Crochet Pattern: Secret Santa Hat by Straight Hooked

I’m so excited to introduce Malena Straight from Straight Hooked for the first in a series of three guest posts! Malena is sharing a fun Santa Hat crochet pattern that you can make in time for the holidays.

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About Straight Hooked

Malena Straight from Straight Hooked I taught herself to crochet in 2003 to make a blanket for her mother, and she has rarely put her hook down since. She crocheted well over a hundred blankets before realizing there was so much more you could do with crochet. After many years of encouragement from her husband, Malena launched her website in November of 2018 and began designing fashionable accessories for the modern trendsetter. She has had her biggest year of pattern releases in 2020, with 14 patterns published and still more to come. She loves creating gorgeous items using stitches that look complicated, but are easy to master. Malena’s goal is to write patterns that are easy to understand and fun to work up.

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Secret Santa Hat

Santa Hat Crochet Pattern by Straight Hooked

Materials

  • DK (3) weight yarn in 3 colors (I used Paintbox Yarns Simply DK)
    • Color A (101 Pure Black) 100 yards
    • Color B (100 Paper White) 200 yards if using to make pompom, 100 yards if using pre-made pompom
    • Color C (113 Rose Red) 300 yards
  • 5.5mm crochet hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Finishing needle
  • Pompom maker or white pompom
  • Scissors

Gauge

  • 10sc x10 rows blo = 2” (5 cm) square

Abbreviations

  • blo- back loop only Fiber Flux has a helpful tutorial for identifying the back loop here.
  • ch- chain
  • hdc-half double crochet
  • hdc2tog- half double crochet 2 together (decrease hdc) Whistle and Ivy has a helpful tutorial for the hdc2tog here.
  • hdc3l- half double crochet in the third loop Avery Lane Creations has a great tutorial on hdc3l here.
  • R- Row
  • Rnd(s)- Round(s)
  • sc- single crochet
  • sc3l- single crochet in the third loop
  • sk- skip
  • slst- slip stitch
  • st- stitch
  • * Repeat instructions between asterisks as indicated

Notes

  • Make sure you do your gauge swatch!
  • For the reverse slip stitch, remove your hook from the loop, insert hook backward into the first st and pull your loop through, do not turn.
  • Make sure to place a stitch marker in your first st so you don’t drop stitches, and count, count, count!
  • The reason you slst into the next st on the odd rows is to keep your seam in the back. If you do not do this, your seam will be visible on the front of your hat as it grows in length.

Pattern Instructions

Brim (worked in rows): using color A

  • R1. Ch11, sc across, turn. (10)
  • R2. Ch1, sc in both loops, sc 8 in blo, sc in both loops, turn. (10)
  • R3-102. Repeat R2
  • Fold in half, slst across to join, flip so your seam is on the inside, join Color B.

Body (worked in rounds)

