How to Crochet a Hat
Jessica from The Hook Nook shows us how to half double crochet this gorgeous hat in this easy step-by-step tutorial.
"Crochet beanies were the very first thing I wanted to make when I taught myself to crochet back in 2011. I wanted to make my infant daughter all different kinds! But before dipping toes into appliqués and complex stitch sequences, let’s start with the basic: a regular half-double crochet (hdc) beanie with a simple single crochet (sc) border. Best thing about this pattern, is that once you feel comfortable making single color beanies, you can easily adapt this pattern and make striped beanies!"
|Measurements||Head circumference||Hat length|
|Newborn/ 0-3 months||12-15”||4-4.5”|
6mm crochet hook
1 skeins Paintbox Simply Chunky (or your favorite bulky-weight yarn)
Ch - Chain
sl st - Slip sitch
sc - Single crochet
scinc - Single crochet increase
hdc - Half double crochet
Create a 4”x 4” swatch square using hdc and your 6mm hook.
Your swatch should be 13 sts wide and 10 rows tall. If your swatch does not match this, you will want to use a different size hook. Use a smaller size hook if your swatch is bigger than mine or a larger hook if your swatch is smaller than mine.
Ready to get started? Here we go!
Step by step
- First I want you to create a slip knot (or magic circle!) and then ch 2. Working in that first ch, hdc 8 times, all in that same chain. After completing the eighth HDC, place your stitch marker in that last stitch to mark your place. (8)
- scinc in each stitch around. Place your stitch marker in the last stitch. (16) A scinc means to place two sc stitches in one stitch. This allows your piece to become larger, you are adding stitches.
- (scinc, sc) around. Place your stitch marker. (24)
- (scinc, 2 sc) around. Place your stitch marker. (32)
- You are now beginning your increase pattern. For this round, you will do a pattern of scinc (two sc in one stitch), then one regular sc stitch, and a second regular sc stitch. The number in front of the SCscis noting that you will want to do that many regular sc stitches before that sequence is complete.
- (scinc, 3 sc) around. Place your stitch marker. (40) NEWBORN/0-3 MONTHS SIZE, STOP HERE. CONTINUE TO STEP NUMBER 10.
- (scinc, 4 sc) around. Place your stitch marker. (48) 6-12 MONTHS SIZE, STOP HERE. CONTINUE TO STEP NUMBER 10.
- (scinc, 5 sc) around. Place your stitch marker. (56) TODDLER SIZE, STOP HERE. CONTINUE TO STEP NUMBER 10.
- (scinc, 6 sc) around. Place your stitch marker. (64) CHILD SIZE, STOP HERE. CONTINUE TO STEP NUMBER 10.
- (scinc, 7 sc) around. Place your stitch marker. (72)
- hdc in each stitch around. Place stitch marker.
- Repeat round 12. Instead of placing your stitch marker this time, simply cut your yarn, ch 1 and pull the tail all the way through. You have now finished off your piece.
- Finally, weave in your ends. To do this, simply thread the yarn though the eye of the yarn needle and weave it through the inside of the hat. Simply glide it through the backside of the stitches to keep it hidden. Try and weave in approximately 3-4” to prevent it from coming back out!
Ta Da! You’ve done it.
Now, you've mastered the technique, why not create a hat in every color?!
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