Easy Crocheted Hat

Easy Crochet Hat

This is a very easy pattern that can be done by a beginning crocheter and a quick gift for those last minute occasions.

One skein of 4 ply yarn (I used Red Heart Soft) will make the set of fingerless mittens and hat.  I used a size I crochet hook and because I wanted it to be warm, I used a half-double crochet instead of the single crochet used in the fingerless mitten pattern shown below.

Leaving 18 inches of yarn, chain 46.

Row 1: hdc in back loop only in second chain from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn.

Row 2-35: hdc in back loop only in each hdc across, ch 1, turn.

Row 36: hdc in back loop only in each hdc across. Fasten off leaving 18 inch tail of yarn.

Thread tail of yarn into large darning needle and matching last row of hdc with beginning chain, sew sides together to form a tube.  Now going back to the 18 inches of yarn left at the beginning chain, thread into needle and sewing along the top of the tube formed, gather the top of the tube tightly together with a running stitch and bind off, weaving enough of the left over yarn back into the garment to keep from coming loose with wear. Clip off leftover yarn thread.

A pom pom can be made and attached at the top of the hat if you would like.  Here is a tutorial from Fiber Images showing one way to make one.

This pattern is easily sized.  It can be made longer simply by adding to the beginning chain until it is as long as you would like.  It can be sized to the head by the addition or subtraction of rows. 

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do. 

72 thoughts on “EASY CROCHETED HAT

  1. I enjoyed making this hat, the pattern is easy to use and the directions are accurate. The hat is very warm.

    I would have loved to have the pattern for the scarf.

  2. The Easy Medallion Scarf is the pattern that matches the hat and gloves. The only difference is that I used multiple colors of yarn and added the medallion. I hope you enjoy it…

  3. Hi Michelle,
    No it’s not supposed to get smaller as you go along. Check to be sure that you are working in the first stitch each time you turn a row or the last stitch at the end of each row. That was a problem I had for a long time when I first began to crochet. I hope this helps.

  4. I do alot of crocheting for the needy to be given at Christmas.
    I one thing I like to do better than anything else is simple hats of all sizes. I Can’t hardly wait to get my crochet hook to get started.

  5. Dear Michelle,
    I really connected with your question….I also was plagued with narrowing crochet and actuall completed one cat tail warmer by mistake. Hope your stiching is going well…I had to read several “turning” tutorials to get it and each project still carries the risk of being a doillie!

    Persistently confused,

  6. I don’t know an exact size..lol It fits me, so that would be a medium adult woman’s head. It you need it bigger you can add rows. If you need it smaller you can leave some rows off…

    Hope this helps… ;o)
    Have a wonderful day… !

  7. so for hdc- do i count three holes or do a hdc in each hole (or chain)
    and of i do three holes.. do i count 1 as the current hole (chain) i just came from and go into the 3rd
    also- is there a way to do the ribbing starting from the top (so it crochets in the round?)


  8. Made both with baby Yarn for a new born girl, trimmed them with pink and mauve and added a pink and mauve pompom…very, VERY Cute. Decided to make a second set of fingerless mittens as booties with a turned cuff also trimmed with pink and mauve.

    VERY easy pattern.

  9. Kerry…those sound absolutely gorgeous. I’m so glad you enjoy the pattern…

    Ashley…the only way to do this in the round is by using a stitch that goes around the post of the stitch below. That is a very good idea and I will work on coming up with a pattern for it.. As for the question about the hdc… I’m not sure what you are asking. If you are asking about the beginning chain… do the first hdc in the 3rd chain from the hook..the one the hook is in does not cound…. count 1..2…3..and in that third one is the one you use. I hope this answers your question… ;o)

  10. Hello! Thank you, this is exactly the pattern I was looking for. I am just getting started, but I have a question about the closure at the top. After you gather the running stitch to cinch the top together, how do you bind off?

  11. Thank you! i had pretty much this exact design in my mind and now I don’t have to experiment with hook sizes and the number of chains to start. I have a few inches of my hat done and it’s so soft and stretchy. Wonderful!

  12. I worked about five rows of the easy ribbed hat and I used an I hook, but for the demonstration on hdc it shows starting third from hook and and chain 1 at end. It does not look large enough to roll up cuff to fit an adult. Am I wrong, does it get larger as you add rows?

  13. I worked about five rows of the easy ribbed hat and I used an I hook, but for the demonstration on hdc it shows starting third from hook and and chain 1 at end. It does not look large enough to roll up cuff to fit an adult. Am I wrong, does it get larger as you add rows?

  14. Hi… I’m a beginner and I have a question… is it supposed to look like a giant square when doing rows 2-35? or does it grow bigger…?? it seems to me I’m doing the same number of stitches but it doesn’t look straight… is that right or is it a mistake???
    Thanks a lot for your answer!!

  15. is it ok to do it with a dc stitch i got my hdc and dc mixed up so im little over half way with the rows and just realized i was doing dc instead. thank you

  16. Hello, I’m a beginner and not sure how this is suppose to look. Do you have pictures or diagrams to follow? I started it, got to the 20th row and then the square didnb’t look even.


  17. are you saying that if crochet the mittens with hdc everywhere that the pattern says sc, they will be warmer?
    Also, I like them to go further down on my fingers,… can I just extend that part? (Maybe it will be clearer when I actually start them :)
    Thanks…I’m eager to try these!

  18. I can’t seem to find the pattern for the gloves…can someone please give me the link to the page with these instructions? Thanks much.

  19. There’s a link in the left sidebar that says “Easy Crocheted Fingerless Mittens”. Click on that link and it will take you to the pattern.

