Crochet Winter Hat
If you’re looking for a crochet winter hat pattern (free!), you’ve come to the right place! This lovely textured hat is warm and cozy and fun to make. The pattern includes step by step written instructions and a video tutorial.
Crochet Women’s Winter Hat Pattern
This crochet women’s winter hat pattern includes everything you need to know to make this hat including the ribbing and pom pom.
You can use any size 4 (medium) yarn, which is ideal for making a warm and cozy winter hat.
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Winter Hat Crochet Pattern Details
Easy to Intermediate
The pattern creates a hat for adults that is approx. 11” wide, 8” high and 22” around.
Yarn: Approx. 195 yds of any size 4 (medium), 100% acrylic yarn. For the white hat in the pictures, I used Pound of Love by Lion Brand in the color “Antique White.” A skein of this yarn is 1020 yds / 932 m and 16 oz / 448 g. I used less than a quarter of a skein. For the pink/purple hat in the pictures, I used Impeccable by Loops & Threads in the color “Rich Orchid.” A skein of this yarn is 285 yds / 260 m and 4.5 oz / 127.5 g. I used 3/4 of a skein.
Crochet Hook Size: H/8 (5.00 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Other Materials: yarn needle, scissors and a measuring tape. For pom pom: a 6” x 4” piece of cardboard or a pom pom maker.
This pattern has a skill level of easy to intermediate. It is written for right-handed crochet using standard US terminology. If you’re more familiar with UK terms, here’s my US to UK Conversion Chart.
- ch = chain
- st = stitch
- sts = stitches
- sl st = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- sk = skip
- dc = double crochet
- fpdc = front post double crochet
- fptr = front post triple/treble crochet
3” x 3” = 6 sts (alternating dc and fptr) and 8 rounds. Measurements are also included throughout the pattern.
- This pattern is worked from the top down, in the round. Do not turn at the end of any round.
- Always work in the first stitch, the stitch attached to the chain – unless instructed to skip it.
- Chains never count as stitches.
Front Post Stitches
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc):
In this pattern, when working a front post double crochet (fpdc), you will be working around the stem of the stitch from the round below. Yarn over, insert your hook from the front to the back at the right of the stitch and bring your hook out at the left of the same stitch. Then finish your double crochet stitch as you normally would:
Yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through last 2 loops on hook.
Front Post Triple Crochet (fptr):
In this pattern, when working a front post triple/treble crochet (fptr), you will be working around the stem of the stitch from two rounds below. Yarn over twice, insert your hook from the front to the back at the right of the stitch and bring your hook out at the left of the same stitch. Then finish your triple/treble crochet stitch as you normally would:
Yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops on hook (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull yarn through last 2 loops on hook.
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Winter Hat Crochet Pattern Instructions
Start: Make a Magic Circle.
Round 1: Ch 1. Make 11 dc in the Magic Circle. Pull Magic Circle tight to close. (11 sts – reminder: chains never count as stitches). Sl st in top of 1st dc to join.
Round 2: Ch 2 (reminder: never turn). Make 2 fpdc around each st. (22 sts). Sl st in top of 1st fpdc to join.
Round 3: Ch 2. *2 fpdc around next st. Fpdc around next st.* Repeat from * to * around. (33 sts). Sl st in top of first fpdc to join. Work should measure approx. 3.25” across.
Round 4: Ch 2. Fpdc around first st. 2 fpdc around each st around. (65 sts). Sl st in top of first of fpdc to join. It’s okay for work to curl. Work should measure 4.25” across.
Round 5: Ch 1. Sc in each st around. (65 sts).
You will now be making fptr stitches (not fpdc).
Round 6: Ch 2. Fptr around the ch 2 from two rounds below. Sk the first st (the st attached to the chain). *In the next st, dc. Sk the next st. Fptr around the st from two rounds below.* Repeat from * to * around. (65 sts). Sl st in top of first fptr to join. Work should measure 6” across.
Round 7: Repeat Round 5.
Round 8: Repeat Round 6. Work should measure 7.5” across.
Round 9: Repeat Round 5.
Round 10: Repeat Round 6. Work should measure 9” across.
Round 11: Repeat Round 5.
Round 12: Repeat Round 6.
Work is now measured by folding hat in half and measuring from top to bottom (to measure the height) and across the two widest points (to measure the width). After Round 12, work should measure 5” high and 10” wide.
Round 13: Repeat Round 5.
Round 14: Repeat Round 6. Work should measure 5.5” high and 10.5” wide.
Round 15: Repeat Round 5.
Round 16: Repeat Round 6. Work should measure 6” high and 10.75” wide.
Round 17: Repeat Round 5.
Round 18: Repeat Round 6. Work should measure 6.5” high and 11” wide. Do not fasten off.
The ribbing is approx. 1.5” from the edge of the hat. To make the ribbing smaller or larger, decrease or increase the number of chains on Step 1.
Step 1: Ch 6 (or your desired number of chains) and turn. In the 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc into each remaining ch. You will have created 5 sc sts in total. Sl st into the 1st st on the hat (the st attached to the chain). Sl st into the next st on the hat. (2 sl sts made).
Ribbing Up: Ch 1 and turn. Sk the ch 1 and the 2 slip stitches. In the 1st st, sc into the back loops only (BLO) which are the loops furthest away from you. Sc into the BLO of each st up. (The last st can be tricky to see as it can get quite tight. Always count your sts). (5 sc sts in total).
Ribbing Down: Ch 1 and turn. Sk the ch 1. Sc into the BLO of each st down. (The last st can be tricky to see as it can get quite tight. Always count your sts). (5 sts in total). Sl st into the next st on the hat – ensure it’s the next st, not the st attached to the ribbing. Sl st into the next st on the hat (2 sl sts made).
Work Ribbing Around: Repeat Ribbing Up and Ribbing Down all the way around. You will finish by slip stitching into the last 1 or 2 sts (it doesn’t matter if you have 1 or 2 sts left).
Assembling The Beginning and End of Ribbing:
After your last sl st, move your yarn and hook to the back of your work and pull the beginning and end sides together (like you are closing a book). From the back, line up the 5 sts on each side so they are even with each other.
Starting with the 1st of 5 sts and working up, insert your hook into both loops of both sts and sl st. Repeat all the way up (5 sl sts).
Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.
Pom Pom Instructions
Make an approx. 4” x 4” pom pom. You can use your favorite method to create a pom pom such as using a Pom Pom Maker or follow the directions below to make a pom pom using the “cardboard method.”
POM POM MAKING SET UP
Cut a piece of cardboard (the thicker the better) that is 6″ long and 4″ high.
On the side, at approximately 2″ high, cut a slit that is 4″ long. The slit should be approximately 0.25″ high.
Pom Pom Making Instructions
With the slit of the cardboard on your right side, leave a 12” tail and wrap the yarn vertically around the top and bottom of the cardboard piece, being careful not to wrap past where the slit ends (as you will need that opening after your yarn is wrapped).
Wrap yarn around cardboard approximately 100 times.
After wrapping, cut yarn, leaving a 24″ end. Use the tail to wrap around the wrapped yarn horizontally a few times going through the slit opening. Using both tails, tie tightly.
Slide the pom pom off the cardboard and turn it over. Using the both tails, tie tightly again on the opposite side.
Using scissors, cut the looped ends all the way around. Do not cut the 24″ end. Trim your pom pom around to make it even. Using the 24″ end and your yarn needle, attached the pom pom to the top of the hat. Weave in loose ends.
And now you have a new winter hat!
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