Irish Crochet Hat Patterns

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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! These Lass & Lad beanies are easier to make than they look. You crochet a simple beanie, changing colors for the black belt, and then add the braids or the beard. You could even make the hat without the braids or beard and you would still have a great St. Patty’s Day hat. This is such a fun pattern. My kids were very excited to model the hats for me. I hope you like it!

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Project Materials

  •  I 5.5 mmcrochet hook for hat or hook needed to obtain gauge
  • H 5 mm crochet hook for beard & buckles
  • yarn: worsted weight (#4). I used Red Heart Super Saver in Black, Paddy Green, Pumpkin & Gold
  • tapestry needle
  • locking stitch markers
  • scissors

Finished Sizes

Toddler, Child & Adult

Gauge

14 stitches = 4 inches and 9 rows = 4 inches

Crochet Terms

dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
ch = chain
ch(s) = chains
st = stitch
st(s) = stitches
rem = remaining
dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 stitches together

Pattern Notes

  • you are crocheting in the round
  • hat is worked from the top down
  • the ch at the beginning of each round never counts as your first stitch
  • you can make any size hat longer or shorter by repeating or eliminating the last row

Toddler Size Instructions

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: Paddy Green

Instructions between two asterisks (*) should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [11]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [22]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [33]

Rnd 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 6: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 7: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 12 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnds 8– 12: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [56]

Switch to Black yarn.

Rnds 13 -15: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [56]

Switch to Paddy Green yarn.

Rnd 16: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [56]

Scroll down to “buckle” section.

Child Size Instructions

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: Paddy Green

Instructions between two asterisks (*) should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [11]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [22]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [33]

Rnd 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 6: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 7: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 12 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnd 8: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 13 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts*, join [60]

Rnds 9– 13: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [60]

Switch to Black yarn.

Rnds 14- 16: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [60]

Switch to Paddy Green yarn.

Rnd 17: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [60]

Scroll down to “buckle” section.

Adult Size Instructions

Crochet hook: I 5.5 mm
Yarn: Paddy Green

Instructions between two asterisks (*) should be repeated for the remainder of the round.

Rnd 1: magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st in top of first dc [11]

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, join [22]

Rnd 3: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [33]

Rnd 4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts*, join [44]

Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 10 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts*, join [48]

Rnd 6: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 11 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts*, join [52]

Rnd 7: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 12 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 12 sts*, join [56]

Rnd 8: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 13 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts*, join [60]

Rnd 9: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 14 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 14 sts*, join [64]

Rnds 10– 15: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [64]

Switch to Black yarn. 

Rnds 16- 18: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [64]

Switch to Paddy Green yarn.

Rnd 19: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each rem st, join [64]

Scroll down to “buckle” section.

Buckle Instructions

Crochet hook: H 5 mm
Yarn: Gold

Chain 20 and join in the round. Be careful not to twist the chain.

The bolded ch 2 spaces will create the corners of your buckle.

Rnd 1: ch 2, hdc in 6 chs, ch 2, hdc in 4 chs, ch 2, hdc in 6 chs, ch 2, hdc in 4 chs, ch 2, join with a slip stitch to the top of the first hdc.

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Don’t sew the buckle to your hat until you have completed the braids/beard.

Scroll down to the “Lass” or “Lad” section for further instructions.

Hat with Braids Instructions

To create the braids, you will want to use locking stitch markers to mark the stitches where you will attach the “hair”.

Toddler Size: You are going to attach the “hair” to 12 stitches on each side of the hat. Leave 18 stitches in the front and 14 in the back.

Child Size: You are going to attach the “hair” to 14 stitches on each side of the hat. Leave 18 stitches in the front and 14 in the back.

Adult Size: You are going to attach the “hair” to 14 stitches on each side of the hat. Leave 20 stitches in the front and 16 in the back.

Cut 24 (toddler) or 28 (child & adult) strips of the orange yarn. Each strip should be approximately 36 inches long.

Fold a strip in half and pull one through each of the side stitches. Tie with a knot.

Since each strip of yarn was folded in half, you will have 24 (toddler) or 28 (child & adult) pieces of “hair” on each side to braid.

Use your tapestry needle to sew your buckle to the hat. Make sure it is centered between the braids.

Hat with Beard Instructions

Crochet hook: H 5 mm
Yarn: Pumpkin

T= toddler size
C= child size
A= adult size

Row 1
T: chain 38 (36+2), hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook and each rem ch, turn [36]

C: chain 42 (40+2), hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook and each rem ch, turn [40]

A: chain 52 (50+2), hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook and each rem ch, turn [50]

Row 2
T: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 32, hdc2tog, turn [34]

C: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 36, hdc2tog, turn [38]

A: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 46, hdc2tog, turn [48]

Row 3
T: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 30, hdc2tog, turn [32]

C: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 34, hdc2tog, turn [36]

A: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 44, hdc2tog, turn [46]

Row 4
T: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 28, hdc2tog, turn [30]

C: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 32, hdc2tog, turn [34]

A: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 42, hdc2tog, turn [44]

Row 5
T: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 9, ch 8 and skip over 8 sts, hdc 9, hdc2tog, turn [20 sts, 8 chs]

C: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 30, hdc2tog, turn [32]

A: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 40, hdc2tog, turn [42]

Row 6
T: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 8, hdc in each ch, hdc 8, hdc2tog, turn [26]

C: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 10, ch 8 and skip over 8 sts, hdc 10, hdc2tog, turn [22 sts, 8 chs]

A: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 38, hdc2tog, turn [40]

You are done with the toddler size. Scroll down for further instructions.

Row 7
C: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 9, hdc in each ch, hdc 9, hdc2tog, turn [28]

A: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 12, ch 12 and skip over 12 sts, hdc 12, hdc2tog, turn [26 sts, 12 chs]

You are done with the child size. Scroll down for further instructions.

Row 8
A: ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc 11, hdc in each ch, hdc 11, hdc2tog, turn [36]

You are done with the adult size. Scroll down for further instructions.

Use your tapestry needle to sew the beard to the side of each hat in the area where a persons ears would be.

You are now going to attach the “hairs” of the beard. Cut 5 inch scraps of orange yarn. You are going to tie one scrap of yarn around each stitch in each row. You will want to trim the mustache hairs.

Use your tapestry needle to sew your buckle to the hat. Make sure it is centered over the beard.

You are done! Now you get to show off your new hat! Enjoy! 🙂

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