This crochet hat is for the video game lovers! This hat features a pixel heart, a call back to vintage games and their pixel graphics! Worked entirely in DCs, this project is an easy color work project!

FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet 8-Bit Heart Slouchy | A little bit of Valentine's Day, a little bit of geek, this cute 8-bit heart hat is fun for all.

Happy Friday friends! I don’t how, but I have gotten into a routine of publishing new patterns on Friday. It’s a fun way to start the weekend for sure :) I really hope you like this one! This crochet 8-bit heart slouchy is quite a simple idea, but it turned out so cute.  It’s worked all in dc’s, so it’s a quick project, but isn’t that 8-bit heart adorable? It worked out so wel,l I might be making more graphs and turning them into hats soon. 

CROCHET 8-BIT HEART SLOUCHY – CROCHET PATTERN

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I Hook (5.5mm)
Medium Weight Yarn (Knit Picks Brava Worsted in Red, Dove Heather, White and Black.)
Darning Needle
Faux Fur Pom-Pom (optional) {you can make your own!}

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet 
Dc – Double Crochet
Dc2tog- Double Crochet Decrease
Sl st – Slip Stitch 
Sk – Skip
BLO -Back Loops Only

Gauge: 14 dc = 4″


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Ribbed Band: 
Ch 7. 
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc 5. Turn. (6 sts)
2. – 46. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc 4 in BLO. Hdc in last st, going through both loops. Turn. (6 sts)

Your piece should be about 15″ long (unstretched)
This measurement is only accurate if you haven’t stretched it around your head yet. It should be stretchy enough to stretch several inches. 

Fold long piece in half and sl st up the side, making a band. Turn so the seam is on the inside and your loop is at the top. 

Body:
Note: the patterns is worked using a tapestry crochet technique. To make sure your color changes are neat, you need to finished the last stitch with the next color. Since this is worked all in dc stitches, you will work a dc until you have the last 2 loops on your hook. Drop your yarn, yarn over a loop on your hook using the next color you plan on using, pull it through both loops. The dc will look like a finished dc with a different color loop to start the next stitch. 

Be sure to carry your main color (gray) through the whole hat. You can drop the other colors. Keep the gray slightly tight, so it doesn’t show through. 

1. Ch 1. Sc 72 all around the top of the band. Work about 3 sts over a 2 hdc row space. 
2. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc 34. (finish the last dc with black). Dc 2 (finished second black dc with gray). Dc 35. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)

Now you have the starting point for your heart. To work the rest of the pattern, work a dc in each stitch around, using the graph as a pattern for your color changes.
2 dc will equal one square on the graph. 

FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet 8-Bit Heart Slouchy | A little bit of Valentine's Day, a little bit of geek, this cute 8-bit heart hat is fun for all.

I found it was easies to have two back bobbins, to go up the sides without carrying the yarn back and forth. For the red, I only used one bobbin. However, when I stretched it over from the left to the right for the next row, I worked it inside the stitch (the same way you would carry the yarn), so there weren’t many strings loose in the back. 

FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet 8-Bit Heart Slouchy | A little bit of Valentine's Day, a little bit of geek, this cute 8-bit heart hat is fun for all.
FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet 8-Bit Heart Slouchy | A little bit of Valentine's Day, a little bit of geek, this cute 8-bit heart hat is fun for all.

The last row of hearts will be row 13. (remember to count the first row of sc)
14. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join with sl st (72 sts)
15. Ch 2. Dc in same st. *Dc2tog. Dc in next st.* 23 times. Dc2tog. Join with sl st. (48 sts)
16. Ch 2. Dc2tog all around. (24 sts)
17. Ch 2. Dc2tog all around. (12 sts)

Close the hat by threading a length of yarn on your darning needle. Turn your hat inside-out. Sewing a running stitching in and out through the remains stitches. Pull both ends and cinch the hole tight. Tie a firm and sturdy knot.

You can leave it without a pom pom or add one. I got your opinions on Instagram about it, it was mostly yay to the pom-pom, but a few of you liked it without, so I though I would included a photo of it both ways. 

FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet 8-Bit Heart Slouchy | A little bit of Valentine's Day, a little bit of geek, this cute 8-bit heart hat is fun for all.
FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet 8-Bit Heart Slouchy | A little bit of Valentine's Day, a little bit of geek, this cute 8-bit heart hat is fun for all.
FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet 8-Bit Heart Slouchy | A little bit of Valentine's Day, a little bit of geek, this cute 8-bit heart hat is fun for all.

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  1. I need help with understanding:
    “1. Ch 1. Sc 72 all around the top of the band. Work about 3 sts over a 2 hdc row space.
    2. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc 34. (finish the last dc with black). Dc 2 (finished second black dc with gray). Dc 35. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)”

    Specifically the end of row 1 & beginning of row 2.

      1. No? I know how to switch colors. I just am not sure what the crochet over 3 hdc spaces means. I’m sorry I have a learning disability and it takes me awhile to figure out written patterns. I’m a visual learner. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! :)

        1. Sorry for the confusion, that is just a suggestion to help you get the right count for that first row, since you are working in the side of the band, and not into stitches. Does that make sense?

          1. I was just randomly placing stitches because there are only 46 rows and no real way to calculate where to place the stitches along the side

  2. Hi. I’m trying to make the hat. It’s been three times since I undo them because my heart starts to load towards my left side and the image begins to fall out. Can you guide me

      1. I don’t, I am sorry! It might work if you made with graph in sc instead of dc. One block would be one sc instead of one block being 2 dc.

  3. Hello first I want to say thank you for such a lovely pattern. I wanted to know if there is a way to work this pattern from the top down, as I prefer to do so and I would like a different band on the hat.

    1. Yes! You would make the beginning your hat, then when are past the increases, work the graph upside-down. I am not sure how long it would be, you will have to experiment a bit there, but working the graph upside down would definitely work for top down.