Candy Cane Crochet Hat Pattern Free

Get ready to add a festive flair to your winter wardrobe with my Candy Cane Striped Crochet Hat Pattern.

This free and super easy pattern is designed for all sizes, from baby to adult, ensuring that everyone can sport this holiday-inspired accessory with style and comfort.

The free Candy Cane Crochet Hat pattern is below.

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Melissa Hassler holding her candy cane crochet hat pattern design

CROCHET PATTERN INFORMATION

Skill Level

Beginner. This crochet hat pattern uses basic stitches in basic form and in simple repeats in rounds.

Melissa Hassler holding her candy cane crochet hat pattern design

Crochet Project Materials

Hat SizeCrownCircumferenceHeight
0-3 Months4.5 inches13-14 inches5 inches
3-6 Months5 inches14-15 inches5.5 inches
6-12 Months5.5 inches16-17 inches6.25 inches
Toddler6 inches18-19 inches6.75 inches
Child6.5 inches19-20 inches7 inches
Adult7 inches20-23 inches7.75 inches
Crochet Hat Pattern Size Chart

Gauge is important for this crochet hat pattern.

15 stitches and 10 rows = 4″

Crochet the first five rounds of the hat. It should measure close to 4.5″ across the middle.

→ If your swatch is larger than 4.5 inches, your gauge is looser than mine. Try using a smaller crochet hook.

→ If your swatch is smaller than 4.5 inches, your gauge is tighter than mine. Try using a larger crochet hook.

  • This pattern hat pattern starts with a magic circle.
  • The beginning of each round starts with a chain. This chain does not count as your first stitch. 
  • At the end of each round, you’ll join your yarn with a slip stitch (sl st) to the first stitch made in that round. 
  • Repeat instructions between asterisks (*) for the remainder of the round.
  • You are crocheting in the round.
  • Hat is worked from the top down.
  • If needed, you can make any size hat longer or shorter by repeating or eliminating the last row.
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Related Crochet Patterns

If you like this crochet hat pattern, you may also like these other crochet patterns for free: Santa Hat, Christmas Tree Hat, and Elf Hat free crochet hat patterns.

  • dc = double crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • rnd = round
  • rnds = rounds
  • rem = remaining

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Melissa Hassler holding her candy cane crochet hat pattern design

CROCHET HAT PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

I/5.5 mm crochet hook

Begin with white yarn and alternate with red every two rows

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (48 stitches)

Rnds 7– 13: Repeat round 6 (48 stitches)

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

crochet hat

I/5.5 mm crochet hook

Begin with white yarn and alternate with red every two rows

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (52 stitches)

Rnds 8– 15: Repeat round 7 (52 stitches)

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

crochet hat

I/5.5 mm crochet hook

Begin with white yarn and alternate with red every two rows

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join (56 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (56 stitches)

Rnds 9– 16: Repeat round 8 (56 stitches)

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

crochet hat

I/5.5 mm crochet hook

Begin with white yarn and alternate with red every two rows every two rows

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join (56 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (60 stitches)

Rnds 10– 18: Repeat round 9 (60 stitches)

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

candy cane colored crochet hat

I/5.5 mm crochet hook

Begin with white yarn and alternate with red every two rows

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join (56 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 14 sts*, join (64 stitches)

Rnd 10: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (64 stitches)

Rnds 11– 19: Repeat round 10 (64 stitches)

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

crochet hat

I/5.5 mm crochet hook

Begin with white yarn and alternate with red every two rows

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join (56 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 14 sts*, join (64 stitches)

Rnd 10: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 15 sts*, join (68 stitches)

Rnd 11: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (68 stitches)

Rnds 12– 21: Repeat round 11 (68 stitches)

Scroll down for earflap instructions.

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Earflap Instructions

image showing placement for crochet hat earflaps

Begin the first earflap where you ended the last round of your hat.

Then, refer to the chart and image below for placement of the second earflap.

