If you love crocheting hats as much as I do, then I know you are going to love this collection of free crochet hat patterns using worsted weight yarn!
A crochet hat is one of my favorite things to make – it’s a quick project, usually pretty easy and perfect for gifting. And when it comes to choosing yarn for a crochet beanie, you can’t look past a good old worsted or medium weight yarn.
The patterns in the list below are perfect for beginners and experienced crocheters alike, with easy-to-follow instructions and using one of the most versatile, widely available yarn weights.
From cozy beanies to slouchy hats and everything in between, there is something for everyone in this list.
So, grab your hooks and let’s get started on some fun and fashionable hat projects!
What is worsted weight yarn?
Worsted weight yarn is a bit like the goldilocks of the yarn world – it’s not too thick and not too thin! In terms of the Craft Yarn Council standards, it is a Category 4 yarn and falls in between DK and bulky weight yarns.
Worsted weight yarn is sometimes referred to as “medium weight yarn” or “afghan yarn”. In Australia, you may find it listed as “10 ply yarn” or in the UK it can sometimes be called “aran weight yarn”. Not confusing at all huh!?
These terms are often used interchangeably with worsted weight yarn, but they all generally refer to yarn that falls in the middle of the weight spectrum, with a thickness that’s suitable for a wide range of projects.
It’s important to note, however, that not all medium weight yarn is necessarily worsted weight – there can be some variation in thickness and texture depending on the specific brand and type of yarn. So, if you’re not sure what weight of yarn to use for a particular project, it’s always best to check the recommended gauge and hook size in the pattern instructions.
What is the best yarn weight for a crochet hat?
You can really use a yarn of any weight to crochet a hat, but worsted weight yarn is definitely top of my list.
This yarn weight is one of the most popular for crochet projects of all shapes and sizes, and for good reason!
Benefits of using worsted weight yarn for hats
Versatility: as we noted already, worsted weight yarn is a “medium” weight yarn, so it’s very versatile and suitable for lots of different types of crochet projects. It’s not too thin OR too thick, so it can provide both structure and drape to make finished projects look and feel great. Worsted weight yarn offers a balance between warmth and breathability, making it a great choice for a variety of climates and seasons.
Widely available: Worsted weight yarn is widely available online and in craft stores, so it’s easy to get your hands (and hooks!) on no matter where in the world you are. It’s also available in a huge array of colors, fibers and price points, making it accessible for pretty much everyone.
Easy to work with: Worsted weight yarn is easy to work with, making it a great choice for beginners and experienced crocheters.
What is the best worsted weight yarn for hats?
One of my favorite things about using worsted weight yarn is that it is widely available, but this also means that there is pretty much an endless selection of brands and fiber blends to choose from!
The exact yarn that you choose is going to depend on the style and purpose of the hat, as well as personal preference.
For winter hats and beanies, an acrylic or acrylic/wool blend can be a great choice. Acrylic yarn is very easy to dye so it’s often available in a huge variety of colors.
Any yarn that features wool or a wool blend is going to be very warm and cozy, but of course you may need to take wool allergies into account when selecting your yarn.
Superwash merino can be a great choice for hats as it’s usually super soft and easier to wash and care for than regular wool – perfect for those items that are going to get a lot of wear!
Some of my favorite worsted weight yarns for hats include:
The Willow Hat is a stylish crochet hat pattern with a fabulous texture. Worked from the bottom up and using a #4/worsted weight yarn, this hat is such a quick make. This pattern is written for 6 sizes – Baby, Toddler, Child, Tween, Adult Small and Adult Large, and also comes with a full video tutorial.
Sizes: Baby, Toddler, Child, Tween, Adult Small and Adult Large
The Sedona Hat is an easy mosaic crochet hat pattern written for 4 sizes, from Baby to Adult. If you haven’t tried mosaic crochet before, then this is a great first pattern to try – if you can work a single and a double crochet then you can make this hat!
Sizes: Baby, Toddler/ Child, Adult Small, Adult Large
This easy ribbed crochet hat is sure to become a staple in your winter wardrobe. It’s a perfect pattern for a confident beginner – not too difficult but with a couple of techniques to offer a challenge.
Sizes: Baby, Toddler/Child, Adult Small, Adult Medium
This gorgeous hat features a mesmerizing pattern created with just single and double crochet stitches. The hat is worked from the bottom up in continuous rounds - you are going to want a stitch marker or piece of scrap yarn to hand to keep track of the start/end of your rounds!
This hat is designed to look like it has been knitted, but is actually crocheted using a special stitch combination that creates a knit-like texture. The pattern includes instructions for four sizes, from Toddler to Adult Large, and can be customized with different color combinations. The finished hat is warm, cozy, and stylish, making it a perfect accessory for colder months.
This hat features a textured puff stitch design and is embellished with a cute shamrock motif, making it a great accessory for St. Patrick's Day. The pattern is available for 4 sizes and is worked from the bottom up, starting with a ribbed brim. The shamrock motif is worked separately and then attached to the hat. The finished hat is both stylish and festive, perfect for celebrating the holiday or adding a touch of whimsy to your wardrobe.
The Ridge Walk Hat is a free easy crochet winter hat pattern that’s perfect for confident beginners. This hat is has a gorgeous dense and squishy texture, so it’s perfect for keeping extra warm and cozy during the cold winter months.
