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Free Crochet Colourwork
Hat Patterns

Crochet colourwork hats are a great way to improve your crochet skills and add interest to your projects.

By using multiple colours and various techniques such as mosaic, tapestry, intarsia, and stranded or fair isle, you can create patterns and designs that add depth and character to your crochet hats.

Experiment with different colour combinations and improve your colourwork skills with one of these beautiful free crochet colourwork hat patterns.

Fair Isle Crochet Hat Patterns

Red and White Fair Isle Crochet Beanie.
Photo: stardustgoldcrochet.com

Fair Isle Beanie Pattern from Stardust Gold Crochet

This crochet colourwork hat pattern was initially released as a crochet-along. With lots of helpful information and videos, it will teach you how to crochet a fair sile beanie step-by-step. From choosing your yarn, meeting gauge, how to crochet the waistcoat stitch, how to read a graph, and changing colours, this tutorial will guide you through.

SIZE: Toddler and Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight cotton with 14 wpi (wraps per inch), e.g., I Love This Cotton! from Hobby Lobby. Although this yarn is classed as a #4 weight the wraps per inch are more comparable with a #3 so if you choose a different yarn be sure to read the designer’s notes on this.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: you’ll need approximately 180 yards (164 m) of white yarn and 225 yards (205 m) of red.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 6 mm (J-10) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: a ruler or measuring tape for checking your gauge, scissors, a darning needle, and a pompom (optional).
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Front Post Double Crochet, Back Post Double Crochet, Waistcoat Stitch (also known as Knit Stitch), Foundation Single Crochet and Fair Isle Crochet Colourwork.

A brown and white fair isle crochet beanie with white pompom.
Photo: apurposeandastitch.com

Rhombus Pop Beanie from A Purpose and a Stitch

The Rhombus Pop Beanie is a free crochet colourwork hat pattern in five sizes to suit babies up to adults. It is worked from the bottom up and uses a really effective ribbing stitch that uses half double crochet slip stitches worked in the back loop only.

SIZE: baby, to fit head circumference of 12¼” (31 cm), toddler 15″ (38 cm), child 17¼” (44 cm), small adult 19½” (49.5 cm), and large adult 22¼” (56.5 cm).
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Simply Wool from crochet.com
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: one skein of your main colour (between 60 yards and 160 yards, depending on the size you are making) and one skein of the contrasting colour (between 30 and 40 yards).
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 5 mm (H-8) and 6.50 mm (K-10 ½) crochet hooks.
NOTIONS: gauge ruler or measuring tape, scissors, embroidery needle, and a pompom (optional).
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Fair Isle Crochet Colourwork, Back Loop Only Crochet.

Someone holding a Fair Isle crochet beanie with a faux fur pompom.
Photo: stitchberryblog.com

The Vanilla Pines Beanie from Stitchberry

Described as the perfect crochet colourwork hat pattern for beginners, the Vanilla Pines Beanie is an uncomplicated pattern. The colour changes are all written out, and there is also a chart.

SIZE: one size to fit most teens and adults, with a finished width of approximately 8¾” (22 cm).
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: 220 yards (201 m); one 50 g skein each of two contrasting colours.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 4 mm (G-6) and 7 mm crochet hooks.
NOTIONS: a tapestry needle, scissors, and a pompom.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Centre Single Crochet or Waistcoat Stitch.

Three crochet colourwork hats in differnt colourways.
Photo: brianakdesigns.com

Fair Isle Crochet Hat from Briana K Designs

This detailed free crochet hat pattern is written for four sizes to suit babies up to adults. The beanie can be crocheted in worsted weight yarn or light worsted; see the pattern notes on yarn choices. The written pattern includes charts and a video tutorial.

SIZE: Baby, Toddler, Child, and Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #3 / Light / DK / Light Worsted weight yarn or #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn. See the detailed notes in the pattern before making a yarn selection.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: between two and three 50 g balls, depending on the size you make. You’ll need one of each colour.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 4 mm (G-6) and 5 mm (H-8) crochet hooks.
NOTIONS: stitch markers, a yarn needle, scissors, a faux fur pompom, and a ruler or measuring tape for checking your gauge.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Split Single Crochet or Waistcoat Stitch and Back Loop Only Crochet.

