Make a winter hat fast with this super bulky crochet hat pattern! This free pattern comes in nine sizes.
So you can make them for everyone on your gift list. From babies to adults, this pattern has you covered.
Because the pattern uses super bulky yarn, it’s also quick to make! It’s perfect for Christmas gifts or other wintery gift occasions.
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This Vale Hat uses a combination of basic crochet skills. You begin by making the ribbing band.
Then you join the ribbing into a tube. Working up from there you crochet the rest of the hat in the round.
You can also follow a step by step tutorial for how to close the top of the crochet hat.
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The Vale Hat is a free crochet pattern for a Super Bulky Crochet Hat in US crochet terminology. The complete pattern is included for free on the blog below.
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This pattern was featured on October 5, 2022 as part of the Big Crochet Book of Tips and Tricks Blog Tour hosted by Blue Star Crochet. The Blog Tour has ended, and the eBook is no longer available. You can still visit the round up post to find all the patterns that were featured.
About the Inspiration for the Super Bulky Crochet Hat Pattern
I’ve fallen in love with Lion Brand Hometown particularly in the Aspen Tweed colorway. It’s such a gorgeous neutral with depth for winter crafting.
The trick is finding stitch combinations that work for the super bulky yarn. As I was playing around with this stitch combo, it seemed perfect for a quick and easy hat.
Plus the simple texture meant it would work great for men and women. And who doesn’t love a pattern that works up fast particularly when making gifts?
Once I had the ideas sorted out, it was easy to adapt the pattern to baby through child and adult sizes.
About the Yarn
The sample hats are made with Lion Brand Hometown in the Aspen Tweed Colorway. Hometown is one of my favorite super bulky yarns.
It has a great texture. The yarn is soft and easy to work with. It doesn’t split.
And it comes in lots of great colors. I love the solids. And I especially adore the heathery look of the Aspen Tweed colorway.
You could also try the hat in other Super Bulky Weight #6 yarns. I think it could be super soft and squishy in Bernat Baby Blanket for example.
Bernat Softee Chunky and WeCrochet/KnitPicks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky would also be affordable and warm choices.
Super Bulky Crochet Hat Pattern
Yarn: Super bulky yarn (#6) in color of choice. Baby and Children’s Sizes: Approximately 40 (50, 60, 70, 80, 90) yards. Adult Sizes: approximately 100 (110, 120) yards.
Shown: Lion Brand Hometown (94% acrylic, 6% rayon), 64yds[59m]/4.0 oz[113g]: #302 (Aspen Tweed).
Hook: Size N/13 (9.0mm) or size needed to obtain gauge. (these are my favorite crochet hooks).
Sizing and Gauge
Sizes: Children’s sizes 0-3 mo, 3-6 mo, 6-12 mo, 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 6-10 years; Adult sizes S, M, L.
Finished Measurements: Children’s hats: approximately 15 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20)” in circumference at brim. Adult hats: approximately 21 (22, 23)” in circumference at brim.
- 8 sts and 8 rows = 4” in sc for body of hat.
- 8 sts and 8 rows = 3.5” in ribbing for band of hat.
- A flat band of single crochet ribbing is worked first.
- Work row one of the ribbing into the bottom bumps (sometimes called back bumps) of the foundation ch. Tutorial at this post on working in the bottom bump of the chain.
- Then, it is seamed together to make a tube that forms the brim of the hat.
- The body of the hat is then worked in rounds building up from the brim towards the top of the hat.
- Finally, the top is sewn together. Tutorial for closing the top of the hat on this post on how to close the top of a crochet hat.
- Sewing on a pom pom is optional.
- Instead of using super bulky yarn, you can also hold two strands of worsted weight yarn together.
- This pattern uses back loop only and front loop only stitches. Learn more about these stitches on this post about back loop only stitches and this post about front loop only stitches.
Standard Stitch Abbreviations (U.S. Crochet Terminology):
alt-dc blo = alternative dc back loop only (see special stitch instructions below)
ch = chain
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet two together
sc blo = single crochet back loop only
sc flo = single crochet front loop only
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
rnd(s) = rounds
Special Stitch Instructions:
alt-dc blo: yarn over, insert hook into back loop of next st, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through first loop on hook (3 loops remain on hook), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Super Bulky Hat Crochet Pattern
All Sizes Begin Working Ribbing:
Base chain: Ch 4 for baby sizes, Ch 5 for children’s sizes, Ch 6 for adult sizes
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across, ch 1, turn. (3, 4 or 5 sc depending on hat size)
Row 2: Sc blo in each stitch across, ch 1, turn. (3, 4 or 5 sc blo)
Row 3 and all subsequent rows: Rep row 2.
