This modern southwestern-inspired crochet serape hat and cowl make a lovely set for the desert chic lover. Crochet the hat and cowl in bright coral and turquoise for a true desert vibe. This post is brought to you by WeCrochet, an online yarn shop that caters to crocheters! Get your everyday basics and luxurious favorites all in one place. This post contains affiliate links which means I get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting us! 

If you have been following along with me for an extended period of time, you know that I have been a fan of Knit Picks yarn for a while. I found the perfect fingering weight wool for my Nativity and it’s so perfect, I just can’t bring myself to use anything else. I also have kept Brava Worsted in stock, as it’s a perfectly soft, everyday acrylic with so many uses (and I like that it’s not a “heavier” worsted like some acrylics are). Many of my older projects use Brava because it’s soft, affordable and has practically any color you could need.

Last year, Knit Picks launched its sister site: WeCrochet. WeCrochet is an online shop that caters to us crocheters and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Let me be clear: I have zero enmity for knitters, but it has always felt like knitting has more representation in yarn shops. It’s very exciting to see crocheters getting a larger space.

On top of that, I was also selected to be a WeCrochet Ambassador! I am beyond thrilled to continue sharing this yarn that I have loved so long, being sold in a CROCHET yarn shop!

I did a few things for WeCrochet last year at the site launch (my adorable nativity sheep addition, the NEW tartan technique hat, and my Fair Isle Winter Wall Hanging), but I am so happy to be an ambassador this year. I love the yarn found at WeCrochet and I hope you will give it a try (I can’t wait to order some more Brava with the NEW WeCrochet labels!).


I have been wanting to make a desert chic inspired Crochet Serape Hat set for a while. I really feel like I need some color in my life to break up the monotony of this cold, gray winter.  I am using Brava with this project because it had all the colors I needed (“Seashell” is one of my very favorite colors!) and the finished hat will have the perfect drape.
I also made a similar southwestern style cowl to match.

CROCHET SERAPE HAT AND COWL SET

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What you need: (affiliate links)
– 5.5mm, 8mm Hook
Brava Worsted: 1 ball each of Black, Seashell, Orange, Cornflower, Denim; 2 balls of White
Darning Needle
Pom-Pom (optional)

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

HAT Gauge:   14 dc = 4″ (Gauge Pattern)
COWL GAUGE:
Meet the hat gauge with the necessary hook, then go up 3 hook sizes for the Cowl.

 

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ADULT CROCHET HAT: 

Note: To make your seam look less noticeable, finish the last sc with the color of yarn you will be using in the following row.  Then sl st and move on with the pattern. 

With Black Ch 9
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in next 7 sts. Turn. (8 sts)
2. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc in next 6 sts in BLO. Hdc in last st, going through both loops. Turn. (8 sts)

Repeat step 2 until your band reached about 19″ stretched measurement. Very gently stretch the band to get the measurement. Don’t stretch too hard. Fold the piece in half and sl st it into a band. Flip the band so the seam is on the inside on the loop is at the top. Continue from here to make the hat body.

Hat Body:

(ch 1 does not count as a stitch. Work first st of each round in the same st as the chain) 
1. Continuing where you left off from the band and still using black, Ch 1 and sc in same space. Sc all around the top of the band as evenly as possible achieving a total of 72 sts. Join with a sl st.
Don’t cut Black. 
Join Seashell. 

2.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Drop Seashell. Join Orange. 

3.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Drop Orange. Pull up Seashell.

4. – 5.
 Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Cut Seashell. Pull up Orange. 

6. – 7. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Pull up Black. 

8.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Begin Black and White color work: 

9.
With Black, Ch 1. Sc in next 3 sts. *Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to Black. Sc in next 3 sts.* work 11 times. Switch to white. Sc in last 3 sts. Join with a sl st. (See note for less noticeable seam).

10.
With white, Ch 1. Sc in next st. *Switch to Black. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts* work 11 times. Switch to black. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to White. Sc in last 2 sts. (72 sts)

11. With white, Ch 1. Sc in next 2 sts. *Switch to Black. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts* work 11 times. Switch to black. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to White. Sc in last st. (72 sts)

12. With White, Ch 1. Sc in next 3 sts. *Switch to Black. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts.* work 11 times. Switch to Black. Sc in last 3 sts. Join with a sl st.

