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. 

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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. Hi!! I love, love, love this hat!! I’m just starting on it and i had a question about th band. When you say, “Work about 3 sts over a 2 hdc row space.”, can you clarify this? I’m not sure what to do 😩

    Thank you!

  2. Hey, do you perhaps have a video on how to make this? The pattern seems pretty straightforward but I am STRUGGLING and I really want one as we head into the Autumn season here in South Africa

      1. I have good news I figured it out! I was getting confused with the 2 DC’s in each graph square. And I’d like to take all the credit but one of my neighbors who crochet’s religiously for about 30 years now showed me how and WE HAVE THE BEANIE! Thanks so much for the pattern I truly love the crochet community everyone is so wonderful and kind and generous. Have a fantastic day and I will be rocking my beanie <3

  3. Hello,
    LastNovember I was using your instructions for crochet the nativity. About the same time I received from you the instructions for the little crocheted clutch purses. I want to teach my granddaughter to make the most but can’t find the email from you! Can you resend it to me?
    Thank You,
    Judith

    1. Hi this is my first time doing a graph and i am so so confused lol. How many gray stitches do i need per row, do i just do 2, less, 4 less exc?
      Then on the graph part is 2 double crochets per stitch? Lol sure im over thinking this big time! Lol thanks for your help!!

  4. I love this pattern, so cute. I had to frog the first try, it came out huge. I went down to a G hook and its much more to size. Anyone else have that problem? Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi Bethany! I love this hat pattern! Girly, but not too girly. :) I hope you can answer one question for me. I’m getting confused when you talk about stretching the red yarn from left to right. What d you mean by working in inside the stitch? Do you carry the red through the grey DCs? I’ve never done tapestry crochet before but I understand the concept. Your photo of your bobbins is very helpful.

    Thanks! Meagan

    1. Thanks Megan! So when you are working the red, and because it’s in the round, you will work several stitches and drop the yarn. When you come back around, it will still be at the far end where you dropped it. I was saying that I grab it and pull it over, leaving a end coming across behind, but then when I am working back across, I “carry” the red yarn end, as well as the gray. Does that make sense? I plan on making a video, soon, so that will be helpful for you too.

      1. Hi there! Just wondering if you ever made a video of carrying the red yarn over? That’s the only part I can’t quite understand. All the rest is great and I love this pattern so much. Thank you for sharing!

  6. When switching colors for the first time on each row the black looks off, like it is stretched out. The end of the heart rows look how they are supposed to. What might I be doing wrong ? thanks!

  7. Approximately how many grey dc stitches do I do around the hat before switching in the front back to the heart, if that makes sense? Also, is there a way to do decreases all the way up to the top of the hat? You’re so talented! Thank you.

    1. Hello! Thank you! It depends on which row you are working. I thought it would be easiest to just have the graph. Which row are you wondering about and I can grab my hat and count.
      Yes, If you want to completely close it, you can keep working decreases. I prefer the look of the cinch, but you can definitely do that instead!

      1. Thanks for the response. I actually haven’t started it yet, just prepping. Is there a rule of thumb on how to decrease if I choose that route?Thanks!

  8. 16. Ch 2. Dc2tog all around. (24 sts)
    17. Ch 2. Dc all around. (12 sts)

    I’m not understanding the stitch count here. Please help!

  9. Oh..I really love this pattern! Maybe it is a little bit difficult for me, as a not expert, but definitely I would like to crochet it. This 8-bit heart has a pretty bold look which remembers me the subjects in the video games I used to play when I was a young girl. Good memories…Thanks for sharing!