Basic Crochet Hat Pattern

Okay, today is seriously cold here in east central Indiana–my dad’s weather station says it’s 23.9 degrees right now, but it feels much colder. So, with winter clearly rolling in, what better project to start than a winter hat?

My cousin, who has the most adorable twin baby girls, asked me to make a couple of winter hats for them this last week–and I have to say, I was pretty pleased with the outcome. 

how stinkin' cute is she?!
how stinkin’ cute is she?!

Winter hats are generally pretty simple to make. For a basic hat, you start at the top with a flat circle, increasing the size of the circle to a certain size, at which point you then stop increasing and work down the sides. The tricky part is knowing how big to make that top circle, and for that, this handy chart has been my best friend.

Okay, so let’s make a hat. My friend needs one, so I’ll make a basic gray one for him. According to that above chart, a hat for an adult male will need to start off with a flat circle that’s 7.5 to 8 inches in diameter, and will measure about 9.25 to 9.5 inches from top to bottom once it’s finished.

Honestly, you can use just about any yarn and hook, and any stitch. As long as you have a flat circle of the right size to begin with, you can’t really go wrong. Using chunky yarns and big hooks will mean you’ll work fewer rounds than I did here.

Basic Crochet Hat Pattern

STITCHES
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet (US double crochet, UK treble crochet)

Make a magic loop.  Ch 3.

Round 1: 11 dc in the magic loop. Sl st to the top of the first ch 3 to close the circle. Pull the magic loop tight. (12 total dc, including the first ch 3.)

Round 1
Round 1

Round 2: Ch 3. Dc in the same dc. 2 dc in each dc around. Sl st into the first ch 3.  (24 total dc, including the first ch 3.)

Round 2
Round 2

Round 3: Ch 3. 2 dc in the next dc. **1 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc.** Repeat from ** around.  Sl st into the first ch 3. (36)

Round 4: Ch 3. 1 dc in the next dc. 2 dc in the next dc. **1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc.** Repeat from ** around. Sl st into the first ch 3. (48)

Round 5: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc. 2 dc in the next dc. **1 dc in each of the next 3 dc, 2 dc in the next dc.** Repeat from ** around. Sl st into the first ch 3. (60)

Round 6: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc. 2 dc in the next dc. **1 dc in each of the next 4 dc, 2 dc in the next dc.** Repeat from ** around. Sl st into the first ch 3. (72)

Working round 6
Working round 6

Round 7: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of the next 4 dc. 2 dc in the next dc. **1 dc in each of the next 5 dc, 2 dc in the next dc.** Repeat from ** around. Sl st into the first ch 3. (84)

(Noticing a pattern yet? Continue, adding a stitch to the pattern in each round, until your circle is the right size. This pin might help you visualize what you’re doing. At the end of each round,  your total number of stitches should be a multiple of 12. I’m making a hat for a man, so according to this chart, my flat circle needs to be between 7.5 and 8 inches in diameter. 7 rounds got me to 7.5 inches. You may need fewer or more rounds, depending on the size of your hat and the weight of your yarn.)

Got your circle to the right size? Awesome. Now we start building up the sides.

Building up the sides of the hat
Building up the sides of the hat

Rounds 8 and on: **Ch 3. Dc in each dc around. Sl st to the first ch 3.** Repeat until the hat height is correct, and feel free to change out colors at the end of any round to make stripes. (My men’s hat should be between 9.25 and 9.5 inches from the top of the crown–the center of my magic loop–to the bottom edge.)

Ta-da! Your hat is finished. Stay warm out there!

A chunkier hat I made for myself
A chunkier hat I made for myself
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