Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Striped Hat (3 Sizes)

By Amy Yarbrough – 2 Comments

The Easy Striped Hat is a great basic crochet pattern, versatile enough for all ages. It’s worked in a rectangle and then sewn up on one side.

The hat features some excellent striped ribbing, which is accomplished by working a modified double crochet in the back loop. It’s easy and I’ll tell you how below.

But before you let the color changes scare you away, let me tell you there is minimal ends to weave in. What you do is drop the yarn and pick up the other. All color changes happen on one side so when you are done the side with all the “loops” will be the side you sew up. A great way to hide the loops and minimize weaving in ends!

Instructions are given for 3 sizes, toddler, child, and adult. If you want a size not included just follow the same method, chaining 10 more and working 4 more rows for the next size up, and decreasing the same for the next size down.

Skill Level:

Finished Size:
Toddler – 16” (40.5 cm) circumference
Child – 18” (45.5 cm) circumference
Adult – 20” (50.5 cm) circumference

Medium weight yarn (approximately 175 yards for Toddler size, slightly more for larger sizes)
Crochet hook 4.50 mm
3” pom-pom maker (optional)
Yarn needle
crochet yarn size 4

7 sc = 2’’
6 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 8.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 7 sc
Row 2 – 6: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 7 sc
Finish off.

Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart.

Color Changes
Change colors every two rows. Do not cut yarn but drop it and pick the other up loosely.

How to Crochet Modified Dc Blo
Making a “modified double crochet back loop only” stitch is easy and reinforces normal stitches worked in the “back loop only.” Work a dc in the back loop only as you would regularly do, only insert your hook in the loop of the dc just below the top as well. Finish the dc and repeat.

Crochet Pattern: Easy Striped Hat
Note: Pattern is written in Toddler size, with Child and Adult size adjustments in parentheses.
Row 1: ch 32 (42, 52), dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across: 30 (40, 50) dc
Row 2 – 40 (44, 48): ch 3, turn, skip first dc, modified dc blo in each dc across: 30 (40, 50) dc
Fold rectangle panel, match ends and sc together. Finish off.

Thread your yarn needle with a strand about 18” long and, along the side with the looped ends, make a running stitch and cinch hat up tight. Sew through top a few times to further close hole. Turn hat inside out.

Make a 3” pompom and sew to top of hat, if you like.

Need help with crocheting? Leave me a comment below and I’ll get back with you!

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  1. Erica says:

    What a clever construction! I love these hats!

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