Beginner Ribbed Hat – Free Crochet Pattern and Video Tutorial

Crochet a beginner ribbed hat in 10 sizes! This free pattern tapers slightly to reduce bunching at the top and uses only slip stitches and half-double crochets.
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Now that we’ve learned how to crochet in the back loops, let’s put our skills to the test! Today, we’ll be crocheting a beginner ribbed hat with a fold-up brim. This beanie is tapered to minimize bunching at the top and can be worn with or without a pom. I crocheted mine with a fold-up brim, but the instructions also feature ideas for tweaks to make the hat slouchier or brim-less.

three crocheted hats with text overlay, "how to crochet basic ribbed hat - beginner crochet pattern from: you should craft"

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Today is Day 17, which means we have less than two weeks left in the Newbie Series. This ribbed beanie is our largest project to date, but don’t worry — you can do it! I’ve worked in some buffer days just in case you need more time.

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The Tools

Today, we’re using our worsted weight acrylic yarn and a J 6.0 mm hook. I wanted the fabric to be a little bit stretchy, so it can fit snug on your head in the winter. A larger hook also means larger stitches, which means less time until you can wear your beanie!

I love Brava worsted from WeCrochet because it’s soft, durable, and washes well. Being washable is especially important for winter wearables, since they’ll be getting all sorts of snow and sleet on them. Unlike most wool yarns, acrylics like Brava can be washed AND dried.

Brava is inexpensive (just $2.49 for 100 grams / 218 yards!) and one ball is more than enough to crochet an adult-sized beanie, with enough leftover for a yarn pom. There are tons of colors of Brava — I used Cobblestone Heather, Dove Heather, and Tidepool for my samples.

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ribbed beanie crocheted with teal yarn with a white fur pom and text overlay "beginner ribbed hat - you should craft"

Supplies / Materials

NOTE: My friends at WeCrochet provided the supplies for the Newbie Series.

Size / Gauge

4 x 4 inches = 15 stitches x 8 rows

Measure the circumference of your head (abbreviated “head circ.”) using your tape measure, then use the chart below to determine your size. Keep in mind that the hat sizes are designed to be ~1.5 inches smaller than your head circumference, to accommodate the stretch in the fabric.

All measurements are rounded up to the nearest 1/4 inch.

SizeHead Circ.Width (Flat)Height (Flat)Starting Ch# of Rows
Adult – L23.5″21″11″4242
Adult – M22.5″20″10.5″4040
Adult – S
/ Teen
21.5″19″10″3838
Tween20.5″18″9.5″3636
Child – L19.5″17″9″3434
Child – S18.5″16″8.5″3232
Toddler – L17.5″15″7.75″3030
Toddler – S16.5″14″7.25″2828
Baby14.5″12″6.5″2424
Preemie10.5″8″4″1616

The starting chains above will result in a hat that is either slouchy, or has a 2 inch brim. If you want a fitted hat with no brim, remove ~8 chains. If you want a slouchier hat with a brim, add ~ 8 chains.

Abbreviations / Techniques

NOTE: This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

Ribbed Hat Video Tutorial

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is written with all the sizes in one. Reference the table above to determine your size and the length of your starting chain.
  • Starting chain and row counts are written as Preemie (Baby, Toddler – S, Toddler – L, Child – S, Child – L, Tween, Adult – S, Adult – M, Adult – L)
  • Stitch counts are written as (Preemie, Baby, Toddler – S, Toddler – L, Child – S, Child – L, Tween, Adult – S, Adult – M, Adult – L)
  • Beginning at Row 2, all stitches are crocheted in the back loops (blo) except the last hdc in each row, which is worked into both loops
  • If you don’t want to add the taper, replace the sl st with hdc on the even numbered rows

Ribbed Hat Written Pattern

ch 16 (24, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42)

ROW 1: hdc in second ch from hook, hdc across (15, 23, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41)

The remainder of the pattern will be worked in the back loops (blo), except for the last hdc in each row, which will be worked into both loops

ROW 2: ch 1 and turn, sl st in first 5 st, hdc across (15, 23, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41)

small grey strip of ribbed crochet with a hand holding a red crochet hook

ROW 3: ch 1 and turn, hdc across (15, 23, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41)

ROWS 4 – 16 (24, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42): Repeat Rows 2-3

dark grey crocheted beginner ribbed hat laid flat, before seaming

Seaming and Finishing Off

After finishing the rows, you should have a large trapezoid (see photo above). Fold the trapezoid in half so the first and last rows meet.

  • a. / b.) Slip stitch the first and last rows together. You should have the same number of sl st as there were stitches in each row (15, 23, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41).
  • Trim yarn, leaving a tail of ~ 12 inches
  • c. / d.) Join tapestry needle and weave through the stitches at the ends of each row, pulling tight as you go. Once you’ve fully closed the gap at the top of the hat, weave in your ends.
  • Flip hat inside-out and fold-up the brim if you’ve chosen to add one.

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