Team Spirit Hat

Support Your Favorite Sports Team - Crochet a Hat in Your Team's Colors

Team Spirit Hat in Orange and White
Team spirit hat in orange and white. Click here to see an image gallery with more photos, including close-ups. Photo © Amy Solovay

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If you enjoy watching or playing team sports, chances are good you have at least one favorite team. Show off your team spirit with this fun two-color ribbed hat!

This hat pattern can be adapted for fans of any team in any sport. Just choose two colors that best represent your favorite team’s colors.

If you want to, you can add accessories. For example, if you have a team pin or button, you can pin it on the finished hat to dress the hat up even more.

Skill Level:

Crochet Skill Level: Very easy.

This project is suitable for beginners who have learned the following stitches / skills:

If you haven't yet learned any of the above, this pattern offers the perfect opportunity for you to practice and learn. After you've finished this hat, you'll have confidence with working all of the above.

One more technique you might want to try is carrying your yarn up the sides of your work. This technique will save you time and will eliminate the need for weaving in a zillion loose ends. When you change colors, do not cut the old color. Just drop it. When you need it again, just pick it back up and start using it again.

Hand Sewing Skill Level: Average. If you've ever sewn a garment or similar project, you'll have no problem with the finishing here.

This hat is constructed in two pieces: a large crocheted rectangle and a small crocheted circle.

The body of the hat is made from the rectangle, which you will use to create a tube shape.

Then you gather the top of the tube, using the same type of stitch that you would use for basting – only you want the sewing here to be permanent.

Then you sew the small crocheted circle to the top to secure the gathers. This process has similarities to the technique of setting in a sleeve but is much easier.

Materials:

Yarn:

My sample hat is crocheted with two different colors of Cascade 220, which is a worsted weight wool yarn. One hank of each color was more than enough to make this hat.

Fiber: For best results, I recommend using wool yarn for this pattern. This is due to wool's resilience. When this stitch is crocheted in wool yarn, the result is a lovely, stretchy fabric, which is ideal for a warm hat such as this one.

You’re welcome to try the pattern using other fibers if you like, but the results could differ significantly. Please be warned that inelastic fibers such as cotton will require very careful sizing, and the resulting hat will not be as stretchy.

Colors: Choose any two colors of worsted weight yarn, color A and color B. I suggest using the two colors that best represent your favorite sports team, but really, you can use any two colors. Other good color choices:

  • Your two favorite colors
  • Two colors that match your winter coat
  • Two colors that represent your favorite holiday - i.e. red and green for Christmas, black and orange for Halloween, green and white for St. Patrick's Day.

Crochet Hook:

Use a size H / 5.0 mm hook, and adjust as necessary to find the hook size you need to obtain the correct gauge.

Other: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 4 sts and 4 rows = 1 inch

Please be sure to make a gauge swatch prior to crocheting this hat.

If you want your hat to be exactly the same size as mine is, match my gauge as closely as possible.

If you don't want to hassle with matching my gauge, or if you need a hat in a different size, the alternative is to work out the math to ensure a correct fit. The math for this particular design is very easy, so please don't be afraid to make size adjustments. Either way, you will need your gauge swatch to do this correctly.

Finished Size:

This pattern is sized for adults and is a unisex design.

My sample hat measures 12 inches long and 17 inches in circumference (It measures approximately 8.5 inches across when laid flat.) Not counting the circle at the top, the hat measures about 11 inches long. These measurements were taken when the hat was unstretched, but it stretches quite a bit.

Just to give you an idea, the intended wearer's head measurement is about 22 1/2 inches in circumference, and the hat fits him comfortably.

  • If you'd like to make your hat longer than the sample, increase the number of chain stitches in your starting chain.
  • To make your hat shorter, decrease the number of chains in your starting chain.
  • If you'd like your hat to fit looser, crochet more rows.
  • To make it fit tighter, crochet fewer rows.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Design Notes: When crocheting the body of the hat, work sc in back loops only. When crocheting the circle for the top, work sc through both loops.

Additional Hat Photos: See several close-up photos of this hat.

Project Instructions:

Using color A, ch 44

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch st across the row. When you get to the last sc in the row, insert your hook as usual and draw up a loop of color A, then change colors to color B by drawing a loop of color B through the two loops on your hook. Be sure to leave a tail of at least 6” of color B.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Continue working in color B. Work entire row in back loop sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Using color B, work entire row in bl sc. At the end of the row, change colors to color A.

Row 4: Ch 1, turn. Using color A, work entire row in bl sc.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn. Using color A, work entire row in bl sc. At the end of the row, change colors to color B.

Continue alternating between two rows of each color until your hat is the desired length. End with a single row of color A. Do not cut color A.

My sample hat is 68 rows total, but you should crochet as many rows as necessary to achieve a comfortable fit for the intended wearer.

You can do a quick fitting by using safety pins to temporarily pin up the sides of the hat and try it on.

If you have loose ends, weave them in before proceeding.

Creating the Side Seam of the Hat:

Your first and last row should both be the same color (Color A.) Hold the first and last row together. Using color A, work one slip stitch through both loops of both the stitches in the first row and last row. The goal here is to form a tube. See a photo of this step to get a better idea of what I am talking about. In the linked photo, I used a contrasting color to enable you to see what I did; you won't want your join to be obvious, so please don't use a contrasting color here.

Gathering the Top of the Hat:

If you carried your yarn up the sides of your work, the carried yarns will be visible on one edge of the hat. That's what you want to use for the top of the hat. The other side, without the carried yarns, will be the bottom edge of the hat.

The next step is to thread your yarn needle and hand stitch a straight basting-type stitch loosely all the way around the upper perimeter of the hat. Make your stitches as even as possible, and keep them as close to the edge as you comfortably can.

Your next goal is to transform the tube into a hat shape that's open at the bottom and closed at the top. To do so, you're going to use your basting stitch as the mechanism for gathering the top of the tube.

After the top has been gathered, make a few extra stitches as needed to secure the gathers and then set the piece aside while you crochet the circle.

Instructions for How to Crochet the Circle:

Ch 5, sl st to form a ring

Round 1: 10 sc in ring; sl st to join to the first sc in the round.

Round 2: ch 1, work 2 sc in each sc, (20 sc) sl st to join

Round 3: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc (20 sc) sl st to join

I stopped there; the circle for my hat is made up of these 3 rounds. It measures about 2 1/4", and it is big enough to successfully cover the gathers at the top of my hat.

I worked out a couple of extra rounds for the circle, just in case you need them. Reasons why you might need them:

  • If your circle turned out smaller than mine
  • If for some reason your circle doesn't cover the gathers at the top of your hat completely when you try to stitch it onto the top of the hat

Don't use the extra rounds unless you need them, and do your best not to need them by gathering the top of the body of the hat as tight as you can.

Optional Round 4: ch 1, (1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat sequence in parentheses all the way around (30 sc total)

Optional Round 5: ch 1, work 1 sc in each sc all the way around (30 sc total)

When you end off, leave a long tail of yarn that you can use to stitch the circle to the top of the hat.

Your next task: stitching the circle to the hat in such a way that it hides the carried yarns, the basting stitch, and all the gathers. You want this to be permanent, so stitch around the circle several times until you are confident that it won't work its way loose. When you are finished, turn the hat inside out and weave in the final loose end.

Turn it right side out, wear and enjoy.