Crochet Hat Pattern // Peek-A-Boo Beanie

crochet hat pattern

I started working on this crochet hat pattern way back in May of this year! It has taken me forever to finally wrap it up, but I am so excited that it is finally done! Just in time for the cooler temperatures!

The Origin of this Pattern
crochet cup cozy
Matching cup cozy pattern.

The idea for this pattern originally came to me after creating one of my first patterns, The Peek-A-Boo Cup Cozy. It had the same alternating rows of crocheting in the 3rd loop and the seed stitch. I really liked the contrasting textures that the design created and my mind was flooded with all the different things that I could create with the same design elements.

crochet water bottle holder free pattern

The second item I created with the “Peek-A-Boo” design was the Peek-A-Boo Water Bottle Carrier. I was inspired to complete that pattern next, as I was wanting a creative teachers’ gift for my kids’ teachers at the end of the school year.  And now I have finally completed the matching crochet hat pattern.

I continue to have fun finding more and more things I can make with this design. I am already working on a scarf to match right now!

(Update: The scarf pattern is now available! You can find it HERE!)

The Yarn for this Pattern

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For this crochet hat pattern I chose to use Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue. I am an absolute sucker for a super soft yarn, so this was an instant favorite of mine. But what I also love about Caron Simply Soft is the pretty sheen that it has. It makes it an excellent choice for showing off anything with a beautiful texture. And this pattern has a lot of texture! I am very happy with how it turned out!

The Pattern

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Size 4/ medium weight Yarn (I used 184 yards Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue)
US I/5.5 mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle


1″ =  4 hdc
Note on sizing: My finished hat circumference at this gauge was 19”. That is a little on the smaller side for an adult hat. This hat does not have as much stretch as a hat with a ribbed band would, so if you would like a larger fit, you may need to adjust to a larger hook.

Stitches Used:

(sl st) slip stitch
(sc) single crochet
(hdc) half double crochet
(dc) double crochet
(fhdc) foundation half double crochet
technique: crocheting in the 3rd loop

Row 1: Fhdc 76. Sl st to the first fhdc. (76) Use a yarn needle to connect the bottom edge of the row (see photo below).

crochet beanie row 1

Row 2: Ch 1. Hdc in the same stitch and around, in the 3rd loop only (see photo below). Join with a sl st to the first hdc. (76)

crocheting in the 3rd loop

Note: This is a good spot to measure your band. My hat at this point was about 19” in circumference. If you would like a larger fit, you can start over with a larger hook or go back to row 1 and adjust the number of stitches per row to add width. The number of stitches per row will stay the same throughout the pattern, so as long as you choose an even number of stitches for the row, you should be able to adjust it without any problems.

Row 3: Repeat row 2.

Row 4: Ch 1. (this row is done in the 3rd loop) Sc in the same stitch. Dc. Alternate sc, dc around. Join with a sl st to the first sc. (76)

Row 5: Ch 2. (this row is NOT done in the 3rd loop) Dc in the same stitch. Sc. Alternate dc and sc around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (76)

Row 6: Ch 1. Sc in the same stitch. Dc. Alternate sc, dc around. Join with a sl st to the first sc. (76)

Row 7: Ch 2. Dc in the same stitch. Hdc. Alternate dc, hdc around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (76)

Row 8: Ch 1. Hdc in the same stitch and around (in the 3rd loop only). Note: the 3rd loop will have a slightly different placement, depending on whether it is a hdc or dc that is crocheted into. (See photo below.) Join with a sl st into the first hdc. (76)

3rd loop crochet in dc

Row 9: Ch 1. Hdc in same stitch and around (in the 3rd loop only). Join with a sl st to the first hdc. (76)

Rows 10-15: Repeat rows 4 through 9. (76)

Rows 16-21: Repeat rows 4 through 9. (76)Rows 22-27: Repeat rows 4 through 9. (76)

Rows 28-31:  Repeat rows 4 through 7. (76)

Note: If you want a taller beanie, at this point you can continue the repeat pattern until it is the height you like.

Finish off and leave a long tail. Using a yarn needle, weave the tail in and out along the top edge of the beanie and cinch it tight. Sew up any gaps left at the top with the yarn, make a knot and weave in the end. Add a pom pom to the top!

You can find the matching scarf pattern HERE!


More Free Beanie Patterns I Think You’ll Enjoy:

The Sand Drift Beanie

The Heart Showers Beanie

The Kimberly Hat


Note: Feel free to sell finished products made with this pattern. If finished products are posted online, please include a reference/credit to this pattern, including a link. Do not distribute or claim the pattern as your own, or alter and use my photos to market your finished products.


  1. I just finished this hat today and I must say I’m in love. I’ve had 2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Ocean I have been waiting and waiting to use. When I saw this pattern I knew this was it. The only downfall is my fur pom poms haven’t arrived yet to put on it. ( I loathe making pom poms) I have created a project on Ravelry and added this pattern to my favorites. I see many, many more of these in my future. Thank you so much for this pattern.

  2. This hat is so cute. And I was very excited to see that it is a smaller sized beanie (I have a little noggin) Just wondering what the height is and did you use a whole skein of yarn. I have one that’s 251 yards and I’m wondeing if it would be enough . Thanks!

    1. Hi Kare! The foundation half double crochet stitch will allow you to do the beginning chain and first round of half double crochet at one time. However, if you don’t like the stitch or are having trouble with it, you can instead chain 76, join to create a round, chain 1 and hdc in the same stitch and around. Join with a sl st. Then move on to Row 2.

      1. Thank you so much. Just finished up my Christmas crochet for 19 grandchildren, my sons and their wives, my Mom’s caregivers and their children. Whew! But as soon as Christmas is over, I’ll be back at it.

  3. I. Can’t find where thesc2tog, and dc2tog are used in this pattern. I love your patterns. Thank you so much for making them free. I can’t afford to pay for much and this really help

    1. Thank you Jay! You were correct! I don’t recall why I had those in there :). Thanks for taking the time to comment so that I could correct it! I’m so glad you are enjoying my patterns!

  4. Excellent pictures of the third loop. They will be extremely helpful to many people. The patterns are great too. Thank you so much

  5. Instead of stitching together the top to close one end and adding a pom pom – can we start from the top with a magic ring – increase till we get the desired circumference and end at the edge?

    1. Since the pattern works from the bottom up, I would suggest following the pattern until you would like the hat to start to decrease. Then start doing decrease stitches every few stitches for a few rows until it closes up.

  6. Any way to make the top a messy bun hat instead of a puff? I love this design, but I’m set on a hole in the top for a ponytail.

    1. A few rows before the height you want, you could start doing some decrease rows. Then on your last row you could crochet around a hairband. I’ve never tried it from that direction, but it’s worth a shot.

  7. Probably 3 to 3-1/2. What is shown is a premade pompom. You could always make your own to match the hat using a piece of cardboard or a pompon maker you can buy at a craft or yarn store. I love them. Have them in all sizes.

  8. I’m using a size 6 hook and decreasing the original stitch count to fit my head. I’m wondering about how many inches tall was your hat when you stopped? I think I’ll need less rows too! Thanks! 😉

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