How to Crochet a Hat for Beginners

Crochet hats are one of the oldest clothing items still in popular use. They’ve adorned people’s heads from runway to subway, coming in all shapes, colors and sizes, ever since we’ve learned to adapt to the weather. But chances are you’ve never stopped and wondered how they’re made, unless you’re a DIY enthusiast.

Making your own crochet hat is easy, mostly because it’s a flexible project. You can make it as basic or complex as you like. If you’re new to crocheting, of course, you’ll want to start by learning how to crochet a hat for beginners. It’s a nice little project to start you off, plus you’ll have something to show for it right away.

Start by choosing your yarn (one skein should be enough for a standard-sized hat). It’s mostly a matter of personal choice; i.e. how warm and thick you want it, what color you want, whether you want to add accessories. If you need to, you’ll also need a hook that’s made for the yarn you’re using.

When you’re ready to start, start by crocheting in the round. This basically means creating a small central circle—the top of the hat—and working outward from there. The first circle is made by making a series of about four chains and hooking the ends together with a slip stitch. You extend it by making more single crochet stitches into the center of the ring, extending the central ring, and repeating until your circle is the right size.

For a hat, the right size is about the size of the top of your head (or the head of whoever will wear the hat). It should end just where the hat is supposed to drop down to your ears. Some yarns are stretchy, so you may want to make it a bit smaller for a snugger fit.

You then start increasing the intervals between stitches, i.e. a two-crochet only every other loop instead of every loop, for a few rounds, until the drop is big enough to slide over the head. Make more rounds this way until the hat is the right height to cover your ears. This should be three to four rounds, depending on the thickness of your yarn. Make sure to test-fit every round or so to make sure you’re going the right way.

At this point you should have a serviceable hat, and it’s up to you to add accessories or other details. For example, you can add a brim by increasing the rounds again from the bottom. Steadily increase the rounds for a wide, floppy brim, or make it roll up at the edges by keeping stitches steady for a few more rounds.

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