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.