ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Crochet a Hat, With Free Patterns, How-To Videos and Unusual Yarns

Updated on September 13, 2020
Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Try bison hair yarn. This yarn has become quite popular and the price is lowering as well.
Try bison hair yarn. This yarn has become quite popular and the price is lowering as well. | Source

Children's Crafts

When I was 6 years old, my father brought home a skein of a multicolor yarn that must have contained every color in the 24-count Crayola Crayon box and handed it to me with a crochet hook, stating, "Learn to do something with this" and walked away.

Little did I realize at the time that many of my job training experiences as an adult would be similar (e.g. "Here is your work station; have a nice day.")

At any rate, I unraveled some of the yarn - "Multi-Mex" I think it was called - and began making chains in it with my fingers for an hour or two. My mother walked by and I asked her if this is what I was to do with the yarn.

She replied that she did not know how to make things of yarn (indeed, my father did the sewing in the house), but her own grandmother had crocheted and the chains of yarn I had made with my fingers looked like the beginning chains her grandma had made with a crochet hook. I made a few more chains and then un-chained the yarn and rolled it back up on the skein. Now I know that many people call tearing out your work "FROGGING" because you "rip it, rip it" out.

In a couple of days of practicing, I could not figure out how to use the crochet hook, but I could make chains by hand pretty quickly. I was taken to a small department store that Saturday where I found one of the old Coat & Clark "How to" Books. They offered books on crochet, knitting, and lace tatting.


Learning to Crochet on One's Own

I purchased the small booklet on Crochet and when we returned home, I read the whole thing and began making sample swatches. I soon had squares of single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. It was fun to do, but so many colors together in the same swatch made it difficult to see what the stitches really looked like.

At the same time at school, we began to learn "spool weaving" that used an empty wooden spool with 4 nails driven into the head of it, a skein of yearn or crochet thread and a thick needle or something similar. That was more difficult for me to learn that crocheting; however, I eventually used the "Multi-Mex" for spool weaving and created a miles-long snake that we spiraled and stitched together into a hat.


At school, we inserted four thin nails into one end of a wooden spool to form the device for "spool weaving." We uses a crochet hook or a "Pik Up Stix" plastic stick to manipulate and loos the crochet thread or yarn.

Try These Patterns in Your Work

Some real Fair Isle patterns.
Some real Fair Isle patterns.

Later, on another visit to the small department store of old, I chose some solid color yarns and crocheted a few hats and scarves. Then I purchased the small "How to Knit" booklet and some needles and learned knitting as well.

In college I was able to make sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens, and even one entire crocheted summer dress. It was all fun.

What was not fun was a pattern I picked up from a magazine that stated it was "Fair Isle." Years later I learned it was no such thing -- Instead of creating patterns and pictures with different shades and colors of yarns, this pattern-from-hell I picked up had me doing a sweater all in a single color yarn and trying to make patterns - between knit CABLES no less, and with varying stitches.

I hated that sweater by the time it was done and it did not fit correctly. It wore out quickly, and I was glad.

And tatting! I could never get it all to connect up and ended up with long strands of tatting and no doilies, no edgings, no nothing -- Just tatted skinny snakes. Crochet is simply easier to understand and easier to do.


Sample Instructions

Here are some fantastic, practical and entertaining video example by a people showing us how to crochet a hat on YouTube. It's a much better way to learn for many who are visual learners.

I still like the Santa hat I gave the cat a while back ... and her opinion of it.

I hope you give it a go and try crocheting a hat. It does not take a tremendously long time and it can be relaxing and fun after you learn a few basic stitches.

You might even make a few caps and donate them to your local hospitals for needy children and families or for folks that have lost their hair during chemotherapy.

A little yarn and time can go a long way toward making someone happy.

Hat on a Cat

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Not the hat I wanted!
Not the hat I wanted!
Not the hat I wanted! | Source
Click thumbnail to view full-size
Crochet beanie hats.
Crochet beanie hats.
Crochet beanie hats. | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Elite Publishings profile image

      Gregory Smitheman 

      9 years ago from Latitude 26.59, Longitude -81.98

      As usual Patty, another great hub! Thanks for the read... Not sure if i'm gonna start crocheting anytime soon, but love to support a fellow hubber.. :)

    • Athlyn Green profile image

      Athlyn Green 

      10 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Patty,

      I liked your "Head Huggers" link. I've been looking for patterns for crocheted hats. Thanks! Bookmarked.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for stopping by, How to crochet a hat. Hope the hub helps out on your page (It's interesting, so thanks for the link!)

    • profile image

      How to Crochet a Hat 

      11 years ago

      Great resource, I loved the videos they were very helpful. I am going to add your hub to my crochet page, I think visitors would find the information very helpful!

    • lewgard profile image

      Kathleen Lewis 

      11 years ago from Southern Michigan

      I tried to crochet a hat several years ago - no luck. Thanks for posting the videos, perhaps I'll give it another shot. My husband's Oncologist collects donated hats, scarves, etc... for their chemo patients. Who knows...this may be my way to give back, provided I can actually complete a single hat.

    • Yarn-Newbie profile image


      11 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you for the video and links on hats! I am getting started on this one now :)

    • profile image


      11 years ago

      Thanks for this article.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks Christopher! I hope you publish some Hub pages about cats; many people like them very much.


    • profile image


      12 years ago

      Ooh - I really love your hat. Great job!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Even though needlecrafts skipped a generation, you still are able to enjoy them. That's fun!

    • Practica profile image


      13 years ago from MidAmerica

      I enjoyed this - I don't crochet or knit, but my grandmother did, and now my daughter does - when I think of sweet comforting moments, I often think of grandma's yarn bag - and now I get to see my daughter in the same gentle habit. thank you!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks! We can all start with Stacie's Hub for a refresher :)

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      13 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Fun HUB Patty! Patience is all you'll need for any of the handy works.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I wear a hat when it is very cold, but I keep a knit or crochet hat in a pocket of each of my coats and jackets in case I need one. They fold nicely. :)

    • MrMarmalade profile image


      13 years ago from Sydney

      Only the last year have I ever worn a hat. That's only because we walk down around the beach every for i hour.

      Very informative HUB

      Thank you

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      These are both great comments! Thanks for reading and responding, Lissie and gabriella05.

      I see people knitting all over town these days, with a few crochet-ers. People are holding "Knit in Public" Days.

    • gabriella05 profile image


      13 years ago from Oldham

      Thank you for that Patty I like to crocheted a hat for my little girl

    • Lissie profile image

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      13 years ago from New Zealand

      I haven't crocheted for years - has it come back in fashion. My mother taught me to knit but I always found it slow - I taught myself to crochet - do it backwards to this day because the book was supposed to be used as a mirror image ! Its much quicker and much easier to unpick. My relatives have a lot of totally useless doillies because Iliked making them!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)