Autumn came pretty quickly this year here in eastern Washington, which means that winter is not that far behind. This is my favorite time of year for the same reasons as everyone else: sweaters, soups, boots, cider, scarves, candles, hats, and all of those glorious fall colors! As soon as the temperatures started to drop, I knew I had to make myself a cozy slouchy hat to keep my ears warm. So I started with the basics.
My clever readers came up with some great names for this slouchy hat, and after some thought, I’ve decided to call it The Weasley Hat for a couple of reasons. Not only is this hat made in a deliciously rich red/maroon color (like Ron’s Weasley sweater), but it serves a very simple function in a very simple style, which makes this hat something I believe Molly Weasley herself would appreciate very much.
This hat is so super easy to make – and quick! – and the end result is almost as lovely as the color of the autumn leaves. See for yourself!
I am so in love with this hat. I’ve worn it every day since I finished working on it! The pattern is so incredibly easy, I just had to write it down for you so that you can make your very own. Enjoy!
Difficulty Level: Easy
The Weasley Hat Pattern
- 1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in Silver Heather
- 1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in Burgundy
- I9/5.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Clover Pom-Pom Maker (large)
- Row counter (optional, but it helps!)
- Chain Stitch (ch)
- Half-Double Crochet (hdc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Stitches (sts)
Row 1) In SILVER HEATHER, Ch 7. Starting in the 2nd chain space from the hook, work 6 hdc across the entire row. (6 sts)
Row 2) Turn and ch 1. Working in BACK LOOPS ONLY, work 6 hdc. (6 sts)
Repeat row 2 until you have 46 rows or ribbing for the band (so repeat 44 more times). It is helpful to use a row counter if you have one, or mark each row down as a tally mark on a sheet of paper as you go!
When you’ve finished row 46 of the ribbed band, you should have a band that measures approximately 15″ long before you have stretched it. This should give your hat plenty of stretch later on.
Fold the ribbed band in half. Where the two edges meet, work 6 sl st up the side, joining the two ends together to form the circular hat band.
Foundation Round for Main Hat
Before you get started on the main hat, you will have to crochet what I am calling the “foundation round” for the hat. Basically, this is a bunch of single crochet stitches that go all the way around the hat, thus creating a foundation for the rest of the hat pattern to be worked on.
To make the foundation round, continue from where you left off with the ribbing.
Foundation Round 1) Ch 1. Work 72 sc into the ribbed band. To help you as you count, try working 2 sc per every row of hdc of the ribbed band. (72 sts)
This is the hardest part of the whole hat. Make sure you count and get to 72 stitches. Again, tally marks or row counters can help you keep track. You can do it!
After your 72 single crochet stitches, you should have worked all the way around the hat and be back at the beginning.
Change to BURGUNDY. Join to the beginning of the foundation round with a slip stitch.
You will now work the main part of the hat. This part is worked as a straight, open-ended “tube” with no increasing and no decreasing. Easy peasy!
Round 1) Continuing from where you left off with the foundation round, ch 2 (this chain does not count as a dc). Work 1 dc in the same stitch. Then work 71 dc stitches across the rest of the round (1 dc in each stitch). Join to the beginning of the round with a sl st. (72 sts)
Rounds 2-45) Ch 2. Work 72 dc. Join to beginning with a sl st. (72 sts)
Round 46) Ch 2. Work 72 dc. Join to the beginning with a sl st. Fasten off. (72)
Now’s the time to grab your yarn needle! Cut a long strand (about 10″ long) of BURGUNDY yarn and work a running stitch along the edge of the hat. Work your needle in and out every other stitch, working all the way around the edge of round 46 of the main hat.
Pull the ends tight to cinch the top of the hat closed, then tie a good, strong knot with the ends of your yarn strand. If desired, you can just trim the ends here and call it good, but I’d recommend that you tie your knot (or knots, just to be sure!), weave in the remaining ends of your yarn, and then trim.
Turn your hat inside-out. Now you’re ready for the pom-pom top! Or, if you like, you can stop right here and leave your hat pom-pom-less – whichever look you like best!
Using the large-sized pom-pom maker from Clover, make yourself a really big, fat, fluffy pom-pom with SILVER HEATHER yarn.
Need help? I love this photo tutorial from All About Ami. She’s also got a video tutorial on how to use the pom-pom makers. Super helpful for us visual learners!
When tying your yarn around the inside of the pom-pom, be sure to use an extra long strand of yarn. Then use the tail ends of that yarn to firmly sew the pom-pom to the top of your hat.
To hide your ends, use a yarn needle to pull your ends up through the center of the pom-pom. Then pull your ends back down through the center of the pom-pom again (working just off-center of where you had just pulled them up). Repeat this a couple of times to make them extra secure. Then trim the ends.
If needed, trim the edges of your pom-pom for extra pom-pom uniformity. (Or be like me and leave them a little crazy!)
And there you have it: a hat fit for a Weasley! Not to stop myself from making one in every color…