Hope Women’s Hat Pattern

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Free Crochet Hat Pattern HOPE

Last week I published the free crochet pattern : My Handsome Prince Newborn Baby Hat and I had a request for the design in an adult (women’s) size.

There will be a second women’s version available early next week using worsted weight cotton yarn – so if you are looking for a hat using a heavier weight yarn – stop by next week to access the new version of the pattern.

Or click here: Hope – in cotton for the worsted weight cotton yarn pattern in Adult Woman Size (please see the note in this post regarding using worsted weight yarn too!)

Or Hope – in cotton (all other sizes)

Hope Women’s Hat Pattern

This womens hat is super soft, lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

Sized to fit: Adult Women (head circumference 22-23″)

Height: 7.5″
Yarn: Red Heart Yarns: Anne Geddes Baby Yarn (Robin)

Please note, Anne Geddes Baby Yarn has been discontinued.
Please substitute Red Heart Baby Hugs Light Yarn.

Hook: 4.50 mm

Gauge: 12 sts (worked in pattern) = 3″; 12 rounds = 3″

Abbreviations: R : round, ch : chain, st : stitch, sts : stitches, sl st : slip stitch, hdc : half double crochet, fphdc : front post half double crochet, bphdc : back post half double crochet

Tutorials: Magic Ring

Notes: The hat is worked in a spiral. No slip stitch to join, no chain 2 to start.

Adult Medium Size

R1: 8 hdc in magic ring [8]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16]
R3: (1 hdc in the first st, 2 hdc in the next st) 8 times [24]
R4: (1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) 8 times [32]
R5: (1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) 8 times [40]
R6: (1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) 8 times [48]
R7: (1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) 8 times [56]
R8: (1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) 8 times [64]
R9: (1 hdc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) 8 times [72]
R10: (1 hdc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) 8 times [80]
R11: (1 hdc in each of the next 19 sts, 2 hdc in the next st) 1 time, 1 hdc in each remaining st [81]
R12: (skip the next st, 2 hdc in the next st, 1 hdc in the next st) 27 times [81]
R13: (2 hdc in the next st space, 1 hdc in the next st, skip the next st) 27 times [81]
R14 – 28: repeat R13 [81]
R29: 1 hdc in each st around [81]
R30: (1 fphdc in the next st, 1 bphdc in the next st) around, finish off with an invisible join and weave in ends [81]

free crochet pattern - HOPE

because everyone needs to have hope.

For the Italian Translation please see the following PDF attachment. I would like to thank Barbara for her overwhelming generosity in providing this translation for our readers!

You can visit Barbara at her website here: Le Fantasie di Nephtys

Hope _ Berretto da donna by Oombawka Design Crochet


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  1. Hi Tammy, The hat is worked in a spiral. No slip stitch to join, no chain 2 to start. You will want a stitch marker to mark your place. You can if you prefer though tightly join with a slip stitch then ch 2 (replacing the first hdc) for each round. Hope this helps! Rhondda

  2. I have a question, when starting a new round, do I slip stitch to the beginning stitch of the previous round, and start the round without any chain stitch? I am just a bit confused. Thank you for your time.

  3. Hi Karen, It should start to shape itself into a ‘hat’ after about Rnd 12/13. If you haven’t added any extra stitches accidentally and you are getting 4 stitches per inch it should start to cup into it’s final hat shape at this point. Let me know how it goes – it could be the gauge is slightly different for the yarn and hook you are using for the pattern.
    Best wishes, Rhondda

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for the pattern. I love the hat. However, mine seems to be just one big circle so far. I’m on row 13 now. Does it draw in after that row or have I messed up? I am a knitter with a side of crochet so it’s probably me. Thank you again.


  5. Hi, I make hats for the chemo unit. This hat is beautiful. Thank you for the pattern.

  6. You are very welcome Marie 🙂 I’m so happy you are able to put the patterns to such good use!! Have a lovely week, Rhondda

  7. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your hat patterns. I’ve crocheted for many years, and still love it, but due to a shoulder injury I can’t work as long, so I look for smaller or shorter projects, especially in the summer months. I’m going to crochet several of these hats in various types of yarn/cotten and then donate them to a breast cancer organization that I know of. Again, thank you very much. 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing. I am learning to crochet and this will help me!!!

  9. Thanks Rhonda, I’m looking forward to trying this pattern out. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  10. Hi Keesha, I’m so happy the design will work for the project you run. I hope you have recovered from the surgeries you needed – and I commend you for running a project for such a fantastic cause. If you have a website or link for the project please feel free to leave it here – we can keep it with the post in case others are searching for a good cause to donate to! Wishing you the very best, Rhondda

  11. Thank you for this. This is ideal for the project I run, making hats for my fellow brain surgery patients. We need soft hats because of the sensitivity of incisions (which could be as small as an inch or run the entire length of the skull, like one of my surgeries required). The hats can’t be too snug or they’ll catch on the staples and/or sutures, and post-op swelling fluctuates so there needs to be a little room to give. That “give” in the yarn is perfect! When looking for patterns to give to people wanting to volunteer to make hats for brain surgery patients (and it is a tremendously neglected area), I automatically rule out patterns with holes the size of a dime, to minimize display of scars. You have taken care of that.

    You basically have written the perfect pattern, LOL. You’ve topped my list!

    Thank you so much. You have made an incredible difference, already.

