How to Crochet a Hat, Free Autumn Harvest Beanie

This blog post will teach you how to crochet a hat that has a beautiful mix of textures. The hat is crocheted top-down that gives it a nice shape.

 

Crochet Hats

 

Blue Crochet Hat

 

I used Lion Brand Heartland yarn for these crochet hats and they turned out gorgeous. The yarn has the right amount of drape for a slouchy hat.

 

I initially set out to write the crochet pattern only in a woman’s size, but when I tested it, it turned out to be a toddler size, lol! So I went ahead and wrote it for 4 sizes, Baby, Toddler, Child, and Woman.

 

Crochet Hat in Mustard Color

 

Slouchy Crochet Hat on a Mannequin

 

The next challenge I faced was keeping the seam invisible. I tried every trick in the book to make the unsightly seam disappear. Did I succeed? Well, almost! You be the judge :).

 

What do you think of this crochet hat pattern? Let me know in the comments section below. Your feedback helps me make my designs better.

 

 

 

Crochet Hat Pattern

You can work from the free pattern below or purchase an ad-free PDF for $2.99, Add to Cart. The pattern will be emailed to you.

You can pin it for later here. 

 

Materials

  1. Worsted weight(size 4) yarn. I used Lion Brand Heartland in colors Glacier Bay and Bryce Canyon.
  2. Hook I(5.5)mm
  3. Locking stitch markers or safety pins. Split ring markers might fall off.
  4. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
  5. Fur pom pom
  6. Sewing needle and thread to attach the pom pom.

Finished Size

Baby(6-12 months): 8″ tall and 17″ circumference

Toddler( 1- 4 Years): 8.5″ tall and 18 1/2″ circumference

Child ( 4 to 10 Years): 9 1/2″ tall and 19 1/2″ circumference

Preteen to Woman: 10″ tall and 21 1/2′ circumference

 

Yardage

Approximately 220 yards for the Child and Woman’s sizes and 170 yards for the Baby and Toddler sizes.

 

Gauge

Start working the Crown Pattern for the Baby size hat. Measure the diameter of the circle after the first 5 rounds.

Diameter after 5 Rounds= 6 1/4 inches

 

Stitch Abbreviations

The pattern is written in standard US terms

ch- chain

st- stitch

hdc- half double crochet

sc- single crochet

dc- double crochet

sl st- slip st

beg- beginning

YO- yarn over

 

Stitch Explanations

 

 

The third loop of a st (see pic above): The third loop of a st is a horizontal bar or loop found behind the st. Working into this loop will push the ‘V’ of your st to the front to create a knit look.

hdc2tog: It is a hdc decrease worked across 2 sts. YO, insert your hook into the first st and pull up a loop, 3 loops on your hook, YO and pull up a loop in the next st, YO and pull through all the 5 loops on your hook.

front post half double crochet(fphdc) and back post half double crochet(bphdc): You can see a tutorial on front and back post double crochet here. The front and back post hdc sts are worked inserting the hook in the same way. Just replace the dc sts with hdc sts.

 

How to Crochet the Hat

Notes

1. Size Baby and Toddler are grouped together and sizes Child and Woman are grouped together.

2. Stitch count for bigger sizes is given in the order Baby (Toddler) or Child(Woman).

 

Baby(Toddler) Size- Crown

Round 1: Make a magic ring and make 12(13) dc in the ring, pull the yarn tail to close the ring and sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–12(13) dc

 

Round 2: Ch 3 ( does not count as a st here and throughout), 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch3, 2 dc in each st across to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—-24(26) dc

 

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch 3, 1 dc in next st, *( 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next), repeat from * to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–36(39)dc

 

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch 3, 1 dc in next st 2 sts, *( 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–48(52)dc

 

Round 5( Size Baby only): Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch 3, 1 dc in next st 3 sts, *( 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts), repeat from * to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–60 dc

 

Round 5( Size Toddler only): Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch 3, 1 dc in next st 3sts, *( 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts), repeat from * to last 4 sts, 2 dc in next, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–66 dc

 

Jump to Textured Rounds below. 

