Striped Men’s Hat – Free Crocheting Pattern

Crocheted men's hat in brown and rust stripes.

Do you have some left-over wool from previous projects and a little time – say 30 minutes to an hour – at hand? Then you have all you need to make this rustic striped men’s hat!

I made this crocheted hat for my lovely neighbor Luitpold. He forgot his hat at his parents home and therefore was in desperate need of a substitute. As I enjoy crocheting a lot in the cold months of the year, I made him this striped men’s hat as a little surprise gift from neighbor to neighbor.  

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Stitches used in this crocheting pattern

  • Magic Circle
  • HDC – Half Double Crochet
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • St – Stitch
  • Fasten off

Supplies for Striped Men’s Hat

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  • yarn in orange and brown (you can totally use left-overs from a previous project, too)
  • matching crochet hook (I used a USA H, English 6, Metric 5,00 – or matching to the wool you use)
  • scissors
  • darning needle
  • stitch marker (I used a bobby pin)
  • tea-pot – find a bargain at the thrift store (obviously this is not a must, but a very good crocheting hack! This way your wool won’t roll around in your home. I can imagine it’s especially neat, when you have a pet at home 😉 )

Crocheting or knitting hack! Store ball of yarn in a tea pot and it won't roll around in your living room. Use a bobby pin as a stitch marker.

Money-saving tip:

I have a lot of wool at home. Some is left-over yarn from previous projects and some are great finds from the charity shop. I tend to go through the crafty section of a very big thrift store in town, whenever I am around. Sometimes I can score a whole batch of new wool for 50 cents per ball. And sometimes I find left-overs I can’t resist because of the color or quality.

This being said, this project is a perfect match for the Monthly Craft Room De-Stash Challenge by my friend Megan from C’mon, Get Crafty. Any blogger who creates something from his or her stash + new bought items under 10 Dollars, can participate. If you want, you can join, too! Go find the link to the Facebook group down blow & all the wonderful things the other bloggers created this October!!!

Free Crocheting Pattern – Striped Men’s Hat

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Crocheted in 30 minutes! Striped Men's Hat using left over yarn. Click for free pattern!

A little advice:

  • Mark the end of a round with either a stitch marker (a piece of yarn or a bobby pin will do the trick, too) so you don’t have to count stitches all the time.
  • Depending on the thickness of your left-over wool, you might have to add or cut some rows for perfect size.

Free crocheting pattern:

  • Round 1: start with orange yarn: crochet 8 HDC in magic circle (8)
  • Round 2: 2 HDC in first St from round 1 and in each stitch around (16)
  • Round 3: *2 HDC in next St, 1 HDC in next St* repeat for this round (24)
  • Round 4: *2 HDC in next St, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 St* repeat for this round (32)
  • Round 5: *2 HDC in next St, 1 HDC in each of the next 3 St* repeat for this round (40)
  • Round 6: *2 HDC in next St, 1 HDC in each of the next 4 St* repeat for this round (48)
  • Round 7: *2 HDC in next St, 1 HDC in each of the next 5 St* repeat for this round (56)
  • Round 8: *2 HDC in next St, 1 HDC in each of the next 6 St* repeat for this round (64)
  • Round 9 – 12: 1 HDC in each St around (64)
  • Round 13: change to brown yarn (don’t cut the orange yarn) 1 HDC in each St around (64)
  • Round 14 – 15: change back to orange yarn (don’t cut the brown yarn) 1 HDC in each St around (64)
  • Round 16 – 17: change back to brown yarn (don’t cut the orange yarn) 1 HDC in each St around (64)
  • Round 18: change back to orange yarn (don’t cut the brown yarn) 1 HDC in each St around (64)
  • Round 19 – 23: change back to brown yarn (do cut the orange yarn now) 1 SC in each St around, sl st (64)
  • fasten off and weave in ends. Aaaaaaaand, your done!

Handmade Gift – Striped Men’s Hat

As Luitpold is a nature boy, I decided for rust and brown colored yarn. I had to do a striped men’s hat because I simply didn’t have enough wool of one color, lol. Remember it was a find from the thrift store for less than 50 cents. But I think it turned out great anyways and gave the hat more life to it. Don’t you think?


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Every month a group of bloggers are challenged by C’mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! Check out some awesome creations you might be able to make from your own stash! #CraftRoomDestashChallenge

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Comments (18)

    1. Thank you Shauna! I loved the rust colour so much and was sad in the beginning that it wouldn’t be enough for the hat. But now I feel the combo of brown and rust is just perfect!

    1. I am so happy you like the collection of my favourite video tutorials. Currently I am working on my first very own video tutorial to add to the list.

  1. I love this and well as the puff stitch beanie and scarf. This reminds me that I have two crochet projects that need to be finished asap!

    1. Thank you Ola. Haha, I have soooooo many unfinished or even un-started crocheting projects at home that need finishing. Can’t wait what you are working on.

  2. I never could pick up how to crochet but I love the projects other people do. The hat is so lovely and I expect the man in your life loves wearing it.

    1. Dear Julie, thank you for your nice comment and for inviting me to link up in your recent post. I’d love to be a part of your collection of favourite crochet hat patterns. So feel free to use one image and link to my Post over at Did you see my other crocheted hat tutorials? I have a popcorn stitch beanie + infinity scarf for women and a newborn hat. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  3. Hi,
    I love this pattern! Did you connect each round with a slip stitch or did you work in the round as a spiral? Thank you.

    1. Hi Helen, so sorry for the late reply! I crocheted in the round as a spiral. Have you made one of these hats? If so, I hope you did enjoy it? Best, Habiba

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