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Free Crochet Plaid Hat Pattern for Kids, Women + Men

Free crochet plaid beanie pattern and tutorial using Lion Brand Jeans yarn. Easy, fast color changes with very few ends to weave in. Sizes include child (kid), women and men.

Support the #HatNotHat anti-bullying campaign with this free crochet plaid hat pattern in child, women and men’s sizing. The color changes become rhythmic after after the first few rounds and you’ll be left with only a couple of ends to weave in. Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free printable PDF here.

This free crochet plaid hat pattern is much easier than it looks and can be made in a couple evenings. Full tutorial on working the plaid/gingham stitch included. #hatnothate
This free crochet plaid hat pattern is part of a collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already gotten word of a fantastic new campaign Lion Brand is spearheading to show solidarity for anti-bullying by making, wearing and donating handmade blue hats. These hats will be worn on World Day of Bullying Prevention, October 1, 2018, and throughout all of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

Why Support the Hat Not Hate Movement

Sometimes I can sit at home watching the news and feel a little helpless about the world I’ve brought my children into. All of us who have already traversed the rocky terrain of middle and high school know that it’s not necessarily an easy road for anyone. 1 in 4 children is the target of bullying though, and for those kids, the struggle is even more isolating.

The #HatNotHate movement uses the official color of anti-bullying (blue!) to help bear witness to bullying and cyberbullying, show solidarity and promote inclusion. Read more about Hat Not Hat from on LionBrand.com here.

This free crochet plaid beanie for kids and adults is easy, fast and on-trend. Make it for the #HatNotHate movement or as a gingham gift!

How You Can Help

You can do what we crocheters do best–craft! This “craftivism” movement requires only a little bit of your time, creativity and yarn. Make a blue hat for yourself, the kids in your life or to donate. Then share your hard work on social media with the hashtag #HatNotHate so we can all see what you’ve been up to!

Lion Brand has also set an ambitious goal of donating 1,500 blue hats to a local school for World Day of Bullying Prevention. You can donate a hat (or many!) by sending it to the address below. Please note that the hats need to be received by September 24, 2018.

Lion Brand Yarn Co.
HAT NOT HATE
135 Kero Road
Carlstadt, NJ 07072

Free crochet plaid beanie pattern in progress using Lion Brand Jeans yarn for the Hat Not Hate (#HatNotHate) campaign.

What Hat Pattern Should I Use?

Feel free to make any hat you like for the Hat Not Hate campaign. To get you started, use the free crochet plaid hat pattern I’m sharing below, any of the many free crochet and knit hat patterns on LionBrand.com, or the free Make & Do Crew crochet beanie patterns below. (You can find 13 more free simple, chunky hat patterns here!)

Free crochet hat and beanie patterns from Make & Do Crew featuring fluffy fur and yarn pom poms.

1) “Knit” Crochet Beanie (adults)
2) 1.5 Hour Crochet Beanie (adults)
3) Pom Pom Party Crochet Hat (newborn – adult)

Will a Crochet Plaid Hat Take Forever?

Haha, if you’re anything like me, you look at these color changes and thing “Oh boy, that looks like a lot of work and ends to weave in.” 

But really, this crochet plaid hat took me a two evenings watching Netflix and left me with only a few ends to weave in. The beauty of color changes like this is that they require basically no thought, so you get in a rhythm and cruise. If you’re new to changing colors mid row/round, check out the photo tutorial below to learn the simple tricks. This video tutorial will also help.

Support the #HatNotHat anti-bullying campaign with this free crochet plaid hat pattern in child, women and men's sizing. Easy color changes and very few ends to weave in! Made with Lion Brand Jeans yarn.Free crochet plaid hat pattern and tutorial using Lion Brand Jeans yarn. Easy, fast color changes with very few ends to weave in. Sizes include child (kid), women and men.

Can I Change the Color Scheme?

If you’re not hoping to make this pattern for the Hat Not Hate campaign, the color options are endless. To recreate this crochet plaid or gingham look in any color, simply use light, medium and dark yarn shade in the same color. For a crochet gingham look specifically, use a bright white for your light color.

Okay, let’s crochet a plaid beanie! And don’t forget to share your hats on social media using the hashtag #HatNotHate so we can see your stitches!

