How to Crochet Basic Hat in Any Size – free pattern & tutorial.
If you can’t figure it out how to crochet hat in any size you want, this tutorial with lots of helpful charts is great to you understand how to do it. In this post, we are talking about crocheting any size hat from top to down. How to get exactly crown width, circumference, and length to fit the hat size you want. It’s all about math, but like a magic. Finally, you will get a proper size hat. I have added hat sizing guide so you do not need to play with math. And lots of step by step photos, infographic. 🙂
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This tutorial and free pattern for a basic crochet hdc hat.
To make a proper size hat, materials you’re going to use and measurements for the hat is really important.
Let’s start with the materials.
Materials you will need
DK / Worsted or any weight of yarns you wish to use and recommended hook size for the yarn weight you selected (see the label of the selected yarn or follow the guidelines of Standard Yarn Weight System.
- Red Heart Soft – Turquoise (#4-Medium / Worsted)
- I-9 / 5.5mm crochet hook.
And other essential materials and tools like
- Stitch markers
- Measuring tape and
- Yarn needle for weaving ends.
There are two ways (maybe more methods than two) but these are the popular way to crochet a hat.
You can start to crochet a hat from
- top to down.
- bottom up.
In this tutorial, we use top to down method.
How to get the measurements to crochet a hat?
You may have a difficult time when it comes to crochet a hat with the proper size. right!. I also have struggled with this process when I began to crochet. These guidelines on Creating Beautiful Things in Life was very helpful to me.
Here are the main parts and it’s measurements you need to know before starting to crochet a hat. (if you are unable to get measurements of the person, follow the guidelines below. (Crochet Hat Sizing Guide)
- Hat circumference = measure around the head just above ears and subtract one inch for a nicely fitted finished hat.
- Crown width = (this is a flat circular top of the hat) you need to divide hat circumference by 3.14 (pi).
- Hat height = Head circumference / 10 x 4.
Follow the Hat Sizing Guide
Here I put together hat sizing guide. The shown hat circumferences in this chart are after subtracting one inch for a nicely fitted finished hat. If you are unable to get measurements of the person, select the age group from the chart below and try to get the close number of sizes in each crown width, hat height, and circumference of the age group.
Let’s start to crochet a hat! 🙂
First, you need to make a magic ring. Or crochet ch 5 or 6 and sl st to the first ch to make a ring.
You can start first round with total numbers of 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12. These number of stitches may different due to the yarn weight and stitches you use. For this baby hat, I crocheted 8 half double crochet stitches with #4-Medium / Worsted weight yarn. If you select #5-Bulky weight yarn, 6 half double crochet stitches for the first round enough to make a flat circle.
In this post, I wrote here a free pattern for a baby hat (6-12 months).
Round 1: ch 1 (does not count as a st), 8 hdc into the ring, sl st to first hdc. (8 sts). (In each round, you will see how increasing by the number of total stitches of the first round.)
Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2 hdc in first st and each of next st around, sl st to the first hdc. (16 sts)
Round 3: ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2 hdc in first st, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; repeat to around, sl st to the first hdc. (24 sts)
Round 4: ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2 hdc in first st, *hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat * to around, sl st to the first hdc. (32 sts)
Round 5: ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2 hdc in first st, *hdc in each of next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat * to around, sl st to the first hdc. (40 sts)
Round 6: ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2 hdc in first st, *hdc in each of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st; repeat * to around, sl st to the first hdc. (48 sts)
At this point crown completed for 6-12 size = 4.45″ diameter of my circle.
Follow this pattern until you reach the diameter you want for other sizes.
For an example.
(2 hdc in one st, hdc in each of next 5 sts).
(2 hdc in one st, hdc in each of next 6 sts). Like this. (See the photo above How to Crochet a Flat Circle – Hat Crown)
After you get the close number to the size of the crown width you want. Continue the rounds without increasing until you reach the hat height you need.
For this baby hat, I crocheted more 8 rounds without increasing.
Round 7 to 14: crochet hdc in each st around, sl st to the first hdc. (48 sts)
That’s all! 🙂
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