  20. I found your perfect crocheted hat and fingerless. May I have this copy of fingerless and hat. I would like to make them for my granddaughter and daughter. Thanks, Martha

  21. Of course you can use them, Martha. I have no problem with anyone using these patterns for personal use, sales at the school bazaar or whatever… I hope you enjoy them.

  22. I’ve made 2 of these hats for a friend and 1 for my cousin. It’s really cute and easy. I’m making the fingerless mittens next. (And you’re so patient with your responses to comments.) Thanks so much!

  23. I’m having trouble closing the top. It seems there are to many stitches to allow it to close all the way. Is there some technique that I’m missing?

  24. Your very easy pattern was exactly what I wanted. I thought you’d like to know I’m using your pattern to crochet hats and scarves for precious orphans in Russia and Ukraine. Thanks so much!

  25. hi i dont understand how you are supost to close the top i made the gloves and all my friends are impressed(instead of leaving a hole when sewing them i chained and then attached it and continued doing it till i had the width or what ever then i sewed them up)…anyway ……..how exactly do u do the top(its my first hat)

  26. I made this hat and it was a hit. I’ve made several already (in various colors) and people are still wanting more.

  27. Jeromy… Sometimes if that happens you just have to hold the opening together after you have gathered the top and then sew over the opening a few times until you have it closed.
    Callie…if you left the yarn long when you began your hat, you will now thread that into a large darning needle and sew along the top edge, pulling your yarn tightly until it closes together. Then form a knot and weave the yarn back through the had.. ;o)

  28. ok so i should look like this:

    (tail) ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||………………(end)

    does it sew up long ways or short ways?

  29. Do you have the pattern for the fingerless mittens? I’m a beginner and you pattern was one I could follow – made several hats for Christmas. Also, do you have the scarf pattern as well?


  30. Loved making hat…Daughter just moved from Calif. to Chicago and would love to make her the mittens…Could you please e-mail me the pattern?
    Thank you very much

  31. Hi! I would like to make this pattern, seems very fast and easy, my only problem: i don’t know what it means to do back loop only. Can someone please explain, thanks!!

  32. Thank you so much for this easy hat pattern. My husband recently took a mission trip above the Arctic Circle in Russia. My mother and I sent 40 hats with him we had made using your pattern. The orphans there loved them. Thanks!

  33. I absolutely LOVED this hat. So very simple to make…only took me about an hour and a half. PERFECT for charity donations as well as friends and family. Thinking of teaching it to a couple of girls and they can do a fund raiser with them at the football games! GO WARRIORS! LOL Thanks again for the pattern! I never thought of doing them this way, I usually crocheted hats in the round and they usually ended up looking like messed up berets as a result! Bwahahaha! Not anymore! :)

  34. Please help me, I dont understand which sides I’m supposed to sew in order to form a tube and when you say to sew along the top of the tube formed do you mean the side with the starting chain or the opposite side that’s folded?

  35. Lizzie… look at your crocheted piece when you lay it down flat. It should look like a plowed field with rows going either up and down or sideways…depending on how you have it turned. Turn the crocheted piece so the rows are going up and down and fold the piece in half. With the piece folded in half.. now sew up the open side. When you reach the top..then you thread the remaining yarn (or get another piece and tie it on) in and out and go around what is now the top. Pull the in and out thread tight and you will have a lovely cap.. ;o)

  36. i love this pattern for the hat and mittens i never crochet them before and the patterns are so easy i made 3 sets already thank you so much

  37. Just found this – it’s very similar to how I make hats, although I carry on joining along the top in the same way as you join the two sides and then I thread a needle with a new piece of wool and join the two opposite corners together point to point in the middle of the crown. For all those having trouble working in rows without either gaining or losing stitches (I used to do both regularly) I recommend stitch markers. Put one in the stitch at the beginning and one in the end stitch of your first row (once you’ve counted your stitches and are absolutely sure you’re right ) and move them up each time. I also count my stitches regularly to be absolutely sure

  38. I am really confused. I chained 46 to start with and there is no way that fit my head. I’m 4’11” and have a normal sized head. I used an I hook and crochet somewhat loosely.

    I ended up chaining 80 and did 31 rows and folded it so my rows go from side to side instead of up and down.

    I don’t really understand how to close the top but I do like the pattern though. It was quick.

  39. I just started crocheting at Christmas. This was the first hat i made and it came out perfect! So easy to make. I can’t wait to try making the fingerless mittens to match :)

  40. Can you please make a video showing this pattern? I’m a beginner and I keep getting so confused… This is my 5th attempt at making this hat haha

  41. is the foundation row about 12 inches? I’m using a bamboo yarn. I checked with the Red Heart site and this is their gauge for Red Heart Soft :Crochet Gauge: 12sc x 15r = 4in(10cm) on size I9/5.5mm hook. I am HORRIBLE at math. Thanks!


  43. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation?
    My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any techniques to help stop content from being stolen? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  44. Could you Plz tell me which to fold together long rows or short. I did 46 st with I hook red heart yarn and I am about half way and the length that I am working on is about 14″ the width is about 8-9″. Isvthis right

  45. Please let me know which way to fold it. If I do the length it will not fit anyone for inches yet. If I do it thecshory way probably will work when I finish all rows

  46. I did 10 extra rolls because it was only 16 inches wide, not very wide for a normal sized head,esp when you fold it in half to make a tube. Am I folding it right, from left to right?
    Thanks Darlene

  47. Dear one, I meant I did 10 extra stiches on my chain , as I was only 16 inches wide. thanks Darlene

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