A Crochet Heart Hat,
Both Warm and Pretty.

This Crochet Heart Hat pattern teaches you to make a crochet heart, put it inside granny squares, give the granny squares a nice warm backing, and sew them together to make a cute crochet hat. You will use Single Crochet (sc), Double Crochet (dc), and Triple Crochet (tc) to make the squares, and sew them together with the Mattress Stitch, followed by the finishing touches.

Once you've learned to put a back on a granny square like this (and sew them together), let your imagination run wild with ideas. Baby blankets, super warm afghans (closer to blankets), build sweaters and cardigans with squares, and even a warm winter granny square skirt.

The Crochet Heart Hat
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Hearts on a Cold Winter Day

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Materials and Tools for the Crochet Heart Hat

  • Yarn: 1 skein, Caron Simply Soft, White. 1 skein, Caron Simply Soft, Victorian Rose. Keep in mind that not all yarn is created equal. If you decided on another brand you will really need to work with the gauge.
  • Crochet Hook: Boye, H/8 - 5.00mm.
  • 1 large darning / yarn needle. 1 small scissors.

Gauge for the Crochet Heart Hat

As I was making this Crochet Heart Hat I had to change yarn because the color red wasn't photographing well. I made the mistake of NOT rechecking my gauge and had to take my project apart and start over. Always check your gauge and make adjustments accordingly.

17 stitches = 4 inches. 20 rows = 4 inches.

If you would like to take this pattern one step further you can also measure around your head at your forehead to guarantee a perfect fit.

My head measures 22.25 inches. Making 4 squares I divide this number by 4, which equals 5.56 (5.5) inches for each square. Each of my Granny Squares needs to be 5 inches wide. There is a half inch that's added after the backing is put on. With this information I can measure my work as I progress and make adjustments as needed.

Crochet Heart Hat Pattern Instructions - The Crochet Heart

The heart is designed to stand alone. Each Heart takes about 5 minutes to finish. If you like you could make several of them and use them as decals on other items. 

Begin The Crochet Heart Chain (ch) 5, Slip Stitch (sl st) connect into the first chain.
Crochet Heart, 1st Round Chain (ch) 3 - working into the loop ...
2 Triple Crochet (tc)
4 Double Crochet (dc)

Chain (ch) 1, 1 Triple Crochet (tc), Chain (ch) 1

4 Double Crochet (dc)
2 Triple Crochet (tc)
Chain (ch) 2, Slip Stitch (sl st) connect into the nook of the heart.
Crochet Heart Done Continue in the same direction.
3 Single Crochet (sc) around the first chain (ch) 3 post.

1 Single Crochet (sc) in the next 6 stitches.

1 Single Crochet (sc) around the chain (ch) 1 (space), 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the next stitch, 1 Single Crochet (sc) around the next chain (ch) 1 (space).

1 Single Crochet (sc) in the next 5 stitches.

2 Single Crochet (sc) around the last chain (ch) post, 1 slip stitch (sl st) around the post as well.

If you are going to use these hearts as decales, bind off, knot your yarn, and hide your ends.

Crochet Heart Hat Pattern Instructions - Making Granny Squares with the Heart Inside

If you are going to add the granny square continue with the directions below. It's your choice if you would like to continue with the same color, or change color. I like to change color to make the heart stand out on the crochet heart hat.

Tie on the next color. Round 1:

Turn your little heart over so the back is facing you and tie on your next color. I use a simple knot here as no one is going to see this.
Begin the Granny You will be able to separate the threads in the nook of the heart. Slip Stitch (sl st) into that separation, then Chain (ch) 3.

In the same space Triple Crochet (tc) 2.

You will be changing sizes of stitches so the square ends up being square.
Begin the Granny Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch, Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Triple Crochet (tc) in the next stitch. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 2 lower stitches, 3 Single Crochet (sc) in the next stitch. Chain 1, Skip 2 lower stitches. 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Triple Crochet (tc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, Skip 1 lower stitch, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch,

Chain (ch) 1, connect to the beginning with a slip stitch (sl st).
Slip Stitch to Corner Slip Stitch (sl st) 6 more times to bring your hook to the corner.

You will do 2 more rounds for standard Granny Squares.

Round 2:

Chain (ch) 2, 2 Double Crochet (dc) around the corner chain, Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) round the same corner chain.

*** Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the space below. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the corner. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the same corner. ***

*** Repeat 2 more times around.

Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the space below. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, Slip Stitch (sl st) connect. Slip Stitch (sl) st) 2 more times into the corner.

Round 3:

Chain (ch) 2, 2 Double Crochet (dc) around the corner chain, Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) round the same corner chain.

*** Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the space below. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the corner. Chain (ch) 3, 3 Double Crochet (dc) in the same corner. ***

*** Repeat 2 more times around.

Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the space below. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, 3 Double Crochet (dc) around the next space. Chain (ch) 1, Slip Stitch (sl st) connect. Tie off.

If you have a project that calls for Granny Squares you could just stop here.

Make 4 of these for the Crochet Heart Hat.

Crochet Heart, Granny Squares

Crochet Heart Hat Pattern Instructions - Backing your Granny Square

You could back the Granny Square in either color, or even pick a new one. I picked pink for my crochet heart hat.

Granny Backing

The first part is simple.

Chain (ch) 22, Single Crochet (sc) 21 stitches, for 21 Rows.

