Are you looking for an easy crochet hat pattern?
When I first started crocheting, about a year ago now, the first thing I wanted to do was make some hats for my lovely family. The first one was really rough but they got better as I went. In the end, we all had a nice, cosy hat with a cute pom pom on top. I was really proud, as it is hard when you first start a new craft.
This is the pattern that I ended up with. As usual, I have tried to keep things as simple as possible and only use one stitch throughout. Remember that I use US terminology for crocheting.
Crochet a great Christmas gift.
The hat that I have crocheted this week is part of a set for Christmas for Grandma, Phil’s mum. I have used the same wool as I used last week for the infinity scarf and a black pom pom to finish it off.
The next project I have got is to make my mum, Nana, a scarf out of some gorgeous but tricky Chinchilla wool ( no chinchillas were harmed during the production of the scarf). I will put a pic on my social media when I finish that one. It is a bit like trying to crochet with snakes! As soon as I saw it in the shop I had to buy it and I didn’t have a clue what I was going to make with it. Soooooooo sooooooooft!
For the adult crochet hat you will need:
- About 100g chunky wool.
- No 6 hook
- Needle for weaving in ends
- Measuring tape
- half double crochet
- back loops only
What is nice about this hat is that we are not working in the round, we are just working rows.
This is a bit of a suck it and see pattern. You need to make a chain that will be long enough to cover from the centre of the head to just below the eyes of the person that you are making it for. I made this hat for Grandma and she has a lot of hair and quite a big head (all that brain) so I made a chain of 31.
Next, half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way along to the end of the chain. Chain 2 and turn.
HDC all way along
This row is a little more tricky for a beginner. We are going to crochet into the back loops only from now on. This gives our hat a cool, ridged effect. Normally when we crochet we go under both loops in the stitch. This time we will go between the loops and out the back of the stitch before we yarn over and bring our yarn through. I hope that the pictures make it easier to understand. Half double crochet all the way along, back loops only and then chain 2 and turn.
HDC back loops only
Now that you have done that row the rest is just the same. You half double crochet all the way along in the back loops only and at the end of the row you chain 2 and turn.
HDC back loops only until it fits head
How do I know when the hat is big enough?
Keep going in the same way until the hat is wide enough to fit round your head or the head of the person that you are making it for. I wrapped this hat round Phil’s head to see if I thought it would fit his Mum. In the end I did 35 rows and it was a little bit big for me. I think for my head 30 or 32 would have been better.
Finishing off the crochet hat
Now you will have a long strip of crochet that we need to make into a hat. Finish off the stitch and leave a long tail for sewing up. Fold the hat in half, matching up the two ends. Using a whip stitch or over stitch, whatever you like really, sew the two ends together. This is the side seam of the hat.
Match up the ends of the hat.
Finished side seam.
Now you will have what looks like a tube. Take more wool and choose the end that you would like to be the top of your hat. I chose the end that was a little bit wonky! Using your needle, weave in and out close to the top edge. Draw the hat together as you stitch, so that by the time you get back to the start you will have closed most of the hole.
You will end up with a tube.
Stitch along one end.
Draw in the edges of the hat.
You will end up with a small hole.
Stitch across the hole to shut it.
The finished top of the hat.
The final touches.
If there is still as small hole, sew across the hole and draw together. Continue to do this until there is no hole. Weave in all the ends and cut off as close you can to the hat.
Turn the hat the right way round. All the work that have done will be on the inside of the hat. It is all finished. You can add a pompom if you like to finish off. I bought these pom poms online. Another option would be to make a pompom out of the wool that you have left so that it matches.
The finished hat.
Making the chain quite long means that you can have a turn up.
Attach a pom pom.
The finished hat with pom pom.
Infinity scarf pattern.
If you liked this pattern, take a look at my infinity scarf pattern. They would make a great gift for Christmas or a winter birthday. To see the pattern, click the picture below.
I hope that you enjoyed this pattern. Let me know what you think. Did you make a hat or scarf? What colours did you use and who did you make it for. Leave a comment or contact me through my social media channels.
The Made It Mum xx