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Crochet Puff Stitch Hat with Shamrock Motif

St Patricks Day puff stitch hat with shamrock

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day, when the whole world is Irish! A day for breaking out the shamrocks, clovers and pots of gold – and for standing in the freezing cold watching the St. Patrick’s Day parade!

The day of our local parade last year was one of the coldest yet. My little Miss E, who was 3 at the time, gave up before the parade had even started, I ended up having to give her a piggyback for the entire thing. We were all shivering by the time we got home two hours later.

So this year I said I’d make her a cosy little hat to keep her head warm should the polar winds strike again.

I decided to make a hat that could be worn the other 364 days of the year, so I chose a nice neutral mossy green colour and added a detachable shamrock motif.

Puff Stitch Beanie
Puff Stitch Beanie

Ribbing

I’ve tried a number of different crochet ribbing techniques in the past but I always just felt that they didn’t look ‘knit’ enough for me. So this time I decided to use ‘Slip Stitch ribbing’ and I absolutely love how it looks. Very knit like indeed.

Slip stitch ribbing
Slip stitch ribbing

The Shamrock

It took a bit of trial and error until I was happy with my little shamrock – I knew I wanted to use puff stitches in it somewhere to pick up on the puffs in the hat.

Shamrock front
Shamrock – front
Shamrock back
Shamrock – back

Materials

Pattern

Gauge

Ribbing is 8 stitches x 5 rows in a 1.5 inch/4cm square (approx)

Hat Sizes

The pattern below is for the toddler size but it’s very easy to adjust. Just add/subtract rows of ribbing as needed – you just need an even number.

AgeHat SizeRibbing rowsPuff stitches per rowPuff stitch rows
Toddler (1-3 years)17 inches or 44 cm582914
Child (3-5 years)18 inches or 46 cm623116
Child (6-10 years)19 inches or 48 cm663316
Adult21 inches or 54 cm743718

Hat Pattern (US)

Abbreviation (US)Stitch Description (US)
scSingle Crochet
sl stSlip Stitch
bloBack Loop Only
puff stPuff Stitch (view a tutorial here)
hdcHalf Double Crochet
Ribbing

Row 1: Leaving a longish tail (for sewing later) chain 9. Sl st in second chain from hook, sl st in next 7 chains. Ch 1 and turn. (8)

Row 2: Sl st in back loop only (blo) in each of the 8 stitches. Ch 1 and turn. (8)

Row 3-58: Repeat Row 2 until desired size is reached (see Hat Size table)

Sl st to corner of first row to join ends. Use the tail from the first Ch 1 to sew ends together.

Beanie Body

Round 1: Ch 1. 1 sc into each vertical row of ribbing. Sl st to first sc. Ch1 and turn. (58)

Round 2: *1 puff st into next sc, ch 1, skip next sc. Repeat from * until end of round. Sl st to top of first puff. Ch 1. (29 puff stitches)

Round 3: *1 puff st in first ch 1 space. (Mark this first stitch with a stitch marker). Ch 1, skip next sc. Repeat from * around. (29 puff stitches)

(At the end of the round, don’t join with a sl st, just continue the “puff stitch, ch 1 pattern” in the next ch 1 space) 

Round 4-14: Repeat Row 3 until you have 14 rows (or even rows for your desired hat height) of puff stitches.

Fasten off but leave a tail to close the top of the beanie. Turn inside out and using a tapestry needle weave in and out between each puff stitch in the last row. Pull tight and sew closed.

Now, you can stop here but if you want to jazz things up a little bit for St. Patrick’s Day, keep going for the shamrock motif!

Shamrock Pattern (US)

Ch 2, sl st to first chain to close the circle.

Round 1: [1 sc in circle, ch 3, 1 puff stitch in circle, ch 3]. Repeat 3 times. Sl st into circle.

Shamrock stem: Ch 10. Sl st into second chain from hook. Repeat 7 more times (8 slip stitches). Sl st into circle.

Round 2: *[1 sc in first ch 3 space. **[1 hdc, 1 puff st, ch 1, 1 puff st, 1 hdc] in ch 3 space. 1 sc in top of first puff stitch from Round 1. Repeat ** once in next ch 3 space. 1 sc into ch 3 space. Sl st into main circle.]

Repeat from * two more times until the 3 corners of the shamrock are completed. Fasten off.

Finishing: I decided to make my shamrock detachable so I sewed a safety pin to the back of the shamrock using a tapestry needle. If you want to just attach it directly to the hat please do!


Hat Pattern (UK)

Abbreviation (UK)Stitch Description (UK)
dcDouble Crochet
sl stSlip Stitch
bloBack Loop Only
puff stPuff Stitch (view a tutorial here)
htcHalf Treble Crochet
Ribbing

Row 1: Leaving a longish tail (for sewing later) chain 9. Sl st in second chain from hook, sl st in next 7 chains. Ch 1 and turn. (8)

Row 2: Sl st in back loop only (blo) in each of the 8 stitches. Ch 1 and turn. (8)

Row 3-58: Repeat Row 2 until desired size is reached (see Hat Size table)

Sl st to corner of first row to join ends. Use the tail from the first Ch 1 to sew ends together.

Beanie Body

Round 1: Ch 1. 1 dc into each vertical row of ribbing. Sl st to first dc. Ch1 and turn. (58)

Round 2: *1 puff st into next dc, ch 1, skip next dc. Repeat from * until end of round. Sl st to top of first puff. Ch 1. (29 puff stitches)

Round 3: *1 puff st in first ch 1 space. (Mark this first stitch with a stitch marker). Ch 1, skip next sc. Repeat from * around. (29 puff stitches)

(At the end of the round, don’t join with a sl st, just continue the “puff stitch, ch 1 pattern” in the next ch 1 space)

Round 4-14: Repeat Row 3 until you have 14 rows of puff stitches.

Fasten off but leave a tail to close the top of the beanie. Turn inside out and using a tapestry needle weave in and out between each puff stitch in the last row. Pull tight and sew closed.

Now, you can stop here but if you want to jazz things up a little bit for St. Patrick’s Day, keep going for the shamrock motif!

Shamrock Pattern (UK)

Ch 2, sl st to first chain to close the circle.

Round 1: [1 dc in circle, ch 3, 1 puff stitch in circle, ch 3]. Repeat 3 times. Sl st into circle.

Shamrock stem: Ch 10. Sl st into second chain from hook. Repeat 7 more times (8 slip stitches). Sl st into circle.

Shamrock leaf: 1 dc in next ch 3 space. *[1 htc, 1 puff st, ch 1, 1 puff st, 1 htc] in ch 3 space. 1 dc in top of first puff stitch from Round 1. Repeat *once in next ch 3 space. 1 dc into ch 3 space. Sl st into main circle.

Repeat Shamrock leaf two more times until the 3 sides of the shamrock are completed. Fasten off.

Finishing: I decided to make my shamrock detachable so I sewed a safety pin to the back of the shamrock using a tapestry needle. If you want to just attach it directly to the hat please do!

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