Friday, November 25, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern: Alma Hat

Turban-style hats are so elegant. I recently knitted one in seed stitch based on a 1940s pattern but wanted something that was a little easier to wear, so I scooted over to Jo-Ann Fabrics and picked up a trusty skein of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice for a crocheted version. I'm really happy about this color. I've always been drawn to mustard yellow, especially during the fall, and Vanna's Choice has it in the perfect hue.

At the time, I also happened to be reading The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, so this pattern is named after Alma Singer, a clever, quirky character in the story. Here's to you, Alma.

  • Vanna's Choice Yarn in "Mustard" (worsted-weight yarn, one skein)
  • H hook (5.00 mm)
  • tapestry needle

ch: chain
st: stitch
sl st: slip stitch
dc: double crochet
bpdc: back post double crochet

4 sts and 2 rows = 1" in double crochet

This hat best fits a 21" - 22" head. Adjust the size by adding or removing increase rounds.

Note that you will be joining the end of each round with a sl st in the first dc of the round, skipping the chain-2. The chain-2 does not count as a stitch but is used to minimize the obviousness of the join in the first six rounds. (Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me has pictures demonstrating the method!) The seam is going to be visible in rounds 7 through 22 due to the bpdc stitches used, but it will conveniently serve as a guide when you have to baste. It will later be hidden by flowers in the last step.

Round 1: Create a magic ring, ch 2, 12 dc in magic ring, join with sl st. (12 st)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st. (24 st)
Round 3: Ch 2, (dc in first st, 2 dc in next st), repeat from ( to ) around, join with sl st. (36 st)
Round 4: Ch 2, (dc in first 2 st, 2 dc in next st), repeat from ( to ) around, join with sl st. (48 st)
Round 5: Ch 2, (dc in first 3 st, 2 dc in next st), repeat from ( to ) around, join with sl st. (60 st)
Round 6: Ch 2, (dc in first 4 st, 2 dc in next st), repeat from ( to ) around, join with sl st. (72 st)
The piece should measure approximately 6" in diameter at this point.
Round 7: Ch 2, bpdc in each st around, join with sl st. (72 st)
Round 8: Ch 2, dc in each st around, join with sl st. (72 st)
Round 9-22: Repeat rounds 7 and 8. (72 st)

Fasten off, leaving a tail at least 12" long. Thread the tail through a tapestry needle and baste along the seam from round 7 to round 22. Pull to gather and sew in place.

Flower (make 3):
Ch 48.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, (ch 1, dc) four times in the same ch, skip 2 ch, sl st in next ch. [Skip 2 ch, dc in next ch, (ch 1, dc) four times in the same ch, skip 2 ch, sl st in next ch], repeat from [ to ] across. (8 petals total)

I've also drawn up a chart in case this helps you visualize the pattern better:
Fasten off, leaving a tail at least 20" long. Thread the tail through a tapestry needle. Begin rolling up the piece from one end, sewing the tail through the bottom edge as you roll.

Sew each completed flower over the gathered part of the hat.

And you're done! Please use the hashtag #thebunnystudio if you share pictures on Instagram or Twitter. I would love to see your take on this project!

"Alma Hat" is an original pattern by Gladys of The Bunny Studio. All photos and text are copyrighted © The Bunny Studio. Please do not sell, reprint, or distribute this pattern in part or in whole without my written permission. If you would like to share this pattern, you are welcome to link to this page. 


  1. The perfect turban hat, the pattern I've been waiting for! Thank you.

  2. Thank you - this is exactly what I have been looking for, for my Mom. She has lost her hair to chemo, and while she is mostly fine with having no hair, she is getting tired of toques for outside wear when it is chilly. This is lovely. (Also - all the photos of your steps - thank you thank you thank you - so helpful.)

    1. It's very kind and thoughtful of you to make something for her! All the best to you and your mom.

    2. This worked out perfectly for my Mom, and a family friend asked about it for her sister, so I directed her here. And now I am back to make it again. This is a very attractive feminine hat - thank you so much!

  3. I have been scouring the web for a crocheted turban pattern,and now I've found it!

    This is exceptionally well-written.

    Thank you!

    I will be making these for chemo patients.

  4. Great modern pattern! I often use the straight join when working in the round, so it's fantastic to find a pattern that utilizes this. And the sizing of the hat is perfect. I made this hat in one evening for my neighbor that will be having her head shaved today and fitted for a wig, due to her chemotherapy.

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you like the pattern. So kind of you to make a hat for your neighbor.

  5. I am in love with this hat! I hardly make anything for myself but this one...I'm making for me! :)

  6. I made this hat using leftover Homespun. I ended up with less rows, and could easily adjust because you included intermediate size checks. Thank you for posting this lovely pattern. BTW, you look fabulous in Mustard!

    1. Ooh I also have some leftover Homespun sitting around, so I may try that as well! I'm glad you like the pattern!

  7. Just completed this, I am so happy with the result. Thank you for sharing this pretty design.