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Versatile Bowler Free Crochet Pattern

We finally got our first real snow this winter. It brought on a slew of snow days and a bit of extra time to play with my stash. I worked up a pattern I wanted to share with you all!

This simple bowler hat, worked up in a chunky yarn, has just enough give in the brim to create a versatile hat you can change up depending on your mood.  The band and flower can be worked up however you would like to make it fit your personality!  I prefer the classic look of the off white and black for the person who received this one. I think my next go round I’ll change it up and see what else I can do.

Free Pattern – Versatile Bowler

Versatile Bowler Hat

Versatile Bowler Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERIALS

Lions brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Approximately 8oz

Worsted Weight Black

Approximately 2oz

J Hook

Button of choice

GAUGE

4 inches = 10 stitches

4 inches = 6 rows

STITCHES: CH = Chain, SC = Single, HDC = Half Double, DC = Double,

FHDC = Foundation Half Double , Slip Stitch

NOTES:

CHAIN 2 Does NOT count as a stitch.

BASE

Chain 2 does not count as a stitch.

Start: Magic Circle: Chain 2. Work 10 DC into the circle and pull together. Join at the top of the first DC. Chain 2.

Row 1: 2 DC in each stitch around. Join at the top of the first DC. Chain 2. (20)

Row 2: 2 DC in first stitch, 1 DC in next stitch. Repeat around. Join at the top of the first DC. Chain 2. (30)

Row 3:  2 DC in first stitch, 1 DC in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. Join at the top of the first DC. Chain 2. (40)

Row 4:  2 DC in first stitch, 1 DC in next 3 stitches. Repeat around. Join at the top of the first DC. Chain 2. (50)

Row 5:  2 DC in first stitch, 1 DC in next 4 stitches. Repeat around. Join at the top of the first DC. Chain 2. (60)

Row 6-10: 1 DC in each stitch around. (60)

BRIM

Row 11: (Work this row in front loop only.)  2 DC in first stitch, 1 DC in next 3. Repeat around. (75)

Row 12: 2 DC in first stitch, 1 DC in next 5. Repeat 12 times. 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 2 stitches. Join at the top of the first DC. Chain 1. (88)

Row 13: 2 DC in first stitch, 1 DC in next 6. Repeat 12 times. 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 3 stitches. Join at the top of the first DC. Chain 1. (101)

Row 14: 1 SC in each stitch around. Join in the top of the first SC. Fasten and weave in ends. (101)

HEAD BAND

Using the worsted weight yarn, FHDC as many stitches as it takes to wrap around the base of the hat.

HDC three rows and end with a row of SC. Join the two ends and sew together.

Place it on the hat and use a slip stich at the base of the band to attach it to the hat using a tapestry needle.

FLOWER

Part One:

Chain 4, slip stitch into the first chain to create a circle.

SC 10 into the circle. Join.

Slipstitch into first stitch and CH 10. Slipstitch into the same stitch. Slipstitch into the second stitch and CH 12. Slipstitch in to the same stitch. Repeat to the end and tie off.

Part Two:

Chain 4, slip stitch into the first chain to create a circle.

SC 8 times into the circle. Join

Slipstitch into first stitch Chain 16. Slipstitch into the same stitch. Repeat 7 times. Tie off.

Assemble:

Put Part One on top of Part Two. Stitch together. Add the button to the center and leave enough extra yarn to attach it to the hat.

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31 Comments

  1. Glenda

    I really really like this hat.

    In your description you said hat is worked up in chunky yarn. In the materials list you have Lion Brand Woo-Ease. Lion Brand web site lists 4 different weight categories of Wool-Ease (2,4,5&6). Which one is used in this hat?

    Reply
    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      It’s the Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. =) Thank you for pointing that out. I will add it to the pattern.

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      1. Glenda

        Thank you.

        I am one of the administrators Crochet Project Ideas community page on Facebook. We post links to free patterns we find around the web. I have posted the link to this pattern in our *Adult Hats* album.

        Any time you have a free pattern you would like to share, message us or post to our timeline and we will post it to an album for others to see.

