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Free Hat Crochet Patterns

Updated on February 2, 2018
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Rosie was an elementary school teacher for 13 years, teaching grades 3-5. She is now a library media specialist in an elementary school.

Crochet Hat Made with Single Crochet Stitch


Crochet Hat Patterns

Crochet hat patterns online are easy to find. As a matter of fact, there are so many, it is hard to sift through all of them to find the one you are looking for. I usually have a style in mind when I start searching, and then I like to add my personal touch with a crocheted flower, fancy edging, or clip-on ribbon. Below I have searched online to find the easiest-to-follow and most attractive or unique crochet hat patterns that I hope to use over and over again.

At the end of this hub, I have included video tutorials for the single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch, and crocheting in the round. These are all created by the Lion Brand studio and I highly recommend their tutorial videos for learning new stitches.

Crochet Hat Embellished with Clip-on Ribbon


Crochet Hat Made with Leftover Yarn


Tips for Making Crochet Hats

  • Save leftover yarn. It is perfect for making a crochet hat. Stripes of color are very attractive, if you have small amounts, and one hat can take as little as half a skein of yarn to make, depending on the type of stitch used.
  • Finish your hat by crocheting a final row of single crochet stitches, or add a fancy style of yarn to give your hat a unique look.
  • Use clip-on ribbons or flowers that can easily be removed, to embellish your hat. I've even seen clip-on butterflies.
  • Use soft yarn, that will not cause your skin to feel itchy, or sew a band of fleece to the inside edge of your hat. This will keep you warmer and allow you to use yarns that would otherwise be uncomfortable against your skin.

Crochet Hat Made with Double Crochet Stitch


Simple Crochet Hats with Flowers

Every year I learn something new to crochet. This year, it was how to make flowers. I think they are beautiful, versatile, and surprisingly really easy to make. Hats with large flowers, like the one above, can be worn with the flower in different positions, giving completely different looks. I like to wear it with the flower on the side, in the very front, and in the very back, depending on what I am wearing, and how I have styled my hair.

Single Crochet Stitch


Shell Stitch


Different Crochet Stitches

There are many crochet stitches, however, nothing intricate is necessary to create a beautifully-made hat that you will be proud to wear. The simple single crochet stitch is neat and tight, making your hat very warm to wear. It will not stretch as much as other stitches, so it is important to get the size correct. It will take longer than other stitches, and will use more yarn, but the ending results are well worth it. In most crochet hat patterns, single crochet stitches are often used in the last one to four rows, creating a more finished look.

Double crochet stitches are looser and will use less yarn than single crochet stitches. They do go much faster, and create a lot more stretch to your finished hat. Triple crochet stitches, shell stitches, and open chain stitches are more intricate, requiring a closer eye as you work. The results are impressive and fun to try-out on crochet hats.

Crochet Hat Made with Shell Stitching

Scalloped edge and shell stitch.
Scalloped edge and shell stitch. | Source

Crochet Hat Made with Open Chain Stitching

Chain stitch with spaces.
Chain stitch with spaces. | Source

Free Easy-to-Follow Crochet Patterns

Tr-Color Cloche by Caron: This beautiful thick crocheted hat uses a cluster stitch throughout. This gives the hat texture and a professonally-made look. By using different colors to create a striped pattern, the hat becomes more versatile and appealing, drawing attention to the clusters.

Crocheted Abba Hat Pattern: This trendy hat uses a combination of chain and double-crochet stitches. It is a quick hat to make, taking less than an hour for most. This is a nice hat for looks, but not one for warmth, as it has open spaces throughout. The pattern suggests using a thread of gold along with the yarn, giving it a sparkle effect.

Amelia Crocheted Hat Pattern: This adorable crochet hat pattern has a flower pattern as well. It is made with double-crochet stitches. The accompanying flower pattern suggests using a button center and pin to attach, making it more versatile.

Double Crochet Tutorial

Head Huggers: Crochet Pattern 11: A striped pattern gives this hat an interesting effect. It is made using double-crochet stitches. The yarn type suggested is sports yarn, baby yarn.

Brigham One-Skein Hat: This delicate, lacey crochet hat uses a variety of crochet stitches, the shell stitch, picot stitch, cluster stitch, and V-stitch. While the stitches are more difficult, the hat is much less dense than other patterns, decreasing the number of stitches needed. I would suggest attempting this pattern only after making a few hats with simpler patterns first.

Shell Brimmed Cloched: This very attractive hat uses double-chain stitches in the crown circle and shell stitches for the brim. It suggests switching hook sizes for the brim. Although this is simple pattern to follow and an easy hat to make, the hat looks like it would be difficult to make.

Single Crochet Tutorial

Crocheting In the Round Tutorial


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      Lisa 3 years ago

      Thanks! I will give it a shot.

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      Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia

      No. I used the shell stitch and a single crochet stitch on this one. I was playing around and it turned out pretty well. Look up shell-stitch on google videos and try it out - it is a beautiful stitch.

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      Lisa 3 years ago

      Is there a pattern for the scalloped edged hat?

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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for stopping by Rhonda. It's been so cold in Virginia this year, I have been wearning lots of homemade hats. :)

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      Rhonda Humphreys 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you very much for the beautiful pattern links. Voted up and useful