This bottom up fitted crochet hat features a stretchy brim and fitted crown. Using worsted weight yarn and double crochet stitches, it’s a great basic crochet beanie!
I got this idea in my head about the coolest DIY pompom for crochet hats and I made one and it was, indeed, super cool. But when I popped it onto a crochet beanie I had made just for it it didn’t stand out because of the gathering at the crown.
Usually when I crochet a hat I work up from the bottom and I don’t decrease the stitches in the rows. So when it’s gathered to close it at the top there are some folds and bulk there.
Here’s an example… This is my CrissCross Double Crochet Hat Pattern a couple of years ago. See how at the top the hat is gathered and you can see the folds?
Since I made my crochet pompom to be the big wow factor the hat needed to be simple, clean. So I frogged rows 9-14 and decreased until I had a form fitting crochet hat with just the tiniest hole to seam together to finish.
I’ll be sharing that crochet pompom very soon and I’m super excited about that. But for now I’m showing you how to crochet a fitted beanie from the brim up so you have the perfect canvas for your amazing crochet bows!
On a side note… don’t you just LOVE that crochet hook? I’ve been super keen on crochet but my hands have been acting up. For AGES I have coveted a Furls Crochet Hook but every time I thought about buying one my inner cheapskate would freak out. One day my hands hurt SO badly and I really wanted to keep crocheting but I had to stop. I broke down and bought this 5.0 crochet hook in the gorgeous color Streamline Swirl Cookie.
On 10/15 I bought my first and as of today I already have a collection of 18. If you have arthritic hands, these hooks are a godsend!
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Basic Supplies Needed to Crochet a Bottom Up Beanie:
- Worsted Weight Yarn (size 4 or medium)
- Crochet Hook, Size 5.5 (H)
- Yarn Needle <— these are the JAM!
- Custom Leather Labels (color light brown)
- Faux Fur Pompoms
Stitches / Abbreviations Used:
- FSC: Foundation Single Crochet
- CH: Chain
- BLSC: Single Crochet in the Back Loop Only
- SL: Slip Stitch
- DC: Double Crochet
- RND: Round
- ST: Stitch
- DC2TOG: Double Crochet Two Together (decreases)
Double Crochet Two Together (DC2TOG)
The double crochet two together is one stitch worked into two side by side stitches. It looks like two stitches at the bottom and a single stitch at the top. It works as a decrease.
DC2TOG Directions: 1 – Yarn over and pick up a loop through the next stitch. 2 – Yarn over and draw your hook through two loops. 3 – Yarn over and pick up a loop through the next stitch. 4 – Yarn over and draw through two loops. 5 – Yarn over and draw through 3 (all remaining) loops.
Stretchy Hat Band
← 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. BLSC in every stitch. (6 ST)
Row 3-66: Repeat row 2.
Chain 1 and match up the ends of the band making sure it does not twist. Next, match up the stitches of both ends and slip stitch together to close. For more detailed information please visit this post.
Bottom Up Crochet Hat Body
All rounds are worked in the same direction. Do not turn your work at the end of any round.
→ 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 2-9: CH 2. DC in every ST. SL to first ST to join. (66 ST)
→ Rnd 10: CH 2. DC in first 8 ST. 1 DC2TOG in next 2. * 9 DC then 1 DC2TOG. RPT from * 7 times. DC in last ST. (60 ST)
→ Rnd 11: CH 2. DC in first 3 ST. 1 DC2TOG in next 2. * 4 DC then 1 HDC2TOG. RPT from * 8 times. DC in last ST. (50 ST)
→ Rnd 12: CH 2. DC in first 2 ST. 1 DC2TOG in next 2. * 3 DC then 1 DC2TOG. RPT from * 8 times. DC in last ST. (40 ST)
→ Rnd 13: CH 2. DC in first ST. 1 DC2TOG in next 2. * 2 DC then 1 DC2TOG. RPT from * 8 times. DC in last ST. 3 (30 ST)
→ Rnd 14: CH 2. *DC in first ST. 1DC2TOG in next 2. RPT from * 8 times. DC in last ST. (20 ST)
→ Rnd 15: CH 2. DC2TOG in each pair of ST to end. (10 ST)
SL to BEG of RND to close. Sew hole shut with tail, weave in end.
How to Finish Your Bottom Up Crochet Hat
Once finished crocheting the hat, knot off the end and leave a tail of 4-8 inches.
See that little hole at the top of the hat? We’re going to need to close that up with the tail. Note* If adding a pompom you can string it onto your tail either before (as pictured above) or after closing this top hole.
Run the tail through a yarn needle (these are my favorite). Weave the needle beneath the two loops of each stitch. Alternate running the needle through left, then right, and repeat for all 10 stitches.
Pull the tail taut to cinch up the hole.
If you haven’t attached your faux fur pompom to the tail, yet, run it through the loop.
Run the needle through the center top of the beanie to the inside. Pull the elastic band of the pompom into the hat. Stitch into place and then weave in your end.
Alternatively you can sew a button onto the top of the hat making the faux fur removable. This is great if you’ll want to wash your beanie. I can never get my pom to sit nice and even, it sort of flops around, when attached with a button so I choose to permanently sew that sucker in.