Morning Frost – A Free Crochet Hat Pattern

After 91 comments on my blog post telling me why the hat should be free, I’m totally convinced in my heart that I’m doing the right thing.  I can’t tell you how amazing all of you are!  I would imagine if I did the statistics on the comments, 95% of you want the pattern so you can make it to give to someone in need or a loved one. I knew we (crocheters) were generous but it sure is nice to see it comment after comment!

I would like to ask for your help.  I love designing these patterns and feel honored to share them with you, especially for free.  If you are on Ravelry, will you add it to your favorites and place it in your queue?  It helps get the pattern out there to everyone which gives it more exposure (potential for more free patterns).  If you are on any social media, sharing it would be much obliged too!

Morning Frost - A Free Crochet Hat From ELK Studio

Some of the information below may seem familiar to you as I used it in Country Appeal beanie.  It is still valuable information and applies to this pattern also.

#1 Key Ingredient – When I created my band, I crocheted 72 rows which made 20” for me.  After joining my band on round 1, I made 72 sc around the band.  If you need more or less rows to achieve your desired width, that’s okay.  Just remember in order for the stitching to come out right, your initial sc round must end on an even number.  For example, if it took you 63 rows to achieve 20”, you would need to make sure you had 64 sc around for your first round.  Another example would be if it took you 68 rows to achieve 20”, crochet 68 sc around for your first round.

Hint:  If this is your first experience working with a hat from the bottom up, don’t close the page!  You can do this, I promise.  It’s much easier than you think and in the end, you might even like it better!  Just remember, when you start working the hat, the body may look “too big”.  No worries.  Once you close the top, it will fit nice and snug just as if you’ve worked it from the top down.

As you can see from the pictures, there are many variations and color schemes you can use to make this great hat.  I’m going to tell you how to make all these styles and hopefully not confuse you.  Read the pattern instructions first because I want you familiar with it when I start talking to you about the color changes. (I know, I know….. for some of you that might be challenging because you just want to dive into the pattern, but don’t be like your husband and not read the directions first).   As for the pattern below, it’s only for a solid color hat.  Once you become familiar, you can scroll to the bottom of the page.  I’ve got each picture separate with the instructions on what rounds to make your color changes.  Trust me, it’s really simple!

Pattern Instructions:


  1. Red Heart Soft, or any worsted weight #4 yarn, 150-175 yards.
  2. Hook Size – J/6.0
  3. Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.


Band – 1 sc row (width) and 2 rows of sc (length) = 1”

4 dc/4fpdc  and 6 rows = 2”

The instructions for this hat, as given, will fit an adult measuring approximately 22”.  The hat can easily be adjusted to meet other sizes.  When I completed the band, the 72 rows measured approximately 20” and fit perfectly on my model measuring 22”.  There is a great guide on head measurements provided by Cre8tion Crochet.  It will give you the average size of head measurements (including length) from child to adult.  I use this reference quite a lot as Lorene does a great job of thoroughly explaining the specifics required to successfully making a hat that fits.


ch – chain
dc – double crochet
fpdc – front post double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch


Ch 3 is considered first dc throughout the pattern.


Leave a long tail (4”) before making your beginning ch.  This will be used to join the band of the hat.

Ch 6

Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, ch 1 turn. (5 st)

Row 2:  sc in first sc and each sc across, ch 1 turn (5 st)

Row 3 – 72:  Repeat row 2

At the end of row 72 do not cut the yarn.  Take you tapestry needle and join the ends of your rows using the whipstitch method.  Insert your hook once again and begin with round 1.

Body of hat:

Round 1:  sc evenly around, join with sl st to first sc (72st)

Round 2:  Ch 3, dc in next sc and around, join with sl st to top of 3rd ch. (72st)

Round 3:  Ch 1 and sc in same sp, sc in next dc and around, join with sl st to first sc (72st)

Round 4:  Ch 3 skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc , *dc in next sc, skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc* repeat from *to*, sl st to top of 3rd ch. (72st)

Round 5:  Ch 1 and sc in same sp, *sc in next fpdc, sc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join with sl st to first sc, (72st)

Round 6:  Sl st in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc , *dc in next sc, skip next sc and fpdc in round below skipped sc*, sl st to top of 3rd ch.

