Learn how to make a crochet hat for beginners with this easy Ribbed Beanie pattern. This cozy crochet beanie has a stretchy half-double crochet ribbing texture that looks like knitting! It’s made with chunky bulky-weight yarn and an easy-to-remember stitch pattern — so it’s perfect for beginners, too!
Whether you’re new to crochet, or just need a quick project to work on while you watch Netflix, you’ll love this easy crochet hat pattern.
When you want to make a chunky crochet beanie with a modern knit-look, this is the pattern you’ll reach for. It’s a classic design that will keep your whole family warm this winter.
This Ribbed Beanie is an easy, quick project that’s super satisfying to crochet. It’s made with a simple combination of basic crochet stitches, so it’s very beginner-friendly. And, you can make it with less than one skein of bulky-weight yarn.
Don’t forget, beanies make a great handmade gift for the holidays! I love making this style of crochet hat for everyone on my list.
You’ll love how quick and easy this crochet hat is to make. No complicated stitch pattern here! Just simple chains, single crochet, and half double crochet.
I designed this modern crochet beanie with soft bulky-weight yarn, so you know it will be warm and cozy. And, it’s made with a stretchy ribbing stitch pattern for a nice snug fit.
This modern crochet hat works up as a flat rectangular shape. To finish the hat, you’ll stitch together the long sides and gather the opening to form a closed tube.
So, if you can crochet back and forth in rows, you can make this simple crochet beanie pattern!
Crochet Ribbing Stitch
The body of the hat is made with a half-double crochet ribbing stitch. Making the hdc through the back loop only makes a stretchy crochet ribbing that’s perfect for hats.
I added a few single crochet stitches near the crown of the hat to give it a natural tapered look. This will come in handy when it’s time to gather the opening and finish the hat.
I designed the hat to be 12″ tall, which is long enough to fold over a nice thick brim. If you don’t want a fold-over brim on your hat, I will show you how to adapt the pattern.
The pattern is easy to adjust to fit a variety of sizes, including Adult, Teen, Child, and Toddler sizes. I’ll show you a hat size chart and a simple formula to follow for a perfect fit each and every time.
Best Yarn for Chunky Beanies
I designed this pattern with one of my favorite yarns: Lion Brand Color Made Easy. It’s a nice chunky yarn that works up fast, so it’s a great choice for quick projects.
This particular yarn has a multi-plied construction for some really nice texture and stitch definition. It’s made from 100% acrylic, so it’s soft, affordable, and really easy to care for. Plus, this yarn comes in more than 20 gorgeous colors.
Please feel free to substitute any other yarn you love. Keep in mind that you will need to make a gauge swatch, and possibly go up or down a hook size depending on your yarn choice.
Here are some other yarns you can use to make this project.
Crochet Hat Size Chart
Wondering what size hat to make? To correctly size a crochet hat, you’ll want to make a hat that’s just a bit smaller than your head. This way, when the hat stretches, it will fit your head perfectly.
To find your perfect size, use a tape measure to measure the widest part of your head. This will give you your head circumference measurement.
Then, subtract about 3″ from this to get the finished hat size measurement. Since this stitch pattern is so stretchy, I find that 3″ of negative ease gives me a nice snug fit.
What is Ease in Crochet Patterns?
In crochet patterns, “Ease” refers to the difference in size between your project and your body. “Negative ease” means that your project will come out smaller than your body, but don’t worry – it will stretch!)
In general, crochet hats are designed with 2-3″ (5-7 cm) of negative ease, depending on stitch pattern and stretchiness.
For example, my head measurement is 23″, which puts me between the Adult Medium and Adult Large sizes. To make this beanie, I crocheted as many rows as it took to reach a finished hat size of 20″ (which was 36 rows plus 1 seaming row).
Size Chart for Ribbed Beanies
In the chart below, you can find average measurements for head sizes, according to the Craft Yarn Council. I’ve also including a column for finished hat size, accounting for that same 3″ of negative ease.
|Age||Head Circumference||Hat Circumference||Hat Length|
To make a well-fitting hat, crochet as many chains as you need to reach the appropriate hat length measurement. Add 2.5″ to this measurement to add a folded brim.
And then, crochet as many rows as you need to reach the appropriate hat circumference measurement.
Ribbed Beanie Crochet Pattern
Finished Size: Newborn through Adult – See Chart (above) for more sizes
For the purposes of this pattern, I will be making an Adult Medium, or a hat length of 12″ and a circumference of 20″.
Gauge: 12 sts and 7.5 rows per 4″. Check your gauge, and factor this into your size calculation.
