Did you know you can do fair isle patterns with crochet? This snowflake fair isle crochet hat was inspired by the Team Canada toques, but it’s something everyone will love.
This pattern has been updated! The free version below is the original pattern published in 2018, but the PDF includes updated graphs that are slightly easier to work, a stretchier ribbed band, and sizing from Large Adult – Baby.
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A couple weeks ago, I published my Neva Hat (Team USA Hat) and I was thrilled that you loved it so much! I was also thrilled that my Canadian friends wanted an Olympic Team and I wanted to oblige.

I put a vote on my Facebook page and the pretty fair isle hat won by a landslide, so that is the design I used as inspiration for this Chinook Toque. It turned out quite lovely, the crochet snowflake fair isle is darling! Although I think the design might be a bit intricate for the stitch size (maybe?) I still love it. 

I also couldn’t resist added a bit of extra Canadian flair. Aren’t these maple leaves adorable? I got them at this Etsy shop and I thought they were quite affordable, so snag up a couple for your Chinook Hat, and your future Canandian pride hats.  I ordered the small ones and they are the perfect size. 

red and white hat featuring leather red maple leaf

The awesome thing about this design is it contains no repeats. It has space between the beginning and the end, so you will be able to size this hat up or down very easily.  Simply add or subtract stitches at the beginning and end of the graph design to change the size.

Be sure to subtract an equal number from the beginning of the graph and the end so the design remains in the middle.

You also won’t be using bobbins.  Just carry the unused yarn through the whole hat.


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Cozy Snowflake Fair Isle Crochet Hat – A Lovely Winter Crochet Pattern- Free Crochet Pattern 

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What you need: (affiliate links)
I Hook
– Medium Weight Yarn in 3 colors  (Patons Canadiana in Cardinal, Winter White, Pale Gray Mix)
Maple Leaf applique (optional)
Darning Needle

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch
BLO – Back Loops Only 

Gauge: 15 sc = 4″   (Gauge Pattern)

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The ad-free PDF download includes sizing from large adult to baby and can be purchased in my shops! Where would you like to shop today?

The pattern PDF download has been updated and is reflected in the orange and green hats, the free version below (red hat) is the original design published in 2018

Ribbed band: 

Begin with Pale Gray: Ch 6. 

1. Hdc in 2ch ch from hook. Hdc in each ch. Turn. (5 sts)
2. Ch 1. hdc in same st. Hdc in next 3 sts in BLO. Hdc in last st going through both loops. Turn. (5 sts)
Repeat row 2 until your band reached approx. 19″ (or until it fits your head snugly). Achieve this measurement by gently pulling your band. You want the hat to be snug. 
Fold the the band in half and sl st the ends together forming a band. Turn the band so the loop is on the top and the seam is on the inside. Continue on to the body:

Fair Isle Crochet Hat Body:

Work the hat body in BLO, this allows the stitches to line up properly. 
1. Still using Pale Gray, ch 1. Sc around the top of the band as evenly as possible, achieving 76 total stitches. Join. 

Join Cardinal (red). 
2.  – 28. Begin working the graph on row 2. You will begin each row with a ch 1, and end each row by joining with a sl st.   (Be sure you are working in BLO) You will be using the tapestry crochet technique, similar to how the plaid stitch is worked. You can see a bit more in my Neva Hat video. 

The graph has no repeats and includes the whole design. 

Note: You can add or subtract stitches on either side of the design to make your hat larger or smaller!

 29. Ch 2. Dc2tog all around the hat. Join with a sl st. (38 sts)

Close the top of the hat by sewing a loose running stitch around the opening and cinching shut. Tie a sturdy knot. Finish with a yarn pom-pom or faux fur pom-pom on top. 

red and white team canada toque hat for olympics
red and white snowflake crochet hat

I hope you enjoy the last couple days of the Olympics! It will be fun to see what everyone will be wearing for the closing ceremonies (a festival of winter hats). This snowflake fair isle crochet hat is my last winter project, and  I am moving on to spring and summer ideas. However, I am toying with the idea of doing a Christmas in July series.
What do you think?


red and white team canada hat toque

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  1. Thank you for this pattern. It’s really eye-catching. I’m trying to advance my skills and try new techniques. When I recently made this hat using the tapestry method, my hat would not stretch. I did slightly tug the yarn that I carried through so that it wouldn’t show on the front, but otherwise felt like I was following directions. Can you help me figure out what I’m doing incorrectly (producing a non-stretchy hat)? Thank you for sharing your hard work!

    1. Hi Mickey!
      Working with colors will unfortunately cause your hat to have less stretch than with one color. Sc is also the least stretchy stitch because of the tight weave, so unfortunately, it comes with the territory. One thing you can do it opt to drag the yarn behind instead of carry it within the stitch, this will give you slightly more give. I hope this helps!

  2. I love this hat and other but dont quite understand how to change the colours to made this work. Any chance you could make a tutorial on how to change colours making this type of hat? I am a visual crocheter.. :)

  3. I absolutely LOVE this hat! I would really like to make it but for the life of me can’t find the free download anywhere. All I find is buy ad-free PDF. Can you send me the link, please? I may have overlooked it but been searching for the better part of an hour & still nothing

      1. Would you please send me the free version link to the Ravelry site? I see the download link, but I read above that there is a code to get it for free. I am on a very strict income, disabled, and want to make this as a Christmas gift..I love your work!!!! If you can’t I do understand. No harm in asking.
        Thank you,

  4. Where did you get the little Maple leaf that’s at the bottom? So CUTE!!
    Love this pattern and I’m finishing WIPS so I can try it.

  5. Hi Bethany. Thanks again for the wonderful pattern. I posted pictures in your FB crochet group. I made it slightly smaller to fit my daughter’s head so if you pay close attention to the pictures I finished it before the end of the pattern, but I think it still looks really really cute. Love it! Thanks!!!

  6. Thanks for the beautiful pattern, Bethany! 💖 going to start making chrochet project from your pattern. you’re awesome!

  7. Love the pattern for the Canadian toque, I am Canadian who has just recently moved back to Canada after living in Florida for 16 yrs. It’s cold here & the toque will be a welcome to this frigid weather. Just finished making the plaid boot toppers & I just love them. Thank you for the fantastic patterns.

    1. So glad you love it! Thanks so much for your kind words. A couple years ago we moved from Las Vegas to a cold mountain town in Utah! It was a weird transition! Takes the body a little bit to adjust, haha!

  8. I live this pattern but I am having a bit of trouble when switching from red to white. I out in a whitw stitch and then when I have to switch back to red rhe white stitch seems to disappear and the strands of yarn on the inside are long and don’t seem right. How do you switch colors wirhcout making a mess?

  9. Thank you soooo much for the pattern for the Chinook Toque!! I will have to start my winter projects early to have them ready for next winter !! As Judy commented I will have to make matching scarves
    and maybe mitts.

  10. This is sooooo awesome! Thank you 😃 happy Canadian fan! Although as with the Neva hat and mitts, I don’t know if I am accomplished enough to make this. I just might try however so thanks again.