Round 7:  Ch 1 and sc in same sp, *sc in next fpdc, sc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join with sl st to first sc,

Round 8 – 22:  Repeat Rounds 6 & 7 or until you have reached your desired length.

Do not fasten off.  Measure out enough yarn to weave through every other sc.  I’m an overachiever and probably cut around 20” of material.

Take your tapestry needle and weave under the loops of every other sc around, pull the yarn tightly.  This will close up the hat.  Sew the top of the hat with a few stitches for security.  Fasten off.

Optional Round:  Holding the hat upside down, insert hook into bottom row and form a sl st, ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in each st around, join with sl st to first sc. (72st)

Morning Frost - A Free Crochet Hat Pattern by ELK StudioOn this hat, you can see white is the “background” color.  To get this look, on each round (not rows which is the band) that instructs you to sc, use white.  So what that means is all your odd # rows are white.

Morning Frost - A Free Crochet Hat Pattern by ELK Studio

For this hat, the band is also multi-colored.  Change your color for each row, carrying your yarn along with you.  I have shown you how to do this in my Houndstooth Scarf pattern with some photos, so this will help you if you don’t understand how to carry the yarn.  Once you finish the band, you will follow the same instructions as above on the raspberry/white hat.

If you want to make a pom-pom for the top of your hat, The Crochet Geek has a wonderful video to show you how.

As always, please don’t use my photos as your own.  You may sell your finished product from my pattern.  If you share my pattern on any social media, please link back to my blog.  If you print out that pattern, please leave my header on the page.

I hope you enjoy the pattern.  Have a great day and be blessed!



It’s a New Crochet Hat Pattern! Free? Maybe……..

I started on this hat pattern about a month ago but never did get around to finishing it.  I thought it was a pretty pattern but it didn’t seem to jump out at me like I had hoped.  Well, I picked it back up a few nights ago using the Red Heart Soft turquoise……that was my problem!  It was my color choice!  I shouldn’t have done the original pattern in CREAM!

Here’s the hat in a mix of green/white and then done in a solid turquoise.  What do you think?

ELK Studio

I’m working it up again now in a different color and still tweaking the pattern a little, but it’s almost finished.  I’m wondering if I should make this pattern free?  So, here’s the deal.  If you can convince me that it should be, I’ll do it.  Leave your comments, begs and pleas telling me why I should make it free.  I want some creativity too folks.  Your crocheters, so I know you can think of something!  Let’s have some fun!

Have a great day and be blessed!



“Making it thru Monday” Review #34

Plain Making it thru Monday

“Making it thru Monday” was great last week.  We had scarves, hats, blankets, dolls, etc. for everyone to see and gain some inspiration.

Our most viewed submission comes from Josee.  The hat is a gorgeous design of her own, and I’m in love with the shimmer of the yarn (Caron Simply Soft) and her precise stitching to make this beauty.  Josee is working on the pattern and will be releasing it soon and guess what?  ELK Studio friends and fans will have first dibs on this wonderful free pattern!  YAY!  So……if you haven’t become a friend or fan, I’ve just given you another great reason to stay tuned to my Facebook page or the blog right?

JoseeOur next top viewed project came from Stephanie!  She is so glad to finally be finished with her blanket but look how wonderful it turned out!!!  I love the color choice and layout don’t you?  Finishing off a blanket is an achievement to any crocheter because of the time and patience it takes to complete.  I commend Stephanie on a job well done!

StephanieI want to show off another project that I think deserves some attention.  Kristen from “Kreative Studios” showed us her WIP which consisted of two knit scarves.  She planned on making hats also to match the scarves.  Well, she completed her projects and sent me a photo.  I absolutely love the vibrant colors of the hats and scarves and thought you might too.

