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QP December 2020 – Bidirectional Ombre Hat

Bidirectional Ombre Hat

December 2020 QuickProjects

Designed by Lauren Samar for Yarn Bits Shop

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A hat pattern has never been featured in one of our crocheting boxes before and that needed to be addressed! This pattern is made up of two main parts- the band and the body. The band is doubled up yarn to have extra warmth around your ears and the body features a stitch called linked half double crochet. It’s a modification to the standard half double crochet stitch to create a tighter fabric. After the body is completed, the hat top is bundled together to close it and accessories can be added if desired. Have fun making this cozy hat with a really fun yarn!

Bidirectional Ombre Hat Pattern

Skill Level: Beginners

Hook: Size I

Gauge: see each section 


Gauge: 10 stitches x 8 rows = ~2.5 x 2 inches (not stretched)

Take BOTH ends of the yarn (outside and center) and work with them together for the band. The band is worked with double yarn but the body is not. 

Ch 11. If a wider band is desired, add more chains! 

Row 1

  • sc in 2nd ch from hook
  • sc in each ch across
  • turn 

Stitches count: 10 sc

Row 2

  • working in back loop only, ch 1
  • sc in each sp (back loop only) across
  • turn 

Stitches count: 10 sc in back loop only

Repeat Row 2 until length is circumference desired, ensuring an EVEN number of rows have been completed. When determining circumference, the band should stretch (comfortably) due to the ribbing. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Teen/Small Adult: 21-22”
  • Medium Adult: 22-23.5”
  • Large Adult: 23.5-25”

For best results with fit, measure the head circumference where the person would wear the hat and use that measurement to determine the length of the band. 

Finishing Band

Fold band (no twists) so the both ends are lined up. You’re going to work the corresponding spaces from both ends together so ensure that your latest row is to the front of you already turned in the direction that you’re going to work. 

Ch 1, sl st the next front/back spaces together across to the other end, fasten off. 

Special Stitches Directions

Linked Half Double Crochet (linked hdc)

  • Insert hook into second bar on side of hdc just completed, yo and pull through sp (2 loops on hook)
    • This replaces the yo completed in a normal hdc
  • Insert hook into next sp, yo and pull through sp (3 loops on hook)
  • yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook

Beginning Linked Half Double Crochet (beg linked hdc)

  • This is only used for the first hdc of the row. 
  • Insert hook into second chain of beg chain, yo and pull through sp (2 loops on hook)
  • Insert hook into next sp, yo and pull through sp (3 loops on hook)
  • yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook


Gauge: 8 stitches x 6 rows = ~2 x 2 inches 

The stitch used is called the linked half double crochet, it’s a modification of the standard half double crochet stitch that creates tight fabrics as well as an unique look. The work is not turned at all, it is worked consistently in rounds until the height desired is reached. 

The first round is the set-up round for the rest of the body, transitioning the band into the body. 

Also- the body only uses a single strand, not doubled up like the band. 

Round 1

  • Sl st into any sp (row of the band) the edge of the band
  • ch 1, sc in same sp
  • 1 sc in each row around to beg (easier way to see think about this is 2 sc between each peak of the ribs of the bands)
  • sl st to first sc

Stitches count: Even number of sc but doesn’t really matter for the pattern- count if you’re concerned about dropping stitches, etc.. This stitches count is what every round should be going forward

Round 2

  • ch 3, 
  • beg linked hdc, 
  • linked hdc in each sp around to beg, 
  • sl st to top of first hdc

Stitches count: same as previous round. 

Repeat round 2 until hat reaches the total height needed to cover the head, approximately 8-10 inches from bottom of band. If desired, you can keep making it longer to make it more slouchy. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Teen/Small Adult: 8-8.5”
  • Medium Adult: 8.5-9”
  • Large Adult: 9-9.5”

Fasten off with a long tail. 


To finish the hat, the top needs to be closed securely and any desired accessories added. 

To close the top, use the long tail and weave in/out around the edge of the hat. Pull the end of the tail tight and that should pull together the edges to the center. Weave the ends around the center in several directions and fasten securely. 

Weave in all ends. 

If desired, a flower, circular, or similar accessory (many options available dependent on what you actually want!) may be added to the hat on the edge between the band and body. Alternatively, a pompom can be made and added to the top of the hat. 

Pattern Declaimer

This is a paid pattern originally designed for a Yarn Bits Shop subscription box. 

You have permission to sell any item made from this pattern. However, you are not allowed to resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern or downloads in any printed or digital form (in full), or to claim the pattern as your own original design. If you want to sell or share a picture of your work from this pattern, please clearly credit the design to me: Lauren Samar of Yarn Bits Shop (with link to the website when applicable). 

Occasionally a mistake or typo falls through, please report them via email ( and the pattern will be updated accordingly.