Cluster Stitch Crochet Hat Pattern from The Unraveled Mitten

 A new day, a brand new unique crochet hat pattern! 

It’s no secret I love to crochet hats. They’re quick to make, portable and usually, only one skein of yarn is needed. Plus it’s cold where I live and my hair is usually a not mess. 

The Arcadia Beanie Details

This fun hat uses the aligned cluster stitch we used in block 15 of our 2019 Stash Busting CAL. From the moment I made this square I knew I needed to make a hat out of this stitch. 

The Arcadia Beanie is worked from the bottom up using worsted weight yarn, starting with a nice stretchy ribbed band. Then we move on to the cluster stitch portion. The cluster rounds are separated by rounds of alternating single crochets and chains. The clusters are worked in the chain spaces from the previous round. This makes the clusters look like they are sitting on top of each other as opposed to offset. 

I designed this beanie to be a little more fitted but if you want it slouchy just add more rounds. 

Arcadia Beanie | The Unraveled Mitten

At the top, there are a couple of decrease rounds and then the opening is cinched closed. I topped my hat with a faux fur pom. This pom was a goodie we featured in our knit and crochet subscription box last year. 

You can make a faux fur pom easily yourself or you can purchase some premade ones. 

This hat pattern also includes 3 sizes! Preschooler, child and adult. The adult size is available for free here on my blog. The other 2 sizes are included in the ad-free PDF version of this pattern for sale in my shops.

Purchase the printable ad-free pattern here:

The Yarn

The Arcadia Beanie Crochet Pattern

I used Lion Brand Heartland yarn in the color Yellowstone. You need less than a skein for this hat.  Heartland is a worsted weight super soft acrylic yarn that comes in some gorgeous colors. Their colors are all named after and inspired by the National Parks in the US. Each skein has 250 yards. More than plenty for a hat or a pair of mittens. 

Lion Brand Jeans, Basic Stitch or Touch of Alpaca would make fantastic substitutes if you don’t have any Heartland.

Materials and Pattern Information

  • Less than a skein of Lion Brand Heartland yarn (5oz/251yds, #4/worsted weight, 100% acrylic yarn)
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Needle to weave in ends
  • Scissors
  • Faux Fur Pom (optional)

Gauge and Sizing

  • Gauge: 4 clusters x 5 rows = 2 in
  • Finished sizes, laying flat, measured in inches.
    • Adult: 9 x 8.5

Abbreviations

  • I use US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • Sc: single crochet
  • BLO: back loop only
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • Beg Cl: beginning cluster
  • Cl: Cluster
  • Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together, single crochet decrease

Special Stitches

Beginning Cluster (Beg Cl): * yo, insert hook into same st as ch 2, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * 1 more time. Yo, pull through all 3 loops.

Cluster (cl): Yo, insert hook into space indicated, pull up loop, Yo pull through 2 loops. *yo, insert hook into same space, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * 1 more time. Yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Notes

  • Ch 1 and 2 do not count as a stitch.
  • Band is worked in rows. Body of hat is worked in joined rounds.

Arcadia Beanie – Cluster Stitch Hat Pattern

Band

Ch 11 to start

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, working in BLO, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st across. Turn.

Row 3-72: Repeat row 2. After last row, match up short ends of band and slip st together.

Body

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 72 hdc evenly around band of hat. Join to top of 1st hdc with sl st.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, working in 3rd loop of hdc, sc in same st as ch 1, *ch 1, skip 1, sc in next (in 3rd loop). Repeat from * around. Ch 1, skip 1, join to top of 1st sc with sl st. (36 sc)

Rnd 3: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 2, beg cl in same ch 1 space. *Ch 1, skip next sc, cl in next ch-1 space. Repeat from * around. Ch 1, skip next sc, join to top of beg cl with sl st. (36 cl)

Rnd 4: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 1, sc in same space as ch 1, *ch 1, skip cl, sc in next ch-1 space. Repeat from * around. Ch 1 skip next cl. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. (36 sc)

Rnd 5-15: Repeat rounds 3 & 4 ending on a round 3.

Rnd 16: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 space around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st.

Rnd 17-18: Ch 1, sc2tog around starting in same st as ch 1. Join to top of 1st sc2tog with sl st. Stitch count is not important for these 2 rounds.

After last round. Finish off, leaving a long tail. Turn hat inside out and using tapestry needle weave yarn tail in and out around the opening at the top of the hat. Pull to cinch closed. Weave in ends and attach pom if desired.

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