Basic “Top Down” Crochet Hat

The everyday crochet hat for donations, gifts and just because.

Skill Level | Easy
Available Sizes | Preemie, Baby, Toddler, Child, Tween, Women’s & Men’s

introduction

About this Pattern


If you’re looking for a crochet hat pattern that’s as versatile as it is easy, you’re in the right place. The Basic Top-Down Crochet Hat here at B.Hooked is great for donating, gifting and of course, if you are crocheting a hat for the first time.

With this project you’ll learn the fundamentals of crocheting a hat starting at the crown and working down to the band. Speaking of the band, you’ll learn a classic way to add a ribbed texture using post stitches.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We prepared a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations you’ll need to get started, a video tutorial demonstrating how to crochet it step-by-step and written instructions to complete this hat from start to finish.

getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • 1 skein Lion Brand Scarfie (colorway pictured: Pink/Silver)
  • Preemie 30 yds/ 27 m
  • Baby 50 yds/ 46 m
  • Toddler 70 yds/ 64 m
  • Child 80 yds/ 73 m
  • Tween 105 yds/ 96 m
  • Womens 108 yds/ 99 m
  • Mens 120 yds/ 110 m
  • 6.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
The Ultimate Guide to Substitute Yarn

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pattern details

Abbreviations


This pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.

  • Bpdc Back Post Double Crochet
  • Ch Chain
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Fpdc Front Post Double Crochet
  • Rem Remaining
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
pattern notes

Additional Notes


Finished Size
  • Preemie | 8.5″ circumference; 4″ length
  • Baby | 13″ circumference; 5.5″ length
  • Toddler | 15″ circumference; 6.5″ length
  • Child | 17″ circumference; 7″ length
  • Tween | 18.5″ circumference; 7.75″ length
  • Womens | 20″ circumference; 8″ length
  • Mens | 22″ circumference; 8.5″ length
Gauge

6.25 sts x 4.25 rounds = 2″
(Double Crochet)

This pattern is broken into three sections: crown, sides and band. Chain three at beginning of rounds count as double crochet. You may substitute yarn to achieve the same look but understand that doing so will affect the gauge and size of your finished project.

Additional Notes: Instructions for sizes are given as follows:

Preemie (Baby, Toddler, Child, Tween, Womens, Mens)

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Written Instructions


Crown (All Sizes)

Round 1: Ch 4. 9( 9, 9, 7, 9, 7, 9) Dc in 4th ch from hook. Join with a slst to 3rd ch.

Round 2: Ch 3. Make 2 Dc in each st to last. Dc in same st as ch 3. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. 20( 20, 20, 16, 20, 16, 20) sts

Round 3: Ch 3. Make 2 dc in first st. *1 dc in next st. 2 dc in next st. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. 30( 30, 30, 24, 30, 24, 30) sts

Baby, toddler, child, tween, womens, mens sizes only)

Round 4: Ch 3. Make 1 dc in first st. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 2 sts. Rep from * to last. 2 dc in last st. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (40, 40, 32, 40, 32, 40) sts

(Toddler, child, tween, womens, mens sizes only)

Round 5: Ch 3. Make 1 dc in first 2 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 3 sts. Rep from * to last. 2 dc in last st. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (50, 40, 50, 40, 50) sts

(Child, tween, womens, mens sizes only)

Round 6: Ch 3. Make 1 dc in first 3 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 4 sts. Rep from * to last. 2 dc in last st. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (48, 60, 48, 60) sts

(Child, womens, mens sizes only)

Round 7: Ch 3. Make 1 dc in first 4 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 5 sts. Rep from * to last. 2 dc last st. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (56, 56, 70) sts

(Womens size only)

Round 8: Ch 3. Make 1 dc in first 5 sts. *2 dc in next st. 1 dc in next 6 sts. Rep from * to last. 2 dc last st. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (64) sts

Hat Sides (All Sizes)

Next Round: Ch 3. Make 1 dc in each st. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. 30( 40, 50, 56, 60, 64, 70) sts

Rep last round 1( 2, 3, 2, 4, 2, 4) more times.

Band (All Sizes)

Next Round: Ch 3. Make 1 dc in each st. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. 30( 40, 50, 56, 60, 64, 70) sts

Next Round: Ch 2 (does not count as st). *Fpdc, Bpdc. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to first Fpc.

Rep last round 2( 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) more times.

Fasten off an weave in your ends.


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