This past Saturday, I went out bird watching alone in the morning. I knew ahead of time that it was going to be in the high 20s/low 30s when I left at 6:30 a.m., so Friday night I whipped up a nice, warm hat. I would love to share what I did in an easy, free crochet pattern.
I was inspired by Ashleigh at Sewrella to just come up with my own crochet pattern based on my measurements and the stitch of my choice, and I’ll share what I did below. I have yet to master making the perfectly sized hat, so this turned out big, but it still worked out fine! It was slouchy (which I wanted) and a bit loose around my face, so I would tweak it if I were doing it again. However, my daughter has an absolute ton of thick curly hair, and she loves the fit! (That’s her in the photos – she’s my favorite model.) All’s well that ends well.
Measuring for Fit
Simply measure the circumference of your head with a soft tape measure – just wrap the tape around the part of your head where you want the brim to rest. Then, measure the length from the crown of your head down to the base of one ear. I added a little extra on this length measurement to allow for some slouch. Also, keep in mind that this is a super bulky yarn, so when you close the top, there will be a gathering of yarn and it will have some bulk and a bit of weight to it. I subtracted 4″ from the circumference for stretch, but I could have probably subtracted 5-6″ for a tighter fit on this one.
Frozen Morning Crochet Hat Pattern
Crochet a rectangle to match the dimensions you decided on. My head circumference was about 23″ (do I have a gigantic melon??), and I planned for 10″ long, so I knew my rectangle should be about 10″ x 19″.
Hook: L / 8.00 mm (I used my Clover Amour L/8.00 mm hook)
Yarn: I had some Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn in Rasperry that I knew would work up quickly and be plenty warm. I used the entire skein of Raspberry before reaching my desired size, so I added a wide stripe of Oatmeal. Have fun with your colors!
Gauge: Not important! Because you’re making this to your own specifications and going by measurement instead of stitch counts, you don’t need to worry about gauge. Yay!
- sl st: slip stitch
- st: stitch
- hdc-blo: half double crochet in the back loop only
- ch: chain
- Make a slip knot on your hook and chain until you reach about 10″ (or whatever measurement you decided on for your length). For me, this was ch 29.
- hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of the remaining chains (for me, 28 st.).
- ch 1, turn, hdc-blo in each stitch across.
- Repeat until your rectangle is 10″ x 19″ (or whatever measurements you decided on).
- With right sides together (you can choose which side you like best!), align the short edges so the stitches line up and slip stitch through both thicknesses. I ended up with 28 sl st. Finish off.
- With a length of yarn, whipstitch around the top edge of the hat every inch or so all the way around. When you get back around to the beginning, hold the starting end of yarn and pull firmly on the other end to evenly cinch the hat closed. Tie the ends with a tight knot and then weave the ends over the opening back and forth to fully close the top and finish it all off. Cut the remaining tails, turn hat right side out, and admire your work. Feel free to attach a pom to the top if you want, but I obviously did not.
Feel free to try this with any stitch – this method allows so much freedom and creativity since you only have to make a rectangle instead of trying to crochet in the round, increase/decrease, etc. It’s so much fun and a great way to branch out from just following a pattern 100%! I hope to try another one and refine my skills with sizing a bit. Watch for more in the future!