How to Make Beer Can Hats With Crochet

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This moderate beer can hat crochet pattern uses easy crochet stitches.
This moderate beer can hat crochet pattern uses easy crochet stitches. (Image: can beer image by astoria from Fotolia.com)

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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