Valentine Hat

Last week I was thinking it would be fun to make something valentiney, and then while I was working at The Net Loft, I re-discovered the Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted semi-solid colors. This combined with the fact that I’m currently taking a knitting class in designing nordic mittens led me to try out a stranded hat with the new yarn and Valentine theme. I’m considering it a warm-up for the crocheted fair-isle bear sweater I’m about to start. I was out of practice doing crocheted colorwork, and I had to play around a bit with holding the yarn to get a comfortable technique. I ended up holding both colors in the left hand.

I began the hat at the top, and concentrated the increases instead of spiraling them throughout the crown so that I didn’t have to worry about changing colors and increasing at the same time. I also didn’t want obvious increase lines since the color patterning is what should get the attention.

Valentine Hat

I used the special tapestry crochet graph paper from Carol Ventura‘s More Tapestry Crochet to initially chart the hearts. The slanted graph paper shows what the charts look like in crocheted stitches which don’t stack vertically, especially when worked in the round. I then transferred it to standard graph paper so it’s easier to follow while crocheting.

Valentine Hat

Then after working the heart chart, I worked even to create the rolled brim. (BTW, the mist on the lake behind me? They call that “frozen fog.” Selma and I think the back yard looks like Narnia under the rule of the White Witch.)

Valentine Hat

I didn’t write a conventional pattern, but I drew out the chart so if you want to make the hat too, you can.

I used a partial skein of skein of Lamb’s Pride in Creme (M-10) and almost the whole skein of Strawberry Smoothies (M-200). My gauge with a 5mm hook was about 4.3 sts per inch. The hat has about a 23″ circumference.

Valentine Hat

Starting with 6 sts, I doubled in the sts in the 2nd and 3rd rounds and again in the 5th. In rnd 9, I increased again in every other st, and in rnd 12 in every 3rd st for a total of 96 sts. I increased once more to 99 sts before beginning the hearts.

The chart represents 1/2 of the hat. So, you’ll continue each pattern row as you began to the end of the round. (The rounds are spiraled, but I’d recommend placing a marker at the beginning, so you can keep track.) The x’s mark the white stitches. Clicking on the chart will take you to its flickr page where you can download a hi-res version.

hat chart

Like I said, I had to fiddle a bit before getting comfortable again changing colors. I made a little (low-quality) video so you could see what I ultimately ended up doing. It also demonstrates how to yarn over with the new color in the stitch before the color change.

Let me know if you have questions. I’d be happy to answer them. We’re taking a trip to Anchorage with the kids for Valentine’s day. It will be my first time on the ferry in Prince William Sound and I’m looking forward to it. We’ll be seeing the new movie Coraline based on the book by Neil Gaiman that Selma got for Christmas and loved, and we’ll be stocking up on chocolate hard-to-find groceries.

Happy Valentine’s Day Hat How-To
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24 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day Hat How-To

  • February 10, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    The video is extremely helpful. Thanks so much for the pattern too, really cute!

  • February 10, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    great hat and especially wonderful photos.
    thanks for the tutorial. i'm sure i will make such a hat.

    i set a link to your tutorial at my latest post. i hope you'll agree. if not, please leave a short comment.

    thanks and many greetings, doro.

  • February 11, 2009 at 4:00 am

    great hat, and it looks very white there. And cold. Keep warm!

  • February 11, 2009 at 5:58 am

    This is so cute! I wish I could crochet a hat. The last one I tried came out looking like a doily πŸ™‚

  • February 11, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I lurve the hat! and that graph paper is one of my best friends πŸ™‚

  • February 11, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the link–I'm glad you liked the hat.

  • February 11, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    A Doily? Sounds like you're on the right track–a doily is a lot like the
    crown of a hat, just bigger. I would definitely try again. πŸ™‚

  • February 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Very cute hat! Your family will enjoy Coraline; catch it in 3D if you can and stay through the end for some additional fun effects throughout the rolling of the credits.


  • February 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    This is GORGEOUS!!! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking to this.

  • February 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Your hat is wonderful – and has a lovely message! The way I see it, the little hearts on top represent little acts of kindness – and the result is a lot of love (the big hearts) all around! What a great way to switch back and forth from yarn to yarn, too! Thanks! Carol

  • February 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    This is so cute, and the photos are beautiful.
    Really nice project Amy.
    It came out really cute.
    Happy Valentines Day!

  • March 17, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I love this hat. Thanks for being so creative.

  • March 18, 2009 at 3:51 am

    I love this hat. Thanks for being so creative.

  • September 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    thats so beautyful and talented . thanks someday i attempt to make this hat

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  • January 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Hi I made the hat from the pattern. It worked! I find it easier with it graphed than the other way. This is the second hat I made It was a challenge with changing yarn but I managed. Also your pattern helped me come up with a hat pattern of my own. I made a hat of Spades and curently making the scarf. I will soon make a diamond and try to make a clover hat. Thank you for the lovel pattern.

  • January 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Nana–that’s great. I’d love to see pictures of your hats! I’m glad
    you’re enjoying the pattern and making up your own designs.

  • April 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm


    I really like your Valentine’s Day hat pattern, and was wondering if you could off any advise on the increases portion of your pattern?
    I read your pattern and looked at the video for working the color portion, which was very helpful. Your graph too. Just wondering about the increases. The graph shows (5) increases, but the pattern states (6)?
    It says you increased once again before the hearts. I was not sure where you might have increased again, and by how many? To get a total of (99) sts, when the round
    before which is round (12), is a total of (96). That is only a (3) sts increase? I guess and not sure about this.

    I did try the pattern a few times since this is my first time working with tapestry crochet. Working round 12 the hat is still looks like a flat circle. Is this right? I know your hat looks like it tapers down nicely. Any

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  • February 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Hi There–there are just 5 rounds of increases–and a flat circle is what you should have at round 12, the tapering will begin when you stop increasing.

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