60+ Free Crochet Hat Patterns for Beginners
You are going to love these free easy crochet hat patterns and beanie patterns!
Beginners: Learn how to crochet a hat in no time!
For crochet beginners, the thought of crocheting a hat might seem like a complicated feat, but we promise you that it's really easy to learn! In fact, crochet hats and crochet beanies are some of most beginner-friendly crochet patterns around. We've got tons of both types of patterns (all for free) in this list. If you want to learn to crochet hats, then you're in the right place!
This collection of free crochet hat patterns for beginners features easy-to-follow stitches and constructions, so you can grab your crochet hook and some yarn and get to work. Even better, you won't have to sacrifice style in order to make an easier pattern! All of the projects in this list are totally stylish, comfy, and cozy. Everyone will wonder where you bought your new hat, and it will be so fun to reveal that you made it yourself! Check out the variety of options pictured below and take your pick. You're just a skein of yarn away from easy, effortless style.
Crochet hats come in so many different styles - beyond your always-popular crochet beanie patterns, you have the ever-trendy crochet slouch hat and the sunhat. Crochet hats aren't just for winter, after all!
Many of the hats in this collection would be appropriate to crochet for cancer patients. They're comfy and stylish, and because they're quick to work up you can make a whole batch in lots of different colors. You can make them for a friend in need or donate them.
Finally, while most of the patterns on this list are for adults, we've also included a section of crochet baby hats! Crochet something cute for a little one in your life to keep them cozy and comforted.
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Plus! If you're just wondering, "how do you crochet a hat for beginners?" you don't need to scroll any further. You can get started crocheting a beginner hat right now with this video tutorial! Our friend and crochet expert Kristi Simpson will show you how. Just press play, and the written pattern is right here so you can follow along: Crochet Beanie for Beginners.
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Free Crochet Hat Patterns for Women
Work these beginner crochet hat patterns up when you need a stylish breath of fresh air. These trendy hat patterns will instantly light up any fall or winter outfit you wear, such as adorable pom-pom-topped crochet beanies, like the Lolly Poms Crochet Beanie (shown here).
If you've been wondering, "How do you crochet a simple winter hat?" the first step is to select one of these easy patterns to follow. These patterns, by some of our favorite expert crochet bloggers, will show you step-by-step how to craft an ultra-cozy and practical winter hat -- even if you are a complete crochet beginner!
Need a quick wardrobe upgrade or gift idea? This pink crochet beanie pattern is here for you! It's beginner-friendly and works up in a flash.
Crochet this beginner-friendly hat pattern and stay extra cozy this winter!
It's never too early to start thinking about holiday crochet projects, and this fun hat pattern is totally perfect for the season! It's cute and can be made by a crochet beginner.
Make your slouchy hat a two-tone design for instant style points.
A snug and attractive design in a simple stitch pattern makes this the perfect winter hat.
Even crochet beginners can get in on the granny square crochet trend! This cute and colorful hat makes a fun project that you'll be proud to wear.
You're only an hour away from being the proud owner of this adorable chunky crochet beanie! This pattern is super easy and cozy.
Though better for style than warmth, this simple slouch looks great with any outfit.
Add a bow to the front of your hat, like in this design, for a cute touch for any lady.
So stunning and feminine, this crochet hat looks way beyond easy level but it's not.
We're obsessed with this lovely and elegant granny stripe design.
Want to try something different with your hats? Try this cat ear beanie - a crochet hat pattern with a twist!
This super slouchy design is perfect for the casual, down-to-earth gal.
Perfect for when you only have a lunch break or less to spare, this design works up FAST!
Simple and basic, but not boring, this ribbed design is a solid winter choice.
With a mix of half double crochet and popcorn stitches, this hat looks impressive but is easy to make.
Get ready for your prince to arrive when you don this romantic and stylish winter crochet hat! Add as big or small a pom-pom you wish.
Love wearing your hair up but hate having to stuff it into your hat? Enter this beginner-friendly bun hat pattern!
