I know sometimes math is hard and a straightforward pattern for a crochet project is the easiest way to accomplish a piece. But bear with me on this post- learning this method for an easy crochet hat is so helpful and translates really well for use in any size, with any yarn and any hook.
First and foremost this hat is made by creating a single flat rectangle. This is awesome for any of you that aren’t ready for circular kneedles yet (even though they’re not much different once you get the hang of it!) The length of your rectangle is 1/2” less than the circumference of the wearers head. The width is the distance from the bridge of the nose to the center back of the crown of the head. Add 3” to the width give or take if you want to fold over the brim of your hat.
Once your rectangle is complete you have two steps to complete the hat. First, seam the rectangle neatly by joining the two shorter ends with a whip stitch. Second, thread a piece of yarn in and out around the top edge of the tube you just made and pull tight. This will cinch in the top of the tube and turn it into the top of your hat!
Seems easy enough, right?! It is!
From rectangle into easy crochet hat!
To create my hat I used a single skein of alpaca yarn I got with my family when we were in Lake Chautauqua over the summer. The yarn came right off of one of the alpaca we got to see, pet and meet which I think is just the coolest thing! But I don’t have a label for this yarn to give you the gauge or anything like that. It paired well with my size H crochet hook so you can use that as a guide. It seemed slightly thinner than worsted weight yarn.
I really like this beautiful alpaca yarn too from knit picks.
What my “pattern” looked like:
Chain 45. Add 2 turning chains (to every row)
Double crochet in back loops only for as many rows as it takes to reach desired length (remember this is the measurement of the wearers circumference).
This easy crochet hat looks so pretty with a back-loops-only stitch. Double crochet into back loops only creates a lovely sort of faux ribbing (those nice neat lines you see in the fabric). It’s squishy and soft and works up so quickly.
If you love this hat pattern you might love this super chunky crochet hat pattern I created last year.
You should also check out this crochet color block blanket pattern– it’s one of my all time faves!
Hope you give it a whirl!