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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.
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!
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.
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
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You will need:
100-150 yards worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors
J (6.0mm) crochet hook
Pom Pom Maker (optional)
14 sc + 15 rows= 4″
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).
Stitches Needed & Abbreviations:
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.
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)
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.
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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Michelle has been crocheting for over 9 years and has been designing crochet patterns for 6 of those years. She specializes in modern garments and accessories for your handmade wardrobe. Michelle has been featured in Happily Hooked Magazine, thehooknooklife.com, wecrochet.com, ourmakerlife.com, and several other websites. She is committed to providing the highest quality crochet information and patterns that instill a true feeling of pride, enjoyment, and accomplishment when completing a project.