Free Crochet Hat Pattern: The Arctic Gem Beanie

Textured crochet hat in shades of blue made with this free crochet hat pattern
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Hi there!  Welcome to my brand new blog!  To celebrate my first blog post, I’ve included my first free crochet hat pattern: the Arctic Gem Beanie below, but first, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself and tell you a bit about the yarn I used to create this pattern.  

My name is Ashley.  I am a mother of two, a wife, crochet addict and crafter.  I have a wonderful family whom I love spending time with, that is incredibly supportive of me and my many artistic projects.  When I’m not spending time with my family, I have a crochet hook in my hand.  Crochet is not only a way for me to be creative, it is a way for me to destress and unwind.  I love creating new patterns and I have created this blog in order to share my free crochet patterns and other creative endeavors with the online crafting community. 

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I am a yarn hoarder…there… I said it.  I love yarn just as much as I love crochet.  My son, at only 3 years old, knew where the “yarn store” was and why I went there.   So when I got an email from Yarnspirations letting me know about their brand new yarn Caron x Pantone, I was very excited.  I packed up the kiddos and raced over to Michaels to see it (and touch it) for myself. Apparently I wasn’t the only one excited to get their hands on this yarn.  Below is a picture of what my local Michaels store’s display of Caron x Pantone yarn looked like 45 minutes after opening on launch day.

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shelf of caron x pantone yarn at local Michaels store

I loved the braided look and the bold colours choices.  Each braid is made of little hanks braided together.  The Caron x Pantone yarn is a bulky weight yarn that’s a blend of merino wool, nylon and acrylic.  One braid is 3.5oz/100g/ and 127 yards/116 metres.  I picked up a few braids and made my way to the cash…well, it wasn’t meant to be because I forgot my wallet at home! Gah!  So I left disappointed but I was able to head back later that day and get what I wanted.  I was inspired immediately by the Morning Blues and Peacock palettes so I got two of each and headed home.

Once at home, it was nap time for the kiddos so after tucking them in, I quickly got to work.  My vision for the Peacock braids was a striped beanie with a fur pompom.  I was nervous that one braid may not be enough to create an adult-sized hat but I challenged myself to create a free crochet hat pattern to match my vision with only one skein. With my 6mm in hand,  strong coffee in my cup and my handy dandy notebook next to me, I set to work.

Caron X Pantone Yarn used in this free crochet hat pattern
My new, beautiful yarn

The Caron x Pantone yarn was wonderful to work with.  Soft and squishy with just the right amount of stretch.  I was pleasantly surprised and am already planning a second project using this yarn. This hat feels great when you put it on because the yarn is wonderfully soft and silky.   I will say that there isn’t a lot of yardage to a single ball so if you aren’t inclined to check your gauge before starting a project, you may need a second braid to ensure you have enough to complete this hat.

Before we get on to the free crochet hat pattern, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to stop by and reading my blog.  Please share my blog, pin this on Pinterest and come back soon for more free crochet patterns. 

In progress photo of the Arctic Gem Beanie made with this free crochet hat pattern.
Image collage of a textured crochet hat made with a free crochet hat pattern called the Arctic Gem Beanie from

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Skill Level

  • Intermediate




  • One Size – Adult

Finished size:

  • 8.5 inches tall x 9.5 inches wide.


  • 12 sts across x 7 rows (rows 1 – 7 of the beginning of the hat body) = 2” square


  • This pattern is written in U.S. terminology

  • I’ve used the Pantone numbers on the packaging to note which colour is used and my description of the colour next to the Pantone number for those that may no longer have the packaging.  A picture of the tag has been included here (below) for your reference as well.

  • After the brim is completed, the body of the hat is worked in the round from the bottom up.  The end of each round is joined with a sl st.

  • Instructions within the ** are to be repeated.

Peacock Blue Pantone Numbers

The Arctic Gem Beanie – Free Hat Pattern


(Using colour 19-4044 which is the darkest blue in the skein)
Ch 6.

Row 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook. HDC 4. Ch 1 and turn. (5 sts)

Row 2: HDC in same st. HDC 3 in BLO. HDC in last st, under both loops. Ch 1 and turn. (5 sts)

Repeat row two until your band is approximately 18.5” long. You can make the band a little shorter or longer than that if you need to. Generally, a good length for a band for an adult is between 18” – 19″: long when laid flat. Do not stretch. When completed, fold the band in half and sl st the two sides together. Turn the piece so the seam is on the inside and the right side is facing you.

