On a whim a couple years ago I bought a bunch of Lion Brand Homespun yarn (hey, it was a good sale!). I had no real plan for it but the colors were just too pretty to pass up. That yarn sat in my stash forever!! Why? Because I didn’t realize what a pain it can be to work with. However, I was determined to make something of it. Enter, this hat.
The ribbed band is made from single crochets in the back loop. This can be a little challenging at first but I find it easier to feel for the next stitch vs only relying on seeing where to put my hook.
The body is made up of the half double crochet V-stitch, it isn’t as lacy as the more traditional v-stitch made from double crochets which makes for a really warm and cozy hat. The half double v-stitch is made by crocheting in a space vs in a stitch.
This is really the key to working with this particular yarn, no guessing where to put your next stitches.
- Less than 1 skein Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (aff link) I used the colorway called Painted Desert
- 6mm/J Clover Amour Crochet Hook (aff link)
- Tapestry needle
Gauge and Sizing
It is hard to measure a gauge with this yarn so instead, I am giving you a few key measurements so you know that you are on track.
Band width: 3 inches
Finished hat measures 10 inches tall. 10 inches across the body and 9 inches across the band.
- I use US terminology
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Sc: single crochet
- Sl St: slip stitch
- BLO: back loop only
- Hdc: half double crochet
- St(s): Stitch(es)
- Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 2: Working in BLO, sc in each stitch across ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 3-45: repeat row 2
Put ends of band together to form a tube. Sl st edges together in BLO of each side. Turn inside out. Do not cut yarn
Rnd 1: Ch 1. Starting in the same space as ch 1, place 48 hdc evenly around the edge of band. Join to top of 1st hdc using sl st.
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), skip 1 st, *(hdc, ch1, hdc) in next st. skip 1 st. repeat from * around. Hdc in same st as beginning ch 2. Ch 1, join to top of ch 2 with sl st.
Rnd 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch 1 space from previous round continue around until last ch 1 space. (Hdc, ch1) in last ch 1 space. Join with sl st to top of ch 2
Rnd 4-15: repeat round 3
Rnd 16: ch 1, sc2tog in each ch 1 space around. Join to top of 1st sc2tog. Cut yarn and finish off leaving a long tail to cinch top closed.
Turn hat inside out. Using your tapestry needle weave your yarn in and out through the stitches around the top of hat. Pull yarn to cinch the top closed. Place a couple stitches in the top of hat to secure it. Weave in ends.
Do you like to crochet with Lion Brand’s Homespun?
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I, too, fell in love with the colors of Homespun yarn when I first started crocheting…and bought pretty much every color. I used it for my first actual project, a rug. I didn’t use this trick, but I’ve read that it helps to crochet with a different color of thread with it to make it easier to see your stitches. Thanks so much for the pattern! I find it difficult to find patterns for the yarn since the things I usually crochet need a yarn that shows stitch definition clearer. I look forward to making my first hat with this pattern!!
Thanks for this! I have a skein of this yarn and a friend who wants a hat. . . I’ll let you know how it turns out. So far I’m about halfway through the band, you really do have to feel your way.
Debra burkeen says
Just finished my hat. It was cute and so easy. I did make the band a little longer to fit my head. I also made some fingerless gloves. Cut it real close as I only had a few inches of yarn left. Hope to make another one. I also do not like homespun yarn.
This pattern is certainly not working out for me. First of all the 40 some rows for the band was not big enough for my head even adding 10 more it only fits my toddler and now trying to finish the top off in one row?? I’m super confused I guess I’ll be unraveling it all and making something else
Thank you. Great pattern. One pro is this yarn doesn’t show small stitch mistakes in my opinion. I didn’t read anything about this but my hat turned out more slouched at top. It wasn’t a fitted beanie. Was yours fitted ? I love mine
You’re welcome! I’m so glad you like it. Its definitely slouchy a slouchy hat.
Lovely hat pattern! I have a question. When switching from the brim to the body of the hat. There are 45 rows to the brim but we are supposed to work 48 HDC into them? Are we supposed to increase somewhere? Thank you in advance!
Thank you! Just space out the 3 extra hdc evenly around your band.
I see! Well when I tried on the band at 45 rows, it sadly was too small. I blame my very tight stitches. So I made the band 48 rows instead and now it fits perfectly! I just hope it also fits my Secret Santa. I have no idea what size her head is, lol!
I love making throws out of this yarn. I found a 6 hour throw that I can finish in 4 hours using two strands of homespun and a very large hook. It’s a simple v stitch pattern. Great for Christmas presents.
I found this pattern because I was looking for this stitch to practice. I used different yarn and adapted the pattern slightly to make a baby hat. I love how it turned out!
Laura L Fucci says
Thank you for providing this pattern. I picked up some Homespun yarn because it was the only one I can find in the color my daughter wanted. I made a scarf, which was very difficult with the yarn, but I figured it out. I wanted to make a matching hat, but another pattern I selected just proved impossible with this yarn. I could not keep track where the stitches were due to the wavy nature of the yarn. With this pattern, I did not need to worry about it. The rows of the rim are so short, I can keep the stitches straight just by counting. For the V-stitches in the body of the hat, I can keep track just by the feel of the stitches. I won’t be using Homespun again, but I thank you for making this pattern available.
If the “Homespun” is that difficult, can’t you just use a different yarn with this pattern?
Heidi Upson Ferris says
This is an amazing hat pattern. I love it. Turned out beautifully and at last I had a good use for my Homespun yarn that I haven’t known what to do with!
A little late to the conversation, but I just found this pattern/comments. I crochet borders on simple plain colored fleece throws and donate them to chemo wards because my sister said she was always cold while going through her many chemotherapies. I do a single crochet base row around the throw in a worsted weight yarn that is compatible in color and then do multiple rows in various patterns using Homespun. They come out beautifully, and are quick and easy as long as you are crocheting into the spaces rather than the stitches and, as others have said, the colors are beautiful.
I can’t stand using Homespun! I found this page because I, too, have had a couple skeins of this stuff plaguing me for years. I mean plaguing, and I mean years. Like, 10 years. This isn’t a hard pattern, but I will be darned if I don’t feel as though I need to mark every single stitch in order not to foul up. I may give up and do some loose scarf or something instead. I love the colors, I can’t stand the…. crimpiness…. of the yarn. It’s nearly impossible to figure out where your stitches are once you start working in the round.
I actually like Homespun! It works up quickly (many a long car ride has started with a skein and a hook and ended with a hat) and it’ll cover a multitude of minor sins. Okay, so I wouldn’t want to knit with it, but one skein made a pretty impressive, fluffy scarf on a cheap Boye loom I picked up on sale at Wallyworld. Thanks for this pattern — I’m making a gift for a friend and wanted something different from my usual no-pattern, start-with-a-spiral-and-just-wing-it designs.
You are so right there. Homespun is a huge pain in the neck. I’ve had some for years. The only thing I’ve done with it so far is knit prayer shawls because with this horrible yarn knittingi s easier …slow for me though. I’m going to try this hat so if your ears ring you know why…lol
Let me know how it went, please! Did you manage to finish? Any tips,.other than possibly obsessive counting and recounting of stitches (if you can tell one stitch from another)?