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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 Ribbed 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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Men's Free Crochet Hat Pattern

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  • Janet

    January 28, 2012

    Sounds like we have matching Saturday plans. Love this day of the week!

  • Damaris

    January 29, 2012

    Thanks for share. Saturday is my favorite day of the week, this is the day when I go to church in the morning.

  • Cindy

    January 30, 2012

    Quick question. At the end of each round do you do a slip stitch before beginning the next round? or do you just keep going? I’ve made several hats and cannot figure this out. It looks all wonky if I join at the end of each round, but if I just keep going without joining, then its lopsided. I don’t get it! Also, if you SC a hat, what do you use to join between rounds? and for dc? what about hdc? I hope this makes sense. Thanks!

  • JJCrochet

    January 30, 2012

    Great question, Cindy! I didn’t include that as part of the instructions, but I should have. Sometimes I just take things for granted! You join each round with a slip stitch. I can imagine how wonky your hat must look if you continued working in the round like a spiral.

    You use a slip stitch when joining DC, SC, or HDC stitches. I have known some patterns that advise you to use a stitch marker to keep track of single crochet rounds so you don’t have a visible seem. And since single crochet stitches are short in height, you can get away without using a sl st to join, but I find it’s easier to just slip stitch everything. Hope that helps clarify!

  • Debby

    January 31, 2012

    Nice hat pattern. Can you tell me what the measurements of the men’s hat is. I would like to make one for myself and my head measures approx. 21″. I’m thinking a G hook might work for my size. Suggestions????

    Thanks, Debby

  • JJCrochet

    February 1, 2012

    Hi Debby, I’m glad you’re making this hat for yourself! Even though the pattern is written to fit a man, at its “non-stretched” version, the hat should fit you as well. You should be fine following the pattern as written and using a “H” hook. I just tried on the hat I made and it fit me fine (and I’m around 21 inches too with all this hair!). Let me know how it turns out. Have fun!

  • CrochetJoh

    February 1, 2012

    I must have a fat head 🙂 I added two extra rows during the row 6-10 repeat and then after rows 11-13, I added 2 rows of DC of a contrasting color, then repeated rows 11-13 to fit my big head! Great pattern and it goes so fast!

    Thanks for posting!!

  • JJCrochet

    February 1, 2012

    Oh wow – That’s quite a lot of modifications, but I’m glad it fits you! How was your gauge at the beginning of the hat? Did your first 3 rows = 4 inches in diameter? I’m glad you enjoyed the pattern! I’d love to see a picture of your hat… You can submit it here:

  • CrochetJoh

    February 1, 2012

    I will post the picture. I was short on the gauge by less than 1/8″, when you see the picture, the contrast band hits just above my ears, so I can roll the bottom section of FPDC up or down depending on the wind speed 🙂 I really like being able to complete a project in one sitting!

  • Stephanie

    February 3, 2012

    Hi. I’m trying to make this hat right now and I’m having trouble with the FPDC. Is it supposed to curl up a bit? Will it stop curling once I do that last round? Also it doesn’t look anything like the picture you have posted. Thanks!

  • JJCrochet

    February 4, 2012

    Hi Stephanie,

    The FPDC shouldn’t make the edges curl at all – it will give the hat some texture, but the edges won’t curl. How are you working the FPDC?

  • Mary

    February 7, 2012

    Hi When you slip stitch at the end of every round do you also chain 2,love the pattern but it didn’t look anything like your picture so trying again.

  • Wendy

    February 9, 2012

    I’m having a curl up issue at the FPDC as well. THe way I’m following the instructions it would appear I’m adding stitches. I get the FPDC part, but then it says to DC in next stitch which seem to have me adding stiches.

  • JJCrochet

    February 9, 2012

    Ah – that is the problem then, Wendy (and I’m assuming you’re having the same problem too, Stephanie). But it’s a simple solution! You should have the same number of stitches in Round 10 (DC) as you do in Round 11 (FPDC + DC) – 55 stitches around for both.

    When working Round 11, you don’t work anything into the double crochet top of the POST that you used to make your FPDC. You might feel like you’re skipping a stitch, but you don’t work anything in the loops of the post. Your next DC is worked in the stitch next to the post. This pattern of FPDC + DC will give you 55 stitches at the end of the round (rather than the 80 or so you’d end up with if you worked a DC into the post of the FPDC).

    So after you work a FPDC around a DC from the previous round, your next DC will be in the stitch to the left of the “post”. You leave the loops of the “post” empty.

    Does that help clarify things? The FPDC is tricky because it’s a different stitch than working in the top loops of a stitch, but yous should be good once you get it.