Unity Crochet Plaid Hat
Free #HatNotHate Pattern

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Explanation:
Sport a popular plaid look while also supporting the #HatNotHate anti-bullying campaign with this versatile crochet plaid beanie pattern written in three sizes. While the color changes might look intimidating, the technique becomes rhythmic after after the first few rounds and ensures you’ll be left with only a couple of ends to weave in. Follow the photo tutorials within the pattern and this video tutorial if you’re new to colorwork.

This basic crochet plaid stitch uses all half double crochet and can be easily modified to create a different plaid or gingham look by simply choosing a light (or white), medium and dark shade of the same color.

Supplies:
Lion Brand Jeans (Weight: 4/medium –  246 yds, 3.5 oz)
– Stonewash (505-109) – 1 skein
– Faded (505-105) – 1 skein
Brand New (505-108) – 1 skein
• Tapestry needle
• Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
• Fur pom pom or pom pom maker/piece of cardboard to make a yarn pom pom

Sizes:
Child (fits approx. 18-20” head circumference)
Teen/Women (fits 20-22” head circumference)
Men (fits 22-24” head circumference)

Notes on sizing: If a slouchier hat is desired, follow appropriate size for ribbing and main hat body, but then work one additional repeat of Rounds 1-4  to make hat taller before decreasing in the final color block. (See photo of little girl above for for example.)

Gauge:
Ribbing: 9 sc x 7 rows = 2”
Main Hat: 15 hdc x 11 rows = 4”

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
hdc2tog – half double crochet two together
rep – repeat
RS – right side
scblo – single crochet through the back loop only
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
tch – turning chain
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over

Overall Notes:
• Instead of referencing each yarn color by its brand name, for simplicity, pattern refers to colors as follows:
– Light (Faded)
– Medium (Stonewash)
– Dark (Brand New)

• Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger sizes following in parenthesis. Child (Women, Men)

Tips on Keeping Yarn Organized:
• This pattern relies on keeping three colors of yarn attached at all times. To keep yarn from getting tangled, set two colors you’re working with in any given round off to one side of you and third color to the other side. At the end of the round, untwist the two colors if necessary before moving on to the next round. Whistle and Ivy shares a brief, very helpful video on keeping yarn organized while working here.

• Unless you run into massive tangle trouble, there should be no need to cut yarn at end of round.

RIBBING

Notes:
• Ribbing is worked in rows and seamed at end.

Using smaller hook and Dark yarn, ch 13 (15, 15).

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch to end of row. 12 (14, 14)

Row 2: Ch 1, scblo in each sc to end of row.

Rep Row 2  62 (70, 78) more times for a total of 64 (72, 80) total rows.

Fasten off leaving a 12” tail. Use tapestry needle and yarn tail to seam final row to Row 1, making sure ribbing strip is not twisted.

MAIN HAT

Notes:
• After Foundation Round: hat is worked in turned rounds, which means you’ll slip stitch to initial turning chain to join a round and then turn your work similar to working in rows.

• Ch 2 at beginning of each round never counts as a hdc.

• See tutorial in photo below for details on how to seamlessly change colors if you’re unfamiliar. Pattern is written with the assumption that the skill of changing colors is already understood.

• Do not cut yarn after changing colors. Instead crochet over “dormant” color with new color until next color change. See photo below.

How to seamlessly change colors in crochet without cutting yarn.How to change colors in crochet without cutting yarn.

Using larger hook, attach Dark yarn at ribbing seam.

Foundation Round (RS): Ch 2, work 1 sc in each sc row of ribbing, sl st to first sc of round to join. Do NOT turn. 64 (72, 80)

Round 1 (RS):  Continuing in same direction as Foundation Round:

Using Dark, ch 2, hdc in in next 4 sts, finishing final yo of last hdc with Medium.

*Using Medium, hdc in next 4 sts, finishing final yo of last hdc with Dark.

Using Dark, hdc in next 4 sts, finishing final yo of last hdc with Medium.

Rep from * alternating 4 hdc of each Dark and Medium. End with 4 hdc in Medium.

Using Medium, sl st to tch; turn.

Round 2 (WS): Continuing in opposite direction as Round 1:

Using Medium, ch 2, hdc in in next 4 (Medium) hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Dark.

*Using Dark, hdc in next 4 (Dark) hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Medium.

Using Medium, hdc in next 4 (Medium) hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Dark.

