How to Crochet a Sherpa Hat

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How to Crochet a Sherpa Hat
A warm hat with earflaps worn by Sherpas can be crocheted. (crochet image by Lytse from

Sherpas, local people of Nepal who are often employed as Himalayan mountain guides, wear a distinctive hat that features earflaps. Someone who knows the basics of crochet can replicate the hat with wool yarn and a crochet hook. This style of hat is popular for men, women and children in cold climates. A set of matching sherpa hats for a entire family who love winter sledding and skiing would be a welcome and thoughtful handmade holiday gift.

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Things you need

  • Wool yarn
  • Size F crochet hook
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin

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  1. 1

    Measure around the widest part of your head.

  2. 2

    Chain two. Single crochet 10 stitches in the second chain from the hook. Mark the end of each round with a safety pin.

  3. 3

    Chain two. Crochet two single crochets in each previous round stitch to complete the second round.

  4. 4

    Crochet two single crochets in the first previous round stitch. Crochet one single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat the pattern to complete the fourth round.

  5. 5

    Crochet two single crochets in the first previous round stitch. Crochet one single crochet in the next two stitches. Repeat this pattern to complete the fifth round.

  6. 6

    Repeat the fifth round, adding one additional single crochet between the two single crochet stitches in each successive row until the beanie is as wide as the head measurement.

  7. 7

    Single crochet in each stitch every subsequent round until the piece measures 7 inches.

  1. 1

    Chain one and single crochet in 12 stitches of the previous row.

  2. 2

    Decrease one stitch every other row, by single crocheting two stitches together, until you have five stitches. End off.

  3. 3

    Fold hat in half to determine placement for second earflap. Attach yarn and repeat all steps above.

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