Cold Snap Cap

Inner Child Crochet

Cold Snap Cap by Melissa Mall
By Melissa Mall
Model: ‘Charlie’
Photos: Melissa Mall

“Mommy, I’m sooo cooold!”

That seems to be the way every winter starts, and how can I resist? I pick up hook and yarn and make something for my little guys to put on. This particular hat is about as easy as they come: warm and thick with cozy ribs and a wide fold-up brim, it’s really only a simple rectangle, sewed into hat-form. Even a bare beginner should be able to handle this project, but it looks so good that no one will guess! Best of all?

“It’s really warm inside this hat!”

Difficulty: Beginner

Size: Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult)

Finished Measurements:
Circumference: 14 (16, 18, 20) inches
Depth (brim not folded): 8 (9, 11, 14) inches


  • Patons Classic Wool [100% Wool; 223yd/205m per 100g/3.5oz skein]; color: Jade Heather; 1 (1, 1, 2) skeins
  • G/4.25mm hook
  • Yarn Needle

Gauge: 15 sts/8rows = 4″ in BLO hdc.

Cold Snap Cap by Melissa Mall

Row 1: Ch 32 (36, 42, 55). Sk 2 ch and hdc in each st across. (30, 34, 40, 53 hdc) Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2; working in BLO, hdc in each st across. (30, 34, 40, 53 hdc) Turn.

Repeat Row 2 until work measures 14 (16, 18, 20) inches from beginning. Sl st last row and first row together to form a tube. Ch 1, evenly space sc around edge to finish brim, join. Finish off.

Finishing: Thread approximately 14 (16, 18, 20) inches of yarn on needle. Weave through top of hat 1″ or 4 sts from edge. Pull tightly to gather; tie to secure. Wrap yarn ends around gather and pull tightly to tie; weave in all ends.

About the Designer Melissa Mall Melissa Mall is an at-home mom with four sons and a girl on the way! They have settled in to a quiet (or “quiet,” if you like) rural life in Missouri and are enjoying doing things like gardening and keeping chickens in the backyard. You can keep up with their ordinary adventures over at her blog, or take a peek at her crochet patterns and tutorials at Inner Child Crochet.

Pattern & images © Melissa Mall. All rights reserved.

8 responses

  1. I love this cold snap cap but don’t understand the directions for row 1, SK in each stitch across to give me 53 for an adult hat. Can you explain?

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