If you’d like to learn how to crochet a quick and easy hat without the need for a pattern or gauge swatch, you’re in the right place. In this tutorial, I’ll guide you through the process, step by step.
In this post I’m going to show you how to create a super easy crochet hat. The best part is, you won’t need a pattern or a gauge swatch. All you’ll require is your favorite yarn and a suitable hook. This technique is perfect for those last-minute gift ideas or if you’re into selling your creations at markets. The crochet hat comes together quickly, and you can even use that skein of yarn you’ve had lying around without a specific plan. Let’s get started!
If you prefer you can watch this video tutorial.
For this hat, you can use virtually any type of yarn. In this tutorial, I’m using Red Heart Super Saver, which is an affordable option. However, you can use any yarn you like. Make sure to match your hook size to the yarn; for instance, a 5.5mm hook pairs well with the yarn I’m using. You’ll also need a tape measure to determine the size, based on the wearer’s head circumference.
Quick and Easy Crochet Hat Tutorial – No Pattern Needed!
Creating the Base Chain
Begin by making a chain that represents the desired height of the hat. Approximately 10 to 11 inches should work for an adult-sized hat. You can go up to 12 inches if you prefer. If you’re making a smaller hat, you’ll find some measurements below. Since this hat features a fold-over brim, you don’t need to be overly precise. Your starting chain will be the height of the hat, so aim for about 11 inches. Make sure to leave a bit of room for adjustments.
Hat Height (these are approximate, this style is pretty flexible in length)
Toddler: 8.5″- 9.5″
Row 1 – Single Crochet
In the first row, single crochet into the second chain from your hook and continue single crocheting across the chain. Working into the back loop of the stitches will give your hat a nice finish and create a ribbed pattern.
Row 2 – Single Crochet in the Back Loop
For the second row, chain one and turn. Single crochet into the back loop of each stitch across, maintaining the ribbed pattern. This back-loop technique makes the fabric of the hat stretchy, which is perfect for a snug fit.
Repeat Row 2
Keep repeating Row 2 until your hat reaches the desired width/circumference. You’ll know it’s the right size when it just barely stretches around the wearer’s head. Remember that the hat will stretch a bit when worn, so it’s better for it to be slightly snug initially.
Head Circumference (you want your hat to stretch to these measurements)
Closing the Tube
To create a tube from your rectangular piece, chain one and turn. Then, slip stitch the ends together. Ensure you work in the back loops of your foundation chain and the last row to maintain the ribbing pattern.
Closing the Top
Fasten off your yarn and leave a long tail. Thread it onto a needle and whipstitch the top of the hat, sewing through every row to close it up. Be gentle to avoid breaking the yarn, but make sure it’s secure. Adjust it until the top is fully closed.
Once the top is closed, you can fold the brim over. The hat will take on a more typical hat shape. To finish it off, you can add a pom-pom using the same yarn or attach a pre-made pom-pom.
There you have it – a simple and versatile hat without the need for a pattern. Whether you’re making this for yourself or as a gift, this technique allows for customization. Plus, you can whip up these hats quickly. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Don’t forget to subscribe for more content, and I’ll see you in the next video!