Easy Knit Look Crochet Hat Tutorial – Bay Tree Hat Free Pattern

This is an easy knit look crochet hat pattern for a beautiful Bay Tree Hat. Make this stunning hat to wear in cold weather to keep you warm and cozy.

Dazzle your way through the cooler months with this super warm and fashionable knit look crochet hat.

The stunning waistcoat half double crochet gives this hat a knit look created with just a humble crochet hook.

It creates a super warm and extra squishy texture that will keep you snuggly and warm!

For a super warm hat with extra softness, why not add a brand of mohair to make it super warm. The pattern comes with the stitch video tutorial to help you complete this fun hat.


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Knit Look Crochet Hat Design and Construction – Bay Tree Hat

I adore exploring new stitches and techniques. The stitch I used for this super cute hat is waistcoat half double crochet.

This stitch has quickly become one of my new favourites to use for the squishy knit look texture it creates.

It works up surprisingly thick and cozy, making it the perfect stitch for a warm hat.

I have a full written and video tutorial available right here on my blog. Check out Knit-Look Crochet Stitch – Waistcoat Half Double Crochet – Free Video Tutorial.

bay tree knit look crochet hat pattern

For this design I used Twill yarn from WeCrochet which paired with the waistcoat hdc creates a super warm and squishy accessory.

The knit look texture of the stitch creates an eye catching and modern look that will be a timeless addition to your cold weather wardrobe.

The stitch actually creates a reversible fabric that looks knitted on both sides so you could make the hat reversible should you wish to.

free knit look crochet hat pattern


The hat is constructed bottom up. You will start with working short rows of the brim. I worked these using single crochet stitch in back loop only.

The brim is then joined into a circle that goes around the head circumference. You will then work around the long edge of the brim picking up stitches around the end stitch of each row of the brim.

You will work the main body of the hat in waistcoat half double crochet without any shaping or decreasing.

knit look free crochet hat pattern

This will leave you with an open edge that is then cinched together. There are a couple of methods you can do this.

Firstly, it is the classic cinch worked in round using the running stitch.

Secondly, you can used the X closure instead. You fold the fabric into the shape of letter X and sew through all four layers.

classic cinch in a hat
Classic cinch in round
x closure for crochet hat top
X closure

I have a step by step photo as well as a video tutorial on my blog. Take a look at How To Cinch A Crochet Hat – X Closure Free Video Tutorial.

This construction style makes this hat a beginner-friendly pattern and easy to adjust to any size head.

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12 sts x 14 rnds = 4 x 4 inch /10 x 10 cm measured of waistcoat hdc worked in round

Knit Look Crochet Hat Finished Size

finished hat measures 21 inch /53.4 cm circumference x 8.85 inch /22.5 cm hat height

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Stitches And Abbreviations (US Crochet Terms)

ch – chain stitch

sc – single crochet

sc blo – single crochet worked through back loop only

hdc – half double crochet

waistcoat hdc – worked through the front V of the stitch, for a video tutorial CLICK HERE

sl st – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

beg – beginning

rnd – round

free knit-look crochet hat pattern for women

Knit Look Crochet Hat Pattern Notes

  • the hat is worked bottom up
  • the pattern starts with the ribbed brim
  • ribbed brim is worked in short rows of sc blo st rows until you reach your desired circumference
  • the brim is them joined into a continuous round by crocheting the last row and underside of foundation chain together
  • the main body of the hat is then worked around the long edge of the hat brim
  • you will be working around the end stitch of each row of the hat brim and pick up stitches in each row
  • so the number of rows of the hat brim will equal number of stitches of the hat main body
  • the stitch used for the main body is waistcoat hdc
  • to adjust the size of the hat, you will need to adjust the length of the hat brim when working the short sc blo rows
  • then simply join the hat brim into round and continue working along the long edge of the brim
  • you can refer to the handy hat sizes chart below when adjusting the size
  • please keep in mind you should work with the main body hat tension as the brim is very stretchy and should be smaller than the hat circumference in order to sit on the head nicely
  • so for each 1 cm of the hat circumference you should have 1.2 sts or 3 sts per 1 inch
  • as an example: for 3-6 months size hat, I will need 15 inch hat circumference; 15 x 3 = 45 sts; therefore you will need to work  45 rows of the hat brim and continue with the pattern
crochet hat size chart

Knit Look Crochet Hat – Bay Tree Hat Main Pattern

With yarn A, chain 9.

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch across, turn. [8 sc]

Row 2: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st here and troughout), 1 sc, 6 sc blo, 1 sc in last, turn. [8 sc]

Repeat Row 2 another 62 times until you have 64 rows of the hat brim in total.

Fold the brim in half and line up the stitches of the last rows with the stitches of the underside of the foundation chain.

Using yarn needle or a hook, sew or crochet the two rows together to join the long strip into a brim of the hat.

Turn right side out.

You will now be working around the long edge of the brim of the hat to create the body.

You will be working around the end sc st of each end of the row of the brim.

waistcoat hdc - knit look stitch for a hat

Main Body Of Knit Look Crochet Hat

Rnd 1: 1 ch, 1 sc in same end st, 1 sc in each end st around, sl st into top of first st. [64 sc]

Fasten off. Join yarn B in first st.

Rnd 2: 2 ch (doesn’t count as a stitch here and throughout), 1 hdc in each st around, sl st into top of first st. [64 hdc]

Rnd 3: 2 ch, 1 waistcoat hdc in each st around, sl st into top of first st. [64 sts]

Repeat Rnd 3 another 18 times.

Fasten off. Join yarn A and Repeat Rnd 3 another 5 times.

Fasten off leaving a long tail end you will use to cinch the top of hat.

Follow my tutorial on How To Cinch A Crochet Hat – X Closure Free Video Tutorial.

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If you like this pattern, check out these other crochet hat patterns:

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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