How to Crochet a Hat for Beginners

If you’re new to crocheting, and you’re looking to make something more than a washcloth or square, then this free crochet hat pattern is just for you! I remember the first time I crocheted a hat, and I was so happy I finished one. I want this tutorial to be like that for you!

Below, I’ll show you how to make a beginner crochet hat that’s simple to crochet and is something you can (and will want to) actually wear.

Learn all about the crochet hat for beginners below!

How to Crochet a Hat

You will need a few supplies and some basic crochet stitches to crochet a hat. Take a look below to learn all you’ll need to know about crocheting this easy hat pattern. You can do it! I Promise!


Below are just a few of the basics that you’ll need on hand when you crochet this hat.


First, let’s talk about yarn. I used a worsted weight yarn called Lion Brand Heartland for this design. I picked it because it’s great for beginners, easy to work with and works up quickly.


This yarn is made by Lion Brand, and is a Weight 4 – Medium yarn.


Fiber: 100% Acrylic
Yardage: 251yd / 230m (200yd / 183m in prints)
Hook: 6 mm (J-10)
Substitute: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

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How much yarn will I need? About 200 yards should be enough for one adult-sized hat, which is about one skein of yarn.

Extra Materials & Tools

Next, don’t forget your accessories!

  1. Yarn Needle
  2. Scissors
  3. Measuring Tape

A yarn needle is a must for weaving in those loose ends when you’re all done. And of course, you’ll need a pair of scissors to cut your yarn. Make sure they’re sharp enough to give a clean cut so your work looks neat. Measuring tape will also be useful to make sure your hat turns out to the size it was intended.

Crochet Stitches

Lastly, stitches. Don’t sweat it; I tried to keep things simple with just three basic stitches. You’ll need to know how to chain (ch), single crochet (sc), and double crochet (dc).

  1. Chain
  2. Single Crochet
  3. Double Crochet

You will also need to know how to double crochet decrease (dc2tog) to make the top of the hat not as wide as the bottom.

Even if you’re new to crochet, these stitches are easy to get the hang of. With these basics in hand, you’ll be all set to tackle the pattern.

Let’s Get Started

Scroll on down to find one of the easiest crochet hat patterns that you can make yourself this winter!

This crochet hat tutorial includes a material list, stitches used and the full detailed pattern with a photo tutorial to guide you through each step. Enjoy!

Easy Crochet Hat Pattern for Beginners

Skill Level: Easy


  • Worsted weight yarn (about 200 yards)
  • Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Stitches Used

  • Chain (ch)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Double Crochet (dc)


  • Adult (21-23 inch head circumference)
  • 10 inches tall x 21 inch circumference, unstretched



  1. Ch 11.
  2. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (10 sc). Turn.
  3. Ch 1. Sc in back loops only across (10 sc). Turn.
  4. Repeat row 3 until you have 60 rows. Join ends with sl st.

Hat Body

  1. Ch 2 working the stitches along the edge of the ribbing.
  2. Dc 60 times evenly around the ribbing.
    • Place your sts as even as possible. I placed mine as shown in the pictures. One in the small gap and one on top of the end of the st.
  3. Join with sl st to first dc.
  4. Ch 2. Dc in each stitch around. Join.
  5. Repeat row 3 for a total of 10 rounds.

Decrease Rounds

  1. Ch 2. Dc in next 8, dc2tog. Repeat around. Join. (54 dc)
  2. Ch 2. Dc in next 7, dc2tog. Repeat around. Join. (48 dc)
  3. Ch 2. Dc in next 6, dc2tog. Repeat around. Join. (42 dc)
  4. Ch 2. Dc in next 5, dc2tog. Repeat around. Join. (36 dc)


Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail.

Using a yarn needle, thread through the top stitches in and out. Pull tight to close the top. Secure the top by weaving back and forth over the small opening to close.

Weave in all ends.

There you go! You’ve made a simple crochet hat. Enjoy!

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  1. For the ribbing, I’m not sure what you mean by ‘Ch 1. Sc in back loops only’ — do you have a demo of what the back loops are?

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