Crochet granny square hat- the easiest crochet hat ever

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Can you make a hat with granny squares? Yes, yes you can and you need only 5 crochet granny squares to make a modern fancy hat. Let me show you how- scroll down for the free crochet pattern or buy the ad-free, beautifully formatted PDF pattern here.

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I love a good granny square. They are easy to make and you can use them pretty much in every crochet project. You can make yourself a cozy blanket, a sweater, a crochet bag, and why not a fancy hat?

Keep reading for crochet granny square FAQs or scroll down for the free crochet pattern.

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Crochet granny square FAQs:

  1. Are granny squares easy to crochet: If you are new to “crochet granny squares” you can find it a bit tricky BUT believe me, they are pretty easy. When you crochet a granny square, we are working on top of the previous round, and you can use this round as a reference. If you happen to mistake, you can see it easily and correct it.

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  1. What skill does it take to crochet this granny square hat?

    If you know how to crochet simple stitches such as double crochet, half double crochet, and single crochet you will definitely nail it. The new skill here is the crochet cluster stitches which we explain in the special stitch section.

  2. Are crochet granny squares modern still?

    Yes, they actually are. You can never go wrong with a crochet granny project. In my opinion, granny squares are an all-time favorite and a timeless crochet piece that you and your family can treasure for years to come.

  3. How many granny squares do you need for a crochet hat?To make this crochet granny square hat we need 5 squares in total. When we are done with the crochet granny squares we will add the brim and voila your hat will be done.

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Yarn+ substitutes

Every worsted weight or Aran weight yarn will be a good substitute for this crochet granny square hat. All you need to do is to make sure that the final square will fit the gauge. We don’t want to have a bigger or smaller hat, right?

The yarn used for this hat is Paintbox yarns Simply Aran. It is similar to worsted-weight yarns. It has a great variety of colors. 100% acrylic which makes the crochet items washable and easy to care for.

From the pictures above you can see that this pattern is perfect to use up some of your scrap yarns. I know that each of us has at least 1 box full of tiny leftover balls in every color. It is time to use them up and create this gorgeous crochet granny square hat.

I promise you that once you try it you will get hooked and probably use all of your scrap yarns.

How to crochet a granny square hat- free pattern

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We know that many people love to crochet from a paper copy. That’s why we offer an ad-free, beautifully formatted PDF pattern of this crochet granny square hat.

The PDF pattern includes all the written instructions for the sizes toddler- adult large, a full photo tutorial, and is formatted for easy printing.

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Crochet granny square hat pattern:

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Supplies:

  • worsted weight yarn- Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in any color. It is best if you use 3 colors for the circle of the granny square and a main color for your hat.

  • crochet hook size 4 mm/ US crochet hook size G

  • tapestry needle

  • a pair of scissors

Measurements:

In the post, you will find instructions for the sizes- toddler to adult large

Gauge:

In the table below you will find the final size of each square for each hat size

Hat size by ageHat lengthCircumferenceGranny square size
Toddler(1-3y)6.5-7.5 inches16-17 inches4 inches across
Child(3-10y)7.5-8 inches17-19 inches4.5 inches across
Teen/ Small adult8-8.5 inches19-20 inches5 inches across
Medium adult/ Large adult8.5-9 inches21-23 inches5.5 inches across

Abbreviations:

DC- double crochet

HDC- half double crochet

MR- magic ring

CH – chain

SS- slip stitch

– repeat the stitches in the indicated times

{}- repeat the stitch sequence in the {} indicated times

DC2tog- work two double crochet stitches together. See here for more details.

DC3tog- work 3 double crochet stitches together. See here for more details.

TR- triple stitch

Special stitches:

FPDC- front post double crochet stitch-

Chain (ch) 2 for your first double crochet. (Because a post stitch is shorter than a normal stitch, you make the turning chain with one chain stitch less than the normal turning chain requires.) Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second double crochet of the row below, and then from back to front again between the posts of the second and third stitches. The hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the double crochet that you’re working around. Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice.

BPDC- back post double crochet stitch-

Chain (ch) 2 for your first double crochet. (Because a post stitch is shorter than a normal stitch, you make the turning chain with one chain stitch less than the normal turning chain requires.) Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from back to front between the posts of the first and second double crochet in the row below, and then from front to back again between the posts of the second and third stitches. The hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the double crochet that you’re working around. Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice.

Pattern notes:

  • The pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Make 5 granny squares for each hat you are crocheting.

  • For this crochet granny square hat pattern, I used our crochet Sunburst granny square pattern. Before you start, you can check out the pattern for more details on some crochet stitches.

  • The granny square is worked in rounds.

  • The initial CH 2 or CH 3 is counted as a stitch.

  • In this granny square, we use cluster stitches. Find a detailed explanation and photo tutorial here.

  • You can make these crochet granny square hats with every possible square. The key point of this pattern is to meet the measurement of the granny square for each size. Find the size in the measurement table given in the Gauge section.

