Leafly autumn hat

My latest design: the Leafly autumn hat! When I made my third Frozen winter (bun) hat last year, I noticed the extreme drop stitch looks like a leaf upside down. Especially when you use a brown color.

So I decided to reverse the pattern, starting from the top working to the bottom, to make an autumn version of my Frozen Winter hat! I love how one stitch can be used for different seasonal projects.Leafly Autumn Hat - free crochet pattern

With the following pattern you can make completely different hats by playing and changing the colors. Below you can find a few examples of hats I made with the pattern below, all I did was changing some colors and adjust the places where I made a color change. If you follow the pattern below, you’ll end up with the hat on the picture above.

Materials

Vanna’s Choice in 2 colors: one for the basis and one for the leaves. I used brown color changing yarn for the leaves which I bought during my holiday in Turkey.

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– 6mm hook (US J hook)

Pom pom (you can also make one with yarn)

– Needle

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YouTube video

I’ve made a video explaining how to make the Leafly Autumn hat (written pattern below).

Abbreviations/stitches used for this hat:

Ch: Chain
Sl st: Slip stitch
Dc: Double crochet (US)
Fdc: Foundation double crochet (US) see video below
Fpdc: Front post double crochet (US) see video below
**: repeat between **
(): amount of stitches at the end of the row
Extreme drop stitch:
Yarn over, insert your hook in the next gap, pull up a loop. Do this again, you’ll now have 5 loops on your hook. Go to the gap underneath it and pull up a loop twice, you now have 9 loops on your hook. Go to the lowest gap in the middel and pull up a loop three times (15 loops on your hook now). Go one row up on the left side, pull up a loop twice (19 loops now). Go to the highest gap above, pull up 2 loops, you will end with 23 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all loops together. Close the stitch with a chain. See video below.

Notes

– The pattern is worked in joined rounds which means we make a slip stitch at the end of every row and start with 3 chains as the first double crochet

– ‘Slip stitch in first stitch’ means a slip stitch in the 3rd chain (which counts as the first double crochet)

– Gaps are created to guide the extreme drop stitches, otherwise it’s hard to see where you need to insert your hook. If you prefer a hat without gaps, you can skip the chains, but I recommend making the first hat with gaps. After making one you’ll get the hang of it and can try to skip the chains if you like!

– As for the counting, we only count the dc stitches, not the chains and extreme drop stitches.

– Work with an amount of stitches that can be divided by 8 (32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72).

Leafly Autumn hat

Row 1:
Start with 48 foundation double crochet stitches and slip stitch in the first stitch.
Make sure to leave a long end for sewing. If you don’t know how to make this stitch, click here for a video. You can also start with normal chains and double crochet stitches, but then you’ll probably need to start with 56 stitches. p.s. don’t worry if it’s too tight, it’s just the top part and the hat will become much looser in the following rows.

Row 2: creating the first gaps
Ch 3, 1 dc in the next 3 st, *chain 1, 1 dc in the next 8 stitches* 5x, ch 1, 1 dc in the next 4 stitches, sl st in 1st st (48)

Row 3: three gaps above the gaps from the previous row
Ch 3, 1dc in next 2st, *ch1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1dc in st after ch-space, ch1, 1dc in next 6st* 5x, repeat one more time but end with 3dc and sl st in 1st st (48)

Row 4: 3 gaps above the 3 gaps from the previous row
Ch3, 1dc in next 2st, *ch1, 1dc in st after ch-space, ch1, 1dc in st after ch-space, ch1, 1 dc in st after ch-space, 1dc in next 5st* 5x, repeat one more time but end with 1dc in next 2st and sl st in 1st st (48)

Row 5: get ready for the extreme drop stitch!
Ch3, 1dc in next 2st, *change color, ch1, extreme drop stitch, change color, ch1, 1dc in next 6st* 5x, repeat one more time but end with 3dc and sl st in 1st st (36)

Row 6: One gap
Ch 3, 1dc in next 2st, *1dc in the gap before extreme drop, 1dc in gap above the extreme drop, 1dc in next 3st, ch1, 1dc in next 3st* 5x, repeat one more time but replace the last 3dc with a sl st in 1st st (48)

Row 7: 3 gaps
Ch 4, *1dc in next 6st, ch 1, 1dc in next st, ch1, 1dc in st after ch-space, ch 1* repeat 5x, 1dc in next 6st, ch 1, 1dc in next st, ch1, sl st in 1st st (48)

