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How to crochet a hat

Posted by  ·  October 30, 2014  ·  Last Updated: November 29, 2017

Have you ever wondered how to crochet a hat? I didn’t realize how easy it is.  I found this free crochet hat pattern at Michael’s with the new Isaac Mizrahi yarn. This chunky crochet hat uses a large N hook and bulky yarn so it works up quickly! It would be cute with a crochet flower embellishment. After you have learned how to crochet a hat you can whip up any of these crochet hat patterns.

how to crochet a hat

How to crochet a hat

ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
hdc2tog = [yarnover, insert hook into next st, yarnover and pull loop through] twice, yarnover, pull through 5 loops on hook – 1 st decrease]
rep = repeat
rnd(s) = round(s)
rs = right side
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
ws = wrong side

Finished Measurements 19″, un-stretched.

Guage 8 hdc sts x 8 rows = 4″. Save time, check your gauge.

Skeins Needed for Project
Isaac Mizrahi® CRAFT™ Lexington by Premier® Yarns (140 ga. / 69 yds.; 85% acrylic, 15% wool) Yarn – Stuyvesant (380025; 2 Balls).
I used only one ball for the entire hat and pom pom, but my pom pom is not as big as I would have liked.


Ch 7.

Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each hdc across – 5 hdc.

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as hdc), hdc in each hdc across.

Rep row 2 until brim measures 19″. Sl st last row to first row to join. Turn brim inside out, so that brim seam is on WS of hat.

(I crocheted until brim fit snugly around my daughter’s head, joined then continued with the body slightly adjusting the amount of stitches)


Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc here and through crown), 34 hdc in edge of brim, making approx. 3 hdc per 2 rows of brim. Join with sl st, do not turn. Work even in hdc for 7 more rnds.

Shape Crown

Rnd 1: Ch 2, hdc in 2 hdc, hdc2tog, * hdc in 3 hdc, hdc2tog; rep from * to end – 28 hdc.

Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in next hdc, hdc2tog, * hdc in 2 hdc, hdc2tog; rep from * to end – 21 hdc.

Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc2tog, * hdc in next hdc, hdc2tog; rep from * to end – 14 hdc.

Rnd 4: Ch 1 hdc in next st (counts as first hdc2tog), hdc2tog around – 7 hdc. Fasten off.


Gather rem sts and sew side seam. Weave in ends. Make large pom pom and attach it to top of hat.

Pom Pom

I wrapped the remaining yard around my hand, leaving a tail long enough to tie around yarn.

pom pom step 1

Cut off the tail and tie it in the middle of the yard.

pom pom step 2

Cut each loop. Tie the pom pom to the top of the hat and work in the ends on the inside of the hat.

pom pom step 3

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  1. Michelle
    Thursday, October 30th, 2014
    Really cute! What size crochet hook did you use?
    Thanks for the inspiration.