Hat Body:

Change to 18-3922 (the second darkest blue in the skein)
Row 1: CH 1. SC in the first stitch. SC 72 evenly around the top of the band.  Join with a sl st. (72 sts)

Row 2: CH 2. DC in the same stitch. CH 1, skip the next stitch, *DC in the next stitch, CH 1, Skip 1* around. Join with sl st. (72 sts)

Change to 17-4540 (the bright blue)
Row 3: CH 2. HDC in the first stitch. TR in the skipped stitch from the first row directly below the CH space. *HDC in the next stitch, TR in the next skipped stitch from the row below* until end. Join with sl st. (72 sts).

Change to 16-07-37 (gold)
Row 4: Repeat Row 2. Join with sl st. (72 sts)

Change to 18-3922 (the second darkest blue in the skein)
Row 5: Repeat Row 3. Join with sl st. (72 sts)

Change to 17-4021 (the lightest blue)
Row 6: CH 2. HDC in the first stitch and in each stitch across. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)

Rows 7: CH 2. HDC in the third loop of the first stitch and in each stitch across. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)

Row 8: CH 2. DC in the third loop of the first stitch. *CH 1, skip 1 stitch, DC in the third loop* until end. Join with sl st. (72 sts)

Change to 17-4540 (the bright blue)
Row 9: Repeat Row 3 making sure your TR stitches are worked in the 3rd loop. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)

Change to 16-07-37 (gold)
Row 10: Repeat Row 2. Join with a sl st. (72 sts)

Change to 17-4021 (lightest blue)
Row 11: Repeat Row 3.  Join with a sl st. (72 sts)

Change to 18-3922 (the second darkest blue in the skein)
Row 12: CH 2. HDC in first stitch and in each stitch around. Join with a sl st. (72 sts).

Change to 16-07-37 (gold)
Row 13: CH 2. DC in the first stitch. DC, DCDEC. *DC 2, DCDEC* until end (54 sts)

Row 14: CH 2. DC in the first stitch. DCDEC. *DC, DCDEC* until end (36 sts)

Change to 17-4540 (the bright blue)
Row 15: CH 2. DC in first stitch, DCDEC. *DC, DCDEC* until end (24 sts)

Row 16: CH 2. DCDEC starting in the first stitch. DCDEC x 11 (12 sts)

Row 17: CH 2. DCDEC starting in the first stitch. DCDEC x 5 (6 sts)
FO and weave in ends. Add a pompom and you’re all done.



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Looking for some other great free crochet hat patterns? Check out my Juneau Blues Beanie, Crochet Tartan Beanie, Aeipathy Beanie. Check out these free ear warmer patterns while you’re here: Twisted Shells Earwarmer and Tiny Pebbles Ear Warmer.

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Arctic Gem Beanie - The Loopy Lamb Free Crochet Hat Pattern Made With Caron X Pantone Yarn

29 thoughts on “Free Crochet Hat Pattern: The Arctic Gem Beanie”

  1. Thanks for this free pattern Ashley. Lovely & very inspiring. While I didn’t get the opportunity to hit Michael’s on launch day or anytime last week while the yarn was on sale, at least I know what to look for when I do get there. Unfortunately, I relied on Michael’s online shopping/pick up instore to order but only one store within a 20 mile radius showed one color in stock. Unfortunately I’ve learned that one can’t depend on the stock availability list so I will definitely pay a visit ASAP. Again, thanks & I’ll be looking for more designs from you!

    • You’re welcome Peg! Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had issues getting this yarn and I hope you can get some soon. The Michaels in Canada doesn’t have online ordering or shipping yet which is kind of a good thing or else I would REALLY have a yarn problem lol.

  2. I want to get started! I picked up the purple pops colors. But I want to make thisfor my toddler’s winter hat… is there an easy part I. The pattern to adjust that?

