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How To Crochet An Easy Hat

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Introducing the perfect crochet hat pattern for beginners who are nervous about working in the round! This super simple pattern is written flat, making it the easiest hat you'll ever make. Don't worry, this easy crochet hat pattern still incredibly stylish.

Plus, there's a fun twist - we'll be using puff stitches to add a stunning detail. And the best part? I'll be guiding you every step of the way with a helpful video tutorial. Let's get started on your beautiful new hat! And if you would like to try your hand at working in the round, check out the Macchiato Crochet Beanie Pattern.

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What you'll love about this crocheted hat.


  • 1 Seam - Easy construction.
  • Crocheted Flat - Beginner-friendly.
  • Quick Gift - These crochet beanies are perfect as gifts or a quick make for selling at a market.
  • 8 Sizes! - From baby to adult large.
  • Upgrade to the paid pattern for a bonus guide on how to make this hat in any weight yarn.

Easy crochet beanie video tutorial demonstrating how to create a cozy and stylish crochet hat.

How is the crochet hat constructed?

This hat is crocheted flat. We will be working in rows from the side across. The best part about this design is that we will be working the decreases of the crown AND the ribbing at the same time! So, if you can make a rectangle, you can make this hat. Once we've made the rectangle, we'll join the edges, and use the starting tail to close up the top of the hat. Easy Peasy!

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What yarn works best for this hat?

Any weight of yarn! The pattern is written using the WeCrochet Upcycle Alpaca Yarn with stitch counts. But if you upgrade to the ad-free pdf below, the pattern also includes a hat guide to crochet this beanie in any weight of yarn.

Shown above is the hat in fingering weight Hawthorne, dk weight yarn Swish Pops, super bulky weight Fluff of the Andes, and dk weight Hawthorne.


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What Crafty Crochet Supplies You Will Need

Two beanie hats with pom poms and a candle, perfect for staying cozy during the winter.

Yarn

WeCrochet Upcycle Worsted
Yarn Weight: Worsted Weight Yarn
33% Alpaca, 34% Wool, 33% Acrylic, 219yds/100g. Colorway Shown: Sage

Yarn Quantities

70 (105, 115, 135, 160) (180, 195, 205) yds
1 ball for each size

A Note On The Yarn & Substitutes

Please note, other weights can work as WeCrochet Upcycle varies per ball and tends to be on the thinner side, be sure to check gauge.

Yarn Substitutions

Heatherly Sport (shown in images) - 80% Acrylic, 20% Merino Wool, 328yds/100g
Brava Worsted - 100% Premium Acrylic, 218yds/100g
Mighty Stitch - 80% Acrylic/20% Superwash Wool, 208yds/100g
Swish DK - 100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 110yds/50g

Crochet Hook

Size H (5.0mm) Crochet Hook, or hook to obtain gauge.

Notions

Scissors
Yarn Needle
Removable Stitch Marker

Skill Level

Advanced Beginner

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Sizing

Newborn (Baby, Toddler, Child, Teen) (Adult Small, Medium, Large)
To fit head circumference: 12-14 (14-16, 16-18, 18-20, 20-22) (21-22, 22-23, 23-24). Actual measurements are in schematic.
Ease: This garment is meant to be worn with a negative 3-inch ease.

Abbreviations

ch - chain
blo - back loop only
flo - front loop only
hdc - half double crochet
hdc2tog -half double crochet two together
Puff sts - puff stitch
rem - remaining
RS - right side
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
st(s) - stitch(es)
WS - wrong side

Special Crochet Stitches

Half Double Crochet In The Third Loop: What’s really cool about half double crochet is that there’s a third loop on the back of your stitch. If you work hdc into the third loop, you get a totally different, knit-like fabric.

For this pattern, we are going to be working in rows, which means we will work on the row below in the third loop on the front of our work. Need a visual? Watch the video tutorial of this stitch.

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Autumn Wheat Hat - Free Crochet Pattern

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Puff Stitch: Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch/space. Yarn over again and pull up a long loop. (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch/space. Yarn over again and pull up a long loop) two more times (7 loops on the hook). Yarn over and pull through the first 6 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining loops.

Gauge

17 sts and 11 rows = 4" by 4" in half double crochet worked in the third loop, blocked.

