Crochet Plaid Hat: Free Crochet Winter Hat Pattern

Raise your hand if you love buffalo plaid! When the holiday season rolls around, I want to get all of the plaid things to add to my wardrobe and my home. As I’ve been creating a ton of beanie patterns this season, I knew that I wanted to design a chunky plaid crochet hat pattern. Not only is this free crochet hat pattern beginner friendly, but it’s super cozy and is the perfect touch of plaid for your favorite winter outfit!

Inspiration

There’s something about plaid that brings thoughts of curling up by the campfire, feeling cozy in your favorite sweater, and drinking a nice cup of hot cocoa. Wrap all of those feelings up in a crochet beanie pattern, and you have your new favorite crochet winter hat. I wanted to create a design that made plaid easy to crochet and would be made with chunky yarn so that it works up nice and fast! This hat is the perfect combination of all of these things, and you’re going to love it!

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Construction

This free crochet plaid hat is as easy as can be! The pattern starts out being worked flat to make a crochet ribbed brim, and then is joined together to begin working the plaid design in the round. The plaid pattern is nice and simple, so crocheting with multiple colors is easy if you’ve never done color work before. I’m all about no decreasing, so the pattern is finished up by cinching the top together. If you’ve never done color work before, I have two great tutorials that can teach you to make this hat using two different techniques: my Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet and my Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Crochet. I’ve also created a video tutorial on my Youtube channel to help make crocheting this hat even easier, which you can find at this link: How to Crochet a Plaid Hat. Be sure to grab the premium Ad-free PDF version of this pattern for a complete color graph of the color work to help make it easier!

The Yarn

Who doesn’t love getting to make a chunky beanie? I used one of my favorite chunky yarns, Lion Brand Hometown USA, to make this plaid hat pattern. I love this yarn because not only is it super soft, but it’s also affordable. If you get it at Walmart, each skein is only $2.75! Amazon also has great deals on it too! The chunky yarn makes the color work go quickly, and gives it fewer stitches so there are fewer color changes. You’ll need 4 colors total to make this hat: a neutral tweed for the brim, blanket, cranberry, and red. You can make this with your favorite Weight 6 Super Bulky yarn if you don’t have access to Lion Brand Hometown USA. Some of my other favorites are Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick or Bernat Softee Chunky.

Be sure to check out my friend Stitch in Progress’s blog for her brand new FREE pattern: the Cherry Blossom Slouchy Hat!

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Supplies:

  • 4 skeins Lion Brand Hometown yarn (each in a different color) You could also use another weight 6 super bulky yarn to substitute such as Bernat Softee Chunky or Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick. You’ll need the colors:
    • Oatmeal or Natural Tweed
    • Black
    • Cranberry
    • Red
  • Size N 9.0mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Faux Fur Pom Pom. Shop the Pom Poms in my shop!

Abbreviations:

  • Ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • Blo = back loops only
  • Flo = front loops only
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • MC = main color
  • SC = secondary color

Gauge:

4″ x 4″ square: 8 double crochets by 5 rows

Sizes:

Teen/Adult Small (included in free pattern)

Pattern Notes:

  • For a complete color chart to help make the color work easier, grab an Ad free PDF copy on Ravelry!
  • Want to avoid crochet mistakes while crocheting this pattern? Learn how to avoid them with my blog post: 10 Mistakes Common Mistakes Crocheters Make and How to Avoid Them.
  • This pattern uses US crochet stitch terminology.
  • This pattern starts out worked flat, is joined together, and then worked in the round.
  • The pattern involves color changes using tapestry crochet. Experience with color work is recommended, but if you’re a beginner to tapestry crochet than you can totally do it!
  • If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, I’ve created a beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet that shows you how to do it. See the written and photo tutorial at The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
  • I recommend reading through the pattern completely before beginning just to make sure that you understand everything in the pattern.
  • Color changes happy in the middle of the rows in this pattern. The color changes are indicated in the written pattern by a new color in parentheses (for example: (MC) dc 1, (SC) dc 2)

Brim:

Starting with MC

Row 1: ch 7, starting in 3rd ch from hook dc 5

Row 2 (in blo): ch 2, turn, dc 5

Row 3 (in flo): ch 2, turn, dc 5

Rows 4-21: repeat rows 2-3

Join row 1 to row 21 by slip stitch through the stitches on each row. See youtube tutorial video for more details.

 

Main Part of Hat:

You’ll start working in the round now by crocheting along the top of the brim. If you are using the Ad free PDF pattern, the chart begins here as well.

Rnd 1: (Cranberry) ch 2, hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3. Space the stitches evenly around the top. Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Rnd 2: (Cranberry) ch 2, hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Rnd 3: (Black) ch 2, hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Rnd 4: (Black) ch 2, hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Rnd 5: (Cranberry) ch 2, hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Rnd 6: (Cranberry) ch 2, hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Row 7: (Black) ch 2, hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Rnd 8: (Black) ch 2, hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Black) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Rnd 9: (Cranberry) ch 2, hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Rnd 10: (Cranberry) ch 2, hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, (Cranberry) hdc 3, (Red) hdc 3, Join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of round.

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the top of the beanie closed. Thread your yarn needle, and using a basting stitch weave your yarn needle through the top of the beanie. Pull the yarn to tighten the top till it is closed. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Optional: Sew faux fur pom pom to top of hat.

I hope you love your brand new hat! If you make a Plaid Hat of your own, be sure to tag me on social media @eclairemakery on Instagram and Facebook. I’d love to share your photos! I can’t wait to see the awesome hat that you crochet!

Happy stitching,

~Claire

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