Wendy Hat Pattern

To make your own Wendy Hat, you will need Medium (Aran) Weight Yarn [4] and 2 crochet hook sizes. You will need a 5 mm (H) hook for the hat band and a 5.5 mm (I) hook for the hat body.

When I first designed this hat for Darla, I only thought about making it in her size. Once the hat was finished and she had it on, I loved the overall look so much that I changed my mind and I have now included 3 sizes: Child (6-10 years), Teen (adult small) and Adult.

The Wendy Hat Pattern is designed to be a bit poufy at the very top, but not really a slouch hat. If you’d like to make it into a slouch hat it is incredibly easy to do. Simply work the repeat rounds of R4 and R5 an extra time for every inch you’d like to increase the hat size.

TIP: If you’d like to make the hat band a bit larger too, increase 4 rows of the band for each extra inch in circumference you want the finished hat to be. Or conversely, decrease by 4 rows to decrease the overall hat circumference by an inch.

Drifter Aran King Cole Yarn - Oombawka

The yarn I am using for this project was given to me by King Cole. I’m very excited to try their yarns and I hope you enjoy all the new free patterns that I will be sharing this year as part of my Ambassadorship with them!

King Cole yarn is available from your local yarn shop, or online at the links in my post below.

This week, I tried 2 of the yarns I received in my Welcome Box. One you will learn more about on September 10th (the yarn is brand-new and slated to be available September 6th) and King Cole Drifter Aran, which I used to design my Wendy Hat.

King Cole Drifter Aran Yarn is available in 12 different colors. It is a blended yarn, made up of Premium Acrylic (79%), Cotton (17%) and Wool (4%). It is easy to work with and the colors are muted and soft.

Although the fabric of my finished hat is incredibly soft, the stitches retained their definition well.

My Wendy Hat Pattern is crocheted using the color Rockies (Shade: 4181).

Wendy Hat - Oombawka Crochet

Disclaimer: The yarn used to create this project was given to me by King Cole.

Supplies

  • Yarn: King Cole Drifter Aran. 3.5 oz (100 g), 218 yds (200 m). 79% Premium Acrylic, 17% Cotton, 4% Wool. Aran / Medium Weight Yarn [4]. Machine wash warm (permanent press cycle), Tumble dry cool (low heat).
  • Colors: 1 skein in Rockies (Shade: 4181).
  • Hook: 5 mm (H) (hat band) 5.5 mm (I) (hat body). Furls Streamline Swirl. I used this hook.
  • Yardage: Teen Hat: 2.6 oz (75 g), 164 yds (150 m)
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Sizes

  • Child (6-10 years) hat approximately 7 inches tall X 16 inches circumference

*Stretches to fit up to 20 inches circumference*

Note: before closing the top of the hat the height is 8 inches.

  • Teen (small adult) hat approximately 8 inches tall X 18 inches circumference

*Stretches to fit up to 22 inches circumference*

Note: before closing the top of the hat the height is 9 inches.

  • Adult hat approximately 9 inches tall X 20 inches circumference

*Stretches to fit up to 24 inches circumference*

Note: before closing the top of the hat the height is 10 inches.

Gauge

  • Main hat worked with 5.5 mm (I) hook:

Approximately 6 dc3tog per 4 inches and 8 rows worked in pattern per 4 inches

  • Hat band worked with 5 mm (H) hook|: 

Approximately 9 sc per 2 inches and 8 rows per 2 inches.

  • Gauge swatch worked in dc with a 5.5 mm (I) hook:

Approximately 13 dc per 4 inches  and 8 rows worked in pattern per 4 inches

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

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Check out the Basic Crochet Terms in 10 languages here.

BL – back loop

ch – chain

ch1sp – chain 1 space

dc – double crochet

dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together

dc3tog – double crochet 3 stitches together

g – grams

hdc – half double crochet

m – meters

oz – ounces

R – row 

rem – remaining

Rnd – round

RS – right side

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

st/sts – stitch/stitches

yds – yards

* to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.

[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

() – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Quick Stitch Guide 

Oombawka Design Crochet Free Patterns

The stitch pattern I used to create this hat is called the Zig Zag Lozenge Stitch. I designed the following patterns using this stitch too: Fiona’s Afghan Square Stitch Tutorial, Fiona’s Baby Bonnet, Fiona’s Baby Blanket, Fiona’s Baby Booties and 12 Inch Fiona Square

Notes:

  • (Ch 2, dc2tog) counts as 1 dc3tog
  • Initial ch 3 counts as (1 hdc, ch 1)
  • Sl st does not count as a stitch
  • Make your sl st tightly
  • Multiple of 2
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Crochet Hat Patterns

Wendy Hat Pattern - Oombawka

Wendy Hat Pattern Instructions

This hat is crocheted from the bottom-up. We begin making the hat band, back and forth in rows, before working in joined, turned rounds.

Child Wendy Hat (age 6-10 years)

Hat Band

The hat band is worked in rows.

Using your 5 mm (H) hook (or size required for gauge) and leaving a 6-10 inch tail of yarn:

R1: Ch 12, sk 1 ch, 1 sc in each rem ch across, ch 1, turn. [11 sc]

R2-R60: 1 sc in the BL of each of the next 10 sts, 1 sc in the last st, ch 1, turn. [11 sc]

Do not finish off. Proceed to Main Hat instructions below.

Main Hat

The main hat pattern is worked in joined, turned rounds.

Using your 5.5 mm (I) hook (or size required for gauge):

Rotate your work to begin working across the row ends of the hat band. Work your stitches under one loop of the row end stitch, or in an available row end space.

