DIY crochet hat for beginners- takes just 1 hour!
This is a super quick but cute pattern that matches my 1.5 hour crochet scarf made with the same stitch pattern. You can now make a matching set!
This crochet beanie paired with the matching scarf will make great gifts this holiday season. I hope you will make some for your friends and family.
The hat pattern comes in sizes Toddler to adult. I wasn’t sure this stitch and the bulky yarn will look good on a baby, so I skipped that size.
I get a lot of questions on where I get my hat tags. So, before any of you ask, I get it custom made from Etsy. There are many tag sellers who will make them for you.
DIY Crochet Hat
You can work from the free pattern below or purchase an ad-free PDF for $3.99 here. You will receive a download link once you make payment and click “Return to Merchant”.
1. Cozy Wool yarn from Loops and Threads in colors Thunder, Fleece, and Stone were used for the sample hats. It is a size 6, super bulky yarn but has far more drape than other commonly available yarns of the same weight.
2. A size K(6.5mm)hook for the ribbing and an 8mm hook for the rest of the hat
3. Fur Pom pom
4. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
Toddler– Fits 19-inch head and is 7 1/2 inches tall
Child– Fits 21-inch head and is 8 inches tall
Adult Small– Fits 22-inch head and is 8 3/4 inches tall
Adult Large– Fits 23-inch head and is 8 3/4 inches tall
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Baby and Toddler– 90 Yards
Child– 110 yards
Adult- 120 yards
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
BLO- Back loop only (see stitch explanation below)
1. Sl st in the Back Loops Only(BLO): Instead of inserting your hook under both the loops of your stitch, you will insert it only under the back loop and leave the front loop free, see the picture below.
sc2tog: It is a decrease worked across 2 sts to join them into one. Pull up a loop in each of the next 2 sts, YO and pull through all the 3 loops on your hook—–sc2tog completed
With 8mm hook, 8 sc sts=4 inches
Crochet Winter Hat Pattern
Note: Stitch counts for bigger sizes are given in brackets in the order Toddler(Child, Adult Small, Adult Large).
With a K(6.5mm) hook, chain 7(7, 8, 8).
Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across to end, turn.—–6(6, 7, 7)sls sts
Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sl in the BLO of the same st as ch 1, 1 sl st in BLO of the remaining 5(5, 6, 6)sts, turn.——6(6, 7, 7)sls sts
Repeat Row 2 until the ribbing is approximately 15-1/2(17, 18-1/2, 19) inches without stretching and you have one extra row after the braid (see pictures below). The ribbing will stretch to fit.
Joining Hatband into a Circle
Note: When inserting your hook into the foundation chain side, insert the hook a little deeper, 1/4-inch below, and not at the very edge (see pic above). This will give a seamless band once you turn it inside out.
Take your hook out of the loop, bring the two shorter ends of the band together making sure the extra row after the braid is visible outside.
Insert your hook through the foundation chain side, grab the loop on the other side and start sl stitching through both the layers by inserting your hook through the foundation chain side and the BLO of the last row of sl sts.
Turn your hatband inside out to hide the seam. Pass your skein through the hatband to bring it to the other side if needed.
Sides and Crown
1. When you work the first round of sc sts into the hatband, insert your hook into the valleys between the braids or ridges. The ridges will be too tight and hard to stick your hook into. See pic below to learn where to work your sts for Round 1.
2. While working Round 1, also take care to insert your hook NOT at the very edge but a little lower to avoid leaving holes in your hat.
Round 1: Switch to the 8mm hook. Ch 1 at the seam and work 33(39, 42, 42)sc sts evenly distributed around the ribbing. You can add a few increases or decreases into the valleys to adjust the stitch count if the number of valleys is more or less than your total stitch count. Sl st to the first st but do not turn.—–33(39, 42, 42)sc
Round 2: Ch 2( counts as a dc), (1 dc, ch 2, 1 sc ) all into the same st as beginning ch-2, *(sk 2 sts, 2 dc, ch 2, 1 sc in next st), repeat from * until 2 sts are left, sl st to top of beginning ch-2, turn.——-11(13, 14, 14) repeats
Round 3: Pull up the loop on your hook just a tad, WITHOUT making a turning chain, directly work (2dc, ch2, 1 sc)in next ch-2 space and each ch-2 space across to end, sl st to the first dc, turn. ——-11(13, 14, 14) repeats
Repeat Round 3 three more times. You now will have a total of 5 rounds of pattern repeats.
Note: You will place a marker in the first stitch of each of the following rounds. This will help you know where your round ends.
Decrease Round 1: Pull up the loop on your hook just a tad, WITHOUT making a turning chain, directly work (dc, ch 1, sc)in the next ch-2 space, place a marker in the first dc you just made, (dc, ch 1, sc)in the next ch-2 space and each ch-2 space across to end, sl st to the first marked dc, turn. ——-11(13, 14, 14) repeats
For Toddler size, jump to ‘Second to Last Round’ below.
Decrease Round 2: Pull up the loop on your hook just a tad, WITHOUT making a turning chain, directly work (dc, ch 1, sc)in the next ch-1 space, place a marker in the first dc you made, (dc, ch 1, sc)in the next ch-1 space and each ch-1 space across to end, sl st to the first marked dc, turn. ——-11(13, 14, 14) repeats
For Child size, jump to ‘Second to Last Round’ below.
For the adult sizes, repeat the above round 1 more time and then proceed to the ‘Second to Last Round’ below.
Second to Last Round: Pull up the loop on your hook just a tad, WITHOUT making a turning chain, directly work (dc, sc)in the next ch-1 space, place a marker in the dc you just made, (dc, sc) in the next ch-1 space and each ch-1 space across to end, sl st to the first marked dc, turn. ——-11(13, 14, 14) repeats
Last Decrease Round: ch 1, sc in next st, place a marker in this sc, *(sc2tog across next 2 sts, 1 sc in next), repeat from * all the way to the end of the round, sl st to the first sc. Fasten off with a 15-inch tail for cinching the hat.
Cinching the Hat (All Sizes)
1. Turn the hat inside out. Thread the tail at the top through a yarn needle, go in and out through every alternate st at the top of the hat, pull, and cinch the hat shut. Make a knot and securely weave in the remaining tail.
2. Weave in any other tails left. While weaving in the beginning tail close the tiny gap in the hatband.
3. Attach the fur pom pom to the top of the hat for a final finishing touch.
More free DIY Crochet Hats for Beginners:
1.5 Hour Chunky Crochet Beanie
Crochet Ribbed Beanie Pattern in 6 sizes
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Tuesday 7th of March 2023
How many chains would I do for an adult smaller head, yarn medium 4? Thank you
Tuesday 3rd of January 2023
I really liked this pattern. I'm not an experienced crocheter so it took me longer to finish it. It made it easier to understand the pattern once I looked at the video. I used a #6 yarn that was a little stiff so the hat turned out very thick, but still nice. Thank you for this pattern. I will try it with a different yarn.
Tuesday 27th of December 2022
Love the beanies but can I crochet them in infusing a lighter weight worsted and a and a 7.5 hook?
Saturday 10th of December 2022
Would this be possible to turn into a ponytail/messy bun beanie?
Thursday 8th of December 2022
Great video and written instructions…my adult beanie came out great