How to Crochet Beer Can Hats
Crocheting beer can hats is a fun and creative way to recycle cans into one-of-a-kind headwear. The aluminum from the cans makes the hats lightweight yet durable. Crocheting with aluminum creates hats that are stretchy and mold to the shape of your head. With some simple crochet stitches, basic supplies, and empty beer cans, you can make funny and funky hats for yourself or as gifts.
What You’ll Need
To crochet beer can hats, you’ll need:
Aluminum beer cans – You’ll need 5-6 cans for an adult sized hat. Go for 12 oz cans.
Crochet hook – Size J/6 mm hook works best. The thicker hook handles the aluminum easier.
Scissors – For cutting the yarn.
Yarn needle – For weaving ends. A large eye needle works best.
Yarn – For ties and embellishments. Opt for acrylic or cotton yarn.
Stitch marker – To mark rounds.
Measuring tape – For measuring head circumference.
Preparing the Beer Cans
Before starting to crochet, you need to prepare the beer cans:
Step 1: Drink the Beer!
First things first, drink the beer or pour it out gently. You want empty cans for crocheting.
Step 2: Remove the Tops and Bottoms
Use the can opener to remove the tops and bottoms of the cans. Be sure to do this safely away from kids. Remove any sharp edges with scissors.
Step 3: Cut the Cans into Strips
Next, use the scissors to cut the aluminum cans into strips about 3/4″ – 1″ wide. Cut down the side of the can cylinders. You want long even strips.
Step 4: Link the Strips Together
Overlap and link the strips together into loops. This forms the first chain. Make enough linked strips for the full circumference of the head by measuring with tape.
Crocheting the Hat
Now you’re ready to start crocheting the hat:
Step 1: Foundation Row
Work a foundation row of single crochet into the looped beer can strip chain. This will form the brim of the hat.
Step 2: Work in Continuous Spiral Rounds
Single crochet in continuous spiral rounds to form the crown of the hat, right sides facing you. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch of each round.
Step 3: Crochet until Reaching Length
Keep crocheting rounds, trying on frequently, until the hat reaches 2-3 inches from the desired finished length. The hat should stretch when worn.
Step 4: Finish Off
Finish off leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto a yarn needle and weave it through the stitches to secure.
Adding Ties and Embellishments
Add ties or embellishments using yarn for a pop of color:
Ties – Crochet chain ties and sew them to the edge of the brim.
Pompoms – Attach pompoms to the crown or ties for a fun accent.
Flowers – Sew crocheted or fabric flowers onto the hat.
Braids – Braid strands of yarn and sew to the brim.
Get creative with colors and textures!
Tips and Tricks
Stretch and mold the hat as you go for the best fit.
Use thicker yarn needles and hooks to handle the aluminum easier.
File down rough edges on the aluminum pieces for comfort.
-Experiment with different beer can colors and sizes for visual interest.
- Display finished hats on a stand or bust for storage.
Now grab some brews and get crocheting! Aluminum beer can hats are simple to make and fun to wear.