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. 

91 Responses to EASY CROCHETED HAT

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  3. Jackie says:

    Where is the pattern for the mittens? I can’t seem to find it.

  4. Marcia says:

    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.

  5. Nancy says:

    I am going to try this hat and would also appreciate the scarf pattern. Thank you soooo Much…

  6. Linda S. says:

    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…

  7. Michelle says:

    Is the pattern suppose to become narrow as you complete row 2-35?

  8. Linda S. says:

    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.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    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.

  10. sara says:

    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,

  11. deb says:

    i really dont understand how to close the top could you help me out there .

  12. donna says:

    what size does this pattern fit

  13. Donna says:

    didn’t check box to notify me for new comments

  14. Linda S. says:

    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… !

  15. Sherry Daugherty says:

    What does “hdc” stand for?

  16. Linda S. says:

    Hi Sherry,
    hdc means half double crochet. That is a crochet stitch where the thread is picked up on the needle like a double crochet but then is pulled off the needle all at once instead of in two steps. There is a teaching video on You Tube.com … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxA2osb5Qfk

    Hope this helps… Linda

  17. ashley says:

    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?)


  18. Kerry says:

    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.

  19. Linda S. says:

    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)

  20. Chandy says:

    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?

  21. Sabine says:

    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!

  22. Denise says:

    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?

  23. Denise says:

    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?

  24. Laura says:

    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!!

  25. Denise says:

    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

  26. Stella says:

    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.


  27. cathy says:

    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!

  28. Genesis says:

    I’m 12 and I don’t know what hdc mean and I’m really good at crochet. I need help.

  29. Tharn says:

    Is it easy ? I’m not sure , because I’m a beginner

  30. Judith Bond says:

    How would you make this smaller to do a child’s (infant’s) hat and mittens?

  31. Joanne says:

    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.

  32. Linda S. says:

    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.

  33. Martha says:

    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

  34. Linda S. says:

    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.

  35. Robin says:

    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!

  36. Jeromy says:

    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?

  37. Patricia Malone says:

    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!

  38. callie says:

    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)

  39. Stella says:

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

  40. Linda S. says:

    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)

  41. callie says:

    ok so i should look like this:

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

    does it sew up long ways or short ways?

  42. Beverly Hall says:

    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?


  43. Lyndia Adkins says:

    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

  44. Lana says:

    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!!

  45. LindaSue207 says:

    how do you print out your patterns only? I don’t want all the comments included, just a clean copy

  46. Patricia Malone says:

    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!

  47. Jessie says:

    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! 🙂

  48. Lizzie says:

    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?

  49. Linda S. says:

    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)

  50. michelle adams says:

    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

  51. Alison Morris says:

    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

  52. Mary Breach says:

    I love this pattern! It may well be my favorite crocheted hat pattern! Thank you!

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  55. Beth says:

    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.

  56. Beth says:

    I just know figured out how it fits. Do like the pattern very much thanks!

  57. joyce says:

    is this pattern for the hat or gloves im confused

  58. Linda S. says:

    This pattern is for the hat. The fingerless mittens are the next pattern down on the sidebar. ;o)

  59. Joyce McGill says:

    I love your patterns but how can I get just the pattern?

  60. Sara L says:

    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 🙂

  61. gma sparkles says:

    can you make a video to go with your patters so we can see how it goes please? i find show and tell is easier for me.

  62. Brianna says:

    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

  63. Corene says:

    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!

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  66. Linda says:

    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

  67. Linda says:

    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

  68. Darlene says:

    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

  69. Darlene says:

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

  70. vickie says:

    I do not see the pattern for the fingerless gloves. Can someone help me?

  71. Just finished the hat. Had a fun time doing it. Tried it on and it was a little tight and I have one to make for a man so I am going to increase the number of rows needed to 42.

  72. Linda says:

    Vickie… If you will hover your mouse over the words “Crochet Patterns” at the top of the page there will be a scroll that will fall down and the second pattern on the list is the mitten pattern.

  73. what is your policy on selling product made from this pattern? I am part of a group called Ujamaa Grandmas. we make and sell handcrafts and give all the proceeds to help African grandmothers who are raising their orphaned grandchildren. I’d like to make a set or two for our handcraft sale if you allow this. Donna

  74. Linda S. says:

    Donna Chambers… I’m sorry the long wait for my answer… Please feel free to make as many as you want … 🙂 Sell them, give them away… whatever you would like.. 🙂

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  76. Stephanie says:

    Hi, my sister is “reviving” her crochet skills and asked for an easy pattern to start with. This will be perfect for her. Looking forward to crocheting with her again! Thank you!

  77. Karina says:

    Hi I made one for my daughter with a pom pom on top and she loves it (she’s 20 :)) lol and she would love the mittens to match, but I also do not see the pattern anywhere. Could you send me the link please.

  78. Linda S. says:

    Karina.. I’m glad your daughter enjoys the hat.. 🙂 Here is the link to the fingerless gloves..

  79. Jodie says:

    I’m doing a project for my church. We are making hats for the homeless. The pattern is quick and easy. Thanks. We have a goal of 500 hats.

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  81. Dorothy Toman says:

    do u have the pattern for the sacrf

  82. Linda S. says:

    Hi Dorothy.. Sorry it took so long to answer you. The pattern for the Medallion Scarf is the complimentary scarf pattern. The medallion does not need to be put on.

  83. Tracy says:

    I have crocheted for years, cant wait to start all three of these patterns!!!!

  84. Tracy says:

    Oh! and Thankyou!!

  85. lesleyann says:

    Is there a tutorial video for this pattern as it would help a lot of people who are new to crocheting including myself

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