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Crochet Hat Pattern – Free Crochet Pattern

Pinnable Image Half Double Crochet Hat Pattern:

Free Crochet Hat Pattern

This free crochet hat pattern is a basic hat pattern – this design uses soft worsted weight yarn – with wraps per inch of 10 (10 wpi). Similar weight yarn can be substituted – some examples include Caron Simply Soft, Vanna’s Choice and Loops & Threads Impeccable.

Please check your gauge as it is easy to allow your stitches to become more relaxed as you crochet the ‘repeat’ rounds.

This hat is crocheted in continuous rounds/spirals – you do not need to slip stitch to join or chain-1. You can use a stitch marker (safety pin, bobby pin, bit of scrap yarn, twist tie, etc. ) to mark the first (or last) stitch of the round and move the stitch marker up each round as you progress, to mark your place.

There is no seam in this hat – it is neat and tidy.

If you prefer using the slip stitch to join and chain-1 (or 2) and working in regular rounds – you can – just try to keep those slip stitches small.  This will add a seam to the hat (from the slip stitch and chain stitches) and make the hat a little bit larger, but it will still work.

I would like to thank Louise of Garn Grammatik for kindly providing us with the translation of this entire pattern in Danish! Thank you Louise! You can meet and visit with Louise here: Garn Grammatik.

Danish Version of this pattern:

Halvstangmaske hue – i alle størrelser_Danish version

Version 1 – This hat will reach to the base of your ears – if you want a shorter hat please see Version 2 below.

Full Length Half Double Crochet Hat Pattern

Recommended Yarn: Red Heart Soft Yarn (WW) – 10 wpi
Hook: 5.50 mm
Gauge: 14 stitches in 4 inches; 12 rows in 4 inches

This version is designed to reach the base of the ear.

Preemie (fits 12″ circumference – 4.5″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next  3sts) 3x, 1 hdc in each remaining st [35]
R6: 1 hdc in each st around [35]
R7-13: repeat R6 [35]
R14: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [35]

Newborn (fits 13.5″ circumference – 5″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: 1 hdc in each st around [40]
R7-R15: repeat R6 [40]
R16: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [40]

0-3 months (fits 16″ circumference – 6″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: 1 hdc in each st around [48]
R8-18: repeat R7 [48]
R19: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [48]

3-6 months (fits 17″ circumference, 6.25″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 4x, 1 hdc in each remaining st [52]
R8: 1 hdc in each st around [52]
R9-R19: repeat R8 [52]
R20: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [52]

6-12 months (fits 18″ circumference, 6.75″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next  5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: 1 hdc in each st around [56]
R9-21 : repeat R8 [56]
R22: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [56]

12-24 months (fits 19″ circumference, 7″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the  next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 3x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [59]
R9: 1 hdc in each st around [59]
R10-21: repeat R9 [59]
R22: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [59]

3-5 years (fits 20″ circumference, 7.5″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 6 sts) 7x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [63]
R9: 1 hdc in each st around [63]
R10-21: repeat R9 [63]
R22: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [63]

6-10 years (fits 21″ circumference, 8″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x  [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 2x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [66]
R10: 1 hdc in each st around [66]
R11-R23: repeat R10 [66]
R24: 1 sl st (loosely)in each st around, F/O [66]

Adult Small (fits 22″ circumference, 8.25″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 6x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [70]
R10: 1 hdc in each st around [70]
R11-24: repeat R10 [70]
R25: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [70]

Adult Medium (fits 23″ circumference, 8.75″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 8x [72]
R10: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 8sts) 1x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [73]
R11: 1 hdc in each st around [73]
R12-24: repeat R11 [73]
R25: 1 sl st in each st around, F/O [73]

Adult Large (fits 24″ circumference, 9″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 8x [72]
R10: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 8sts) 5x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [77]
R11: 1 hdc in each st around [77]
R12-25: repeat R11 [77]
R26: 1 sl st in each st around, F/O [77]

Version 2 – This version is designed to reach mid-ear.

