I had been toying with the idea of a knit-look, but after thinking about it, I decided it was the ribbed look I was really going after. After creating the ribbing on my last hat, I figured why not make an entire hat using the same technique? And even better, why not make it as a slab instead of worrying about sizing and decreases. So here is a super easy ribbed crochet beanie that would be a great, instant-gratification project for a beginner.
You can see I was kissed by luck when I first started a ribbed hat for my son, and I thought my cunning plan of making a rectangle was going to work. Except it didn’t. There was too much material to pull together at the top and it wouldn’t close all the way. I ended up having to add some crochet stitches to decrease the circumference enough to close it off, but as you can see, it left a bit of a jog in the curve of the hat.
That weird demarcation was mostly hidden by the enormous pom-pom I put on there, and it didn’t bother my son, but it bugged me.
So back to the drawing board. The pattern I’m sharing below is the revised version and it turned out way better!
Ribbed Crochet Beanie Supplies
H (5 mm) hook – Clover Amour Hooks*.
A ball (or 2) of your favorite yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice* in Colonial Blue, and one in Mustard.
Bernat Faux Fur Pom-Poms* (I found my locally at JoAnn’s)
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sl st – slip stitch
hdc – half double crochet
fhdc – foundation half double crochet
A note on sizing: The number of stitches in your foundation row is the height of the hat. For reference, the yellow beanie was 37 FHDC stitches, and the blue was 47 FHDC stitches, with the extra 10 being the fold-up brim. Baby hats will obviously have less stitches, and I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader, since it’s highly dependent on the gauge and tension of your stitch.
Instructions [ adult beanie, without fold ]
Start with a row of 37 foundation half double crochet stitches. Ch 2.
(All subsequent stitches are worked in the back loops only – that’s what creates the rib!)
Row 2: Starting in the first foundation half double crochet stitch, work 1 hdc in each of the next 32 stitches. Work 1 sl st in each of next 5 stitches. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 3: Work 1 hdc in each stitch across (working in the back loops of both the sl st and the hdc from the previous row). Ch 2. Turn.
Row 4: Work 1 hdc in each of the next 32 stitches. Work 1 sl st in each of next 5 stitches. Ch 1. Turn.
Row 5: Work 1 hdc in each stitch across. Ch 2. Turn.
Repeat Rows 4-5 until the hat can wrap around the head.
The side with the the less visible tapering is the outside (right side), and the side with the visible slip stitches is on the inside (wrong side). The picture below shows the right side.
With the right sides together, join the two ends of your rectangle together using a slip stitch. As you hold the ends together, you’ll see 4 loops to work through This sounds totally confusing, but with Loop 1 being the closest to me, I worked through loops 1, 2 and 4. This allowed for a more seamless look on the right side.
Fasten off, but leave a nice long tail.
To close the top of the beanie, weave the tail around the top end of the beanie and pull tight. Work a few extra stitches in to secure the closing.
Last but not least, tie on a pom-pom, whether it’s a yarn or faux fur one, and weave in all ends.