Here is a simple crochet hat done in ribs! Yup, it is a ribbed hat done using Crochet instead of Knit! I made this for my friend who specifically requested a “crochet hat in black with tight stitches!”. (shrug)
Here’s what I came up with. I made it dark grey instead in a heavy stitch for extra warmth (and also to avoid the “hole-y” ness that normal crochet hats are prone to). I mixed the yarns for added depth and a slight luxe detail without changing the overall personality of the hat. That mixed with the stitch gave it lovely yet subtle unique texture.
Overall it’s a utilitarian Counterstrike/Black Ops inspired look. It came out sportier than I would have liked but I loved the stitch with the yarn mix so I just went with it. It’s on the stiff side, no drape. Dense and thick yet doesn’t really look like it. Great for a guy! The stitch is more intermediate but the hat pattern itself is beginner making it an Advanced Beginner project! It’s a stretchy stitch normally used for cuffs or edges. It fit perfectly!
1.5 Balls Red Heart Heathers – Dark Grey (4480) – Medium Worsted Weight , 260 yards per ball
2 Balls Lion Brand Collection Baby Alpaca – Silver Grey Heather (152) – Light Weight , 146 yards per ball
Crochet Hook Size I9 [5.5mm]
1×1 Rib Stitch: [fpdc, bpdc] repeat until end
fpdc – Double Crochet into Front Post
bpdc – Double Crochet into Back Post
Size: Approx. 22 inches in diameter. About 9 inches high.
Skill Level: Adv. Beginner
Row 1: Slip Stitch to join round. Ch 2, dc until end of round (into the back “post” of the chain).
Row 2: Sl st into top of chain to join, Ch 2, Rib Stitch until end of round.
Row 3: Sl st into top of chain to join, Ch 2, Rib Stitch until end of round. (Make sure to fpdc into fpdc and bpdc into bpdc as you go.)
Row 4- 19: Repeat Row 3 for 16 rounds. For a total of 18 rounds of Rib Stitch.
Finish Row 1: Sl st into top of chain to join, Ch 2, [Rib Stitch for 12 sts, dec 2] repeat until end of round.
Finish Row 2: Sl st into top of chain to join, Ch 2, [Rib Stitch for 8 sts, dec 2] repeat until end of round.
Finish Row 3: Sl st into top of chain to join, Ch 2, Rib Stitch until end of round.
Finish Row 4: Sl st into top of chain to join, Ch 2, [Rib Stitch for 4 sts, dec 2] repeat until end of round.
Finish Row 5: Sl st into top of chain to join, Ch 2, [Rib Stitch for 2 sts, dec 2] repeat until end of round.
Finish Row 6: Sl st into top of chain to join, Ch 2, Rib Stitch until end of round.
Finish Row 7: Sl st into top of chain to join, Ch 2, Dec every st (or post) until end.
Finish Row 8: Fasten off. Leave long tail. Weave into top stitches and cinch to close. Weave in ends.
The hat is crocheted in the round holding 2 yarns together. From the bottom up to the crown in one continuous piece.
To shape the crown: For a longer pointier top, decrease every other row; For a shorter rounder top, decrease every row.
This makes a pretty stiff knit so it holds its shape well. It’s also a deceptively heavy and thick hat. Great for warmth!
The decreases in this pattern are sort of difficult. Follow the stitches when decreasing and always leave an even number of stitches. The Rib Stitch requires a pair of stitches (multiple of 2) to complete. I did “2tog” for the decreases. See below for add’l info.
This Rib Stitch requires a lot of yarn which is why this hat requires over 3 balls of yarn! If you want to pile on the yarn for extra warmth, keep it! If not, Laurie Wheeler from The Crochet Liberation Front suggested the Half Double or even Single Crochet in place of the Double Crochet I used along with the 3tog + sl st technique for a dec 2. I’m trying another one so I will give it a whirl.
You can do rib in fp/bp hdc or sc :) saves yarn. 2) I turn work inside out and do last few rnds in 2tog till end when I do all tog. Or if Too bulky then 3tog ea & slip st.