Aspen Tweed Hat

aspen tweed hat tan colored hat laying flat on table with one coconut button on band surrounded by various decorative items.

Hi everyone!

Today I have a super cute and warm hat pattern for you. As some of you may already know, if you’ve followed my blogging journey for a while, I live in Pennsylvania and holy moly, do we have some cold winters. I’m sure it’s nothing compared to those living north of here, but it’s still pretty frigid most of the winter. And being January, we’re in the thick of it with no sign of spring for a few more months.

Let me tell you, crocheting is certainly a useful skill up North. We never have too many hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters and blankets!

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Be sure to check out the matching cowl and mittens for a complete winter set! You can see the Aspen Tweed Cowl and the Aspen Tweed Mittens at these links.

aspen tweed hat. chunky linen colored hat laying flat on a table. Has a pompom on top

Crochet the women's Aspen Tweed Hat using this versatile and free pattern! You can make a messy bun hat or a beanie with a pom pom or without. Both patterns in one. This chunky hat is crocheted using a super bulky weight Lion Brand Yarn. Would also fit a teenager. #chunkyhat #crochet #freecrochetpattern #beanie #toque

When I saw this Lion Brand yarn in the store, I knew I had to have it! First of all, it was so chunky and squishy that I thought it would make the perfect hat and scarf set. (Yes, a matching scarf is in the works!) Second, it’s tweed! Need I say more? I love tweed. I feel like that commercial where the thieves are going to steal a couch — “I love suede. Had to have it.”

So I couldn’t just make a regular beanie and stop there. No, I had to make a pattern that could be either a messy bun hat or a standard beanie with or without a pompom. Can you say “overachiever,” boys and girls? Ha!

Crochet the women's Aspen Tweed Hat using this versatile and free pattern! You can make a messy bun hat or a beanie with a pom pom or without. Both patterns in one. This chunky hat is crocheted using a super bulky weight Lion Brand Yarn. Would also fit a teenager. #chunkyhat #crochet #freecrochetpattern #beanie #toque

Crochet the women's Aspen Tweed Hat using this versatile and free pattern! You can make a messy bun hat or a beanie with a pom pom or without. Both patterns in one. This chunky hat is crocheted using a super bulky weight Lion Brand Yarn. Would also fit a teenager. #chunkyhat #crochet #freecrochetpattern #beanie #toque

 

This pattern uses single crochets and half double crochets, but because the half double crochets are worked into alternating front and back loops, it gives this hat a wonderful texture.

There are two rows of decreases (since the hat is worked from the bottom up) and there is a special stitch. It’s written as a half double crochet two together, but it’s worked using the alternating front and back loops. I created a photo tutorial for the stitch. It’s really not that hard and the written instructions below tell you whether you should start out working into the front loop or the back loop. You can see that photo tutorial here.

Crochet the women's Aspen Tweed Hat using this versatile and free pattern! You can make a messy bun hat or a beanie with a pom pom or without. Both patterns in one. This chunky hat is crocheted using a super bulky weight Lion Brand Yarn. Would also fit a teenager. #chunkyhat #crochet #freecrochetpattern #beanie #toque
Ha! I’m not used to being in the photos. πŸ˜›

Crochet the women's Aspen Tweed Hat using this versatile and free pattern! You can make a messy bun hat or a beanie with a pom pom or without. Both patterns in one. This chunky hat is crocheted using a super bulky weight Lion Brand Yarn. Would also fit a teenager. #chunkyhat #crochet #freecrochetpattern #beanie #toque

Also, I don’t have a pompom maker. I must live under a rock or something, but I found that using my fingers worked pretty well and I’m happy with my results. If you too live under a rock, I’ve created a photo tutorial for making pompoms with only your fingers. You can find that photo tutorial here.

So which version of the hat will you make? Messy bun hat? Beanie? Beanie with pompom? All of them? Hey, I don’t judge! πŸ˜‰

Here is a pin for your Pinterest board…

Crochet the women's Aspen Tweed Hat using this versatile and free pattern! You can make a messy bun hat or a beanie with a pompom or without. Both patterns in one. This chunky hat is crocheted using a super bulky weight Lion Brand Yarn. Would also fit a teenager. #chunkyhat #crochet #freecrochetpattern #beanie #toque

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Aspen Tweed Hat

Materials Used:

Finished Size Approximately:

Messy Bun Hat: 10.75” Width x 8.25” Height

Full Beanie with pompom: 10.75” Width x 11.25” Height

Gauge:

9 single crochet stitches and 10 rows in a 4” (10cm) square.

Special Stitches:

Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog)

YO, insert hook into specified stitch (either front loop only or back loop only).YO and draw back through loop. YO and insert hook into the opposite loop of the next stitch. (ex. If you worked the front loop of the first stitch, you would work the back loop of the second stitch.) YO and draw back through stitch. You now have 5 loops on hook. YO and draw through all 5 loops. A decrease was made.

Front Loop Only (FLO) – Stitch closest to you.

Back Loop Only (BLO) – Stitch furthest from you.

