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How to Crochet a Hat, With Free Patterns, How-To Videos and Unusual Yarns

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

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When I was 6 years old, my father brought home a skein of a multicolor yarn that must have contained every color in the 24-count Crayola Crayon box and handed it to me with a crochet hook, stating, "Learn to do something with this" and walked away.

Little did I realize at the time that many of my job training experiences as an adult would be similar (e.g. "Here is your work station; have a nice day.")

At any rate, I unraveled some of the yarn - "Multi-Mex" I think it was called - and began making chains in it with my fingers for an hour or two. My mother walked by and I asked her if this is what I was to do with the yarn.

She replied that she did not know how to make things of yarn (indeed, my father did the sewing in the house), but her own grandmother had crocheted and the chains of yarn I had made with my fingers looked like the beginning chains her grandma had made with a crochet hook. I made a few more chains and then un-chained the yarn and rolled it back up on the skein. Now I know that many people call tearing out your work "FROGGING" because you "rip it, rip it" out.

In a couple of days of practicing, I could not figure out how to use the crochet hook, but I could make chains by hand pretty quickly. I was taken to a small department store that Saturday where I found one of the old Coat & Clark "How to" Books. They offered books on crochet, knitting, and lace tatting.


Learning to Crochet on One's Own

I purchased the small booklet on Crochet and when we returned home, I read the whole thing and began making sample swatches. I soon had squares of single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. It was fun to do, but so many colors together in the same swatch made it difficult to see what the stitches really looked like.

At the same time at school, we began to learn "spool weaving" that used an empty wooden spool with 4 nails driven into the head of it, a skein of yearn or crochet thread and a thick needle or something similar. That was more difficult for me to learn that crocheting; however, I eventually used the "Multi-Mex" for spool weaving and created a miles-long snake that we spiraled and stitched together into a hat.


At school, we inserted four thin nails into one end of a wooden spool to form the device for "spool weaving." We uses a crochet hook or a "Pik Up Stix" plastic stick to manipulate and loos the crochet thread or yarn.

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Some real Fair Isle patterns.

Some real Fair Isle patterns.

Later, on another visit to the small department store of old, I chose some solid color yarns and crocheted a few hats and scarves. Then I purchased the small "How to Knit" booklet and some needles and learned knitting as well.

In college I was able to make sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens, and even one entire crocheted summer dress. It was all fun.

What was not fun was a pattern I picked up from a magazine that stated it was "Fair Isle." Years later I learned it was no such thing -- Instead of creating patterns and pictures with different shades and colors of yarns, this pattern-from-hell I picked up had me doing a sweater all in a single color yarn and trying to make patterns - between knit CABLES no less, and with varying stitches.

I hated that sweater by the time it was done and it did not fit correctly. It wore out quickly, and I was glad.

And tatting! I could never get it all to connect up and ended up with long strands of tatting and no doilies, no edgings, no nothing -- Just tatted skinny snakes. Crochet is simply easier to understand and easier to do.


Sample Instructions

Here are some fantastic, practical and entertaining video example by a people showing us how to crochet a hat on YouTube. It's a much better way to learn for many who are visual learners.

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I still like the Santa hat I gave the cat a while back ... and her opinion of it.

I hope you give it a go and try crocheting a hat. It does not take a tremendously long time and it can be relaxing and fun after you learn a few basic stitches.

You might even make a few caps and donate them to your local hospitals for needy children and families or for folks that have lost their hair during chemotherapy.

A little yarn and time can go a long way toward making someone happy.

Free Crochet Hat Patterns and Learning Tools


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


Gregory Smitheman from Latitude 26.59, Longitude -81.98 on July 28, 2011:

As usual Patty, another great hub! Thanks for the read... Not sure if i'm gonna start crocheting anytime soon, but love to support a fellow hubber.. :)

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on October 07, 2010:

Hi Patty,

I liked your "Head Huggers" link. I've been looking for patterns for crocheted hats. Thanks! Bookmarked.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 25, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by, How to crochet a hat. Hope the hub helps out on your page (It's interesting, so thanks for the link!)

How to Crochet a Hat on January 25, 2010:

Great resource, I loved the videos they were very helpful. I am going to add your hub to my crochet page, I think visitors would find the information very helpful!

Kathleen Lewis from Southern Michigan on December 26, 2009:

I tried to crochet a hat several years ago - no luck. Thanks for posting the videos, perhaps I'll give it another shot. My husband's Oncologist collects donated hats, scarves, etc... for their chemo patients. Who knows...this may be my way to give back, provided I can actually complete a single hat.

Yarn-Newbie from Atlanta, GA on November 05, 2009:

Thank you for the video and links on hats! I am getting started on this one now :)

Satyam7 on March 17, 2009:

Thanks for this article.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 04, 2008:

Thanks Christopher! I hope you publish some Hub pages about cats; many people like them very much.


Christopher on April 04, 2008:

Ooh - I really love your hat. Great job!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 02, 2008:

Even though needlecrafts skipped a generation, you still are able to enjoy them. That's fun!

Practica from MidAmerica on January 01, 2008:

I enjoyed this - I don't crochet or knit, but my grandmother did, and now my daughter does - when I think of sweet comforting moments, I often think of grandma's yarn bag - and now I get to see my daughter in the same gentle habit. thank you!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 04, 2007:

Thanks! We can all start with Stacie's Hub for a refresher :)

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on December 03, 2007:

Fun HUB Patty! Patience is all you'll need for any of the handy works.

regards Zsuzsy

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 02, 2007:

I wear a hat when it is very cold, but I keep a knit or crochet hat in a pocket of each of my coats and jackets in case I need one. They fold nicely. :)

MrMarmalade from Sydney on December 02, 2007:

Only the last year have I ever worn a hat. That's only because we walk down around the beach every for i hour.

Very informative HUB

Thank you

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 02, 2007:

These are both great comments! Thanks for reading and responding, Lissie and gabriella05.

I see people knitting all over town these days, with a few crochet-ers. People are holding "Knit in Public" Days.

gabriella05 from Oldham on December 02, 2007:

Thank you for that Patty I like to crocheted a hat for my little girl

Elisabeth Sowerbutts from New Zealand on December 02, 2007:

I haven't crocheted for years - has it come back in fashion. My mother taught me to knit but I always found it slow - I taught myself to crochet - do it backwards to this day because the book was supposed to be used as a mirror image ! Its much quicker and much easier to unpick. My relatives have a lot of totally useless doillies because Iliked making them!

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