Milestone Journey Hat – free crochet hat pattern

Today I’m sharing a special crochet hat design for people on a journey. It’s called the Milestone Journey Hat and is specially designed for those who are (or were) on a journey. The hat can be personalized with beads which tell a story: the beads represent a treatment, special event, victory or milestone and form a visible representation of the journey.

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Milestone Journey Hat - crochet hat - free pattern

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About this design

A while ago I got contacted by a very kind woman who has a condition that causes hair loss. She asked if mom and I could design a customizable crochet hat that is warm enough for the cold winters. She said she was looking for a simple pattern that can be made in different colors and with different materials, because this way she can make matching hats with all her outfits. She preferred a hat with a bit more volume, as there is no hair underneath it.

Milestone Journey hat - crochet hat - examples of designs

We immediately tried out some ideas. We decided to work with a luxurious yarn called Katia Cotton Cashmere which feels very soft and pleasant on the skin. To make sure the hat is warm enough, we decided to make a double layered hat. This automatically creates some extra volume as well.

Besides the colors and materials of the yarn, we wanted to give an extra special touch to the hat. We came up with a simple idea that lets you easily customize the hat without too much work: three simple chain cords which can be attached in different ways, creating different shapes. On these chain cords you can attach beads which represent certain milestones and moments in life.

Milestone Journey Hat - crochet hat - adding beads

About the yarn

For this project I used high quality yarn called Katia Cotton Cashmere. It feels very soft (because of the silk content) and is very flexible. The color options are amazing: you can definitely find the colors you need to match with your favorite outfit.

Katia is a European brand that has a special yarn line called Concept by Katia. All the Katia Concept yarns, including the yarn I used, are natural yarns which are carefully selected for the choosiest of crafters. It’s hard to get Katia yarns in the USA. I found two American sellers on Etsy who sell this yarn, you can find the shop here. You can find other similar yarn here (worldwide shipping).

Milestone Journey Hat - crochet hat pattern

Milestone Journey Hat

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Materials

– 1x pink Katia Cotton Cashmere (50g / 155m / 169 yds)

– 1x grey Katia Cotton Cashmere (50g / 155m / 169 yds)

Beads

Crochet hook 4,5mm (US 7 hook)

Tapestry needle

Finished dimensions

Height: 24 cm / 9.5” when lying flat
Width: 23 cm / 9” when lying flat
Circumference fits adult size 57 cm / 22”

You can easily make the hat wider by making more single crochet stitches than stated in the pattern.

Gauge

15 hdc stitches equal 10 cm / 4”
16 rows equal 10 cm / 4”

Stitches & abbreviations (US terms)

– st: stitch
– ch: chain
– hdc: half double crochet
– tr: triple crochet

* *: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
( ) within instructions: work a group of stitches all in the same stitch
( ) at end of a row: amount of stitches you should have at the end of that row

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– All half double crochet stitches are worked in the back loops only

– The hat is worked in continuous rounds (vs joined rounds)

Milestone Journey crochet hat pattern

With color 1 (pink)

Chain 70, slip stitch in the first ch to close the round.

Row 1:
70 hdc (70)

Row 2 – 26 (25 rows):
70 hdc in the back loops only (70)

Creating loops

Reminder: all hdc stitches are worked in the back loops only.

Row 27: 
*6 hdc, (1 hdc & 1 tr in next st)* repeat till end (10 times) (80)

Row 28: 
*6 hdc, next hdc & tr together* repeat till end (10 times) (70)

Row 29: 
3 hdc, (1 hdc & 1 tr in next st), *6 hdc, (1 hdc & 1 tr in next st)* repeat 9 times, 3 hdc (80)

Row 30:
3 hdc, next hdc & tr together, *6 hdc, next hdc & tr together* repeat 9 times, 3 hdc (70)

Row 31: 
*6 hdc, (1 hdc & 1 tr in next st)* repeat till end (10 times) (80)

Row 32: 
*6 hdc, next hdc & tr together* repeat till end (10 times) (70)

Row 33 – 36 (4 rows):
70 hdc in the back loops only (70)

Change to color 2 (grey)

Row 37 – 41 (5 rows):
70 hdc in the back loops only (70)

Row 42: 
*6 hdc, (1 hdc & 1 tr in next st)* repeat till end (10 times) (80)

Row 43: 
*6 hdc, next hdc & tr together* repeat till end (10 times) (70)

Row 44: 
3 hdc, (1 hdc & 1 tr in next st), *6 hdc, (1 hdc & 1 tr in next st)* repeat 9 times, 3 hdc (80)

Row 45:
3 hdc, next hdc & tr together, *6 hdc, next hdc & tr together* repeat 9 times, 3 hdc (70)

Row 46: 
*6 hdc, (1 hdc & 1 tr in next st)* repeat till end (10 times) (80)

Row 47: 
*6 hdc, next hdc & tr together* repeat till end (10 times) (70)

And back to hdc all the way!

Row 48 – 72 (25 rows):
70 hdc in the back loops only (70)

Finishing the Milestone Journey Hat

As the stitch looks beautiful on both sides, first choose which side you want to use. Make sure the ‘good’ side is facing you.

Crochet hat - Milestone Journey hat - right sides facing out

Close both ends using your long tail and needle. Sew through all remaining loops.  Pull the end, cinching the end shut. Tie a firm knot and weave in the end.

Crochet hat - Milestone Journey hat - closing the ends

Now fold the grey part into the blue part.

Crochet hat - Milestone Journey hat - fold inside

Use your scrap yarn and make three long chains (approx. 95+ chains) and use these to customize your hat. Here are some ideas.

Crochet hat -Milestone Journey hat - examples of designs

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I would love to see the hats you made and the different yarn/color choices. Don’t forget to share some pictures on Facebook and Instagram, you can tag me on Instagram with my username @wilmawestenberg. Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue here.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathleen R
    3 November 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Please explain “hdc and tr together”

    • Reply
      Laura
      3 November 2018 at 4:37 pm

      Yes, I need help with this too

  • Reply
    Justina
    26 October 2018 at 4:20 pm

    How do you hdc and tr together?

  • Reply
    Ginger S.
    22 October 2018 at 5:18 pm

    What a lovely thought and pattern, Wilma. Thanks for sharing!

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