Braided Fishtail Toque

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Stay cozy and trendy in our Braided Fishtail Toque crochet pattern. Front post and back post crochet stitches are used to create a beautiful crochet cable resembling a fishtail braid. The hat is worked from the bottom up and comes in baby to adult size. This design is unisex and includes a video tutorial on YouTube. Designed in Knit Picks/ WeCrochet Alpaca Cloud DK. Scroll for the Free crochet pattern. Purchase the Ad-Free PDF below.

The crochet hat

is worked from the bottom up and comes in baby to adult size. This crochet design is unisex and includes a video tutorial for child size. The cabled crochet hat is designed in Knit Picks/ WeCrochet Alpaca Cloud DK. This is a beautifully soft baby alpaca yarn that comes in several stunning colours.

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The crochet Braided Fishtail Toque is an intermediate design written in Standard American Terms. Knowledge of basic stitches plus front and back post crochet stitches is required to crochet this hat.

The Braided Fishtail Toque is nice and stretchy with a bit of slouch. Despite being worked in DK weight yarn the post stitches create a thick cozy crochet hat. Made in baby alpaca the hat is extremely soft and luxurious.

Braided Fishtail Toque

To ensure the whole family can have matching hats, the pattern comes in size 3-6 months to adult 23″ head size. That is five sizes in total.

Braided Fishtail Toque

Crochet Cables can be difficult to learn and follow in written format. The YouTube video works through the pattern step by step making the pattern not so scary to attempt.

Braided Fishtail Toque

The child hat fits a 20-21″ head size. Hat is modelled on a 21.5″ head, giving a more fitted look. It’s always a good idea to measure first before picking the size to crochet. Some children have adult-size heads and some adults have child-size heads!

Braided Fishtail Toque

Pattern – Crochet Braided Fishtail Toque

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Size Chart: 3-6mth (6-12mth, Toddler, Child , Adult)     

Yarn Requirements: 

WeCrochet Alpaca Cloud DK 100% Baby Alpaca (123yds/50g) shown in Evander (6-12mth), Magnus (Child), Leonardo (Adult)185 (215, 260, 300, 330) yds2 (2, 3, 3, 3) balls

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Crochet Hook Requirements:

US G/6 (4mm)or size needed to obtain gauge

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Additional Supplies:

Yarn Needle 

Stitch Markers

Locking Stitch Markers

Faux fur pom pom

WeCrochet Pom Poms

Garment Tags

Gauge:

9 sts and 11 rows equal to 2″ in sc blo

12 sts and 7 rows equal to 2″ in cable stitch

Watch the free video CROCHET CABLE HAT tutorial now on YouTube!

Construction

The hat is worked from the bottom up. The pattern is written for the smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses ( ). Starting ch does not count as a stitch. Step by step video tutorial on YouTube https://youtu.be/lwalAiCEg3Q.

Special Stitches

Fpdc – Front Post Double Crochet:

Yo (Yarn Over), insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on your hook, yo, pull through remaining two loops on your hook.

Fptr – Front Post Treble Crochet:

Yo (Yarn Over) twice, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on your hook twice, yo, pull through remaining two loops on your hook.

Bpdc – Back Post Double Crochet:

Yo (Yarn Over), insert your hook from back to front to back around the post of the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on your hook, yo, pull through the remaining two loops on your hook.

Abbreviations:

Blo – Back Loop Only

Bpdc – Back Post Double Crochet

Ch – Chain

Fpdc – Front Post Double Crochet

Fptr – Front Post Treble Crochet

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Rep – Repeat

Sc – Single Crochet

Sk – Skip

Skd – Skipped

Sl St – Slip Stitch

Sp(s) – Space(s)

St(s) – Stitch(es)

( ) – Work step in parentheses in indicated stitch

[ ] – Work step in brackets number of times indicated

PATTERN

Hat: 3-6mth (6-12mth, Toddler, Child, Adult)

For correct sizing measure head size in inches and make the corresponding hat size.

Band:

Row 1: Ch 15 (17, 19, 21, 25), work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—14 (16, 18, 20, 24) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1 (not included as a st here and throughout), work 1 sc in the blo of each st across, turn—14 (16, 18, 20, 24) sts.

Rows 3-70 (75, 80, 85, 90): Rep Row 2.

The band should measure the dimensions below. Sl st band together to form a headband. Keep seam to the outside. The band will stretch to fit head size.

Body

Setup Round: Ch 1, work 1 sc evenly around the top of the band working 1 sc in each row, sl st in first sc to join—70 (75, 80, 85, 90) sts.

Round 1: Ch 2 (not included as st here and throughout), work 1 hdc in each st around, sl st in first hdc to join—70 (75, 80, 85, 90) sts.