 

Child (Woman’s Size)-Crown

Round 1: Make a magic ring and make 12(12) dc in the ring, pull the yarn tail to close the ring and sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–12(12) dc

 

Round 2: Ch 3 ( does not count as a st here and throughout), 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch3, 2 dc in each st across to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—-24(24) dc

 

Round 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch 3, 1 dc in next st, *( 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next), repeat from * to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–36(36)dc

 

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch 3, 1 dc in next st 2 sts, *( 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–48(48)dc

 

Round 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch 3, 1 dc in next st 3 sts, *( 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts), repeat from * to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–60(60) dc

 

Round 6( Size Child only): Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch 3, 1 dc in next st 6 sts, 2 dc in next, 1 dc in next 7 sts*( 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next, 1 dc in next 7 sts), repeat from * to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–68 dc

 

Round 6(Size Woman only): Ch 3, 2 dc in the same st as beginning ch 3, 1 dc in next st 4 sts, *( 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts), repeat from * to end, sl st to the first dc. Do not turn.—–72 dc

 

Continue to make Textured Rounds below.

 

Textured Rounds for the Hat(All Sizes)

Notes

1. This how to crochet a hat tutorial tries to keep the seam as invisible as possible. Please pay close attention to the beginning and end of the following rows.

2. See stitch explanation at the top of the pattern to learn how to work into the 3rd loop of a st. 3rd loop behind a dc stitch will be a small loop stuck behind the stitch on the left side. It is harder to work into the 3rd loop of a dc stitch compared to working into the 3rd loop of a hdc stitch. Rest easy, you only have to work into the 3rd loop of dc sts for one round of the entire hat :).

3. Stitch counts are given in the order Baby(Toddler, Child, Woman).

 

Row 1: Pull up the loop on your hook to loosen it up a bit and work a hdc in the 3rd loop of the first st (look behind the first dc of the previous round), place a marker in this st, 1 hdc in the 3rd loop of each st across to end. There will be a tiny sl st left before the marked st now. Do not sl st and do not turn.——60(66, 68, 72)sts

 

Note: In the next round you will have to work into a loop behind the sl st for your hdc2tog st. Look behind your work and find whichever loop you can grab. This is to keep the seam as invisible as possible.

 

Row 2: Hdc2tog in the loop behind the next sl st and the 3rd loop of the marked hdc, move the marker up into this hdc2tog  you just made, 1 hdc in 3rd loop of each st across until you reach the marked st, do not sl st and do not turn.—–60(66, 68, 72)sts

 

Row 3: 1 sc in 3rd loop of the marked st, move marker up into the st you just made, 1 sc in 3rd loop of each st across to end, sl st to the marked sc.—–60(66, 68, 72)sts

 

Row 4: Ch 3 ( counts as a dc), 1 dc in the previous st to form an “X” shape with your stitches, *(sk the next st, 1 dc in the next, 1 dc in the skipped st), repeat from * to end and sl st to the top of beg ch-3.—-30(33, 34, 36)pairs of crossed dc sts

 

Round 5: Ch 1 ( does not counts as a st), 1 sc in the same st as beg ch-1, 1 sc in each st across to end, sl st to first sc, do not turn.——-60(66, 68, 72)sts

 

Round 6: Ch 2 ( does not count as a st), 1 hdc in the same st as beg ch-2, 1 hdc in each st across to end, sl st to first hdc, do not turn.—–60(66, 68, 72)sts

 

Round 7: Sl st loosely into the next 4 sts to reach under the seam, pull up the loop on your hook to loosen it up a bit and work a hdc in the 3rd loop of the same st,  place a marker in this st, 1 hdc in the 3rd loop of each st across until you hit the slip sts, work hdc  into both the loops of the sts stuck behind the  sl sts to reach near the marked st. There will be a tiny sl st left before the marked st. Do not sl st and do not turn.——60(66, 68, 72)sts

 

For sizes Baby and Toddler, repeat Rounds 2-5 once more and proceed to make the hatband below.

For sizes Child and Woman, repeat Rounds 2-7 once more and then repeat Rounds 2-4. Proceed to make the hatband below.