How to Crochet A Gauge Swatch

Working a gauge swatch will let you know if you will have the correct sizing for this pattern. A gauge swatch helps you practice the stitches used in this project and improve your stitch work for a flawless look.
Are you struggling to match gauge? Check out the blog post on What is Crochet Gauge and How To Fix It

Gauge Swatch Instructions:

Row 1: Ch 21, hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the remaining sts across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), hdc in the third loop in each st across, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until there are 14 rows. Measure your swatch and adjust as needed.

Notes for the Autumn Wheat Crochet Hat

  • The yarn suggested in this pattern can vary in thickness depending on the color. It's very important to keep checking gauge to make sure the sizing is correct.
  • A ch 1 at the beginning of a row is not counted as a stitch.
  • Using a stitch marker at the beginning of each row is recommended.
  • The instructions and stitch counts are given for the smallest size, with the larger sizes in brackets ( ).
  • Before you dive into your project, take a moment to identify the stitch and row counts that match the size you're making. By highlighting or marking them, you'll save time and effort later on. Trust us, this small step will make a big difference in your crochet journey!
  • When brackets are used, [….] repeat the instructions inside the brackets as indicated.
  • This Pattern Uses Standard US Terminology
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Video Tutorial:

Watch how easy and beginner-friendly it is to work up this crochet piece with a tutorial.

How to Make an Easy Crochet Hat

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Autumn Wheat Flat Crochet Hat Written Instructions

Newborn

Row 1: Ch 31, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 7 sts, hdc 18, sc 4, turn. | (30 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (turning ch does not count as a st throughout), blo sc 4, third loop hdc 18, blo sc 8, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, blo sc 8, third loop hdc 18, blo sc 4, turn.

Rows 4 - 15: Repeat Rows 2-3.

Row 16: Ch 1, blo sc in first 4 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 8 sts, blo sc in last 8 sts, turn.

Row 17: Ch 1, blo sc in first 8 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 4 sts, blo sc in last 4 sts, turn.

Please note for Row 18 the hdc sts will not be worked in the third loop. Resume working in the third loop on Row 19.

Rows 18 - 30: Repeat Rows 2-3. Then go to seaming.

Baby

Row 1: Ch 35, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 9 sts, hdc 20, sc 4, turn. | (34 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (turning ch does not count as a st throughout), blo sc 4, third loop hdc 20, blo sc 10, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, blo sc 10, third loop hdc 20, blo sc 4, turn.

Rows 4 - 17: Repeat Rows 2-3.

Row 18: Ch 1, blo sc in first 4 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 10 sts, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Row 19: Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 4 sts, blo sc in last 4 sts, turn.

Please note for Row 20 the hdc sts will not be worked in the third loop. Resume working in the third loop on Row 21.

Rows 20 - 34: Repeat Rows 2-3. Then go to seaming.

Toddler

Row 1: Ch 39, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and and in the next 9 sts, hdc 24, sc 4, turn. | (38 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (turning ch does not count as a st throughout), blo sc 4, third loop hdc 24, blo sc 10, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, blo sc 10, third loop hdc 24, blo sc 4, turn.

Rows 4 - 19: Repeat Rows 2-3.

Row 20: Ch 1, blo sc in first 4 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 10 sts, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Row 21: Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 4 sts, blo sc in last 4 sts, turn.

Please note for Row 22 the hdc sts will not be worked in the third loop. Resume working in the third loop on Row 23.

Rows 22 - 40: Repeat Rows 2-3. Check the final width measurement of the hat and add more/less rows, in an even rows count, if needed. Then go to seaming.

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Child

Row 1: Ch 43, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 11 sts, hdc 26, sc 4, turn. | (42 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (turning ch does not count as a st throughout), blo sc 4, third loop hdc 26, blo sc 12, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, blo sc 12, third loop hdc 26, blo sc 4, turn.

Rows 4 - 21: Repeat Rows 2-3.

Row 22: Ch 1, blo sc in first 4 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 12 sts, blo sc in last 12 sts, turn.

Row 23: Ch 1, blo sc in first 12 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 4 sts, blo sc in last 4 sts, turn.

Please note for Row 24 the hdc sts will not be worked in the third loop. Resume working in the third loop on Row 25.

Rows 24 - 46: Repeat Rows 2-3. Then go to seaming.

Quick Tip

Feeling like the hat may not be the right size? Do not be afraid to add more rows to fit your custom head circumference.

Teen

Row 1: Ch 46, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 11 sts, hdc 28, sc 5, turn. | (45 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (turning ch does not count as a st throughout), blo sc 5, third loop hdc 28, blo sc 12, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, blo sc 12, third loop hdc 28, blo sc 5, turn.

