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How to Crochet a Hat that LOOKS knitted with Chunky Yarn HAT ALL (sizes)

I am going to call this hat The ‘NO Bulk Crochet HAT’. Why is it called the no-bulk hat? 

How to Crochet a Bulky hat (FREE CROCHET HAT PATTERN ALL SIZES)

Well, I love to crochet hats and especially chunky crocheted hats that look like they are knitted
Especially ribbed crochet hats as I love the look of knitted ribbing but cannot knit!

And when I made any bulky weight crocheted hat made in a rectangle it was so bulky at the crown when you pulled to close the crown.

I also love creating EASY crochet patterns for hats, and my favorite way is to crochet in ROWS, turning at each end and working back down the crochet hat.

I LOVE my husband knit look crocheted beanie-type hat, but when I wanted to use chunky yarn for a new hat I found the top ugly and too bulky to close tightly

MENS Crochet HAT that looks like knit FREE Crochet mens hat pattern

Sometimes The problem with hats made like this is IF we use heavier yarn to say a bulky weight we can't close the top of the hat off neatly as there is just SO much chunky yarn to pull to tighten.

So I have come up with the perfect solution.

The No Bulk Crochet Hat pattern is easy to close at the crown and does not go all funny or too bulky at the crown like most of the crochet hats made in a rectangle do.

Is it easy to crochet a hat that looks knitted? 

Oh my goodness yes it is really easy to make crochet stitches look like they are knitted!
 I get asked this all the time and my response is YES it IS SO easy to crochet a hat that looks knitted.
 
The easiest WAY to crochet a hat that has a knitted look is by using a technique called "working INTO the back loop only of the stitch " (BLO). Like I did here with the Easy baby hat 

Working this crochet ribbing effect technique involves only inserting your hook into the back loop of each stitch, rather than both loops, as you would normally do. 

By working into the BACK LOOP ONLY (usually written BLsc, or whatever stitch after the BL) 

This creates a similar look to knitting and can be used to create crochet ribbing for cardigans, hats, and lovely, textured crochet items.  

What hook yarn do you need to crochet Ribbing that looks knitted? 

You can USE ANY Yarn and ANY HOOK that is compatible with each other to crochet a hat using the Crochet hat sizing chart BELOW.

When I am making anything crocheted in a ribbed stitch I prefer to use a hook that is one size smaller than what is recommended for the yarn you're using to create a tighter, more knitted-like fabric.

I LOVED how the cuffs of the sunflower square CARDIGAN crochet pattern turned out, by using slip stith into the BACK LOOP you can see how I use the crochet ribbing here on the sunflower crochet cardigan cuffs

crochet ribbing for sweaters or cardigans working into the back loop
To see the FULL CARDIGAN Crochet Pattern - HERE 

As I previously mentioned many crochet hats are made in a rectangle can be very bulky at the top when we gather the stitches together at the top and try to pull them together to tighten.
 
Please note the bulk is Not AS noticeable in a baby hat but when you size the hat up it does have a lot of bulk at the crown of the hat. 

So I set out to try to work around this and crochet a hat with less bulk at the top

How will we achieve the Ribbing knit look for this 'No Bulk Crochet hat '

Crochet Hat that looks knitted EASY crochet hat all sizes


The ribbing does not show especially great in the picture but believe me it's awesome in real life. 

It makes such a thick, bulky, and Cosy Warm hat. I used 2 strands of Aran weight yarn that worked together.

The knitted crochet rib effect is going to be created by working a half double crochet SLIP ST, INTO the Back Loop of the Previous rows BL- HDC slst

When you Crochet a Ribbed Crochet Hat in a rectangle like the one above you would 

  1. Start by chain-crocheting the desired number of stitches for the height of the hat.
  2. Turn your work and work single crochets (OR chosen Stitch) into the back loop only (BLO) for the desired number of rows for the brim.
  3. Continue working into the Back loops for the remainder of the hat. You are making a rectangle.
  4. Once you've reached the desired WIDTH (Circumference) of your hat, you will then fold the hat in half and sew the short seams together to create a cylinder. 
  5. Once at the TOP of your hat you will thread your needle and yarn around the TOP of the hat and pull tightly to close. 

