Work up this free crochet hat pattern for the River Run Hat in no time flat! This works up super quickly with super bulky yarn for a great gift.
The day was amazingly cold and windy and, man, I wished I had brought a hat. We had decided to go camping and of course rain came in the first night, leaving a cold front in its wake.
Luckily, I had my yarn with me, and I could whip up a hat! With super bulky yarn, hats crochet up in no time. I made a hat similar to this one and kept my head toasty warm for our camping trip.
Design Story and Inspiration for the River Run Crochet Hat Pattern
Ever since that trip, I’ve loved super bulky hats. I love how fast you can make them. I love how warm they are on the head.
I’ve had this yarn in my stash for a while and I wanted to create something with it that I would want to wear. I actually bought sweater quantity… and then realized that super bulky sweaters aren’t really right for girls with a lot of curves…
So I took out one skein and whipped up this hat. And I love it. Seriously. I hope you love it as much as I do!
About the Yarn
So I’m trying to use up my stash before the New Year. Oh, haha, did I say use up?? I mean, use up some. It would be impossible to use it all before then!
I mentioned above how I wanted to make a sweater with this yarn (and I still probably will, but not for me. I have found I need DK weight or smaller for sweaters…).
I love Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. It’s seriously one of my favorite super bulky yarns. It comes in an amazing array of colors, is easy to care for and feels totally squishy, which is a huge plus when you are talking about yarn. 😉
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Crochet Hat Pattern Details
This hat is worked from the bottom up, starting with the ribbing.
Then, the ribbing is slip stitched closed to form a circle and you work the rest of the hat in the round.
River Run Crochet Hat
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, 1 skein River Run
Hooks: US Size N (10mm) and P (11.5mm)
Notions: Fur pom pom, yarn needle, scissors
Gauge: 6 sts and 6 rows = 4″ in hdc
Finished Size: Approximately 20″ circumference (fits average adult head)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (hdc2tog)
Ch 2 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch.
Hat is worked from the bottom up beginning with the ribbing, which is worked flat. The rib is turned on its side and the hat is worked in the round for the rest of the pattern.
River Run Crochet Hat Pattern
With smaller hook, ch 8.
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch; turn (6 sts).
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in back loop only of each stitch; turn.
Repeat row 2 until ribbing measures 20″ from beginning.
Join row 1 to last row with slip stitch, forming a circle.
Change to larger hook.
Round 1: Hdc 30 sts evenly around rib, join with slip st to first st (30 sts).
Rounds 2-5: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join with slip st to first st.
Round 6: Ch 2, *hdc 4, hdc2tog; repeat to end, join with slip st to first st (25 sts).
Round 7: Ch 2, *hdc 3, hdc2tog; repeat to end, join with slip st to first st (20 sts).
Round 8: Ch 2, *hdc 2, hdc2tog; repeat to end, join with slip st to first st (15 sts).
Round 9: Ch 2, *hdc, hdc2tog; repeat to end, join with slip st to first st (10 sts).
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Weave yarn tail through last 10 sts and pull tightly to close.
Sew on pom pom if desired and weave in all ends.
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