re done! Time to get gift giving!!
I hope you enjoyed this pattern. If novelty festive hats are your thing, make sure you check out my full Christmas Hat Collection.
I love seeing your finished makes, so if you fancy sharing, here’s how you can do it
- On Instagram, you can use the hashtag #HookMeHappy or #CrochetGiftHat or just tag me @doradexplored
- You can add photos to my Facebook page
- And if Pinterest is your happy place, you can add them there too – check out my Pinterest account for lots more crochet inspiration from makers across the web!
DoraDoes 2020. You may sell what you make from my patterns, but please credit me as the designer. The pattern is for personal use only and may not be shared without written consent.