Bear Mountain Hat Kit

I went to college in Utah, a twenty-minute drive from the ski slopes used in the 2002 Winter Olympics. I knew a lot of serious skiers and snowboarders. People who lived for the sport flocked to this area so they could go to class in the morning and be on the slopes forty minutes later, always in a unique crochet hat.

While my own preference leans toward sitting in the lodge by the fire, crocheting something cozy, I had many (MANY) friends that spent every free moment flying down the mountain. When that quest for adrenaline lead to an injury and a winter away from the powder, friends came to me to learn to crochet so they could have bright, quirky, one-of-a-kind beanies to wear around the slopes as soon as they returned. Snow lovers and funky crochet beanies just go together.

That spirit of the slopes inspired Vickie Howell to create the Bear Mountain Hat. If you are hitting the slopes this winter, you’ll want to make this hat for yourself. It will help you stay cozy and warm while keeping you stylish. Vickie designed this hat in two different colorways to suit your specific style. The four-color version of the Bear Mountain Hat is worked in bright sky blue, rusty orange, white, and gray. The three-color version is a bit more subdued in two different shades of gray and a deep dark reddish/purple. Choose the hat that fits your snow-loving personality the best.

This hat also features some colorwork, which can be a little intimidating to stitchers who have never tried it before. I encourage you to give it a go—this hat’s simple patterning is the perfect opportunity to try out this new skill.

If you are new to colorwork, here are a few tips to help you. As you are stitching, carry the yarn you are not using behind the work. When you get to the last stitch before you switch to the new color, change colors for the last yarnover and pull through to finish the stitch. This will create a clean color-changing line. See the images below to visualize these instructions.

Carry the yarn you are not using behind the work.

Carry the yarn you are not using behind the work.

Work until the last pull through of the last stitch before you are supposed to change colors.

Work until the last pull through of the last stitch before you are supposed to change colors.

Finish the stich with the new color that was being carried behind the work.

Finish the stich with the new color that was being carried behind the work.

If you are brave enough to fly down a snowy mountain on your skis or snowboard, color changing in crochet will be a breeze. Grab the kit to make this hat for your next winter adventure.

Happy stitching (and snow adventuring)!
—Sara Dudek


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