Keep warm this spring with a pretty cluster stitch crochet hat. Check out the free pattern and video tutorial.
Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this cluster stitch crochet hat pattern. You will also find all the materials, stitches, gauge, video tutorial, and sizing information.
Cluster Stitch Crochet Hat to match the Scarf
I designed the Cluster stitch scarf a few weeks ago and immediately readers started asking for a matching hat. So I grabbed the leftover yarn and my hooks and got started. This hat uses the same pretty cluster v-stitch and works up fast.
Note About the Yarn
I used a striped yarn in the pattern and noticed a small issue. After checking my gauge before I started my second hat, I found the hat was a little larger than I had intended it to be. I checked my gauge again and found that the charcoal grey section of the brim had a larger gauge than the rest of the yarn. This color was simply thicker in the striped skein. So I have provided instructions in the pattern to make sure this does not happen to you. It is not fun to finish a project and it doesn’t fit.
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Cluster Stitch Crochet Hat
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Red Heart Super Saver (Weight: 4/medium – 364 yds, 7 oz, 198 g)
130-234 yds or 2.5-4.5 oz
Size H 5mm Crochet Hook
Pom Pom (Optional)
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
BLOSC – Single Crochet in the Back Loop Only
DC – Double Crochet
CL – 2 Double Crochet Cluster Stitch
YO – Yarn Over
SLST – Slip Stitch
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
Gauge and Size
Gauge: 4 BLOSC X 4 Rows = 1 inch
|Size||Head Circumference||Hat Circumference||Hat Height|
(Before gathered and without pom)
|Estimated Yarn Needed|
|Baby||14-16 inches||13 inches||6.5 inches||2.5 oz/ 130 yds|
|Toddler||16-18 inches||15 inches||7.5 inches||3 oz/ 156 yds|
|Child||18-20 inches||17 inches||8 inches||3.5 oz/ 182 yds|
|Small Adult||20-22 inches||19 inches||8.5 inches||4 oz/ 208 yds|
|Adult||22-24 inches||21 inches||9 inches||4.5 oz/ 234 yds|
CL – 2 DC Together Cluster Stitch – YO (yarn over), insert hook into next ST, YO, pull loop through ST, (3 loops on hook), YO, pull the first loop through the second and third loop on the hook, (2 loops on hook), YO, insert hook into the same ST, YO, pull loop through ST, (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull the first loop through the second and third loop on the hook, (3 loops on hook), YO, pull the first loop through the other three loops on the hook. Stitch complete.
The cluster stitch is used to make a cluster V-stitch for this pattern. The cluster V-stitch consists of a (Cluster Stitch, Chain 1, Cluster Stitch) all worked into the same stitch.
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Cluster Stitch Crochet Hat
-Written in US terms.
– I do not count my CH2, turning chain, as a stitch.
– The Brim rows are worked by turning at the beginning of each row.
Crochet Hat Brim
Brim Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook. SC in next 6 CH. (7)
Brim Row 2: CH1, turn, BLOSC in next 7 STs.
Continue repeating Brim Row 2 until you have the number of rows needed for the size hat that you are making.
Baby Hat – Repeat Brim Row 2 until you have a total of 50 rows.
Toddler Hat – Repeat Brim Row 2 until you have a total of 59 rows.
Child Hat – Repeat Brim Row 2 until you have a total of 68 rows.
Small Adult Hat – Repeat Brim Row 2 until you have a total of 77 rows.
Adult Hat – Repeat Brim Row 2 until you have a total of 83 rows.
Stop and measure the brim rows, the length should match the hat circumference listed in the sizing chart above the pattern. If the length needs to be adjusted you can add or remove 3 rows at a time until the length is correct. (Length variance is based on your gauge.)
Joining Row: Fold the brim rows in half so that the last row is on top of row 1. Work a SLST through the first ST of Row 1 and the last Row. Work a SLST into each pair of the STs across. (7 SLST.)
Do not fasten off.
Crochet Hat Body
– For Body Row 1, we will be working into the side of the brim rows.
– For the body rows, we will be working in one direction. Make sure that the outside of the hat is facing you when you crochet.
Body Row 1: CH1, work 1 SC into the side of each of the brim rows. SLST to first SC. (The stitch count for the row should be the same as the number of brim rows.)
Body Row 2: CH2, DC into first ST, Skip 1 ST, (CL, CH1, CL) in next ST. *Skip 2 STs, (CL, CH1, CL) in next ST,* repeat from *to* until you have only 2 STs remaining. Skip 1 ST, DC in last ST. SLST to first DC. (If counting Stitches and CH1 spaces your stitch count should be the same as Body Row 1.)
Body Row 3: CH2, turn, DC in first ST, *(CL, CH1, CL) in next CH 1 space.* repeat from *to* until you have only 2 STs remaining. DC in last ST. SLST to first DC.
Continue repeating Body Row 3 until you have the total number of rows needed for the size hat that you are making. Remember to count the single crochet row.
Baby Hat – Repeat Body Row 3 until you have a total of 10 rows.
Toddler Hat – Repeat Body Row 3 until you have a total of 12 rows.
Child Hat – Repeat Body Row 3 until you have a total of 13 rows.
Small Adult Hat – Repeat Body Row 3 until you have a total of 14 rows.
Adult Hat – Repeat Body Row 3 until you have a total of 15 rows.
Once you have completed the number of rows for your size, measure the hat from the bottom of the brim to the top of your last row. It should match the hat height listed in the sizing chart above the pattern. You can adjust the hat height by adding or subtracting rows. Add 3-4 rows if you want a slouchy hat.
Fasten off leaving a 15-inch yarn end for sewing up the top of the hat.
Gathering the Top of the Hat
You are more than welcome to run a gathering stitch around the top of the hat to gather it together. That method works great, but here is a different method that I like to use for gathering the top of a hat.
First, using a long strand of yarn you are going to create a star on the top of your hat. Just stitch through one of the last stitches of the last row in each place that there would be a star point.
Now pull this yarn tight bringing those five points into the center. This will leave you with 5 folds on the outside of the hat.
Take your yarn once more and make the same star pattern hooking the center of these five folded areas.
Pull this star tight and you will be left with a nice neat fold at the top of your hat. I think this method leaves the top of the hat looking neat enough that it does not need a pom-pom, but I love Pom poms, so sew one on top if you like.
Weave in any loose ends and your cluster stitch crochet hat is complete and ready to be gifted or used.
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