Friday, September 3, 2010

Mini Rib Hat - free pattern!

1/17/2011 ETA: many have asked about how wavy this pattern is when starting out. Keep with it! I promise, after several rounds, it will take shape!

To celebrate my Adventures in Knitting, I thought I would share a free crochet pattern with you. Doesn't that sound like fun? Enjoy!

Here is my pattern for the Mini Rib Hat. Now there's nothing mini or ribbed about this hat, but the finished hat looks a bit ribbed, and I couldn't think of anything better to call it. It produces a dense weave so it's really warm, but is very stretchy because of the ch 1 sp throughout. This would make a great chemo cap for those of you out there who donate!

Mini-Rib hat

Materials Needed:
J hook
2.75 oz ww yarn (appx 140 yds)
Trace amount of contrast color
Stitch markers (optional but may be helpful with this pattern)

• V stitch – (sc, ch 1, sc) all in same st.
• Always sl st to first sc to join round.
• All V stitches made in ch 1 sp, unless otherwise indicated.

Round 1: Ch 2, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hk. (10 sc)
Round 2: Ch 1, V st in first sc, and in ea sc around. (10 V st)
Round 3: Ch 1, 2 V st in first ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp. *2 V st in ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp.* Repeat from * to end. (15 V st)
Round 4: Ch 1, 2 V st in first ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp (2 times). *2 V st in ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp (2 times).* Repeat from * to end. (20 V st)
Round 5: Ch 1, 2 V st in first ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp (3 times). *2 V st in ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp (3 times).* Repeat from * to end. (25 V st)
Round 6: Ch 1, 2 V st in first ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp (4 times). *2 V st in ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp (4 times).* Repeat from * to end. (30 V st)
Round 7: Ch 1, 2 V st in first ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp (5 times). *2 V st in ch 1 sp, V st next ch 1 sp (5 times).* Repeat from * to end. (35 V st)
Rounds 8 – 26: Ch 1, V st in ea ch 1 sp around. (35 V st)
Round 27: Join contrast color, Ch 1, V st in ea ch 1 sp around. (35 V st)
Round 28: Pick up main color, Ch 1, V st in ea ch 1 sp around. (35 V st)

Cut yarn, fasten off and weave in the ends!


  1. I love this hat! What kind of yarn did you use? It's a great color...

  2. Oh thanks! I used Red Heart Soft yarn (NOT Super Saver!!) in Guacamole. I believe that's the name of the color. I just love that yarn. It's my absolute favorite. Happy hooking!

  3. Looks like a great hat! I've just gone one question though. How to you get any crocheted hat to not get stretched out to where it won't stay on a person's head anymore because it keeps slipping off? I've made some crocheted hats with this close fit, with a spiral design of stripes, that looked great from the start and had slip stitched on the last round, but the rest of the hat just stretched out. Made these hats for my skateboarding son back when he did skateboard, and he loved them to begin with but then later he no longer wore them when the fibers started stretching out and never bounced back. I notice knit ribbing always seems to bounce back, but trying to do crocheted ribbing just doesn't work, at least for me. I'm trying to figure out if it's the stitch that I'm using (the spiral hats were done in just sc) or if maybe I'm not using the right yarn. Is there a more stretchy yarn that would work better? I'd love your opinions on this. Thanks!

  4. Hey there Teri! Hm..well, my opinion is that you may be using the wrong fiber/yarn. I use mostly acrylic yarns (due to all sorts of allergies in this family) and I do not have any problems with stretching, or wash n' wear-ability. Do an experiment! Make the same hat from wool, or something in the animal kingdom, and make the same hat from acrylic and see what happens.

    As for ribbing, knitted ribbing is definitely better. I am a die-hard crocheter, so I am not being a traitor - I am just stating my opinion. Now that I knit too, I am seriously contemplating working up a pattern for a crocheted hat with a knitted rib. Just for us bistitchuals! LOL!

    Anyway, hope this helps. Please let me know!

  5. @Teri,
    Did you use cotton? I find that cotton will stretch out with repeated use, though it will usually bounce back after washing and drying.
    I haven't had a problem with other materials.

  6. I really like this hat and is trying to make this one for my husband. However, I'm having a hard time. The pattern seems easy enough. After I get through R3 it looks all floppy and won't stay flat. Is it suppose to do this? I keep visualizing my hat being all jagged instead of a nice, flat hat. Thanks for your help.