A  woman wearing a crochet colourwork hat with a pine tree motif.
Photo: brianakdesigns.com

Pine Crochet Hat from Briana K Designs

The Pine Crochet Hat is a beautiful free crochet colourwork hat pattern that uses the Fair Isle Crochet Colourwork technique. There is a YouTube video tutorial for visual guidance

SIZE: Baby, Child, Teen/Small Adult, and Adult/Men.
YARN WEIGHT: e.g., Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: you will need about 95-150 yds of each colour, depending on the size made (87m – 137 m).
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 4 mm (G-6) and 5 mm (H-8) crochet hooks.
NOTIONS: stitch markers, a yarn needle, scissors, and measuring tape or ruler for checking your gauge.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Split Single Crochet (Waistcoat Stitch), Back Loop Only Crochet.

A black and white Ikat colourwork crochet hat.
Photo: sweeteverlyb.com

Modern Ikat Crochet Hat from Sweet Everly B

The Modern Ikat Hat is a free crochet colourwork hat pattern in two sizes. The pattern designer has included a free PDF colour chart.

SIZE: Toddler and Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Red Heart Soft or Heartland from Lion Brand.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: 80-100 yds (73-91 m) of cream-coloured yarn and 40-50 yds (37-46 m) of a contrasting colour.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 5.50 mm (I-9) and 6.50 mm (K-10 ½) crochet hooks.
NOTIONS: a ruler or measuring tape, scissors, and a yarn needle.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Centre Single Crochet and Fair Isle Crochet Colourwork.

Two different views of a blue and cream Fair Isle crochet beanie.
Photo: eandpcrochet.com

The Snow Cone Beanie from Evelyn and Peter Crochet

This free crochet colourwork beanie pattern works up quickly using super bulky weight yarn and just two colours.

SIZE: adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #6 / Super Bulky / Roving weight yarn.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: approximately 100 g of each colour.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 9 mm (M/N-13) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: a gauge ruler or measuring tape, scissors, and a yarn needle.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Waistcoat Stitch (Split or Centre Single Crochet) and Crochet in Back Loops Only.

A blue, yellow, and cream Fair Isle crochet beanie with faux fur pompom.
Photo: spottedhorsedesignco.com

Winter Wonderland Crochet Hat Pattern from Spotted Horse Design Co.

The brim of this free crochet hat pattern is worked separately from the main body of the hat, and the two pieces are joined together at the end.

SIZE: to fit an average adult woman.
YARN WEIGHT: #5 / Bulky / Chunky / Craft weight yarn, e.g., Hue & Me from Lion Brand.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: one skein of each colour; the pattern is pictured in the colourways Salt, Sea Glass, and Mustard.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 9 mm (M/N-13) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: a gauge ruler or measuring tape, scissors, a tapestry needle, and a faux fur pompom.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Waistcoat Stitch and Back Loop Only Crochet.

Back view of a woman wearing a pink Fair Isle crochet beanie.
Photo: forthefrills.com

Ombre Fair Isle Beanie from For the Frills

The Ombre Fair Isle crochet beanie is a free written pattern with a full video tutorial to guide you. The ribbed brim is crocheted first in rows and then joined together. And the body of the hat is crocheted in the round.

SIZE: Toddler, Child, and Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Wool-Ease from Lion Brand.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: one skein of each colour. The colourways used in the photo above are Rose Heather and Dark Rose Heather.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 6 mm (J-10) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: a measuring tape or ruler, a darning needle, scissors, and a stitch marker.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Waistcoat Stitch (or Fair Isle Stitch in this pattern).

Red Fair Isle crochet beanie on a wooden board.
Photo: whistleandivy.com

Crochet Snowfall Hat from Whistle & Ivy

The Crochet Snowfall Hat is a great crochet colourwork hat to start on for beginners. There is a video tutorial to guide you, and the colourwork is quite simple.

SIZE: Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Mighty Stitch from Knit Picks.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: one skein each of two or three colours.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: G-J hook. The hook size used will be determined by your gauge swatch.
NOTIONS: a tape measure, scissors, and a darning needle.

