Chunky Crochet Hat – Clustered Columns

Columns of clusters give a lovely, all-over texture to this chunky crochet hat. With bulky weight yarn, the top-down pattern works up super fast. It’s great for gifting too! The pattern includes 6 roomy sizes, with written and charted instructions.

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Hat of the Month Crochet Along

I designed this hat for the 2022 Hat of the Month CAL. This year-long event is hosted by Rhondda from Oombawka Designs and Amy from The Stitchin Mommy. Follow along for 3 new hat patterns every month! The other two patterns this month are the Bright Blue Alpine Hat by Rhondda and the Dara Beanie by Amy.

Scarf of the Month Crochet Along

Rhondda and Amy also run a Scarf of the Month CAL. It works the same way as the hats, and I was the guest designer for October for that CAL as well. Get the Clustered Columns Scarf pattern, and make a matching set!

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King Cole Chunky Tweed Yarn

For this chunky crochet hat and scarf, I used King Cole Chunky Tweed Yarn in color #3486 Islay. The blend of acrylic, wool, and viscose is super fluffy and warm. Multi-colored flecks give it an overall tweedy effect.

Get yours right here in the Stitches n Scraps yarn shop! I’ve extended the sale for one more week – save 10% on Chunky Tweed through the end of October! (Sale ends at 11:59pm central time, Oct 31st). There are 5 vivid colors to choose from – which one will you pick?


Clustered Columns Hat

Project level Intermediate

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Materials

  • Yarn: 60 [80, 105, 150, 180, 200] yds King Cole Chunky Tweed bulky weight yarn (72% acrylic, 25% wool, 3% viscose)
  • Hook: US size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to match gauge
  • Notions: Yarn needle

Project Level

Intermediate – Basic stitches and clusters, worked in the round. Multiple sizes. Crown increases in pattern.

Sizes

Newborn [Baby, Toddler, Child, S/M, L/XL]

To fit head circumference: 14 [16, 18, 20, 22, 24] inches

Gauge

10 dc x 6 rnds = 4″

Use pattern as gauge swatch. After rnd 2, work should measure 2.5 inches in diameter for all sizes.

Abbreviations used

ch = chain

cl = cluster

csdc = chainless starting double crochet

dc = double crochet

RS = right side

sc = single crochet

sp = space

st(s) = stitch(es)

yo = yarn over

Special Stitches

Cluster (cl): (Yo, insert hook in indicated sp, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1 to close.

5 loops on hook for cluster

Chainless starting double crochet (csdc): Pull up a loop slightly taller than the height of a double crochet. Holding the top of the loop in place on your hook, wrap your hook around the loop counterclockwise. This wrap acts as a yarn over. Insert your hook into the first stitch and pull up a loop. [Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook] twice.

Chainless Starting Double Crochet Tutorial on Stitches n Scraps

The csdc counts as a dc in the stitch counts at the end of the row. See this csdc tutorial for a closer look.

Instructions

The pattern is split into two completely separate sets of instructions. One for newborn and baby sizes, and the other for all the other sizes.

If you prefer not to use the csdc stitch, you can replace “Csdc” with “Ch 3 (counts as dc)” wherever it appears throughout the pattern. You can replace “Csdc, ch 1” with “Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1)” wherever it appears.

Chart Symbol Key

There are several charts throughout this pattern – this is the symbol key for all of them.

In all the charts below, work only the black stitches. The greyed-out symbols show stitches from the previous section, and connecting stitches at the beginning/end of the round.

Newborn [Baby] hat

Crown

Scroll down for charts in each size

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as ch-1 sp), sc in first st, (ch 1, sc) in each rem st around, join in first ch-1 sp. (6 sc, 6 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 3: (Csdc, ch 1, cl) in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, *(dc, ch 1, cl) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around, join. (6 dc, 6 cls, 12 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 4: Csdc in first st, ch 1, cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next cl, cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *dc in next dc, ch 1, cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next cl, cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, rep from * around, join. (12 cl, 6 dc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 5: Ch 3 (counts as ch-2 sp), sk first st, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next cl] twice, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 2, sk next dc, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next cl] twice, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around, join. (18 sc, 12 ch-1 sps, 6 ch-2 sps)

Rnd 6: Csdc, in first ch-2 sp, 1 [2] dc in same sp, [ch 1, sk next sc, cl in next ch-1 sp] twice, ch 1, sk next sc, *2 [3] dc in next ch-2 sp, [ch 1, sk next sc, cl in next ch-1 sp] twice, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around, join. (12 cl, 12 [18] dc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Newborn Crown Chart

Columns of Clusters Newborn crown chart

Baby Crown Chart

Columns of Clusters Baby crown chart

Sides

Scroll down for charts in each size

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in each st across to first ch-1 sp, sc in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk next cl, sc in next ch-1 sp] twice, *sc in each st to next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk next cl, sc in next ch-1 sp] twice, rep from * around, join. (30 [36] sc, 12 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 8: Csdc in first st, dc in next 1 [2] sts, [ch 1, sk next st, cl in next ch-1 sp] twice, ch 1, sk next st, *dc in each of next 2[3] sts, [ch 1, sk next st, cl in next ch-1 sp] twice, ch 1, sk next st, rep from * around, join. (12 cl, 12 [18] dc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Newborn size only: Rep rnd 7.

