Puff Stitch Crochet Hat free top down beanie crochet pattern

Oct 26, 2022 | Crochet patterns

A Puff Stitch Crochet Hat that is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!

Puff Stitch Crochet Hat free crochet pattern

The Remember Me Beanie is a beautifully textured puff stitch beanie crochet pattern that is worked from the top down in the round.

This is my third year participating in the Crochet Cancer Challenge hosted by my designer friend Christine at Sweet Potato 3.  This cause has become particularly close to my heart over the last year since our sweet granddaughter Nina passed away from brain cancer last December.  She lived just 6 months after her diagnosis in June of 2021.

So this year again my hat design is highlighting brain cancer.  My focus this year is to honor and remember her in my design. Cancer takes many of our loved ones away but it can’t take away the love and memories we have for those that have gone on before us.

I wanted to use a stitch that would look a little bit woven or locked together just as our memories of Nina and her life are woven and locked together with ours.  We will never take a step in this life without her beside us as we go.  And once our time is done I pray we will once again be together forever in the next.

Puff Stitch Crochet Hat Pattern Details

The Remember Me puff stitch crochet hat is worked from the top down.  You will begin by working the crown of the hat in the round.  Once the crown is complete you will being the main body of the hat with the Interlocking Puff Crochet Stitch.

I have a complete photo and video tutorial for the Interlocking Puff Crochet Stitch if you want more details about this interesting stitch.

The main body of the hat will be worked in turned rounds of crochet puff stitch alternating colors for each round.  I did not fasten off colors between rounds but chose to drop and then pull back in as I needed each color.  Which means a lot fewer ends to weave in!

The puff stitch portion of the main body of the hat is worked as a one-row simple repeat. 

After the main body of the hat is complete you will work a couple of rounds of hdc. The second round of hdc stitches will be worked in the 3rd loop of the half double crochet stitch from the previous round.  You will then be adding the ribbing for the brim of your hat in turned rows.

Adding a pom pom is optional.  The hat fits as a slouchy beanie style hat.  I am providing 2 adult sizes but you could easily adjust by changing up the yarn weight/hook sizes.

I am using Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! which is a soft and economical #4 medium worsted weight yarn.  You could certainly substitute your favorite yarn instead!

This hat also looks beautiful in self-striping yarn! Here is a sample I worked up in Lion Brand’s Ferris Wheel yarn* in Cherry on Top color way. One of my favorite soft acrylic yarns!

Puff Stitch Crochet Hat free crochet pattern

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Remember Me Beanie Hat free crochet pattern

Pattern written in US crochet terminology


  • I Love This Yarn, Weight 4/Medium (100% acrylic 7 oz /  355 yards)
  • (Color A) Light Gray
  •         2.0 oz / 101 yds (adult small)
  •         2.2 oz / 112 yds (adult medium)
  • I Love This Yarn Print, Weight 4/Medium  (100% acrylic 5 oz / 252 yards)
  • (Color B) City Beat  
  •         2.5 oz / 126 yds (adult small)
  •         2.5 oz / 126 yds (adult medium)

Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch marker (optional)
Tapestry Yarn Needle

Approximate finished size: 

Adult Small: 9” height x 8” width
Adult Medium: 9” height x 9” width

Gauge:  first 4 rounds of hat = 3.5″


  • MC = magic circle
  • RS = right side
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • WS = wrong side
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • BLO = back loop only
  • esc puff = extended sc puff st (see special stitches section below)
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • yo = yarn over

Special Stitches:

esc puff: insert hook into st indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into same st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hook), *yo, insert hook into same st, yo, pull up a loop to height of stitch (5 loops on hook),* repeat from * to * 1 time (7 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 7 loops on hook, ch 1 to close stitch.

Pattern notes:

  • Hat is worked top down to hat band ribbing.
  • Crown is worked in continuous rounds, do not slip stitch join at the end of rounds.  It may be helpful to use a stitch marker to mark the first st of each round.  
  • Crown of hat will not be a flat circle as you begin the main body of the hat. 
  • Main body of the hat worked in puff stitches are worked in turned rounds.  Hat brim ribbing is worked in turned rows.
  • When using two colors as shown in pattern there is no need to fasten off when changing colors.  Drop unused yarn to be picked up in later round as indicated in the patten.  Keep dropped yarn to WS of hat.
  • Stitch and row counts are listed according to size adult small (adult medium).
  • Stitch count remains the same unless otherwise stated.
  • Main body of the hat is worked with larger crochet hook, ribbing is worked in the smaller crochet hook size.

Recommended Tutorials:

Mattress Stitch Tutorial

Interlocking Puff Stitch Tutorial

Pattern Instructions:


With Color A and larger hook size, make a MC.

Round 1:  (RS) ch 1 (does not count as stitch), 8 hdc sts in MC. (8)

Round 2: 2 hdc sts in each st. (16)

Round 3: 2 hdc sts in each st. (32)

Round 4: 2 hdc sts in each st. (64) Stop here if making the Adult small size and advance to main body of hat instructions. (64)

Adult Medium Round 5: *2 hdc sts in next st, 1 hdc in next 7 sts,* repeat from * to * to end. (72) Advance to main body of hat instructions.

Remember Me Beanie Hat process

Main Body

Due to pattern and color change, Round numbers will restart at 1.

Round 1 (all sizes): sl st to first st of last round of crown, With Color B, turn, ch 1, esc puff in same st, *sk next st, esc puff in next st,* repeat from * to * to last st, sk last st, sl st in first ch-1.  Turn. 32 (36) puff sts

Round 2: With Color A, ch 1, work esc puff in next ch-1 sp and in each ch-1 sp around, sl st in first ch-1.  Turn.

Round 3 – 21: repeat round 2, alternating colors each round.

Round 22:  With Color A, ch 1, hdc in each st and ch-1 sp around, sl st to first st. 64 (72)

Round 23: working in third loop of hdc st, ch 1, hdc in each st around. 64 (72)

Fasten off Color A.


Turn.  With Color B, and smaller hook size; ch 9.

Remember Me Beanie ribbing process 1

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, now working in third loop of hdc sts from last round of main body of hat, sl st in next two sts. Turn.  (8)

remember me crochet hat ribbing process 2

Row 2:  sk 2 sl sts, working in BLO of sc sts from row 1 of ribbing, sc in BLO of each st to end. Turn. (8)

Row 3: ch 1, sc in BLO of each st to end, sl st in next two sts of main body of hat. Turn. (8)

Row 4 – 64 (72): repeat rows 2 – 3. 

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing ribbing edges of hat together.

With mattress seam stitch, sew ribbing edges together.

Remember Me Beanie free crochet pattern

Weave in ends.

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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!