Here you can find a beginners crochet hat pattern that is super easy and very quick to make – You can crochet a ladies hat in about 40 minutes.
I hear you – you don’t believe me, well I’ve just recorded a video for the adult ladies size hat, and start to finish including making a pom pom has taken 42 minutes!
This hat is amazing and the perfect beginners crochet project. I’ve been teaching how to make this hat as a beginners crochet workshop for about 5 years, and even a beginner can and does make this hat in about 2 hours!! Then with all crochet projects – the more you practice the quicker you get!
These are perfect craft show projects too – as they are so quick – you can make so many in such a short amount of time.
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Why this Quick and Easy Crochet hat is perfect for beginners?
I teach this hat as week two of a beginners crochet series, yep – week two, and we make a hat to fit an adult lady!
Just have a look at some of the makes from the workshops I’ve taught over the last couple of years.
Week one, we’ve worked on learning granny squares – and I have a whole other post about why these are so good to learn>>>
But today, it’s a super quick and easy beginners crochet beanie hat, and as I know some of you are visual learners – I’ve made a video too.
This easy crochet hat teaches you how to:
- Make a magic ring/ loop
- The height of the US Half Double Crochet (HDC)
- The US half double crochet stitch (HDC) (Half Treble Uk)
- How to work in the round (a circle)
- How to slip stitch to join
- How to increase consistently and evenly
- How to change colour neatly
- How to fasten off
- How to sew in ends
This quick and easy crochet hat is the perfect way to increase your crochet knowledge, and make a beanie hat!
Quick and Easy Crochet Beanie – Yarn
The yarn used for this project is absolutely key as to why this hat is such a quick make.
Thick yarn = quick project and this easy hat is no exception.
It’s made with Cygnet Seriously Chunky yarn, and takes just over a ball to make a ladies sized hat.
I like to explain it, that if you bought 4 balls of yarn, you could make 3 ladies hats – with lots of lovely colourful stripes!
There are so many possibilities with this yarn – it comes in 30 solid colours and 7 “mix prints”
If you bought 8 balls of yarn, you could have 6 totally different looking hats!
This is a premium Acrylic, and is really well priced at about £2.50 a ball ($3.50), so 3 hats for £7.50 ($10) has got to be worth it!
These would make great craft show makes too, and given they are so quick to make, the little bit of extra cost of the yarn would far outweigh the time savings on making these hats. Sell a hat for $20, when it’s only cost you $4.50 = win win!
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When making the PomPom – I use normal DK/ Worsted weight yarn. I’ve tried making pompoms with super chunky yarn, but I’ve personally found that I couldn’t ever tie them tight enough to keep the big yarn strands in place.
So I use three stands of DK yarn together – so they are still really quick to make, but also don’t fall apart if one or two strands come loose!
Now a little word of warning – it does take some getting used to crocheting with Super chunky/ Super Bulky Yarn, especially if coming from a DK/ Worsted weight yarn, but honestly it should only take a couple of stitches to get used to it – and the time saving is so so worth it!
Crochet Hooks (and needles) for Super Chunky/ Bulky Yarn
Basically put big yarn = a big hook.
Like all crochet hooks you may have a personal preference. When I teach this I offer 3 different hooks.
I adore my Clover 10mm hook, and would always pick this – if you are planning on making a few hats – this is well worth the investment.
The Pony hook is a great budget option and perfect for beginners, as it has a really nice “hook” on the end, but it can be tough on your hands if you are crocheting a lot.
The Knitpro, is lovely to hold, and has a nice smooth “hook”, but if you are learning you may find the yarn slips off the end easily.
It’s all a case of personal preference – go with a hook that you are comfortable with.
Yarn needles – as this yarn is so thick – I can not recommend these needles enough, as the eye of the needle is plastic – so it makes them so easy to thread!
Which Crochet Stitch?