13. With Black, Ch 1. Sc in next st. *Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to Black. Sc in next 3 sts* work 11 times. Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to Black. Sc in last 2 sts. (72 sts)

14. With Black, Ch 1. Sc in next 2 sts. *Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to Black. Sc in next 3 sts* work 11 times. Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to Black. Sc in last st. (72 sts)

15. With Black, Ch 1. Sc in next 3 sts. *Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to Black. Sc in next 3 sts.* work 11 times. Switch to White. Sc in last 3 sts. Join with a sl st.

16. With white, Ch 1. Sc in next st. *Switch to Black. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to White. Sc in next 3 sts* work 11 times. Switch to black. Sc in next 3 sts. Switch to White. Sc in last 2 sts. (72 sts)
Cut White.

17. With black, Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts
Cut Black. Join Denim. 

18. – 19.
 Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Drop Denim. Join Cornflower. 

20. – 21.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Drop Cornflower, pull up Denim. 

22.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Drop Denim, pull up Cornflower. 

23.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Drop Cornflower, pull up Denim.

24. – 29.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)
Cut yarn, leave a long tail on Denim. 

Closing the hat:

Turn hat inside-out. Thread the long tail into the darning needle. Sew a loose running stitch around the top of the hat. Once you meet back at the beginning, pull end, cinching the hold closed. Sew across it a few time to secure it in place and to weave in the end.

You can also top the hat with a pom-pom. (See FOUR WAYS to make them here). I was choosing between the Sherpa and Faux fur, and decided to go with fur.

ADULT CROCHET COWL :

(Go up three hook sizes from the hook you used to meet the gauge)
Use two strands. You can pull from two skeins or use the inside pull and outside pull at the same time.

Notes: You can either carry your yarn or string it along the back. Because the black parts are spread out, I recommend carrying it to keep the inside from being super messy.
 I recommend that you work a “cross-stitch sc” for this cowl to allow the stitches to line up a bit better. See how to do this here. 


1. Work a sc foundation 78 sts. Join with a sl st with the top loops of the first st (the bottom of the stitches won’t meet, but you can sew it together once the cowl is complete).
For help doing a chainless foundation,  watch the video below: (if the video doesn’t load, please disable your ad-blocker)
Join.

2. With black, Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st (See notes to make a cleaner seam) (78 sts)
Cut Black. Join Seashell

3. – 4.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Drop Seashell, join Orange. 

5. – 6.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Drop Orange, pull up Seashell. 

7.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Drop Seashell, pull up Orange. 

8.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Drop Orange, pull up Seashell.

9. – 10.
 Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Cut Orange and Seashell. 
Pull up Black.

11.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)

12. – 30.
Begin working the graph. Work in a “cross stitch” sc so your stitches line up better. (Watch the video below the stitch abbreviations)

Begin each row with a ch 1 and end each row by joining with a sl st. Treat each square on the graph as a sc.
Work the graph TWICE. 

Cut white. Pull up Black. 
31. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Join Cornflower. 

32. – 33.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Drop Cornflower. Join Denim. 

34. – 35.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Drop Denim. Pull up Cornflower. 

36.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Drop Cornflower. Pull up Denim.

37.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Drop Denim. Pull up Cornflower. 

38. – 39.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Cut Cornflower and Denim. Join Black. 

40.
Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st.  (78 sts)
Cut yarn, weave in ends.

I hope you enjoy this lovely set and it brings some much-needed color into your life! Check out the beautiful colors of Brava at WeCrochet and find many more future favorites.

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the pattern, Now I look forward to making the patterns, I love crocheting I am now 87 years old I was in High school where we crocheted an block afghan and raffled it off to go on our senior trip to Washington D.C. in 1950 It wasn’t anything like we hear today..Make it a GOOD Day !! Thanks again. Katherine Bradley

  2. My printer is down, and I was writing the instructions for the ‘cobblestone cables hat’.I was almost finished, then my computer flipped. Now I can’t find the instructions. Can you please send the pattern again?? I loved it and anxious to get started on it.Thanks, Katherine