How to Crochet the Lemon Peel Hat – Easy Free Pattern

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This free crochet pattern is called the Lemon Peel Hat. The pattern uses the lemon peel stitch and has a ribbed brim as well as a faux fur pom-pom on top.

Sometimes, you just need to crochet something simple and mindless. That is what I thought right before I went to Creativation last weekend. Seriously, I was so overwhelmed with all the preparations and having to work ahead, that I just needed a project that goes quickly so that I could watch TV and chat with my hubby at the same time.

Well, I will tell you that the Lemon Peel Stitch for the Lemon Peel Hat covers all those requirements. I was able to watch TV and not worry to much about my stitches as it was only 2 on repeat.

Furthermore, the Lemon Peel Stitch has such great texture that I started designing other projects with it as well. I will have soon an infinity scarf, fingerless gloves and headband as well.

Lemon Peel Hat - Free Crochet Pattern

But for today, I have the amazingly easy Lemon Peel Hat for you. In fact, the free crochet pattern even comes with links to the Video Tutorials for the Lemon Peel Stitch, the perfect ribbing as well as the Faux Fur Pom-Pom.

So you get the written crochet pattern for the Lemon Peel Hat, plus 3 video tutorials (Lemon Peel Stitch, Faux fur pom-poms, Perfect Ribbing). This should be the easiest and fastest hat pattern you ever created.

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In addition, I would love to see your color combination you will choose for this hat. Will you just use one color like me? Or multiple colors? I decided to use only one color such that I could give the homemade faux fur a special emphasis.

I used the Everyday yarn from Premier Yarns which will soon be called the Anti-Pilling yarn as I was told at Creativation. It is a super soft and easy to use worsted weighted yarn. But you can really use any worsted weight yarn that you have on hand for this pattern.

Need more Free Hat Crochet Pattern inspiration? Check out these ones:

  1. Wheel Hat
  2. Spiral Slouchy Hat
  3. Chunky Knit-Like Hat
  4. Suzette Hat – Fold Over Brim

Let me not hold you off anymore. Let’s get to the pattern. 🙂

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So let me now get started and tell you what you will need in order to crochet this amazing pattern.

Lemon Peel Hat Pattern

How to crochet the Lemon Peel Hat


Stitches used (US terms):

Click HERE to learn these basic stitches

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • blo = back loop only
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • Lemon Peel Stitch


3 row x 3 sts =1 square inch

Final Size:

Adult size: 9 (diameter) x 8 (height) inches (without pom-pom)


This pattern is written for an adult head, but it can easily be adjusted to different head sizes. Just follow this TUTORIAL. Also be sure to check out the tutorial for the Brim for Bottom-Up Hats in case you have trouble figuring out how to make it for other sizes.

Make a chain of 9

R1: crochet in the back bump: starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch, turn

R2-64: 1 sc in the blo in each st, turn (8 sts) (The number of rows depends on the head size you are making the hat for)

Now fold the rectangle in half and slip stitch the ends together. You finished the brim. You are now going in rounds around the edge of one side of the brim.

R1: crochet evenly 58 sc’s all around (This number would be different for any other head sizes, but for this pattern make sure it’s a multiple of 2.)

You are now crochet in continues rounds. So be sure to use a stitch marker as you do not sl st until the end.

R2 – 19: *1 sc, 1 dc, repeat from * all around (Lemon Peel Stitch). The number of total rounds depends on the head size you are making.

Crocheting the Lemon peel Hat

To see the Lemon Peel Stitch a bit closer, check out my picture below. You always crochet 1 sc into one stitch which is followed by a double crochet in the next one. Furthermore, you crochet a double crochet on top of a single crochet and vice versa to create the amazing texture and look of a lemon peel.

Lemon Peel Crochet Stitch

Once you finish, cut about 12 inches of yarn and then weave the yarn in and out every 1/2 – 1 inch. Then pull tightly and close the hole. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Finishing the Crochet Lemon Peel Hat
Crochet Lemon Peel Hat - Free pattern

The Break-Through Moment: To add a pom-pom or not?

Well, I added a faux fur pom-pom which I made with faux fur I got from Joann. Check out my tutorial if you want to learn how easy it is to make your own quickly.

But do you need one? No, you can choose to leave it off. In fact, you can even make this hat larger in height and create a slouchy Lemon Peel Hat. If you do, please show me, I would love to see it.

Anyways, I would recommend either a yarn pom-pom or a faux fur pom-pom for the Lemon Peel Hat. Add a pom-pom or leave it; it’s totally up to you.

Crochet Lemon Peel Hat

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One Comment

  1. Thank you offering you pattern for free. I love making all kind of hats to donate for kids with cancer. I have to say I’m a little stumped on this pattern. I haven’t used the lemon peel stitch in the round. My second row I came out with my stitches being the same. I has SC on top of SC and SC on DC. How to I get it to stair step with stitch count being aneven number. Hope this isn’t confusing. Look forward to your reply.

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