The Basics of a Crochet Hat: Let's Start at the Crown
I am so excited to have you joining me in crocheting the Goldilocks' Hat! You were just the inspiration I needed. I already have one hat finished and a second, boys version, in process. This is a great, easy project, perfect for those of you who are new to hat crochet. I am going to walk you through the construction, and please comment below if you have any questions. Let's get started!
The most common crochet hat construction is from the top down. Goldilocks' Hat begins by chaining two and then working six single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Try not to stretch the second chain out while working into it as this opening will be at the top of the hat. If you find that you end up with more of a hole than you like, you can try working six single crochet stitches into a magic loop. If you discover after the hat is finished that you do want to cover the opening at the top of the hat, you can always cover it with the ever popular pom pom.
Okay, now that we have the first round worked, it is time to start increasing. This hat is worked in the round without joining. This means that there will not be a visible line where the rounds begin and end, but it is also essential that you mark where the round begins. So place a marker in the last stitch of the round. This is the sixth single crochet you worked. With each round, you will need to move this marker up to the last stitch of the new round you just worked.
For Round 2, work 2 single crochet stitches in each single crochet around. At the end of this round remember that you are not joining to the first stitch with a slip stitch or turning. Move the marker up to the new last stitch and begin Round 3.
Round 3 begins by working two single crochets in the first stitch, then one single crochet in the next stitch, and then work two single crochets in the next stitch. Continue this pattern of working two single crochets in the same stitch and then one single crochet around. Again, do not join or turn and move the stitch marker up.
Round 4 is worked in a pattern of two single crochets and then one single crochet in each of the next two stitches. Each increase round follows this same pattern of working two single crochets in a single stitch (increase) and an ever increasing number of single crochet stitches between each increase.
Because you are working increase stitches directly above increase stitches from the row below, your piece will begin to take on the appearance of a hexagon with six visible "sides." Don't worry, when we begin working even in rounds without increasing the hat will become round again.
Whether you are working the ruffled version for a little girl or awaiting the stripe and earflap modifications, the crochet baby hat construction will begin the same. Later this week we will look at adding stripes and earflaps.