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Crochet Hat: Free Pattern

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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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  • marti brewer

    December 9, 2012

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

  • JJCrochet

    December 10, 2012

    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.

  • Taylor Audrey Bowen

    December 18, 2012

    Will this pattern make a normal adult size hat? Thanks for the pattern!!

  • Lily

    January 14, 2013

    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 🙂

  • Mary Lynn

    January 16, 2013

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

  • ella

    January 31, 2013

    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.

  • Lisa Scott

    April 25, 2013

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

  • Jessica

    October 20, 2013

    Any tips on making this into a slouchy style hat?

  • Sharyn Harris

    November 21, 2013

    I finished the easy part but I’m having problems weaving the top part of the hat can I weave with a crochet needle? Please help ASAP

  • Kerry LOCHEN

    January 5, 2014

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

  • JJCrochet

    January 9, 2014

    Glad you liked it, Kerry – happy to hear your hat turned out great! Love Lion Brand’s colors.

  • Amber

    August 20, 2014

    How many would I chain if I want to make this for a toddler?

  • Karen B

    December 19, 2014

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

  • abbie

    December 30, 2014

    how can I print this patern??


  • Lonnie Jans

    January 16, 2015

    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??

  • Sese Bracely

    February 12, 2015

    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!

  • Heather

    February 25, 2015

    What size is this? Also interested in the answer for how many to chain for a toddler sized hat.

  • Luce

    March 2, 2015

    Thank you for this pattern. So simple and so clever.

  • Barb

    October 8, 2015

    What adjustments would I do for toddler size.

  • Christie

    January 22, 2016

    Is this an adult sized hat? Can I add stitches if I want it slouchy-er?

  • Karin

    January 30, 2016

    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!

  • Alice

    April 9, 2017

    Is this hat pattern for an adult or child?

  • Charliena

    December 5, 2017

    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!

  • Sue

    December 25, 2017

    I love this hat looks easy

  • Desiree

    January 5, 2018

    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.

  • Kate

    October 16, 2018

    Hi! I’m making this hat now. What size is this? And what would pattern be for a male and also a two year old?
    Thank you!


    November 27, 2018

    I just realized I’m using the wrong size yarn – bulky instead of super bulky…!!! Any suggestions? I really don’t want to start over….time is a-flying this season!

  • lou

    November 21, 2019

    Quick but confusing. Did not fold long sides together. Check sides. Short sides or 13 inch sides go together. Hat should be 16 1/2 around (which maybe tight if yarn is not very stretchy). And should be 13 inches tall.
    Just say vertical lines or rib lines go together might be easier.
    Your pictures tell the correct way

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