How to make a Simple Crochet Hat – Free Pattern

With the autumn coming in, I thought it would be a good time to share with you an old family hat crochet pattern. It’s pretty simple so great for beginners and uses a spiral as its basis. Even better, you can make a really cute hat in just over an hour!

If you need a stitch reminder at any point check out my free stitch guide posts and summary chart.

In the guide below I’m using some double knitting yarn and a 4.5mm crochet hook.

Step 1. Make slip knot and work 6 chain stitches.

Step 2. Join together with a slip stitch to form a foundation ring.

Step 3. Round 1: Make 12 UK treble (US double) stitches into the centre of your ring.  As a reminder the UK treble is yarn around hook, insert hook through stitch, yarn around hook, draw loop back through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn around hook, draw loop through 2 stitches ( 2 loops on hook), yarn around hook, draw loop through last 2 stitches on hook to give you 1 loop on your hook.

Step 4. Round 2: You will be crocheting into the gaps / spaces between your stitches of your previous round. Into the first gap / space make one UK treble (US double) stitch and into the second space crochet two UK treble (US double) stitches. Into the 3rd space, crochet one UK treble and 4th space two UK trebles. Continue the round in this manner, increasing into every other space.

Step 5. Round 3: As round 2 increase into every other space / gap by working one UK treble (US double) stitch into one space and two UK treble (US double) stitches into the next.

Step 6. Round 4: As round 2. Your hat should be starting to take shape and curling inwards at the edges.

After this round you have finished your increasing – my circle diameter is approx 11cm at this stage. To help keep track of which round you are on it helps to put in a marker. I tied in a piece of yellow yarn at the end of my 4th round to do this.

Step 7. Round 5 – 16. Work one UK treble (US double) stitch into each space of your previous row.

Here’s my hat after round 8: (4 rounds after the maker):

and again after round 11 (7 rounds after the marker).

Step 8. After round 16 it’s time to finish off the hat and create a smooth edge that flows into your previous round. To do this work one UK treble into your next gap, 1 UK double into the next space,  and 1 slip stitch into your final gap. Fastern off your yarn .

Step 9. To make a pretty flower to go on the side of your hat, repeat steps 1 – 4  (up to round 2) for the inner tier and steps 1 – 5 (up to round 3) for the outer tier.

The flower pieces are stitched together and sewn to the hat with a small button as a centre piece.

Voila! My finished one and a bit hour hat!

What I love about this pattern is that it is easy to adapt. For a longer hat crochet a few extra rounds, add a scalloped edge or beads to the bottom edge for an elegant look. If you wanted to make a turning chain to start each round rather than work on a spiral the angle of your stitch posts will change to give to a different look.

I would love to hear how you use / adapt this pattern – please send me a post to share!

Quick Crochet Hat Pattern Summary:

Chain 6, join into ring with slip stitch

Work 12 UK treble’s into centre of ring

3 rounds of increasing: 2 UK trebles and 1 UK treble into alternative spaces

12 rounds of single UK trebles into each space

Taper off with 1 UK treble, I Uk double, I slip stitch.


29 thoughts on “How to make a Simple Crochet Hat – Free Pattern

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  3. We’re doing very well so far, and the sizing seems to be working out fine. I wonder if some people might be forgetting that rows 1-4 start AFTER the initial circle of 12, and that some of those flexibility comes from working into the spaces BETWEEN stitches, and not into the stitch tops? People with big heads or thick hair might need to do an extra increase round before swapping to straight. Or an extra increase round after a couple of straight rounds. It isn’t cheating to stop and check it on your head every few rounds. Thank you for putting this handy beginner pattern up – I’m using it to teach someone to crochet and they’re chuffed to bits with their progress.

    • Oops. I was wrong at the start of my last posting. Row 1 does count towards the 1-4. But I think the rest of my post counts. The increase system means that the number of stitches at the end of each round will be 12 (Round 1), 18 (2), 27 (3) and 40 (4) approx depending how you deal with the spiralling at the end of each round. 40 trebles isn’t many, unless your head is small. You could stretch your work against a ruler and see how many cms you get from 10 trebles, say, and calculate from there how many stitches you’ll need for your own head circumference to fit tightly or loosely to suit your wishes. We haven’t finished ours yet, but will report back when we do! Good luck to all, and thanks for the pattern.

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  5. Love the hat.
    I am an absolute crochet beginner (knitted for years) & picked this for my first project. It has taken me a couple of attempts but I have finally finished. However the hat that was for me only fits my daughters 20inch doll!!!

    Please can you advise where I am going wrong. I used a 4.75mm hook (closest I had to 4.5mm) I think the wool is DK but there is a slim chance it’s 4ply (no band on ball). Surely though this wouldn’t of affected the outcome so drastically would it?

    Any advice gratefully appreciated.

    • Well done for finishing your hat. When the hat is lying flat it does seem quite small but it does have a lot of stretch in it. My finished hat is just over 20cm from top to bottom and is 24cm wide at its widest point. I did make a few suggestions to Verity (see below) which maybe useful. It is also worth checking the yarn you have used or if your crochet tension is quite tight try using a larger hook. Hope these suggestions help. X

      • Thank you,

        I tried to get the hat on me, my 3 year old & my 1 year old but it wouldn’t go on. Just starting another now but doing it much looser.

        Will let you know how it turns out.

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  7. I have never crocheted anything in my life before and I completed this hat in about 3 hours. I am so chuffed with it. Thank you for your easy instructions. Will be trying other projects now 🙂

  8. stitchsharer ;
    Been searching for an easy quick hat pattern for son with “special needs” took him to yarn store & he picked Bamboo yarn in variegated black/white & a burgundy for contrast. Looking forward to crochet this MOST special hat, I will keep you posted. Truly like/appreciate your time & effort on this amazing site

  9. Hi – I really like your clear instructions and great photos; it must take a long time. I have got some leftover Noro yarn that might look good. Will give it a go – good tip above re the hairgrip. chrs KN

      • Hi again
        For some reason, this hat hasn’t worked out for me. Once I have finished increasing, it starts going downwards, so that it wouldn’t even fit a baby. I can’t think why this has happened. Has anyone got any suggestions?

      • Hi Verity
        Just wondering how many rounds of the hat your have worked? When I was first shown how to make the it, I also thought it would be too small for an adult – however, if you keep going (even through you aren’t increasing) the hat shape does widen out and once finished should fit. As a guide, once I had finished increasing, my circle had a 11cm diameter – how wide is yours at this point? Let us know how you get on. If you still feel the hat is too small (or you want one for a guy!) you could always add an additional increasing round (increase into every 3rd space only). Good Luck. xx

  10. Great pattern! Just a quick tip from one crocheter to another – I use a hairgrip as a stitch marker rather than a thread. They are so easy to get hold of and slip nice and easy over the loops as you go. Just plain old kirby grips do it for me 🙂

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