    Let me know if that helped!

  • Debby

    February 13, 2012

    Thank you for replying. I almost forgot I was waiting for an answer from you. You see, I’ve been making a crochet ball for my new grandon so my time has been focused on that project. I checked a couple of times to see if you answered, so I just moved on to something else until I heard from you. Thanks again, I’ll follow the directions just as you have written them.

    Thanks again.

  • Lauren

    February 13, 2012

    Thanks Jayna! I love the ribbing-I was looking for something like that when I made my mittens but couldn’t figure it out. Great instructions!

  • FN

    February 17, 2012

    Thanx Jayna, This hat was my first project. I am a beginner at crochet and needed something simple but not too simple found this to be exactly what I wanted. was really easy to follow the instructions. I repeated the 4th and 5th row and increased 11 – 13 to 11 – 16 so now it could cover my ears.

  • Jct

    February 28, 2012

    Can someone post a video making this im having truble with the pattern

  • Jackie

    March 6, 2012

    I just used your pattern to crochet a hat for my hubby, who is deployed to Afghanistan. It is pretty cold there right now and he will love it. It turned out great. Thank You!

  • JJCrochet

    March 9, 2012

    That’s awesome, Jackie – I’m glad you found the pattern helpful! I’m sure your husband is going to absolutely love his new hat. Not only because it’ll keep him warm, but because it was made with love. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Colleen

    March 15, 2012

    Hello! Thank you for posting this pattern! I am about to get started on it for a friend of mine, but he has a ginormous head… 24″ diameter.. Any suggestions on what I can do to alter this to make it fit his big ‘ol head??! Thank you!! =)

  • JJCrochet

    March 16, 2012

    Hi Colleen – I’m sure your friend is going to love his hat. In order to make it bigger for him, I’ve written instructions for a larger hat.

    First, follow the pattern as written for the first 5 Rounds. When you get to Round 6, work * 2 DC into next stitch, 1 DC in next 9 stitches,* Repeat around. Join to top of ch-2 with a SL ST.

    Then continue on in the pattern for Rounds 7 – 11 by working 1 DC in each stitch.

    Rounds 12 – 15: Ch 2, *FPDC into next stitch, DC in next stitch,* Repeat around. Join to top of ch-2 with a SL ST.

    Round 16: Ch 1 (counts as first SC), *FPSC into next stitch, SC into next stitch,* Repeat around *. Join to top of ch-1 with a SL ST

    Hope that helps!

  • Colleen

    March 16, 2012

    Thank you so much!! I very much appreciate it and for the quick response! His birthday is today… I have some work to do….! I’ll post a pic once it’s done. Thanks again! =)

  • tammy

    March 25, 2012


    Thank you for the pattern. Are you supposed to chain 2 at the beginning of each round?

  • JJCrochet

    March 25, 2012

    Yes, Tammy, you chain 2 at the beginning of each round.

  • Stace

    June 28, 2012

    I LOVE this hat!!! I have been crocheting for 3 years now, and I must be doing something REALLY wrong because my hats always come out too small. I started the pattern with an “I” hook, then checked my gauge and it was only 3.5 inches…so I frogged it and tried again with a ” J” hook. My gauge was spot on, so I kept going. I’m now on row 7 and it looks like a toddler hat. I got so frustrated I just put it away for the night. I’m glad I didn’t frog it again…I just saw your instructions to someone else stating how to make it to fit a larger head so I will try that first. I crochet horrifically slow so the thought of starting all over again is heartbreaking. Thanks for sharing this pattern…I think it’s the most masculine style I’ve seen so far 🙂

  • JJCrochet

    July 1, 2012

    Sorry you’re having a rough time with the pattern, Stace. Keep trying and making sure your gauge is right and go from there. I think making the pattern larger like you said is a good idea. Let me know if you’re still having trouble and we’ll figure out the problem!

  • Heather

    August 3, 2012

    I’m having a bit of trouble with row 5. To be clear, the instructions are to put 2 dc into the next stitch, and then the next six stitches get one dc, right? When I do this, I end up with 60 stitches for that row. I’ve double- and triple-checked my previous rows, and everything else is perfect. Is there any way you could help?

  • ChilliQueen

    September 10, 2012

    I made this the night before last in double-quick time, and it fits my husband beautifully. (His head is usually far too big for most men’s hats!) Now, I’m thinking of making it with a thinner gauge yarn, so it’d be great as a ladies’ hat with some sort of embellishment on the side.

    Thank you so much for sharing a great pattern!

    ChilliQueen 😀