Sunset Hill Hat Crochet Pattern

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Mini-skeins of yarn in beautiful colors are so hard to resist. Make the most of those gradient mini-skeins with this crocheted hat sized for adult women. Lightweight, soft and warm, the slouchy style is kind to your hair. No hat hair here!

About the Yarn

Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist Mini SetUse your favorite mini-skeins, or draw from stash. It’s a perfect stash-buster for those leftover sock yarns. As a bonus, you’ll have a hat to match your socks!

The sample used Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist Mini Set in the Blue Jay Colorway. I really love the Amaranthine colorway shown here.

About the Construction

closeup of Sunset Hill Hat fabricDespite its complex look, the fabric is deceptively simple to crochet. There are only two stitch patterns, and you can carry the yarns up the wrong side to minimize weaving in ends. Work the band back and forth in crocheted seed stitch, then overlap the ends. Pick up stitches from the band and work in rounds to the top of the crown.

About the Pattern

Thesample of first page Sunset Hill Hat Sunset Hill Hat crochet pattern includes both text and crochet stitch diagrams. An independent tech editor has checked it for errors, and an enthusiastic team of crocheters have already tested the pattern.

You’ll find explanations of special techniques, and video links to help you learn techniques that may be new to you.

Be sure to share photos of your completed #SunsetHillHat on your favorite social media channels! We want to see what you’ve made!

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Knitting Pattern: Molly Hat

Molly Hat Knitting Pattern by Edie Eckman

Molly Hat image

The Molly Hat is a joyous combination of pattern and color. Watch cheerful zig-zags appear when you pair bold variegated yarn with a ripple stitch knitting pattern. It uses several easy-to-master knitting techniques and is well within the reach of beginning knitters willing to try something new. You can’t help but be happy with your cheery chevrons!

MollyGirl Colorway Stutter

One Skein Love

I love love love one-skein projects, especially ones that use one-of-a-kind yarns or colorways. This design was a happy coincidence. I was preparing a new knitting class, Re-Imagining Ripples, and needed to make some class samples. I had just been gifted a “Crazy Hat Skein” of MollyGirl yarn in bright blues and greens: colorway Stutter. It really worked, and as you can see in the photos, it looks great on my friend Sarah.

Learn (or Teach) a New Skill

Knit the hat in the round on circular and double-point needles, or use your choice of alternative in-the-round methods like two circulars or Magic Loop.

For beginners who are comfortable with the knit stitch, this is the perfect next-step project. You’ll learn to knit in the round—a vital skill—and you’ll learn 3 types of decreases and two types of increases. Intermediate and advanced knitters will love the rhythm of the stitching and the portability of the project.

Knitting teachers, this one’s for you, too. Incorporate all those techniques into a class for your students. They’ll master those skills in just a couple of weeks, and you’ll all be proud!

The Yarn

The Crazy Hat Skein I used is less than a full skein of MollyGirl Rock Star worsted weight yarn, but I call for a full skein in the pattern because I’m not sure that the Crazy Hat Skeins are readily available. It took me all of the 150 yards [137 m] I had available, so be sure to check your gauge carefully.

You could use any worsted weight yarn with good results. The pattern is available from Ravelry and Craftsy.

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Charlotte Hat Almost Knits Itself

Charlotte Hat knitting pattern by Edie Eckman
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Edie Eckman Knit Charlotte Hat

What makes all other work come to a screeching halt? The long-awaited delivery of Japanese designer Hitomi Shida’s Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible.*

This stitch dictionary had been on my pre-order list for many months, and when it came in the mail I did a loud SQUEE! (yes, out loud) and maybe a happy dance. Then I sat myself right down and started swatching.

The Charlotte Hat

Edie Eckman Charlotte Hat knit crown

My very first swatch became a design, the Charlotte Hat for women. My enthusiastic test knitters** got their hats knit in record time. One knitter said, “This hat’s a winner!”

The stitch pattern is a combination of ripples, lace and garter stitch which is easy to set up and memorize. The crown shaping maintains the pattern to create an 8-pointed star. It’s written for worsted-weight yarn knit in the round on 16″  [40 cm] circular and double-pointed needles, but of course you can use Magic Loop or the two-circular method of knitting in the round if you prefer. Both text and charted instructions are included.

I used Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 in #8010 Natural for one version and Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Worsted in N85W Peruvian Pink for another.

Edie Eckman Charlotte Hat knitNewer knitters looking for a little challenge or more experienced knitters looking for interesting-but-not-difficult, this one’s for you.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to my knitting. There are more exquisite stitch patterns to explore.