Follow the following chart and crochet until you have the recommended number of inches/cm of ribbing. The rows are a guide based on the gauge. Measuring the inches/cm will give the most precise fit. There is a photo below for how to do this measurement.
|Hat Size||Approximate Head Size||Approximate Inches/cm Ribbing||Approximate Rows|
|0-3 months||16 inches (40.5 cm)||15 inches (38 cm)||34 rows|
|3-6 months||17 inches (43 cm)||16 inches (40.5 cm)||37 rows|
|6-12 months||18 inches (45.5 cm)||17 inches (43 cm)||39 rows|
|1-3 years||19 inches (48 cm)||18 inches (45.5 cm)||41 rows|
|3-5 years||20 inches (50.5 cm)||19 inches (48 cm)||43 rows|
|6-10 years||21 inches (53 cm)||20 inches (50.5 cm)||46 rows|
|Adult Small||22 inches (55.5 cm)||21 inches (53 cm)||48 rows|
|Adult Medium||23 inches (58 cm)||22 inches (55.5 cm)||50 rows|
|Adult Large||24 inches (60.5 cm)||23 inches (58 cm)||53 rows|
After final row: Do not fasten off. Sew or slip stitch the ends of the strip of ribbing together. Match up the last row of sc blo with the chain stitches from the base chain. This will make a tube that will become the brim of the hat. After seaming, keep the seam on the inside of the tube.
Body of Hat:
Rnd 1: Follow the table below and work the recommend number of sc stitches distributed evenly around the edge of the tube to begin body. Join with a sl st to first sc.
|Hat Size||Number of sc stitches|
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc blo (pm in first st of this rnd and move up on subsequent rnds if desired) in each st around, join with sl st to top of first sc blo. (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 sc blo depending on size of hat)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc flo in each st around, join with sl st to top of first sc flo.
At the end of Rnd 3 of the Body of Hat check gauge using the chart below. If you are not getting the recommended circumference in inches/cm, calculate the number of stitches you need for the recommended circumference. Round down to the closest even number if it is an odd number of stitches. Return to Rnd 1 of the body and use this number for the number of sc to make. Continue working the body of the hat using this number of stitches. There is photo below for how to do this measurement.
|Hat Size||Recommended Circumference of Hat at End of Round 3 of Body in Inches/cm|
|0-3 months||13 inches (33 cm)|
|3-6 months||14 inches (35.5 cm)|
|6-12 months||15 inches (38 cm)|
|1-3 years||16 inches (40.5 cm)|
|3-5 years||17 inches (43 cm)|
|6-10 years||18 inches (45.5 cm)|
|Adult Small||19 inches (48 cm)|
|Adult Medium||20 inches (50.5 cm)|
|Adult Large||21 inches (53 cm)|
Rnd 4: Rep rnd 2.
Rnd 5: Ch 2, alt-dc blo in each st around, join with sl st to top of first alt-dc blo.
Rnd 6 – 9: Rep rnd 2 – 5.
Follow the chart below and continue repeating rnds 2-5 in pattern until the body of your hat (including the brim) is approximately the recommended height in inches/cm. Special note for size 6-12 months – for round 9 work the round in sc flo instead of in alt-dc blo. The number of recommended rnds are also included as a guide. Measuring the inches/cm will give the most precise fit. There is a photo below for how to do this measurement.
|Hat Size||Approximate Height of Body of Hat in inches/cm||Approximate Recommended Rounds|
|0-3 months||5 inches (12.5 cm)||7|
|3-6 months||5.5 inches (14 cm)||8|
|6-12 months||6 inches (15 cm)||9 (rnd 9 in sc flo)|
|1-3 years||6.5 inches (16.5 cm)||9 (rnd 9 in alt-dc blo)|
|3-5 years||7 inches (17.5 cm)||10|
|6-10 years||7.5 inches (19 cm)||11|
|Adult Small||8 inches (20 cm)||12|
|Adult Medium||8.5 inches (21.5 cm)||13|
|Adult Large||9 inches (22.5 cm)||14|
Last round: Ch 1, sc2tog blo around the hat, end with an extra sc if needed, join with a sl st to top of first sc2tog. Fasten off leaving a long tail of at least 20 inches.
Finishing: Use the tail to sew up the top of the hat. Tutorial for how to close the top of a crochet hat at https://craftingeachday.com/close-top-of-crochet-hat/. Weave in ends. Attach pom pom if desired.
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