Annabelle’s New Hat (Free Pattern)

Just after New Years Annabelle found us. A neighbor called to ask if we were missing a kitty because she had a kitten who had been trying to get into her house for days and she had called all of the neighbors around her and no one knew where she came from. She was a sweet little black and white kitty, about 6 months old, and she’d been outside on the coldest days (thus far anyway) of the season. We couldn’t resist bringing her in out of the cold and within hours we’d named her Annabelle and made plans to get her to the vet for a checkup. She’s now a happy member of our family and romps and plays with our older kitties like she’s been with us all along.

When we got the call about Annabelle, I’d just started the ribbing on a hat. It was brisk and cold and after making tons of hats as Christmas gifts for everyone I know, it was finally time to make one for myself! Being distracted by the new kitty, I didn’t finish it for a few days but when it was time to name my pattern, I decided to name if for her.

For this hat, I used a very special skein of Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the Camaleon colorway that I purchased several months ago at my local yarn shop. I’d been hoarding it for just the right project and this was it. I knew I wanted something textural, texture is one of my favorite elements of crochet, and after a few stops and starts I found a combination of back loop only stitches that gave me exactly what I was looking for. I hope you love it as much as I do!



Want to make your own? Here’s how!


  • approximately 150 – 300 yds of medium (#4) yarn – most yarns will work as the pattern is based on measurements not number of stitches but yardage will vary. (I used 1 full skein of Malabrigo Rios to make my medium size hat and a medium pom pom. If you plan to make a slouchy hat, a large hat, or want a larger pom you will need a second skein.)
  • 5mm crochet hook (or size recommended for your yarn)
  • yarn needle to weave in ends
  • optional: stitch marker, pom pom maker

Pattern written in US terms

Pattern notes: Because this pattern uses measurements (rather than a specific number of stitches) to achieve sizing, you can use almost any yarn. This also means that in the decrease rounds, you may not end with an even number of stitches. This is ok! No one will ever notice! You may want to mark the ch1 stitch for every round of the body with a stitch marker to make it easier to identify when it is time to join the round.

Stitch Abbreviations:

yo = yarn over
Sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sc(BLO) = single crochet in the back loop only
SC2TOG(BLO) = single crochet 2 stitches together in the back loop only
hdc(BLO) = half double crochet in the back loop only

Special Stitches:

Single Crochet 2 Together (SC2TOG): insert your hook in the stitch, yo pull up a loop, insert your hook in the next stitch, yo pull up a loop, yo and pull through all loops on the hook

Ribbed Brim:

For a thin or toddler/child width brim: ch8

For a wide brim: ch12

Row 1: sc(BLO) in the second stitch from the hook and all of the remaining chain stitches

Row 2: turn your work, ch1, sc(BLO) in every stitch

Repeat row 2 until you reach your desired size: Do Not Stretch The Brim When Measuring! Be sure to end on an even numbered row.

Toddler: 15-16 inches
Child: 16-17 inches
Teen/Adult: 18-19 inches
Large Adult: 19-20 inches

When you have reached your desired size, fold the ribbing strip in half and slip stitch the chain and last row together to form a band. Turn your band inside out (this helps hide the seam). Do not cut your yarn unless you are changing colors.


Round 1: ch1, sc in each stitch around the edge of the brim, Sl st to the ch to join the round

Round 2: ch1, hdc(BLO) in the first stitch and every stitch around, Sl st to the ch to join the round

Round 3: ch1, sc(BLO) in the first stitch and every stitch around, Sl st to the ch to join the round

Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you reach your desired size: Measurement includes the brim! Be sure to end on a hdc row.

For a Messy Bun:

Toddler: 6 – 6.5 inches
Child: 6.5 – 7 inches
Teen/Adult: 7 – 7.5 inches
Large Adult: 7.5 – 8 inches

For a Regular Hat:

Toddler: 7 inches
Child: 8 inches
Teen/Adult: 8.5 inches
Large Adult: 8.5 inches

For a Slouchy Hat:

Toddler: 7 inches
Child: 7.5 – 8.5 inches
Teen/Adult: 8.5 – 9.5 inches
Large Adult: 9.5 – 10.5 inches


Round 1: ch1, *sc(BLO) , SC2TOG(BLO)* repeat * around (you may not end on a SC2TOG(BLO) – if you have an extra stitch left place a sc(BLO) there)

Round 2: ch1, hdc(BLO) in each stitch around


*IF YOU MAKE A MESSY BUN HAT, on your last round – you can crochet around a hair tie to provide more structure for the top of the hat. Do not pull tight and close the top of the hat. Simply tie off and weave in your ends when you finish your decrease rows.

Tie off your yarn and leave a very long tail (I usually leave 7-8 inches just to be safe). Weave your tail through the top of the stitches of your last round and pull tight to close the top of the hat. Tie off and weave in your ends on the inside of the hat. Attach pom pom or leave it unadorned.

I would love to see your projects! If you share photos on social media, please tag me so I can see them! Instagram: @crazy_yarny_life and Facebook: @CrazyYarnyLife

Items created from any pattern I create may be used to create items for sale. Sale of the written pattern and copy and paste of any pattern I have written is never allowed – please provide credit for the pattern in listings for sale via a direct link to my blog.

Happy crocheting!



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