  7. Hi Sarah! Keep with it. The first several rounds are very floppy and funky. It takes awhile to take shape, but I promise it will be great when you finish! Any other questions- just ask!

  8. I love your pattern & would really like to figure out what I am doing wrong:
    I get confused starting on round 3 because of the Repeat from * to *
    As I read it, it is the same as what I did to start the row...
    Why the need to differentiate the first directive (2 times), and then the *Repeat*?
    Isn't it all the same in each round?

    My results so far are way too wavy to ever comform to a head!
    Help me if you can!

  9. Hey there Michelle! You know, you are absolutely right. Certainly appears redundant. I differentiated them just to be absolutely certain that people remembered to place that first V stitch in that first ch 1 sp...which can be a little hard to see or remember. But you are probably a lot more advanced so you don't really need the reminder. :) As for the wavy-ness, I promise it will take shape after several rounds. I think I am going to add a little note to this post to let people know about that...this question has come up more than once!

    Thanks Michelle!

  10. I would like to make this hat in a boys size. Can you help me with the modifications? Do I just stop increasing before round 7?

  11. Hi gmk - it all depends on the age of the boy. To be honest, I make all hats adult size for any child over the age of 2. The difference in the circumference of their heads is pretty negligible, and most adult hats will fit most children 2 and over. If the child is particularly small, I would leave out the last round of increases. That should make it work just fine. Let me know how it goes!

    Happy hooking!

  12. Hi! I made this hat for my stepdaughter. She chose a multi-colored yarn, so I replaced the contrast stripe with a shell edge. It turned out great! She loves it. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  13. I love this hat, my boyfriend is a die hard Harley Davidson fan:) and I made this hat for him for the winter. I made it in black with contrast in orange, and added a harley davidson patch to the front, it looks amazing and he loves it. My question is now lol he would like a scarf to match lol any ideas on a pattern that would be similar crocheting as a scarf?

  14. Also thank you very much for sharing your pattern:)

  15. I love this pattern but I'm on the fifth round now (for the fourth time) and I don't see any this normal? Am I missing something? I'm trying very hard to get in the right spaces and I end up with the correct amount of stitches. Any help is appreciated.

    1. It may take a few more rounds to really see the "ribbing" show up. :)

  16. I've never made a hat before and mine looks like a wavy hair accessory after the 4th row. Not sure what I am doing wrong. I made preemie hats before from a a super simple pattern but not anything more complicated than that. I noted your wavy note and tried again but it doesn't look like what I would imagine a hat to look like. Any idea what I am doing wrong?
    Thank you!
    ~Mippy :)

    1. Hi there! Yes, the floppy appearance in the beginning can definitely scare a person off. Just trust me when I say it will take shape. It just takes awhile. :) And congrats on trying something a little more complicated! Before you know it, you will be whipping up clothing. ;)

  17. Clearly I am missing something here. When I get to rounds six and seven my numbers are off. I end up with more than 30 and 35. When you say 2V in ch1 sp, are you also talking about how there are sometimes 4 sc's in a sp 1?
    I so want to do this pattern but keep starting over.
    Your hat turned out so pretty.

    1. Yes, there are times when there will be 4 sc in one ch 1 sp. It may help to place a stitch marker on the first sc of each round, at least that has helped me in the past. It's a difficult pattern for many, but hang in there and I promise it will be worth it. :)

  18. Hi!
    I'm not a native english speaker and all I've learnt about crocheting, was seen by me on youtube. I was wondering if you could explain to me what sp is short for? And... Is the V stitch you are talking about the same as this one?

    Thank you so much for your help and the great patterns you are posting!

    1. Glad to help! Sp stands for space (created by the ch 1). The V stitch in the picture you provided is made of double crochets, whereas this pattern uses single crochets.

      I do hope this helps!

  19. Hi,

    Thanks for all the free paterns. I'm having a bit of a mission on round 4. I am unsure on how to get the right number of stitches.

    If I only crochet into the chain stiches of round 3, I have 15 stitches in total, but if I alternate 2v's and 1'v in each of the 15 stitched I gat 30 stitched in total. What I am a missing to get 20 stitches at the end of the round?

    1. In round 4, you are doing 2V in the first chain space, and then 1V, then 1V, and repeat that pattern. That will give you the 20 Vs required.