Basic ” Bottom Up” Crochet Hat

Get the perfect ribbed band by crocheting bottom-up, band to crown.

Skill Level | Easy
Available Sizes | Preemie, baby, toddler, child, tween, women’s & men’s

When you need to crochet a hat and you want a band that looks less like crochet and more knit, this basic bottom up hat is the way to go. The band is worked separately in rows for a band that looks more like it should.


If you’re looking for a crochet hat pattern that’s versatile, easy to crochet and has a neater looking band, you’re in the right place. The Basic Bottom-Up Crochet Hat here at B.Hooked is great for donating, gifting and of course, just because.

With this project you’ll learn the fundamentals of crocheting a hat starting at the band and working up to the crown. You’ll learn how to crochet a long, flat piece using a stitch pattern that looks more like classic ribbing and how to start working in rounds. Lastly, you’ll get to practice some basic decreases to make the crown.

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: Cream/Taupe)
  • Preemie 35 yds/ 27 m
  • Baby 55 yds/ 46 m
  • Toddler 70 yds/ 64 m
  • Child 80 yds/ 73 m
  • Tween 110 yds/ 96 m
  • Womens 110 yds/ 99 m
  • Mens 135 yds/ 110 m
  • 6.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

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  • BLO Back Loop Only
  • Ch Chain
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Dc2tog Double Crochet Two Together
  • Hk Hook
  • Rem Remaining
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • Sp Space
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
Bottom Up Crochet Hat
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

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

This pattern is broken into three sections: band, sides and crown. Chain three at beginning of rounds count as double crochet. Chain one at beginning of band rows does not count as a stitch.

Additional Notes: Instructions for sizes are given as follows:

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

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Band

Row 1: Ch 7(8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each rem ch. 6(7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1. 1 sc in the BLO of each st. Turn.

Rep row 2 until your band measures 8.5(13, 15, 17, 18.5, 20, 22)”

Fold band in half and slst in the BLO of each stitch catching both sides of band. Do not fasten off. Continue with the hat sides working in the round.

Sides (All Sizes)

Round 1: Ch 1 and sc in same sp as ch 1. Evenly space 29(39, 49, 55, 59, 63, 69) sc by working in the side of your band. Join with a slst to the first sc. 30(40, 50, 56, 60, 64, 70) sts

Round 2: Ch 3. 1 dc in each st. Join with a slst to the 3rd ch. 30(40, 50, 56, 60, 64, 70) sts

Rep last round 1(4, 5, 4, 6, 4, 6) times

Crown Decreases (All Sizes)

Round 1: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of the next 0(1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 4) sts. *Dc2tog. 1 dc in each of the next 1(2, 3, 5, 4, 6, 5) sts. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. 20(30, 40, 48, 50, 56, 60) sts.

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

Round 2: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of the next (0, 1, 3, 2, 4, 3) sts. *Dc2tog. 1 dc in each of the next (1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 4) sts. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (20, 30, 40, 40, 48, 50) sts.

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

Round 3: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of the next (0, 2, 1, 3, 2) sts. *Dc2tog. 1 dc in each of the next (1, 3, 2, 4, 3) sts. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (20, 32, 30, 40, 40) sts.

(Child, tween, womens, mens) sizes only

Round 4: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of the next (1, 0, 2, 1) sts. *Dc2tog. 1 dc in each of the next (2, 1, 3, 2) sts. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (24, 20, 32, 30) sts.

(Child, womens, mens) sizes only

Round 5: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of the next (0, 1, 0) sts. *Dc2tog. 1 dc in each of the next (1, 2, 1) sts. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (16, 24, 20) sts.

(Womens) size only

Round 6: Ch 3. *Dc2tog. Dc once in next st. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to 3rd ch. (16) sts.

(All Sizes)

Next Round: Ch 2 (does not count as st). Work a Dc2tog starting in stitch with ch 2. *Dc2tog. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to first dc2tog.

Fasten off leaving about an 8″ tail. Use that tail and a darning needle to close up the remaining hole.

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