Mid-Ear Length Half Double Crochet Beanie

Recommended Yarn: Red Heart Soft Yarn (WW) – 10 wpi
Hook: 5.50 mm
Gauge: 14 stitches in 4 inches; 12 rows in 4 inches

Preemie (fits 12″ circumference, 4″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next  3sts) 3x, 1 hdc in each remaining st [35]
R6: 1 hdc in each st around [35]
R7-12: repeat R6 [35]
R13: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around [35]

Newborn (fits 13.5″ circumference, 4.5″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: 1 hdc in each st around [40]
R7-14: repeat R6 [40]
R15: sl st (loosely) in each st around [40]

0-3 months (fits 16″ circumference, 5.25″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: 1 hdc in each st around [48]
R8-16: repeat R7 [48]
R17: sl st (loosely) in each st around [48]

3-6 months (fits 17″ circumference, 5.5″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 4x, 1 hdc in each remaining st [52]
R8: 1 hdc in each st around [52]
R9-17: repeat R8 [52]
R18: sl st in each st around [52]

6-12 months (fits 18″ circumference, 5.75″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next  5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: 1 hdc in each st around [56]
R9-20 : repeat R8 [56]
R21: 1 sl st  (loosely) in each st around [56]

12-24 months (fits 19″ circumference, 6.25″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the  next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 3x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [59]
R9: 1 hdc in each st around [59]
R10-19: repeat R9 [59]
R20: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around [59]

3-5 years (fits 20″ circumference, 6.5″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next 6 sts) 7x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [63]
R9: 1 hdc in each st around [63]
R10-18: repeat R9 [63]
R19: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around [63]

6-10 years (fits 21″ circumference, 7″ height)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x  [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 2x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [66]
R10: 1 hdc in each st around [66]
R11-R20: repeat R10 [66]
R21: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [66]

Adult Small (fits circumference 22″, height 7.25″)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 6x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [70]
R10: 1 hdc in each st around [70]
R11-21: repeat R10 [70]
R22: 1 sl st (loosely) in each st around, F/O [70]

Adult Medium (fits circumference 23″ height 7.5″)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 8x [72]
R10: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 8sts) 1x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [73]
R11: 1 hdc in each st around [73]
R12-22: repeat R11 [73]
R23: 1 sl st in each st around, F/O [73]

Adult Large (fits circumference 24″, height 7.75″)
R1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8 x [24]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x [32]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x  [40]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x [48]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x [56]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x [64]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 8x [72]
R10: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 8sts) 5x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [77]
R11: 1 hdc in each st around [77]
R12-23: repeat R11 [77]
R24: 1 sl st in each st around, F/O [77]

I have made every effort to provide complete and accurate instructions. I even tested each hat myself. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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Lovely comments

  1. Arlene says

    Just a question – Is this in the round without new rows – or is there a sl st to join and chain 1 missing?

    • says

      Hi Arlene, This is worked in continuous rounds – no slip stitch join or chain 1. I apologize for the delay in my response – my comment system is not working properly and I have reported the problem but we are still working on fixing it! Thank you! Rhondda

    • says

      Hi Sandy,
      Thank you :) I'm happy the comment worked for you this time! Not exactly sure what is happening with the rest of them. Let me know if it happens again please :) Rhondda

      • sandy says

        I will, I just made a preemie hat with your pattern it is so, so cute! I don't use markers I just count every stitch.

        • says

          You can stick a paper clip in there if you want :) or twist tie :) safety pin? I'm so happy the pattern is helpful :) and that you like it :) Hugs, R

  2. pat says

    I want to make some caps for Crochet for Cancer but I am used to a pattern starting out by chaining a certain number of stitches, sl st and then making the HDC in the loop created. How in the heck do you start off with a HDC with not base?

    • says

      Hi Pat, Feel free to use the technique you want to start the hat :) I use an adjustable loop (aka magic ring) to begin for my hats as it allows you to completely closet the top hole after you begin. If you are interested in trying this technique here is a link to a tutorial from Tamara that will help :) Rhondda
      http://www.mooglyblog.com/the-magic-circle/

  3. Terri says

    I have been looking for a hat pattern with easy to follow instructions for ages. thanks!

    • says

      Very welcome Terri :) I have this available in different types of yarn too – so if you are using cotton yarn (worsted weight) there is a different pattern – or if you are using regular worsted weight (like Red Heart with Love or Supersaver) there is a double crochet hat version available too :) Have fun! Rhondda

  4. Jean says

    Thank you so much for all the different sizes!!
    I love your caring and attention to detail. You are a gift!

  5. Molly Hughes says

    My favorite go to beanie pattern, I love the hdc and this one works great for sunhats as well!

  6. Una Devine says

    Looked all over the web for this type of pattern (all ages), and so happy I found this. Thank you. Looking forward to trying them out.

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