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I am in love with my newest free crochet pattern called the Sunset Striped Hat which is a free crochet pattern. It uses Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn and it is super easy to make.
Many people make hats or beanies using the top down or bottom up technique. Did you know there is a third version to create hats or beanies?
This Sunset Striped Hat was created by making a rectangle first and then crocheting and sewing up 3 of the 4 sides to make the hat. Furthermore, I added a pom-pom to spice it up.
If you have never created beanies or hats in all 3 different techniques, you should check out my post on how to create the perfect beanie or hat every single time.
The Sunset Striped Hat uses only half double crochet stitches and gets its texture and striped pattern from the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn. Some people found it hard to use. But I actually enjoyed working with it and the results are fantastic.
Now, you would properly ask why I called it the Sunset Striped Hat. Well, The striped part it got from the way the colors line up so nicely. But the yarn’s color I used is actually called Sunset and as it looks like that I kept the name.
How to wear the Sunset Striped Hat
Furthermore, if you look at the pictures above and below you will see very fast that you can easily adjust the Sunset Striped Hat pattern to make it slouchy or non-slouchy. I prefer the slouchy version as I can just fold over the end to make it into a nice edge.
So, basically you can wear the Sunset Striped Hat in 2 or even 4 different ways. If you prefer to add no pom-pom or add a detachable pom-pom you can easily make this hat 4 different ways.
I added a permanent faux fur pom-pom in white to have 2 different ways to wear it. In fact, I just wore it out when my hubby took me on a date night and he loved it so much. And yes, you can wear a hat to a date night out. Haha
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Before I go more on and on why I love the Sunset Striped Hat so much, I will tell you that you can get this pattern as a pdf as well where I added all the picture to the front and back of the pattern, so you do not have to print out the pictures if you do not want to.
And if you prefer checking out all my other hat or beanie patterns or even another beanie I made where I can inspired by the sunset, you will not be disappointed.
Also, have you ever tried making a beanie or a hat without using a crochet hook, but still crocheting it using only your hands? Well, I did and made one in under 30 Minutes. I love it.
In addition, if you like to download the pdf of this pattern you can easily do that by purchasing the ad-free version of the Sunset Striped Hat in my Raverly or Etsy store.
How to crochet the Sunset Striped Hat
Stitches used (US terms):
Click HERE to learn these basic stitches
- sl st = slip stitch
- hdc = half double crochet
- ch = chain
4 hdc x 3 rows = 1 square inch
9.5 inches in diameter and 8.5 inches in height (without pom-pom)
When you want to create the Sunset Striped Hat, keep in mind that you can make this pattern for any head size you need it for. You simply measure the recipients head circumference which will be the length (rows) of the rectangle you are making.
Next, you measure the height from the brows to the top of the head and add about 1 inch to it. That measurement will be the amount of stitches (chains) you will need to make.
I wrote the pattern below for an adult size head. In this case, I made the Sunset Striped hat for myself so it fits my head.
Row 1: Ch 37, 1 hdc in each st starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, ch 1, turn (36 sts)
Row 2 – 39: 1 hdc in each st, ch 1, turn
Now fold the rectangle in half and slip stitch the short sides from the rectangle together (first with last row).
Below you can see how the rectangle of the Sunset Striped Hat looked like before and how it looks like finished.
Once you finished the slip stitches, you will sew one of the now short sides together as I show it below.
You pull the yarn end tide and sew it up and turn the hat right side out. Now you can add a pom-pom if you like. I sure added a faux fur pom-pom in white because I really felt like it provided some extra beauty to it.
I hope you realized now how easy it is to make a beanie or a hat such as the Sunset Striped Hat from a rectangle. Any rectangle, in fact, can be potentially be a hat or beanie in the end.
I love that technique because sometimes stitches are just to hard to make them in a round or we would like certain stitches to be a different direction. This technique for sure allows that.
If you like the Sunset Striped Hat as much as I do, please share a link on social media for me, so other people get to enjoy this free crochet pattern as much as you do. Thank you.