Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern

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Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern – Would you like to make a rib knit hat but don’t knit? Well, knitters can’t hog all the fun if you can crochet you can make a rib knit style winter hat to!

Easy Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern

Years ago my husband needed some new winter hats or toques as we call them here in Canada. At the time I didn’t know how to knit but I loved to crochet. Most crochet hats look very soft and feminine and that really wasn’t the style my hubby was wanting.

So I came up with an easy to make crochet hat pattern that looks just like knit ribbing.

Easy crochet ribbed hat free pattern |

  • It’s a unisex pattern I’ve made many of these hats for kids, men, teens and woman alike and they’ve all loved the style.
  • This hat keeps you warmer than most knitted winter hats because crochet stitches are thicker.
  • This crochet ribbed hat pattern is quick and easy to work up! It makes a great beginner pattern to.

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My favourite yarn for these hats is Bernat Roving. It’s a bulky yarn that’s 80% acrylic and 20% wool, it does need hand washing but works up quickly and stays soft. However, any bulky yarn that you love will work well for this hat.

Don’t miss the step by step video at the end of this post too!

Click here for a wide selection of Bernat Roving colours at a great price!

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern

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  • Yarn type: 5 Bulky – Bernat Roving 1 ball for a child hat, 2 balls for a teen/adult hat.
  • Hook: 6mm or J
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors


34 stitches and 11 rows = 7 inches

For this pattern, the gauge isn’t that important you can easily adjust the rows to be as wide and long as you like.


  • Ch – chain stitch
  • Sl – slip stitch
  • Sc – single crochet stitch
  • Blsc – back loop single crochet stitch


Child size 10-12 – Repeat pattern rows for 35 rows or desired width.

Adult/teen – Repeat pattern rows for 47 rows or desired width.

How To Customize Your Crochet Ribbed Hat

This hat is very easy to customize the size of. Your starting chain is the hight of your hat.

To customize it measure from the top of your head to where you want your hat to stop.

You can add a few extra inches to make a fold up brim if you like. The width of the crochet rectangle becomes the width of the hat.

You will want it to be about 1 inch less than the circumference of your head, depending on the stretchiness of the yarn you are using.

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern Chain

Chain 35 stitches.

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern

Row 1. SC into the second chain from the hook and in each chain stitch until the end of the row. Chain 1, turn. [34]

Crochet Ribbed Hat Back loop Stitch

Row 2. Blsc into the back of each stitch across the row. Chain 1, turn. [34]

Rows 3 to 35 (47). Repeat row 2.

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern

After you have finished a few rows you will start to see the ribbing pattern appearing.

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern Flat

Work as many rows as you need to get the desired width of your hat.

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern Stitch The Sides

Fold the hat in half matching up first and last rows.

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern Slip Stitch Seam

Slip stitch the seam together, fasten off yarn after the last stitch.

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern Gather The Top

Leaving a long tail weave a running stitch around the top edge of the hat, pull to gather. Knot yarn.

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern Sew The Top Closed

If there is a small opening at the top sew closed with remaining tail yarn, knot off and weave the end in.

Crochet Ribbed Hat Pattern

Watch this step by step video to see how to make your crochet hat from start to finish.

If you are having problems finding Bernat Roving yarn locally it can be ordered from Amazon.  I find they have a better price than I can find locally.

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  • Phyllis Kirk says:

    I have two skeins of #6 super bulky yarn, each one 81 yards. Would this be enough to make a teen sized hat? I am a beginner crocheter and this hat seems like it would be easy to make.

  • Jane says:

    Hi guys. I am making this pattern now and I am on row 50, yet the hat is still too small for my head. My head is a size 22. I am using 2 stands of Red Heart yarn and a size K crochet hook. I would suggest going 60 to 70 rows or holding the flat pattern to your head for measurments during stitching.

    • Kim says:

      Hi Jane! This pattern is really easy to customize, just measure the circumference of your head and continue to crochet rows until you are about 1-2 inches from that size. It will depend on how stretchy your yarn is.

  • Beth Marvin says:

    Hi there! Do you know how many skeins of the Bernat Roving you used?

    • Kim says:

      I use 1 skein when I make my hats, sometimes a bit more if I’m making larger sizes. So I try to have 2 of the same color on hand just in case.

  • lillian kooken says:

    hi, i followed the instructions to repeat row 2 for rows 3-38 but the hat was way small?

    • Kim says:

      It could be that your tension is different. You can customise the size by measuring the circumference of your head and crochet enough rows to come 1 to 2 inches less than that measurement.

    • tami says:

      I am making this hat for my 9 yr grand …He will love the colors I chose for it ..but yep ..378 rows it way SMALL worries I intend to keep going until it fits me and then will fit him 😀 thanks for a really easy pattern 🙂 ~ tami

  • Alex Harding says:

    I’m pretty new to crocheting- what’s the purpose of using the back loops here?

    • Kim says:

      Hi Alex, When you crochet into the back loops it forms a ridge in the pattern that looks similar to a knitted rib pattern. If you knit into the stitch normally then you will still get a nice hat but it won’t have the ridge lines going up it.

