Child Size Winter Pom Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Child Size Winter Pom Free Crochet Hat Pattern

My niece requested I crochet a hat for her, in a yarn of her choice. Didn’t she choose a lush color? It’s aptly named, Royalty, from Hobby Lobby’s I Love Cotton yarn line. It’s a nice stretchy, soft worsted weight (#4) cotton that I enjoy working with for many projects. I also used this specific yarn on my Gingham Pillow Cover and it’s held up so well, as my preschooler commandeered that pillow for his bed! So it’s quite durable.

This little hat worked out to be so flexible-it fits everyone in the house (including me!) I’ve sized it for children & teens. The construction of the ribbed band and stitch/cotton yarn combo make it perfectly adjustable. Anyhow, on to the hat pattern below.


(1) I Love This Cotton yarn in Royalty or other worsted weight cotton yarn

Hook size G*

Pom Pom* These poms from Amazon are listed as “for Knitting hats” but we won’t hold that against them 😉

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5 sc X 4 rows = 1″ X 1″

Finished hat fits ages 4-17 years.

Finished dimensions = 8″ tall (pom not included) & 17.5″ around the band.

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Stitches Used:

Chain (ch)

Single Crochet (sc)

Back Loop Only (blo) insert your hook into the back, or loop that is farthest away from you. Normally you would insert your hook under both top loops, for blo you crochet into only the back loop.

Slip Stitch (ss)

Single Crochet Cluster Stitch (cluster)

The Ribbed Band Pattern:

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Ch 10, sc into the 2nd ch from your hook and into each ch across, turn. (9)

Ch 1, sc into the blo across, turn. (9)

Ch 1, sc into the blo across, turn. (9)

Repeat the last row 57 more times, or until your band reaches 15″ long when unstretched.

Make adjustments here if you want it more fitted or looser, but this size fits from ages 4 to teen.

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Join the short ends to form the band into a circle. Match up the stitches and use a ss to crochet them together.

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Now you’ll start crocheting around the band and crochet the tube section of the hat.

The Hat Pattern:

Starting where you finished joining the band:

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Ch 1, sc 60 (or a multiple of 3) stitches around, placing your sc as evenly as possible, join the last sc to the 1st with a ss.

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Ch 1, cluster stitch (sc3tog + ch 2) into the 1st 3 sc and repeat around, join with a ss. See below for the ending cluster stitch.

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At the end of each round you’ll end with a ch 2, ss this to the first cluster of the round, shown by the pin in the above picture.

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After the first row of single crochet clusters your hat should look like the above picture.

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Now you’re ready to begin the next round of cluster stitches.

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For the next round, you’ll be crocheting into the top of the cluster and into the chain 2 space as well, as shown in the picture above.

Ch 1, cluster stitch into each cluster around til the end, join with a ss.

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Repeat the last round 16 more times. Add rounds here if you prefer a taller hat for your teen.

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To Close:

Ch 1, sc3tog around, ss to join.

For 2 more rounds: Ch 1, sc2tog around, ss to join.

Cut your yarn, leaving a long tail and sew the top closed. Sew on a pom pom of your choice to complete your child’s hat!



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