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Free Crochet Hat Pattern- Halifax Hat

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Woman wearing purple crochet hat, called the Halifax Hat.

The Halifax Hat is a fun crochet hat pattern that uses the fair isle crochet technique.

This technique is similar to tapestry crochet, but instead of working over your yarn, you just let it float behind the stitches until you change colors.

The Halifax Hat is a great project if you’re just learning this technique because it only uses two colors and a repetitive color change count. 

Pattern Inspiration

I’ve been really into the fair isle crochet technique lately, and have designed a number of crochet patterns using this technique. I wanted to create a crochet hat pattern that used this technique but was beginner friendly.

I created this hat using Stitch Fiddle and two colors. I just love the simplicity of it. It is a great unisex crochet hat for anyone!

Flat lay of crochet hat in dark and light purple, called the Halifax Hat.

Pattern Details

This pattern calls for worsted (#4) weight yarn in two colors. For my sample, I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in the colorways Dusty Rose and Pansy Purple.

Paintbox Simply Aran is a great 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn. It is soft and sturdy and comes in a large variety of colors. It’s great for so many different kinds of projects.

The crochet hat pattern is rated intermediate, but only because it uses the fair isle crochet technique. It uses single crochet stitches in two variations and the color changes are really easy to do.

Woman wearing purple crochet hat, called the Halifax Hat.

This pattern has a chart and photo tutorial for you use to master the fair isle crochet technique.

This crochet hat pattern comes in 3 sizes, toddler, child, and adult.

Halifax Hat Crochet Pattern

If you enjoy the Halifax Hat Free Crochet Pattern, be sure to check out my other Free Crochet Patterns

You can purchase the ad-free, printable pdf version of this pattern on Ravelry or Etsy!

You will need:

100-150 yards worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors

J (6.0mm) crochet hook

Scissors

Measuring tape

Tapestry Needle

Pom Pom Maker (optional)

Pattern Difficulty: 

Intermediate

Gauge: 

14 sc + 15 rows= 4″

Sizing: 

Toddler (18-20”)

Child (21-22”)

Adult (22-23”)

Pattern Notes: 

Hat is worked from the bottom up.

Starting chain 1 does not count as first stitch.

Hat is made in the Fair Isle crochet style. Unused yarn is floated behind the stitches until it is used again.

Watch your tension throughout the workup. Don’t pull your floats tight behind the stitches.

Pattern is written in toddler size with larger sizes in parentheses as follows: Toddler (Child, Adult).

Scroll down for graph to follow and photo tutorial.

Pattern is written as number of stitches to work with what color to use as follows: 2 (MC), 2 (CC).

Some helpful tutorial videos from Crochet Ever After  can be found HERE.

Stitches Needed & Abbreviations: 

ch- chain(s)

st- stitch(es)

sc- single crochet

blo- back loop only

sc2tog- single crochet 2 together

*- repeat from

Brim of Hat

Go down one hook size from the hook you met gauge with. 

With MC or CC. 

Ch 9

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across. (8)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in blo of each st across. (8)

Rounds 3-66(72, 78)- Repeat round 2.

Sew both ends of the brim together by slip stitching through both stitches across. Turn brim to the other side and continue to Body of Hat.

Body of Hat

Go back to the original hook you met gauge with. 

Working along the side of your brim:

Round 1: Ch 1, with MC, work 69(75, 81) sc around, join to 1st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 2: Ch 1, 6 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 3: Ch 1, 5 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last st, 1 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 4: Ch 1, 4 (MC), 3 (CC), * 3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last 2 st, 2 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 5: Ch 1, 3 (MC), *3 (CC), 3 (MC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 6: Repeat round 4.

Round 7: Repeat round 3.

Round 8: Repeat round 2.

Round 9: Ch 1, with MC, 1 sc in each st around, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 10: Ch 1, 3 (MC), *3 (CC), 3 (MC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 11: Ch 1, 4 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last 2 st, 2 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 12: Ch 1, 5 (MC), 3 (CC) * 3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from * to last st, 1 (MC), join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 13: CH 1, 6 (MC), 3 (CC), *3 (MC), 3 (CC)*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (69, 75, 81)

Round 14: Repeat round 12.

Round 15: Repeat round 11.

Round 16: Repeat round 10.

Round 17: Repeat round 9.

For adult and child sizes, repeat rounds 2-8 one more time. ( For less slouch, just do a few repeats of Round 17 instead before moving to Round 18.)

Fasten off CC.

Round 18: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc2tog, *sc in next, sc2tog*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (46, 50, 54)

Round 19: Ch 1, *sc2tog*, repeat from *, join to 1st st. (23, 25, 27)

Round 20: Ch 1, *sc2tog*, repeat from * to last st, 1 sc in last st, join to 1st st. (12, 13, 14)

Finishing

Fasten off leaving a long tail to close. With a tapestry needle, weave the tail in and out of the stitches in round 20. Pull tight to close. Fasten off.  Weave in ends. Add Pompom to top of hat.

To follow chart, start with row 15 and work your way across each column, left to right. Then work your way up each row.

Row 15 = Round 2 in written instructions.

Photo Tutorial to change colors when making hat.
To change colors, instead of finishing out the last stitch before you go to the next color, pull the next color through the 2 loops for the last step of your stitch. This will finish out your last stitch and start you off with the new color for your next stitch.
Photo Tutorial to catch float when making hat.
To catch your float when working 7 stitches or more in the same color, simply grab your non-working yarn when working a middle stitch and then drop it again until your next color change.

There you have it! I hope the written instructions with the chart makes it easy for you to work up, but if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time!

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10 Comments

    1. Recently I started naming my patterns after cities around the world and this one is after Halifax in Canada. 🙂

  1. Thanks for the beautiful pattern! On the sizing, are the measurements for the head size or the hat size?

  2. AWESOME! I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, can’t wait to make this hat. Thank you for the pattern…..Janice

  3. I used a 4.00 mm (G) hook for my gauge and it came out exactly 4 inches. And the brim of the hat says to go down one hook size from the hook you met gauge with…that would be 3.75 (F) hook. But the body of the hat says go back to the hook you met gauge with. My question is where do I use the J hook? This is for the Halifax Hat.

    1. If you met gauge with G hook that’s what you’ll use and go down one for the brim. You won’t need a J hook.

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