Let your style sing out with this luxurious bobble hat by Alessandra Hayden, quickly worked up in super-soft, machine washable wool. Just look at those amazing colours – perfect for brightening up those dull winter days, while keeping you cosy and warm against the season’s chills. As this crochet bobble hat pattern is made with just one skein of gorgeous Malabrigo Rios yarn you don't have to worry about running out or changing yarns - you can just settle in to some relaxing crochet time, and the combination of the fab multi-coloured yarn and clever spike stiches creates those amazing colour effects without all the hard work of changing colours!

We've got plenty more crochet hat patterns for you to try (why not hook up one for the whole family). You can go for super stripes with our other free bobble hat crochet pattern, hook up one for the fellas with our free mens crochet hat pattern, and you can even make one for the litte ones with our free baby strawberry hat crochet pattern.

You will need


16 sts over 13 rounds measure 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in)


Hat measures approx 58cm (23in) in circumference


spiked dc Insert hook into st indicated, yrh and pull up a loop to the height of the current row of sts, yrh and pull through both loops on the hook

You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.


To change the size of the Hat adjust the number of rows worked in the Ribbing, making sure you work a multiple of 3 rows.

Free Crochet Bobble Hat Pattern



Using a 5mm hook, ch9.

Round 1 Ss into second ch from hook and each ch across, turn. [8 ss]

Round 2 Ch1, ss into the bl of each st across, turn.

Repeat Round 2 another 58 times, so you have 60 rows of Ribbing.

Body of hat

Change to a 4mm hook.

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc in top of each row of Ribbing, ss to first dc to join. [60 dc]

Round 2 Ch3 (counts as first tr throughout), tr in the next st, ch1, skip 1 st, *tr in next 2 sts, ch1, skip 1 st; repeat from * around, ss to top of beg ch-3 to join. [40 sts]

Round 3 Ch1, *dc in the next 2 stitches, spiked dc into the skipped st from previous round working around the ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, ss to first dc to join, ss into next st. [60 sts]

Rounds 4-28 Repeat Rounds 2 and 3.

Fasten off leaving a long tail.

To Finish

Using the long tail, sew the opening of the hat closed. You can do this by threading the tail through all of the sts of the last round and pulling tight to close, then weave the end in onto the WS. Sew the pompom onto the top of the Hat.

If you're in need of some more crochet winter warmers, don't worry, we've (literally) got you covered! Take your pick of a range of patterns with our Top crochet scarf patterns article, or hook up our free crochet ear warmer pattern or our free fingerless gloves crochet pattern and you'll be all set for even the coldest of winter days!
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We hope you’ve enjoyed this free bobble hat crochet pattern. Don’t forget, if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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