  12. Hi Eve, I’m very sorry your 2 family members need to take chemo 🙁 I hope they both go into remission quickly – let me know if you run into any questions with the hat pattern. I’d be happy to help, All the best, Rhondda

  13. Just to mention.
    If this pattern were done in white cotton thread it would be perfect as a Muslim or Jewish hat for men. The kufi crocheted hats are very popular.

  14. Thanks so much; have two family members taking Chemo right now so plan on making them one. (This summer is so hot, so this will be perfect!) You are a blessing!

  15. Hi Rhondda,
    I love this pattern! ! Did you have a chance to create the pattern for worsted weight yarn?

  16. Hi Maddy, Yes the 8x means to repeat the information in parenthesis or between * * 8 times. Hope this helps! Rhondda

  17. I am also very knew at reading patterns. Does the 8x after the row mean repeat eight times?

  18. Hi Joy 🙂 If you use the PrintFriendly Option at the end of the post you can click on any of the sections you want to remove from the post and they will vanish! Including any of the photos 🙂 You can make it take up much less paper that way if you are printing it 🙂 Thread is much lighter than the yarn used in the project – the hat will not be the same size when you are finished. Unless you can reach the gauge specified in the pattern: Gauge: 12 sts (worked in pattern) = 3″; 12 rounds = 3″ Hope this helps! Rhondda

  19. I really like the pattern,I just don`t like using 9 sheets of paper to get it. I am going to try this in crochet thread for a cancer hat. Hope it works 🙂

  20. Please do not worry 🙂 It is good for me to have feedback to double check – I am only human and make mistakes too (no matter how many times I double check and proof read!) Thank you, Rhondda

  21. Hi Nellie, I think you should be ok using this pattern as it uses a light weight yarn and the holes are not too large. It really would be personal preference though I think as some individuals may not be comfortable with any spaces between the stitches when they are undergoing chemotherapy. The image in this post is of the adult version – just using the same yarn as I used in the My Handsome Prince Newborn Baby Hat. I hope this helps, Rhondda

  22. I feel like a dork. I had totally blitzed the instructions to end the row with 2 hdc. So it was totally my bad on that.

  23. Thankyou for the beautiful pattern “My Handsome Prince Newborn Baby Hat”. I’m just wondering that if I make it as an adult hat, would the gaps between the stitches be too big?
    (for a chemo patient hat, I mean). Thanks again!

  24. Hi Heather, I reworked the pattern to double check and I have updated it so it is correct. You should have 81 sts – I have corrected it to show the changes. Thank you for letting me know! Rhondda

  25. I keep running into trouble at R12. I have 83 stitches from R11. The pattern of skip, 2hdc, and 1 hdc can only repeat 27 times with 2 stitches left over. What I am I doing wrong?

  26. Hi Jeanne, I used less than one ball of the Anne Geddes Baby Yarn. I was able to make the Handsome Prince Newborn Baby Hat with the remainder of the yarn from the ball. Hope this helps! Rhondda

  27. Did I miss something? How much yarn is required for the adult hat? This looks like a beautiful hat to make for my first attempt to make hats for Halos of Hope. Thanks.

  28. Hi Monica, I apologize for the delay in my response!! The hat is worked in a spiral. No slip stitch to join, no chain 2 to start. Unless specifically indicated in the written instructions 🙂 Hope this helps! Rhondda

  29. For the start of each round do you join the round with a slip stitch then chain 2 for a hdc? does that chain count as a stitch? (Sorry Im very new to reading patterns as well as a beginner crocheter

  30. That’s a delicate looking stitch, and I love the color. Thanks for sharing the pattern 🙂

  31. The magic ring is not made up of chains. It is a single loop that can be closed tightly. Go to youtube.com and search for “magic ring” for instructions. The 4.50 mm hook is a US size 7. For comparison US size G is 4.0 mm and size H is 5.0 mm.

  32. How many chains do i do fro the magic ring. Dont understand. What size needle is 4.5

  33. I am about to crochet the hope hat for women, however you didn’t mention what size hook to use for this project. What size would you suggest? Thank you for sharing this free pattern.

  34. I love this one most. It’s a great chemo hat for the patients at our local clinic.

  35. For your give-away contest this is my favorite free pattern that you offer. I also like the hat pattern for the little ones too

  36. Thank you Kathryn 🙂 and I’m happy you like the patterns and the giveaways 🙂 All the best, Rhondda

  37. I love this hat pattern. I found this from your newsletter, thanks for your patterns and the give-away

  38. Hi Rhondda–thank you so much for posting this pattern. I made the hat today with some very soft yarn and it came out perfectly! I’m going to add some crocheted appliques to it to fancy it up a bit–it’s a great hat for chemo patients! Thanks again!

  39. Hi Sharon, I do not have a download option on my blog other than the print friendly one at the top of the post (the little green printer)beside my other sharing buttons like Pinterest and Facebook. When you access the little green printer you can choose to print the page or save as a pdf. I hope this helps. If you are seeing something that says “download” somewhere it might be listed under a title labelled as “Ad” or “Advertisement”. Those do not belong to me – they are ads from Adsense. Let me know if you need more help – if you contact me using the contact form you can leave your email and I can try to send you a pdf copy by email 🙂 Rhondda

  40. I have tried to download both the infant and the woman’s hat and it keeps telling me the size is too large to download. can you help?

  41. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talent. I really appreciate it.