Ombre Winter Hat Crochet Pattern

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I remember when I was a kid, I had this amazing winter hat that was just the perfect fit. Similar to the Snowy Walk Ombre Hat, it had an interesting, abstract snowfall design and awesome pompom. This free crochet pattern from Joanna of High Desert Yarn will quickly become your own, go-to winter favorite!

 
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Meet Joanna from High Desert Yarn

Joanna Robinson is the creator behind High Desert Yarn. She is a wife of a National Park Ranger, and a mom of two kids. Her love of crochet started with making her nephew a baby blanket while living in Everglades National Park in 2013. Since then, she has developed a handmade business while living in Grand Canyon National Park. Joanna loves creating accessories for women and children that are functional and modern for outdoor living in style. She currently lives next door to Chickasaw National Recreation Area with her family. When Joanna isn’t crocheting, you will find her baking, running, gardening, and exploring the outdoors with her family.

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When you purchase the Snow Walk Winter Hat pattern or the 30 Days of Cozy Pattern Super Bundle, you’ll receive this pattern in both adult and child sizes along with photo tutorials and an additional colorwork chart!

Below, find instructions for working the adult size hat.

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The Snowy Walk Ombre Hat Free Crochet Pattern

The Snowy Walk Ombré Hat is the perfect accessory for the autumn and winter seasons. Taking a walk during the first snowy day of the year is one of my favorite things to do, especially when I lived in Grand Canyon National Park. This hat is inspired by one of those snowy forest walks! Whether you chose to wear it on a snowy day around the city, or up on the ski slopes, you will look fabulous in this modern winter hat. Plus, it will keep your head toasty warm with it’s tighter crochet stitch.

This pattern highlights tapestry crochet, a technique that allows for beautiful colorwork in a crocheted design. The tighter stitch of the Center Single Crochet adds warmth on a cold day while giving the hat a knit-like look. This is an intermediate crochet pattern but also makes for a good introduction to tapestry crochet. If you are looking to widen your crochet repertoire this is the pattern for you.

This hat is worked from the bottom up. First, the band is created, and then rounds of Center Single Crochet are stitched on top of the band. Instead of decreasing the number of stitches per round, the hat is formed by weaving around the last round of the hat. Finishing the hat this way creates a fitted bulky look on top.

My favorite feature of this hat is the endless color combos! You can choose bold contrasting colors to create a statement piece. Or the contrasting colors can be subtler for a less striking ombré hat. The choice is yours to make the perfect winter hat for yourself or loved one this season.

Materials

  • Loops & Threads Impeccable, worsted weight #4 yarn (100% acrylic, 277 yds/253 m per 4.5 oz/127.5 g skein)
    • 1 skein of Aran
    • 1 skein of Burgundy
  • US Size J/10 (6.00mm) & K/10.5 (6.50mm) crochet hooks
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry needle
  • Measuring Tape
  • Printable PDF Pattern for the Snowy Walk Ombre Hat

Skill Level

Intermediate

Size/Finished Measurement

Adult

Band : 19” long and 1.75” wide

Height (without pom pom) : 8”

Width : 10”

Gauge

12 CSC and 17 rounds = 4”/10 cm

Gauge is measured with a US Size K/10.5 (6.50mm) crochet hook.

Always check your gauge, and adjust the hook size to obtain the correct gauge before starting this pattern.

Stitch Abbreviations

American (US) crochet terms used throughout.

  • CH — chain
  • SC — single crochet
  • BLO — back loop only
  • CSC — center single crochet
  • CSC 2tog — center single crochet 2 together
  • MC — Main Color
  • CC — Contrasting Color
  • ST(S) — stitch(es)
  • YO — Yarn Over

Special Stitches

CSC (center single crochet) = Locate the two “legs” of the next stitch. Insert hook between the two legs. YO and pull through. YO and pull through all loops on the hook. The CSC is complete.

Seamless Color Change = With MC, insert hook between the “legs” of the next stitch. YO and pull up a loop. With CC, YO and pull through both loops on hook. The seamless color change is complete.

