The Top-Down Bert – Crochet Hat Pattern

The Bert has been an absolute joy for me.  I had no idea when I was Willy-nilly creating it, that it was going to be such a loved pattern.  I am so grateful for everyone who has reached out to me to express how much they enjoy the pattern, it really means so much!

In keeping with the Bert love, I thought about how to do it in a top-down way.  I know the classic can take some time, so this new interpretation actually takes a lot less time to complete, and has a completely different look, with all the texture you love in a classic Bert!  Without further ado… I present the Top-down Bert!

  • If you’d like to purchase the PDF for this pattern, it is available HERE in my Etsy shop!  I sell the PDF as a way of making just a tiny bit of money while I am a stay at home mom.  The PDF is downloadable, printable, and a lot less wordy and picture-y than my blog post!

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What You’ll Need:

Yarn: Worsted weight (medium 4) yarn.  Around 250 yards.
Hook: I used a K hook, but I have incredibly tight tension, most people will need an H or an I!
Tapestry Needle
PomPom: If you want to add one

Stitches You’ll Need to Know:

Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (slst)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (sc)
Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc)
Bobble Stitch – **Bobbles naturally go towards the back of your work.  I push mine forward and pull the following sc tight so that the bobble really POPS forward!  If you are unable to replicate this, please turn your work on your bobble rows and let them fall to the back naturally, then turn back for the non-bobble rows.

  * Bobble Stitch Instuctions: yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through two loops, (2 loops on hook) yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through two loops, (3 loops on hook) yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through two loops, (4 loops on hook) yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through two loops (You will now have 5 loops on your hook), yo, pull through all five loops on hook.

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The Pattern: (ch 1 and ch 2 at the beginning of each row always counts as sc or dc)

Row 1 – Ch 3, slst to ch 1 space, ch 2, 11 dc in center of ch 3 space, slst to top of ch 2 space (12)
Row 2 – ch 2, 2dc in each st around, 1 dc in same st as ch 2 space, slst to join to ch 2 space (24)
Row 3 – ch 2, 2dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* * continue around*, slst to ch 2 space (36)
Row 4 – ch 2, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next two stitches, 2 dc in next st* *continue around*, slst to ch 2 space (48)
Row 5 – ch 2, dc in next two stitches, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next three stitches, 2 dc in next st*, slst to ch 2 space (60)
Row 6 – ch 2, dc in next three stitches, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next four stitches, 2 dc in next st* *continue around*, slst to ch 2 space (72)

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Row 6 Completed

**This is when my hat measures 6.5-6.75″.  This is when I stop decreasing for an adult women sized hat.  Check your measurements and make sure your circle has the correct diameter for your project.*

Row 7 – ch 2, bpdc around each st around, slst to join to top of ch 2

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Row 7 Completed

Row 8 – ch 2, bpdc around each st around, slst to join to top of ch 2

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Row 8 Completed

Row 9 – ch 1, Bobble Stitch, *sc, Bobble St*, *repeat around*, slst to join to ch 1

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Row 9 Completed (I like to call this the taco row)

Row 10 – ch 1, sc in each st around, slst to join to ch 1

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Row 10 Completed

Row 11 – ch 2, dc in each st around, slst to join to top of ch 2

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Row 11 Completed

Row 12 – ch 2, bpdc around each st, slst to join to top of ch 2
Row 13 – ch 2, bpdc around each st, slst to join to top of ch 2
Row 14 – ch 1, Bobble Stitch, *sc, Bobble St*, slst to join to ch 1
Row 15 – ch 1, sc in each st around, slst to join to ch 1
Row 16 – ch 2, dc in each st around, slst to join to top of ch 2
Row 17 – ch 2, bpdc around each st, slst to join to top of ch 2
Row 18 – ch 2, bpdc around each st, slst to join to top of ch 2
Row 19 – ch 1, Bobble Stitch, *sc, Bobble St*, slst to join to ch 1
Row 20 – ch 1, sc in each st around, slst to join to ch 1
Row 21 – ch 2, dc in each st around, slst to join to top of ch 2
Row 22 – ch 2, bpdc around each st, slst to join to top of ch 2
Row 23 – ch 2, bpdc around each st, slst to join to top of ch 2

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That’s it!  Your top-down Bert is complete! (If you don’t have enough length, continue repeating the rows, but make sure you end with two rows of bpdc because it really gives it a unique texture around the bottom!

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This hat is so comfy you can eat snacks in it.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “The Top-Down Bert – Crochet Hat Pattern

  1. I am so excited to finish this that, it’s so cute! However, I am struggling with row 9, is there a single crochet between each bobble? And, do you use a chain to close your bobble? I just want to make sure I have the right # of stitches since there are no stitch counts for this row.

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    1. Yes, there is a sc between each bobble. The *SC, bobble* means to repeat a sc followed by a bobble around for the entire row. I will update that instruction and try to make it a little clearer! Thank you for asking so I could get that fixed! 😁

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