Crochet the women's Aspen Tweed Hat using this versatile and free pattern! You can make a messy bun hat or a beanie with a pom pom or without. Both patterns in one. This chunky hat is crocheted using a super bulky weight Lion Brand Yarn. Would also fit a teenager. #chunkyhat #crochet #freecrochetpattern #beanie #toque

Abbreviations:

YO – yarn over
FC – foundation chain or beginning chain
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
sl st – slip stitch
hdc2tog – half double crochet two together
FLO – front loop only
BLO – back loop only

Notes:

  • This pattern is worked by alternating a half double crochet in the front loop of a stitch, then a half double crochet in the back loop of the next stitch and repeat. You don’t always begin with the front loop. That was just an example. The stitch you need to start with is indicated in the instructions.
  • The special hdc2tog stitch uses one loop in the first stitch and the opposite loop in the second stitch. For example, the instructions will say β€œBeginning with FLO, hdc2tog”. So, in this case, you would half double crochet in the front loop of the next stitch, but don’t finish the stitch, then half double crochet in the back loop of the next stitch. Refer to the Special Stitches section or the photo tutorial for more details on the hdc2tog.
  • There is a photo tutorial for the special hdc2tog stitch. You can find that tutorial here.
  • There is one instance where the hdc2tog is through both back loops. It’s at the very end of Round 47.
  • There is a photo tutorial for making a pompom using just your fingers. You can find that tutorial here.
  • You also have the option to make a messy bun hat with a hole at the top to pull hair through, or to make a full beanie with or without the pompom. For the messy bun hat, stop after Round 49 and finish off.
  • You will turn your work while creating the band. Once the band is complete and you are working on the upper portion of the hat, you will not turn your work.
  • Round 47 and 48 are set up a little different. There are two procedures to follow. The first set is marked by * to *. The 2nd set is marked by < to >. The instructions are arranged long instead of in paragraph form to make it easier to follow along.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

Hat Band

FC: Ch 7

Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc in next 5 chs. Turn. (6 sc)

Row 2 – Row 40: Ch 1. Working in BLO, sc in next 6 sts. Turn. (6 sc)

Don’t finish off until the hat is completely finished.

Slip stitch the two ends together. Flip the band right side out to continue.

Now you will be working along the long top edge of the band, inserting your hook from the outside toward the inside.

Round 41: Ch 2 (counts as hdc). Hdc evenly around the top edge of the band (one hdc per row of band). Sl st in the top of 1st ch 2 made of round. (41 hdc)

Round 42: Ch 1. In BLO, hdc in same st ch 1 comes out of. In FLO, hdc in next st. *In BLO, hdc in next st. In FLO, hdc in next st.* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in 1st hdc made of round. (41 hdc)

Round 43: Ch 1. In FLO, hdc in same st ch 1 comes out of. In BLO, hdc in next st. *In FLO, hdc in next st. In BLO, hdc in next st* Repeat from * to * around. Sl st in 1st hdc made of round. (41 hdc)

Round 44: Repeat Round 42

Round 45: Repeat Round 43

Round 46: Repeat Round 42

Round 47: Ch 1. In FLO, hdc in same st ch 1 comes out of.
*In BLO, hdc in next st. In FLO, hdc in next st*
Repeat from * to * once more.
Beginning with BLO, hdc2tog.
Repeat from * to * 2 more times.
In BLO, hdc in next st. Beginning with FLO, hdc2tog.
<In FLO, hdc in next st. In BLO, hdc in next st>
Repeat from < to > once more.
In FLO, hdc in next st. Beginning with BLO, hdc2tog.
Repeat from * to * 2 more times.
In BLO, hdc in next st. Beginning with FLO, hdc2tog.
Repeat from < to > 2 more times.
In FLO, hdc in next st. Beginning with BLO, hdc2tog.
Repeat from * to * 2 more times.
Hdc2tog using BLO for both stitches. (Don’t alternate this one.)
Sl st in 1st hdc made of round. (35 hdc)

Round 48: Ch 1. In BLO, hdc in same st ch 1 comes out of. In FLO, hdc in next st. In BLO, hdc in next st. Beginning with FLO, hdc2tog.
*In FLO, hdc in next st. In BLO, hdc in next st. In FLO, hdc in next st. Beginning with BLO, hdc2tog.*
<In BLO, hdc in next st. In FLO, hdc in next st. In BLO, hdc in next st. Beginning with FLO, hdc2tog>
Repeat from * to *
Repeat from < to >
Repeat from * to *
In BLO, hdc in next st. In FLO, hdc in next st. Beginning with BLO, hdc2tog.
Sl st in 1st hdc made of round. (26 hdc)

Round 49: Ch 1. *Beginning with FLO, hdc2tog.* Repeat from * to * 12 more times. Sl st in 1st hdc made of round. (13 hdc)

If making a messy bun style hat, finish off and weave in ends.

If making a beanie, continue to Round 50.

Round 50: Ch 1. Skip the st the ch 1 comes out of. *Beginning with BLO, hdc2tog.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Sl st in 1st hdc made of round. (6 hdc)

Finish off. Leave a long tail. Using a tapestry needle, and the long tail, stitch the center hole of 6 hdc closed.

If making a pompom, you can use cardboard, a pompom maker or some other apparatus of your choice. I used my fingers, which worked just as good. Please refer to the post containing the photo tutorial for making pompoms with your fingers. Attach your pompom where you stitched the center hole closed. Tie it on from within the inside of the hat. Weave in ends.

Again, here are the links to the matching cowl and mittens to complete the set. Aspen Tweed Cowl and Aspen Tweed Mittens.

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