  • Rnd1. Color B: ch1, hdc in each row of brim, reverse slst to first st (102)
  • Rnd2. ch1, hdc3l around, reverse slst (see Notes) to first st, join Color C (102)
  • Rnd3. Color C: ch1, hdc3l around, slst to first st, slst to next st (102)
  • Rnd4. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 49 times, slst to first st (102)
  • Rnd5. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (102)
  • Rnd6. Repeat Rnd4
  • Rnd7. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 8 times, hdc2tog, hdc, slst to first st, slst to next st (92)
  • Rnd8. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 43 times, slst to first st, slst to next st (92)
  • Rnd9. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st (92)
  • Rnd10. Repeat Rnd8
  • Rnd11. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 7 times, hdc 4, slst to first st, slst to next st  (84)
  • Rnd12. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 40 times, slst to first st (84)
  • Rnd13. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (84)
  • Rnd14. Repeat Rnd12
  • Rnd15. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 6 times, hdc2tog, hdc 5, slst to first st, slst to next st (76)
  • Rnd16. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 36 times, slst to first st (76)
  • Rnd17. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (76)
  • Rnd18. Repeat Rnd16
  • Rnd19. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 5 times, hdc 10, slst to first st, slst to next st (70)
  • Rnd20. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 33 times, slst to first st (70)
  • Rnd21. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (70)
  • Rnd22. Repeat Rnd20
  • Rnd23. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 5 times, hdc 4, slst to first st, slst to next st (64)
  • Rnd24. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 30 times, slst to first st (64)
  • Rnd25. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (64)
  • Rnd26. Repeat Rnd24
  • Rnd27. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 4 times, hdc2tog, hdc 7, slst to first st, slst to next st (58)
  • Rnd28. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 27 times, slst to first st (58)
  • Rnd29. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (58)
  • Rnd30. Repeat Rnd28
  • Rnd31. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 4 times, hdc2tog, hdc, slst to first st, slst to next st (52)
  • Rnd32. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 24 times, slst to first st (52)
  • Rnd33. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (52)
  • Rnd34. Repeat Rnd32
  • Rnd35. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 3 times, hdc 8, slst to first st, slst to next st (48)
  • Rnd36. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 22 times, slst to first st (48)
  • Rnd37. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (48)
  • Rnd38. Repeat Rnd36
  • Rnd39. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 3 times, hdc 4, slst to first st, slst to next st (44)
  • Rnd40. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 20 times, slst to first st (44)
  • Rnd41. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (44)
  • Rnd42. Repeat Rnd40
  • Rnd43. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 3 times, slst to first st, slst to next st (40)
  • Rnd44. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 18 times, slst to first st (40)
  • Rnd45. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (40)
  • Rnd46. Repeat Rnd44
  • Rnd47. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 2 times, hdc2tog, hdc 5, slst to first st , slst to next st (36)
  • Rnd48. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 16 times, slst to first st (36)
  • Rnd49. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (36)
  • Rnd50. Repeat Rnd48
  • Rnd51. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to* 2 times, hdc2tog, hdc, slst to first st, slst to next st (32)
  • Rnd52. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 14 times, slst to first st (32)
  • Rnd53. ch1, hdc in each st around, slst to first st, slst to next st (32)
  • Rnd54. Repeat Rnd52
  • Rnd55. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 9*, repeat from *to*, hdc 10, slst to first st, slst to next st (30)
  • Rnd56. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 13 times, slst to first st (30)
  • Rnd57. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 8*, repeat from *to*, hdc2tog, hdc 6, hdc2tog, slst to first st , slst to next st (26)
  • Rnd58. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 11 times, slst to first st (26)
  • Rnd59. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 7*, repeat from *to*, hdc 8, slst to first st , slst to next st  (24)
  • Rnd60. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 10 times, slst to first st (24)
  • Rnd61. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 6*, repeat from *to*, hdc2tog, hdc 4, hdc2tog, slst to first st, slst to next st (20)
  • Rnd62. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 8 times, slst to first st (20)
  • Rnd63. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 5*, repeat from *to*, hdc 6, slst to first st, slst to next st   (18)
  • Rnd64. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 7 times, slst to first st (18)
  • Rnd65. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 4*, repeat from *to*, hdc 6, slst to first st, slst to next st   (16)
  • Rnd66. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 6 times, slst to first st (16)
  • Rnd67. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 3*, repeat from *to*, hdc2tog, hdc 2, hdc2tog, slst to first st , slst to next st (12)
  • Rnd68. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 4 times, slst to first st (12)
  • Rnd69. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc 2*, repeat from *to*, hdc 4, slst to first st, slst to next st   (10)
  • Rnd70. ch1, sk first st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st, *sk next st, hdc, hdc in skipped st*, repeat from *to* 3 times, slst to first st (10)
  • Rnd71. ch1, *hdc2tog, hdc*, repeat from *to*, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, slst to first st (6)
  • Rnd72. ch1, hdc2tog around,  slst to first st, finish off, leaving a 8″ (20.5 cm) tail for sewing (3)

Finishing

  • Rnd1. Working on the right side of your project, attach Color B to bottom of brim at the seam, ch1. hdc in each row of brim, reverse slst to first st (102)
  • Rnd2. ch1, hdc3l in each st around,  reverse slst to first st (102)
  • Rnd3. ch1, sc3l in each st around,  slst to first st, finish off.
  • Attach pompom securely to tip of hat, weave in all ends.
© 2020 by Malena Straight/Straight Hooked and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Malena’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2020/11/18/crochet-pattern-secret-santa-hat-by-straight-hooked/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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