Two crochet beanies one on top of the other with intricate crochet colourwork detail.
Photo: lovelifeyarn.com

Crochet Fair Isle Hat from Love Life Yarn

Practice your colourwork skills with this free pattern.; it uses four colours and lots of colour changes. The pattern can be crocheted using the stranded/Fair Isle colourwork technique or tapestry crochet. The tapestry crochet version will be a little stiffer. There is a written pattern and a video tutorial for this hat.

SIZE: Adult, with 20″ circumference.
YARN REQUIRED: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Patons Classic Wool. You will need four different colours.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 5 mm (H-8) and 5.50 mm (I-9) crochet hooks, or the size required to obtain the required gauge.
NOTIONS: a tape measure, yarn needle, scissors, and pompom (optional).
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Back Loop Only Crochet.

Multicoloured Fair Isle crochet hat.
Photo: yarnspirations.com

Caron Crochet Fair Isle Hat from Yarnspirations

This free crochet colourwork hat pattern is worked from the bottom up. The hat is crocheted in rows for the ribbing and then joined to work in rounds for the body of the hat. There is a colour chart to work from.

SIZE: one size. Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Caron Simply Soft in seven colours.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 4 mm (G-6) and 4.50 mm (7) crochet hooks.
NOTIONS: a measuring tape, stitch marker, scissors, and needle for weaving in ends.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Split Single Crochet.

Crochet beanie with a snowflake motif.
Photo: Kelsey Daughtry

Snowflake Knit Look Hat from Kelsey Daughtry

The Snowflake Hat is a free pattern worked in waistcoat stitch. The pattern includes a chart.

SIZE: Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: 600- 800 yards in total (549-732 m).
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 5 mm (H-8) and 5.50 mm (I-9)crochet hooks.
NOTIONS: scissors, tapestry needle, and measuring tape.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Waistcoat Stitch.

Tapestry Crochet Hat Patterns

Back view of woman wearing a crochet beanie standing on rocky shore overlooking ocean.
Photo: deliacreates.com

Puff Dot Crochet Beanie from Delia Creates

The Puff Dot Beanie is a free crochet pattern for a slightly oversized hat with some slouch. The design uses mainly puff or bobble stitch and double crochet.

SIZE: 22″-24″ circumference (56 cm – 60cm).
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: about 200-250 yards (228 m)and 50 yards (46 m) of a contrasting colour, e.g., Premier Everyday yarn.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 9 mm (M/N-13) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: a measuring tape or ruler, a yarn needle, and scissors.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Front Post Double Crochet, Back Post Double Crochet.

Blue and white tapestry crochet beanie on a wooden board.
Photo: throughtheloopyc.com

Snow Cold Beanie from Through the Loop Yarn Craft

The Snow Cold beanie’s ribbed brim is worked in rows, and; the body of the hat is worked from a graph in the round. If you prefer to work from written instructions, you can purchase a pdf version of the pattern.

SIZE: to fit teen/adult with a head circumference of 21″-22½” ( 53 cm – 57 cm).
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: you will need about 180 yds (165 m) of white yarn and 60 yds (55 m) of blue.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 5 mm (H-8) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: a measuring tape, scissors, a yarn needle, and a pompom (optional).
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Crochet in Back Loop Only and Tapestry Crochet Colourwork.

A yellow and white tapestry crochet beanie on a wooden board with autumn leaves.
Photo: eclairemakery.com

Autumn Diamonds Hat from E’Claire Makery

The Autumn Diamond Beanie is a beginner-friendly tapestry crochet hat that is worked all in one piece from the bottom up. Super bulky yarn ensures it’s perfect for keeping you warm and cozy on cold days. The designer has created a beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet that will help you tackle this project. There is also a video tutorial for this crochet colourwork hat.

SIZE: one size.
YARN WEIGHT: #6 / Super Bulky / Roving weight yarn, e.g., Hometown USA or Wool-Ease Thick & Quick from Lion Brand.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: around 50 yards ( 46 m) of each colour.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 9 mm (M/N-13) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: gauge ruler or measuring tape, scissors, and a yarn needle.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Back Loops Only Crochet and Front Loops Only Crochet.

A leopard print tapestry crochet beanie.
Photo: craftingforweeks.com

The Luxe Leopard Beanie from Crafting for Weeks

The Luxe Leopard Beanie is a free tapestry crochet beanie pattern in four sizes. The beanie is worked from the bottom up in a continuous round, and the colour changes are worked off a graph.

