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Solid Shell Stitch Crochet Hat

The solid shell stitch crochet hat pattern is perfect for keeping warm in the cooler weather of spring and fall. It is designed to hug the head for a comfy and cozy fit. It is especially suitable for those with short hair, but can be worn with any length.

The free crochet pattern is given for a newborn, 6-12 months, and teen/adult XS sizes, but you can easily modify this to any other size you like. With each round of the crown it increases by about one inch; and each round gives you the stitch multiple needed for the stitch pattern along the side of hat. Use this chart as a reference, which covers the average hat size by age.

I used a light #3 baby yarn, but any DK weight, or even a worsted weight, yarn will work just as well. For this shell stitch beanie I chose a cotton/acrylic blend, but if making it for winter weather you might want to stick with simply acrylic yarn to make it slightly warmer. This one, however, is perfect for transitional weather. Or, wear it under a hood when the weather gets cold.

It was my first time working with Bernat Softee Baby Cotton yarn. The yarn has a nice soft, yet solid feel to it. Combined with the shell stitch, it gives a lot of stretch to the crocheted hat. It’s comfortable to wear and makes for a great gift for anyone on your list.

It’s shown in a solid color, but as always, feel free to experiment with different colors for a pretty striped hat. This way you could even use up your smallest amounts of scrap yarn in your stash. And use any yarn you have on hand as long as you stick with the same kind within one hat.

Shell stitch hat in newborn size laid flat.
Solid Shell Stitch Crochet Hat

I love the shell stitch in crochet and have found many variations that I like. This one is the solid shell, and it buckles slightly to give you a simple but a pretty texture. In my opinion, it’s a great stitch for women and girls, but in grey, black or other neutral colors you might get away with making this for men and boys as well.

The crochet shell stitch is super easy to master and is perfect for many crochet projects.

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This beautiful shell hat is perfect for spring and fall seasons.
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Materials

  • Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Cotton (Light, #3; 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic; 4.2oz/120g; 254yds/232m) Color: Granny Smith, 1 ball.
  • Crochet Hook: G 4.00mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Measurements:

  • Gauge: 2" over first 2 Rnds.
  • Finished Sizes: Newborn, 6-12m, Teen/Adult XS.

Abbreviations

  • Beg = Beginning
  • Blsc = Back Loop Single Crochet
  • Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
  • Dc = Double Crochet
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rnd/Rnds = Round/Rounds
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • Sk = Skip
  • Sl St = Slip Stitch
  • St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches

Notes:

  • *Instructions are given for newborn size with larger sizes given in parenthesis.
  • *Use any yarn and hook size along with this hat size chart to adjust this hat as needed.

Special Stitch Instructions

  • Shell: 5 dc in st indicated.
  • Beg Shell: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 4 dc in same st.

Instructions

  • Rnd 1: Work 12 dc into a magic ring; join with sl st in first dc. [12 sts]
  • Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st, now and throughout), 2 dc into same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first dc. [24 sts]
  • Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first dc. [36 sts]
  • Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first dc. [48 sts] Newborn
  • Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first dc. [60 sts] 6-12 Month
  • Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first dc. [72 sts] Teen/Adult XS.
  • For larger sizes continue to increase as established.
  • Side of Hat (Shell Rounds)
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, *sk next 2 sts, shell in next st, sk next 2 sts**, sc in next st; rep from * around ending last rep at **; join with sl st in first sc. [48, (60, 72) sts]
  • Rnd 2: Work beg shell, *sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, sk next 2 sts**, shell in next sc; rep from * around ending last rep at **; join with sl st in first dc (ch 3). [48, (60, 72) sts]
  • Rnd 3: Sl st into next 2 sts, ch 1, sc in same st as last sl st, *sk next 2 sts, shell in next sc, sk next 2 sts**, sc in next st; rep from * around ending last rep at **; join with sl st in first sc. [48, (60, 72) sts]
  • Rnds 4-6, (9, 11): Rep Rnds 2 and 3 until you are about 1" from desired height.
  • Next Rnd: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first sc. [48, (60, 72) sts]
  • Last 3 Rnds: Ch 1, blsc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first blsc. Fasten Off at last Rnd. [48, (60, 72) sts]

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2 Comments

    1. Yes, continue to increase in the pattern as established until you get to the circumference that you need. If you don’t need it larger than given, just ignore that.

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