We all need a quick, easy hat pattern to crochet especially at this time of year, right? Well, this is one of the easiest and most stylish chunky hats to crochet for your winter wardrobe! The textured stitches create a classic look that fits in with almost any occasion, keeping you warm and comfortable as temperatures get colder. It’s slightly slouchy, but the brim can be folded to make a beanie if you slouch hats aren’t your thing–just make that decision before adding your button tab.
I am always in a rush to finish up presents this time of year, and I know many of you are too, which is why you are going to love this hat pattern! It can be made in only a couple of hours start to finish so pop in “White Christmas” or “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and with a little holiday magic on your part, you should have a hat by the time you’re done watching! I used a 5.5mm and 6.5mm hook to crochet my hat, but if you crochet with tight tension you may need to go up a hook size or two. The hat should fit a teen or an adult woman.
This hat uses two stitches for the main body of the hat which you probably already are familiar with: single crochet and Front Post double crochet. If you’re not as familiar with Front Post double crochet don’t worry, it’s easy to learn and I have a description in the “Additional Notes” section of the pattern that should help you get started. The neat thing about the stitches in this hat are that they create the look of knitted fabric but work up very quickly so you’ll have time to make plenty of these for holiday gift giving, donations to homeless shelters, or cancer centers.
I chose Red Heart Soft Essentials for this pattern because this yarn is so, well, soft! It is very nice to work with and slides smoothly over my hands while crocheting. Plus since it’s a chunky yarn it’s so warm and squeezable! (Squeezing yarn while you crochet/work on a project is a thing, right?). I had originally planned to only crochet this hat in Red Heart Soft Essentials yarn, but here’s where this hat pattern’s versatility comes in: one of the ladies in my Facebook group made my Double Seed Stitch slouch hat (which this hat is based on) using Red Heart Hygge, and I liked it so much I just had to try making another hat using that yarn. I plan to give it as a Christmas gift to my mom who may or may not be having trouble trying to stop herself from squeezing it. The yarn is just that amazing, folks, seriously! (Notice a trend here? Like daughter, like mother, or, uhh… something along those lines.)
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5.5mm (I) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge – band
6.5mm (K) hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge – hat body
150 yards #5 chunky weight Red Heart Soft Essentials in “Cream”, or Red Heart Hygge in “Cloud”
1″ wooden button
(Optional materials if you want to make a pom-pom) :
1/4 yd Fashion Faux Fox Fur Fabric -Silver
Heavy-duty button thread
Sharp, heavy duty sewing needle
Golf-ball sized piece of polyester stuffing
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
FPdc = front post double crochet
hdc in the 3rd loop = Look at the top of the stitch, and locate the sideways “V”, bend the stitch to look at the back*, and you should see another “V”. You’ll be working into the back loop of that “V”, this is called the 3rd loop. *For this hat band the textured portion created by working hdc in the 3rd loop should always be facing you when beginning a new row.
Hat body: 12 sc, FPdc sts in 4″
Hat band: 7 hdc sts in 2″
Finished adult hat measures approximately 10” tall by 10” wide.
-Ch-1 at beginning of round does not count as a stitch.
-If you do not know how to work a Front Post double crochet stitch here are some written instructions that may help: Instead of putting your hook through the sideways V at the top of the stitch, wrap your hook around behind the post (body) of the stitch and draw up a loop, complete the stitch as you would a regular double crochet.
-This hat comes out slightly slouchy. If you prefer you can make a beanie by stopping after about 8″ of height instead of 10 as the pattern mentions.
-If you enjoy the way this stitch looks you may enjoy my Easy Double Seed Stitch Slouch Hat which this hat was patterned after. That hat comes in 3 sizes.
Easy Chunky Double Seed Stitch Hat Pattern (US Terms):
Using 5.5mm (I) hook,
Row 1: Leaving a 10″ tail, ch 8, hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped sts count as first hdc), hdc in each stitch across. (7)
Rows 2-40: ch 2* (counts as first hdc), turn, working in 3rd loop of hdc from previous row, hdc in each stitch across. *Remember to skip the very first stitch of the row each time. (7)
The band should measure about 20” long and wrap comfortably around your head at this point. If it seems too big you are welcome to leave off some of the final rows, but be sure to adjust your stitches in round 1 below to maintain the same stitch count as the pattern calls for.
Drop working yarn, but do not fasten off.
Sew ends of band together with 10” tail left over from row 1.
Pick up working yarn.
Using 6.5mm (K) hook, crochet this next section along the side of the band:
Round 1: ch 1, 2 sc in first hdc, sc in next hdc st, *2 sc in next hdc, sc in next hdc st; repeat from * around, 2 sc in final st, join with sl st to first sc. (54 sc)
Round 2: ch 1, FPdc around first st, sc in next, * FPdc around next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first FPdc. (27 FPdc, 27 sc)
Round 3: ch 1, *sc in FPdc, FPdc around sc; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (27 sc, 27 FPdc)
Round 4: ch 1, FPdc around sc, sc in FPdc; repeat from * around, join with sl st to first FPdc. (27 FPdc, 27 sc)
Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until your piece measures 10” tall from bottom of brim to top of hat then begin the decrease rounds.
(Optional): if you are a more experienced crocheter you may work a sc2tog in each st around for both of the next two rounds. Otherwise, follow the instructions below.
Round 1: ch 1, sc in each FPdc skipping the sc sts, join with sl st to first sc (27)
Round 2: ch 1, sc in every other sc from prev round, join with sl st to first sc. (13)
You should have a large, round tube at this point. Turn it inside out to complete the next part.
Cut 18” length of yarn and string half-way through large-eyed yarn needle. Go through every other stitch all the way around the top of the hat, and then cinch it closed. Knot the ends together securely with a square knot. Weave in ends.
Turn hat right-side out again.
With 5.5mm hook,
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each remaining chain across, ch 1, turn. (3)
Row 2: sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. (3)
Repeat row 2 until your tab measures 4” long.
To finish, sc evenly around the edge of the tab, fasten off leaving an 18″ tail for sewing the tab to the hat.
Wrap button tab around the brim with half inside, half outside, and sew it onto the hat, then sew on button.
If your hat needs a pom-pom instead of, or maybe in addition to a button tab, follow these instructions:
Pom-Pom Tutorial Written Instructions:
1. Trace a circle around a small/medium-size bowl or lid using a pencil, on the back side of the fabric. My circle was 5″ across.
2. Cut out the circle. Only cut the fabric backing–not the fur itself! I recommend an Exact-o or similar craft knife.
3. With your needle and thread, sew a loose running stitch near the edge of the circle
4. Take a small, golf-ball-sized amount of polyester stuffing and put it in the middle of the circle.
5. Tug on the ends of the thread to cinch the circle into a ball. It should be snug so the fiber fill doesn’t come out.
6. Tie off securely, and then sew the pom-pom to your beanie.
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