When We Were Young is a free griddle stitch crochet hat pattern. Using single crochet and double crochet stitches, it’s a perfect beginner crochet pattern. However, it’s also a great project for more advanced crocheters who want a simple project. Written for baby sizes 3-6 months through an adult large, it work well as a gift for anyone. Plus you only need one ball of yarn to make. For a special decorative touch, attach your favorite buttons. See below for a messy bun hat variation on this griddle stitch crochet hat pattern.
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About the Griddle Stitch Crochet Hat Pattern
Like many of you, I have many skeins and balls of yarn around my craft room that would be perfect for a one ball project. However, I can never find a project I like. Then, the other day I saw this cute ball of Red Heart Yarn With Love Metallic yarn sitting on my desk and I thought it would make a wonderful easy crochet hat pattern! After all, if you don’t see a crochet pattern you like, then it’s smart to just make one!
I picked up my hook and started with the single crochet ribbing stitch for the cuff of the hat. I really like this cuff because it doesn’t pull in too much and isn’t too terribly long to make. Once I had the cuff the perfect length (just long enough to go around my head a little snuggly), I had to choose the stitch pattern I wanted to use.
What is the Griddle Stitch?
For those of you who don’t know, the Griddle Stitch (sometimes called the Lemon Peel Stitch or crochet seed stitch) is one of my favorite stitch patterns. I love the texture of the resulting fabric. Moreover, I think it is fairly easy to crochet without a lot of extra effort.
Basically, you just alternate single crochet and double crochet stitches across the row. In this griddle stitch crochet hat pattern, you use it for the body of the hat. It works really well in combination with that single crochet ribbed stitch; they complement one another nicely. It’s just really great texture all around.
Once I decided on the griddle stitch, I knew I could make this hat to be absolutely perfect with a crown that has a fun shape due to the crochet decreases being paired up in order to maintain the stitch pattern. That’s what makes this griddle stitch crochet hat pattern a little bit special.
Can I Make The Griddle Stitch Crochet Hat Pattern a Messy Bun Hat?
Oh, are you a fan of the crochet messy bun hat patterns? This one can easily be made into a messy bun hat. I put the instructions for how to do that right into the pattern. After all, I really like to be able to give you a lot of options to vary up a crochet pattern. If you like the griddle stitch crochet hat pattern but want a messy bun hat, no problem at all.
Does It Come With a Crochet Chart?
Also, to make it even easier for you to do the decreases at the crown, I paid my tech editor to create a crochet chart for you to use. You’re welcome 🙂 It’s always great to have different ways to read a crochet pattern. That way if you aren’t sure about a portion, you can check the chart or words as needed.
Making It a Bit More Special
Last but not least, I wanted to add that little something extra to this design. Therefore, I searched my button bin (yes, I have an entire bin of buttons just waiting for that perfect project…sort of like my yarn stash 😉 ) and found some fun black buttons. Then I quickly sewed those onto the cuff of the hat for added fun. You can do the same thing with any buttons that you love. Alternatively, you can keep it simple without the buttons.
There you have it, a wonderful free crochet hat pattern that is easy, fun, cheap and is a perfect beginner crochet pattern.