Boy’s Squishy Hat-Free Crochet Pattern


Boy’s sqishy, soft winter hat fits sizes 3-7 (17″-20″ circumference).  Matching girls’ hat and mittens also available.

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Skill Level: Easy

Stitches Used: ch (chain), slst (slip stitch), sc (single crochet), dc (double crochet), fpdc (front post double crochet).  Note: fpdc is worked in st from previous rnd.

Front Post Double Crochet: (fpdc): Yo hook, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated st, yo hook, pull up lp, [yo hook, pull through 2 lps] twice.

Supplies: Size G/6/4mm Crochet Hook, 3oz  Bernat Satin (Sterling), yarn needle.

Gauge: 7 sc = 2″, 9 sc = 2″

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Directions

Rnd. 1: ch2, 8sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with slst to beginning sc, ch1, do not turn (in this and following rnds).       8sc

Rnd. 2: 2sc in first sc, *2sc in next sc*, repeat from *to* 6 times, join to beginning sc, ch1.     16sc

Rnd. 3: sc in first sc, 2sc in next sc, *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc*, repeat from *to* 6 times, join to beginning sc, ch1.       24sc

Rnd. 4: sc in first 2 sc, 2sc in next sc, *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from *to* 6 times, join to beginning sc, ch1.         32sc

Rnd. 5: sc in first 8 sc, fpdc in next 8 sc from previous rnd, sc in next 16 sc, join to beginning sc, ch1.       32st

Rnd. 6: sc in first 3 sc, 2sc in next sc, *sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*, repeat from *to* 6 times, join to beginning sc, ch1.         40sc

Rnd. 7: sc in first 11 sc, fpdc in next 8 fpdc, sc in next 21 sc, join to beginning sc, ch1.     40st

Rnd. 8: sc in first 4 sc, 2sc in next sc, *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from *to* 6 times, join to beginning sc, ch1.        48sc

Rnd. 9: sc in first 13 sc, fpdc in next 8 fpdc, sc in next 27 sc, join to beginning sc, ch1.     48st

Rnd. 10: sc in first 5 sc, 2sc in next sc, *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from *to* 6 times, join to beginning sc, ch1.        56sc

Rnd. 11: sc in first 15 sc, fpdc in next 8 fpdc, sc in next 33 sc, join to beginning sc, ch1.    56st

Rnd. 12: sc in first 6 sc, 2sc in next sc, *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from *to* 6 times, join to beginning sc, ch1.        64sc

Rnd. 13: sc in first 18 sc, fpdc in next 8 fpdc, sc in next 38 sc, join to beginning sc, ch1.       64st

Rnd. 14: sc in first 7 sc, 2sc in next sc, *sc in next 7 st, 2sc in next st*, repeat from *to* 6 times, join to beginning sc, ch1.       72sc

Rnd. 15: sc in first 21 sc, fpdc in next 8 fpdc, sc in next 43 sc, join to beginning sc, ch1.      72st

Rnd. 16: sc in each st around, join to beginning sc, ch1.       72 sc

Rnds. 17-24: repeat, alternating rnds, 15 and 16.

Rnd. 25: repeat rnd. 15, ch16, turn.

Rnd. 26: (ribbing) sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 14 ch, sc in next 2 sc on hat, ch1, turn.       17 sc

Rnd. 27: skip first 2 sc, working in back loops, sc in next 15 sc, ch1, turn.     15 sc

Rnd. 28: working in back loops, sc in first 15 sc, working in both loops, sc in next 2 sc on hat, ch1, turn.

Rnds. 29-96: repeat, alternating rnds. 27 and 28, fasten off at end of rnd. 96 leaving 15″ tail.

Finishing

Using tail, whip stitch ribbing seam closed.

Add pom-pom to top of hat.

© January, 2012  Pattern may not be reprinted, republished or resold without express written permission.

20 Comments on “Boy’s Squishy Hat-Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. Amber Copeland Says:

    Would this fit a 2 yr old?


