Learn to Crochet Kit 2: Make a Ribbed Hat

two crochet ribbed toque-style hats with balls of yarn and a crochet hook.

About Learn to Crochet: Kit # 2 Ribbed Hat and Pom Poms

Recommended age: 8 and up.

In this beginner friendly kit you will learn the half double crochet stitch and use it to make a hat. You will finish the hat by making a pom pom. Printed instructions and video links are provided.

Your projects are yours to keep.

Donations for supplies gratefully accepted.

Items Included in the kit:

  1. 100g (approx 150 m) of worsted weight yarn
  2. 25 g yarn for Pom Pom
  3. Crochet Hook – 5 mm
  4. Darning Needle

You will need:

  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Scissors
  • An Internet connected device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone to view the video tutorials. Written instructions are also included.

Instructions are included for two projects:

Project 1: Ribbed Hat using Half-Double Crochet

Project 2: Pom Poms

Borrow a Crochet Kit

Learn to Crochet Kit 2 can be requested from the SamePage Catalogue.

Once available it can be borrowed for 3 weeks.

If you already have some yarn and crochet needles you can follow along with the instructions on this page without borrowing the kit.

Lesson 1: Learn Half-Double Crochet.

Watch the Video or continue to follow written instructions.

Half Double Crochet instructions

  1. Yarn over
  2. Insert the hook in the specified stitch
  3. Yarn over
  4. Pull up a loop. You’ll have three loops on your hook
  5. Yarn over again
  6. Pull through all three loops on the hook

For an additional step by step visual tutorial visit see How to Half Double Crochet on myscrochetspace.com

Project 1 Ribbed Hat

Watch the video or continue to follow written instructions.

Ribbed Hat Instructions:

Supplies needed:
  • 1 Skein – Any worsted weight or bulky yarn  (150 metres or more) 
  • 1 Crochet Hook – 5 mm (6 mm if using a bulky yarn)
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape 
  • Ch = Chain
  • Hdc = Half Double Crochet 
  • St = Stitch 
  • Ss = Slip Stitch 
  • Chain 12”-14” or 30-36 cm (or longer for a slouchy hat) 
  • Row 1 – Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, Hdc in each ch across. – Ch 1 and turn
  • Row 2 – Working in back loops only, Hdc in first st, and in each st all the way across. Ch 1, turn. (Be very careful not to miss the last stitch, and that you have the same amount in every row). 
  • Repeat Row 2 until you have reached approximately 17”-20” or 44-50 cm (Or until it fits around your head). 
  • Stop at an EVEN amount of rows. 
  • Fold in half to join the final row to the first row. Stitch these rows together with a slip stitch.
  • Leave about 20” or 50 cm of yarn tail.
  • Cut yarn and pull through. 
  • With Darning Needle, weave in and out to gather top of hat.
  • Pull snug and tie to the beginning yarn. 
  • Leave this tail of yarn to tie Pom Pom to. 

Lesson 2: Making Pom Poms

 Watch the video or continue following written instructions.

Written instructions with photos can be found at How To Use The Clover Pom Pom Maker Instructions and Tutorial 


Tie your finished Pom Pom to the top of your hat and weave in any loose ends with the darning needle.


Websites & YouTube Channels

  • Bela Coco – YouTube Channel with Crochet Tutorials
  • Easycrochet.com – Website with crochet instruction, patterns and videos.
  • mycrochetspace.com – Website with crochet instruction, patterns and videos.
  • Ravelry.com – Excellent source for user created free patterns
  • SarahMaker.com – Website with crochet instruction, patterns and videos.


We’d love to hear from you! Please provide us with your feedback by filling out the feedback form included in your kit, or by filling in our online survey.


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