This crochet heart stitch hat is much easier to work than it looks and you will love the cute little hearts the design creates. Use different colors to make your crochet hat pop! This post uses affiliate links (click here for more info). I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting Whistle and Ivy!

We don’t have a large celebration of Valentine’s Day in our house. The Boy isn’t in school yet, so there’s no need to spend weeks planning Pinterest-perfect Valentines for his classmates, but I do think the sentiment is nice, and there’s nothing wrong with reflecting and thinking about ways we can better show our love to our family and friends. So in that way, I am not a total Valentine’s Day Grinch. But even if you are, this Crochet Heart Stitch Hat (Puppy Love Slouchy) is a super cute and comfy slouchy that can be worn all winter long.

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What you need: 

Abbreviations: (American Terms)
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Sk – Skip
St – Stitch
Sl st – Slip Stitch
BLO – Back Loops Only

Gauge: 14 dc = 4″

Special Stitch:
3-dc cluster: Yarn over, insert hook. Yarn over, pull through st (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through first 2 loops (2 loops remaining on hook). Yarn over, insert in same st. Yarn over, pull through. Yarn over, pull through first 2 loops (3 loops remaining on hook). Yarn over, insert into same st. Yarn over, pull through. Yarn over and pull through first 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through all 4 remaining loops. If it’s easier to understand, it’s a basically a dc3tog worked all in the same st.

Watch a video tutorial here:  


The written pattern below is for size WOMEN/TEEN. You can find a PDF  that includes 4 sizes,  Adult-Baby in my shops. The PDF is formatted for easy crocheting on-the-go or for easy printing, it doesn’t include ads or comments. Where would you like to shop today?



Ch 8.
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in each ch. Turn. (7 sts)
2.  Ch 2. Hdc in same st. Hdc in next 6 its in BLO. Hdc in last st, going through both loops. Turn. (7 sts).
Don’t tie off after last row.

Repeat row two until your band reaches about 18″ – 19″ for adult. 

You will get this measurement by gently stretching your band and measuring the length, not the pre-stretch length. You want the hat to be snug and due to differences in yarn stretchiness, I am not providing a row count. Instead, use your measuring tape. Don’t break yarn. 

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1. Fold the band in half, and using the loop from the last hdc, pull it through and sl st down the side, forming a band. Don’t tie off. 
Turn the band, so the seam is on the inside and your loop is at the top.
Beginning where you left off sewing the band: Ch 1. Sc in same sp. 
From here, you will sc around the band until you have 72 total stitches. Join with a sl st with the first st, using 2nd color.

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2. Ch 1. Dc 4 in same st. Ch 1. Sk 5 sts. *Dc 4 in next st. Ch 1. Sk 5 sts* work 11 times. Join with a sl st with the first st using Dove Heather. (60 sts)

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3. Ch 2. Sc in middle of shell (not in a st, in the space between the stitches). Ch 2. Work a 3-dc cluster in the 3rd st of the 5 skipped sts from the previous round. *Ch 2. Sc in middle sp of shell. Ch 2. Work a 3-dc cluster in 3rd sk st from previous round* repeat all around the hat. Join with a sl st with first chain. (72 sts)

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4. Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in each st around. Join with sl st. (72 sts)
Join 3rd color. (You can work in BLO this row for ease-of-use).

5. – 13. Repeat rows 2 – 4 respectively, changing colors when you make the hearts row.
14. Ch 2. Dc in same st. *Dc2tog, dc in next st* work 23 times. Work a dc2tog with last 2 sts. (48 sts)
15. Ch 2. Dc in each st around. (48 sts)
16. Ch 2. Dc2tog all around. (24 sts) Tie off.

To close the hat, turn it inside out. Put a length of yarn on your needle and sew in and out each stitch across the top. Pull it tight, cinching the top closed. Tie a very sturdy knot and clip end.

Finish with a pom pom on top (get the tutorial here).

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  1. i finally got this made after frogging 5 different times in different places! sorry but i was wondering if this is a draft and NOT the finished pattern as there are many errors and omissions! :( this is the 3rd pattern now of yours i have made and struggled with :( you have such cute designs, but really need to be thorough in explaining with maybe some pics on harder to explain or confusing rows/rounds. just a suggestion.
    the finished hat was cute. i hope you will look over the pattern. thanks

      1. Ive struggled with picking up the stitches after making the the strip into a band. I couldnt seem to work up which bits i needed to crochet in and which to miss which made getting the 72 stitches a nightmare!! I gave up and improvised, the same with the round of single crochet after the first two rows of pattern. Dont know if this is the same problem as anyone else??