These hats use the Half Double Crochet (HDC) (USA Terms) or Half Treble crochet (UK), and slip stitches to make them. This is a really good stitch – as it isn’t as “holey” as a Double crochet, but it’s quicker than a single crochet = win win.
It’s really simple to do – if you’ve learnt a granny square – think like a double crochet, but once you’ve pulled the yarn back through the stitch – just yarn over and pull back over all 3 loops on your hook (making it quicker too!).
The other thing to note with the half double crochet is that there is a Wrong side and Right side. For this hat, you will work the pattern then turn the hat inside out.
Easy Beginners Crochet Hat Pattern – 40 minute make
You will need for a 3 colour hat:
8cm Pom Pom maker (if you want a pom pom)
DK Yarn for the PomPom
Cotton yarn to tie the PomPom
Finished hat size
25cm (20 inches) width x 20cm (18 inches) tall
7 sts x 6 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) over HDC st pattern.
Abbreviations – USA Terms Used
Ch – chain
HDC – half double crochet
ss – slip stitch
sts – Stitches
Half Double Crochet (HDC) – Yarn over the hook, through the middle of the ring, grab the yarn and pull back through the ring, yarn over the hook again, and pull back over all 3 loops on the hook.
Pattern notes for an easy beginners beanie
This crochet hat is worked in the round, ss to join at the end of each round.
The beginning Ch2 counts as a stitch throughout.
You may find it useful to add a stitch marker to the beginning Ch to remind you of where you need to stop the round.
Tip – when working the rounds with the increased (rounds 2-4), you should finish on the last part of the “repeat” i.e. 2HDC, 1HDC – your last st should be the 1HDC – this is a good way of checking where you are, and that you are counting correctly.
Make the last Yarn over of the last HDC st of the previous round using the new colour.
Easy Beginners crochet hat Video
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To crochet an easy beanie hat
Make a magic ring. (If you need to see how this is done – check out this video here).
Round 1: Ch2 (which is the height of a US Half Double Crochet (HDC) and counts as a stitch throughout), now make 7HDC in the magic ring, ss to join (making a circle). [8HDC]
Round 2: Ch2, 1HDC in the base of the chain, 2HDC in each stitch around, ss to join. [16HDC]
Round 3: Ch2, 1HDC in the base of the chain, 1HDC in the next stitch. *2HDC, 1HDC, repeat from * around, ss to join. [24 HDC]
Round 4: Ch2, 1HDC in the base of the chain. 1HDC in each of the next 2 stitches. *2HDC, 1 HDC, 1HDC – repeat from * around, ss to join. [32 HDC]
Round 5: Ch2, 1HDC in the next st, HDC in each st around, ss to join. [32 HDC]
Rounds 6-12: Ch2, 1HDC in each st around. [32HDC]
Fasten off, weave in ends – and Turn inside out – the “Right Side” is the inside of the hat when you make it.
If you want to change colour.
This is how you can get the different looks for the hats (from left to right working from the top down).
Make the last Yarn over the of the last HDC st using the new colour.
The hats vary in round – depending on your head size – as a guide 12 rounds tends to fit most ladies heads, but you may find you need to go one or two rounds smaller, or even one more making 13.
To make the designs above – I used:
Hat A: Rounds 1-6 – Mustard, Rnds 7-9 Cream, Rnds 10-12 Teal
Hat B: Rounds 1-5 – Plum, Rnds 6-9 cream, Rnds 10-11 Grey
Hat C: Rounds 1-3 Magenta, Rnds 4-5, Rnds 6-9 Navy, Rnd 10 Grey
Hat D: Rounds 1-5 Light green, Rnds 6-9 Biscuit, Rnds 10-11 Magenta
Hat E: Rounds 1-4 Light grey, Rnds 7-9 cream, Rnds 10-11 Pink
Hat F: Rounds 1-6 Magenta, Rnds 7-9 Unicorn, Rnds 10-11 navy
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