Crochet How To – Working with Variegated Yarns and Free Hat Patterns

One Yarn - Two Hats Free Crochet Patterns

Crochet How To – Working with Variegated Yarns

I love experimenting with yarn and patterns. These two hats were made from the same two yarns, but it different patterns and stitches (the patterns are below), so the variegation looks very different in both. One is done in a shell pattern which made wonderful spiral strips from the crown of the hat and the other made horizontal stripes that were very random in nature. At under $4 a skein, I was able to make both hats with a little left over to add to another hat sometime in the future.

Not getting the look you want? Change your hook size or pattern until you do. Variegated yarns are dyed differently. A pattern that works for one will look completely different in another yarn choice. Keep experimenting until you find the look you find pleasing.

Crochet How To - Working with Variegated Yarns - How to get the look you want

Crochet How To: Zebra Hat – Horizontal Lines

The first hat was made with a free Lion Brand Watch Cap crochet pattern. To get a tween/teen size, I used a J hook for the body of the hat and an I hook for the ribbing. I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn worsted yarn in the color Zebra ($3.88) and did only 4 rows of ribbing for a cuffed look. I finished the hat with Lion Brand Yarn 601-610 Bonbons Yarn, Brights in a berry color with a single crochet all around the brim of the hat. The thinner texture of the yarn gives it a blanket stitch look which I love.

Because this pattern is worked in single crochet, the variegated yarn made wonderful and random stripes. Plus the bulk of the yarn gave it a boxed feeling for a fabulous and stylish hat, far from the hat shown in the directions in a chunky but soft yarn.

Free Zebra Stripe Crochet Hat Pattern

Crochet How To: Zebra Hat – Swirl

For the second hat, I up-sized it from an the Gardener’s Ramblings free infant shell cap pattern to to a tween/teen hat by changing to a G Hook and using the same Red Heart Super Saver Yarn – Zebra. Because this pattern is worked in shell stitches, the yarn made fabulous large spiral stripes from the crown of the hat. I used the same Lion Brand BonBons and finished the hat by replacing the  “Ch 2, HDC in next st and in each st around” as instructed in the pattern with  “Ch 1, SC in next st and in each st around with contrasting color.” That gave me the base I needed to add a decorative border that matches the flower that I added. To do the decorative border: add “Chain 1 – (sc next ch, hdc next ch, dc next ch, 2 trc next ch, dc next ch, hdc next ch, sc next ch) across, finish with single crochet and slipstitch. fasten off.” to the pattern

I made a flower from my Mix and Match Patterns Post with an F hook and the same  Lion Brand Yarn 601-610 Bonbons Yarn, Brights berry color to finish the hat.

Zebra Swirl Free Crochet Hat Pattern

I think they both turned out cute and hopefully some child who needs a little warmth on a cold spring night will love them.

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  1. Anne

    It’s amazing how you got such two different results from the same yarn. Thanks for the side-by-side. I love using variegated yarns–it’s fun watching the patterns emerge as the project progresses.

  2. Ellen B

    I used to crochet all the time! I miss it but I have a shoulder injury so no more for me. At least my mom still makes blankets. Nothing like homemade.

  3. Karen Glatt

    I like the Crocheting with Variegated yarns and the different designs you can achieve. The hats give a nice color that is so cute and I would like to wear a hat like this in the winter.

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