    • Hi Karen,
      It will be tricky to adjust this to a smaller size without losing part of the body of the hat. You could adjust the length of the band to fit around your toddler’s head and then after seaming, do your row 1 around the top of the band, using an even number of stitches. The height of the hat will need to be adjusted in order to properly fit your toddler so you’ll likely need to omit a few rows of the body of the hat in order to make it fit. Using a smaller hook could also help. The Crochet Crowd has these wonderful hat size chart available on their site that you can use to ensure that the appropriate height is selected based on your toddler’s measurements.
      I hope this helps. 🙂

      • I see! Thanks so much. I’ll try that. I’m doing the adult pattern now—on row 11, should the TR be on the back loop only? It seems like it should after looking at your finished hat. Just wondering. Thanks!

        • Hi Karen! The TR of row 9 should be worked in the third loop but row 11 should be worked under both loops. Thanks for letting me know that I hadn’t clarified this. I have updated the pattern to make this change 🙂

  3. Sorry, not back loop only, I meant 3rd loop!

  4. I ran out of yarn there wasn’t enough to finish . I am 3/4 of the way through a round I will not be buying this yarn again

    • Hi Tammy,

      I’m sorry to hear you ran out before finishing. If you match gauge exactly, you should have just enough to finish the hat with a small bit of yarn left over. I’ve been told by others that have completed the hat that some of them have gone down a hook size and were able to complete the hat with only a small amount of scraps.

  5. I was thinking of going down a hook size. I will try it. Thanks

  6. I love this hat and thank you for sharing the information about Caron’s “new” yarn! I’m planning on heading to Michaels tomorrow so I can get started on the hat!

    • I’m so glad that you like it. I hope you enjoy crocheting your hat. I’d love to see your finished project if you don’t mind sharing. 🙂

  7. Hi

    Can you share your source for the pom pom please?

    • Hi May,

      These are the pompoms I’m using: I’ve used the packages of popular mixed colours and white pompoms with great results.

  8. Hi,

    I’m working on this hat but had a few questions about the pattern; specifically how to work the end of a round and the technique when switching to a new color. When pattern says “join with a slip stitch” can you explain exactly which stitch to make the slip stitch in? Also should I fasten off at this point or incorporate the new color into the slip stitch and continue new round? Hope you understand my question(s). I love the hat you created and can’t wait to finish mine as I have 2 more Caron X Pantone skeins to work with after I finish this hat! Thanks.

    • Hi May,

      You should be joining to the first stitch of the round with a slip stitch. When I switch my colours, I do so before joining. On the last stitch of the round (before the required colour change), before you do your final yarn over for the required stitch, I change to the new colour, yarn over with the new colour and pull through my stitch. So if your last stitch of the round is a DC, you would yarn over, insert your hook into the last stitch, yarn over in current colour, pull through the stitch, yarn over in current colour and pull through first two loops on your hook. Yarn over in your new colour and pull through the last two hooks on your stitch. Do your slip stitch into the first stitch of the round and proceed with the next row.

      I hope this helps. If not, let me know and I’ll see if I can find some videos that may be helpful for you 🙂

  9. Thanks Ashley, I’m sitting down this morning and will follow your instructions!

  10. Hi! Are you using US or UK terms? Your pattern is so cute! It’s so much more detailed than any of the patterns Caron has come up with. Congratulations on your new blog!

    • Hi Elizabeth, Thank you so much! My patterns are written in US terms.

  11. I’m going to try this in Red Heart Soft leftovers (I’m unemployed and raiding the stash!). My 3-year-old grandson loves the “stripeys”
    Will try with my trusty H !

  12. Thank you so much for the pattern – it’s gorgeous! And very easy to understand.

    • You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you like it 🙂

  13. Hi! I’m making my first ever hat following this pattern because I didn’t see that it required a magic circle. That’s the one thing I’ve never been able to quite figure out. Even if it doesn’t look perfect, I’m still excited to be working on it!

    • That’s awesome Chloe! I hope you enjoy making it 🙂

  14. What a pretty pattern! Pinned! Thank you.

    • Thank you so much 🙂

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  16. I went down to a 6mm hook and only did 58 stitches around my brim and the hat is still absolutely huge. yes I’m a loose crocheter but this is extreme

    • The best way to ensure your hat will fit as expected, is to match the gauge given in the pattern. If you’re not matching gauge then the hat’s size will be different than listed.The recommended hook size for this pattern is a 6mm so if your hat is big and you are aware that you’re a loose crocheter, then I’d recommend going down a full hook size or two to try to get closer to the gauge given in the pattern.


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