Perfect Winter Hat

Oct 30, 2009
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Sarah Lytle


I used the Spike Single Crochet stitch from the latest Interweave Crochet to create a hat with a cool spike feature, but still warm and cozy for the coming snow.

Materials List

I used just under 1 skein of Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica, which is a 100 gr skein (or 138 yards). I think just about any wool yarn will do though.

I used a K hook, but again I think this is pretty flexible, as long as the first two chains fit your noggin you're set.

Finished Size

One size fits all (its a beanie!)


I didn't do a gauge swatch on this, sorry! I rarely ever gauge if its a hat, but if you need help with the sizing let me know and I'll lend a hand.


The only special stitch you'll really need to know about is the Spike Single Crochet which is as follows:

Insert hook in next stitch, 1 row down, yarn over, pull loop to height of working row, yarn over and draw through both loops on the hook.

This alternates with a regular single crochet through the pattern to create the spiked effect.

Also, here's a refresher on sc2tog: Single crochet together. Insert hook into st, wrap yarn once (two loops on hook), insert into next stitch, wrap yarn once (3 loops on hook) pull hook through all three loops.

If you have any issues at all, or want to leave me a nasty comment on my blog, its

The Pattern

*Do not join! Just keep working in the round, marking the first stitch with a marker*

Rd 1: Chain 61 (or however many it takes to fit your head, but it must be an odd number to create the effect we want).

Rd 2: sc in each st (61)

Rd 3- sc in first st, spike stitch in sc one row below the next stitch (this is the spike single crochet), continue this until the end of the row.

Rd 4 - spike stitch in sc one row below first stitch, sc in next stitch - continue this until the end of the row

Rd 5-17 - repeat rds 3 and 4.

(add rows if needed for height after row 17, just continue using rds 3 and 4)

Begin Decrease!

Rd 18: sc 1, sc2tog, sc in each of the next 58 st (60)

Rd 19: sc 8, sc2tog (6 times) - 54

Rd 20: sc 7, sc2tog (6 times) - 48

Rd 21: sc 6, sc2tog (6 times) - 42

Rd 22: sc 5, sc2tog (6 times) - 36

Rd 23: sc 4, sc2tog (6 times) - 30

Rd 24: sc 3, sc2tog (6 times) - 24

Rd 25: sc 2 sc2tog (6 times) - 18

Rd 26: sc 1 sc2tog (6 times) - 12

Rd 27: sc2tog (6 times) - 6

Fasten off, leaving 1.5 inches to sew up top hole.

If you need a brim like I did, join yarn on the bottom, anywhere will work.

Rd 1: Sc in each st (61)

Rd 2: Sc in each st (61)

Rd 3: Sc in the back loop only of each st (61)

Fast off and weave in loose ties.

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on Oct 31, 2009 6:21 AM

mad for crochet!

I love the texture of this hat. I bet it would look great in a solid color too, to really show off the spike stitching.

CarolynD@16 wrote
on Nov 5, 2009 10:20 PM

I love the hat. I am crazy about hats and I have crocheted many. This hat speaks volumes in terms of simplicity, with stylish beauty and quite versatile. Great choice of yarn--Just truly loved the hat. Oh? did I say that---again?!

on Nov 9, 2009 10:25 AM

This is beautiful. I have been making hats to sell at a Holiday Bazaar, but I've been getting bored with my single crochet beanie pattern. The spike stitch should make a difference. I can't wait to try one of these.

SonnieKaye wrote
on Jan 31, 2010 3:50 PM

This looks like a nice variation on all the typical crochet hats I've seen.  Love the color choice, also.  Most likely, I'll make it with something other than wool, due to my allergic reaction on my forehead.  Thanks for sharing!


Sondra K

on Feb 2, 2010 10:17 PM

Love this hat !  Thanks...the hardest part is keeping the chain ring straight ,  after that is a "snap".  The elongated single crochet makes a very warm hat and its pretty too.

Rivkee wrote
on Mar 5, 2010 9:41 AM


I did the same thing, after making the hand warmers. Only I started from the middle, and I included the spike stitch in the increase. And I used a size G hook. Despite all the differences, mine looks remarkably similar.

hallgenie17 wrote
on Mar 29, 2010 4:25 PM

This is a great hat, I like to crochet and knit hats for winter. 

I broke my wrist and the back of my humerous bone in my shoulder and of course it had to be the hand I use most. the right one. It happened last November, and I am still in physical therapy.

I have 17 g.children, so making hats for them in their school colors has been fun. One year I made them in their school colors which also include college colors. Many wanted to know how I knew the color. I said I searched on the computer.

My first project since the accident is a dish cloth. If I can finish it then I want to make the hat.





Quinetta wrote
on Oct 26, 2010 9:53 PM

This is adorable. The colors atract . It cought my eye. Very good.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Quinetta

on Dec 10, 2010 9:29 PM

I LOVE this hat! Can you tell me the color you used? Great job!

on Dec 16, 2010 4:33 AM

Hi I am Claudia,


I'm from Mar del Plata, (a beautiful tourist city with beautiful beaches in the southeast province of Buenos Aires in Argentina) I love to knit in my little free time. I always make nice ideas in this publication. I would love a friendly contact with other moms like me who love knitting for your children to share ideas. Best regards and happy Christmas and New Year!

on Jan 5, 2011 11:56 AM

Beautiful, can i use acrylic yarn(vanna).