How to Crochet a Hat for Kids

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Families living in northern climates know that when it comes to kids, having spare hats is a good thing. Kids will soak their hats with snow or leave them on the bus. Extras are needed no matter how many kids you have. Make up a batch of quick crocheted hats in bright colors to keep in your coat closet. Even beginning crocheters can create a simple hat pattern, as it only uses chain stitch and single crochet.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 skein worsted weight yarn or 4 oz.
  • Size H crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Make a loop in the yarn and do the chain stitch until the chain measures 9 inches. Turn and single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Single crochet in every chain until you reach the end of the row of chains.

  • Chain one and turn. Skip the first stitch, then single crochet in every stitch until the end of the row.

  • Chain one and turn again. Skip the first stitch, then single crochet in every stitch until the end of the row. Repeat this row until the piece fits correctly on your child's head.

  • Fit the crocheted piece to your child's head by wrapping it around her head at eyebrow level. The rows will be going up and down, not around her head. When the first row of crocheting can touch the last row of crocheting, you have made enough rows. Tie off the end of the yarn and clip it loose.

  • Fold the crocheted piece in half with the first row and the last row together. Use a piece of the same yarn and a tapestry needle to sew the first and last rows together. You have created a crocheted tube.

  • Weave the tapestry needle in and out through the crocheting at the top of one end of the tube. Pull the yarn tight to gather the end of the tube together and close the top of the hat. Tie the yarn securely and clip it free.

  • Turn the hat right side out and turn up the cuff on the bottom toward the outside of the hat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make a multicolored pompom for a decorative finish to the hat.

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