  2. It should….but i would reduce the numbe of rnds……perhaps:
    Rnds. 17-24: repeat, alternating rnds, 15 and 16…………..change to rnds. 17-22, repeat alternating rnds. 15 and 16, then skip to rnd. 25.

    Rnd. 25: repeat rnd. 15, ch 16, turn…………………change to repeat rnd, 15, ch 12 (or 14), turn…….
    This will shorten the length of the hat……the width (circmference) should be fine.
    Carol

  3. Jennifer Says:

    This is beautiful! Cant wait to try it out for my son!


  4. Thank you so much. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions. Happy Hookin’!

  5. Claire Pugh Says:

    How can I enlarge this pattern by about an inch? I made the hat but it was too small.


  6. There are a couple ways…..you could move up to an H hook. Be sure to check your gauge……or….. on rnd. 14, you could evenly increase by 12 sc instead of 8…..that will give you an extra inch……this will change the stitch count to 76….hope this helps

  7. Claire Pugh Says:

    Thank you. I will try that. The hat is adorable.


  8. Happy Hookin’!

  9. Peg Murphy Says:

    Trying to make this for my grandson. I just cannot get it right and hope you can help me. Where the instructions says at the end of the row, join to beginning sc, ch1.. Does this mean to to really slip stitch into the first stitch of the previous round? I seem to be picking up stitches as I go. I guess I am not as skilled as I thought. Thank you. Love the look of it.
    peg.murphy@comcast.net


  10. Hi Peg: You do slst to the beginning st to join as ususal. There are the increases in the beginning rnds (by 8sc). If I had to quess,
    you may be picking up an extra stitch when you finish working the 8 fpdc……..you could be starting the next sc in the same st that you made the last
    fpdc. I’ve done that more than once! After you make the fpdc(s), count 8 stitches on the previous rnd behind the fpdc(s), then start your next sc in the next st.
    Carol

  11. ash Says:

    Hi! I’m not sure if you’re still checking comments here, but I love this hat and would like to make one for my son. Unfortunately, we’re rural, and my yarn choices are limited. What weight is the yarn you used? I’d like to pick something similar from what’s available here. Thanks!


  12. I used Bernat Satin, and it is a #4 weight yarn, however, I found it to be really light for a worsted weight………I think something like Caron Simply Soft or Red Heart Sport would work nicely.

  13. Joy Says:

    Do you have a similar pattern for a newborn? I would like to make it without the pompom as all the buntings have hoods…


  14. I don’t………but you could easily adjust by reducing the number of rnds worked……

  15. Joy Says:

    Ok – so 2 questions -1. would I still include rnds15 – 24 (would it get to wide if I go up to 72 sc? and
    2. for rnd 7 – how can you do fpdc into 8 fpdc if the previous row was all sc – are you skipping down to grab into fpdc from row 5?


  16. For a newborn size, you would only need about a 14-16″ diameter…..so……I would work rnds 1-12 then work
    rnds. 15-16 as follows:
    Rnd. 15: sc in first 18 sc, fpdc in next 8 fpdc, sc in next 38 sc, join to beginning sc, ch1. 64st
    Rnd. 16: sc in each st around, join to beginning sc, ch1. 64 sc
    Then repeat rows 15 and 16 until you have 20 or 22 rows…..then move on to the ribbing rows.
    The fpdc are worked in the previous row of fpdc…..not in the sc rows…..
    Carol

  17. Joy Says:

    ok – thank you – on sizing, on other question, how can you work fpdc on previous row if there is a row of sc in between (row 6 and 8 re all sc) assuming you supposed to keep going around and around and not back and forth?


  18. The fpdc are worked not in the last row worked as usual, but in the previous row……when working the fpdc in the fpdc, you just skip over the sc row and go to the row before the sc where the fpdc are……if you are working the fpdc in the sc row (the first row of fpdc)….then skip the last row of sc and work the fpdc in the previous row of sc.
    for instance: first row……all sc
    2nd row……all sc
    3rd row……work the fpdc in the first row, not the 2nd.

  19. Joy Says:

    ok – I think I got it now – thank you for your patience – I will try it out tonight :)


  20. no problem…..just give a shout if you have any questions.


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