Shell Stitch Crochet Hat- Free Pattern

A Happy Valentines Day to all!  I hope you are feeling loved and showing some love today :)

To celebrate, I'm sharing a little something I've been working on for almost a month now-  a crochet hat pattern!

This is my first official pattern, so I had to make three hats times to make sure I had it written correctly.  But now it's finished and I'm sharing it with all you crocheters out there for free!  

Womens Crochet Flower Hat

Shell Flower Hat Pattern
This pattern is for non-profit and personal use only.  Please do not redistribute or sell this pattern as your own.

Size: Woman’s medium 20 inch
(stretches 2 inches).

Worsted Weight Yarn
Size US H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle

ch= chain
dc= double crochet
st= stitch
sl st = slip stitch

sc= single crochet

·         Beginning ch 2 counts as a dc.
·         Rounds 8,10,12 are worked with the ch 2 and 2 dc as the beginning of the first shell.  The final 2 dc are worked in the sl st of the previous row to complete the first shell.
·         At the end of row 6, the diameter of your hat should be approx. 7 ½ in.
·         The length of the finished hat should be about 7 ½ inch as well.

Round 1: Ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd chain from hook. Join with sl st to 1st dc. [ 12 dc ]

Round 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in same st as join, 2dc in each st around. Join with sl st to 1st dc.   [ 24 dc ]

Round 3: Ch 2, 1 dc in same st as join. * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Ending with 2dc in last st.  Join with sl st to 1st dc. [ 36 dc ]

Round 4: Ch 2, 1 dc in same st as join. * 2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts. Repeat from *around. Ending with 2 dc in last st. Join with sl st in 1st dc. [ 48 dc ]

Round 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st as join. * 1 dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from *around.  Ending with 1 dc in last 2 sts.  Join with a sl st in 1st dc.
[ 60 dc ].

For Rounds 6-12, join at ch 2 instead of 1st dc.

Round 6: Ch 2, 1dc in same st as join.  1 dc in each st around.  Join with sl st to top of ch 2. [ 60 dc ]

Round 7: Ch 2, skip 2 sts, 5 dc in next st. * Skip 2 sts, 1 dc in next st. Skip 2 sts, 5 dc in next st. Repeat from * around, sl st in top of ch 2.

Round 8: Ch 2, 2 dc in same stitch as join.  Skip 2 sts, dc in next st, skip 2 sts. *5 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, dc in next st, skip 2 sts. Repeat from * around.  End with 2 dc in the sl st of the previous row (to complete the 1st shell).  Join with sl st to top of  ch 2.

Round 9-12:  Repeat Rounds 7 & 8, alternating

Rounds 13, 14 & 15: Ch 1, sc in same st as join.  Sc in each st around. Sl st  in top of first sc. [60 sc ]

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

Use an H Hook

Ch 5, sl st to 1st ch to form ring.

1st Layer
Rnd 1:  Ch 7 (counts as dc, ch-4 sp), [ 2dc in ring, ch 4] 5 times, dc in ring, sl st in 3rd ch of beg. Ch 7, do not turn -12dc.
Rnd 2:  [Sl st, sc, hdc, 4dc, hdc, sc, sl st] in each ch-sp around- 30dc.

2nd Layer
Rnd 1:  ch 1, [sc around 1st dc post from round 1, ch 3], repeat around 1st dc of remaining dc sets around, sl st in 1st sc.   – 6 ch 3 spaces
Rnd 2: [sc, hdc, 3dc, hdc, sc] in each space. Sl st in 1st sc. -18dc

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Happy Crocheting!  And, as a note, please do not use my pattern to make items to sell and Please do not redistribute or sell this pattern as your own. Thanks :)


  1. Cutie patootie! Thanks again for the chat yesterday. You're amazing!

  2. That is so cute. I can't wait to get good enough to make this! Thanks.

  3. I will give this pattern a try and let you know how it goes. Thanks so much for sharing it :)

  4. This hat is so cute. I am pinning to my future crochet projects.

  5. I just started following your blog. As someone learning crochet, I hope to be able to master one of these someday in the near future! Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. #1. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    #2. I made this hat, using a lime green ww yarn this evening and I LOVE it! I'm thinking of making a hot pink flower to go on the side!
    #3. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!

