Last September, we were invited to stay in a cabin in Island Park, Idaho, which is just outside Yellowstone National Park. I was excited to go! I had only been once, and it was about 15 years ago. It would be so fun to return as a family and enjoy Mother Nature together. However, 3 days before our trip my son had his accident.
We were invited to stay in the cabin again this year and we were excited to make plans to go. The cabin sits up in the mountains, surrounded by trees and the smell of wet dirt and pine. The trip was a kind of renewal for us. We are finally done with all the “firsts” after his accident and it feels like the whole ordeal is truly behind us. The trip was the final sentence in this chapter of our lives, and we are ready to move onto the next one!

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.

Since we were on the west side of Yellowstone, we drove through West Yellowstone, Montana to enter the park. It is an adorable little town featuring lots of shops and touristy places, plus enough cell data to check my email. I also found this cute little yarn shop called Send it Home. It features local yarn that is handspan and hand dyed, as well as rustic quilting fabric and supplies.  I decided to forgo the obligatory Yellowstone t-shirt and treat myself to a souvenir of yarn (the correct decision, ammiright?). 

In the back corner of this little shop, I saw this breathtakingly gorgeous hand-dyed yarn. It is locally made and dyed specifically for Send it Home.

Do the colors look familiar? 

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.

Yes, it matches the colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring!

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.

I am now kicking myself that I only bought one skein, I would have loved to have one to give away to someone. I will remember to do that if we go back next year. And I am also hoping to make this a thing: traveling around and finding really awesome yarn!

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.

I whipped up a fun hat using this beautiful yarn. I admit, I wish the striping was a bit longer. The hat doesn’t do the gorgeous blue and aqua tones justice. The stitch I used could very well be the problem though. 

The yarn works up a bit finer than most medium weight yarn. It is 100% wool, but feels a lot like Caron Simply Soft in texture and weight. 

Unfortunately, this yarn can only be purchased at Send It Home in West Yellowstone, Montana. So be sure to stop by if you take a trip there! And you can find the yarn designer Destination Yarn here

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.

Teton Springs Hat

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What you need: (affiliate links)
– Medium Weight Yarn (similar in weight and texture)
H Hook
Measuring Tape 

Abbreviations: US Terms
St – Stich
Ch – Chain
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sc – Single crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet 
Dc – Double Crochet 

Special Stitch: 3-dc cluster. This stitch is a dc3tog, worked all in the same st. It has the bulk of 3 stitches, but has only one loop on top. 

Ch 2 does not count as first st. 

Ribbed Band:
Ch 8.
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in each remaining ch. Turn. (7 sts)
2. Ch 1. Hcd in same st. In BLO, hdc in next 5 sts. Hdc in last st, going through both loops. 
Repeat row two until your band reaches:
-about 19″ for adult
-about 17.5″ for child
-about 16.5 for toddler
-about 14.5″ for baby

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. 

To form the band, fold the band in half and using the loops where you left off, sl st up the side, sewing the two layers together. Turn the band so the seam is on the inside and the loop is at the top. 

Body:
1. Ch 1. Sc across the top. Work them loosely and evenly and make sure there aren’t so few that the row has no stretch. Make sure the stitch count is even. 
2. Ch 2. 3-dc cluster in same st. *Ch 1. Sk next st. 3-dc cluster in next st* repeat all around the hat. Join with a sl st. 
3. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. 
Repeat rows 2 and 3 respeciavly until your hat reaches  approx. 8″ tall (measuring from the bottom of the ribbed band). (approx. 7″ for child, 6.5″ for toddler, 5.5″ for baby)
For the last row, ch 2 and work a row of dc sts around the top. Tie off. 

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.

To close the hat, take a length of yarn and sew a loose running stitch around the top. Turn the hat inside-out Pull both ends to cinch it shut. 

Finish with a pom-pom. 

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.

 

I do love my cozy hat! I thought wool might be itchy, but this yarn (and hat) is super soft and comfortable.