Rows 4 - 23: Repeat Rows 2-3.

Row 24: Ch 1, blo sc in first 5 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 12 sts, blo sc in last 12 sts, turn.

Row 25: Ch 1, blo sc in first 12 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 5 sts, blo sc in last 5 sts, turn.

Please note for Row 26 the hdc sts will not be worked in the third loop. Resume working in the third loop on Row 27.

Rows 26 - 48: Repeat Rows 2-3. Then go to seaming.

Adult Small

Row 1: Ch 49, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 12 sts, hdc 30, sc 5, turn. | (48 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (turning ch does not count as a st throughout), blo sc 5, third loop hdc 30, blo sc 13, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, blo sc 13, third loop hdc 30, blo sc 5, turn.

Rows 4 - 25: Repeat Rows 2-3.

Row 26: Ch 1, blo sc in first 5 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 13 sts, blo sc in last 13 sts, turn.

Row 27: Ch 1, blo sc in first 13 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 5 sts, blo sc in last 5 sts, turn.

Please note for Row 28 the hdc sts will not be worked in the third loop. Resume working in the third loop on Row 29.

Rows 28 - 52: Repeat Rows 2-3. Then go to seaming.

Adult Medium

Row 1: Ch 51, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 12 sts, hdc 32, sc 5, turn. | (50 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (turning ch does not count as a st throughout), blo sc 5, third loop hdc 32, blo sc 13, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, blo sc 13, third loop hdc 32, blo sc 5, turn.

Rows 4 - 25: Repeat Rows 2-3.

Row 26: Ch 1, blo sc in first 5 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 13 sts, blo sc in last 13 sts, turn.

Row 27: Ch 1, blo sc in first 13 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 5 sts, blo sc in last 5 sts, turn.

Please note for Row 28 the hdc sts will not be worked in the third loop. Resume working in the third loop on Row 29.

Rows 28 - 54: Repeat Rows 2-3. Then go to seaming.

Adult Large

Row 1: Ch 53, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the next 12 sts, hdc 34, sc 5, turn. | (52 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (turning ch does not count as a st throughout), blo sc 5, third loop hdc 34, blo sc 13, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, blo sc 13, third loop hdc 34, blo sc 5, turn.

Rows 4 - 27: Repeat Rows 2-3.

Row 28: Ch 1, blo sc in first 5 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 13 sts, blo sc in last 13 sts, turn.

Row 29: Ch 1, blo sc in first 13 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 5 sts, blo sc in last 5 sts, turn.

Please note for Row 30 the hdc sts will not be worked in the third loop. Resume working in the third loop on Row 31.

Rows 30 - 56: Repeat Rows 2-3. Then go to seaming.

Seaming The Flat Crochet Hat

With the wrong side facing out, fold the beginning row and the last row towards each other.

Insert your hook through the blo of the first stitch closest to you, and then in the blo of the side farthest from you. Yarn over and sl st to join.

Continue working all the sc ribbing stitches.

Once you get to the body sts, insert your hook through the blo of the side closest to you, and then through the blo of the side farthest from you, yarn over and sl st together. Repeat this all the way across the hat until the last sc sts in the row.

Once you are at the last sc sts in the row, Insert your hook through the blo of the first stitch closest to you, and then in the blo of the side farthest from you. Yarn over and sl st to join. Fasten off leaving a long tail for closing the hat. Flip the hat inside out so the desired side is facing out.

Finishing the Crochet Beanie

Using the long tail, loop through each point (every two rows) of the hat all the way around. Pull closed and weave in end.

Weave in any ends and block if necessary. Place a pompom on the top of the hat if desired. Wear and enjoy!


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How To Care For Your Crochet beanie

Caring for your crochet beanie is simple and straightforward. Here are some tips to keep it looking great:

1. Regularly Clean - This is one of the most important steps for keeping your crochet beanies looking their best. Hand washing in cool water, using a mild detergent or shampoo, is the best way to keep your crochet beanie clean. Avoid wringing or rubbing the fabric as this can cause damage.

2. Air dry - Be sure to lay flat and away from direct sunlight when drying your beanie. The sun’s rays can fade colors over time, so keeping it out of the sun will help maintain its original color and vibrancy.

3. Store properly - Storing your crochet beanie in a cool, dry place will help prevent any accidental damage or wear and tear. Give your crochet beanie some TLC and it will last for many years!

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