This Chunky Ribbed Crochet Hat has lots of texture and a slouchy style. The pattern works up quickly thanks to thick yarn and a big hook, plus it’s simple enough for a confident beginner to tackle. This post was originally created by me for Darice. I have included affiliate links for your convenience. See my full disclose policy here.
I love me a chunky, slouchy hat. This basic pattern is my new favorite, and I’m planning on making a bunch as gifts this holiday season. They work up super quickly, so that makes them a great project to work on at night while watching cheesy Christmas movies.
If you want to make one for yourself or someone on your gift list, I will show you how! The pattern is free for personal use. It may not be sold or redistributed in any way. If you want to share the pattern with someone, please send them here. You may sell items made from the pattern, if you link back to the pattern when possible, but you may NOT use my photos to sell your items. Thank you!
- Bulky Weight Yarn [I used one skein of Darice Folklore, but any Bulky (5 in the weight category) should work – you could also try Knit Picks Brava Bulky or Lion Brand Jiffy]
- Size N (10.00 mm) Crochet Hook
- Yarn Needle
- Pom Pom Maker (optional – you can also make pom poms just using your fingers OR try a faux fur pom pom)
This crochet hat is made using a technique similar to that used in my Black Cat Slouch Hat. First, you crochet a rectangle, sew it into a tube, and then close up the top; however, this had is topped off with a fluffy pom pom instead of the cute cat ears from last week’s pattern. 🙂
The hat’s ribbed look is created by working half double crochet stitches into the back loops only. This means that rather than working the stitches under both strands of yarn at the top of the stitch, you will work the stitch only through the back strand as shown in the image below.
Row 1: Begin by chaining 23 and then working a half double crochet (hdc) stitch in the third chain from your hook and each remaining chain down the line. (The length of this first row is about an inch shorter than the finished hat will be brim to crown, so if you want your hat to be longer or shorter, you can adjust the crochet hat pattern length by beginning again with more or fewer chains.) Chain 2, Turn.
Row 2: Working in the back loops only, work 1 hdc in each stitch across, Ch 2, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until your rectangle is long enough to wrap around your head. It took me 23 rows. You don’t need to finish off the yarn yet.
Fold the rectangle in half so the two short ends of the rectangle line up. Work a slip stitch through each stitch of both sides to crochet the rectangle together into a tube.
When you have your tube, finish off the yarn and weave in the ends.
With the tube wrong side out (with the seam on the outside), thread a long piece of yarn onto your yarn needle and pull the needle through each row all around one end of the tube. Grab both ends of the yarn and pull tight to gather the top of the hat. Tie the ends together with a double knot and weave in the ends.
Finally, just flip the hat right side out, and – ta-da! – it’s a hat! Well, kind of. It just needs a bit of finishing and then it will awesome.
Adding a brim takes it to the next level. A few rounds of single crochet will do just fine.
Rnd 1: Join the yarn to the brim edge of the hat. Work single crochet stitches evenly around the edge. It took me 38 stitches to go all the way around. Slip stitch to the first single crochet to join. Chain 1.
Rnd 2: Working in back loops only (see image below), single crochet in each stitch around. Slip stitch to join. Chain 1.
Rnd 3: Repeat Round 2 leaving off the last chain 1. Finish off, weave in ends.
Last but not least, you can top the hat with a pom pom. I used the largest pom pom loom to make my fluffy pom pom, and then tied it onto the crown of the hat.
Fingers are great pom pom making tools too, OR a faux fur pom pom would also look pretty amazing. Right?
And that’s it. Your new cozy hat is all ready to enjoy or gift. The ribbed stitch makes it nice and stretchy. It’s long enough to leave it pushed back and slouchy or you can pull it down and fold up the brim.
If you are looking for more crocheted gift ideas check out some of these patterns: