by Chloe Nightingale


Cranium Hat
I learned to crochet because my college roommate returned from fall break one year with a really cute hat she’d just crocheted. I was jealous and told her I wanted the hat for myself. I begged. I pleaded. She refused, but offered to teach me to crochet so I could make my own hat. I’ve been making hats ever since.

I like making hats because it’s a good way to try out a new kind of yarn, it only takes one or two skeins, it’s a fast project, and if I don’t want the hat for myself I can always give it to one of my friends.

This hat comes in two sizes: Regular head (will fit most women), and big head (for those of you with above-average sized craniums — this size fits my husband nicely). The yarn is stretchy, too, so it will fit comfortably and you will have less of a chance of getting hat-head.

Materials List

  • Louisa Harding Fauve yarn, (100% Nylon, 127yds/116m per 50 g), 2 skeins, shade 06 (Note: I made the big head version with 2 skeins, but I had less than a meter of yarn left after making the hat; you might want to have a third skein on hand just in case.)
  • 5.00mm (US H-8) hook
  • Stitch marker (I find a dangle earring works well in lieu of a proper stitch marker)

Finished Size

Regular head: 7″ (18cm) from top to brim, 24″ (61cm) in diameter at the brim

Big head: 8.5″ (22cm) from top to brim, 26″ (66cm) in diameter at the brim.


18 sts x 16 rounds of sc (blo) = 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm)


All stitches are worked through the blo (back loop only), except where noted.

The hat is crocheted in a spiral, so you will not make a join at the end of every round. To keep track of rounds, place a marker in the first stitch of the round; work in pattern, moving the marker with each round.

The Pattern

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