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Absolute Beginner Crochet Hat – Matches Mittens

Absolute Beginner Crochet Hat – Matches Mittens

Thank you so much for sharing!

Hi Everyone! I really wanted to make a matching beginner crochet hat to go with the mitten tutorial and I wanted to make it super easy!! I also wanted to teach you this type of hat construction that is good for all skill levels including beginners – which you know I love keeping it simple but also still beautiful.

Beginner Crochet Hat

When I made the mittens, I used 2 balls of Red Heart with Love in dusty grape and crocheted with 2 strands at the same time. If you did that project, you have enough yarn leftover to make this hat… Otherwise, here is what you need.


  • 1 skein of Red Heart with Love yarn (Or any yarn of your choice!…If it’s a smaller ball of yarn you make need 2 or 3)
  • Hook that coordinates with your yarn choice, I am using a K or 6.5mm.
  • Yarn Needle
beginner crochet hat

Want the PDF Instructions? Get them FREE right HERE.


  • Start with a slip knot
  • Make your foundation chain 15 inches long (you can make it shorter if you want a more narrow brim or less slouch)
  • (Row 1) In the 2nd chain from your hook, sc in each foundation chain all the way down
  • (Row 2) ch 1, turn work and sc in each stitch all the way down
  • (Row 3) ch 1, turn work and sc in the back loop only all the way down
  • (Row 4) ch 1, turn work and sc in the back loop only all the way down
  • Repeat rows 1-4 until you have reached your desired head size measurement.

Here is a chart I use when I make standard beanies. My hat measured 21 inches around and this hat has a good amount of stretch. The length of hat in this chart is for beanies that are fitted with no slouch.

hat sizes
beginner crochet hat
  • Once you have your desired size crochet rectangle, slip stitch your long sides together.
  • Fasten off leaving a long tail
  • Use the yarn needle and sew one of the openings closed making sure it is secure, looks good and weave in the ends.
  • Weave in any other yarn tails with the yarn needle
  • Add a pom pom if desired (video linked below)
  • Fold up the other opening as your brim and you are done!
beginner crochet hat

*Tip When I was in Montana and wanted a little extra warmth, I folded the brim up even higher and had the pom pom closer to my head so that it was like having 2 layers of crochet keeping my head warm ;).

Pom Pom Video

Here’s a little facebook video I made awhile back showing you how to use the Clover Pom Pom Maker which is my favorite way to make pom poms (it’s also by far the easiest and most uniform)

YouTube Video Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this beginner crochet hat! Let me know what you think!


Saturday 9th of March 2019

When I start Row 1 the second time around, is it back loop only?

Susan cunning

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Hi Melanie I just wanted to say “hello” and let you know that I am so inspired by everything you do. You are an amazing. I have so many questions.


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Hi Melanie - thank you so much for posting this! I have a quick question for you about the pattern. I have done the first 4 rows so now I'm back to doing row 1. I just wanted to confirm if there is a ch 1 at the end of row 4 before you turn your work? It isn't in the pattern but I'd been taught that there always has to be a ch 1 (or something to move you up one row). I'm truly a beginner so I really appreciate your help!

Peggy T Mitchell

Thursday 21st of February 2019

Glad to see you up and at 'me again. I have a quick question /comment. When I crochet a scarf,or blanket,I always end up out of square,or loppsided. Can you tell me,or point to a video that would show me what I am doing wrong? Thanks.. have a Jesus filled day.


Darcie Perkins

Wednesday 20th of February 2019

Where is the mitten pattern?

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