Frozen Snowflake Hat

Lace and bobbles blend together to create this one-of-a-kind hat. Keep your head warm while donning this eye-catching design featured in baby blue yarn.

12 Days of Patterns banner (1)

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: S/M (M/L) = 17 1/2 (20)”; Stretches to 20 1/2 (23)”

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4″ over St st; One lace pattern rep = 5″ wide and 2 1/2″ long


Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50% alpaca, 50% wool; 215 yards [198 meters]/100 grams): #6239 Pastel Blue (1 ball)
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) straight needles, US size 8 (5.0 mm) circular (16”) needle, US size 8 (5.0 mm) set of double-pointed needles
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle, US size H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook

Pattern Notes

A crochet hook is required for working the provisional cast-on and bobbles only. Crochet chain and slip stitch knowledge is required.

Special Stitches

Turtle Cay Stitch: (worked over 27 sts)
Row 1: K3, p1, k4, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo*, k1; rep from * to * once, k4, p1, k3.
Row 2: P3, k1, p19, k1, p3.
Row 3: K3, p1, k5, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, sssk, yo, k5, p1, k3.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Row 5: K3, p1, *yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo*, k5; rep from * to * once, p1, k3.
Row 6: Rep Row 2.
Row 7: K3, p1, k1, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo*, k2, CB, k1, CB, k2; rep from * to * once, k1, p1, k3.
Row 8: Rep Row 2.
Row 9: K3, p1, k2, yo, ssk, yo, k2, CB, k3, CB, k2, yo, k3tog, yo, k2, p1, k3.
Row 10: Rep Row 2.
Row 11: K3, p1, k3, yo, ssk, k1, CB, k5, CB, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, p1, k3.
Row 12: Rep Row 2.
Row 13: K3, p1, yo, k4, ssk, k7, k2tog, k4, yo, p1, k3.
Row 14: P3, k1, p1, yo, p4, p2tog, p5, p2togtbl, p4, yo, p1, k1, p3.
Row 15: K3, p1, k2, yo, k4, ssk, k3, k2tog, k4, yo, k2, p1, k3.
Row 16: P3, k1, p3, yo, p4, p2tog, p1, p2togtbl, p4, yo, p3, k1, p3.
Rep Rows 1-16 for patt.

Crochet Bobble (CB): Insert crochet hook into next st, ch 3, sl st in first ch, sl st onto right needle.


Cap Band

Using crochet hook and scrap yarn, ch 27 sts for provisional cast-on.
Using main yarn, straight needles, and working into back bumps of ch sts pick up and knit 27 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Work Row 1 of Turtle Cay Stitch.
Cont in patt until work measures 17 3/4 (19 3/4)”, approximately 7 (8) patt reps, ending with Row 14.
Removing provisional cast-on as you go, graft cast-on edge to live sts using Kitchener stitch.


Using 16″ circular needle, pick up and knit 112 (128) sts along one edge of band, place marker (pm) to mark beg of rnd. Change to dpns as required.
Rnd 1 (Dec Rnd): *K14, k2tog; rep from * 7 (8) times. [105 (120) sts]
Rnd 2 (Dec Rnd): *K13, k2tog; rep from * 7 (8) times. [98 (112) sts]
Cont decreasing in this same manner every rnd until 14 (16) sts remain.
Next Rnd: (K2tog) 7 (8) times. [7 (8) sts]
Next Rnd: (K2tog) 3 (4) times, k1 (0). [4 (4) sts]
Break yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Using a tapestry needle, thread end through rem sts and pull tightly to finish off.


Weave in ends. Block to size.yarn ball
ILK Option 2-1

Do you like knitting with circular needles or straight needles?

Gold Members, need to be logged into their account to download.

Not a gold member yet? Join Now

Tags: , , ,

  • For larger projects, circular needles are best, while smaller one like scarves are easier to handle on straight needles.

  • Para gustos los colores, that is to say: there are colours for every taste 😉 I see most of you tend to prefer circulars but I’m much more comfortable with needles even when I have to use more than the 2 traditional ones.

  • ‘Para gustos los colores’, that is to say: there are colours for every taste 😉 I see most of you tend to prefer circulars but I’m much more comfortable with needles even when I have to use more than the 2 traditional ones.

  • Is there a knitting stitch or group of stitches one could do for the band instead of crocheting?

