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The Braided Puff Stitch Beanie is so cozy! And the braided puff stitches in the design give it so much beautiful texture!
Not only do they make a great texture, but these puff stitches are fun to work. When looking at them you will see that they are worked on the diagonal.
To create this diagonal look, the puff stitches are worked around the post of the previous double crochet stitches.
The rounds of puff stitches are separated between rounds of half double crochet stitches that are worked in the third loop.
The yarn I have used is the Caron Swirl Cakes by Yarnspirations, but you may substitute for another bulky weight yarn. I use about 125 yards in my hat.
About the Hat Brim:
This hat is worked from the bottom (brim) up. The brim of the hat is worked in rows, while the body of the hat is worked in rounds.
As I explain in the video tutorial below, for my hat brims I like to use slip stitches, however you may choose to use single crochet stitches or half double crochet stitches.
The crochet pattern will be written out in full below. However if you would like to add this pattern to your library or purchase an ad free PDF, you can so from my Etsy and Ravelry shops:
Thank you so much for stopping by! While here you may want to also check out the Misty Beanie Crochet Pattern. Another popular crochet beanie pattern on my blog and YouTube Channel.
Braided Puff Stitch Beanie:
Skill Level: Intermediate
Gauge: 11 sts x 12 rows of hdc = 4 inches
Finished Size: 8.5 x 10 inches laid flat excluding pompom
Yarn: Caron® Swirl Cakes by Yarnspirations (77% Acrylic, 23% wool; 8 oz, 227 g; Approx. 252 yds, 230 m). Bulky Weight (5). You will need 1 cake/hat. Colour Shown: Iced Cream.
Hook: Size L/11 (8 mm) Hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge
OPTIONAL: Pompom to attach to the top
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Hdc – Half Double Crochet Stitch
Hdc2tog – Half Double Crochet Two Stitches Together
Puff – Puff Stitch ([yo, insert your hook into the stitch indicated, yo and draw up a loop] 5 times. Yo and draw through all loops on hook]
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sc2tog – Single Crochet Two Stitches Together
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Yo – Yarn Over
- Pattern is written in American English terms.
- Brim of hat is worked in rows, body of hat is worked in rounds.
- Ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as stitch.
- Ch 3 counts as a dc
- Turn at the end of round when indicated.
- Weave in ends as needed.
- OPTIONAL: Brim of hat may be worked using either single crochet stitches or half double crochet stitches instead of the slip stitches.
- To adjust the size of your hat, add or subtract the stitches in your first hdc round by 2, then work the hat to the desired heigh and begin your decrease.
Free Crochet Pattern:
Brim (Worked in rows):
Row 1: Sl st in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (8 sl sts)
Row 2: Working in the blo, sl st in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (8 sl sts)
Continue to repeat row 2 until work from the beginning measures approximately 16-17 inches.
Do not fasten off, but fold brim of hat so that two shorter ends meet. Now working through both thicknesses, sl st across working through the blo on each side. Do not fasten off, turn work right side out (so that the right side is facing you).
Now working around the edge of the brim, continue working in rounds as follows:
Hat Body (Worked in Rounds):
Rnd 1: Ch 1, evenly work 51 hdc all the way around. Join with a sl st in the first st, do not turn. (51 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, working in the 3rd loop, sc in each st around, join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, now working back into the previous st and around the post of the ch-3 just made, work a puff st, ch 1, sk the next st, * dc in the next st, now working back into the previous skipped st and around the post of the dc just made work a puff st, ch 1, sk the next st; rpt from * across, join with a sl st in the top of the ch-3. Turn.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, now working back into the previous ch and around the post of the ch-3 just made, work a puff st, ch 1, * dc in the next dc, now working back into the previous ch st and around the post of the dc just made work a puff st, ch 1; rpt from * across, join with a sl st in the top of the ch-3. Turn.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, hdc in the same st as joining, hdc in each ch-1 sp and dc all the way around (do not work in the tops of the puff sts); join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, working in the 3rd loop, sc in each st all the way around; join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnds 7-10: Repeat rounds 3-5 once.
Rnd 11: Ch 1, working in the 3rd loop, hdc in the same st as joining and in each of the next 2 sts, hdc2tog, *hdc in each of the next 3 sts, hdc2tog; rpt from * around, in the 3rd loop hdc in the final st, join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnd 12: Ch 1, working in the 3rd loop, hdc in the same st as joining and in the next st, hdc2tog, *hdc in each of the next 2 sts, hdc2tog; rpt from * around, in the 3rd loop hdc in the final st, join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnd 13: Ch 1, working in the 3rd loop, hdc in the same st as joining, hdc2tog, *hdc in the next st, hdc2tog; rpt from * around, join with a sl st in the first st.
Rnd 14: Ch 1, in the 3rd loop, hdc2tog all the way around, in the 3rd loop hdc in the final st. Join with a sl st in the first st.
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Using the long tail, sew the top of the hat closed. Fasten off and weave in your ends. Attach Pompom to the top.