Cable Pattern begins

Round 2:

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 1 (1, 2, 2, 3) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, *work 1 bpdc in each of next 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around, end with, work 1 bpdc in last 1 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts, sl st in first bpdc to join—70 (75, 80, 85, 90) sts.

Round 3:

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 1 (1, 2, 2, 3) sts, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts, *work 1 bpdc next 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) sts, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts; rep from * around, work 1 bpdc last 1 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts, sl st in first bpdc to join—70 (75, 80, 85, 90) sts.

Rounds 4 – 12 (12, 14, 14, 14):

Rep Round 2 & 3 [4 (4, 5, 5, 5) times]. Rep Round 2 [1 more time].

Round 13 (13, 15, 15, 15) (Decr.):

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 1 (1, 2, 2, 3) sts, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts, *work 1 bpdc next 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) sts, sk st, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts; rep from * around, work 1 bpdc last 0 (1, 1, 2, 2) sts, sk st, sl st in first bpdc to join—65 (70, 75, 80, 85) sts.

Round 14 (14, 16, 16, 16):

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 1 (1, 2, 2, 3) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, *work 1 bpdc in each of next 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around, end with, work 1 bpdc in last 0 (1, 1, 2, 2) sts, sl st in the first bpdc to join—65 (70, 75, 80, 85) sts.

Round 15 (15, 17, 17, 17) (Decr.):

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 0 (1, 1, 2, 3) sts (sk st for 3-6mth and toddler), work 1 fpdc next 12 sts, *work 1 bpdc next 0 (1, 2, 3, 4) sts, sk st, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts; rep from * around, work 1 bpdc last 0 (0, 1, 1, 1) sts, sk st, sl st in first bpdc to join—60 (65, 70, 75, 80) sts.

Round 16 (16, 18, 18, 18):

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 0 (1, 1, 2, 3) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, *work 1 bpdc in each of next 0 (1, 2, 3, 4) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around, end with, work 1 bpdc in last 0 (0, 1, 1, 1) sts, sl st in first st to join—60 (65, 70, 75, 80) sts.

3-6mth

Round 17:

Ch 2, work 1 fpdc in each st around, sl st in first fpdc to join—60 sts. Fasten off with a long tail.

6-12mth (Toddler, Child, Adult)

Round 17 (19, 19, 19) (Decr.):

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 0 (0, 1, 2) sts, sk st, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts, *work 1 bpdc next 0 (1, 2, 3) sts, sk st, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts; rep from * around, work 1 bpdc last 0 (1, 1, 1) sts, sl st in first st to join—60 (65, 70, 75) sts.

Round 18 (20, 20, 20):

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 0 (0, 1, 2) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, *work 1 bpdc in each of next 0 (1, 2, 3) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working

in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around, end with, work 1 bpdc in last 0 (1, 1, 1) sts, sl st in first bpdc to join—60 (65, 70, 75) sts.

6-12mth

Round 19:

Ch 2, work 1 fpdc in each st around, sl st in first fpdc to join—60 sts. Fasten off with a long tail.

Toddler (Child, Adult)

Round 21 (Decr.):

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 0 (1, 1) sts, (adult only sk st), work 1 fpdc next 12 sts, *work 1 bpdc next 0 (1, 2) sts, sk st, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts; rep from * around, work 1 bpdc last 0 (0, 1) sts, (sk st toddler & child only), sl st in first st to join—60 (65, 70) sts. Toddler Fasten off with a long tail.

Child (Adult)

Round 22:

Ch 2, work 1 bpdc next 1 (1) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, *work 1 bpdc in each of next 1 (2) sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around, end with, work 1 bpdc in last 0 (1) sts, sl st in first bpdc to join—65 (70) sts.

Round 23 (Decr.):

Ch 2, sk st, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts, *work 1 bpdc next 0 (1) sts, sk st, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts; rep from * around, work 1 bpdc last 0 (1) st, sl st in first st to join—60 (65) sts. Child Fasten off with a long tail.

Adult

Round 24:

Ch 2, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, *work 1 bpdc next st, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in front work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts, sk next 3 sts, work 1 fptr in each of next 3 sts, working in behind work 1 fptr into first skd st and in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around, end with, work 1 bpdc in last st, sl st in the first bpdc to join—65 sts.

Round 25 (Decr.):

Ch 2, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts, * sk st, work 1 fpdc next 12 sts; rep from * around, sk last st, sl st in first st to join—60 sts. Fasten off with a long tail.

Finishing:

All sizes

Weave yarn needle through every other st around. Pull hat tight. Weave yarn in one direction then back in the opposite direction to tighten and secure the top of the hat. Trim ends.

Pom Pom:

Make a yarn pom pom with a jumbo pompom maker or attach a faux fur pom pom. Add a garment tag for a personalized touch.

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