Men’s Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Hi friends!  I haven’t posted a free crochet hat pattern in a while, so I thought it’s high time I share one.  I woke up this Saturday morning at 7:40am and got started with my day (translation: reading, French vanilla latte, crocheting).  Don’t you just love Saturdays?

This hat was designed for a guy, but could easily be adapted for a girl.  The ribbing on the bottom might be a tad masculine, but if it’s your style – go for it!  Teaser: This hat pattern would be the perfect compliment to JJCrochet’s first guest post, so keep it in your back pocket.

Men's Free Crochet Hat Pattern


Size H (8/5.00mm) Crochet Hook

100 yards Worsted Weight Yarn (I used basic Red Heart Super Saver)

Special Stitches

FPDC (Front Post Double Crochet): Yarn over, insert hook from right to left behind post of stitch from previous round. Yarn over, pull loop from behind post (3 loops remain on hook). Yarn over, pull through two  loops (2 loops on hook).  Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Pictures always help (click to enlarge):

Step 1: Yarn Over

Front-Post Double Crochet

Step 2: Insert hook (from right to left) behind post of stitch from previous round

Front-Post Double Crochet

Step 3: Yarn over

Front-Post Double Crochet

Step 4: Pull yarn behind post (3 loops on hook)


How to Front-Post Double Crochet

Step 6: Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook

Step 5: Yarn over, pull through one loop.

FPSC (Front Post Single Crochet): Worked the same as FPDC, but no yarn over at beginning. Insert hook from right to left behind post of previous round. Yarn over, pull loop from behind post (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.


First 3 Rows in Pattern = 4 Inches in Diameter.  To ensure a perfect fit, take time to check your gauge and adjust hook size if necessary.

Men’s Crochet Hat Directions

Chain 3, join with slip stitch to form ring.

Round 1: CH 2 (counts as first DC, now and throughout).  12 more DC into ring (13 sts).  Join to top of ch-2 with a SL ST.

Round 2: 2 DC into each stitch around (26 sts). Join to top of ch-2 with a SL ST.

Round 3: *2 DC into next stitch, 1 DC in next stitch,*  Repeat around (38 sts). Join to top of ch-2 with a SL ST.

Round 4: *2 DC into next stitch, 1 DC in next 2 stitches,* Repeat around (50 sts). Join to top of ch-2 with a SL ST.

Round 5: * 2 DC into next stitch, 1 DC in next 6 stitches,* Repeat around (55 sts). Join to top of ch-2 with a SL ST.  Note: You might get 56 stitches, but that’s alright! It won’t affect the overall size of your hat and it will still turn out just fine.  If you do end up with 56 stitches in Round 5, it’s recommended you make 57 stitches total so you have an odd number to work the edging across.

Rounds 6 – 10: 1 DC into each stitch around (55 sts). Join to top of ch-2 with a SL ST.

Rounds 11 – 13: Ch 2, *FPDC into next stitch, DC in next stitch,* Repeat around (55 sts). Join to top of ch-2 with a SL ST.

Round 14: Ch 1 (counts as first SC), *FPSC into next stitch, SC into next stitch,* Repeat around *(55 sts). Join to top of ch-1 with a SL ST.

Fasten Off.

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96 thoughts on “Men’s Free Crochet Hat Pattern

  1. Selene

    Hi, loving the pattern. Everything is fine up until round 5. I keep getting 56 instead of 55. I even get 50 in the round before and every number correct before that. I’m not really sure what I’m doing wrong or if I keep counting wrong. (I swear I’ve counted just about 20 times >_<)
    But yeah I really like how the beanie looks and I've learned a new stitch so that's a plus. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Grace

    I am really enjoying this hat pattern I am making it for myself and will add a button to made it look more girlish. I had a slight problem with the instructions but because of the blog I was able to figure it out. I will make them in different colors and wear them for myself.

  3. Michelle

    Not the most advanced crocheted, andim having trouble with the FPDC. I guess I don’t understand what the “post” is? Can you help?

  4. Michelle

    Oh my…. I just finished this hat. It started out pretty easy for me but then each row got more stitches than required.Oh well. It fits my head just fine so no worries there.I don’t really like a tight hat. I absolutely couldnnot.make the last few rows work at all. I tried but did not see the ribbed pattern show up at all. Still no worries because it looks fine as it turned out. Thank you so much for the pattern. Think I will make it again for my 3boys.

  5. cindy

    Hi! I have a question. On the “ribbing”, do you do a fpdc on the vertical part of the wtitch, then a dc on the horizontal part of the stitch right next to where you did the fpdc? That seems like 2 stitches per stitch of the previous row and I’m going to run out of yarn! Please email me when you get a chance – this is driving me crazy! 🙂

  6. Ana

    Ok, so for some reason, I absolutely CANNOT even start the hat! I join in the round, and then from there I just can’t get it. Lol I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Lol

  7. Cathy

    So, correct me if I’m wrong but 55 stitches messes up the ribbed edging, you end up with two non-fpdc beside each other at the end of the round. A bit frustrated, took me over an hour and frogging it 3 times to figure out (and like I said correct me if I’m wrong) that it’s the pattern and not me.
    I just found you and I love your blog, hoping you can help.

  8. Julia

    Hi! Thanks for the pattern! I made the bigger hat for my significant other, Joe, and it turned out great. I found the pattern pretty easy- I had to redo some parts and carefully count stitches, but eventually I got it right. It really fit me nicely- I think I like it better on me because my head is smaller, but Joe says it is good for him because it fits more tightly than a normal hat and won’t fall off when he is doing manly things like splitting wood. 🙂 I’ll make one for myself. It takes a couple of hours (I think) and uses a small amount of yarn. Thanks again!

