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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Snowball Bun Hat

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The Snowball Bun Hat!

Thanks for indulging me friends. The season of bun hats continues with my second variation on the Kip Bun Hat. This one is simply precious! It's called the Snowball because the bobbles are in white, contrasted by a rich navy blue. The pattern features alternating color changes and the changes on the brim are especially complicated. This pattern will be an Intermediate Level for this reason.

I have used a shimmering white yarn to make the "snowballs" really pop and shine! This hat is an adorable winter style that you will truly love! It's definitely one of a kind.

Now about those color changes... 

It's gonna get tricky around here. I've managed to find a way, and I'm sure it's not the only way nor am I the first one to do this, but I haven't really seen this done anywhere else. I change colors every other stitch while simultaneously alternating between dc and fpdc to create a depth in the color field unlike anything else I've seen lately! It's a pretty cool way to crochet and it looks amazing! I don't even know what to call this technique, but I can describe it to you as best I can and hope you're willing to try it out with me.

Here's how I do it...

The last three rounds of the hat are comprised of double crochet and front post double crochet stitches that alternate colors every other stitch. The dc's are made in white and the fpdc's are made in navy. To accomplish this we must switch colors before the stitch is completed. Make the stitch indicated up to the final yo, then pick up the alternating color and finish the stitch. Continue by beginning the next stitch in the color just picket up, to the final yo, then pick up previous color and finish the stitch. Continue in this manner, repeating the process to make each stitch in alternating color pattern. What this creates is a rich and dynamic texture, the navy fpdc stitches pop out from the white background mimicking the bobbles above them in contrast.

It may take some practice, it's definitely an awkward maneuver to switch yarns so often. Once you get the hang of it, this decorative technique is one you can employ to add visual interest to any number of projects... including my Sweet Scallops Boot Cuffs, which also use fpdc stitches!

Snowball Bun Hat Free Crochet Pattern:

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Hook: H8/5MM
Yarn: Red Heart With Love Metallic in White and Loops & Threads Impeccable in Navy
Gauge: 6 HDC = 2” OR 1 bobble repeat = 1”
Difficulty: Intermediate
Materials: 1 hair elastic, yarn needle

Special Stitches:

Hdc Inc- half double crochet increase, make two hdc in the the next st

Bobble Stitch - yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw up loop, yo, draw thru two loops, *yo, insert hook into same st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw thru two loops*, repeat** two more times, (5 loops on hook) yo, draw thru all loops. Bobble will poof out behind work.

Fpdc- front post double crochet: double crochet around the front of the post of the indicated stitch, instead of into the “v” on top of the stitch as usual.


  1. Ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as a stitch. Always make first stitch of round in same stitch as join & ch 1.
  2. Do not break yarn in between color changes unless you want to individually weave in all the yarn tails. You may carry yarns along inside, picking up and dropping as necessary.

Color changes: In last three rounds of hat you will be alternating colors every other stitch. Make dc or fpdc as indicated up to final yo, pick up other color and finish stitch. Begin next stitch in new color up to final yo, pick up previous color and finish stitch. Continue in this manner to make stitches in alternating colors.


Begin with white
Join yarn to hair elastic, ch 1.

Round 1: Hdc 30 around hair elastic, join with a sl st to the first hdc, ch 1. Keep right side facing.

Round 2: join navy, *hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (40 sts)

Round 3: *hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (50 sts)

Round 4: *hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1, (60 sts)

Round 5: hdc in each st around, join, ch 1. (60 sts)

Round 6: pick up white, Turn work so wrong side is facing, sc in the first st, bobble in the next st, *sc, sc, bobble*, repeat ** around to  last st, sc in the last st, join, ch 1, turn. (20 bobbles)

Rounds 7 & 8: pick up navy, sc in each st around, join, ch 1. (60 sts)

Round 9: repeat round 6.

Rounds 10 &11: repeat rounds 7 & 8.

Round 12: repeat round 6.

Rounds 13 & 14: repeat rounds 7 & 8.

Round 15: Repeat round 6, then turn so right side is facing.

Rounds 16 & 17: pick up navy, hdc in each st around, join, ch 1, ch 2 for round 17. (60 sts)

Round 18: pick up white, dc in each st around alternating between navy and white each st, join, ch 2. (60 sts)

Round 19: *pick up white, dc, pick up navy, fpdc*, repeat ** alternating colors around, join, ch 2. (60 sts)

Rounds 20: repeat round 19, do not ch 2 on last round.

Round 21: pick up navy, sl st loosely around rim of hat, join, fo, weave in ends.

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xo- Bethany

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