KristenI know all of you probably are working on Christmas gifts now, so you should share your beautiful creations for all to see.  Email me at or upload them directly to my ELK Studio Facebook page!

Have a great day and be blessed!


Winter Fury Crochet Hat is Now Available!

Thanks to some wonderful testers, Winter Fury is now available on my Ravelry account.  I don’t think I could have made this pattern without the help of Maria, Becky and Elizabeth.  They pushed me to think, make corrections and helped to make this pattern great!

The hat is textured and that adds a warmth and depth that you don’t get from a normal beanie hat.  The pattern itself allows you to choose 3 great colors that will compliment one another and helps each stitch to “stand out”!

Winter FuryI’m having a Black Friday sale, so if you purchase this pattern or any other pattern from my Ravelry account, you will receive a 30% discount until midnight on Monday, December 2, 2013.  Be sure to use the code ELK30 during the checkout process to reflect the price change.

If you are on Ravelry, I would love for you to put Winter Fury in your favorites by clicking the little red heart!  Thanks so much!

Sales Card for Christmas Black FridayHave a great day and be blessed!


Incredibly Simple Slouchy Hat – Free Pattern!

Are you ready for a simple slouchy hat pattern that’s quick and uses only one skein of yarn?  Yea, me too especially since the holidays are coming up so quickly!

Insanely Simple Slouchy HatI haven’t played around with chunky yarn very much in my crochet experience but since having used it while making a free cowl pattern from Beatrice Ryan Designs, I’ve come to like the feel and how quickly a project works up.

I tried two different types of chunky yarn for this project because I always want to see which yarn can give me the results I’m trying to carry out.  My first choice was “I Love This Chunky Yarn” by Hobby Lobby and the other was by Lion Brand.  In the end, I chose “I Love This Chunky Yarn” because it was so super soft and for a hat, I think that’s pretty important.  Plus from the pictures below, you can see a big difference in the size of the hats although I used the same size hook and number of increase rounds.  I didn’t complete the Lion Brand version because I ran out of yarn and really didn’t want to start another skein when I knew I would be using the other anyway.

Insanely Simple Slouchy Hat Comparing Different YarnsNow, on to the pattern.  I made this hat to fit adult size – approximately 22″.


I Love This Chunky Yarn by Hobby Lobby

Hook – Size N

Tapestry Needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge:  4 stitches and 2 rows = 2 inches


sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

dc2tog – double crochet 2 together.  Here is a good explanation and tutorial by New Stitch A Day if you need help.


ch 4, sl st into first ch to make a ring.

Round 1:  ch 1, 11 dc in ring, sl st in first dc (11 st)

Round 2:  ch 1, 2 dc in same space, 2 dc in next dc and around, sl st in first dc (22 st)

Round 3:  ch 1 and dc in same sp, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat from *to*, join by sl st in first dc (33 st)

Round 4:  ch 1 and dc in same sp, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join by sl st in first dc (44 st)

Round 5:  ch 1 and dc in same sp, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat from *to*, join by sl st in first dc (55 st)

Rounds 6-8:  ch 1 and dc in same sp, dc in next dc and around, join by sl st in first dc (55 st)

Round 9:  ch 1 and dc in same sp, dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog, *dc in next 3 dc, dc2tog*, repeat from *to*, join by sl st to first dc (44 st)

Round 10:  ch 1 and dc in same sp, dc in next dc, dc2tog, *dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog*, repeat from *to*, join by sl st to first dc (33 st)

Rounds 11-13:  ch 1 and hdc in same sp, hdc in next dc and around, join by sl st in first hdc (33 st)

Round 14: ch 1 and sc in same sp, sc in next hdc and around, join by sl st in first sc (33 st).

Finish off and weave in your ends.

I hope you enjoy this free pattern.  Please remember that you are welcome to sell your finished products if you wish.  I only ask that you reference or link back to ELK Studio as the designer.  Please do not use my photos as your own.

If you are on Ravelry, you can “favorite’ this project to your list for easy access!  I would love to see your version of this hat!!!!

I hope you have a great day!  Be blessed!