Baby size only: Rep rnds 7-8, then repeat rnd 7 once more.

Rnd 10 [12]: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), sk first st, dc in each st across to first ch-1 sp, dc in first ch-1 sp, dc in next st, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next st, *dc2tog, dc in each st across to next ch-1 sp, [dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next st] twice, rep from * around, join. (36 [42] dc)

Rnds 11-12 [13-14]: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join.

Fasten off. Weave in ends

Newborn Sides Chart

Baby Sides Chart

Toddler [Child, S/M, L/XL] Hat:

Crown

Scroll down for charts in each size

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as ch-1 sp), sc in first st, (ch 1, sc) in each rem st around, join in first ch-1 sp. (6 sc, 6 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 3: (Csdc, ch 1, cl) in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, *(dc, ch 1, cl) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around, join. (6 dc, 6 cls, 12 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next cl, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, *sc in next dc, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next cl, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, rep from * around, join, sl st in first ch-1 sp. (18 sc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 5: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), cl in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk next sc, cl in next ch-1 sp] twice, ch 2, sk next sc, *cl in next ch-1 sp, [ch 1, cl in next ch-1 sp] twice, ch 2, sk next sc, rep from * around, join. (18 cl, 12 ch-1 sps, 6 ch-2 sps)

Rnd 6: Ch 2 (counts as ch-1 sp), sk first cl, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next cl] twice, 3 sc in next ch-2 sp, *ch 1, sk next cl, [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next cl] twice, 3 sc in next ch-2 sp, rep from * around, join. (30 sc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 7: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), cl in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk next sc, cl in next ch-1 sp] twice, ch 1, sk next sc, 2 [2, 3, 2] dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, *[cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc] 3 times, ch 1, sk next sc, 2 [2, 3, 2] dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around, join. (18 cl, 12 [12, 18, 12] dc, 24 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 8: Ch 2 (counts as ch-1 sp), sk first cl, sc in next ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk next cl, sc in next ch-1 sp] twice, 1 [1, 1, 2] sc in each dc to next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, *[ch 1, sk next cl, sc in next ch-1 sp] 3 times, 1 [1, 1, 2] sc in each dc to next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around, join. (36 [36, 42, 48] sc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Toddler / Child Crown Chart

Columns of Clusters Toddler-Child crown chart

S/M Crown Chart

Columns of Clusters S-M crown chart

L/XL Crown Chart

Columns of Clusters L-XL crown chart

Sides

Rnd 9: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), cl in first ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk next st, cl in next ch-1 sp] twice, ch 1, sk next st, dc in each of next 2 [2, 3, 4] sts, ch 1, sk next st, *[cl in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next st] 3 times, dc in each of next 2 [2, 3, 4] sts, ch 1, sk next st, rep from * around, join. (18 cl, 12 [12, 18, 24] dc, 24 ch-1 sps)

Rnd 10: Ch 2 (counts as ch-1 sp), sk first cl, sc in next ch-1 sp, [ch 1, sk next cl, sc in next ch-1 sp] twice, sc in each dc to next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, *[ch 1, sk next cl, sc in next ch-1 sp] 3 times, sc in each dc to next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around, join. (36 [36, 42, 48] sc, 18 ch-1 sps)

Rep rnds 9-10 an additional 2 [3, 4, 4] times.

Rnd 15 [17, 19, 19]: Csdc in first ch-1 sp, [dc in next st, dc in next ch-1 sp] twice, dc in next 1[1, 2, 2] st(s), dc2tog, dc in each st across to next ch-1 sp, *dc in next ch-1 sp, [dc in next st, dc in next ch-1 sp] twice, dc in next 1 [1, 2, 2] st(s), dc2tog, dc in each st across to next ch-1 sp, rep from * around, join. (48 [48, 54, 54] dc)

Toddler size only:

Rnd 16: Ch 1, sc in each of first 14 sts, [sc2tog, sc in each of next 14 sts] twice, join. (45 sc)

Child [S/M] sizes only:

Rnds 18-19 [20-21]: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join.

L/XL size only:

Rnd 20: Csdc in first st, dc in each st around, join.

Rnd 21: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join.

All sizes: Fasten off. Weave in ends

Toddler Sides Chart

Child Sides Chart

S/M Sides Chart

L/XL Sides Chart

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