There are 3 different ways to crochet a hat: top-down, bottom-up, and flat. The first two worked in the round, and the other is worked side to side, in rows. If you’re comfortable with increases, you can learn how to crochet a hat in the round very easily, but otherwise, you can crochet a hat without a magic circle. Are you still new to crochet? Don’t worry! This guide will show you how to crochet a hat for beginners in no time – start with the bottom-up crochet hat and then, once you’re comfortable with increases, go with the top-down design.
How to Crochet a Hat, Step-by-Step
Before you get started, there are two measurements you should get – your head circumference and your hat length. Your best bet is to get actual measurements of the person who’ll be wearing the hat, but there are approximate standard measurements in a chart, below, that can help!
Head Circumference: To get the head circumference, use a tape measure (or you can use a piece of yarn and then compare it to a ruler) and wrap it around the head, right at the middle of the forehead.
Hat Length: Using a tape measure or a length of yarn, hold measure the distance from the top and center of your head down to the side, right to the base of the ear.
Diameter: the straight line passing from side to side through the centre of a circle, in this case, the centre of the crown portion.
Size a Hat for Anyone!
Formula to find hat diameter:
Head Circumference / 3.14 = Hat diameter ( / means divide)
Find the hat’s length from crown to ear using the head circumference.
Formula to find hat length:
Head circumference*4/10= hat length ( * means multiply)
Ex: 23in*4/10= 9.2in 13.5*4/10= 5.4in
Use the measuring tape to measure your circle to confirm you have the correct diameter.
Now you’re ready to make that hat! Get inspired, follow the instructions below & let it flow!
Crochet Beanie Pattern:
Yarn: Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Crochet Hook: H/8 or 5 mm hook
Round 0: Chain 61.
Round 1: Single crochet in the second chain from hook and in each across, slip stitch to the first stitch to join (60 stitches).
Round 2: Chain 2, double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to the first stitch to join.
Round 3: Chain 1, half double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to the first stitch to join.
Round 4: Chain 1, single crochet in the back horizontal bar of each double crochet, slip stitch to the first stitch to join.
Round 5: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet here and throughout), 2 double crochets in the same stitch, skip 2 stitches, * 3 double crochets in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, repeat from * around, slip stitch to the first double crochet to join.
Rounds 6-20: Chain 3, turn; 2 double crochets in same space, 3 double crochets in each space between 3 double crochet sets, slip stitch to the first double crochet to join.
Finish: Close top with a yarn needle to finish.
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