  • Anonymous

    Circulars – I love the magic loop method, which makes long circulars versatile for small and large projects! <3 <3 <3

  • Circular – I don’t loose one and I don’t have as much length to hit hubby with while he is driving

  • Circulars. Trying to go back to straights is weird and uncomfortable. I’ve got a sweet set of interchangeables that work well for almost everything.

  • I much prefer circular needles. If I don’t have the appropriate length, I’ll happily do magic loop!!!

  • Once I learned how to knit in the round, I switched to only knitting with circular needles as stitches are harder to fall off when project is set down.

  • Nadine T.

    I only knit with straights, I use a knitting belt or place the needle under my arm.

  • Circular needles….always! I never use regular straight needles anymore.

  • I am all about circular needles! I don’t care for straights at all anymore, though I did learn to knit on them, and I only use DPNs to make i-cord.

  • Circular knitting needles are my favorites. I learned how to knit with them.

  • Laura S.

    Circulars a must – I can’t remember the last time I used straights. Lively hat pattern. Thank you.

  • Kitten W.

    Circs, I don’t even know if I can still knit with straight needles, it’s been that long since I used them.

  • maria t.

    I’m still a novice in knitting but for now I like the circular needles because I don’t lose my needle and can keep track of what I am doing

  • Since I gifted myself a set of interchangeable circulars, I use only circulars no matter what the project is. Don’t know how I ever did without them.

  • Shirley E.

    I prefer circular needles. You might drop one end, but it doesn’t end up on the car floor if you do.

  • Very nice. But please can you tell me what ssk and sssk mean? Thanks beforehand

  • thanknyou for snowflake hat and mittens I can not wait for the cooler months to come so I can start knitting lenore okeeffe

  • it is very delicate cant wait for cool weather to come so I can have a try at it

    • cant wait to knit the hat as soon as the weather gets a bit cooler lenore thank you for the pattern

  • Hi,
    I’m confused. How many stitches do I cast on? How are the patterns going together? Am I making seperate ones and crocheting them together? Perhaps I’m not an advanced enough knitter, but your directions don’t make sense to me. This is a beautiful hat. I’d love to understand how to make it. Thanks!

    • Hi Liz,

      Scroll down to the Pattern section and follow the directions there. They tell you to chain 27 stitches for a provisional cast-on and then, after another step, work the special stitch pattern that is explained in the Special Stitches section.

      Thank you!
      Julia Wiatr, editor

    • Hi Patches,

      Yes, Row 9 should have “ssk” instead of “sssk” – we’ve updated the pattern to reflect this.

      Thank you,
      Julia Wiatr, editor

  • Hi! Thank you , for this lovely pattern! I am really looking forward to knitting and wearing the hat but .. I find your instructions confusing. 🙂
    For example: Row 5: K3, p1, *yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo*, k5; rep from * to * once, p1, k3. If you knit between * + * one time, then end with p1,k3, where does the K5 fit in?
    And Row 7: K3, p1, k1, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo*, k2, CB, k1, CB, k2; rep from * to * once, k1, p1, k3. If you knit from * to* once, then end with k1,p1,k3 … where does the k2, CB, k1, CB, k2; fit in? 🙂
    Please help clear this up. It’s such a gorgeous hat!
    Thank you,

    • Hi Patches,

      Row 5 – Work the row exactly as written – the stitches in the stars, the k5, then go work the stitches in the stars again and finish with the p1, k3. That makes 27 stitches and is consistent with the pattern.
      Row 7 – Work the row as written – If written out long hand it would look like this: K3, p1, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, CB, k1, CB, k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p1, k3.

      I hope that helps!
      Julia Wiatr, editor

    • Hi Cathy,

      The way this pattern is written and formatted is for circular and straight needles. You’ll need both.

      Thank you,
      Julia Wiatr, editor

    • I’ll be using 2 circs to knit this hat. I always use circs for everything. My straight needles are retired. Straight knitting on one circ. Crown on two.

  • Is there any way to download the pattern to my tablet? I don’t have a printer.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Jackie,

      You can email yourself this pattern by copy/pasting all of the directions into a new email to yourself.
      I hope that helps!

      Julia Wiatr, editor

    • After you click “print” there is a “save as pdf” feature in most software. It worked for me in this case.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enter Your Login Credentials
This setting should only be used on your home or work computer.