Unique free crochet winter cap pattern
Giant Redwood Cap is a free crochet winter cap pattern from yours truly! This unique hat design is made from five motifs that include simple cables worked out from the center. My favorite part about this hat is how the various lines of the motifs come together. The adult size fitted cap takes about 320 yds of sport weight yarn.
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What yarn should I use for this hat?
Originally I crocheted this winter cap in Bijou Basin Ranch Sportweight, which is 100% Yak. Bijou Basin Ranch has gone out of business. The closest replacement I have found is Yakima from Plymouth Yarn, which is a sport weight blend of Merino wool and yak fiber. You could also choose a basic sport weight wool and that would probably work just fine.
How is this hat made?
This crochet winter cap is made of five crochet squares seamed together like a cube with one open side. That may seem strange, since our heads are not cube-shaped. However, the hat stretches to fit a head nicely when you put it on.
Each crochet square starts in the center and is worked much like a solid granny square. The difference is that this square has a simple cable running from the center of the square to the middle of each edge. If you’ve never made cables before, or used crochet post stitches before, the following tutorials may be helpful.
Where can I get this free crochet winter cap pattern?
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Giant Redwood Cap, a Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Designed by April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
As with all my patterns, please do not make paper or digital copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Available Sizes: Child [Adult]
Finished Measurements: Circumference 17 1/2  inches; Length 8 1/2 inches.
Yarn Used: Bijou Basin Ranch Sportweight (100% Yak; 100 g; 328 yds; yarn weight: Sport/2/Fine) 1 skein Deep Red
This yarn has been discontinued. As a substitution I suggest Yakima from Plymouth Yarn, which is a sport weight blend of Merino wool and yak fiber. You could also choose a basic sport weight wool and that would probably work just fine.
Crochet Hook: H/8 (5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: Yarn needle
Gauge: 6 rnds of motif = About 3 3/4 sq inches.
Hat is made of motifs, seamed together after making them. Then the bottom of the hat is edged with post stitch ribbing.
Bpdc: back post double crochet
Fpdc: front post double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
Motif (make 5)
Note: Turn between rnds while making these motifs.
Make a magic circle. See a video tutorial for this here.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), 16 dc in ring, pull end gently to tighten, leaving a small center hole, join to first st with sl st, turn – 16 dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in first st, skip next st, Fpdc in next st, working in front of last st, Fpdc in skipped st, hdc in next st, *ch 2, hdc in next st, skip next st, Fpdc in next st, working in front of last st, Fpdc in skipped st, hdc in next st, repeat from * 2 times, hdc in first st to join, turn – 17 sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc around post of joining hdc, hdc in each st to next post st, Bpdc in next 2 sts, hdc in each st to next corner sp, *(hdc, ch 2, hdc) in next corner sp, hdc in each st to next post st, Bpdc in next 2 sts, hdc in each st to next corner sp, repeat from * 2 times, hdc in first st to join, turn – 25 sts.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc around post of joining hdc, hdc in each st to next post st, skip next st, Fpdc in next st, working in front of last st, Fpdc in skipped st, hdc in each st to next corner sp, *(hdc, ch 2, hdc) in next corner sp, hdc in each st to next post st, skip next st, Fpdc in next st, working in front of last st, Fpdc in skipped st, hdc in each st to next corner sp, repeat from * 2 times, hdc in first st to join, turn – 33 sts.
Rnds 5-7 : Alternate repeating Rnds 3 and 4, ending with a Rnd 3  repeat – 57  sts. Fasten off.
Always place motifs RS together when seaming. Seam so that there is one motif in the middle, with another motif seamed to each side of it, making a plus-sign shape, as in the diagram below. Seam motifs 2, 3, 4, and 5 to motif 1. Then seam neighboring motifs together, forming a cube shape with one empty side. Seam motif 2 to 3, 3 to 4, 4 to 5, and 5 to 2.
You can use a tapestry needle and yarn to whipstitch squares together. Or you can use your crochet hook and yarn, working through both thicknesses, joining at corner with sl st, and sl st across each side, as in this video tutorial.
Note: Do not turn between rnds while working the edging.
Rnd 1: Join yarn with sl st to any st along bottom edge of hat. Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in each st and ch sp along bottom edge of hat, join to first st with sl st – 64  sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, *Fpdc in next st, Bpdc in next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st.
Repeat Rnd 2 until ribbing measures 2-4 inches wide, depending on desired length. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends.
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2 thoughts on “Free Crochet Winter Cap Pattern”
Love the look of this cap!
Thank you so much for the pattern. Can’t wait to make it.
I’m so glad! Thanks and you’re welcome!