Azalea Puff Stitch Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

One of my favorite stitches of all time is the Puff Stitch. I utilized it to design one of my very first hats and I’ve been hooked ever since! I am so excited to be participating in the Stitch & Hustle Puff The Magic Stitch Free Crochet Pattern Blog Hop! This blog hop features 16 different free crochet designs that showcase the puff stitch! My contribution to the blog hop is this super cute Azalea Puff Stitch Hat that I made using the most gorgeous Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dyed yarn that was generously provided by the blog hop sponsor, WeCrochet! Scroll down for the free pattern and for more information on the blog hop. Happy Crocheting!

Stitch & Hustle Puff the Magic Stitch Blog Hop:

This blog hop features 16 free crochet patterns from 16 amazing designers! Check out the designs below:

  1. Maryjane’s Puff Socks by ACCROchet
  2. Yuba Cowl by The Unraveled Mitten
  3. Snowbank Infinity Scarf by Desert Blossom Crafts
  4. Puff Star Afghan Hexagon by Mamas2Hands
  5. Olivia Puff Stitch Hat by Oombawka Design Crochet
  6. Polka Dot Puffs Cowl by Salty Pearl Crochet
  7. Strut Your Puff Cowl by The Loopy Lamb
  8. Puff Stitch Stripes Blanket by 5 Little Monsters
  9. Crochet Sunburst Bag by Designs by Phanessa
  10. Talara Hooded Duster by Crystalized Designs
  11. Plush Puff Pumpkin by Moogly
  12. Pufftastic Bandana Cowl by Underground Crafter
  13. Aqueduct Puff Stitch Mittens by Hooked for Life
  14. Azalea Puff Stitch Hat by The Stitchin’ Mommy
  15. Gables Wrap n’ Shawl by Stitch & Hustle
  16. Winter Minty Wrap Design by 2 Bossay Knits by Michelle Renee

Giveaway:

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Five winners will be chosen! You can find out more about the prizes and how to enter on the Stitch & Hustle blog. The giveaway will end on October 8, 2021.


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A huge thank you to WeCrochet for sponsoring this blog hop and providing the yarn used in this design!

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Azalea Puff Stitch Hat

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Materials:

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Skill Level:

Easy

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Abbreviations:

BL – back loop
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
t-ch – turning chain
() – indicates stitch counts
* – indicates instructions to be repeated

Gauge:

20.8 stitches & 16 rows = 4″ (in hdc)

Finished Sizes:

  • 3-5 years – Fits 20″ head size
  • 6-10 years – Fits 21″ head size
  • Adult Small – Fits 22″ head size
  • Adult Medium – Fits 23″ head size
  • Adult Large – Fits 24″ head size

Special Stitches:

Puff Stitch:

  • YO, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
  • YO again, insert hook into same stitch, pull up another loop (5 loops on hook)
  • YO, insert hook into same stitch, pull up another loop (7 loops on hook).
  • YO and pull through all 7 loops on hook.
  • Chain 1 to close the puff stitch.

Notes:

  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • Sizing will vary depending on how tightly or loosely you crochet. If you would like to keep the sizing the same, please check your gauge before starting this project.
  • This hat is worked in the round and is joined at the end of each round. You will be asked to turn at the end of certain rounds. A stitch marker comes in handy to help you mark the first stitch of each round, which will help you join at the end of the round, but is not required.
  • The ribbing for this hat is worked using a size G 4mm crochet hook for all sizes. The main part of the hat is worked using a size H 5mm crochet hook for all sizes.
  • Finishing instructions for all sizes are located at the end of the pattern.

Instructions:

3-5 Years

Leaving approximately a 8″ long tail, With Size G 4mm Hook,
Ch 15
Row 1:
1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each st across, turn. (14 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into the BL of the next 12 sts, 1 sc into the last st, turn. (14 sts)
Row 3-94: Repeat Row 2
Turn your work so that you are now working into the side of Rows 1-94, sc 94 sts evenly across, join in beginning sc. (94 sts)

Change to Color B

Main Hat:

With Size H 5mm Hook

Round 1: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (94 sts)
Round 2:
Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (94 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (94 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (94 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (94 sts)
Round 6: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (94 sts)

Change to Color C
Round 7-12: Repeat Rounds 1-6

Change to Color D
Round 13-18: Repeat Rounds 1-6

After Round 18, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.


