Looking for a beginner friendly free crochet hat pattern perfect for men and women? Using crossed double crochet stitches, this hat is a simple stunner.
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March isn’t over with, yet, but already this year I have hooked up 29 hats. TWENTY NINE! Whenever I’m stressed I simply must have my hands busy or I feel like I’m going to spiral out of control. But I put that nervous hand energy to work and I am building up a huge stash to donate next winter.

Hooking Hats for a Reason…

I hate to leave you hanging but, nervous energy aside, I also had a specific reason for making so many hats. In a post you’ll see very soon you’ll be able to check out 22 of those hats (yep, all in ONE post!)

But until then, today I’m sharing this free Alex Beanie Crochet Hat Pattern I whipped up late last year. You might actually recognize the design of this hat. Initially I had created the pattern just so I could have a pretty but simple hat to attach my free printable crochet care tags to for photos.

A Simple Beanie for All

Since this design was specifically made to be pretty but not call out too much attention I realized that it is a pretty perfect unisex hat. And that makes it a fabulous design for gifts or donations because anybody would like this hat. Men, women, children, everyone.

And so today strap in and get ready to hook up some Alex beanies with our free pattern!

Supplies Needed to Crochet an Alex Beanie:

The Yarn

For the multicolor hat I used Red Heart Roll with It Melange Yarn in the colorway Show Time. The solid color hat has been hooked using Wander Acrylic Yarn, available exclusively through Furls in the color Thatch. Both of these yarns fall on the thinner side of a worsted weight yarn and make a slightly smaller than adult size hat. If using either of these yarns I suggest going up to an I sized hook.

The Hook

For both of these Alex beanies I used my brand new Odyssey Hook. And I’ve got to tell you I am officially in love. These hooks are slightly heavier than a Furl’s resin hook but the Odyssey a nice balance that felt amazing in hand. I’m officially on the hunt for a few more hooks in other sizes.

FYI – These hooks are famously hard to get a hold of because they sell out so quickly! If you want to snag one of these hooks, be sure to sign up for their newsletter. They send out notices that a restock is coming and then an email when the new hooks are available for purchase on the site.

The Leather Garment Tags

For all of my current designs I use the faux leather garment tags on the hats from Birch and Cider. I love this small business. Great quality, prices, and reasonable time between order and receiving the tags. The color used for these hats are Bamboo. The Chicago screws I used to attach them came from this mixed bag from Amazon.

How to Hook Up an Alex Beanie with our Free Hat Pattern

The hats shown in this post used a Medium (4) weight yarn but they are a better size for children than adults. If you want to use the exact yarn I did (Wander Acrylic, Red Heart Roll with It Melange) I’d suggest going up to an I hook. You can also use a thicker medium weight yarn with an H hook for an average adult sized hat.

Alex Beanie Crochet Hat Pattern

Crochet the Stretchy Hat Band

The band is made using color A.

← Row 1:

FSC 6 leaving a tail of 4-6 inches.

→ Row 2:

CH 1 (does NOT count as first ST) and turn your work. BLOSC in every stitch. (6 ST)

← RND 4-66:

Repeat row 2.

Chain 1 and match up the ends of the band making sure it does not twist. Match up the stitches of both ends and slip stitch the sides together. For more detailed information please visit this post.

Crochet the Hat Body

This hat works every round in the same direction. Do not turn your work.

← RND 1:

CH 1. (CH at the beginning of RNDS does NOT count as first ST here or in any RND) SC in every ST. SL to first ST to join. (66 ST)

← RND 2:

CH 2. CCDC around. SL to first ST to join. (33ST)

← RND 3:

CH 1. HDC around. SL to first ST to join. (66 ST)

← RND 4:

CH1. BPHDC around. SL to first ST to join. (66 ST)

← RND 5-10:

RPT rows 2-4 twice.

← RND 11:

CH 2. CCDC around. SL to first ST to join. (33ST)

← RND 12:

CH 1. HDC around. SL to first ST to join. (66 ST)

← RND 13:

CH 2. HDC in first 8 ST. HDC2TOG in next 2. *9 HDC then 1 HDC2TOG. RPT from * 7 times. HDC in last ST. SL to first ST to join. (60 ST)

← RND 14:

CH 2. CCDC around. SL to first ST to join. (30ST)

← RND 15:

CH 2. HDC in first 3 ST. HDC2TOG in next 2. * 4 HDC then 1 HDC2TOG. RPT from * 8 times. HDC in last ST. SL to first ST to join. (60 ST)

← RND 16:

CH1. BPHDC around. SL to first ST to join. (50 ST)

← RND 17:

CH 2. HDC in first 2 ST. HDC2TOG in next 2. * 3 HDC then 1 HDC2TOG. RPT from * 8 times. HDC in last ST. SL to first ST to join. (40 ST)

← RND 18:

CH 2. HDC in first ST. HDC2TOG in next 2. * 2 HDC then 1 HDC2TOG. RPT from * 8 times. HDC in last ST. SL to first ST to join. (30 ST)

← RND 19:

CH 2. HDC in first ST. HDC2TOG in next 2. * 1 HDC then 1 HDC2TOG. RPT from * to end. HDC in last ST. SL to first ST to join. (20 ST)

← RND 20:

CH 2. HDC2TOG around. SL to first ST to join. (10 ST) Sew hole shut with tail, weave in end.

Stitch Abbreviations Used:

  • BPHDC: Back Post Half Double Crochet
  • CCDC: Crossed Double Crochet Stitches
  • CH: Chain
  • FSC: Foundation Single Crochet
  • HDC: Half Double Crochet
  • HDC2TOG: Half Double Crochet 2 Together
  • RND: Round
  • RPT: Repeat
  • SC: Single Crochet
  • ST: Stitch

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