The Inspiration

Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible

For more beautiful stitch patterns, check out the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible by Hitomi Shida, translated by Gayle Roehm..

For more fun with knit ripple patterns, take my new Reimagining Ripples class at Stitches West 2018.


*Watch for more on this book in the next couple of weeks.

**Thanks to Jan, Ruth, Mary, Ruth, Penny, Robin and Beverly.

Free Crochet Pattern: Avery Hat

Lately I’ve been on a hat-making kick. Grab a ball of yarn, start crocheting or knitting and a couple of TV shows or a movie later, I have a hat.

OK, I’ll admit that sometimes it takes two movies to finish the hat, but they are still pretty quick.

Good news: I’ve been writing down the patterns as I work, so it should be easy to get them into shareable shape.

Bad news: My good intentions fail when it comes to photographing, preparing a stitch chart, and finalizing the pattern. I want things to be Just So, but that takes time and money!

More Good news: In 2017, I’m making a real attempt to shed some of my hang-ups about perfection (that is, not using a professional technical editor for free patterns). Let’s make a deal: I provide some patterns at no charge, and if you find any errors, you’ll let me know in a kind manner, and I’ll get them fixed. OK? Let’s get on with the hat!

Avery Hat

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I’ve long been a fan of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride, a cozy singles (one-ply) blend of wool and mohair. It’s a heavy worsted weight, but it’s plenty lofty, so it crochets up into a warm hat that’s not too stiff. Work it in exuberant hues or in your favorite solid color. The unisex style will be a hit with everyone! The waffle stitch pattern uses a combination of chains, single and double crochet stitches, and front post stitches to create the texture.

Finished Dimensions

20” [51 cm] circumference to fit 22” [56 cm] head

Stitch Pattern CloseupMaterials

Worsted-weight yarn: 160 yds [146 m] total; approximately 109 yds of MC and 17 yds each of A, B and C

The sample used Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride (85% wool/15% mohair, 4 oz [113 g]/190 yds [173 m]):

1 skein each M-140 Aran (MC), M-149 Hawaiin Teal (A), M-155 Lemon Drop (B), M-157 Orchid Blush (C) for Version A

1 skein M-178 Warm Carmel for Version B

Size I-9 [5.5 mm] crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge


Rnds 1-4 = 4” [10 cm] diameter
To save time, take time to check gauge. Seriously, gauge matters even for hats.


With A, ch 4, join with slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc throughout), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of beginning ch-3—12 dc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, (ch 3, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc) 5 times, ch 1, hdc in top of first sc—6 sc and 6 ch-3 spaces.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in space formed by joining hdc, *FPdc in next sc, 3 dc in next ch-space; rep from * around, ending last rep dc in same sp as join, sl st in top of beginning ch-3—6 FPdc and 36 dc.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, skip 1 dc, sc in next st; rep from * around, ending ch 1, sc in first sc—12 sc and 12 ch-2 spaces.

Rnd 5: Ch 3, *FPdc in next sc, 2 dc in next ch-space; rep from * around, ending FPdc in next sc, dc in same space as beginning ch-3, slip st in top of ch-3, slip st in next st—36 sts.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 2, skip 2 dc, sc in next st; rep from * around, ending ch 1, sc in first sc—12 sc and 12 ch-spaces.

Rnd 7:
Ch 3, dc in space formed by joining sc, *FPdc in next sc, 3 dc in next ch-space; rep from * around, ending FPdc in next sc, dc in same space as beginning ch-3, slip st in top of ch-3—48 sts.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, skip 1 st, sc in next st; rep from * around, ending ch 1, sc in top of first sc—24 sc and 24 ch-2 spaces.

Rnds 9, 11 and 13: Rep Rnd 5—72 sts.

Rnds 10 and 12: Rep Rnd 6.

Note: Do not change colors for solid color hat.

Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 6, changing to B on the last st.

Rnd 15: With B, rep Rnd 5 changing to A on the last st. Cut B.

Rnd 16: With A, rep Rnd 6 changing to C on the last st.

Rnd 17: With C, rep Rnd 5 changing to A on the last st. Cut C.

Rnd 18: With A, rep Rnd 6 changing to D on the last st.

Rnd 19: With D, rep Rnd 5 changing to A on the last st. Cut D.

Rnds 20-22: With A, work even in pattern.

Rnd 23: Ch 1, sc in each sc and 2 sc in each space around, slip st in first sc—72 sc.

Rnd 24: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

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