Many free crochet hat patterns you find online may not always be used for warmth alone such as the ski hat is. You can find many patterns for fun, decorative hats, sun hats skull caps and even beer can hats.
SB708-007 Quick Crochet Hat
by Coats and Clark
Designed by Mary Jane Protus.
Directions are for size Small/M edium ; changes for size Medium /Large are in parentheses.
RED HEART® "Light & Lofty®": 4 Ounces 9330 Cape Cod.
Crochet Hook: 10mm [US N-15]. Yarn needle.
GAUGE: 7 sts = 4"; 8 rows = 4" in pat. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
To Fit: 19-21 (22-24)". Circumference: 20 1/2 (22 3/4)".
SPECIAL ABBREVIATION: Fpdc (front post double crochet) = yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of stitch indicated and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops] twice.
Ch 4; join with a sl st to form a ring.Rnd 1: Ch 3, 11 (13) do into ring; join with a sl st in top of ch-3 — 12 (14) sts.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, FPdc around joining st, [dc in next dc, FPdc around same dc] 11 (13) times; join with a sl st in top of ch-3 -24 (28) sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, do in joining st, FPdc around FPdc, [2 do in next dc, Fpdc around Fpdc] 11 (13) times; join -36 (40) sts.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, skip joining st, do in dc, FPdc around Fpdc, [dc in next 2 dc, FPdc around FPdc] 11 (13) times; join.
Rnds 5-10: Rep Rnd 4. TURN at end of Rnd 10.
Rnds 11-15: Ch 3, working on Wrong Side, skip joining st, FPdc around each st around; join. Fasten off at end of Rnd 15.
Weave in ends. Turn up brim.
ABBREVIATIONS: ch = chain; dc = double crochet; mm = millimeters; rep = repeat; rnd = round; sl = slip; st(s) = stitch (es);  = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.
The pattern you choose will not only depend on the style you desire but also on your skill level.
You can find patterns from the most basic design ski cap to the very intricate pattern to challenge the most experienced crocheter. And there are thousands of patterns for any skill level in between.
You will also discover many free crochet hat patterns that are perfect for any time or season of the year. There are some crochet winter hats, ski caps to keep you warm and for summer there is the sunbonnet to shade your eyes.
There are Christmas designs, Valentines Day designs and even a crochet hat instructions to help you make a beer cans hat.
Hats are a quick and easy gift to make up for Christmas, birthdays, baby showers or just because you need one. In today’s economy we all need to pinch our pennies. But we still want and need to give gifts and presents to our friends and loves ones. So this is the perfect time to put our crochet talent to work. Hats are not only decorative but are a necessity in the cold climates.
When you find the free crochet hat patterns you are interested in, think about adding a scarf for a nice set. Or if it is a baby hat, how about adding a pair of booties and mitts. These are always so appreciated and thoughtful gifts.
There are hats for dolls from the fashion doll to the Cabbage Patch doll. Great gift ideas for the little girl in your life. There are hats to keep you warm or to just bring you attention. (I am sure that beer can hat will do the trick). You can find animal hats, hats with ponytails even Santa hats.
You can make a hat using a waffle-stitch pattern out of 4-ply worsted weight yarn. This yarn can be found in many different brands and colors. Some of the yarns are softer than others and is personal preference which type should be used.
From wools to synthetics the colors and patterns come in a wide selection. An “H” crochet hook if often used for the ski or sailors cap.
Making a brimmed cap is also possible with crochet. Generally you would use 2 strands of worsted weight yarn and a “J” hook. Using stiffer yarns for this type of crochet hat would work much better.
This one is a favorite and best of all is one of many easy free crochet hat patterns here. This is for a fast cap to make is one using 5 granny squares. Just take your favorite 5-inch or 6-inch pattern for a granny square and crochet 5 squares.
Then stitch the 5 squares together 1 in the center (top) and 4 around the edges. Then place a simple border of several rows of single crochet around the outside of the attached squares. This is such a fast project to make up that you can do it easily in a day. It is a great weekend project if you need a quick gift.
Berets are another great style of caps to make. They work up better using the softer yarns. Bernat Satin is one such soft yarn. Since the berets are supposed to lay kind of free form on the head it helps to have a yarn that gives a bit.
It is great being able to do pattern searches online today. There are so many free crochet hat patterns available. It is nice not to have to spend a lot of money to do this hobby we love so much.
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