Let me give you pumpkin to talk about.
I love everything fall. I love pumpkin spice lattes, the changing colors of the leaves and the chilly weather perfect for all those hand made sweaters. Mostly, I love that the holiday season is upon us. The pumpkin patch is where we kick off the holidays in our home and until my toddlers are too old to wear matching outfits you will find the whole family, poor dad too, rocking a Crochet Pumpkin Hat in the fields of orange.
The very first Pumpkin Hat I made was an infant size knit version four years ago. The second year I converted to hooking, and her hat had to too. Every year I make a new and improved version of the Pumpkin Hat. I added the ear flaps one year, the ribbed stripes another year and perfected the leaf and curl all the while. This is the first crochet project I ever designed and I am so excited to share it with all of you. I cannot wait a moment longer so…. the toddler size Pumpkin Hat is officially released!
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I have used many combos of orange and green while making these hats, but in this post’s photos and tutorial I have used Red Heart Yarns:
- Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook for the hat portion
- Size G (4.25mm) crochet hook for the leaf detail
- tapestry needle
- HDC – half double crochet
- DC- double crochet
- SDC – spiked double crochet
- TR – Treble crochet
- DC behind the post
- SC – single crochet
- SC2TOG – single crochet 2 together
- SL ST- slip stitch
Round 1: magic ring and CH 3, counts as first HDC. 9HDC into the magic ring. SL ST to the top of CH3. (10)
Round 2 and 3: CH2, counts as first HDC. 1HDC in each stitch around. SL ST into the top of CH2. (10)
Round 4: CH2, counts as first DC. (I like to work my rounds starting in the stitch following my CH2) 2DC into each stitch around and end with 1DC into the stitch holding your CH2. SL ST to join and tie off brown yarn. (20)
Round 5: With orange CH2. *Work 1DC + 1SDC in the next stitch. 1DC in the following stitch. Repeat from *9 more times. SL ST to the beginning CH2. (30)
Round 6: TURN YOUR WORK so that you are working on the outside of your hat. CH2, counts as first DC. 1DC into the next stitch. In the following stitch 1DC into the top (normal space) and 1DC behind the post of the SDC. *1DC into the next two stitches. 1DC into the top of the next stitch and also 1DC behind the post of SDC. Repeat from *8 more times. SL ST to beginning CH. (40)
Round 7: CH2, counts as first DC. 1DC into the next two stitches. This round does not include an increase so we will not put a DC into the top of this stitch, but only place 1DC being the post. *1DC in the next three stitches, and 1DC behind the post. Repeat from *8 more times. SL ST to beginning CH. (40)
Round 8: CH2, counts as first DC. 1DC into the next two stitches. This is an increase round so 1DC into the top of the stitch and 1DC behind the post. *1DC in the next 4 stitches and 1DC behind the post. Repeat from *8 more times. SL ST to the beginning. (50)
Round 9:-16 CH2, counts as first DC. 1DC into the next three stitches and 1DC behind the post. These rounds do not include an increase so only place 1DC behind the post (not on the top of this stitch). *4DC and 1DC behind the post. Repeat from *8 more times. SL ST to the beginning CH. (50)
Row 1: Without tying off the orange yarn. CH1, counts as first SC and 1SC into the next 9 stitches. (10)
Row 2: CH1 and 1SC in each stitch across. (10)
Row 3: SC2TOG, 1SC in the next 6 stitches and SC2TOG. (8)
Row 4: CH1 and 1SC in each stitch across. (8)
Row 5: SC2TOG, 1SC in the next 4 stitches and SC2TOG. (6)
Row 6: CH1 and 1SC in each stitch across. (6)
Row 7: SC2TOG, 1SC in the next 2 stitches and SC2TOG. (4)
Row 8: 1SC in each stitch across. (4)
Row 9: SC2TOG and SC2TOG. (2)
Row 10: 1SC in each stitch. (2)
Tie off orange yarn. From the base of the earflap count over 10 stitches and attach the orange in the 11th stitch and repeat rows 1-10 to complete the second earflap. Tie off orange yarn. Attach the green yarn and complete 1SC around the entire hat making a nice edging.
LEAF PATTERN and CURL
I have to share this video tutorial with you by Natali Korneeva, I think her crochet leaves are just perfect to top off this fun pumpkin hat. The video is in Russian, and I unfortunately do not speak the language, but she moves at the perfect speed to crochet along and I was able to replicate these wonderful accents.
I used a bigger crochet hook (size I; 4.25mm) and thicker yarn (Red Heart Super Savor 4), but it makes these leaves the perfect size for this project. I have included written instructions in English, but encourage you again to watch the video tutorial.
Round 1: CH6 and SL ST to first CH to make a circle.
Round 2: CH5, 6TR into the circle, CH3, 6TR into the same circle, CH5 and SL ST into circle to close.
Round 3: 5SC on the CH5 from the previous round. 1HDC into the first stitch. 1DC into the next 5 stitches. In the CH3 space 2DC, 1TR, CH3, 1TR, 2DC. 1DC in the next 5 stitches. 1HDC into the last stitch. 5SC onto the CH5 from the previous round. SL ST to the beginning.
Round 4: 1SC into the first 6 stitches. 2SC into each of the next 6 stitches. 1SC into the next two stitches. In the CH3 space 1HDC, CH3, 1HDC. 1SC into the next two stitches. 2SC in each of the next 6 stitches, 1SC in the last 6 stitches. SL ST to beginning.
To complete the curl, without tying off CH25. In the 3rd CH from the hook 2DC. 3DC in every stitch down the chain, SL ST into leaf. Tie off green yarn and leave a long tail to sew into hat. I like to place my leaf just under the stem of my hat and it doesn’t take many stitches to secure in place. I put my first few stitches where the leaf and the curl attach. I have also found that I can sew down the leaf with a few extra stitches to make it sit the way I want. Play around with it, you can’t do this step wrong!
BRAID FOR EARFLAPS
Cut 5 lengths of each color (orange, green and brown) at approximately 20in. With your hook pull all 15 lengths through the center of the earflap point. Separate by color and braid. Make sure to tie your knots at the same length (my braids are about 8 inches long) and trim your strands of yarn for a clean look.
I hope you have enjoyed this free Pumpkin Hat crochet pattern. This one defiantly has a special spot in my heart and I can’t wait to see how many heads we cover come fall with this special project. Make sure you check out all the sizes available baby, child, toddler and adult. Please comment below if you have made this project for someone special in your life. If nothing else, I encourage you to squash some crochet goals today. Happy hooking!