        I really want to make this hat but would like to use a lighter weight yarn since it doesn’t get super cold here. Do you have any suggestions of what changes I would need to make?

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        1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

          I am not sure how well it would hold up with a lighter weight yarn. I had tried this in a worsted weight originally, and it didn’t hold up it’s shape. It may work if the lighter weight is really stiff, like a jute or raffia. Of course, if you are going to wear it in the flapper style with the brim down it may work. You may have to add an extra increase round to make it big enough.

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  2. Donna Snow

    Can I use two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver (white)(and I have some left over in black too) instead of the chunky yarn? (I love Thick & Quick but I don’t have any in my stash at the moment and I have these two skeins of white super saver burning a hole in my crochet basket!)

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    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Donna,
      I think it should work fine. Keep an eye on the gauge when you are working it up, so you don’t end up too small, but I have done other hats using the double strand in place and haven’t had a problem. I just haven’t specifically tested this pattern.

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      1. paige

        Donna let us know if the double strand works I’d love to try it as well

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  3. darlasue

    Beautiful hat, thank you so much for the pattern!

    Reply
    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Thank You! You are welcome!

      Reply
  4. Donjha

    Could I use a smaller yarn and smaller needle to make this a hat for a toddler?

    Reply
    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      I don’t see why not. I am working up a child size today, I can post that as a follow up to this pattern if you would like. Though I’m using the same hook and yarn, just changing the stitch count.

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  5. Lee Ann

    What a pretty hat! Thank you.

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    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Thank you! You’re welcome.

      Reply
  6. Oluyemisi Jackson

    I have been looking for this, thanks I am going to try it. do you have a video someone can follow please

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    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Thank you. Unfortunately I don’t have a video. Sorry.

      Reply
  7. Loopee

    This is a great pattern! It worked up quick and easy and was so much fun 🙂 I used a double strand of worsted wool and it fits beautifully and holds it’s shape very well.

    Reply
    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Awesome, would love to see pics! You can share them on my facebook page. =) https://www.facebook.com/FroggingAlong

      Reply
  8. Loopee

    This is a great pattern! It worked up quick and easy and was so much fun 🙂 I used a double strand of worsted wool and it fits beautifully and holds it’s shape very well.

    Oh, i wanted to mention that from the end of the bowl is row ten and also the beginning of the brim is row ten.

    Thank you for sharing this fun pattern 🙂

    Reply
    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Thanks for the catch! I changed it.=)

      Reply
  9. Davina

    Thanks for the pattern. Time to frog something I was making and work on this.

    Reply
    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Would love to see your finished hat!

      Reply
  10. charlene Boatner

    Would you be able to wear this hat in the summer time. With it begin made out of wool.

    Reply
    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      I suppose you could, but it would be quite toasty.

      Reply
  11. Esther

    I made the hat and it’s way to big – did I do something wrong or is there a way to make it smaller? I am fairly new to this so I could use some advice please.

    Reply
    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      Hi Esther,
      What yarn did you use? Was it the Thick and Quick? You may crochet more loosely which would make the hat bigger. If you check your gauge that could help determine if you should drop a hook size. I would suggest doing a swatch test with a smaller hook to see if that helps.

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      1. Esther

        Thank you for your advice -I used a smaller hook and it turned out so much better!

        Reply
  12. Gretchen

    In part 2 of the flower, the number of sc into the circle is missing. I’m assuming 8, since the next row says to repeat seven times?

    Reply
    1. Sheri Goad (Post author)

      You are right! Thanks for the catch. I have adjusted it in the pattern.

      Reply
  13. Pam

    Hi!I am crochet hats for cancer patients for “Sisters Love” in Panama City FL and am really excited to try this pattern as it really is beautiful! I am sure anyone and everyone who receives it will be as totally excited as I was making it! Thank you so much for sharing it 🙂 !!!

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  14. charlotte danz

    hi!! so when you do the brim are you supposed to do the chain 2 before yo
    u do the rounds?

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  15. charlotte danz

    mine is way too big!!
    do you chain up two when you do the rim?

    Reply

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