Free Crochet Hat Patterns for Everyone
Crochet beanies are the trusty and standard classic crochet hats, and their unisex style means that they're perfect for everyone! These simple crochet hats never go out of style, so learn how to crochet a beanie for the whole family.
For a simple design, try the Easy Knit Look Crochet Hat Pattern (shown here). This textured beanie features ridges all around, as well as a gorgeous overall design.
Some of these basic hats can even be used as stylish and easy hats for cancer patients. Now there's a thoughtful and useful gift idea!
Gorgeous! Add a pom or leave it without. Either way, this is one of our reader-favorite free crochet hat patterns for beginners.
Use a basic stitch to make this basic crochet hat pattern. It's so easy yet so pretty!
Use beginner stitches to make this light and airy beanie.
Cables on a crochet hat? Add these faux cables for effortless style.
This simple striped hat is good for the most beginner of beginners.
With two simple stitch patterns, this design works up super fast. It's a great one for donating, too.
Add a fold-up brim by making your hat just a little longer than you normally would.
This simple hat just uses the single crochet stitch for beginner-friendly crocheting.
This fun hat design features a ribbed bottom for perfect fit every time.
Add a pom to your hat design, like in this crochet hat does, for cute winter style.
With variegated yarn, you can easily add a whole range of colors without any pesky color changes!
This ribbed bottom and slouch design adds effortless style to this wintery hat.
For a quick and simple hat, try this design, worked entirely in double crochet stitches.
You don't need to work crazy complicated stitches for a stylish design - sometimes just a row or two of a different color does the trick.
Add a sweet, scalloped edge to your finished design for an instant style upgrade.
One simple stitch and bulky yarn is all you need for this basic bulky beanie design.
Perfect for holiday gift-giving, this unisex design packs on the style.
All you need for this super easy design is bulky yarn - and knowledge of the double crochet stitch.
The basketweave stitch is one of the most striking textures for crochet hats. This one works for both men and women in any color!
Get creative with your colors in this stylish hat design. The waffle stitch creates a wonderful textural hat that will turn heads everywhere it goes.
For a true beginner beanie, look no further than this one. This pattern even comes with a video tutorial to help walk you through!
The stretchy ribbing used to make this essential winter hat keeps it's shape while covering your head and ears throughout your day.
Bulky hats work up quickly. Choose solid, variegated, or favorite colors of yarn and get crocheting enough of these for the whole family.
Beginner Summer Hats to Crochet
Learn how to crochet a hat for summer! Even on the hottest days, you'll need some form of a hat to protect your head or shade your eyes - these crochet hat patterns are perfect for sunny days and spring and summertime adventures.
From crochet sun hats, like the Summer Joy Hat (shown here), to crochet lace hats, these delicate and airy crochet hat patterns can stand up to the harsh rays of the sun. Use lighter weight yarn and breezy, airy patterns to work up these versatile hat patterns.
This design uses thick yarn but airy stitches for an all-season accessory.
This light and airy design of this fabulous hat is embellished with a ribbon for an elegant touch.
With sizes that range from baby to adult, no one will be left out of keeping their face sunburn free with the help of this crochet hat!
This is one of the most unique hats we've seen! The simple design with the perfectly-placed visor will have you staying out even longer this summer.
Easy Crochet Baby Hat Patterns for Beginners
Crochet hat patterns for kids are so fun to make, especially since babies and kids can get away with wearing adorable animals. Plus, these hat patterns are much smaller so they take less time to work up!
These crochet baby hats and kid hat patterns will make your child's day. Crochet one of these beginner crochet baby hats for a fall or winter day, like the Newborn Crochet Hat (shown here), or make a quick Halloween costume using one of these crochet hat patterns, like the too-cute Little Bear Hat.
Embrace your funky side with this beginner-friendly scrap design.
This animal hat features an adorable frog and is perfect for your little one.
Perfect for baby showers and first birthdays, this bulky yarn pattern works up fast AND is super warm and cozy.