  9. Maddy

    I am a little confused when I get to round 5 up until then I am able to get the same amount of stitches that you have listed but when I do round 5 I get 57 and when I go to round 6 then I end up getting 64. I have redone this multiple times and cannot figure out how to get the right amount for either of those two rounds.

  10. Jo

    Lovely pattern, have made one for my brother in law and am making more to raise money for local homeless people.

    Thanks so much for the pattern, it works out perfectly for me!

  11. Mrs. Lopez

    I had a lot of trouble with this pattern. The stich counts do not add up correctly. I worked around it and my hat turned out fine, but a few revisions might be good. I like the rows from the post stiches, nice touch!
    Mrs. Lopez of

  12. Raquel

    PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THE COLOR OF THIS YARN IS! I sure hope you remember…I’m doing a project with this exact same yarn color but I don’t remember what it’s called and I’m trying to find it online because I need more.

  13. vallie

    Thanks for the pattern. I made the large size but,
    is too small for my husband.
    I crochet too tight. Other wise I love the pattern.
    My plan is to use size I and increase rows before doing
    the ribbing. My husband and boys like beanie
    to cover ears.

  14. Judy

    Have made several hats in an almost identical pattern & couldn’t find a pattern that starts at the top rather then the bottom/cuff. So glad I ran into yours because I’m crocheting hats for our troops & this looks like the perfect solution.

    I suggest for those having trouble with the FPDC & BPDC to go to a tutorial on tweet or Yahoo. Good luck!

  15. Joyce Bocek

    I made the hat last night and it turned out beautifully. Next time I’ll use an I hook. I had to increase to 63 stitches to make it large enough and it’s still a tad snug. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern 🙂

  16. Samantha

    On the ribbed edges are you doing fpdc and then bpdc? Because I tried what you had written and it was creating too many stitches and looked wrong.

  17. Barbara

    I’ve been sick and decided to pick up a little crocheting to pass the time. I haven’t crocheted since I was a kid. This was so easy and it turned out great!!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern and giving great instructions.

  18. shawna

    Thank you for this pattern! The ribbing is a great and easy way to add interest to a simple beanie. My question is about your stitch counting. On the third row, you have a stitch count of 38, which I’m not sure how you can arrive at…shouldn’t it be 39? Anyway, thank you!

  19. Deedee

    On Round 3, it says I will have 38 stitches, but if I follow the pattern I will end up with 39 stitches. Am I supposed to not do the last DC? If anyone knows it will help. Thanks

  20. steph

    thanks for the pattern. was my first cap. I used a G hook and it turned out baby size lol.. but i love it and will give it to a friends baby=) will try larger hooks

  21. Heidi

    I started with 13 DC in ring.. increased 13 in Row2.. and another 13 in Row 3 (total 39 stitches) Row 4 = 13 more (52). Row 5 only adds half as many .. 52 divided by 8 (number of stitches in repeat) = 6 1/2.. I have added 7 stitches and crocheted 3 additional DC to meet the end of the row (59). My crown circle = 6 inches diameter at this point. (when making circles, I make 2x in r2, 1-2x in r3, 1-2x-1 in row 4, .. (3-2x-3 in r5) to avoid points at increases)

  22. Julie

    i can’t get my ribbed rows figured out? After I start the 2nd row of ribs, I do the 1st FPDC over the one from the previous row. But now I can’t tell where to do my DC? Can you possibly send a diagram labeling this? Also, I’m assuming it’s not necessary to turn my work, is that correct? Thanks for any help you can give.

  23. Ayesha

    Hi, I’m following your pattern exactly but on my fpdc rows 11&12 are flaring out and my hat isn’t quite round anymore. Any ideas as to why?? Love the pattern by the way! Your directions are awesome!

  24. Dana

    Just finished this hat yesterday. Only took a couple nights of working to complete it, very easy pattern and I love the ribbing! I had to increase the stitch count to 63 and also added rows. I ended up with 14 rows and then 3 rows for the ribbing. Skipped the last FPSC row because I like how it looked as it was. My husband likes it a lot, it fits snug but not too tight. I used Patons wool and he said its incredibly warm and also waterproof so its the perfect winter hat. Thanks!!

  25. Shirley

    Love this pattern. Started one last night and am almost finished. I did extend my ribbing down a few rows longer, but it’s a perfect fit for my grandson. He loves it! Thanks for sharing.

  26. silvia

    Hi, i tried your pattern but it seems this pattern is for children. I tried on my husband head and it is too small. Any way to make it bigger? Thx

  27. Sarah

    Hi Iam making the hat for my husband and children ,but i dont understand round 4. I need your help Anyone knows please help.It is a beutiful pattern. I either had more or less stitchs. What does that mean 1 dc on the next 2 stitch. It is my first hat. Thank you , Sarah. M.

  28. JJCrochet Post author

    Hi Sarah – When it says to work “1 DC in the next two stitches” it just means to work 1 DC in the next stitch, 1 DC in the stitch after that. Hope that helps.

  29. Kathy Tyson

    I plan on making this hat for a dear friend. The problem is that he has a very large head and most hats don’t fit him. How can I modify this pattern to fit a larger head?

  30. Tania

    I just found this pattern. Looks great but this is your first time working with a fpdc
    Looks like a few people got stuck with the stitch count adding up? Any feedback or advice?

  31. Gina

    Would it look ok to crochet rows 11-14 in another color? I want to crochet OSU gray and red. Can I put a pom Pom on top?

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