These adorable Pointy Pom Pom Hats use the same intriguing stitch as our Tunisian Crochet Scarf.  When I made that scarf, I loved the smooth texture and unusual look of the Gobelin Stitch and grew curious how to shape it.  I soon found out that decreasing was simply a matter of working through three stitches instead of two.  So easy and so perfect for a gently sloping elf-inspired head topper!

Tunisian Crochet Pointy Pom Pom Hat | Purl Soho

Crocheted in our soft and cozy Worsted Twist and Worsted Twist Heather, this rich and woodsy color palette makes it very tempting to create more than just one, while ear flaps and pom poms add whimsy and cheer to combat any dreary and cold days ahead!

Tunisian Crochet Pointy Pom Pom Hat | Purl Soho

I hope you find making them as much fun as I did! – Kristy

Tunisian Crochet Pointy Pom Pom Hat | Purl Soho

Materials

Tunisian Crochet Pointy Pom Pom Hat | Purl Soho

Note: If you are making the Kid size, you might not want to wind your second skein in case you end up not needing it. You can exchange any unwound yarn for up to six months of purchase (click here to read our full Return Policy).

Gauge

14 stitches and 8 repeats of Forward Rows 1 and 2 = 4 inches in Tunisian Crochet Gobelin Stitch

Sizes

Baby (Kid, Teen, Adult Small, Adult Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 14 ¼ (15 ½, 19, 20 ¼, 22 ¼) inches
  • Finished Height: 10 (10.5, 11, 11.5, 12.5) inches

Pattern

Begin

NOTE: If you’re unfamiliar with the techniques of Tunisian Crochet, please check out our Tunisian Crochet Basics Tutorial.

Foundation Row: Chain 26 (28, 34, 36, 40).

Starting with the second chain from the hook, work a Preparation Row.

Work one Return Row.

Work Gobelin Stitch

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Forward Row 1: Insert hook through space number 1 (between the vertical strands), yarn over (yo), pull loop through onto hook.

*Insert hook in next space, yo, pull loop through onto hook, repeat from * to last space.

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Skip the last space.

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Insert the hook into the chain stitch at the edge and pull loop through onto hook. [26 (28, 34, 36, 40) stitches]

Note: Remember that when you start the next row, you don’t turn the work; you just keep the same side facing you.

Return Row 1: Chain 1, *yo, pull loop through next 2 stitches on hook, repeat from * to end of row, ending with one loop on hook.

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Forward Row 2: Insert hook into space number 2, yo, pull loop through onto hook, *insert hook in next space, yo, pull loop through onto hook, repeat from * to end of row, including the last space.

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Insert the hook into the chain stitch at the edge and pull loop through onto hook.

Return Row 2: Repeat Return Row 1.

Repeat these 4 Rows until piece measures 2 ½ (3, 3 ½, 4, 5) inches, ending with Forward Row 2.

Decrease Row [NOTE: Decrease Rows will always be on a Return Row 2]: Chain 1, [yo, pull loop through next 2 stitches on hook] two times, yo, pull loop through next 3 stitches on hook, *yo, pull loop through next 2 stitches on hook, repeat from * until 5 stitches remain on hook, yo, pull loop through next 3 stitches on hook, [yo, pull loop through next 2 stitches on hook] two times, ending with one loop on hook. [2 stitches decreased].

Starting with Forward Row 1, repeat the 4 rows of Gobelin Stitch, substituting a Decrease Row for every Return Row 2, until you have 8 stitches remaining on your hook and have just finished a Forward Row 2.

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Point

Return Row 2: Chain 1, [yo, pull loop through next 2 stitches on hook] two times, yo, pull loop through next 3 stitches on hook, [yo, pull loop through next 2 stitches on hook] three times, ending with one loop on hook.

Forward Row 3: Insert hook through space number 1, yo, pull loop through onto hook, *insert hook in next space, yo, pull loop through onto hook, repeat from * to last space, skip the last space, insert the hook into the chain stitch at the edge and pull loop through onto hook. [7 stitches]

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Return Row 4: Chain 1, [yo, pull loop through next 2 stitches on hook] two times, yo, pull loop through next 3 stitches on hook, [yo, pull loop through next two on hook] two times, ending with one loop on hook.

Forward Row 5: Insert hook through space number 2, yo, pull loop through onto hook, *insert hook in next space, yo, pull loop through onto hook, repeat from * to end of row, including the last space, insert the hook into the chain stitch at the edge and pull loop through onto hook. [6 stitches]

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Return Row 6: Chain 1, yo, pull loop through next 2 stitches on hook, yo, pull loop through next 3 stitches on hook, [yo, pull loop through next 2 stitches on hook] two times, ending with one loop on hook.

Forward Row 7: Repeat Forward Row 3. [5 stitches]

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Return Row 8: Chain 1, [yo, pull loop through the next 3 stitches] two times, ending with one loop on hook. Slip stitch into first stitch of last row.

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Cut yarn and pull through remaining loop.

Tunisian Crochet Pointy Pom Pom Hat | Purl Soho

Make another piece identical to this one, starting with the Begin section.

Now, is a good time to wet block both pieces. This will decrease curling and make the next step (seaming) easier. To wet block, soak the pieces in warm, soapy water for about 15 minutes. Rinse out the soap and squeeze out the excess water (do not twist or wring!). Roll the pieces in a dry towel and squeeze the roll, then lay the pieces flat on another dry towel, allowing them to air dry.

Finish

Seam

With right sides facing you, seam around the sides and points of the hat pieces, using the same concept as the Mattress Stitch.

Ear Flaps

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Holding the hat upside down, at the bottom edge pick up 6 (7, 9, 11, 13) stitches on the right side of the seam and 4 (5, 5, 5, 5) stitches on the left side of the seam. [10 (12, 14, 16, 18) stitches]

NOTE: You can customize the placement and width of the flaps by trying the hat on and placing stitch markers on either side of where you want the flaps to go. The number of stitches you cast on simply needs to be an even number.

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Starting with Forward Row 1, work Gobelin Stitch for 1 inch, ending on Forward Row 2.

Work a Decrease Row as you did for the two hat pieces. [2 stitches decreased]

Starting with Forward Row 1, repeat the 4 rows of Gobelin Stitch, substituting a Decrease Row for every Return Row 2, until you have 8 stitches remaining on your hook and have just finished a Forward Row 2.

Work Point as you did for the hat.

Repeat for second flap at the other seam, picking up 4 (5, 5, 5, 5) stitches on the right side of the seam and 6 (7, 9, 11, 13) stitches on the left side.

Starting at the top corner of either flap, with the right side facing you, join yarn and work 1 round of single crochet into each stitch along the entire edge of the hat. Work 1 round of slip stitch (optional).

NOTE: You may find it easier to work the edging around the hat with a regular crochet hook instead of an afghan hook.

Cut yarn and pull through remaining loop.

Either wet block or lightly steam the flaps.

Pom Poms

Make two pom poms and use their tails to attach one to the point of each ear flap. (We used the size Small Pom Pom Maker in yellow for the Baby size hat and the Large Pom Pom Maker in lime green for all the others.)

Weave in all the ends and you’re done!

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