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Free Crochet Pattern: Granny Stripes Hat

Crochet cheerful rounds of granny-square style stripes with this free crochet pattern. It’s quick and easy enough for advanced beginners.

Stash bust to your heart’s delight! Worked in rounds from the top down, choose your colors as you go. Make it a wild riot of bright colors, or use more sedate analogous colors.

red and other bright colors "granny"striped crocheted hat

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The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council icon 4- medium weight yarn

The yarn for this one is super easy! You can use a variety of worsted weight (medium weight) yarns. You’ll need about 185 yds [169 m] total yardage, in as many colors as you like, for the adult Medium size.

Granny Stripes Hat Pattern

The free pattern below is for the Adult Medium size, to fit a head circumference of 23″ [58.5 cm].
An ad-free pdf version is also available. It includes full text instructions for sizes Infant through Adult Large, and crochet symbol diagrams for each size.

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granny-stripe hat in pastel colors, flat lay on green grass


I used a size H-8 [5 mm] hook to get gauge with my collection of yarns. Use whatever size hook you need to match the pattern gauge.


beg shell (beginning shell): standing dc, 2 dc) in one space
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
rep: repeat
rnd(s): round(s)
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
shell: 3 dc in one space
st(s): stitch(es)
standing dc: beginning with a slip knot on the hook, work a double crochet

closeup of brightly striped "granny" pattern


Rnds 1-3 = 3 3/4″ [9.5 cm] diameter
4 shells = 4″ [10 cm] in pattern

To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pattern Notes

Work each round with a different color. Join all rounds with a slip st in the first st.
Leave at least a 4″ [10 cm] yarn tail at each end in order to have sufficient length to weave in.
Instructions in italics are explanatory notes.

pink and green hat on one hat stand facing red and other colorful stripes facing another hat stand

Granny Stripes Hat Instructions


With first color, ch 4, join with slip st to form a ring, or begin with Magic Ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in ring, [ch 1, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 1, join with slip st to top
of beginning ch-3 — 4 shells, 4 ch-1 spaces. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: With next color, (standing dc, 5 dc) in any ch-1 space (counts as beg shell, shell), 2 shells
in next 3 ch-1 spaces, join — 8 shells. Fasten off.

From this point, “space” refers to the space between each 3-dc shell. It is not a chain-space.

Rnd 3: With next color, beg shell in first space (between double shells), 2 shells in next space,
[shell in next space, 2 shells in next space] 3 times, join — 12 shells. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: With next color, beg shell in any space, shell in each space around, join. Fasten off.

Rnd 5: With next color, beg shell in any space between shells, shell in next space, 2 shells in
next space, [shell in next 2 spaces, 2 shells in next space] around, join — 16 shells. Fasten off.

Rnd 6: With next color, beg shell in any space, shell in each space around, join. Fasten off.

Rnd 7: With next color, (beg shell, shell) in any space, [shell in next 2 spaces, 2 shells in next space] 3 times, shell in each space to end, join — 21 shells. Fasten off.

Rnd 8: With next color, beg shell in any space, shell in each space around, join. Fasten off.

Repeat last rnd until hat measures 7¾” [19.5 cm] from the top.

Next Rnd: With next color or color you want to use for edging, beg shell in any space, shell in each space around, join.


Rnds 1-2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join.
Weave in ends.

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4 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern: Granny Stripes Hat”

  1. I found your pattern in a book that I bought on Amazon. (“Crochet Granny Square: The Stitch Bible from Beginner to Advanced” by Martha Wayne, ISBN: 9798357153975) She has reworded your pattern badly (substituted synonyms that don’t usually make sense), but it is the exact same pattern. She has titled your pattern as “Rainbow Hat” with no attribution to you and it’s located on pages 67 and 68. Your pattern is the 8th stolen pattern that I’ve found in this book so far and I’m trying to contact every designer that I can find whose work she stole. I’m also reporting this to Amazon.

  2. While I love your pattern, especially since it’s top down, but despise weaving in ends. To resolve this, I used a self-striping yarn and slip-stitched over to the next space to make sure everything started in the correct spot.

    For me, this was helpful as I have random skeins but tend not to have scraps large enough for anything other than stuffing amigurumi.

    Thank you for such a fun stash busting pattern!

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