Hats and scarves are totally easy. A friend of mine who is kind of new to crocheting wanted a fast, simple, no-frills unisex hat and you can’t get any faster or simpler than double crochet in the round. So I wrote this up for her. This is the general pattern I follow when making simple adult beanies. I always use Red Heart worsted weight acrylic yarn and usually either an H or I hook.
Terms to Know
ch = chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
beg = beginning
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
Round 1. Ch 4. Sl st to first ch to make ring. Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, sl st to top of beg ch 3. 12 dc (ch 3 counts as dc now and throughout).
Round 2. Ch 3. Dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to top of beg ch 3. 24 dc.
Round 3. Ch 3. Dc in same st and in next st, [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] around, sl st to top of beg ch 3. 36 dc.
Round 4. Ch 3. Dc in same st, dc in each of next two st, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next two st] around, sl st to top of beg ch 3. 48 dc.
Round 5. Ch 3. Dc in same st, dc in each of next 3 st, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 st] around, sl st to top of beg ch 3. 60 dc.
Round 6. Ch 3. Dc in next st, dc in each st around, sl st to top of beg ch 3. 60 dc. Repeat round 6 to the desired length.
For a nice edge, you can do either crab stitch (backwards single crochet) or half-double crochet.
For infant sizes, stop increasing after round 3. For child sizes, stop after round 4. The hook size you use make a difference in the density of the stitches, of course. I generally use an H hook with infant and child sizes, and an I hook with adult sizes.
I also have an easy scarf pattern to match this hat pattern. It’s worked back and forth and is edged with half-double crochet for softness. You add fringe after you finish the edging. I use the same size hook for the scarf as I would for the hat.
Note: For my ch-3 turning chain, I insert my hook into the first st, YO, and draw through, leaving 2 loops on my hook. Then I ch 2. This makes a sturdy turning chain and is easier to work the edging into.
Foundation row 1. Ch 22. Dc into 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. 20 dc.
Row 2. Ch 3 (see note). Dc in next st and in each st across, turn. 20 dc.
Repeat second row 33 more times (35 rows). Fasten off.
Join to back of first ch of foundation row 1 and ch 3. Dc in next st and in each st across, turn. 20 dc.
Repeat row 2 another 33 times (35 more rows) for a total of 70 rows. Do not fasten off.
Edging. Turn. Ch 2. 3 hdc in first st, hdc in each st across to last st, 3 hdc in last st. Working along the side of the scarf, work about 2 hdc in the side of each dc to end. Repeat on opposite side with 3 hdc in each corner.
Fringe. Cut about 48 lengths of yarn about a foot long each. Separate them out two at a time and twelve pairs for each end of the scarf. Fold each pair in half and pull the folded end through the stitches, forming a loop, then pull the free ends through and tighten. Spread these evenly across the ends of the scarf to make the fringe.
These are very quick and easy to make. They take just a few hours once you get into the rhythm. Perfect quick holiday presents!