Rep from * alternating 4 hdc of each Dark and Medium. End with 4 hdc in Dark.

Using Medium, sl st to tch; turn.

Round 3 (RS): Continuing in opposite direction as Round 2:

Using Medium, ch 2, hdc in in next 4 (Dark) hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Light.

*Using Light, hdc in next 4 (Medium) hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Medium.

Using Medium, hdc in next 4 (Dark) hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Light.

Rep from * alternating 4 hdc of each Medium and Light. End with 4 hdc in Light.

Using Light, sl st to tch; turn.

Round 4 (WS): Continuing in opposite direction as Round 3:

Using Light, ch 2, hdc in in next 4 (Light) hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Medium.

*Using Medium, hdc in next 4 (Medium) hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Light.

Using Light, hdc in next 4 (Light) hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Medium.

Rep from * alternating 4 hdc of each Medium and Light. End with 4 hdc in Medium.

Using Dark, sl st to tch; turn.

Rep Rounds 1-4  3 (4, 5) times. There should now be a total of 16 (20, 24) rounds.

TIP: If a slouchier hat is desired, work one additional repeat of Rounds 1-4 to make hat taller before moving on to decrease rounds.

Decrease Rounds

TIP: If a slouchier hat is desired, work one additional repeat of Rounds 1-4 to make hat taller before moving on to decrease rounds.

Round 1 (RS – dec):

Using Dark, ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Medium.

*Using Medium, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Dark.

Using Dark, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Medium.

Rep from * alternating [hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc] in Dark and Medium. End with [hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc] in Medium.

Using Medium, sl st to tch; turn.

Round 2 (WS – dec):

Using Medium, ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Dark.

*Using Dark, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Medium.

Using Medium, hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc, finishing final yo of last hdc with Dark.

Rep from * alternating [hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc] in Dark and Medium. End with [hdc2tog, hdc in next 2 hdc] in Dark.

Using Dark, sl st to tch.

Fasten off leaving a 20” tail of Dark. Fasten off Light and Medium and weave in.

How to crochet a plaid or gingham hat using a free pattern that closes easily at the top.

FINISHING

Thread tapestry needle with Dark tail at top of hat. Use basting sewing stitch to pick up each crochet stitch in final round. Pull hat top closed and tie several knots. Do not fasten off.

Use attached yarn and tapestry needle to attach fur or yarn pom pom. Find a tutorial on making a yarn pom pom here.

I love to see your finished projects! Use #MakeAndDoCrew and #HatNotHate and tag me Instagram (@MakeAndDoCrew) to show off your stitches and have a chance to be featured.

More Free Crochet Patterns You’ll Love

Two crochet designers I really admire have vast collections of free crochet plaid and gingham patterns on their blogs. Check out Whistle and Ivy for all the crochet buffalo patterns you could ever want and Daisy Farm Crafts for charming crochet gingham afghans, baby blankets and more.

Here are a few more free crochet patterns from Make & Do Crew you might enjoy too:

Free crochet patterns using Lion Brand Yarn including a triangle scarf, easy sweater, boots with flip flop soles and a Anthropologie-inspired crochet afghan.

1. Revival Scarf – free crochet triangle scarf pattern + video tutorial

2. Dwell Sweater – free beginner crochet sweater pattern + video tutorial

3. Cabin Boots – free crochet boot pattern with flip flop soles + video tutorial

4. Sedona Throw – free Anthropologie-inspired crochet afghan pattern

4 Comments

  • Erin
    September 4, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    SO PRETTY! I can’t wait to make this!

    Reply
  • Courtney
    September 26, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I get tripped up on this from time to time and need some clarification. When you chain 2 which I know doesn’t count as a stitch, do you do your first hdc into the same stitch as the chain 2 or start your round in the stitch beside it?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      I get tripped up on this too! Seriously, every time I do hdc. Ha.

      So, in this case since you’re turning your rounds each time, you’ll never actually work into that ch2. (Since you’ll turn your work, you’ll be working into the last hdc of the previous round and then at the end of the round, you won’t work into the ch because you only need 4 hdc in that color total.)

      I hope that makes some sense. You’re not alone in hdc confusion! 😉

      Jess

      Reply
      • Courtney
        September 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm

        That makes total sense! Thanks so much!!

        Reply

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