Yarn: Bulky weight yarn, such as Lion Brand Color Made Easy (Category 5)
Hook: K-10.5 (6.5mm) hook, or whichever size hook you need to meet gauge
You’ll also need:
- yarn needle
- stitch markers, if desired
- ruler or tape measure, if desired
Stitches and Abbreviations
- st/sts – stitch/stitches
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- BLO – back loops only
There aren’t any special stitches in this hat pattern. But, you should know that almost all stitches will be made in the Back Loops Only. You will see this abbreviated in the pattern as BLO.
- This pattern is written in US terminology.
- The hat is worked flat, back and forth in rows.
- Then, the finished flat piece is seamed to create a tube.
- After that, one end is gathered to create the hat shape.
Here’s how to crochet a winter hat for beginners.
First, I took my measurements. I want a brimmed hat with a finished length of 12″ and a circumference of 20″.
Row 1: Chain 36. Starting in the second chain from the hook, make 30 hdc. 5 sc. Turn. (35 sts)
Row 2: Chain 1. Starting in the same (first) stitch, 5 sc blo, 30 hdc blo. Turn. (35 sts)
Row 3: Chain 1. Starting in the same (first) stitch, 30 hdc blo, 4 sc blo, 1 sc. Turn. (35 sts)
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the crochet piece measures 19.5″ along the long edge – or about 1/2″ shorter than your desired finished hat measurement that you calculated earlier.
For my hat, I crocheted 36 rows total. The final seaming row will add the last 1/2″ of length that you need to meet your desired finished measurement.
Note: Take this measurement along the long edge of half-double crochet stitches, not the long edge with the single crochet stitches. A fabric measuring tape is useful here, since it’s more flexible than a ruler.
Finishing: Seam the sides.
Hooray, you’re almost finished! Now that it’s time to seam the hat together, you have a choice between 2 seaming techniques.
Option 1: The first option is to seam the sides of the hat together by working the last row of stitches through loops on both edges.
Basically, you’ll be making the last row of stitches and the seam at the same time. This option will leave a small raised line on the outside of the hat, but it’s mostly disguised by the ribbing texture.
Last row: First, fold the crocheted rectangle in half, right sides out. Make the last row of stitches as indicated in the pattern – but insert your hook through both the back loop of the working row and both loops of the first (starting) row.
For example, my last row was a “Row 3” row, so I crocheted: Chain 1. 30 hdc blo, 4 sc blo, and 1 sc through the loops on both sides to create the seam.
Option 2: Or, if you prefer, you can seam the sides together with a simple slip stitch seam. A slip stitch seam will leave a small raised line that you can turn to the inside of the hat when you wear it
Before seaming, crochet as many rows as needed until the piece measures 20″, or the length that you calculated earlier. Then, turn the hat right sides together. Seam the sides with a row of slip stitches made through both loops of stitches on both edges.
Gather the top of the hat.
Pull yarn through the last loop and trim a long yarn tail. Use the yarn tail and a darning needle to make long running stitches along the top edge of the hat.
Pull the yarn tail to gather the top edge of the hat, and pull it closed. You can knot the yarn tail to secure it. Weave in the ends.
How to Attach a Pom Pom to a Crochet Hat
I love to finish beanies with a big pom pom!. They are easy to make and even easier to attach to crochet hats.
But, there are many ways to make pom-poms without a pom-pom maker. You can made them with your hand, a toilet paper roll, or a cardboard cut-out template.
And, if you’d like to use one of those cute faux fur pom-poms, here are some I’ve tried and recommend. They come with a small elastic loop that you can use to attach them to your hats.
Explore More Crochet Patterns
If you love to crochet as much as I do, I think you’ll love these other free crochet patterns.
- Herringbone Crochet Cowl Pattern
- Reusable Cotton Crochet Face Scrubbies
- Twist-Front Crochet Ear Warmer Headband
- Classic Crochet Baby Booties
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- Bulky weight yarn, such as Lion Brand Color Made Easy
- pom pom, optional
- Row 1: Chain 36. Starting in the second chain from the hook, make 30 hdc. 5 sc. Turn. (35 sts)
- Row 2: Chain 1. Starting in the same (first) stitch, 5 sc blo, 30 hdc blo. Turn. (35 sts)
- Row 3: Chain 1. Starting in the same (first) stitch, 30 hdc blo, 4 sc blo, 1 sc. Turn. (35 sts)
- Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the crochet piece measures 19.5″ along the long edge – or about 1/2″ shorter than your desired finished hat measurement you calculated earlier.
- To seam: Fold the crocheted rectangle in half, right sides out. Work the last row of stitches, following the pattern, through loops on both edges.
- Gather the top of the hat: Fasten off and trim, leaving a long tail. Using the yarn tail and needle, sew long running stitches along the top edge of the hat. Pull yarn to gather and close the top edge. Make a knot to secure it, and weave in the remaining ends.
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