The Geowave Hat is a striped crochet hat with a really unique texture! And this crochet hat pattern is definitely simpler than it looks. This hat is crocheted from the bottom up, starting with the ribbing. And the best thing is, once you get the hang of the first row or two, it’s a one-row repeat for most of the hat body. So, it requires just a little concentration at the start, and then you’re good to go .
Sizes: Baby, Toddler/ Child, Adult Small, Adult Large
The Forked Cluster Hat is an easy hat pattern, worked in the round from the top down. For this hat you will need any #4/Medium/Worsted weight yarn in one or two colors. I decided to work my ribbing in a contrasting color but you can absolutely use one color for the entire hat if you wish! The pattern is written for 5 sizes – so this is a great pattern to make in bulk for gifts.
Sizes: Baby, Toddler/ Child, Adult Small, Adult Large
This crochet hat is designed for the spring season, with a lightweight and breathable design that is perfect for mild weather. The pattern features a simple yet elegant stitch pattern worked in the round, and you may opt to add a pompom for extra flair!
This fun beanie has a colorful and playful appearance, using puffed stitches that resemble jelly beans! The hat is worked from the bottom up, starting with the ribbed brim, and then transitioning to the jelly bean stitch pattern for the body of the hat. The pattern includes instructions for newborn to adult sizes, and can be customized with different color combinations.
A beginner friendly free pattern that you can finish in just one sitting! You can even adjust it as to how loose you want it to be to get that slouchy look. Worsted hand-dyed yarn is used for this project to achieve a rich textured look that matches the fall season but feel free to use any colors you like to show case your own unique style.
The Ups and Downs Crochet Slouchy Beanie is a free crochet pattern that incorporates four different crochet stitches and two adorable buttons. It's also simple to customize: add more (or fewer) rows to make it more (or less) slouchy, as desired.
This hat is designed to have a relaxed and casual fit, with a slouchy style that can be worn in different ways. The pattern features a combination of basic crochet stitches, such as single and double crochets, worked in the round. The finished hat has a simple yet stylish appearance that can be customized by choosing different colors of yarn. The 3-ML Slouchy Beanie is a great project for both beginner and experienced crocheters.
Sizes: Adult Small, but you can adjust the size through the instruction in the free pattern
This hat is designed to keep you warm and cozy during outdoor adventures, with a textured stitch pattern that adds both warmth and style. The pattern features a combination of basic crochet stitches worked in the round, with a fold-over brim and a pom-pom on top.
The star stitch beanie is designed to showcase the beautiful star stitch, which gives the hat a unique and textured appearance. The pattern features a combination of basic crochet stitches and the star stitch, which is worked in rows. The pattern includes instructions for child to adult sizes, and can be customized with different yarn colors to create a unique and personalized look.
This pattern is perfect for crocheters of all skill levels, featuring basic crochet stitches worked in the round, and a fun and easy-to-follow seed stitch pattern. The hat is designed to fit men, women, and kids, making it a great pattern for creating matching family hats. With this pattern, you can create a cozy and stylish beanie that will keep you warm and comfortable all winter long.
Sizes: Child, Teen/ Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large/ Extra Large
This crochet cable hat is thick and warm, and it comes in sizes ranging from newborn to adult, so you can make one for the whole family or as gifts to friends. With detailed pictures, a helpful video tutorial, a graph/chart, and easy-to-follow written instructions, you'll have everything you need to create this beautiful hat.
If you're an intermediate crocheter looking for a fun and stylish project, this pattern might just be what you need! The hat features a ribbed brim, a shell stitch body, and a fluffy pom pom on top for that extra touch of cuteness.
This crochet hat features a beautiful textured stitch called plump posts stitch that gives it a unique and elegant appearance. With this pattern, you can create a cozy and stylish beanie that will keep you warm and fashionable throughout the winter season.
Size: Dimensions of finished hat: 8.5” across when laid flat x 8” in height
A beanie perfect for Valentines day! The Paris Beanie is a stylish and elegant beanie pattern that features the fair isle crochet technique. It comes with a video tutorial explaining on how to create the heart diagram pattern and pattern comes in infant to adult sizes.
This unique pattern features a combination of chain stitches, single crochet stitches, half double crochet stitches, and the special mini bean stitch. And that's not all - this top-down beanie can be easily customized to fit any head size, with instructions for three different sizes included. Get ready to create a cozy and stylish beanie that's as fun to make as it is to wear!
If you are looking for a fun and easy crochet project for your little one - then this free crochet hat pattern is perfect for you. The hat is soft and cozy, yet lightweight enough to be worn in warmer weather. Available in 3 different sizes.
This textured crochet beanie is worked in the round and features the eye-catching leafhopper cluster stitch pattern. With this pattern, you can create a cozy and stylish beanie that will keep you warm and comfortable all winter long.
With this free crochet beanie pattern, making hats has never been easier! This beanie hat is super fast, super comfy, and fits everyone! Even if you are a beginner, you can make the most beautiful textured hat by working in simple side across rows with beginner stitches like slip stitches and single crochet. And because it's a side across crochet hat pattern, you can easily adapt it to any yarn and hook size you want by simply following the measurements!
Sizes: Infant, Toddler, Child, Adult Small to Large
The hat features a ribbed brim that sits comfortably on the forehead and provides a snug fit. The body of the hat is worked in basic single crochet stitches, which gives it a lightly textured design. The hat can be easily customized with different colors or embellishments, making it a versatile accessory that can be worn with a variety of outfits.