Easy Knit Look Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Learn how to crochet this easy knit look hat. Made with super bulky yarn, this hat can easily be in an afternoon. Easily adjust the size to fit anyone!

Knit Look Crochet Hat Free Crochet Pattern

Easy Knit Look Hat Crochet Pattern

This easy knit look hat checks all the boxes for what I want (and need!) in a crochet hat. I want easy, quick, chunky, and solid fabric that stretches like knit/purl rows. Top it off with a big, fat faux fur pom and it’s perfect!

Thanks to Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn this knit look hat works up quickly. Now, this pattern does use slip stitches so I know that may seem daunting, but trust me when I tell you: using super bulky yarn is your saving grace for this pattern!

This hat actually works up amazingly quickly. I can usually bust one of these out in about 1.5 hours.


Knit Look Crochet Stitches

When it comes to knit-like crochet stitches, there are several options out there. However, I designed this easy crochet hat with my favorite knit-like stitch: the slip stitch in the back loop only.

Using all slip stitches (in the back loop only) gives me two things in a crochet project: a thick, solid fabric and amazingly stretchy rows that mimic knit and purl rows more than any other crochet stitch.

Now, I’m sure you must be thinking, “ALL slip stitches???” I understand that working into slip stitches seems tedious, but here me out: there are a few things that make this pattern easy.

Top view of the easy knit look hat

Working Into Slip Stitches Easily

If you have tight tension, you will need to either adjust your tension to make it looser or you can simply use a bigger hook.

Luckily, you are already working with super bulky yarn for this pattern which forces you to use a rather large hook in the first place. Honestly, I find it far easier to work into slip stitches when I am using bulkier yarn.

You will also only be working in the back loops which naturally makes it easier to deal with as well.

More knit look hat patterns

Here are a couple more knit look crochet hat patterns for you to enjoy:

How to make the Knit Look Crochet Hat:

Materials needed:

*Wool East Thick & Quick comes in different yardages depending on the color so make sure you pay attention to that. You can make one of these hats with just one skein of their solids, but if you purchase any of the striped/multi-colored skeins, you’ll need to get 2 skeins.

  • N-13 (9mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Pom pom of your choice

Skill level:


Pattern notes:

  • This pattern is written using standard US crochet terms.
  • The chain 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • Loose tension is very important for this particular design! You may need to go up a hook size or two if you have very tight tension.


2 sl sts x 4 rows equals 1″

Stitches used and abbreviations:

  • ch = chain
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sl st blo = slip stitch in the back loop only

Finished Measurements:

Length (laying flat, before sewing together): approx. 12.5″ 

Width: approx. 14.5″

Written Instructions for the Chunky Ear Warmer:

*I cannot stress enough that loose tension is a must for this pattern. Slip stitches can easily become frustrating to work into if you have tight tension. The super bulky yarn does help, but you will need to be conscious of your tension as well. Don’t be afraid to go up a hook size if needed.

ch 31

Row 1: sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (30 sl sts)

Row 2: Sl st blo in the first st and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (30 sl sts)

Rows 3 and beyond: Repeat row 2 until your ear warmer reaches 15.5″ in width.

Measure the crochet rectangle for the knit look hat

Sewing your hat together:

Sew up the long side by lining up each side, making sure the rows are vertical. Now, take your tapestry needle and insert it through both layers, and whipstitch all the way across using the tail from your last row. Now your rectangle will look like a tube.

Turn the tube inside out so that the seam is on the inside now. We will continue by cinching up one end which will be the top of the hat.

Secure the tail, but don’t weave in. Instead, you’ll use this tail to close the top of the hat.

Weave a tapestry needle in and out along the top of the easy knit look hat
How to close the top of the easy knit look hat
Cinching up the top of the crochet hat
How to close the top of the easy knit look hat

  1. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and weave in and out of the sts along the top of one of the openings.
  2. Cinch the the top closed.
  3. Pull tight to close completely.
  4. To reinforce it, stitch a cross shape over the top of the hole. To do this, make a stitch from top to bottom across the cinched hole, and then again from left to right.

Finished hat with faux fur pom pom

Finishing Up

Now, you can attach the pom pom of your choice and weave in any loose ends.

Fold up the brim to your desired spot. Your hat is now ready to wear!

Easy Knit Look Hat Free Crochet Pattern

Now your easy knit look hat is all finished and ready to wear!

So what did you think of slip stitch crochet? It’s not so bad with thick yarn, is it? I’d love to know what you think!

If you love this pattern, please take a photo and tag me @spottedhorsedesignco on social media. I’d love to see what colors you used and what you thought of this pattern. Plus, I absolutely love seeing your makes 🙂


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    1. I got mine from Sierra’s Crafty Creations, who unfortunately, no longer makes them. However, there are lots of really great sellers on Etsy with beautiful pom poms 🙂