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Granny Stitch Crochet Hat

This granny stitch crochet hat pattern features a slight variation of the granny stitch to give you more of an open stitch pattern that is perfect for transitional weather. It’s the perfect hat in the summer to tame your hair. You can also wear this under a jacket hood in freezing cold winter weather.

Another great thing about this hat is that you really don’t need much yarn for this, especially for the smaller sizes. You only need one skein of yarn, even for the adult large. And if you’re making this for a baby, you might get away with leftovers from other baby projects. Thus a win-win for everyone!

I left mine plain, but you could certainly add a pom pom made from the same yarn, or a store-bought. Either way, this makes for a great gift idea for just about everyone.

Adult small granny stitch hat modeled on a mannequin.
Granny Stitch Crochet Hat

About the Size

The free crochet pattern is now available in multiple sizes including sizes 1-3m, 1-3y, child/teen/adult XS, adult M, and adult L.

The different sizes are created by doing more or less repeats of the increase rounds at the crown. Also note the different increases made in rounds 4 and 5 for the different sizes. Once your crown is the desired size, the sides are worked in an even pattern for all sizes. This Crochet Hat Size Chart by Age might be of help in determining how big to make your crown.

Simply take a measurement of your head circumference, then use the chart to determine the hat diameter to obtain the size you need.

I used a light # 3 baby yarn for this hat including Bernat Softee Baby and Bernat Baby Sport and both came out the same size. The above is shown in baby sport, and the below images is shown in softee baby. If you’re making this for yourself, children, or grownups, you can easily switch up your yarn with another DK yarn weight if you like.

Any yarn that works well with a 4 mm crochet hook size should give you a similar size. The yarn label will have the information you need to determine whether or not it might be a good fit.

I used a solid color here, but the crochet granny stitch looks great in pretty stripes, so you could use up a few leftovers to make this. You could try to change colors after every round or every few rounds to get the look that you want.

Crochet granny stitch baby beanie laid flat.

Bernat Baby Sport

How It’s Made

This hat is made from the top down in one piece. I worked a chain 2 in between the three double crochet stitches, also known as a granny cluster, to give you nice open cluster stitches.

The textured brim is made simply by crocheting into the back loops of the previous round.

The pattern is perfect for any crochet beginner who has mastered the basic crochet stitches.

Granny Stitch

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Granny Stitch Crochet Hat

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Materials

  • Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby (Light, #3; 100% Acrylic; 5 oz/140 g; 362 yds/331 m) Color: Blue Jeans, 1 ball.
  • Crochet Hook: G 4.00mm
  • Other: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Stitch Marker, Yarn Needle.

Measurements

  • Gauge: Approximately 1.5" across first round.
  • Finished Sizes: 1-3m, 1-3y, Child/Adult XS, Adult M, Adult L.

Abbreviations

Notes

  • Instructions are given for 1-3-month-old, with larger sizes given in parenthesis.
  • Increases are staggered after every two rounds on the crown.
  • Please note the different increases on crown rounds for the different sizes.
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the side rounds if needed.

Instructions

Crown

  • Rnd 1: Make a magic circle, ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout pattern), (2 dc, ch 2) into magic circle, (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times into magic circle. Pull tight and join with sl st to first dc (3rd ch). [12 dc and 4 ch-2 sps]
  • Rnd 2: Sl st into next 2 sts and into ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2) in same sp, (3 dc, ch 2) twice into each of next 3 ch-2 sps; join with sl st in first dc. [24 dc and 8 ch-2 sps]
  • Rnd 3: Sl st into next 2 sts and into ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2) in same sp, *(3 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 times; (3 dc, ch 2) twice in last ch-2 sp; join with sl st in first dc. [36 dc and 12 ch-2 sps] For 1-3m stop increasing here and move on to Side of Hat.
  • Rnd 4: (For Toddler Size Only) Sl st into next 2 sts and into ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2) in same sp, (3 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next 5 ch-2 sps; (3 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next 4 ch-2 sps; join with sl st in first dc. [42 dc and 14 ch-2 sps] For Toddler Size stop increasing here and move on to Side of Hat.
  • Rnd 4: (For Adult S, M, L Sizes) Sl st into next 2 sts and into ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2) in same sp, *(3 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next 2 ch-2 sps; rep from * 2 times; (3 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in last ch-2 sp; join with sl st in first dc. [48 dc and 16 ch-2 sps] For Child/Adult Small stop increasing here and move on to Side of Hat.
  • Rnd 5: (For Adult M) Sl st into next 2 sts and into ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2) in same sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next 6 ch-2 sps; (3 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next 7 ch-2 sps; (3 dc, ch 2) twice in last ch-2 sp, join with sl st in first dc. [54 dc and 18 ch-2 sps] For Adult Medium stop increasing here and move on to Side of Hat.
  • Rnd 5: (For Adult L) Sl st into next 2 sts and into ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2) in same sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next 2 ch-2 sps; *(3 dc, ch 2) twice in next ch-2 sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next 3 ch-2 sps; rep from * 2 times, (3 dc, ch 2) twice in last ch-2 sp, join with sl st in first dc. [60 dc and 20 ch-2 sps]

Side of Hat (Even Pattern)

  • Rnd 1: Sl st into next 2 sts and into ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2) in same sp, (3 dc, ch 2) in next ch-2 sp and into each ch-2 sp around; join with sl st in first dc. [48 dc and 16 ch-2 sps]
  • Rnds 2-6, (7, 8, 9, 10): Rep Rnd 1 in even pattern until you are about 1" from desired height.
  • Next Rnd: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st and ch around; join with sl st in first sc. [80 sts]
  • Last 3 Rnds: Ch 1, blsc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first blsc. Fasten Off at last Rnd.

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13 Comments

    1. Hi Karri,

      Round 5 is only the first round worked in an even pattern, so naturally it will still look square. As you repeat that round you’ll begin to see it take on a rounded shape.

      This was one of my first patterns, so I did a quick re-write to make it easier to understand.

      Hope that helps, and let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks so much,
      rhelena

  1. Great little 1 hour project. I was looking for something to make with this new stretchy yarn. Gotta have one in every color. Can wear this over top of beanie on cold days. Thanks for posting!

  2. Dear Rhelena,

    I’ve been crocheting for many years.
    I read so many instructions that make me doubt
    my intelligence or my skill until I “play” with them
    and realize it’s the faulty instructions, not me.
    THANK YOU for your clear, easy-to-follow
    instructions. The Granny Stitch Hat that matches
    my jacket was a pleasure to create and quickly;
    just in time for our eary morning cold weather
    dog walks !

  3. Love this pattern. I often wondered if there was a hat with granny squares. Thanks for the many designs you share.
    Vanessa. I will surely make this one.

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