Hinton Hat, a Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Free crochet hat pattern

Hinton Hat is a terrifically-stretchy free crochet hat pattern with a unique construction method that you can make for babies, kids, and adults. This hat is worked almost entirely flat and from side to side! It uses the simple single crochet stitch, but worked only through the back loops of stitches so that this great squishy, stretchy fabric is created. Using a striping yarn with this pattern means that the colors stripe vertically instead of horizontally. Read on for more details and the free crochet pattern!

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for details. The yarn I used to create this hat was provided by We Crochet. Many thanks to them!

Winter Wonders Blog Hop

Hinton Hat is the featured crochet pattern for November 5th of the Winter Wonders Blog Hop hosted by Itchin’ For Some Stitchin’, HanJan Crochet, and Ned & Mimi. The blog hop has been sponsored by WeCrochet and they have generously provided all the yarn for the projects in this blog hop!

Here’s how the blog hop works. It runs from November 1 through December 12. Each day, visit the Round-up page for the hop to get the coupon code for the day. Then you visit the featured designer’s page to get the pattern download link. From there you click the download link and use the coupon code at checkout to get the free pattern download.

You can get each crochet pattern free on it’s featured day. But if you’d rather not wait, or visit each day, you can purchase the pattern bundle and get all 42 blog hop patterns now for a seriously discounted price!

Photo collage of Winter Wonders crochet pattern bundle.

See all the included patterns and get links to those by visiting the round up page!

What yarn should I use for the Hinton Hat?

For this free crochet hat pattern I suggest you use We Crochet / Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. This is a soft worsted weight/4/medium yarn that comes in 25 striping colorways. It is easy to care for by machine washing in cold water and tumbling dry on low. It is composed of 70% Superwash Wool and 30% Nylon. Each ball is 198 yds and 100 g. All sizes except the largest take just 1 ball of yarn. You’ll need a second ball for the largest size. You can order Chroma Worsted from We Crochet here.

Button with a picture of a striped crochet hat. Text reads: Get the yarn for this project. Click here!

What else will I need to crochet this hat?

You will also need an I/9/5.5 mm crochet hook and a yarn needle to crochet this fun hat.

You will need to know how to chain, single crochet, and single crochet in the back loop only. If you need help with those, see the following tutorials:

Learn to crochet chains.

Single crochet stitch video tutorial.

Learn to single crochet in the back loop only.

Where can I get this free crochet hat pattern?

You can get the Hinton Hat pattern free right here in this post, just keep scrolling down.

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Hinton Hat, a Free Crochet Hat Pattern

By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

As with all my patterns, please do not make paper or digital copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!

Difficulty Level Intermediate

Available Sizes Baby [Child, Adult Small, Adult Large]

Finished Measurements Circumference (unstretched) 13 [15 ¼, 17 ½, 19 ¾]”; Finished Height 9 ½ [11, 11 ½, 12 ¼]”.

Yarn We Crochet Chroma Worsted [70% Superwash Wool, 30% Nylon; 198 yds; 100 g; yarn weight: 4/medium): 1 [1, 1, 2] balls #28052 Seahorse

Crochet Hook I/9 [5.5 mm], or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions Yarn needle

Gauge 16 sts x 18 rows = About 4” when unstretched.

Notes If you need help with the short rows or the seaming, please see my tutorial video here.

Man wearing a teal striped crochet hat with folded brim. Text reads: BananaMoonStudio.com.


Ch 39 [45, 47, 49]

Row 1 Sk first ch, sc in each rem ch, turn – 38 [44, 46, 48] sts.

Row 2 Ch1 , sc BLO until 2 sts remain, turn – 36 [42, 44, 46] sts.

Row 3 Ch 1, sc BLO in each st, turn.

Rows 4-9 Alternate repeating Rows 2 and 3 – 30 [36, 38, 40] sts.

Row 10 Ch 1, sc BLO in each st of last row, Sc BLO in 2 skipped sts of Rows 7, 5, 3, and 1, turn – 38 [44, 46, 48] sts.

Row 11 Ch 1, sc BLO in each st, turn.

Repeat Rows 2-11 for pattern, ending last rep with Row 9.

Work a total of 59 [69, 79, 89] rows in pattern.

Turn work, bring beginning edge up behind and even with working edge. Ch 1, working through BLO of working edge, and both loops of beginning edge, sl st through both thicknesses to seam. When you get to the skipped stitches from short rows along working edge, continue seaming by working through each of the skipped sts in turn along with the next st along the beg edge, do not fasten off. Take hook out of loop momentarily, turn hat RS out, pull yarn ball/skein through center hole if possible, reinsert hook. Ch 1, sc2tog around opening, working into row ends, always placing hook under at least 2 strands of yarn – 5 [6, 7, 8] sts. Fasten off with a long tail.

Need help with the seaming? See my tutorial video here.

For help with closing the top of that hat, watch the video below!


Using a yarn needle, work long tail back and forth through tops of stitches around center hole and pull to close like a drawstring. Pull ends to inside of hat and weave in ends.

Bottom edge may be a little ruffled. This is okay. It will stretch out flat when worn.

Hope you enjoyed this free crochet hat pattern!

Happy crocheting!

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Crochet this side to side ribbed hat with the free pattern from Banana Moon Studio! Man wearing a crochet hat with his back to the camera. Text reads BananaMoonStudio.com. Free pattern. Crochet hat. Worked side to side.

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  1. I’ve never done short rows so this will something new to learn, I think you use short rows in sock’s and that is something else I want to do.
    thank you for being part of the hop

    1. You’re welcome! Did you see the link for the tutorial video as well? It’s there just in case you need it.

  2. Awesome pattern that works up quickly. I didn’t check my gauge, so my hat ended up a bit larger than I wanted, but it’s for my niece and she should be able to wear it for a while. I think if I made this again, I’d use a smaller hook, but that’s just a personal preference for me.

    Thank you for providing this pattern!