Of course, You can also use any other crochet stitches worked into the back loop, such as single crochet or double crochet to achieve the knitted ribbed look, or work into the 3rd hidden loop in the Half double crochet stitch.

I have a crochet pattern for a hat HERE that is perfect for beginners, step by step images and makes a lovely ribbed textured hat. 

Working Only into the back loops of previous rows of stitches

Easy crochet baby hat how to crochet a baby hat free pattern

FREE Crochet Baby Hat Pattern (EASY and FAST to Make ) FREE HERE 

How to crochet a HAT that fits ANY SIZE. This is my Own Crochet Hat Chart Measurements and sizing I use to crochet my hats. You may need to make your screen Bigger to read the full sizes. 

Crochet Hat Size Chart for Crocheting Hats in a rectangle


Easy No Bulk Crochet Hat Pattern 

YARN used for this hat -  Wilko Aran weight YARNand 2 strands together, 
HOOK 7.00mm hook 

NOTES work loosely! it is really important or it can get tricky trying to get the hook into the back loops of previous rows of stitches 

Abbreviations: 

BL-HDC-SLST - Back loop Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch
BL-slst = Back loop slip stitch
ch = Chain
slst - slip stitch in back loop
sts. - Stitches 

To Start: 
Chain LOOSLEY to the length required ( I was 11.5 inches for a small adult) PLUS 2 extra chains to start

Row 1: Working INTO the 3rd chain from your hook work BL-HDC-SLST in each chain UNTIL the LAST 5 stitches. BL-slst in the last 5 sts. Ch1 LOOSLEY, TURN

Row 2: Slip stitch into the first 5sts, Then BL-HDC-SLST into the remaining stitches,. Ch1 LOOSLEY, TURN



Row 3:  BL-HDC-SLST in each chain UNTIL the LAST 5 stitches. ( DO NOT work the last 5 slip stitches, LEAVE these unworked) Ch1 TURN 

How to crochet a Bulky hat (ALL SIZES)


Row 4: BL-HDC-SLST into the remaining stitches, Ch1 LOOSLEY, TURN

Row 5 : BL-HDC-SLST in each chain to the LAST 5 stitches. skip OVER to the first of the 5 slip stitches and,  BL-slst in the last 5 sts. Ch1 LOOSLEY, TURN

Row 6: Slip stitch into the first 5sts, Then BL-HDC-SLST into the remaining stitches,. Ch1 LOOSLEY, TURN

Row 7: BL-HDC-SLST in each chain UNTIL the LAST 5 stitches. Ch1 TURN ( DO NOT work the last 5 slip stitches leave these unworked) 
 
How to crochet a Bulky hat (ALL SIZES)


Row 8: BL-HDC-SLST into the remaining stitches, Ch1 LOOSLEY, TURN

Row 9  : BL-HDC-SLST in each chain to the LAST 5 stitches. skip OVER to the first of the 5 slip stitches and,  BL-slst in the last 5 sts. Ch1 LOOSLEY, TURN

Row 10:   Slip stitch into the first 5sts, Then BL-HDC-SLST into the remaining stitches,. Ch1 LOOSLEY, TURN

ROW 11:  BL-HDC-SLST in each chain UNTIL the LAST 5 stitches. ( DO NOT work the last 5 slip stitches, LEAVE these unworked) Ch1 TURN 

Continue working in the ESTABLISHED pattern  Until you reach the desired WIDTH/ Circumference of hat is achieved. (Continue repeating the sequence of ROWS 2 through to Row 5) 

How to crochet a Bulky hat (ALL SIZES)


To make up your hat 

FOLD the hat in HALF (first chain row to the LAST row worked) to make a tube 

Sew evenly and neatly through the first and LAST rows of stitches to join the hat seams

Once you have reached the TOP of your hat Start weaving in and out around the TOP side stitches. 


crochet easy bulky  hat all sizes

PULL TIGHT TO CLOSE , Fasten off 


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