6-10 Years

Leaving approximately a 8″ long tail, With Size G 4mm Hook,
Ch 15
Row 1:
1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each st across, turn. (14 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into the BL of the next 12 sts, 1 sc into the last st, turn. (14 sts)
Row 3-98: Repeat Row 2
Turn your work so that you are now working into the side of Rows 1-98, sc 98 sts evenly across, join in beginning sc. (98 sts)

Change to Color B

Main Hat:

With Size H 5mm Hook

Round 1: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (98 sts)
Round 2:
Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (98 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (98 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (98 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (98 sts)
Round 6: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (98 sts)

Change to Color C
Round 7-12: Repeat Rounds 1-6

Change to Color D
Round 13-18: Repeat Rounds 1-6
Round 19-20: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (98 sts)

After Round 20, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.


Adult Small

Leaving approximately a 8″ long tail, With Size G 4mm Hook,
Ch 15
Row 1:
1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each st across, turn. (14 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into the BL of the next 12 sts, 1 sc into the last st, turn. (14 sts)
Row 3-104: Repeat Row 2
Turn your work so that you are now working into the side of Rows 1-104, sc 104 sts evenly across, join in beginning sc. (104 sts)

Change to Color B

Main Hat:

With Size H 5mm Hook

Round 1: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (104 sts)
Round 2:
Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (104 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (104 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (104 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (104 sts)
Round 6: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (104 sts)

Change to Color C
Round 7-12: Repeat Rounds 1-6

Change to Color D
Round 13-18: Repeat Rounds 1-6
Round 19-21: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (104 sts)

After Round 21, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.


Adult Medium

Leaving approximately a 8″ long tail, With Size G 4mm Hook,
Ch 15
Row 1:
1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each st across, turn. (14 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into the BL of the next 12 sts, 1 sc into the last st, turn. (14 sts)
Row 3-108: Repeat Row 2
Turn your work so that you are now working into the side of Rows 1-108, sc 108 sts evenly across, join in beginning sc. (108 sts)

Change to Color B

Main Hat:

With Size H 5mm Hook

Round 1: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (108 sts)
Round 2:
Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (108 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (108 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (108 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (108 sts)
Round 6: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (108 sts)

Change to Color C
Round 7-12: Repeat Rounds 1-6

Change to Color D
Round 13-18: Repeat Rounds 1-6
Round 19-22: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (108 sts)

After Round 22, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.


Adult Large

Leaving approximately a 8″ long tail, With Size G 4mm Hook,
Ch 15
Row 1:
1 sc into 2nd ch from hook and into each st across, turn. (14 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into the first st, 1 sc into the BL of the next 12 sts, 1 sc into the last st, turn. (14 sts)
Row 3-114: Repeat Row 2
Turn your work so that you are now working into the side of Rows 1-114, sc 114 sts evenly across, join in beginning sc. (114 sts)

Change to Color B

Main Hat:

With Size H 5mm Hook

Round 1: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (114 sts)
Round 2:
Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (114 sts)
Round 3: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (114 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (114 sts)
Round 5: Ch 1, 1 hdc into the first st, work 1 puff st into the next st, *1 hdc into the next st, work 1 puff st into the next st; Repeat from * around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st, turn. (114 sts)
Round 6: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (114 sts)

Change to Color C
Round 7-12: Repeat Rounds 1-6

Change to Color D
Round 13-18: Repeat Rounds 1-6
Round 19-22: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each st around, join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (114 sts)

After Round 22, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing.

Finish:

  • Using the yarn tail from the ribbing and yarn needle, sew the ribbing together using the whip stitch method or mattress seam method.
  • Using long tail from the top of the hat and a yarn needle, close up the hole in the center of the hat by weaving the yarn through the front loop of each stitch of the last round. Pull the yarn taught to cinch the center closed and weave yarn around the center to close any gap that may remain.
  • Weave in all remaining ends.

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