Whether you’re a plant lady waiting to happen, or just have a deep love of all things cactus, this Crochet Cactus Hat Pattern is enough to make you swoon without getting prickly! A great project for intermediate crochet-ers.
My family has this tradition… or I have this tradition with my family… who knows. BUT ever since I learned to knit and crochet I make one hat a year that is usually inspired by food. And my mom keeps and wears those hats all year long. At one point there was a watermelon hat that made the rounds and we have photos of everyone including the hosted exchange students wearing it over the holidays. I know!!! Recipe for lice, am I right?!? But don’t worry, it gets washed and weirdly enough there has never been a lice outbreak at our house so knock on wood or whatever.
This year, since I’ve been living in California for a while, I decided to make a cactus hat and I gotta say… it turned out pretty nice! My sister has claimed it so look out Nashville! This is also the first hat that I’ve crochet. What I mean by that is that I usually knit my hats so this ribbed stitch was super new for me. If you’re a little nervous, don’t be. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but once you learn it, you’ll be making ribbed hats all over the place!
Crochet Cactus Hat Pattern
Cost: $10 or less
Time: Weekend project
Comfort level: Prickly (not really but it was too good to not post!)
H crochet hook
Large pom pom maker
Bright Green yarn or dark green depending on the shade you want your cactus.
Bright pink or fuschia yarn
HDC: Half Double Crochet
SL ST: Slip stitch
NOTE: The number of stitches you make for the first row determine the height of the hat. If you want to add in a brim, add 10 extra stitches.
MAKE IT: Easy Crochet Slippers
Row 1: Start with a Foundation Half Double Crochet of 37 stitches. Not sure what that looks like? Here’s a video!!! Then Ch. 2
ALL STITCHES ARE WORKED IN BACK LOOPS
Row 2: Starting in the first HDC on your row and work HDC in the BACK LOOPS of the next 32 stitches. SL ST in back loops of next 5. Ch 1
Row 3: Work 1 HDC in BACK LOOPS of each stitch across. Ch 2
Row 4 onward: Alternate rows 2 and 3 until your hat can wrap around your head.
The side with the more visible tapering is the inside.
With the right sides together (more visible tapering) join the edges using a slip stitch. This is where it gets a little tricky and I’m kinda kicking myself for not photographing this, so bear with me.
If you look at the edges stuck together you’ll see 4 loops. Number them 1, 2, 3 and 4. Now you’re going to do your slip stitch through loops 1, 2, and 4. When you’re done, fasten off and leave a nice long tail.
To close the top of the hat, weave around the top (tapered) edge of the hat a few times with the yarn needle and pull tight. Stitch a few more times through the tightened top and fasten off.
MAKE IT: Hogwarts House Crochet Ear Warmer
ADD THE NEEDLES
Thread your yarn needle with a length of white yarn. Then double it over. Make a small stitch through the front of the hat (in the front and back out) cut it so you have a 2-3″ piece of yarn and double knot it. Sew these randomly around the hat until you’re happy with it.
ADD THE POM POM
Using the large pom pom maker make a pink pom pom following the instructions. Tie it off with a length of pink yarn and weave it through the top of the hat, securing it with a double knot on the inside. Secure with a bit of hot glue for extra hold if you feel so inclined.
And… there you go! These things are so fun to make you’ll be making them for all of your gal pals and you’d be like a cactus garden! Or.. just extra prickly? Have fun being super cute! Don’t forget to PIN this project and SHARE it with your favorite crochet buddy!