There are only so many simple variations on crochet hats. The beginner patterns may vary things occasionally with stripes or easy stitches, but eventually you’ll want to branch out, go up a level, and try something new. We found just the thing – this Braided Crochet Hat in bold, bright colors.
The braided hat uses the puff stitch and varied colors to create a unique, thick texture that holds up well against cold weather. You’ll want to choose contrasting colors or complementary colors to make this really pop, but you could also choose similar shades and create an ombre effect if you so desire.
The original post we found contains several how-to photos as well as a chart. If you’re familiar with making crochet hats, it won’t be too difficult to shape your own using the puff stitch. However, if you’d like more information, we also found a Crochet Puff Stitch video tutorial (it’s for a matching scarf, or will help you figure out how to re-create the puff stitch star pattern for your hat) as well as a video tutorial for a Puff Stitch Hat (though it does have a different brim than the pictures shown).
You’ll need to make sure that your needle and yarn create the right gauge. This is easy enough, as you will simply create a few puff stitches to make sure they’re stiff enough to stand up on their own without being too tight. You’ll want to ensure there is some stretch without making them loose and floppy.
This Braided or Puff Stitch is a great addition to your repertoire of crochet stitches, as it can be used for a multitude of items, such as hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, shawls, and even bags. It retains its shape (due to the stiffness of the stitch if you have the right gauge), it’s flexible, and it looks and feels more luxurious than the simple stitches one usually uses as a beginner.
If you want to take the next step and up your crochet game with this beautiful hat, take a look at the Braided Crochet Hat from VK, the Crochet Puff Stitch Loop video tutorial from DIY Ideas – Tutorials – DIY Inspiration, or the Puff Stitch Crochet Hat video tutorial from Esperanza & Ana Celia Rosas