SIZE: Baby, Toddler, Child, and Teen/Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Basic Stitch or Heartland from Lion Brand.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: 50-175 yds (46-160 m) of main colour and 20-85 yds (18-78 m) of contrasting colour.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 5 mm (H-8) and 6 mm (J-10) crochet hooks.
NOTIONS: gauge ruler or measuring tape, scissors, tapestry needle, and a pompom (optional).
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Waistcoat Stitch (Split Single Crochet).

A woman wearing a tapestry crochet beanie carrying wood.
Photo: spottedhorsedesignco.com

Tapestry Crochet Cactus Beanie from Spotted Horse Design Co.

This cute beanie has a detailed photo tutorial to teach you how to work the waistcoat stitch and how to change colour. Both written instructions and a graph are in the free pattern.

SIZE: to fit average adult with notes on adjusting size.
YARN WEIGHT: #5 / Bulky / Chunky / Craft weight yarn, e.g., Hue & Me from Lion Brand.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: three skeins; one for the main colour, one skein for the contrasting colour, and one skein for the cactus motif.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 9 mm (M/N-13) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: gauge ruler or measuring tape, scissors, tapestry needle, and a pompom.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Waistcoat Stitch.

Tapestry crochet beanie with love heart pattern.
Photo: nickishomemadecrafts.com

Love is in the Air Beanie from Nicki’s Homemade Crafts

The Love is in the Air Beanie is a free crochet hat pattern in one size. To help you with the pattern, the designer provides a graph for the colour changes and a video tutorial for crocheting the Waistcoat Stitch,

SIZE: teen/adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #3 / Light / DK / Light Worsted weight yarn, e.g. Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 5 mm (H-8) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: tapestry needle, scissors, and a gauge ruler or measuring tape.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Waistcoat Stitch and Back Loop Only Single Crochet.

Mosaic Crochet Hat Patterns

Three mosaic crochet beanies in a row, from smallest to largest.
Photo: mjsoffthehookdesigns.com

Crochet Bulky Mosaic Beanie from MJ’s Off The Hook Designs

This detailed free pattern is in four sizes and includes a chart and a step-by-step video tutorial.

SIZE: Baby, Child, Adult, and Large Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #5 / Bulky / Chunky / Craft weight yarn, e.g., Chroma Twist Bulky.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: between 65 and 120 yards of one colour and 45-120 yards of a contrasting colour.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 6 mm (J-10) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: scissors, tapestry needle, measuring tape, and faux fur pompom.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Back Loop Only Crochet, Front Loop Only Crochet, Drop Down Double Crochet, and the Overlay Mosaic Crochet Technique.

Green plaid mosaic crochet hat on a wooden background.
Photo: theunraveledmitten.com

Alpine Plaid Hat from The Unravelled Mitten

The Alpine Plaid hat is a free mosaic crochet pattern for a slouchy hat with a foldover brim.

SIZE: Adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Caron Simply Soft.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: 221 yds (202 m) of the main colour and 90 yds (82 m) of the coordinating colour. In the photo above the main colour is Sage, and the coordinating colour is Tweed Off White.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 5 mm (H-8) crochet hook.
NOTIONS: scissors, a yarn needle, and a measuring tape.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Back Loop Only Crochet and Mosaic Double Crochet.

Video: MJ’s Off The Hook Designs

Hello Pumpkin Mosaic Hat from MJ’s Off The Hook Designs

The Hello Pumplin Mosiac Hat is a modern design crocheted in a cotton/acrylic blend. The designer has made the written pattern in eight sizes and included a video tutorial.

SIZE: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, preschool (small child), child, adult, and large adult.
YARN WEIGHT: #4 / Medium / Worsted / Aran weight yarn, e.g., Comfy Worsted from crochet.com.
HOW MUCH YARN DO I NEED?: you will need one to two 50 g balls of one colour and one 50 g ball of a contrasting colour.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZE: 4.50 mm (7) and 5 mm (H-8) crochet hooks.
NOTIONS: a tapestry needle, scissors, measuring tape, a 4-6″ faux fur pompom, garment tags (optional), and leather rivet.
SPECIAL STITCHES/TECHNIQUES USED: Drop Down Double Crochet.

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