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Extended Single Crochet Holiday Hat

This crochet holiday hat pattern is worked up in Christmas colors using the extended single crochet. It’s a fun hat to keep the entire family warm including babies, kids and adults! Whether you’re enjoying a day out an about, or want to do a fun family photo shoot, this hat pattern is a great go-to pattern.

Add your favorite winter applique such as a snowman, wreath or a pretty holly applique for a festive hat design.

ESC Holiday Hat ~ FREE Crochet Pattern
ESC Holiday Hat ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

I chose Christmas colors, but this can be done in any other color combination that you like. Use as many colors as needed to clean up the smallest amounts of yarn scraps in your stash.

Best of all, this crochet hat pattern also makes for a nice gift idea for just about anyone on your list.

How It’s Made

This hat pattern is started at the top and worked down in one piece.

To begin, I made two chains, and then worked my first round into the second stitch from the hook. Another option is to use the Magic Circle which also gives you a nicely closed center.

The crown is increased until you have the diameter you need. This Crochet Hat Size Chart goes over the details on how big to make your crown for different sizes.

The side of the hat is worked in an even pattern. The ribbing is worked using the front and back post extended double crochet stitches.

I used Red Heart Super Saver with a 6 mm crochet hook. The yarn is a medium worsted weight yarn that is readily available in many yarn stores.

For a more stretchy hat you could try Vanna’s Choice, Pound of Love, or another yarn that offers a good amount of stretch.

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ESC Holiday Hat ~ FREE Crochet Pattern

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This crochet holiday hat pattern is given in a baby size, but you can easily increase the crown for other sizes as well.
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Materials

  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (worsted-weight (#4), 100% acrylic, 7 oz/198g – 364 yds/333m) – 3 Colors
  • Crochet Hook: J/10-6.00mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Measurements

  • Gauge: First 2 rnds = 1.75". 9 sts = 3"
  • Finished Size: Laying flat it measures 6" wide and 5" from top to bottom. Can be adjusted as needed to fit any head size.

Abbreviations

  • CA = Green
  • CB = White
  • CC = Red
  • Bpesc = Back Post Extended Single Crochet
  • Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
  • Esc = Extended Single Crochet
  • Esc2tog = Extended Single Crochet 2 Together
  • Fpesc = Front Post Extended Single Crochet
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch
  • St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches

Notes

  • To change color, finish the round as instructed, but without making the join. Insert your hook into the first stitch made in the round; pick up the new color and pull through the stitch as well as the loop on your hook.
  • Carry unused yarn up at each rnd.

Special Stitch Instructions

  • Extended Single Crochet (ESC): Insert hook in stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through one loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

Instructions

  • Rnd 1: With CA, Ch 2, work 8 esc into 2nd ch from hook; join with sl st in first esc. [8 sts]
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1 (does not count as st now and throughout), work 2 esc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first esc. [16 sts]
  • Rnd 3: With CB, Ch 1, esc in same st as join, 2 esc in next st, *esc in next st, 2 esc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first esc. [24 sts]
  • Rnd 4: With CA, Ch 1, esc in same st as join and into next st, 2 esc in next st, *esc in next 2 sts, 2 esc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first esc. [32 sts]
  • Rnd 5: With CA, Ch 1, esc in same st as join and into next 2 sts, 2 esc in next st, *esc in next 3 sts, 2 esc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first esc. [40 sts]
  • Note: Continue to increase in pattern as established until you have reached a desired diameter.
  • Rnd 6: With CC, Ch 1, esc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first esc. [40 sts]
  • Rnds 7-8: With CA, Rep Rnd 6.
  • Rnd 9: With CB, Rep Rnd 6.
  • Rnds 10-11: With CA, Rep Rnd 6.
  • Rnd 12: With CC, Rep Rnd 6.
  • Rnd 13: With CA, Rep Rnd 6.
  • Rnds 14-17: With CA, Fpesc in same st as join, bpesc in next st, *fpesc in next st, bpesc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first fpesc. Fasten Off at last Rnd.

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Last, but not least, there are lots more free crochet baby hat patterns at CPB.

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