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How to crochet the granny squares:

Teen/ adult small size:

  • your square must measure 5 inches across at the end

At the end of each round, we will join the round with a slip stitch on top of the first stitch.

Alternative for MR– CH 5, SS in 5th chain from your hook to form a ring.

-start with brown color yarn

Rnd 1: Start with a MR, CH 2, DC into the ring, *CH 1, DC2TOG *rep from * to * 6 more times, CH 1, SS to join. (8 clusters)

Fasten off the brown and attach a light yellow color.

In rounds 2-4 we will work in the chain spaces only.

Rnd 2: SS into the first ch-sp, CH 3, DC 1, CH 1, DC2TOG all in same ch-sp, *CH 1, DC2TOG, CH 1, DC2TOG* rep from * to * 6 more times, CH 1, SS to join. (16 clusters in total- 2 clusters per each ch-space).

Fasten off the yellow color and attach the mustard color.

Rnd 3: SS in first ch-sp, CH 3, DC2TOG in same space, CH 2, *DC3TOG in next ch-sp, CH 2* rep from * to *14 more times, SS to join. (16 clusters in total)

Fasten off the mustard color and attach your main color. Mine is beige.

Rnd 4: SS in first ch-sp, CH 3, 2 DC in same space, *3 DC in next ch-sp* rep 1 more time, 3 TR, CH 2, 3 TR in next ch-sp(corner), [*3 dc in next ch-sp* rep 2 more times, 3 TR, CH 2, 3 TR in next ch-sp ] rep from [ to ] 2 more times, SS to join in 3rd chain of initial chain 3.

In round 5 we will work in the space between the clusters, not into the stitches.

Rnd 5: SS in next 2 sts. SS in the first space between the granny cluster not into the next stitch, CH 2, 2 HDC into the same space, *skip next 3 sts, 3 HDC in next space* rep from * to * 1 more time, (3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the cornet space), [ *skip 3 sts, 3 DC in next space* rep from * to * 3 more times, (3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in corner space) ] rep from [ to ] 2 more times, SS to join in 2nd ch of initial ch-2.

Child size (fits 3-10 years old)

  • your square must measure 4.5 inches across

For this size repeat the instructions for the teen/ small adult size from rounds 1 to 4.

Toddler size (1-3 years old)

  • Your square must measure 4 inches across

For this size repeat instructions for the teen/small adult from rounds 1 to 3

Fasten off color C and attach your main color. Mine is beige.

Rnd 4: SS in first ch-sp, CH 1, 2 SC in same space, *3 SC in next ch-sp* rep from * to * 1 more time, (3 HDC, CH 2, 3 HDC in next ch-sp(corner), [*3 SC in next ch-sp* rep 2 more times, 3 HDC, CH 2, 3 HDC in next ch-sp ] rep from [ to ] 2 more times, SS to join in 3rd chain of initial chain 3.

Medium adult/ Large adult size:

  • your square must measure 5.5 inches across

For this size repeat rounds 1 to 4 of the teen/small adult size

Rnd 5: SS in next 2 sts. SS in the first space between the granny cluster not into the next stitch, CH 2, 2 DC into the same space, *skip next 3 sts, 3 DC in next space* rep from * to * 1 more time, (3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the cornet space), [ *skip 3 sts, 3 DC in next space* rep from * to * 3 more times, (3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in corner space) ] rep from [ to ] 2 more times, SS to join in 2nd ch of initial ch-2

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How to join our granny squares into a hat:

First, start with 1 square and place it in the middle. Second, add 1 square on each side of the middle square as shown in the picture below.

Now join the middle granny square with the remaining 4 squares. I used a tapestry needle and sewn the squares together. I sewed them through their front loops. You can also join them with another method such as the slip stitch method or single crochet.

But I like that joining with the tapestry needle gives you a flat joining. Keep that in mind!

How to join granny square with a tapestry needle

After you have joined the middle square it is time to join the sides and form the hat.

Join the sides using a tapestry needle and repeat the steps we did for the middle square.

How to join the squares of a hat

How to make the brim of crochet granny square hats pattern:

Insert your hook in one of the corner spaces of the granny square and pull a loop.

Rnd 1: CH 3, DC in each stitch across till you reach the next corner space, DC into the corner space, skip the joining line, and make DC in the next corner space, then again make DC in each stitch across till the next corner – repeat this till you reach the end of the round. SS in 3rd chain of initial CH 3.

Rnd 2-3: CH 2, *FPDC in first, BPDC in next* rep till the end, SS to join in 2nd chain of initial ch 2.

At the end of round 2, you might have 1 stitch left in the end, just make a FPDC or BPDC in that stitch.

How to crochet a brim for hat

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  1. I just made mine using a standard granny square pattern and it came out gorgeous!! Thank you! Now for the next one!

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