Row 8: 3 gaps above the 3 gaps
Ch4, 1dc in dc after ch-space, *1dc in next 5st, ch1, 1dc in st after ch-space, ch1, 1dc in st after ch-space, ch1, 1 dc in st after ch-space* 5x, 1dc in next 5st, ch1, 1dc in st after ch-space, ch1, sl st in 1st st (48)

Row 9: extreme drop stitches
We first need to move up a bit, so make a slip stitch in the dc after ch-space.
Ch3, 1dc in next 5st, *change color, ch1, extreme drop stitch, change color, ch1, 1dc in next 6st* 5x, ch1, extreme drop stitch, ch1, sl st in 1st st (36)

Row 10: one gap
Ch 3, 1dc in next 3st, *ch1, 1dc in next 2st, 1dc in the gap before extreme drop, 1dc in gap above the extreme drop, 1dc in next 4st* repeat 5x, ch1, 1dc in next 2st, 1dc in the gap before extreme drop, 1dc in gap above the extreme drop, sl st in 1st st (48)

Row 11: repeat row 3 ‘3 gaps’(48)
Row 12: repeat row 4 ‘3 gaps above 3 gaps’ (48)
Row 13: repeat row 5 ‘extreme drop stitches’ (36)

Row 14:
Ch 3, 1dc in next 2st, *1dc in the gap before extreme drop, 1dc in gap above the extreme drop, 1dc in next 6st* 5x, repeat one more time but end with 3 dc and sl st in 1st st (48)

Brim

Round 15-17 (3 rounds):
ch3, 1 front post double crochet in every stitcht till end, sl st in 1st st (48)

Closing the top

With a needle and the long end from the slip knot, weave through all stitches. Pull tight and weave in the ends. Add a pompom to finish it off.

Leafly autumn hat free crochet pattern

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    In this, and your Frozen Hat, is it best to carry the blue (and brown) along the back, or try to hide it in the stitches as you go around?

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      I did not carry it because you could see it through the white stitches. Maybe it can if you work with a darker color. I just picked up the yarn again at the next extreme drop stitch. So on the inside there is some yarn between the extreme drop stitches if you know what I mean. You can also cut the yarn and attach every time you get to the stitch, but it’s a lot of weaving in the ends. I’m on a trip through the USA right now, I can take a picture of the inside of the hat when I’m back to show you how it looks on the inside.

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    Laura
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    Hi Wilma Thank you for this pattern. It is a hit, I have been asked by nieghbor t to make one for her. I only did one row of brim so it fits how I like it. Also I don’t like pm pm so I did a flower from http://www.naztazia.com. I will post a photo in pintrest of mine.

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      Wilma
      4 December 2017 at 12:33 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words! x

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    Kim Wardwell
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    Hi I just got to the rim part of the directions and something didn’t look right. I realize that the instructions SHOULD be telling us to do a front post double crochet stitch, THEN, a back post double crochet stitch, then a front one again, then a back one, and so on…all the way around. That will give you the rippled effect, as they show in the picture. Then repeat this in the next two rows. Thank you.

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    Kreanimo
    28 October 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Heel mooi weer hoor.
    Waar toeval toe kan leiden…

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      Wilma
      28 October 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Dankjewel!! <3

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    Angela Hughes
    25 October 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Wilma, thank you for this beautiful pattern. After making the extreme drop, hiw can I hide the color (brown) frim showing in the 6 dc? Thank you!

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      Wilma
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      Hi Angela, I noticed it’s best to keep the yarn behind the stitches, this way you’ll see less of the other color!

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    Celeste
    24 October 2017 at 8:07 pm

    So pretty! So the yarn you used for the extreme drop stitch is the same size as the yarn you used for the base hat?

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      Wilma
      24 October 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you Celeste! I have made a few hats so far and for most hats I used the same brand (so extreme drop stitches were indeed the same size) – however, this brown glitter yarn on my picture is very thin, almost like fingering yarn, so I used double strands / pulled up more loops to make it thicker 🙂

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    Eva K Carvajal
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    Wilma, thank you so much for the Leafy Autumn hat pattern. It is so beautiful as are the flowers and pillow. ❤

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      Wilma
      23 October 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind reply Eva! Really appreciate it <3

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    Wendy Geoghan
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    Gorgeous hat! Thank you for the lovely pattern. Checking my stash tomorrow!

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      Wilma
      23 October 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you Wendy for your comment! And you’re welcome 🙂

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    Meg
    23 October 2017 at 1:33 am

    So lovely! I cannot wait to try! Endless Thanks for sharing

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      Wilma
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      Thank you for your kind words!

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