Cluster V Stitch Baby Hat Free Pattern
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How to Crochet Cluster V Stitch Baby Hat

Today’s tutorial and the free pattern for the baby hat made using cluster V stitch. This simple and cute baby hat is unisex and can be made in any size. 

How to Crochet Cluster V Stitch Baby Hat

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Also this tutorial will be great to  learn how to design a hat from top to down with your favorite stitch pattern.

If you want to make this hat in larger or smaller sizes, Follow the hat sizing guide-How to Crochet Hat in Any Size to make this hat in any size.

Before starting, let’s talk about how to select the stitch pattern for the hat. 

Since the hat is always a small crochet project, the multiple of stitch pattern should be short and sweet. For this hat I used cluster V stitch which is work in multiple of 3. That’s mean total number of stitches for the first round of the hat should be crochet multiply of 3.

You can start first round with total numbers of 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12. These number of stitches may different due to the yarn weight and stitch pattern you use. 

If the stitch pattern works in
  • multiple of 2, you can start first round with total number of 8, 10 or 12.
  • multiple of 4, you can start first round with total number of 12.
  • multiple of 5, you can start first round with total number of 10.

First you need to crochet top of the hat

Remember you need to get a flat circle when you finish the first round of the crown. Make sure to add more stitches if your first round is not nicely flat. When adding more stitches to get a flat circle, always keep in mind about the multiple of the stitches of the selected stitch pattern.

  • Crown width = The crown width is the first part we are going to finish when crocheting a hat from top to down. This is a flat circular top of the hat by increasing each round until you get the crown width. This part can made in any basic stitches like single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet. For this hat I used half double crochet.
  • Body of the hat = This is where we going to start stitch pattern we selected and continue the rounds without increasing until you reach the hat height you need.
Crochet Hat Sizing Guide How to Crochet Hat in Any Size

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished size: (0-6 months but can be adjusted to any size)

  • Hat circumference = 12″
  • Hat height = 5.25″

Materials

  • #4-Medium / Worsted / Approx: 100 yards in two colors
  • I-9, 5.5mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving ends.

Gauge: 12 hdc x 8 rows = 4″ withI-9, 5.5mm crochet hook

Special stitches


Let’s start to crochet Cluster V Stitch Baby Hat

First, you need to make a magic ring. Or crochet chains 5 or 6 and slip stitch to the first chain to make a ring.

Round 1: I started first round with 9 half double crochet stitches because the cluster v stitch work multiple of 3 in rounds.
ch 1 (does not count as a st), 9 half double crochet into the ring, slip stitch to first half double crochet. (9 stitches)

Round 2: chain 1 (does not count as a stitch), 2 half double crochet in first stitch and each of next stitch around, slip stitch to the first half double crochet. (18 stitches)

Round 3: chain 1 (does not count as a stitch), 2 half double crochet in first stitch, *half double crochet in next stitch, 2 half double crochet in next stitch; repeat to around, slip stitch to the first half double crochet. (27 stitches)

Round 4: chain 1 (does not count as a stitch), 2 half double crochet in first stitch, *half double crochet in next stitch, 2 half double crochet in next stitch; repeat to around, slip stitch to the first half double crochet. (36 stitches)

How to Crochet Cluster V Stitch Baby Hat

Round 5: chain 1 (does not count as a stitch), 2 half double crochet in first stitch, *half double crochet in next stitch, 2 half double crochet in next stitch; repeat to around, slip stitch to the first half double crochet. (45 stitches)

At this point the crown completed for 0-6 size = 4.5″ diameter of my flat circle.

  • For other sizes: after you get the closest number to the size of the crown width you want.
  • Follow the hat sizing guide-How to Crochet Hat in Any Size to make this hat in any size.
  • Continue the body part until you reach the hat height you need.

Body of the hat

Now we are going to add stitch pattern to the hat. For this hat I used cluster V stitch. You can see How to crochet Cluster V Stitch in this post with step by step photos and video tutorial

Round 6: chain 2 (beginning chain does not count as stitch), cluster V stitch in first stitch *skip next chain 2, cluster V stitch in next stitch; repeat * to around, slip stitch to the first stitch of the cluster.

You can change the color of yarn to start the next round. If you continue with same color, crochet slip stitch until first chain-1 space to start next round.

Round 7: Join the yarn in first chain-1 space of the previous cluster V stitch, chain 2, (beginning chain 2 does not count as stitch), cluster stitch in same space, *skip next 2 stitches, cluster V st in chain-1 space of previous cluster V st; repeat * to around, sl st to the first st of the cluster.

Round 8: change the color of yarn, join the yarn in first chain-1 space of the previous cluster V stitch, chain 2, (beginning chain 2 does not count as stitch), cluster stitch in same space, *skip next 2 stitches, cluster V stitch in chain-1 space of previous cluster V stitch; repeat * to around, slip stitch to the first stitch of the cluster.

Round 9: Repeat round 7

  • For larger sizes repeat rounds 9 continuously to get the hat height you want. 
  • Follow the hat sizing guide-How to Crochet Hat in Any Size to make this hat in any size.

Edging
Round 10: change the color to the main color, chain 1, single crochet in each stitch and chain space around the hat, slip stitch to the first single crochet.

Cluster V Stitch Baby Hat Free Pattern
Cluster V Stitch Baby Hat Free Pattern

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