I’ve had this idea in my head for a year and now it’s here! Introducing the waistcoat crochet hat tutorial! I saw a hat similar to this at Target last winter and it was one of those moments where I thought, I can make that. I love that this stitch looks like knitting, but it’s actually crochet. One of these days I’ll teach myself how to knit ;).
Waistcoat Crochet Hat
This crochet hat features the waistcoat crochet stitch. This stitch is really simple and great for beginners, but there are a few things to watch out for as you make this hat or utilize this crochet stitch.
What type of yarn to pick?
I have created 3 hats as samples for you to see how different yarns work up. My favorite is the pink hat which is the Buttercream Cozy Yarn in the color pink multi. The grey version is a thinner yarn, at a size 5 so you can see how they look with different yarn choices. The thicker the yarn, the faster it will work up. The white hat that I make in the video is also a size 6, it’s the Big Twist natural blend in the color winter white.
Melanie’s Other Crochet Hat Patterns
- 1-2 balls of size 5 or 6 yarn (see notes section for more)
- Crochet Hook (Needs to be AT LEAST 2 hook sizes larger than the package recommends)
- Start with a slip knot.
- Chain as many as necessary to fit loosely around your head. For women, that is usually 20-21 inches. Error on the larger side, there is nothing worse than a hat that fits too tight. It's ok if it fits loose.
- Lay the foundation chain out flat so that you know there are no twists. Insert your hook into the front of the first chain, yarn over and pull through to create a circle.
- Chain 1 and place 1 single crochet (sc) stitch in each chain all the way around.
- Once you get back around to the beginning, instead of stitching in the top of the previous sc stitch, you will insert your hook right in the center of that sc stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. That is the waistcoat stitch.
- Repeat this in each stitch going around your hat until the hat measure 8-9 inches tall. The grey version was longer to make a slouchier fit.
- Once your hat is the desired size, fasten off and leave a 8-10 inch tail. Using your yarn needle, weave the strand in and out of the top row of stitch, pull to cinch up the top and close the opening from the inside of the hat. weave in the tail to secure and trim.
- Take the remaining yarn and attach to the hat edge. We will be making a slip stitch border. Pull up a loop, insert your hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull through, then pull through the loop on the hook. Do this all the way around to make a slip stitch border. Fasten off and weave in tails.
If you would like to make a yarn pom pom to go on the top, you need 2 balls for sure.
If you are on the fence on how much yarn, buy 2 balls - you can always make a 2nd for a friend!