It’s the time of year to crochet cozy and cute hats, besides, they make a wonderful gift for a loved one. How about a candy cane hat! You can change the colors and make hats for different occasions and tastes.
This is a great hat to crochet if you are up for somewhat more challenging work. You will practice front post double crochet stitches while changing contrast color yarn with each stitch!
In my experience it’s the best feeling to get the hang of crocheting more difficult stitches and get used to switching the yarn at the same time. The pretty stripes are worth it!
I used my favorite hat yarn again – Caron Simply Soft Party white and Caron Simply Soft red. I also got the cute faux fur pompom with elastic band from my crafts store because I love the fluffy look of it.
The hat measures appr 9 inches from side to side when laying flat, and appr 7 inches long from top to bottom.
Imagine the endless color options for this hat! I named this one Unicorn hat because of the happy colors of Caron Simply Soft Times Square yarn. It’s a unicorn in New York City! Enjoy the tutorial!
In case you want to use a different yarn, check out this great source for yarn substitution.
VIDEO TUTORIAL OF CANDY CANE HAT
WRITTEN PATTERN OF CANDY CANE HAT
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You will need 2 skeins medium weight (size 4) yarn in contrast colors (A=red & B=white). Crochet hook is size 5.5 mm. I also used crochet hook 5 mm for the edge. The pom pom is optional but the joyful snowball adds so much to the hat. You can also use a button to attach the pom unless you are comfortable just using the elastic band and tie a knot inside.
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Abbreviations: R = round ch = chain hdc = half double crochet sl st = slip stitch beg = beginning dc = double crochet fpdc = front post double crochet
- Make a magic ring with color A.
- R1 – ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc) and hdc 10 into the ring, total 11 hdc. Sl st in beg 2nd ch.
- R2 – ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc) and hdc 2 in each st, also hdc 1 in beg space next to ch2, total 22 hdc. Sl st in beg 2nd ch.
- R3 – ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) and dc 2 in the next st, dc 1 in the next st, repeat all around increasing in every other st, total 33 dc.
- To finish R3 and join color B: make a slip knot with color B, take the hook out and insert hook first through the last working loop, then through the 3rd beg ch and then through the slip knot of color B, pull the slip knot loop through 2 loops of color A. Don’t cut off color A.
- R4 – ch 2 with color B, switch to color A by pulling up a loop through the working loop and ch 1 with color A (ch3 counts as 1st dc), make fpdc around the post of dc on previous round (the 1st fpdc is worked around the beg ch3 on previous round – please see the video for illustration), before finishing fpdc keep the last 2 loops on hook, switch to color B and pull it through the loops on hook, then dc 1 with color B in the next st but before finishing dc keep the last 2 loops on hook, switch to color A and pull it through the loops on hook, then fpdc 1 with color A around the post of the same dc on previous round, again before finishing fpdc keep the last 2 loops on hook, switch to color B and pull it through the loops on hook. Repeat these 2 stitches – dc with color B and fpdc with color A and making these 2 stitches in each st on previous round you will have total of 66 st. To finish the round switch to color B after the last fpdc and sl st in beg 2nd ch.
- R5 – ch 2 with color B, switch to color A and make 3rd ch, fpdc around the post of fpdc on previous round, before finishing fpdc keep the last 2 loops on hook, switch to color B and pull it through the loops on hook, then dc 1 with color B in the next dc, before finishing dc keep the last 2 loops on hook, switch to color A and pull it through the loops on hook, repeat the 2 stitches all around, sl st in beg 2nd ch with color B. Total 66 st.
- R6-19 repeat R5, cut off color A.
- Edge – switch to hook 5 mm, with color B ch 1 and hdc 1 in each st inserting hook through the 3rd horizontal loop (it’s on the backside of each hdc, please see the video), sl st in beg ch.
- Make 2nd round the same, ch 1 and hdc 1 in each hdc inserting hook in the 3rd horizontal loop, sl st in beg ch.
- For the last round ch 1 and sc 1 in each hdc inserting hook in the 3rd horizontal loop, sl st in beg ch. Fasten off.
- Pom pom – pull the elastic loop through the magic ring hole with the hook, tie a knot twice and sew a button over the magic hole on the inside using the beginning yarn tail. You can then wrap the elastic loop around the button to make the pom more steady on top of the hat.
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