Mixed Cluster Newsboy – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

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Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern

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As you can probably tell, I’m continuing my affair with the Mixed Cluster Stitch. I really wanted to incorporate the stitch into a hat, but I was presented with a challenge – increases and decreases. It turns out that increasing and decreasing a stitch that spans over multiple stitches is a bit complicated, but I got it done. 

I just love newsboy-style hats! They add the perfect, jaunty, little touch to just about any outfit. This hat can be customized by omitting the band or adding some flashy buttons. The sizes are pretty accommodating as well. The small size fits my eight year old quite well.

Finished Sizes:

Instructions given to fit size Small; changes for Medium & Large are in () 

S (M, L)

To Fit Head Circumference: 21” (22”, 23”)

Finished Circumference: 21” (22”, 23”) 

Materials:

I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, which is 100% Cotton, #4 Worsted weight yarn. 

Any yarn of similar weight would work. 

Approximately 200 (200, 200) yds. 

2 x ¾”Buttons

4mm Hook

4.5mm Hook

Stitch Markers

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Abbreviations:

Yo = Yarn Over

Sk = Skip

Sp = Space

St = Stitch

Ss = Slip Stitch

Ch = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

Hdc  = Half Double Crochet

Sc2tog = Single Crochet Two Together

Mc = Mixed Cluster

Mc Inc = Mixed Cluster Increase

Mc Dec = Mixed Cluster Decrease

Gauge Swatch:

13 sc x 16 rows = 4″ x 4″.

Notes:

Ch1 at the beginning of a row is never considered a stitch. 

 I have added many pictures to help you along the way. 

I have written tutorials for the Mixed Cluster, working the Mixed Cluster in the round, the Mixed Cluster Increase, and the Mixed Cluster Decrease. You can find those tutorials here.

Model above is wearing a size Medium. 

Instructions

Now that you know how to make all of the different variations of the mixed cluster, you’re ready to make this hat! The hat is worked from the top down beginning with the crown and then working down into the brim. 

Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Mixed Cluster Newsboy – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Crown

With 4.5mm hook (or the hook used to achieve gauge)

Begin by making a magic circle. 

1. Ch1. Work 10 sc into the magic circle. Ss to join to 1st st. Pull the circle closed. Turn.   – 10 (10, 10) st

2. Ch1. Mc inc around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 20 (20, 20) st

3. Ch1. Mc inc around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 40 (40, 40) st

4. Ch1. Mc inc. *Work 1 mc, then work 1 mc inc. ** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 54 (54, 54) st

Note: You will likely have noticed by now that your project does not lay flat but is wavy as in Figure 1. Do not fret. This is normal. 

Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Figure 1
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5. Ch1. Mc around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 54 (54, 54) st

6. Ch1. *Work 1 mc inc, then work 1 mc** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 72 (72, 72) st

7. Ch1. *Work 1 mc inc, then work 1 mc** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 96 (96, 96) st

8. Ch1. *Work 3 mc, then work 1 mc inc. ** Repeat from * to ** around until you have only 4 sts left unworked. Mc in remaining sts. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 110 (110,110) st

9. Ch1. Mc around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 110 (110,110) st

10. Repeat round 9. 

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11. Repeat round 9. 

12. Ch1. *Work 1 mc dec, then work 1 mc. **Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 88 (88, 88) st

13. Ch1. Mc around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 88 (88, 88) st

14. Ch1. Work 2 mc. *Work 1 mc dec, then work 2 mc. ** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 76 (76, 76) st

15. Ch1. Sc in each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 76 (76, 76) st

16. Work only the instructions marked with your size. 

Sizes S & M:

Ch 1. *Sc in next 17 sts. Sc2tog over next sts. ** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 72 (72, n/a) st

Size L: 

Ch1. Sc in each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – n/a (n/a, 76) st

17. Work only the instructions marked with your size. 

Size S: 

Ch 1. *Sc in next 16 sts. Sc2tog over next sts. ** Repeat from * to ** around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 68 (n/a, n/a) st

Size M & L: 

Ch1. Sc in each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – n/a (72, 76) st

18. Ch1. Sc in each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 68 (72, 76) st

Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Mixed Cluster Newsboy – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Brim

The brim is worked in rows. I worked my brim using a 4mm hook (or 1 size smaller than the hook you used to achieve gauge). This made the brim nice and stiff so it would stand up in its own. The stitch counts for this part are only for the brim. Not the entire hat. Tip: Place stitch markers on the first and last stitch of each row to help keep you on track. 