  • Kim Mills says:

    I haven't found another yarn locally that has the same look and feel that the Bernat Roving does. But any soft bulky yarn should make a nice hat! I've used bulky baby yarn for hats for little kids and it's worked very well. Working with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn works as well but the final hat might look a little different.

  • Zoe says:

    I just realized the question I had was answered above about how wide to make the had (my husband has an "extra large" head – lol), but I wanted to ask you if I can't find the Bernat Roving yarn that you use, do you have any recommendations of another brand that has that same size and feel yarn? (I love Bernat yarns by the way and have used the "blanket" yarn to make a beautiful, very bulky, shawl with sleeves).

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  • Kim Mills says:

    Sine the hat is worked sideways it shouldn't through it off. That's the same way I do it, less rows for kids more for larger hats.

  • Kim B says:

    Yes, that's exactly what I want to do. My dad likes his garnet and gold FSU clothes and I wanted to make him the hat with the brim in a gold color and the body in the garnet. I need to make the hat a little bigger though–will it totally throw it off to add a row in there somewhere? He has a broad head, lol. Thank you so much!!

  • Kim Mills says:

    Kim, I'm so glad your enjoying the pattern! I'm trying to picture what you want to do. Do you want the brim and body of the hat 2 separate colors but each solid? Or do you wan vertical stripes all the way around?

    If you want the brim a different color t hen the body, I haven't done it by row count, but by measurement. I would do about 3 to 4 inches in the brim color then switch to the body color. Does that help?

  • Kim B says:

    KIM~ of all days to bother you, lol, I hope you'll have a wonderful holiday~ I want to make a couple that are two-tone as far as the body and the brim of the beanie, with my dad's football colors. Is there a formula I can use that's easy to figure out how many rows for each color? I love this pattern–I've made about a dozen so far!! Thank you!!

  • Debbie says:

    Love this hat. Didn't have the bulky yarn you were talking about, so I used 2 strands of Lion Brand Heartland yarn and it worked up great. I used a K hook, but I did have to make 58 rows instead of 38 to fit my sons head, and he has a normal size head 🙂 I don't know what the difference was because I don't crochet tight stitches. But it is a great pattern and I have been asked to make some for our college kids from church, so I am busy making them now. Thanks for an awesome pattern!

  • Brass Rose says:

    About how much yardage do we need for this project? I only have the one skein.

  • Anonymous says:

    Kim thank you for responding. I'm using the first try for sample but now that I have done my second I realized my yarn is fluffier than yours and I'm not doing the start on the next row right. This is causing both ends of mine to be uneven. I will have to pick the best looking and call that the bottom. But I haven't given up as I'm going for another one. Btw my guys didn't want the fold so as long as I can get it wide enough and at least one end even I'm good. Cynthia I can't get signed in so I have to do as anonymous.

  • Kim Mills says:

    Hi Cynthia, Is your gage coming out the same as I had in the pattern? Using a different sized yarn or having tighter stitches will make a difference.
    This pattern is really easy to adjust, I normally make enough rows so that it goes around the head with about a 2 inch gap. So if the head was 19 inches around I would make the hat 17 inches wide.
    If your yarn isn't stretchy then you might need to add extra rows to.

  • Anonymous says:

    I loved your video, very easy to follow. This is my first try at adult hat. Now the issue, I did the 38 rows and there is no way this would fit an adult. Stretched a little it is 14 in wide. Do I just keep making rows to make it wide enough to wrap around an adult head? What did I do wrong or is it that my stitches are too tight? I'm using a J hook. Cynthia Brown

  • Kim Mills says:

    Hi Linda, it's so easy to adjust this pattern to different sizes. Just measure from the top of their head to where you want the hat to come to. I go to about the middle to bottom of the ear. Then if you want a fold up band add about 2 inches to that. So if the head measurement was 8 inches you would make a chain 10 inches long to start with.

  • Linda says:

    I really love this pattern. I would like to make it for my twin 4 yr old nephews but I noticed the instructions were for teen to adult. How would I go about adjusting this pattern to make it for smaller heads?I would like to add you have done an amazing job on your website and you have been added to my list of favorite tutorials.Your tutorial was well paced and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. THANK YOU for all your hard work!

  • Kim Mills says:

    If you use yarn bowls it will help keep the yarn from getting tangled up. I've seen a quick and easy way to do this is to use small mixing bowls and clip the alligator style paper clip on the top of it. Then feed the yarn through that. It makes it much easier to keep the different balls of yarn from getting twisted up!

  • Gerri says:

    Thank you for posting your crocheted ribbed hat video and for sharing the pattern! Do you have suggestions on how to incorporate different colors of stripes running across the body of the hat? When I do this I find that I'm working with several balls of yarn throughout the hat and managing all those balls of yarn. Any tips? Thanks again for sharing.

  • Kim says:

    If you highlight the text in the pattern, then use your web browsers print option to print that selection it should work ok for you!

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