  7. You did a great job on this pattern. Very easy to follow, not confusing, just love it. Thank you!

  8. That looks cute. I can't wait til I know more about crocheting. :)
    Found you via Tea Rose Home link-up

  9. love the hats- saw them on pinterest! great work.

  10. Love the hats just too cute ! Thank You ! going to have to make some !

  11. Wow! Thanks so much for this pattern. After a few failed attempts with other patterns, yours was the jackpot! Made a great hat with your guidance. Really appreciate that you made this free to the public. The hat turned out darling, thanks to you!

    Merry Holidays and thanks again!

  12. Thats indeed an easy and wonderful pattern.. I tried making hats from different sources but in vain. Your steps were so easy and the hat turned out beautiful.. I wish i could show you the snap of my hat. Thanks a lot! Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you!

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  14. Nazani, thank you for letting me know. I can't believe how many people are willing to steal material and sell it as their own. I was able to get the person to shut down that auction on listia.

  15. Made two of these in the past two days!---a smaller version in hot pink for my 7-year old daughter (I switched to a smaller hook, 4.00 mm, and adjusted the number of rows), and made a charcoal gray one for myself! Gorgeous pattern, and so easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us! LOVE the look of these hats! This pattern is a "keeper"! :)

  16. This is super cute! I'd love for you to consider joining our first ever Pattern Party! Those with free patterns to share are invited to link up. Check it out!

  17. Hi! Thank you for a lovely pattern, just what I've been looking for :) The pattern is very easy to follow, but I'm just wondering, because if I follow it perfectly, I get too many stitches after each increase rounds. At the beginning of each of first 1-6 rounds I should make 1-2 dc in same st as join, should I make these dcs on the top of the beginning chain 2 of the last round, or on the top of the first dc? If I make them on top of the chain 2, I have too many stitches at the end of the round, if the chain 2 is supposed to be counted as a dc. I hope my question isn't too confusing, thank you for your answer already! :)

  18. Mari,
    Sorry you are having trouble with my pattern. I know it's not perfect. I end up with the right number of stitches by joining on the top of the ch 2, but if your are having problems with too many stitches then you can try joining on the first dc instead. It's hard to know where the problem lies without actually looking at your work. I hope that helps you out!

  19. Is there a matching scarf pattern for this hat?


  20. I have a quick question. I love this type of hat and I am loving your pattern. When It says At the end of row 6, the circumference of your hat should be approx. 7 ½ in. should that be the diameter? just checking to make sure i understand it right. thanks

  21. Mette, Yes I did mean the diameter. Thanks for catching that typo!

  22. This is a very cute pattern! I would love to make one for my baby girl, any tips? When would I start the shell pattern?


  23. How much yarn did it take to make this hat?
    Love it . Can't wait to try it!!

  24. Should I be skipping 2 spaces before the 5 dc in row 8?

  25. Hello! Thank you for sharing this darling hat pattern!

  26. Yes, do skip 2st there. Thanks for catching my typo!

  27. Thank you for the free pattern! I just completed my hat, cap in sand/tan color and flower in violet. So cute. I think I messed up a bit on the's kind of chunky, but I think it's okay. Looks like you may have corrected some previous typos because everything turned out the way it said it would. -Tracie

  28. I love this design, and had no problems with the hat but can't begin to understand the terminology, brackets, etc for the flower. I promised this to my granddaughter, please help!

  29. Thank you so much! I hope to make this for my granddaughter. THANKS AGAIN!

  30. This is such a darling little hat - I’ve made them in different colors for myself, friends, and charity. I use a magic ring to start instead of the extra 2 chains but otherwise follow the pattern exactly with no changes, though I do use a different flower pattern that is more flat. I have had so many compliments on this hat - the assistants in my doctor’s office even wanted to pay me to make it for them. Thank you sooo much for sharing this lovely pattern!!!

  31. Thank you. Wanted to include a photo of my effort but it cannot be paste here. I have added a crab stitch row at the end and it looks nice. Did not crochet the flower because I have a few flowers with pins on the back which I can use if needed. Also started with the magic ring.

  32. How much yarn does it take for this hat>>

  33. This is so super cute!! Thank you for making my first hat a total success!!

  34. Thanks for the pattern. I made up this hat in about an hour. So cute. I did add a row to the crown part as I tend to crochet tight. Worked perfectly. Thanks again.


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