SizeFront of HatBack of Hat
0-3 Monthsleave 16 stitches in frontleave 12 stitches in back
3-6 Monthsleave 16 stitches in frontleave 12 stitches in back
6-12 Monthsleave 18 stitches in frontleave 14 stitches in back
Toddlerleave 18 stitches in frontleave 14 stitches in back
Childleave 20 stitches in frontleave 16 stitches in back
Adultleave 22 stitches in frontleave 18 stitches in back

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 10 sts, turn (10 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog, turn (8 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (8 stitches)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, turn (6 stitches)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (6 stitches)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, turn (4 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (4 stitches)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc2tog, turn (2 stitches)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc2tog (1 stitch)

Lastly, repeat for second earflap and continue to single crochet around entire hat and both ear-flaps.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 12 sts, turn (12 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 8 sts, sc2tog, turn (10 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (10 stitches)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog, turn (8 stitches)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (8 stitches)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, turn (6 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (6 stitches)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, turn (4 stitches)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (4 stitches)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc2tog, turn (2 stitches)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc2tog (1 stitch)

Lastly, repeat for second earflap and continue to single crochet around entire hat and both ear-flaps.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in 14, turn (14 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 10 sts, sc2tog, turn (12 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (12 stitches)

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 8 sts, sc2tog, turn (10 stitches)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (10 stitches)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 6 sts, sc2tog, turn (8 stitches)

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (8 stitches)

Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 4 sts, sc2tog, turn (6 stitches)

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (6 stitches)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in 2 sts, sc2tog, turn (4 stitches)

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn (4 stitches)

Row 12: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc2tog, turn (2 stitches)

Row 13: Ch 1, sc2tog (1 stitch)

Lastly, repeat for second earflap and continue to single crochet around entire hat and both ear-flaps.

image of a candy cane colored striped crochet hat
image of a candy cane colored striped crochet hat

Braids

  1. Cut fourteen 30” strands of yarn.
  2. Holding all of the strands, fold in half and pass the folded loop through the bottom of the ear flap. Use a crochet hook to help.
  3. Then, pass the strand ends through the loop and pull tight to form a knot.
  4. Lastly, divide the strands into three sections and braid. Repeat for 2nd braid.

Bow Pattern

image of a candy cane colored striped crochet hat

H/5 mm crochet hook
Yarn: red

0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 Months Bow Pattern

Ch 40 and join in the round.

Rnd 1: ch 1, hdc in each chain, join (40 stitches)

Rnds 2-8: ch 1, hdc in each st, join (40 stitches)

Fasten off leaving a very long yarn tail.

Toddler, Child, and Adult Bow Pattern

Ch 45 and join in the round.

Rnd 1: ch 1, hdc in each chain, join (45 stitches)

Rnds 2-8: ch 1, hdc in each st, join (45 stitches)

Fasten off leaving a very long yarn tail.

Bow Assembly- All Sizes

Use a tapestry needle to weave yarn back and forth down the middle of the bow and then gently pull the yarn tight. This will “scrunch” up the middle.

Next, wrap the yarn tail around the middle until you are happy with the look of your bow.

Then, secure the yarn tail in the back of the bow so that the middle section doesn’t unravel.

Finally, use the remainder of the yarn tail to sew the bow onto the front of the hat.

imaging showing how to make a crochet bow
imaging showing how to make a crochet bow
imaging showing how to make a crochet bow
image of a candy cane colored striped crochet hat

Pom Pom Instructions- All Sizes

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image of a candy cane colored striped crochet hat

Tool: extra large pom pom maker
Yarn: white

Firmly and evenly wind your white yarn around each set of arches.

After the first set of arches, close them and then wind your yarn around the second set.

pom pom being made
pom pom being made

Cut the yarn between each set of arches.

pom pom being made

Use your scrap piece of white yarn to tie the pom pom in place. I recommend you double/triple knot it.

pom pom being made

Carefully open the arches. Fluff your pom pom and trim any long ends.

Use a tapestry needle to attach your pom pom to the top of your hat.

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