The Funky Hat – Free Crochet Hat Cowl Combo – Crochet Balaclava

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Introducing “The Funky Hat”

Learn to crochet an easy Balaclava which is a hat / cowl combination!

This is a very Fast and Easy pattern. It’s perfect for beginners. You can use ANY yarn and ANY hook size. You will be making this to whatever size you desire: kids, teens, adults. It’s all made to measure. Very simple.

You can wear it as a Balaclava or you can fold the cowl inside the hat to wear it as a simple hat.

You can make with spiral poms, hanging poms, regular poms, braided yarn, or even no poms at all. Your choice!  Wearing a Fleece Beanie under any crochet hat is a great way to add warmth in colder climates.

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Approximately 260 – 270 yards of worsted weight (#4) yarn is what I used in each hat.

You can make this hat with ANY WEIGHT YARN you would like. You may need more or less yarn if using light weight or bulky weight yarn.




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Dimension & Gauge:

Gauge is not important, but here is mine. You will make this to your own measurements. See instructions.

GAUGE: using J 6.0mm hook + worsted yarn

7 Rows = 4 inches

11 Stitches = 4 inches


Item is approx 15-16” tall (hat and cowl combined)

Approx 24”-25” circumference

Difficulty Level: EASY

Stitches Used and Abbreviations:

Ch = chainSt(s) = Stitch(es)
SL ST = slip stitchDC = double crochet
YO = yarn overHDC = half double crochet
SK = skip a stitchFDC = Foundation Double Crochet
SC = single crochet


Instructions for special stitches

Foundation Double Crochet – this stitch take the place of making a row of chains and then a row of DC. This method creates your bottom chain and double crochet with each stitch as you go along.


Ch3, YO and insert hook into 1st ch, YO draw thru loop, Ch1 (this creates your bottom chain), (YO draw thru 2 loops) twice (Double Crochet created).

*YO and insert into bottom chain just created in the last stitch, YO draw thru loop, Ch1 (this creates your bottom chain),(YO draw thru 2 loops) twice (Double Crochet created)..*

Repeat * to * until you have the desired length.

Pattern Instructions


  1. Determine the circumference you would like for your cowl/hat. For mine, I used 24″-25” as my measurement. This gives a looseness to both the hat and cowl. 
  2. The stripe pattern is optional. You can choose any striping that you desire. For mine, I put 1 – 3 contrasting color stripes in both the hat and the cowl. See the photos section below for more info on the striping pattern I used.


FDC the length you want your cowl/hat to be in circumference. Any multiple of stitches is fine.

Recommended Circumference: approx 1-2” wider than the circumference of your head.

Connect the last DC to the first DC with a slip stitch.

Connect the bottom of these 2 stitches using your original tail and a yarn needle.


R1 Ch2 (does not count as a St) DC in the first stitch and each stitch around. Connect the last DC to the first DC with a slip stitch.

Work R1 until you have the height of the cowl that you desire. For mine I worked until it was about 7”-8” inches tall.


With the seam in the middle back, place stitch markers where you would like your face opening to be.

For mine I made the face opening almost the full front half of the cowl/hat which was about 11-12 inches.


R2  (Making Face Opening) Ch2 (does not count as a St) DC in the first stitch and each stitch up to and including the first st marker. See PRINTABLE PATTERN FOR diagrams

Skip the stitches until the next stitch marker. Count these stitches. This number we will call X.

Connecting to the last DC made, create X number of FDCs (one for each skipped st).

At the next st marker connect your last FDC to this stitch by working into both the previous FDC st and the st marked by the stitch marker.

DC in that same st (marked by the st marker) and the remaining stitches to the end.  Connect the last DC to the first DC with a slip stitch.

Now work R1 until you have the height you desire for the hat. My hat heights range from 7 inches to 9 in tall.


Seam the top of the hat with the opening centered in the front. See diagram. Your round-joins seam should be in the center back of your hat.

You can use any seaming method you like.

The seaming method I used is called the “flat slip stitch seam” which works into the inside loops from each set of opposite stitches (one from front and one from back) that you are connecting.

Please scroll down to the VIDEO TUTORIAL to see this method demonstrated.

For more detailed guidance on changing colors and different ways to “weave in” the ends as you go, 



Sew in ends.

Create your poms and attach. Please scroll down to the VIDEO TUTORIAL to see a demo of these options.   

There are a few options:

Pom Poms – attach at each top corners of the hat.

Mini Hanging Poms – make small poms with about 30 rounds of yarn. Create and connect a chain or a braid to each pom. Thread the chain or braid inside the corners of the hat and fasten inside with a yarn needle or a bow knot which can then be adjusted or removed later if desired.

Spiral Poms – to create a spiral pom:

R1 – Creat a chain the approx length you want. This will shorten up slightly as you make the spiral.

Choose tight spiral (3 sts per chain) or looser spiral (2 sts per chain)

Choose skinny spiral using SC’s or thicker spiral using HDC.

R2 – In each chain make 2 or 3 SC or HDC. Choose one formula for the entire R2. 

Play around to find what you like best.

For mine I made 1 with  3 SCs and 1 with 2 HDCs for each corner. (2 spirals on each corner)

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