Free 4th of July Crochet Pattern
American Flag Mini Hat
Celebrate Independence Day in style with this fun American Flag hat fascinator!
This stars and stripes mini top hat would make a great accessory for the 4th of July celebrations. You can simply attach the hat to a headband or fasten using hair clips or grips.
This 4th of July crochet pattern was originally designed for the Independence Day Uncle Sam Gonk outfit, part of A Gonk’s Journey, a free outfit for my original Santa Gonk design. You can find the full outfit here.
My mini hat fascinator measures approximately 3″ in diameter across the top, 4.5″ in diameter across the brim, and 3″ high. For this size, I have used UK Chunky/US Bulky weight yarn with a 6mm and 5mm crochet hook.
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FREE 4th OF JULY CROCHET PATTERN
STARS AND STRIPES MINI HAT
WHAT WILL I NEED?
I have used Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky yarn in Red, White, and Blue. You can substitute for other yarn weights, but it will change the size of your mini hat. You only need a small amount, roughly 15-20g or 20-30yds of each colour.
If you use a different yarn weight, you will need a recommended sized hook, and one size smaller. For example, if using Worsted weight yarn, use a 5mm and 4mm hook.
You will also need a fastening to wear your fascinator. You can use a rigid plastic headband, or if you plan on wearing your hair up, you can use hair clips.
Exact gauge isn’t too important for this project, just try to keep your stitches consistent.
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FREE 4TH OF JULY CROCHET PATTERN – AMERICAN FLAG MINI HAT
For this free 4th of July American flag mini hat pattern, you will need to know the following US crochet stitches and terms: (mr) Magic Ring, (ch) Chain, (sl st) Slip Stitch, (sc) Single Crochet, (inc) Increase – 2sc in the same stitch, (sc2tog) Single Crochet 2 Together.
We will be working this pattern using the Waistcoat Stitch aka Knit Stitch. This will give us neat straight lines for our colour changes, ensuring the stitches stack on top of each other correctly. For more tips and guidance on working the Waistcoat Stitch, please see my previous Union Jack Fascinator pattern.
When changing colours, switch on the last pull through of the stitch to complete the sc with the new colour.
To shape the hat, we will also work into the back loops only of the stitch tops when we finish the top section and front loops only when we start the brim.
To help prevent your different colour yarns from twisting and tangling, place each yarn ball in different areas (to your left and right). When you drop a colour, just hold you work up a little, to allow gravity to help organise your yarns.
All stitches will be Waistcoat Stitches unless otherwise specified. For the written pattern, I will refer to these stitches using their colours.
R is for Red, W is for White, B is for Blue.
All stitches are single waistcoat stitches unless indicated with the number 2 before for an increase (2 stitches of the same colour) in the same stitch.
Instructions with x(number) indicate to repeat the same for the next (number) of stitches, eg. B x2 would mean, make a single Blue waistcoat stitch into the next 2 stitches.
Instructions within [ ] indicate a colour change sequence to be worked all in the same stitch, making an increase.
When joining at the end of the round, sl st into the normal stitch top of the sc stitch.
Numbers shown in ( ) at the end of each round indicates the number of stitches you should have at the end of that round.
If you are experienced with working waistcoat stitches and colour changes, and would like to just see the plain written instructions, you can view the same top hat pattern written out for the Gonk here.
We will be crocheting around the dropped colour yarns as we work.
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AMERICAN FLAG MINI HAT CROCHET PATTERN:
Work the hat in joined rounds. The ch1s at the beginning of each round do not count as stitches.
Using your standard (larger) size hook and your Blue yarn, start with a magic ring,
sc x6 into mr, pull closed, sl st into the first sc to join (6)
Switch over to your smaller hook size to work the waistcoat stitches. Keep your stitches a little loose to help with working into them. You can do this by ensuring you bring the pulled through loops to the top of your work, as if it were level with a standard sc stitch.
We will add White yarn in the next round. Remember to work around the dropped yarn to carry it forward. When joining your new colour, simply pull the new colour through your last working stitch to finish the stitch, then crochet around the starting tail for a few stitches to hold it in place.
ch1, [B, W,] x6, sl st to join (12)
Work the next round in Blue only, continue crocheting around the dropped White yarn to maintain the stitch thickness.
ch1, *B, 2B,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (18)
ch1, *[B, W], B, W,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing back to B on the last st), sl st to join (24)
Work the next round in Blue only. Again, continue crocheting around the dropped White yarn.
ch1, *B x3, 2B,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (30)
ch1, * B, W, [B, W], B, W,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing back to B on the last st), sl st to join (36)
Work the next round in Blue only, crocheting over the White.
ch1, *B x5, 2B,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (42)
Now drop the White yarn and work with Blue yarn only. Switch back over to your standard/larger hook size and work the next round in the back loops only.
ch1, sl st in the back loops of each stitch, sl st into the first to join (42)
Still with your larger hook and Blue yarn, work the next round going through the back loops of the slip stitches and the previously used back loops of R7.. We will be working normal sc stitches.
ch1, *sc x5, sc2tog,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing to W on the last st), sl st to join (36)
Cut your Blue yarn leaving a short tail. You can crochet around the tail end in the next round to secure, or weave it in.
Switch back over to your smaller hook size and work Waistcoat stitches again from here on.
We will start the next round with the White yarn, and introduce the Red yarn. Again, just pull the new colour through to finish the last White stitch to join, and crochet around the starting end to secure.
ch1, *W x3, R x3,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing back to W on the last st), sl st to join (36)
Follow the same colour changes again and waistcoat stitch in each for the next rounds.
ch1, *W x3, R x3,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing back to W on the last st), sl st to join (36 for 7 rounds)
We will work one more repeat, but reintroduce the Blue yarn at the end, ready for the following round.
ch1, *W x3, R x3,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing to B on your last st), sl st to join (36)
Cut the Red yarn here and crochet around or weave in the tail end.
We will now use the Blue yarn only. Continue to work around the White yarn for this next round to maintain the stitch size.
ch1, B x36, sl st to join (36)
ch1, *B, W, B,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (36)
Continue crocheting around the White for the next round.
ch1, B x36 (changing to W on the last st), sl st to join (36)
Cut the Blue yarn and crochet around or weave in the tail end.
We will be working the brim in normal sc, using White yarn. For the next round, work into the front loops only of the previous round.
ch1, *sc x5, inc,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (42)
Work into the normal both loops of the sc stitches from here on.
ch1, sc x3, *inc, sc x6,* repeat between * to the end of round (finishing with only sc x3), sl st to join (48)
ch1, *sc x7, inc,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (54)
ch1, sc x4, *inc, sc x8,* repeat between * to the end of round (finishing with only sc x4), sl st to join (60)
ch1, sc in each st, sl st to join, fasten off and weave in ends (60)
That’s your American flag mini top hat complete! Now you just need to decide how to wear it. You can stitch the brim onto a rigid headband, like I have done here:
Or, if you’re wearing your hair tied back, you can use hair clips, grips, or a hair comb to keep your mini top hat in place.
For snappy style hair clips, sew a couple of clips to the base of the brim.
For kirby grips or bobby pins, you can just pin through the hat brim into your hair, in multiple places to keep in place.
For hair combs, sew the comb onto the base of the brim on each side.
You have now completed my free 4th of July crochet pattern.
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