Sunset Striped Crochet Hat – Free Crochet Pattern and Tutorial

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This is a free striped crochet hat that has been made from a simple rectangle. It uses a beginner friendly half double crochet for an easy and quick project.

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.

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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.

Sunset Striped Crochet Hat - Free Crochet Pattern by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

Now, you would probably 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.

Sunset Striped Hat - Free Crochet Pattern by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

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

Striped Crochet Hat Pattern PDF

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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.

You can get the crochet pattern for the Sunset Striped Hat on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveCrafts, or my new membership The Crochet Club. The Crochet Club has so much more to offer than just PDF patterns! You get tutorials, references and the complete VIP treatment as well.

If you pay just twice the amount as this pattern costs and you have a month’s worth of The Crochet Club Membership with a lot more patterns! It’s well worth it.

If you do not want to join The Crochet Club, you can also purchase the ad-free, printer-friendly PDF pattern at the links below. But IF you join the All-Access Membership you will automatically get this pattern.

In addition, I created a downloadable PDF that has all of the pictures separated from the pattern, so you can choose whether you want to print them or not. This can save you a lot of ink in the long run. You can buy the ad-free, printer-friendly PDF on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveCrafts, and my VIP crochet membership, The Crochet Club.

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How to make the Sunset Striped Crochet Hat

Material List:

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

Final Size:

9.5 inches in diameter and 8.5 inches in height (without pom-pom)

Striped Crochet Hat Pattern Instructions:

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).

making the rectangle into a crochet hat

Finishing Instructions

Below you can see how the rectangle of the Sunset Striped Hat looked like before and how it looks like finished.

making a rectangle into a crochet hat

Once you finished the slip stitches, you will sew one of the now short sides together as I show it below.

sewing the top of striped crochet hat

You pull the yarn end tight and sew it up and turn the hat right side out. Now you can add a pom-pom if you like. I added a faux fur pom-pom in white because I really felt like it provided some extra beauty to it.

Sunset Striped Hat closing the top

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.


You can have the most amazing pattern and yarn in the world, but if you don’t have the knowledge of how to crochet in a way that makes you proud, then all your work is for nothing.

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  1. I made the Sunset Striped Hat last night, super easy, first time I have made a hat in this manner.
    Thank you for the pattern.

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