Using a 4mm hook (or one size smaller than the hook used to obtain gauge)

1. Ch1. Sc in next st (considered a sc2tog). Sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st. *Sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st. ** Repeat from * to ** 2 more times. Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts. Leave remaining sts unworked. Turn.   – 33 st

2. Ch1. Sc in next st (considered a sc2tog). Sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st. *Sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st. ** Repeat from * to ** 1 more time. Sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.   – 34 st

3. Ch1. Sc in next st (considered a sc2tog). Sc in each st across until there are only 2 sts left unworked. Sc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.   – 32 st

4. Ch1. Sc in next st (considered a sc2tog). Sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.   – 34 st

5. Ch1. Sc in next st (considered a sc2tog). Sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.   – 35 st

6. Ch1. Sc in next st (considered a sc2tog). Sc in each st across until there are only 2 sts left unworked. Sc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.   – 33 st

7. (Right side) Ch1. Sc in next st (considered a sc2tog). Sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.   – 34st

8. (Wrong side) Ch1. Sc in next st (considered a sc2tog). Sc in each st across until there are only 2 sts left unworked. Sc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.   – 32 st

Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Mixed Cluster Newsboy – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Now we will ss around the entire edge of the hat. This will give the brim more stability and make the edge more stiff. At the end of row 8 you should have turned, which means the right side of your work should be facing you. 

– Ss in the next st and each st along the front of the brim. (Should be 31 ss)

– Switch back to your 4.5mm hook (or the hook you used to achieve gauge). 

– Work 8 ss along the side of the brim. 

– Ss in each st around the bottom edge of the hat until you come to the other side of the brim. 

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– Work 8 ss along the side of the brim. 

Invisible Join: The figures below are of me using the invisible join on the band, but the premise is the same for the hat brim.

– Cut your yarn and pull on the loop until the end of your yarn comes out. 

– Thread the end onto a yarn needle (see Figure 2). 

Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Figure 2

– Run your needle through your 1st ss as shown in Figure 3. 

Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Figure 3

– Pull it just tight enough that it looks like another ss as shown in Figure 4. 

Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Figure 4

– Run your needle through the top of your last ss as shown in Figures 4 & 5. Make a knot to secure. 

Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Figure 5

– Your join should now be invisible like in Figure 6.

Figure 6

Band 

Using a 4.5mm hook (or the hook used to obtain gauge)

This band adds the finishing touch. The band is worked by making a chain, working sc into each ch until you reach the last one, and then working into the other side of the ch. 

Ch 32

1. Working into the back hump of the ch: Work 2 sc into the 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 29 ch. Working around the last ch, place 5sc in last ch (see Figures 7 & 8 to see what this looks like). Now working into the other side of the ch: Sc in next 29 ch. 3sc in last ch (see Figure 9). Ss to join to 1st st. Turn.   – 68 st

Figure 7
Figure 8
Figure 9

2. Ch1. Sc in 1st st, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 29 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next st, 2sc in next st. Sc in next st, 2sc in next st. Sc in next 29 sts, 2sc in next st. Sc in next st, 2sc in last st. Work an invisible join in the same manner as you did with the hat brim. Your band should now look like Figure 10.   – 74 st

Figure 10

Attach your buttons onto your band. Then, attach the band to the hat. I attached my band at the same 2 points where my buttons are attached. 

Weave in your ends, and you’re done! 

I hope you love your new hat, and I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful pictures on Ravelry!  

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If you enjoyed the Mixed Cluster Newsboy – Free Crochet Hat Pattern, you may want to check out my other designs!

Mixed Cluster Newsboy - Free Crochet Hat Pattern
Mixed Cluster Newsboy – Free Crochet Hat Pattern

And until then… Happy Hooking! 😉

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2 thoughts on “Mixed Cluster Newsboy – Free Crochet Hat Pattern”

  1. Hi Sarah!
    I’m battling to get from 20 stitches in row 2 to 40 stitches in row 3 – I get to 36 each time with the increase.
    What am I missing?

    • Hi Angel!
      I would be glad to help you! If you take a good, sharp picture of your work I may be able to see what’s happening. You can email it to me at ineeditcrochet@outlook.com . Make sure you send it as a large file so I can zoom in without losing detail.
      Talk to you soon!
      – Sarah

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