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A turquoise crochet hat made of solid and open spaces to resemble a stair case.

The Stepping Out Hat was made by request of YOU. For those that receive my newsletter, I had asked at the end of summer if they wanted a quick hat pattern. Several wonderful fiber friends replied yes to my question, and I got busy making it once a few other crochet ideas were made and off to testing. (BTW, there’s so much that happens behind the scenes and it’s exciting when I finally get to share)

Like I said, the Stepping Out Hat is a quick hat, although it took me a few weeks to create one size. 😅 For the longest, I couldn’t figure out why I was getting an odd number of total stitches after some decreases because math doesn’t lie… After helping my son with his 3rd grade math, I realized that I did the wrong math that was creating one extra stitch. There was a happy dance once I got the math right and it finally worked with the second version that I made. LOL

It was fun to figure out how to take a flat stitch pattern and turn it into a pattern that worked in the round. Many thanks were offered to a fiber friend and pattern tester that helped figure out a few glitches to make it a much smoother pattern.

Want another hat made in the round from a flat stitch pattern?

Check out the Connected Spirals Hat (I’ll eventually get more deets on the blog. 🙃)

If you love the way the stitches create a stair case, you may love the Stepping Out Coverup too! Both designs look more complicated than they are to make, as long as you familiarize yourself before jumping in, any crochet pattern can be made by any level of crocheter.

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links to products that I use, and think you will enjoy using too. Should you decide to use any such link, I will earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting this small business.

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Materials
GAUGE

Approximately 4.5 rounds = 4”

SIZES
  • Adult: to fit head circumference up to 23 in. [58.4 cm]; 7.5 [19 cm] tall, when flat
PATTERN KEY
  • Ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • dc: double crochet
  • sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
  • CSDC: chainless starting double crochet
  • M: stitch marker
  • YO: yarn over
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • sk: skip
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
  • CSDC: pull up a loop, wrap around hook (YO made), insert hook in first st, YO, [pull through 2 loops] twice
  • Magic Circle: Going from left to right, place the tail of the yarn across the top of your index finger, then loop the yarn around your finger one time. Place the working yarn (from the skein) behind the tail, then insert the hook under the loops to pull up a loop from the working yarn. Begin crocheting.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Intermediate

NOTES
  • Pattern is written US terms.
  • Read the entire pattern before beginning.
  • Beginning ch 1 does not count as first st.
  • CSDC can be replaced with ch 3, but may create a noticeable gap.
  • Crown is worked in rounds that are NOT TURNED.
  • Some rounds of the side of the hat are turned and not turned. The instructions will be capitalized.  

Crown 

Magic Circle

Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 12 dc in Magic Circle, tighten Magic Circle, sl st to join – 12 dc

Round 2: CSDC in first st, dc in same st, *2 dc in next st; repeat from * around, sl st to join – 24 dc

Round 3: CSDC in first st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to join – 36 dc

Round 4: CSDC in first st, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around, sl st to join – 48 dc

Round 5: CSDC in first st, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st; repeat from * to end, sl st to join – 60 dc

Round 6: CSDC in first st, dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, repeat from * to end, sl st to join – 72 dc

Round 7: CSDC in first st, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 5 sts, 2dc in next st, repeat from * to end, sl st to join – 84 dc

Round 8: CSDC in first st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts; repeat from * 5 more times, dc in last st, sl st to join, DO NOT TURN – 84 sts

Round 9: CSDC in first st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 6, sk next 6 sts, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 6, sk next 6 sts; repeat from * 5 more times, dc in last st, sl st to join, DO NOT TURN – 84 sts

Round 10: CSDC in first st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts, *ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts; repeat from * 4 more times, dc in last 5 sts, sl st to join,  DO NOT TURN – 84 sts

Round 11: Sl st in next 8 sts, CSDC in the same st as last sl st made, dc in next st, *ch 6, sk 6 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts; repeat from * 5 more times, ch 6, sk 6 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, sl st to join, DO NOT TURN – 84 sts

Round 12: CSDC in first st, dc in next st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts; repeat from * 5 more times, sl st to join, DO NOT TURN- 84 sts

Round 13: CSDC in first st, dc in next st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 6, sk next 6 sts, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 6, sk next 6 sts; repeat from * 5 more times, sl st to join, DO NOT TURN  – 84 sts

Round 14: CSDC in first st, dc in the next st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, *dc in the next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 6 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts; repeat from *5 more times, dc in the next 2 st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in last 4 sts, sl st to join, DO NOT TURN – 84 sts

Round 15-16: CSDC in first st, dc in each st and ch around, sl st to join, TURN – 84 dc

Round 17: Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts; repeat from * around until 4 sts remain, sc2togtwo times, sl st to join, TURN – 72 dc

Round 18: Ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts; repeat from * around, sl st to join – 60 dc

Finishing

Sew in all ends, trim excess.

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