A ribbed design easily transforms into a pumpkin hat by adding a tiny little embellishment up top.
In a rush? Try this super easy newborn hat!
This basic design features one stitch throughout - it's fast and it's easy!
Fall into fall by using autumnal variegated yarn and a little curlicue embellishment up top!
The classic Santa hat is now for infants and toddlers in this beginner-friendly design.
For a hat design that works up amazingly quick and is supremely warm and cozy, you can't go wrong with this super chunky pattern!
This lovely ribbed hat is adorable, easy, and perfect for your little one.
This simple, classic pattern features a ribbed edge and simple crochet stitches.
Variegated yarn is the easiest way to add color and funky style to any design, just like this baby hat pattern!
Help your little one brave the cold with this "fur-lined" (and super adorable) bonnet design.
Another option for embellishments is a simple button or two - it's so easy to add style to a design!
For a simple baby hat that has just a bit of a twist, try this little bear hat! It's so beary cute!
Make a cute hat for the apple of your eye! The rich red base of simple stitches and the lovely green topper is going to please any baby.
With different but completely striped designs, these hat designs are must-makes for all of your baby showers or youngins in your life.
This beanie helps prove our point that a hat design can be both beginner-level and texturally exciting and beautiful.
Any cutie patootie will look even more huggable with this easy-to-crochet hat. The pom-pom adds a softness you'll love to see and photograph.
PLUS! How to Crochet a Hat - Tips!
There are 3 different ways to crochet a hat: top-down, bottom-up, and flat. The first two worked in the round, and the other is worked side to side, in rows. If you’re comfortable with increases, you can learn how to crochet a hat in the round very easily, but otherwise you can crochet a hat without a magic circle.
Are you still new to crochet? Don’t worry! This guide will show you how to crochet a hat for beginners in no time - start with the bottom-up crochet hat and then, once you’re comfortable with increases, go with the top-down design.
How to Crochet a Hat, Step-by-Step:
Before you get started, there are two measurements you should get - your head circumference and your hat length. Your best bet is to get actual measurements of the person who'll be wearing the hat, but there are approximate standard measurements in a chart, below, that can help!
- Head Circumference: To get the head circumference, use a tape measure (or you can use a piece of yarn and then compare it to a ruler) and wrap it around the head, right at the middle of the forehead.
- Hat Length: Using a tape measure or a length of yarn, hold measure the distance from the top and center of your head down to the side, right to the base of the ear.
Now you're ready to make that hat! Check out our extensive guide on how to crochet a hat by clicking on the image shown below!
FREE BONUS! Beginner Crochet Beanie - Full Pattern
Let's get started with this free crochet beanie pattern! Watch the video above to see exactly how it's done, and then follow the step-by-step tutorial below to make your own.
Looking for more ideas? Keep scrolling for dozens of free patterns for women, men, babies, and more! And if you knit, be sure to check out 66+ Knit Hat Patterns for Winter from our friends at AllFreeKnitting.
- Yarn: Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches) Featured in this Video: Premier Deborah Norville Everyday Collection
- Crochet Hook: H/8 or 5 mm hook
- Yarn needle
Crochet Beanie Pattern:
- Chain 61.
- Round 1: Single crochet in the second chain from hook and in each across, slip stitch to the first stitch to join (60 stitches).
- Round 2: Chain 2, double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to the first stitch to join.
- Round 3: Chain 1, half double crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to the first stitch to join.
- Round 4: Chain 1, single crochet in the back horizontal bar of each double crochet, slip stitch to the first stitch to join.
- Round 5: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet here and throughout), 2 double crochets in the same stitch, skip 2 stitches, * 3 double crochets in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, repeat from * around, slip stitch to the first double crochet to join.
- Rounds 6-20: Chain 3, turn; 2 double crochets in same space, 3 double crochets in each space between 3 double crochet sets, slip stitch to the first double crochet to join.
- Close top with a yarn needle to finish.
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