No Cut Join Method = At the end of the round, pull up a long loop on the hook. Remove the hook, and insert it from back to front in the first stitch of the round. Place the long loop onto the hook. Pull the loop tight onto the hook. Pull through the stitch. Chain 1. No Cut Join Method is complete.

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is written in two parts. First, the band is created in rows. Second, the body is created in rounds. The first round is stitched into the ends of the band rows.
  • This pattern uses tapestry crochet techniques. The Color Work instructions are written out, and there is an accompanying graph for a visual guide. Read the graph from Right to Left, and Bottom to Top.
  • Carry the non-working yarn underneath the working yarn while crocheting the color work.
  • While working the body of the hat, crochet the CSC loosely. Crocheting too tight will cause the fabric to be stiff and small. If you crochet tight, I suggest going up a hook size. Check your gauge BEFORE starting this pattern! If your gauge is stiff, the hat will be stiff.
  • Each round will be joined with the No Cut Join Method in the 1st stitch from the round (see Special Stitches for an explanation).
  • DO NOT TURN at the end of a round.
  • Other worsted weight #4 yarns may be substituted. Check gauge before starting.
Photo of 2 ombre pompom beanie in 2 sizes

How to Make the Snowy Walk Ombre Hat

Create the band:

With a 6.00mm hook, Ch 8 in MC.

Row 1 : SC in 2nd ch from hook. SC in each ch until end of row. Ch 1. Turn. (7 sts)

Row 2 : SC BLO in each st across. Ch 1. Turn (7 sts)

Rows 3 – 64 : Repeat Row 2.

Slip stitch the short ends together to create the band.

Change your hook to 6.500mm.

Create the body:

Round 1 : Ch 1. SC in each row of the band. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 2 : Be sure to crochet the CSC loosely. CSC in each st around. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Rounds 3-4 : Repeat Round 2.

Now the colorwork begins! Refer to the Color Work Diagram, below, and watch the color changes carefully.

Round 5 : [CSC 8 MC, 1 CC, 7 MC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 6 : [CSC 4 MC, 1 CC, 5 MC, 1 CC, 5 MC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 7 : [CSC 3 MC, 1 CC, 5 MC, 1 CC, 5 MC, 1 CC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 8 : [CSC 2 MC, 1 CC, 2 MC, 1 CC, 5 MC, 1 CC, 2 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 9 : [CSC 1 MC, 1 CC, 2 MC, 1 CC, 3 MC, 1 CC, 3 MC, 1 CC, 2 MC, 1 CC]  Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 10 : [CSC  1 CC, 1 MC, 1 CC, 2 MC, 1 CC, 3 MC, 1 CC,  1 MC, 1 CC, 2 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC]  Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 11 : [CSC 1 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC, 1 CC, 2 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC,  1 CC, 1 MC, 2 CC, 2 MC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 12 : [CSC 3 MC, 3 CC, 1 MC, 3 CC, 4 MC, 2 CC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 13 : [CSC 1 MC, 2 CC, 2 MC, 2 CC, 2 MC, 3 CC, 1 MC, 2 CC, 1 MC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 14 : [CSC 2 CC, 1 MC, 3 CC, 2 MC, 3 CC, 1 MC, 2 CC, 2 MC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 15 : [CSC  1 MC,  2 CC, 1 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC, 3 CC, 1 MC, 2 CC, 1 MC, 3 CC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 16 : [CSC 7 CC, 1 MC, 1 CC, 2 MC, 4 CC, 1 MC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 17 : [CSC 1 MC, 6 CC, 2 MC, 7 CC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 18 : [CSC 3 CC, 1 MC, 10 CC, 1 MC, 1 CC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 19 : [CSC 11 CC, 1 MC, 4 CC] Repeat […] 4 times. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Round 20 : (continue with CC) CSC in each st in the round. Join the round. Ch 1. (64 sts)

Rounds 21 – 30 : Repeat Round 20.

Tie off and leave a long tail.

Sew around the top of the hat (Round 30) and tightly pull together.

Fasten off, and weave in the end.

Weave in all other loose ends.

Attach your favorite pom pom, or leave bare.

Wear your beautiful new hat with pride!

Colorwork Diagram

Colorwork diagram

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