Crochet Hat: Free Pattern

crochet hat pattern

It’s December!  Where does the time go?  It’s a cold, quiet Sunday afternoon here in Cleveland.  I’m watching Inception, eating butternut squash bisque, and writing crochet patterns.  Isn’t that what everyone’s doing?

Thanks to everyone who took my survey – over 200 responses and more coming in every day!  The overwhelming majority of you said you wanted more crochet patterns and I aim to please (and shouldn’t be too hard – this is a crochet blog).

I’ve written a pattern for this lovely hat.  It’s chunky, it’s bulky, and I have been wearing it all afternoon.  Since we’ve determined not to turn on our heat until absolutely necessary, the air in the apartment has an edge to it.

This hat is ribbed.  It’s made flat.  You sew up the side and sew up the top and you have yourself a sideways-stitched hat. Most crochet hats are made in the round, from the top down, but this method makes the stitches go in a different direction.  If you can make a rectangle – you can make this hat!

Crochet Hat: Free Pattern (Ribbed)



  • Size L (8.0mm) crochet hook
  • 106 yards super bulky yarn – I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. This pattern uses every last inch of yarn, so if you’re planning to make a bigger hat, you’ll need a second skein of yarn.

Stitches Used

  • HDC – Half-double crochet
  • Ch – Chain
  • SC – Single Crochet


Note: Pattern is worked in back loops only (BLO).

Leaving 12 inch tail of yarn, Chain 24 + 2 (counts as first HDC)

Row 1: HDC in each stitch across (25 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 2, turn.  Working in BLO, HDC in each stitch across (25 stitches).

Repeat Row 2 until you have 21 Rows.  At this point, you’ll have a rectangle measuring 16.5 inches wide by 13 inches tall.

Do not fasten off yarn.  Fold long sides together.  Single crochet the sides together.  This row will be ridged, just like the rest of the hat.

Do not fast off yarn. Single crochet around the edge of the tube you just made.  This will be the edging of what you’ll fold up to be the brim of your hat.

Now, fasten off yarn.

Using the long tail of yarn you left at the beginning, loosely weave the needle the entire way around the second side of the tube in two inch long stitches.  You’re trying to create a drawstring that will pull the top of the hat closed.  Pull end of yarn so the top of your hat tightens.

Weave in ends.

This hat is easy to crochet – it’s the assembly part that can be a little tricky.  Hope the picture helped.  This is a quick crochet gift that’s perfect for those last minute parties.

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25 thoughts on “Crochet Hat: Free Pattern

  1. marti brewer

    this appears to be knitted instead of crocheted..Excited to give it my best shot Thank you!!!

  2. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Marti –

    Glad you like the pattern! The hat looks like it’s knit, but it’s actually crocheted. You get the little ridges you’d typically see in a 1 x 1 ribbed knitting pattern by working the crochet stitches in the back loops only. Hope your hat turns out well.

  3. Lily

    This is so cute!!!! and appears more complicated that it is 🙂
    I will give it a try asap! Thank you for sharing the pattern and the pictures 🙂

  4. Mary Lynn

    Can’t wait to make this tonight. I made the cowl in cobalt blue and it turned out great. Thanks for the patterns

  5. ella

    can’t wait to make this hat. My church makes hat for the carriage town , which gives to the homeless and battered womens center. Thank you.

  6. Lisa Scott

    I love this pattern!! I’ve made all sizes, adult to toddler. Thank you for the pattern!!

  7. Kerry LOCHEN

    Just made the chunky hat in a rust color from Lion Brand. Turned out beautiful. No problems with pattern as written. Thanks!

  8. Karen B

    Love this pattern! I used a super bulky yarn, and it crocheted up in just a couple of hours! Great, easy instructions. Thank you!

  9. Lonnie Jans

    I like the easy pattern for this hat, bit I did the 25 stitches & only measures 7″ not 13″ like pattern says. What did I do wrong??

  10. Sese Bracely

    I just KNEW I would need more than I skien of yarn. U was wrong. I love, love, love this pattern. Thank you so much. It’s so quick and easy to make. I was going to post a picture, but one of my friends saw it and took it right out of my hands! Oh well, she ordered 3 more and that’s just the excuse I need to go buy more yarn and make more hats! Happy crocheting!

  11. Karin

    I used a ridiculously chunky yarn, a Q hook, and just stuck to the 13 x 16 rectangle. It took me all of half an hour and I look like I’m ready to hang out with the people who live in the wardrobe. Wonderful. Thanks!

  12. Charliena

    I just finished 2 of these hats for my twin boys who will be here in 3 weeks. It only took me about an hour. I used Stitch Studio super bulky yarn and a size N hook. I started with 10 + 2 chains and did 16 rows of hdc. (Approximately 6″ × 13″ rectangle) If my measurements are correct then the hat will fit a newborn size. I did not make it long enough for it to be folded up since it’s such a thick yarn and it’s going on such little heads. I’m very happy with how they turned out. Thanks for sharing your pattern!

  13. Desiree

    Yea the assembling was a bit tricky. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to still be working in the back loops. We’ll see how it turns out.

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