Rnd 1: 1 sc in each row end across. Sl st to the first sc to join, ch 1 and turn. [60 sc]

Rnd 2: RS: Sl st in the first sc. (Ch 3, 1 hdc) in the same st. Sk the next sc. *(1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in the next sc, sk the next sc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first hdc. Ch 1, turn. [60 hdc, 30 ch1sp]

Rnd 3: Sl st into the first ch1sp. (Ch 2, 2 dc) in the first ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc.  *Dc3tog in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc3tog to join. Ch 1 and turn. [30 dc3tog, 30 ch1sp]

Rnd 4: Sl st into the first ch1sp. (Ch 3, 1 hdc) in the same st. Sk the next dc3tog. *(1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in the next ch1sp, sk the next dc3tog**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first hdc. Ch 1 and turn. [60 hdc, 30 ch1sp]

Rnd 5: Sl st into the first ch1sp. (Ch 2, 2 dc) in the first ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc.  *Dc3tog in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc3tog to join. Ch 1 and turn. [30 dc3tog, 30 ch1sp]

Rnd 6-Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 4 and Rnd 5

Finish off, leaving a 10-12 inch tail of yarn for assembly.

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Teen Wendy Hat (small adult)

Hat Band

The hat band is worked in rows.

Using your 5 mm (H) hook (or size required for gauge) and leaving a 6-10 inch tail of yarn:

R1: Ch 12, sk 1 ch, 1 sc in each rem ch across, ch 1, turn. [11 sc]

R2-R64: 1 sc in the BL of each of the next 10 sts, 1 sc in the last st, ch 1, turn. [11 sc]

Do not finish off. Proceed to Main Hat instructions below.

Main Hat

The main hat pattern is worked in joined, turned rounds.

Using your 5.5 mm (I) hook (or size required for gauge):

Rotate your work to begin working across the row ends of the hat band. Work your stitches under one loop of the row end stitch, or in an available row end space.

Rnd 1: 1 sc in each row end across. Sl st to the first sc to join, ch 1 and turn. [64 sc]

Rnd 2: RS: Sl st in the first sc. (Ch 3, 1 hdc) in the same st. Sk the next sc. *(1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in the next sc, sk the next sc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first hdc. Ch 1, turn. [64 hdc, 32 ch1sp]

Rnd 3: Sl st into the first ch1sp. (Ch 2, 2 dc) in the first ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc.  *Dc3tog in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc3tog to join. Ch 1 and turn. [32 dc3tog, 32 ch1sp]

Rnd 4: Sl st into the first ch1sp. (Ch 3, 1 hdc) in the same st. Sk the next dc3tog. *(1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in the next ch1sp, sk the next dc3tog**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first hdc. Ch 1 and turn. [64 hdc, 32 ch1sp]

Rnd 5: Sl st into the first ch1sp. (Ch 2, 2 dc) in the first ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc.  *Dc3tog in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc3tog to join. Ch 1 and turn. [32 dc3tog, 32 ch1sp]

Rnd 6-Rnd 13: Rep Rnd 4 and Rnd 5

Finish off, leaving a 10-12 inch tail of yarn for assembly.

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Adult Wendy Hat 

Hat Band

The hat band is worked in rows.

Using your 5 mm (H) hook (or size required for gauge) and leaving a 6-10 inch tail of yarn:

R1: Ch 12, sk 1 ch, 1 sc in each rem ch across, ch 1, turn. [11 sc]

R2-R68: 1 sc in the BL of each of the next 10 sts, 1 sc in the last st, ch 1, turn. [11 sc]

Do not finish off. Proceed to Main Hat instructions below.

Main Hat

The main hat pattern is worked in joined, turned rounds.

Using your 5.5 mm (I) hook (or size required for gauge):

Rotate your work to begin working across the row ends of the hat band. Work your stitches under one loop of the row end stitch, or in an available row end space.

Rnd 1: 1 sc in each row end across. Sl st to the first sc to join, ch 1 and turn. [68 sc]

Rnd 2: RS: Sl st in the first sc. (Ch 3, 1 hdc) in the same st. Sk the next sc. *(1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in the next sc, sk the next sc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first hdc. Ch 1, turn. [68 hdc, 34 ch1sp]

Rnd 3: Sl st into the first ch1sp. (Ch 2, 2 dc) in the first ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc.  *Dc3tog in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc3tog to join. Ch 1 and turn. [34 dc3tog, 34 ch1sp]

Rnd 4: Sl st into the first ch1sp. (Ch 3, 1 hdc) in the same st. Sk the next dc3tog. *(1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in the next ch1sp, sk the next dc3tog**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first hdc. Ch 1 and turn. [68 hdc, 34 ch1sp]

Rnd 5: Sl st into the first ch1sp. (Ch 2, 2 dc) in the first ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc.  *Dc3tog in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk the next 2 hdc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc3tog to join. Ch 1 and turn. [34 dc3tog, 34 ch1sp]

Rnd 6-Rnd 15: Rep Rnd 4 and Rnd 5

Finish off, leaving a 10-12 inch tail of yarn for assembly.

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions:

Close the top of the hat using my simple closing method. This method is demonstrated here. Seam the hat band closed using a whipstitch seam.

There may be a small hole remaining at the top of the hat for the larger sizes. I used the remaining yarn on my yarn needle to sew four stitches (across the diameter of the hole) to close the small gap that remained after closing the top. If you prefer, you may use a pom pom to hide the small hole.

Weave in any remaining ends securely. 

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