Free Crochet Pattern - Teton Springs Hat | This gorgeous crochet hat has a cozy, lovely texture and works up beautiful variegated yarn.
And I think I am leaning towards designing more fitted hats like this one, versus slouchy hats this fall season. What do you think? 

 

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37 Comments

  1. I used Mandala Ombre for this hat for the toddler size. I use it for all my baby hats because of the stretch & softness. It is a lighter size 4 weight. Thank you for this pattern.

  2. Hi Beth,
    First thank you for the pattern.
    I am little confused with step 2starting with 2 chains and and then in the same Stich 3 dc cluster. Should the 2 chains count as one of the 3 dc cluster?
    Thank you so much again,Marina

  3. Ch 1. Hcd in same st. In BLO, hdc in next 5 sts. Hdc in last st, going through both loops.Sorry, but what does BLO mean? Do you have a printabe one with explanations on it..
    Thank you.

    1. I don’t have I video, I am sorry! Do you know how to work a dc decrease (dc2tog)? It is similar but instead of doing a 2 stitch decrease you are doing a 3 st decrease BUT you are doing it all in one stitch. (so keeping going into the same stitch as you work the decrease.

  4. Oops! I found my mistake! I was doing a 3-DC cluster, but not as a dc3tog. Sorry! And thanks for all your hard work & creativity!

  5. Hi! I love all your patterns & so appreciate you sharing them! I think I have a problem, though. My hat is getting really, really big & I’m only to 7″ high so far. I’m using medium weight yarn w/ the H hook. What am I doing wrong? It is definitely not a “beanie” size. Looks like a hugely ruffled skirt…lol. Thanks for any help!

  6. Hi,
    I was looking for a gauge for this pattern so I could do a test, but I don’t see one in the instructions. I am a tight crocheter and usually need to go up one or two hook sizes. I’ll be using Caron Simply Soft yarn.
    I love your patterns by the way and have done several of them. They all came out great.
    Thanks,
    Gigi

    1. Hi Gigi!
      This pattern is pretty simple and actually doesn’t have a gauge! If you read through the pattern, it says you need a measuring tape to get the right size for the brim, then you will work an even number of stitches for the first round of the hat.

      1. Yes, I realize that now, so I am doing as the pattern states. I measured the ribbed section until it reached the 19 inches after I stretched it gently.
        I’m used to doing top down hats, but I actually have made your snowfall and plaid hats with great success.
        Thanks for getting back to me. I really appreciate all you hard work and beautiful patterns.

  7. I would like to see how you made the pom-pom. I understand it is made of faux fur. How much? Dis you cut it in a circle? I absolutely love your hats.

  8. I absolutley love your patterns and have made several. You mention child, toddler and baby sizes when making the ribbed band but you don’t give a finished length for each size. I’m hoping you can clarify the length so I can make this fabulous hat in each size. Thanks for the remarkable work!

  9. This yarn is gorgeous! Thanks for the hat pattern. I agree; I like fitted hats more than slouchies this year.

  10. Beth, our family was JUST there also. Being the yarn lover I am I too looked for a yarn shop. West Yellowstone was beautiful……..we stayed in a lovely lodge…………and yes, “Send it Home” had gorgeous YARN!!! Did you see the Bison yarn? My basket included several skeins of very nice and colorful yarn………….just waiting for the just right pattern.

    1. How fun! Yes! I wanted to spend $1000 there ;) I ended up with a few other skeins, one of them was a gorgeous gray un-dyed baby alpaca. I just LOVE gray and was fascinated that it was the natural color of the wool. It will sit in my stash for years because no pattern is good enough for it, HAHA!

  11. Beth you are truly an inspiration for me, i have been following your blog for a while now. Your clutch crochet pattern post is my favorite. the color combination for Teton Springs Hat is amazing and pattern is beautiful. Thanks tons for sharing your work.

  12. Would Caron Simply Soft work well for this hat? Or would it be better for me to work the CSS yarn along with a 3 weight yarn? Thank you!

  13. Hi! I love your patterns, you are very creative! Quick question about your pom pom, how did you get it to look like that? Thanks