Alpine Stitch Crochet Hat

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Soft. Squishy. Warm and Fun to Make?  Really … does a crochet project get any better than that?  This Alpine Stitch Crochet Hat is my new love!Alpine Stitch Crochet HatRemember way back to fall when you all fell in love with the Crochet Pumpkin Hats?  So many of you thought it would be great to make a non-pumpkin no-stem-no-leaf version for normal winter life.  I was one step ahead of you…made a few modifications at the start of the hat and created this cutie pie!

It’s been waiting in the wings to make its debut on the blog and here it is.. sliding in as February comes to close… The winter wind is howling outside and we have drifting snow here in Michigan.  This Alpine Stitch Crochet hat is perfect for keeping my ears and head warm…which I’m going to need a lot right now because of THIS:

Irish Doodle Puppy

Meet our new pup, Winston!  Winston is a 4 month old Irish Setter Poodle mix that we adopted a week ago (between Michigan snow storms).  It’s been an adventure, friends!  He’s learned how to go up and down stairs and how to (mostly) do his business outside on a leash ~ which was not his mode of operation when he got here.  Not too bad for a first week, I’d say.

But standing there outside, trying to enthusiastically encourage a new pup to “go” while he wanders up and over downspouts, entangling himself and the older dog in the leash…well…a girl gets cold, I’m telling you!  And what she needs is a fine, winter hat.  One that she can pull down over her ears that keeps her warm and so cozy that maybe she forgets for a minute the crazy bit of adorableness on the other end of the leash.

And this Alpine Stitch Crochet Hat is just the thing.  I’m pretty sure you need one too! Let’s dive in!

Alpine Stitch Crochet Hat

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Here is what you will need:

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet AbbreviationsUS to UK Crochet Conversion Chart.  Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.

Hat is worked top down starting at the top  It is very stretchy and forgiving.  If you find it difficult to get to the length before starting the ribbing, go a little bit short and add row(s) of ribbing to get to the correct size.


Finished hat is approximately 22” around and 8.5” tall.

Make a magic ring

R1: 9 sc into ring (9 st).  Do not join.  Continue to work in the round.

R2: 2sc in ea st around (18 st).  At end of round, slip stitch to next stitch.  Remaining rounds are joined rounds.

R3: ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc)  2hdc in ea st around.  Join with sl st to 1st stitch in row (36 st)

R4: ch 3 (counts as 1st st), FPDC around ea st (36 st).  Join with sl st to top of starting chain.

In the next row, increase in every stitch by first working a front post double crochet over the next stitch, then working a dc in the top of the same stitch just worked.

R5: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in top of starting ch, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of same stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (72 st)

R6: Ch3 (counts as first stitch), *FPDC around next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * around ending with a FPDC.  Sl st to top of starting chain 3. (72 st)

R7: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in next st, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of nextstitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (72 st)

Repeat rows 6 & 7 until hat measures 7.5” (ending with row 7).

Alpine Stitch Crochet Hat


Ribbing is worked in front and back post HALF double crochet stitches.  Note:  If you find your hat needs to be a little bit longer, just repeat row 2 until you reach the desired length.

R1:  ch 2 (counts as 1st st).  *FPHDC around next st from previous round, BPHDC around next st.  Repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to top of 1st st.

R2-3:  ch 2 (counts as 1st st), *FPHDC around next st, BPHDC around next st.  Repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to top of 1st st.

R4:  ch 1, sc in same st as joining. Single crochet around.  Join with sl stitch to 1st st and fasten off.

If you’d like, make yourself a faux fur pom pom to put on top.  Full instructions for the faux fur pom pom are here.

Alpine Stitch Crochet Hat

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If you love the Alpine Stitch Crochet Hat pattern, you might also like to check out these other crochet hat patterns:

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  1. In your opinion, is this hat heavy/warm enough for folks who are working outside in this miserably cold weather?

    1. I would say this is about the thickness/warmth of a traditional beanie. If you want something warmer, I made my boyfriend a hat with Cozy Wool by Loops and Threads which was a comfortably warm hat for Montana weather that wasn’t too costly. Good luck!

    1. Working in the round means working in a continuous spiral (as opposed to joining with a slip stitch to the first stitch and chaining up to start the next row).

    1. It definitely is ruffly at first. The end result resembles a hat that is cinched at the top, so there are gathers there. Hope that helps.