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.
If you liked this pattern, you might also like:
Lolly-Poms Sweetheart Crochet Beanie
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Hi! Thank you for this adorable free pattern! Are you on Ravelry? I would love to add this pattern to my queue so I can make it later.
could you tell me exactly where you got the pom pom, I am having trouble finding them.
Would this hat still look polished without the pom pom? Or is it needed to kind of hide the seams at the top?
There are no seams at the top, but there is bunching because you are pulling the whole thing together. The pom-pom hides the bunching, and any extra stitching you may have up there. Can it be done without a pom-pom? I think it’d look fine without as well.
are you on YouTube
I love your pattern and the rabbit fur pompom. My husband hates those on his hat. I started using the Magic Circle and no more holes int he tops of my hats.
I would like to make it for an adult and turn up brim. How many stitches would I have to crochet for the beginning row?
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Hi, i love this hat! I Crochet and sew for a charity. Would it be ok if i sell hats made with this pattern for a good cause?
And would like to mention you in the credits on instagram and Facebook, how can i tag you?
I got some of
Mine at Walmart-Mart in the jewelry
Department for $1 each
I know this is easy but I have a problem and I feel like an idiot: No matter what I do the sides of my hat are uneven, I start with 47 stitches and end with less than 40 so I cant join the two ends of my rectangle (triangle?). Ive tried skipping the first loop on every new row, not skipping, everything but I cant avoid decreasing. Been looking for days what Im doing wrong on youtube, blogs, forums, but no luck. Please help meee.
Thanks for the hat pattern! Really cute! ☺
Love, love, love the beanie! Where do you find the faux fur poms?
Made several of these for our grandchildren for Christmas. Now making one for my husband. Plan to make some for Warm Up America!, a national charitable organization, to provide to hospitals. Thank you for sharing you talents with us!
Are the slip stitches on the top of the hat or around the face?
I’m having the same problem as one of the other people on here. I have been trying to be careful and count my stitches and seem to keep decreasing no matter what I do. I’m trying to make sure I’m going into the last stitch at the end of the row, but still is decreases. I chain one at the end of the sl st row and chain two at the end of the regular HDC row. Am I supposed to be going into the first stitch of each row or the chain. Thorougly confused.
This was fun and a friend actually thought it was knitted in a photo
What sweater do you have on in the picture of the LOLLY-POMS EASY RIBBED CROCHET BEANIE?
I love the design.
You must be skipping a stitch here and there. Be very careful not to skip stitches as that was my problem when I first started this hat
If you leave the bunching and tie about an inch or two down from the top it makes an interesting top to the hat. You could crochet a chain to to that tying with.
Thank you for the seam instructions. I’m terrible at making seams. Have tried going into all four loops, just the front loops, just the back loops, etc but never thought of going into 1,2,4.
Hi Chiwei. This would be a perfect project for a beginner. I am sure teens would love this design. I’ve included your post in our latest Crafts for Teens inspiration. https://craftylikegranny.com/crafts-teens/ Cheers Jodie 🙂
My guess is you are losing the last stitch when doing the slip stitches. That is where I struggle and have to count each row as well.
Have you ever figured it out?
Thanks for this. The directions are very clear. This is the first pattern I’ve been able to read and visualize. Really thank you. My mom’ll be so proud when she sees this once I’ve finished.
Years later another person needs to know…if anyone sees this please reply
The slip stitches are at the top of the hat in order to make the top of the hat slightly skinnier (similar to a decrease if you work the hat in rounds from bottom-up) so that the cinch is able to close the top without leaving a hole. Hope that helps!
Love this hat and pattern Made two for my daughters.
Do you have directions for 2year old. and larger for kids
Once again certainly loved my beanies I made
I’m so glad! I don’t, but because of the basic construction, it’s completely customizable! Just decrease the sts in the rows and complete less repeats, ending when you can wrap the rectangle around the head of whoever it is that will be wearing the hat!