Tutorial: Crochet Sock Yarn Hat

1 skein (50g) Paton's Stretch Socks Yarn; Color: Pumpkin Spice

1 skein (50g) Paton’s Stretch Socks Yarn; Color: Pumpkin Spice

Sock Yarn. Face it. It’s pretty stuff! The fiber content and color variations are endless and always seem to be so well matched. However, I’m not into making socks. (Truth be told, I don’t want to work that hard and stuff that pretty yarn into my shoes!) Since I’m a hat addict, the logical solution for me is to make a hat with it!

  •  Fact: It takes 2 skeins to make 1 pair of socks but only 1 to make a hat!
  •  Fact: As a general rule, self-striping yarn works better with knitting, however, you can get great results with single crochet!
  •  Fact: Sock yarn is usually a weight category of 1 (aka “Super Fine”), thereby needing small needles or hooks. I used a 3.5mm hook (aka “E” in American terms) thereby making the work go slower!
  •  Fact: The results are worth it.
  •  Opinion: I wouldn’t recommend the use of sock yarn to a beginner simply because of the fine yarn weight/small hook.

 Tutorial:

Since I’m not recommending this for beginners… the basic single crochet pattern and notes for what I did are included below.  A non-beginner should be able to run with that.  Regardless… this video explains it quickly and you may not even need to refer to the pattern at all after viewing:

Single crochet gives nice results with sock yarn striping.

Single crochet gives nice results with sock yarn striping.

Written Pattern:

Rnd 1: 12 sc in a loop but don’t join!

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc. (24 stitches) Put a marker in the first stitch of this round!

Rnd 3: 1 sc in ea sc around. (24 stitches)

Rnd 4: 1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around. (36 stitches)

Rnd 5: 1 sc in ea sc around. (36 stitches)

Rnd 6: 1 sc in the next 2 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (48 stitches)

Rnd 7: 1 sc in ea sc around. (48 stitches)

Rnd 8: 1 sc in the next 3 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: 1 sc in ea sc around. (60 stitches)

Rnd 10: 1 sc in the next 4 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (72 stitches)

Rnd 11: 1 sc in ea sc around. (72 stitches)

  • Continue sequential increases until the crown diameter measures the size you need. (Refer to a chart for sizing.)
  • Once proper crown size is achieved, single crochet in each stitch until the desired length is achieved. (Refer to a chart for sizing.)

Note: I stopped single crocheting about 1.5” from desired length and added a Front Post/Back Post Double Crochet Ribbing for the bottom of the hat.

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16 thoughts on “Tutorial: Crochet Sock Yarn Hat

    • Internet to the rescue (as usual)! A quick search told me this: Paton’s Stretch Socks Yarn 1.75 oz/50gm; 239 yds/219m and I used almost all of it!

  1. But how did you add the ribbing? I can’t seem to find anything about how to add ribbing or any other type of stretchy band to a top-down hat 😦

    • Looks like you’re about to learn a new skill! Yes, as stated in the pattern and as Nicole beat me to the reply, the ribbing is the front and back post double crochet and is the standard ribbing for crocheted hats. I didn’t demo this since I pointed out this wasn’t a pattern recommended for beginners BUT you can find several tutorials by searching YouTube for “front post back post double crochet.” It’s not hard once you understand the technique so have fun!

  2. First off, I just want to say what a wonderful website this is. I recently stumbled across it trying to find hat patterns for my sister who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and I am so glad I did as I am loving a lot of the projects I have seen posted here, this hat especially!

    I have a quick question regarding the ribbing though. I’ve made the main part of the hat and have finished that with no issue. I researched the “front post back post” ribbing that you mentioned and that seems to be no problem as well. I am mostly curious about transitioning from the single crochet stitch to the ribbing.

    As you reach the end of the last single crochet round, do you taper it off with slip stitches first so that the edges of the hat look more even and then chain three to begin the ribbing? Or do you simply continue with single crochet stitches until the very end of the round, then immediately chain three and begin the ribbing in the next stitch?

    I hope that makes sense as I am really not sure the best way to ask this, lol. I did try to research this further before posting here, but most of the tutorials I have found are for hats that have rounds joined together so transitioning to the ribbing part is pretty straightforward for those.

    I am just worried I’ll spend hours going about it the wrong way and not realize it until later, so I was hoping you might be able to help give tips on that one tiny bit. The hat I have made so far though is wonderful, and I really like how it came out. I am definitely looking forward to making more of these in various colors for my sister to enjoy, and many thanks for introducing me to sock yarn!

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your sister! Good for you at being active in helping her be as comfortable as possible. (Cancer is all over my family so I’ve walked in your shoes. Mean ol’ disease.)

      That’s a great question. You can do it either way. I think I just went directly into the double crochet ribbing and tapered off at the edge. The front post/back post helps hide the stich change even better. About 9 or 10 stiches from the end, continue the FP/BP ribbing but switch to half double crochet for about 3 stitches, then single, then end with a slip stitch or two. (I’m the queen of fudging.) If you’d feel better evening it up BEFORE you start the ribbing, that would be great, too!

      • Thank you so much for the fast reply! At first I had tried to do a few stitches of the ribbing using both methods, but I just didn’t feel confident going forward with either without a little guidance. I’m a little out of practice so my speed is already a bit slow, and what a bummer it would be to spend a long time on this only to end up with a lopsided hat, lol. Glad to hear both ways are acceptable though and thank you very much for tips on how to do both!

        Sorry to hear members of your family have run into the same troubles as well. It certainly is a lot to take in and cope with. Hopefully some snazzy hats will at least help in the cheering up department. I can’t wait to finish this one and then try the super bulky hat tutorial as well that you posted. Those look pretty cute and like something I could have a lot of fun with.

        Thank you again for the quick response and helpful advice, I really do appreciate it!

  3. Hi! I just started making this hat. Any idea of how many rows total before you start only single crochet? And then approximately how many rows of single crochet?
    Thank you!

    • No, I’m sorry, Rebekah! I simply do it by measurement. I stop/start when each section is as long as I want it. Measure a hat that you like and go from there!

  4. Hi there,
    Wonderful pattern! I just love sock yarn too. I was wondering if you would start with the same amount of stitches in the loop for every size hat? I’m making some toddler size and just wanted to make sure I started with the right amount.
    Thanks!

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