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The Symphony Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

The Symphony Free Crochet Hat Pattern—an easy, simple, and charming design suitable for all sizes
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Introducing the Symphony Hat Crochet Pattern—a fuss-free design that combines comfort warmth and style. Created with simplicity in mind, this pattern is perfect for crocheters of all skill levels, promising a satisfying project experience. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to make use of leftover yarn, adding a touch of eco-friendliness to your crafting endeavors.

Colorful crochet hat with a large pom pom

I’m a big fan of using up leftover yarn whenever I can, and I love mixing up different colors to see how they blend together, creating delightful surprises! That’s exactly how I crafted the Symphony Hat using some yarn I had lying around—a variegated yarn paired with a solid color. I love the cool effect these colors created adding a unique touch to the hat that I find really appealing.

I used a simple half double crochet stitch in the third loop to crochet the Symphony Hat, which gave it a clean look and a nice texture. What’s great about this stitch is that you can crochet it in continuous rounds, making the crocheting process smoother and seamless.

The construction of the hat is straightforward: it’s worked from the bottom up, starting with rows for the brim and then transitioning into continuous rounds for the body. As for the style, I aimed for a slouchy look, but you have the freedom to customize the length by adding or removing rows before beginning the decreasing rounds.

And don’t worry about sizes—I’ve got you covered! In the pattern, I’ve included instructions for making it in three sizes: child, teen, and adult. Plus, I’ve added some tips on how to tweak it to fit other sizes too.

Remember to explore my collection of hats and scarves for more cozy inspiration!

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Swatch you gauge for a perfect fit

When crocheting a hat or any garment, it’s crucial to get the measurements right. If you’re using a different yarn than what the pattern suggests or if your tension varies, it can throw off the sizing. That’s where meeting the pattern gauge becomes essential. Check out this YouTube video for a helpful tutorial on how to swatch your gauge accurately.

Once you’ve chosen your yarn, swatched your gauge, and selected your hat size, you’re all set to begin. In this pattern, you’ll find everything you need—from materials to instructions—to craft your very own Symphony Hat, tailored to fit you perfectly. So, let’s get started!

Pattern support

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Recommended Yarn for the Symphony Hat

*Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn*, #4 Worsted weight yarn. Colors shown:

  • Linen. I will refer to it as Yarn A.
  • Royal Gorge. I will refer to it as Yarn B.                   
Striped crochet piece

Yardage

  • Child size: 103 yd
  • Teen size: 175 yd
  • Adult size: 195 yd

Yarn Substitution

These yarns are a close match, but you should always swatch.

Crochet Hooks

  • (H) 5mm for the brim
  • (J) 6mm for the body

Materials

Gauge

4”square/ 6mm hook = 14 rows and 15 SC

Abbreviations

  • ST: Stitch
  • SL ST: Slip stitch
  • SC: Single crochet
  • HDC: Half double crochet
  • HDC DEC: Half double crochet decrease
  • YO: Yarn over
  • Rnd: Round
  • Rep: Repeat

Special Stitches

  • 3rd Loop of a half double crochet: Is in the back of the HDC. You can find it by tilting the work towards you slightly and looking behind the front and back loops. See also this video if you need visual guidance.
  • Half double crochet decrease (HDC DEC): YO, insert the hook into the ST, pull up a loop, yo, insert the hook into next ST, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all loops.

Changing colors

To change from color A to B at the end of each round, follow these steps: yarn over with the old yarn, insert the hook in the half double crochet 3rd loop of the last stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over with the new yarn, and pull through the loops on your hook. Drop the old yarn and continue with the new yarn. The old yarn will remain at the end of the row until you need to use it again. If you need a visual guidance, check out a YouTube video for step-by-step instructions.

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • The skill level is easy.
  • This hat is crocheted from the bottom up, in rows for the brim and in continuous rounds for the body.
  • This hat is a slouchy hat, feel free to adjust the length of to your liking by adding or subtracting rows in the body section.
  • If you cannot match the gauge you will need to adjust the stitches around the body of the hat, the number of rows and possibly the brim length.
  • For other sizes, measure the brim to comfortably encircle the head (slightly snug but still comfortable). Follow the pattern’s instructions and crochet until reaching the desires length, stopping one inch before completion. Crochet the decrease rows following the pattern.
A girl wearing a slouchy colorful hat.

Sizes and measurements

The pattern provides instructions for:

  • Child ages 3-10 or head circumference of 19”-20”: Hat height is 9” x 8 1/2” wide.
  • Ages 11 & up or head circumference of 20”-22”: Hat height is 9 1/2” x 9” wide.
  • Adult large or head circumference of 23”-24”: Hat height is 10 1/2” x 10” wide.
  • The numbers in parentheses at the beginning of the rows are your row count for all sizes.
  • The numbers in parentheses at the end of the rows are your stitch counts for all sizes.

 

Colorful crochet piece

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Step 1- Crochet the brim

Row 1

With a 5 mm hook and Yarn A, CH 9 (same for all sizes). SC in the 2nd CH from hook and in each CH across, CH1, turn. (8)

Row 2

SC in 1st ST, SC BLO in next 6 ST,  SC in the last ST, CH1, turn. (8)

Row 3 – Row (66, 70, 74)

Rep Row 2. (8). At the end of last row, do not fasten off.


Note: For other sizes, crochet the brim to fit snugly but comfortably around your head, adding or removing rows as needed.

Join the brim

Fold the brim in half, then line up the two ends. SL ST grabbing both, the 1st ST (BLO) on one side and the 1st foundation CH on the other side. SL ST into each ST (BLO) and the opposite CH of the foundation chain the from the other edge. When you reach the end, remove your hook from your work and flip the brim inside out. This will now be the right side of your work. Switch to a 6 mm hook.

Step 2- Crochet the Body

Rnd 1

With a 6 mm hook, CH1, HDC in each row of the brim (visible holes). In the last ST, change to Yarn B, drop Yarn A. (66, 70, 74).

Place a stitch marker in the last ST of the round to keep track on where you’re at. Crochet continuously next round.

Rnd 2

HDC in the 3rd  loop of each ST around. At the end of the round, change to Yarn A, drop Yarn B. Crochet continuously next round. (66, 70, 74).

Rnd 3 – Rnd (19, 21, 23)

Repeat Rnd 2 continuously switching colors at end of each row. Finish last round with a HDC (not in the 3rd loop) in last ST.(66, 70, 74)

Note: Feel free to make the hat longer or shorter by adding or taking away rows.

Step 3 Close the hat

Rnd (20, 22, 24)

*HDC DEC over next 2 ST,* rep *to* around. Continue crocheting next rounds in spiral, making *HDC DEC over next 2 ST* until you have 6 stitches remaining (same for all sizes).

Step 4 – Finish your hat

Once you finish the last round, cut the yarn, leaving a 6”-8” tail. Use this tail to weave the hole at the top of the hat closed. Tidy up any loose ends by weaving them in. Finally, attach a pom-pom and a tag, and you’re all done!

Step 5 – Sharing is caring!🤝

I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making Symphony Hat, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @thecrochetvillage. If you are on Facebook, stop over to The Crochet Village Community Facebook Page and share a photo!

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Hi, I'm Assia

The passionate crochet designer behind The Crochet Village. I'm all about infusing my patterns with a mix of my modern outlook and contemporary flair, while staying true to the solid crochet techniques that have been passed down through generations in my family. Making crochet cool, trendy, and, most importantly, fun! ❤️

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