 

Ribbed Hatband

Note: For the Baby and Child sizes, you will be working the next Round into the sc sts of Round 5 and for the bigger sizes, into the dc sts of Round 4.

 

Row 1: Ch 2 ( counts as a bphdc here and throughout), fphdc in next st, *(bphdc in next st, fphdc in next), repeat from * to end, sl st to beg ch-2, do not turn.—–60(66, 68, 72)sts

 

Row 2: Ch 2, 1 fphdc in next fpdc, *(1 bphdc in next bphdc, 1 fphdc in next fphdc), repeat from * to end, sl st to beg ch-2.—–60(66, 68, 72)sts

 

Repeat Row 2 until your hat is 8(8.5, 9.5, 10) inches tall and fasten off.

 

Finishing the Hat

  1. Weave in any tails left.
  2. Sew the fur pom pom to the top of your hat with a sewing needle and thread.

You might also like my beginner friendly crochet hat and my messy bun crochet hat patterns.

 

You can find more such free hat patterns on Allfreecrochet.com

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19 Comments

  1. Pat
    September 13, 2019 / 6:45 am

    Lovely hat pattern, will be making it soon.

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 7:21 am

      Yay! Thank you. I am glad you like it :).

  2. Darlene
    September 13, 2019 / 9:50 am

    This hat design is lovely – looks so comfy-cozy and stylish!! And I so appreciate the time you took to work into the pattern “hiding” the seam!!! So many hats look beautiful and then the ghastly seam just shouts for attention. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern for free after all your hard work and attention!!

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 9:54 am

      Hey Darlene, thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad my hard work did not go unnoticed.

  3. Shelley
    September 13, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    I love the pattern! How would I adjust to make it not a slouchy, just a regular hat? Thank you. Love your patterns!!

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      September 13, 2019 / 3:03 pm

      Hi Shelley, for a woman’s hat, you can stop after the second repeat of the crossed dc sts and then start the ribbing for your hatband.

  4. Karen
    September 13, 2019 / 3:50 pm

    Is there a video tutorial on this Autumn hat. I picked up crocheting after many years and I’m having trouble after Row 6. I found the 3rd loop and did the hdc for one row but am confused as to where to go from there.

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      September 14, 2019 / 7:58 am

      Hi Karen, I might add one next week. I have a bad throat right now and will sound weird on video, lol!

  5. Christine Ginnane
    September 13, 2019 / 5:58 pm

    Lovely hat pattern. You should be proud of your work.

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      September 14, 2019 / 7:58 am

      Hi Christine, that is so kind of you to say. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  6. Shelley
    September 13, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    Ok, great! Thank you!

  7. Becca
    September 14, 2019 / 8:13 am

    Love the hats. I never would have chosen a colour like the rust/orange if I saw it in the store but I love it made into a hat. Going to try to make one this weekend❤️ Thank you

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      September 14, 2019 / 8:19 am

      Hi Becca, the hat really turned out gorgeous in that color. For the first time, a hat looked good on me, lol!

  8. Ann
    September 14, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    I love the look of this hat and I’m anxious to try. I’m not the greatest at understanding the written pattern so I look forward to a video. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Jo I Jones
    September 15, 2019 / 12:35 am

    Loved making this hat. Your instructions were perfect. I will make it again. Thanks

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      September 15, 2019 / 8:00 am

      Thank you so much. I am glad to hear you found it easy to follow.

  10. Naseema
    September 16, 2019 / 12:56 am

    Thank you

    Will certainly give it a try
    Much appreciated

  11. Elise Taylor-Evans
    September 18, 2019 / 8:56 am

    HI

    I’m having a hard time with this hat. When I get to round 7 in the texture part I get lost. I’m basically done with the hat but I would like to try again. Would you be able to help me or are you going to do a video tutorial for this hat?
    All in all this hat is beautiful and straight forward just that on part I’m lost on.

    • Shehnaaz
      Author
      October 2, 2019 / 4:34 pm

      Hi Elise, I am a little busy writing and testing new patterns. So it might be a while before I make a video. In the meanwhile, can I help you via email? Let me know which part you don’t understand and I shall be happy to help.

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