Men's Crochet Winter Hat Free Pattern

Free Crochet Pattern for a Classic Winter Hat in Wool Yarn

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If you would like to crochet a cold-weather hat for a special guy, this men's winter hat pattern may be just what you need. The hat is a classic style. The stitch used resembles a rib knit, but it's not knitted; it's crocheted. This hat is part of a coordinating set which also includes a winter scarf.

Crochet Skill Level

This crochet pattern is very easy. It is a great project for beginner crocheters who have already learned the following basic stitches:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch

Hand Sewing Skill Level

If you've ever sewn a garment or similar project, you'll have no problem with the finishing required for this project.

Understanding the Project

This hat is constructed in two pieces: a large crocheted rectangle and a small crocheted circle.

The body of the hat is made from the rectangle, which you will use to create a tube shape. Then you gather the top of the tube, using the same type of stitch that you would use for basting – only you want the sewing here to be permanent.

Then you sew the circle to the top to secure the gathers. This process has similarities to the technique of setting in a sleeve, but is much easier. Don't worry if you aren't familiar with these sewing terms; it's all described clearly for you here.

Required Materials

  • Yarn: You'll need about 4 oz. of DK / light worsted weight wool yarn -- choose a yarn rated as 3 on the Craft Yarn Council's weight standard system. Wool yarn is recommended for this project.
  • Crochet Hooks: You will need two crochet hooks for this project. Use the larger size for the hat and the smaller size for the circle. Use size K / 6.5 mm and size H / 5.0 mm; adjust if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.


4 sts = 1 inch; row gauge is not important.

Please be sure to make a gauge swatch prior to crocheting this hat.

If you don't want to hassle with matching this gauge, or if you need a hat in a different size, the alternative is to work out the math to ensure a correct fit. The math for this particular design is very easy, so please don't be afraid to make size adjustments. Either way, you will need your gauge swatch to do this correctly.

Finished Size:

This pattern is sized for adult men. This is approximately 11" long and 22" in circumference acround the lower edge; it measures 11" across when laid flat.

  • If you'd like to make your hat longer than the sample, increase the number of chain stitches in your starting chain.
  • To make your hat shorter, decrease the number of chains in your starting chain.
  • If you'd like your hat to fit looser, crochet more rows.
  • To make it fit tighter, crochet fewer rows.

Men's Winter Crochet Hat Pattern

Ch 45.

  • Row 1: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch st across the row. (44 sl sts.)
  • Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Work entire row in sl st. (44 sl sts.)
  • Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Work entire row in sl st. (44 sl sts.)
  • Row 4: Ch 1, turn. Work entire row in sc. (44 sc sts.)
  • Rows 5 and Up: The pattern repeats from here on - 3 rows of sl st followed by 1 row of sc st - with the following minor change: row 5 will be a sl st row; work your sl sts into the front loops of the sc sts in the previous row. Continue working in pattern repeat until your hat is the desired size.

A good gauge is to crochet 100 rows total, but you should crochet as many rows as necessary to achieve a comfortable fit for the intended wearer. You can do a quick fitting by using safety pins to temporarily pin up the sides of the hat and try it on.

End off; weave in ends. Block and let dry.

Crochet the Seam:

Hold (or pin) the first and last row together in order to form a tube. Work one slip stitch through both loops of both the stitches in the first row and last row.

Gathering the Top of the Hat:

Thread your yarn needle and hand stitch a straight basting-type stitch loosely all the way around the upper perimeter of the hat. Make your stitches as even as possible, and keep them as close to the edge as you comfortably can.

Your next goal is to transform the tube into a hat shape that's open at the bottom and closed at the top. To do so, you're going to use your basting stitch as the mechanism for gathering the top of the tube.

After the top has been gathered, make a few extra stitches as needed to secure the gathers and then set the piece aside while you crochet the circle.

Circle Instructions:

  • Round 1: 10 sc in ring; sl st to join to the first sc in the round.
  • Round 2: ch 1. Working through both loops, work 2 sc in each sc. (20 sc.) sl st to join.
  • Round 3: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc (20 sc.) sl st to join.

This circle measures about 2 1/4", and it is big enough to successfully cover the gathers at the top of the hat. However, here are some optional rounds in case you need them, which may happen if the circle is smaller than 2 1/4" or otherwise doesn't cover the gathers at the top of your hat completely when you try to stitch it onto the top of the hat. Don't use the extra rounds unless you need them, and do your best not to need them by gathering the top of the body of the hat as tight as you can. That said, here they are:

  • Optional Round 4: ch 1, (1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat sequence in parentheses all the way around (30 sc total)
  • Optional Round 5: ch 1, work 1 sc in each sc all the way around (30 sc total)

When you end off, leave a long tail of yarn that you can use to stitch the circle to the top of the hat.


Stitch the circle to the hat so that it hides the basting stitch and all the gathers. You want this to be permanent, so stitch around the circle several times until you are confident that it won't work its way loose. When you are finished, turn the hat inside out and weave in any remaining loose ends.

Updated by Kathryn Vercillo