Are you looking for a stylish hat that is warm and easy to crochet? The Spiral Style Hat is a free bulky yarn crochet hat pattern. And, it works up quickly.
If you need a last-minute gift, this is an easy crochet hat to make. You can complete a project in a few hours. Depending on your color and yarn choice, this pattern also works great for men.
And because it is so fast and easy, this is a great project if you are looking for hats to make and donate. Bulky yarn means this is a quick project. And the stitches are very simple so you can easily crochet this hat while watching your favorite show, talking with friends, or listening to a book on tape.
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The crochet hat pattern is adjustable with instructions for four sizes including Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large, and Adult XL. Bonus instructions are also included for super bulky yarn.
By using the technique of working the stitches in the back loop, the hat pattern will help you create a hat with a stylish and modern texture. This technique also helps avoid the gaps that can occur when working stitches using bulky yarn.
The hat is reversible too. The inside of the hat has a slightly different look than the outside. There is no right side to this hat. So pick the side you prefer. Or switch it up each time you wear it!
PDF Pattern: This pattern is included in full in this blog post. You can also get the PDF in my shops.
About the Yarn
This pattern is designed for bulky weight yarn (#5). You might also see this yarn called chunky yarn, craft yarn, or rug yarn. The brown and cream sample hat pattern is made in Lion Brand Scarfie.
Bulky yarn is a little bit thicker and heavier than worsted weight yarn. So it lends itself to a crochet beanie pattern that is warm and fast to make. You get the instant gratification of seeing your hat grow quickly in size.
You can also use the notes below to adjust for super bulky weight yarn (#6) like Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick or Lion Brand Hometown.
Find out more about yarn weights from the Craft Yarn Council.
About the Inspiration for the Bulky Crochet Hat Pattern
I was thinking about a hat that would look great while using bulky yarn – something stylish that would also be easy to make.
After playing around with lots of stitches, I was unsatisfied with how some stitch patterns left gaps in the work when using chunky yarns. How to make easy hats with in a quick yarn?
I finally settled on the single crochet back loop only stitch. It’s simple to make and remember. And working in the back loop helped avoid those gaps found with other stitches.
Spiral Style Hat Pattern
Finished Size: approximately 18 (20, 22, 24)” in circumference at brim.
Yarn: Bulky weight (#5 Bulky) in color of choice.
Shown: Cream and Taupe Hat above – Lion Brand Yarn, Scarfie (78% acrylic, 22% wool), 312 yd [285m]/5.3 oz [150g]: #206 cream/taupe approximately ½ skein. Gray Hat – Schachenmayr original, Boston Style (42% acrylic, 39% polyester, 19% wool), 66 yd [60 m]/1.75 oz [50 g]: #00590, 2 (2, 2, 3) skeins.
Hook: Size J/10 (6.00 mm hook) or size needed to obtain gauge. (These are my favorite crochet hooks)
Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch markers.
Gauge: 13 sts by 13 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in sc worked in the round through back loops only.
- Hat is worked in a spiral from the top down. You will start crocheting at the top of the hat.
- Then you work in continuous rounds. Do not join or turn your work.
- Use a market to indicate the beginning of each round and reposition market as needed.
- While making the crown, you will be increasing in each round. Then for the body of the hat, you work evenly until the hat is your desired length.
- Hat uses single crochet stitches work in the back loop only. Tutorial on back loop only.
- Invisible join method recommended for fastening off. Tutorial on invisible join method.
- As an alternative, you can also start round one with a magic ring. You would then work the six single crochet stitches in round one into the magic ring. Tutorial on magic ring including step by step video tutorial.
- The stitch count is shown at the end of each round.
Standard Stitch Abbreviations (US terms):
blo: back loop only
sc: single crochet
sc blo: single crochet back loop only
Bonus Notes for Super Bulky Yarns: For super bulky yarns, use the same size hook and follow the instructions for the next size down. For example, follow the 18” bulky hat instructions to get a 20” hat in super bulky yarn; follow the 20” bulky hat instructions to get a 22” hat in super bulky yarn; and follow the 22” bulky hat instructions to get a 24” hat in super bulky yarn.
All Sizes Begin Working Crown Pattern:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, mark beginning of rnd with stitch marker, do not turn work – 6 sc.
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc blo in each st of previous rnd – 12 sc.
Rnd 3: *2 sc blo in next st, sc blo in next st; rep from * around – 18 sc.
Rnd 4: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 2 st; rep from * around – 24 sc.
Rnd 5: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 3 st; rep from * around – 30 sc.
Rnd 6: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 4 st; rep from * around – 36 sc.
Rnd 7: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 5 st; rep from * around – 42 sc.
Rnd 8: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 6 st; rep from * around – 48 sc.
Rnd 9: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 7 st; rep from * around – 54 sc.
Sizes 20 (22, 24)” only:
Rnd 10: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 8 st; rep from * around – 60 sc.
Sizes 22 (24)” only:
Rnd 11: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 9 st; rep from * around – 66 sc.
Size 24” only:
Rnd 12: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 10 st; rep from * around – 72 sc.
All sizes begin working Hat Body Pattern:
Rnd 1 – 4: Sc blo in each st around – 54 (60, 66, 72) sc.
Rnd 5: *2 sc blo in next st; sc blo in each of next 8 (9, 10, 11) st; rep from * around – 60 (66, 72, 78) sc.
Rnd 6: Sc blo in each st around – 60 (66, 72, 78) sc.
Rnds 7 – 21 – Rep Rnd 6 of Main Body Pattern. Adjust number of rnds if desired to achieve desired length. Fasten off last stitch using invisible join method. Find a tutorial for the invisible join method here.
Finishing: Weave in ends. Hat is reversible. Choose the side you prefer. Fold up brim and enjoy! Or attach a faux fur pom pom if you like!
If you’d like to try this type of design in baby sizes, check out the Spiral Baby Hat pattern.
For more free crochet hat patterns, check out my Mirabella Hat pattern, a slouchy hat in Dk weight yarn, and the Squishy Adult Hat, which uses post stitches to give it a ribbed look.