How to Make Beer Can Hats With Crochet

Show off your extreme crochet skills by making this one-of-a-kind crochet beer can hat fashioned out of real beer cans. This beer can hat crochet pattern is from the 1960s, so choose some vibrant colors of yarn, gather a few beer cans, and be prepared for everyone to comment on your one-of-a-kind creation at your next house party.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 beer cans with a total of 6 visible labels displayed on the can

  • Washable marker

  • Tin snips

  • Hole punch with a 1/4-inch opening

  • Soft tape measure

  • 3 skeins of worsted weight yarn in different colors

  • Crochet hook size G or H

  • Scissors

  • Crochet finishing needle

  • Pom-pom (optional)

Sizing, Cutting and Hole Punching Guide

Step 1

Choose the correct size of hat. To create a beer can hat for a man, the dimensions of the beer-can-cut must be 3.5-inches wide by 4-inches long. To create a beer can hat for women, the dimensions of the beer-can-cut must be 2.25-inches wide by 4-inches long.

Step 2

Measure the dimensions of the cut from the center of the beer can label using your soft measuring tape. Mark the width and length dimensions from Step 1 with a washable marker. Repeat this action for all six labels.

Step 3

Cut the beer can labels into six ovals using tin snips. Steady your hand to cut with precision to create uniform labels.

Step 4

Punch 16 evenly-spaced holes around the label using your 1/4-inch hole punch. Ensure that your holes are a 1/2-inch away from the edge of the beer can label.

Curved-Edge Crochet Hat Instructions

Step 1

Turn the tin label around so that it is face-up. Start to crochet the first label in the fifth hole from the top on the right side. Leave 7 inches of yarn on each label for seam sewing in Step 2. With color A, work 3 single-crochets in each hole around. Slip-stitch at the end of the round and cut your yarn. Work the second beer can label with color A following the same steps. Use color B to work beer can labels 3 and 4. With color C work beer can labels 5 and 6.

Step 2

Thread your crochet finishing needle with the 7-inch piece of yarn from the first crochet label. Starting at the fifth hole from the top on the right side of label 1 -- and the fifth hole from the top on the left side of label 2 -- sew together nine single-crochets from label 1 and 2 (or 3 holes on each label). Repeat for all labels, adding one label at a time to form a circle.

Step 3

Work one single-crochet in each single-crochet around the top of the labels crocheting two single-crochets between each label. Repeat this round once more. Chain five and in the fifth chain from the hook, slip stitch to form a ring.

Step 4

Chain two with your hook (acts as a double-crochet) for row 1, and work nine double-crochets in a ring for a total of 10 double-crochets. Slip-stitch at the end of every round.

Step 5

Chain two with your hook and work two double-crochets in the top of every stitch for a total of 20 double-crochets for row 2. Repeat for row 3 for a total of 40 double-crochets. Repeat for row 4 for a total of 80 double-crochets.

Step 6

Crochet row 5 by chaining two with your hook and crocheting one double-crochet in the next four stitches. Work two double-crochets in the next stitch, and one double-crochet in the next five double-crochets. Repeat once more to create a fluffy circle. For a man's hat, add an additional row of double-crochets in each stitch around. End-off.

Step 7

Join the crown of hat and the circle of labels by joining new yarn and slip-stitching around. Add a pom-pom (optional) to the top of the hat to embellish.

Step 8

Work the bottom of the hat by working a double-crochet in each single-crochet around the bottom of label, and working two double-crochets between each label. Repeat once more. Work one double-crochet in each single-crochet around the bottom of the hat. Work one single-crochet in each double-crochet around the bottom of the hat. End-off.

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