When you're done DO NOT cut your yarn.

Crochet Heart Upside Down Line the Crochet Heart Granny Square, with the Heart facing down. I left the crochet hook in this picture so you can what "upside down" is. The backing is in the back, the granny square is in the front, facing you.

You will be using Single Crochet (sc) to attach the backing to the granny. You will be crocheting both pieces together.
Chain 1 Chain (ch) 1.

You will be continuing in the same direction, working down the side of the backing square.

Your first Single Crochet (sc) will go around the corner chain of the granny, and through the 1st stitch on the backing.
Second Stitch The second stitch can be hard to catch so I wanted to show you where it goes. The scissors tip shows the exact location. There is only one strand of yarn to designate this stitch.
SC in spaces When you come to the spaces between the 3 Double Crochet (dc) you will Single Crochet (sc) fully around the stitch and into the backing.

Also note that the next stitch only has that one strand again. The scissors points to the place you'll be putting your hook.

Continue Single Crocheting down the side.
In The Corners The last stitch of each side goes around the Chain (ch) 3 of each granny corner, and into the last stitch on that side of the backing. This should equal 21.

You will then pick up the corner chain only and Single Crochet (sc) 3 around the chain.
In The Corner This is how it will look.

The first stitch of the next side will still go around that chain. So there will be a total of 5 stitches around the chain.

The first goes through the chain and the backing.

The next three around the chain only.

The last goes through the chain and the backing again.
Granny Backed Continue working all the way around using the same pattern outlined above.

At the end, slip stitch (sl st) connect to the first stitch.

Measure a tail that equals 3 times the length of one side. You will use this for sewing them together.

Pull the tail through the slip stitch to knot the work.

By doing it this way the sewing tail ends up at the bottom of the heart so you sew up. This puts the loose ends inside the hat rather than hanging at the bottom.

In the picture below you can see the back and the front.

I can think of dozens of ideas for these backed granny squares, not only the Crochet Heart Hat. You could make afghans, blankets, sweaters, vests, and even a granny square skirt that you can't see through and is super warm.

Back and Front of Heart Granny Squares

Crochet Heart Hat Pattern Instructions - Sewing Together.

You will use a Mattress Stitch, from the back, to sew these together.

Reposition Needle Start by repositioning your needle to the end. Simply pull your thread down through the back of 2 stitches.
Right to Left
Left to Right
The mattress stitch works back and forth, always from the outside of your work. Tighten up the sewing about every 3 or 4 stitches.

You can review more details here.
Mattress Stitch from Back Here's what the back should like.
Mattress Stitch from Front Here's what the front should like.

Sew all 4 squares together.

Sew all 4 squares together.

Then sew them to make the round main part of the Crochet Heart Hat.

Sew them in a round

At this point you could do a simple Single Crochet (sc) around the top and bottom and you'd have fantastically warm Ear Warmers / Head Band. If this is your intention from the beginning, try making the Granny Squares 1 round smaller, and make 5 of them. Measure your head so you can get a perfect fit.

Crochet Heart Hat Pattern Instructions - Finishing the Bottom.

The little frill on the bottom is easy. Start by picking the heart you want in the back. Attach your yarn in the center of that block, and with the outside facing you ...

3 Double Crochet (dc) in 1 stitch.

Chain (ch) 1, skip 1 stitch.

3 Double Crochet (dc) in the next stitch.

Repeat all the way around. Connect them with a Slip Stitch (sl st). I make sure to skip 1 at each seam.

Finished Bottom

Crochet Heart Hat Pattern Instructions - Finishing the Top.

Mark Centers Count stitches and mark the centers of each square. I use bobbie pins as they don't seem to be in the way like stitch markers.

Start in the same place at the back, that you started your bottom finishing. Attach your yarn just to the left of the center stitch you marked.

Round 1: Single Crochet (sc) around skipping 1 stitch at each seam (you'll actually be skipping over the sewing), and skipping 1 stitch at each center marked with the bobbie pin.
Also mark seams I add a bobbie pin at the seams so my visual is a little easier.

Round 2: Single Crochet (sc) around skipping 1 stitch at each mark AND skipping 1 stitch between each mark.

Remove the bobbie pins as you crochet - leaving the back (your start point) pin in place.

Rounds 3 & 4: Single Crochet (sc) 3, skip 1 stitch - all the way around.
Crown Half Done At this point your crown of the crochet heart hat should look similar to this picture.

Rounds 5 - 9: Single Crochet (sc) 2, skip 1 stitch - all the way around.

Keep your bobbie pin at the back so you know when you've completed a round.
Bind off Cut your yarn so you have enough left to thread your yarn needle, about 6 - 8 inches.

Bind off using a slip stitch, pulling your thread through, forming a knot.

Thread your needle and weave the end up and down through the stitches left. End with the thread on the inside. Pull tight, and knot your yarn on the inside.

Done

Here you can see the stop of Crochet Heart Hat a little better.

Note: If you'd like your crochet heart hat to ride a little lower on your head (as it is it covers about half of your ears). Start with a few rows of straight single crochet.


I personally love these Crochet Hats as they are a little heavier than standard hats and very, very warm. You can just back standard Granny Squares, or use any beautiful Granny Square pattern you've found. So long as you check gauge, and make sure your squares will fit your head, have fun! The possibilities are endless.

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