This mosaic crochet hat pattern is done up in plaid! It features a foldover brim, the perfect amount of slouch and a two-color pom to top it off.
Mosaic crochet is such a fun technique and it has been popular lately. I first experimented with mosaic crochet during our 2021 Blanket Crochet Along. I was hooked. This hat idea came on quickly. I knew exactly the look I was going for but still ended up making 3 different versions before I found one that had the right feel.
Getting the yarn right was the key to success on this hat. After trying 2 other yarns, I ended up using Caron Simply Soft. The sheen and drape of this yarn complement the design perfectly. If you choose to substitute, you’ll want a yarn that is similar to that like Red Heart Soft or Lion Brand Heartland.
This hat is worked from the bottom up. It starts with a fold-over brim done in back loop only half double crochet. If you would like just a standard brim do half as many chains to start your row.
After that, you will complete the mosaic crochet portion, which is easier than it looks. Next, you will add some shaping at the crown and top it off with a pom.
How to do Mosaic Crochet
Mosaic crochet is a colorwork technique used to create interesting designs without a lot of color changes and ends to weave in.
You will only use 1 color per row and change color every 2 rows. There are no fancy stitches either, just single crochet, chains and double crochet!
Double crochets are always worked 2 rows below in front of chain stitches to create the mosaic double crochet. This is shown in the photo below (note: this photo is from a different pattern).
Where ever you have chains in your pattern you know that when you get to them in the next color you need to do a mosaic double crochet.
Materials and Pattern Information
- Caron Simply Soft Yarn (Solids: 6oz/315 yds, Tweed: 5oz/250 yds) in 2 colors
- Main Color (Sage shown in sample): 221 yds
- Coordinating Color (Tweed Off White shown in sample): 90 yds
- 5mm hook
- Yarn needle
Gauge and Sizing
- Gauge: 7sts x 11 rows = 2 in single crochet in round
- Finished Size with brim unfolded: 12 in tall x 10 in wide across widest point
- US Terminology
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- St(s): stitch(es)
- Hdc: half double crochet
- BLO: back loop only
- Sc: single crochet
- MDC: Mosaic Double Crochet (see instruction below)
- Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together, decrease
- CA : Color A, Main color
- CB: Color B, coordinating color
MDC (mosaic double crochet): work double crochet in front of the chains of previous rows into skipped stitch 2 rows below. See photos above.
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- Band is worked in rows, body of hat is worked in turned rounds
- If you don’t want a fold over brim start with 11 chains for band.
- Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
- Be mindful of where you are placing the first stitch of each round so you don’t work it into the join. Start your 1st stitch in the last stitch of the previous round. It can be helpful to place a stitch marker in that stitch.
- Turning after each round ensures that our seam is straight, which keeps our design straight.
- Mosaic double crochets are worked on the right side only.
- Take care not to make your mosaic double crochets too tightly. They should be the same height as the single crochets within the row.
Alpine Plaid Free Mosaic Crochet Hat Pattern
Using CA, Ch 21 to start
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn (20)
Row 2: Ch 1, working in BLO, hdc in same st as ch 1 and each st across. Turn (20)
Row 3-55: Repeat row 2. Band should measure appox. 17.5 in long after last row.
After last round, match short ends of rectangle together and working though BLO of both layers, slip stitch together to form tube.
You will now be working in turned rounds
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc 80 evenly around band. (hint: this works out to be about 3 sts/ 2 band rows) Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Turn. (80)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc 80 around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Turn
Rnd 3: Change to CB, Ch1, Sc, *(ch 2, skip 1, sc in next) 3 times, sc 2, repeat from * around. Sc last. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Turn.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, *Sc 2, (ch 2, skip ch-2 space, sc) 3 times, repeat from * around. Sc in last. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Turn.
Rnd 5: Change to CA, Ch 1, Sc, *MDC, sc, MDC, sc, MDC, sc 3, repeat from * around ending last repeat after 2 sc. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Turn.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in each st around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Turn. (80)
Rnd 7-14: repeat rnds 3-6
Rnd 15-16: repeat rnd 6
Rnd 17-28: repeat rnd 3-14
Rnd 29-30: repeat rnd 6
Rnd 31-41: repeat rnd 3-14, ending last repeat after rnd 5. Do not turn.
Rnd 42: Ch 1, *sc 2tog, sc in next 2, repeat rom * around. Join to top of 1st st with sl st. No need to turn anymore.
Rnd 43-44: Ch 1, sc2tog around. Join to top of 1st st with sl st. On last round, finish off leaving long tail. Weave tail in and out around top of hat. Cinch closed and secure.
I decided to add a 2-color pom pom to the top if my hat. To make it, I used my large-size clover pom pom maker (the blue one). When you are wrapping the yarn, hold it double using 1 strand of each color.
WENDY A BARBAS says
Your hat really got my eyes attention! How lovely this would look in shades of pink and red for Valentine gift. I will have to check out the Michael’s store at Great Lakes Crossing as smaller stores are so limited on stocking items here in Troy and Madison Hgts. MI. Oh, be nice for a St. Patrick’s green wear too using a deeper green.
I look forward to seeing you newsy letters, there is always something that I just ‘have to try’ on my hooks.