Have you been to south Florida? It’s a great vacation destination to relax with warm temps and cool breezes, when it doesn’t randomly rain. Also a place of great inspiration, such as this latest free crochet hat pattern.
My husband is from Miami, so at least once a year, we take a family trip down to visit our extended family. A great part of the trip is being able to spend quality with my husband by leaving the kids with grandma. Raise of hands for those that take any chance to let the kids have quality time with a grandparent!
As we traveled along through Ft. Lauderdale, we rode along Las Olas Boulevard at sunset. It was an amazing view of red and orange light casting over the water and sandy beaches. I had a skein of Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Hint of Silk in royal purple (my fav color!) with me, and I was inspired by the evening’s sunset. Accordingly, this design was named the Las Olas Hat. For those that don’t know Spanish, Las Olas means waves.
I know, I know, you’re expecting a hat made in the classic ripple. But when you have one skein and want to make a hat, you pick a simple stitch. I did make a cowl collar in waves to match, but that’s for sharing another day 😉
And if you haven’t tried Hint of Silk, you must! It’s so soft and great for hats to avoid the dreaded pulled hair. For those with natural hair, this is an added benefit because you twist out will stay neat without knots that can happen with a wool or some acrylic yarns.
As always, you can purchase an easy to download PDF version of this pattern at
Now on to the free crochet hat pattern!
Las Olas Hat
A pattern by Creations By Courtney
Materials: Yarn Bee Hint of Silk (85% bamboo, 15% silk), 3oz (85g), 130yds (119m), or any blended worsted weight yarn; yarn needle
Hook: size 5.5mm (I/9), 6.00mm (J/10), or sizes needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 7 dc x 4 rows = 2” x 2″ across dc rows and not the sc.
- Hat is worked from the bottom up
- For beginners, you can use ch 3 at the beginning of each row in place of first-dc.
To Make a gauge swatch with smaller hook
- 15 Fsc, turn
- First-dc, dc in each st, turn
- Repeat row 2 two times
- First-dc, *ch 1, sk 1, dc. Repeat from * to end, turn
- First-dc, *dc in ch-1space, dc in next st. Repeat from * to end.
- Measure swatch to check gauge. Change to a smaller or larger hook as needed.
- The pattern ensures that only one skein is needed, but if you choose a different yarn, you may have different results; adjust the hook size as necessary.
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
First-dc: first double crochet
fsc: foundation single crochet
Sl st: slip stitch
Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
First-dc: sc, ch 2 all in the first stitch
Round 1: With larger hook, fsc 63, sl st to join to create a circle without twisting the chain, turn.
Rounds 2-3: ch 1, sc around, sl st to join, turn.
Round 4: Change to smaller hook, first-dc, dc in each st, sl st to join, turn (63dc)
Round 5: first-dc, *ch 1, sk 1 st, dc in next st. Repeat from * to end, sl st to first-dc to join, turn.
Round 6: first-dc, *dc in ch-1 space, dc in next st. Repeat from * to end. Sl st to join, turn.
Rounds 7-8: first-dc, dc in each st around, sl st to join, turn.
Rounds 9-16: Repeat Rounds 5-8 twice
Round 17: Repeat Round 5
Round 18: Repeat Round 6
Round 19: ch 1, *sc, sc2tog. Repeat from * around, sl st to join. Fasten off leaving an 8” tail for sewing the hat closed.
Finishing: Using a large-eye needle, thread the long tail, flip hat to wrong side, and fold the hat in half and pull tail through center; fold in half again and weave through the center. Continue to fold in half and bring the folds into center and weave through to secure the center and create the top of the hat. Once all folds are gathered, pull tight, knot to secure, and weave in end.
Alternative Finishing: Using a tail 6-8” long, thread yarn needle and weave under both loops of first stitch, *skip next stitch, weave under both loops of next stitch. Repeat from * around to last stitch, turn hat inside out, and pull tight. Weave through the center a few times, then finish off.
Elk Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs has an awesome video tutorial.
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