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Free Crochet Hat For Charity

In the world of crochet, there’s something uniquely gratifying about creating a cozy accessory that not only keeps you warm but also warms the hearts of those in need. I’m excited to share a project that combines the joy of crafting with the spirit of giving back. Our free crochet hat pattern for a chunky crochet beanie is a delightful project to work on. Not only that, it’s also an excellent opportunity to contribute to a charitable cause. So, grab your crochet hooks, your favorite yarn, and let’s dive into the world of charitable crafting.

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Materials for this free crochet hat:

#6 Super Bulky {I used Bernat Softee Chunky in “Lilac”}  Est. yds = 150-250 yds

US J (6 mm) Furls hook, or size needed to obtain gauge

Tapestry needle

Gauge:                                                                      

Ribbing: 12 rows = 4”                                                 

Hat: 12 sts x 8 rows = 4”

Skill Level

Advanced Beginner

Sizes: 

SizeCircumferenceHat Height
Toddler18-19”7.25-7.5
Child19-20”7.5-8”
Adult S20-21”8-8.5 “
Adult M22”8.5-9”
Adult L23”9-9.5”

Abbreviation Used in this free crochet hat pattern {US Terms}

ch = chain

sc = sc

BLO = back loop only

st(s) = stitch(es)

HBhdc = herringbone half double crochet

dc = double crochet

rep = repeat

sl st = slip stitch

HBhdc 2 tog = herringbone hdc crochet 2 stitches together

Special Stitches:

HBhdc {herringbone hdc}= yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull through st and first loop on hook, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops.

HBhdc 2 tog: yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull through st and first loop on hook, yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull through st and first loop on hook, yo, pull through remaining 3 loops.

Pattern Instructions for the free crochet hat:

All Sizes {Hat Brim}:

Do not fasten off on last row of ribbing.

Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn [6] Continue to the size you are making.

Toddler size: Rows 2-50: ch 1, sc BLO in each st across, turn

Child Size:      Rows 2-54: ch 1, sc BLO in each st across, turn

Adult S:          Rows 2-56: ch 1, sc BLO in each st across, turn

Adult M:        Rows 2-64: ch 1, sc BLO in each st across, turn

Adult L:          Rows 2-66: ch 1, sc BLO in each st across, turn

All Sizes:

Bring short ends of ribbing together, sl st in BLO of 1st row and last row to join ribbing. Fasten off. Weave in the ends.

Join yarn with a sl st to brim, sc in end of each row of the ribbing, sl st in 1st st, turn [50, 54, 56, 64, 66]  Continue to the size you are making.

Free crochet hat feature in Crochet Cancer Challenge

This free crochet hat is being featured in the annual Crochet Cancer Challenge. It’s a wonderful charity event held each year by Sweet Potato3. Designers give a free PDF download of a hat to those who pledge to make at least one to donate to charity. On October 23, 2023, you can get my Give Me Grace Hat.

I chose the color lavender this year to honor all cancers. I decided to use bulky yarn for this hat to make it soft, warm, and cozy. I challenge you to make several to donate. If this is your first time hearing about this event or you want to get the coupon code for your free download, hit the button below.

Once you have your coupon code, return here and hit the button below, which will take you to the design on Ravelry. Input the code at checkout to receive your free crochet hat PDF download. It will be available through the rest of October. Remember, the code only begins working on October 23.

Last year’s Crochet Cancer Challenge Hat

Last year in this challenge, I designed the Hoty Hat in gold to honor childhood cancer. The year before was the Glacier Ridge Beanie in teal to honor my sister. During this event, you can get either of these hats for 50% off with coupon code LOVETHECHILD

Toddler Size:

Rows 1-2: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn [50]

Row 3: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 4: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 5: ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 6: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 7: Working in BLO, ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 8: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 9: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 10: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 11: Working in BLO, ch 1, *HBhdc in next 3 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [40]

Row 12: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 2 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [30]

Row 13: ch 1, *HBhdc in next st, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [20]

Leaving a long tail for weaving, fasten off.

Weave tail through stitches of final round. Pull tight. Secure. Fasten off. Leave plain or top with a faux fur Pom Pom.

Child Size:

Rows 1-2: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn [54]

Row 3: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 4: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 5: ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 6: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 7: Working in BLO, ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 8: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 9: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 10: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 11: ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 12: Working in BLO, ch 1, *HBhdc in next 4 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [45]

Row 13: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 3 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [36]

Row 14: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 2 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [27] Leaving a long tail for weaving, fasten off.

Weave tail through stitches of final round. Pull tight. Secure. Fasten off. Leave plain or top with a faux fur Pom Pom.

Flay lay photo of a purple crochet hat with a gray pom pom. White flowers lay nearby.

Adult S:

Rows 1-2: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn [56]

Row 3: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 4: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 5: ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 6: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 7: Working in BLO, ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 8: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 9: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 10: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 11: ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 12: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 13: Working in BLO, ch 1, *HBhdc in next 5 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [48]

Row 14: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 4 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [40]

Row 15: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 3 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [32] Leaving a long tail for weaving, fasten off.

Weave tail through stitches of final round. Pull tight. Secure. Fasten off. Leave plain or top with a faux fur Pom Pom.

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Adult M:

Rows 1-2: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn [64]

Row 3: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 4: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 5: ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 6: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 7: Working in BLO, ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 8: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 9: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 10: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 11: ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 12: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 13: Working in BLO, ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 14: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 6 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [56]

Row 15: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 5 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [48]

Row 16: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 4 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [40] Leaving a long tail for weaving, fasten off.

Weave tail through stitches of final round. Pull tight. Secure. Fasten off. Leave plain or top with a faux fur Pom Pom.

Adult L:

Rows 1-2: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn [66]

Row 3: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 4: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 5: ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 6: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 7: Working in BLO, ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 8: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 9: Working in BLO, ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 10: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 11: ch 1, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 12: ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 13: Working in BLO, ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 14: ch 1, HBhdc in each st around, sl st in 1st st, turn

Row 15: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 9 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [60]

Row 16: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 8 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [54]

Row 17: ch 1, *HBhdc in next 7 sts, HBhdc 2 tog; rep from * around, sl st in 1st st, turn [48] Leaving a long tail for weaving, fasten off.

Weave tail through stitches of final round. Pull tight. Secure. Fasten off. Leave plain or top with a faux fur Pom Pom.

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Remember, I give this free crochet hat in hopes you will make one or more to donate to your local charity. It’s an easy way for cancer patients to cover up hair loss, keep their heads warm, and protected from the sun. And they sure do appreciate the loving generosity of those who donate during their difficult times.

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