          1. I struggled to even see where I had to pick up the normal stitches. I did increase but only ended up with 60 even with that

          2. So when it turns on its side, I didn’t understand how to know what what a stitch and what wasn’t so what to crochet into and what to leave as I didn’t need it. Not sure if that makes more sense?

          3. Well since there aren’t any stitches, you just find an area to work into, there really isn’t a right or wrong place. You can pick spots that are relatively evenly spaced (as normal stitches would be placed), then increasing every 6 should get you close to 72.

  2. Are the hers supposed to line up? My second color of heart line up with the first ones and the picture doesn’t look like it’s supposed to.

      1. Thank you, Bethany, that is what I did end up doing :) Also, what brand and type of yarn are you using? I’ve done this pattern twice and its too small. What would you recommend I do to make it bigger? If I added more rows to the band (like 6 or 7 extra rows, how many SC would I do instead of the 72? I guess I just have a big head ;)

        1. I had the same problem my finished hat fit my 1yr old I recommend doing the band to fit your head then adjust the pattern to fit your needs.

  3. Yes I am counting the chains. I have 60 stitches aroun, 5 for each==(4dc plus 1 ch)
    times 12 == 60 stitches.
    Is this correct?? I appreciate you giving the stitch count. It helps to know if I have gone it closely.
    So glad you help us get the correct yarn and I did get mine from your link. It is a real service to us.

    1. Did you buy the PDF? Send me an email from my contact page, including the email you used to purchase it, and I will send you an updated one straightaway. My apologies!

  4. Love your patterns!! Thanks for sharing. I need help with step 5 on Puppy Love Hat for adults.I cannot get the stitch count of 72, as the pattern says. Mine is much less. Also, it says Dc4 in same st, then Dc 4. All other, there is a Ch1 between the groups of DC 4. Should there be one here also?
    Thanks for your help. Suzan

      1. I used an I hook and the hat is about 8 1/2 inches wide and appx 7 inches tall. I’m not sure if it will fit my 5 and 7 year old granddaughters. It is really cute though..Wish I could post a picture of it. Thanks for the pattern

  5. I love this hat! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I have some family members who don’t like slouchy hats. How would the pattern be changed to make it a beanie?

      1. I’m guessing you mean to make less rows before you start decreasing for the crown part of the hat. Is that correct? Thanks!

  6. I just read through this pattern as I was thinking about making it today… I am very impressed with how simple this pattern seems and how well written. Thanks you also for including pictures in your pattern… that’s always very helpful to me. Can’t wait to make it! Thank you so much! :)

  7. just started making this and have a quick question please. On body row 4. Ch2. DC in same stitch. DC in each stitch around.
    So on previous row you do Ch2 between stitches do you do 1Dc in each Ch2 space please?

      1. I am still having problems I know it must be me but can you add a photo of the round 4 of body as can’t seem to get it right please

  8. Hello! I am wanting to make this hat. It’s super cute! I was just wondering approximately how much yarn is used, mostly for the main color. I am thinking one skein, maybe 150 yards or so? Thanks!

    1. Thank you! Less than one skein! I am not positive on the yardage, I can’t bring myself to pull out all my work for an exact measurement! Less than one skein though, for sure.

  9. I think this hat is beautiful! I made one, but my yarn was also a bit thinner, so it’s more like a beanie. It looks great, though! Do you have a policy on selling items made from your pattern?

  10. That is adorable and would make such great gifts for the ones we LOVE. Thank you for sharing your talent. Love it. <3

    1. Thanks! I haven’t made a size that small so I can’t say in detail. You will need to do less rows on your bad, and then go down from the number on the original hat in multiples of 6.

  11. Is the paid pattern the exact same as this (teen and adult) or does it include for child sizes? I want to make this for my 16 month old god daughter. Thanks!

  12. when you are doing this pattern… the hearts decrease on the way up? it seems so wonky and doesnt sit right

    1. The hearts do decrease the stitch count, but the row that turns the shells into hearts brings you back to your original count. Are your row stitch counts correct?

  13. Hi Bethany,
    Love your patterns, thanks so much for sharing. I have a question. Is this hat intended to be sized for a child, or am I having to compensate for the yarn I’m using? I’m using Caron Simply Soft, it is labeled 4 – medium weight, and an H hook as instructed. I did the 39 rows for the band, and there is no way it would fit my head once I put it together. I can add extra rows if needed, I just wanted to check and see if the 39 rows was possibly a typo, or just my yarn of choice causing me the problem. Thanks, love this hat!

    1. Hello! Thank you! No it’s not a typo, you will need to compensate. Caron does say 4 on the label, but I find it to be more fine than other medium weights. Doing more rows can be tricky. Be sure when you do your first row of the body that your number is in multiples of 6 (72, 78, 84) so the heart row will work out.