Crochet a cosy bobble hat!

Hook up this free crochet bobble hat pattern for yourself or as a gift this Christmas, designed by Alessandra Hayden.


Let your style sing out with this luxurious bobble hat, 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.


This free crochet bobble hat pattern is brought to you to celebrate our new Your Crochet Christmas special, a collection of festive favourites from Simply Crochet magazine. Packed with patterns for gifts and decorations, plus cosy winter accessories, it’s the perfect crochet compendium for the holiday season. Order your copy today!

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You will need

  • 1 ball of Malabrigo Rios in Aniversario (005) (100% wool, 100g/192m), or alternative Aran weight yarn.
  • A 4mm (US G/6) hook
  • A 5mm (US H/8) hook
  • Faux fur pompom


16 sts over 13 rounds measure 10x10cm (4x4in)


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.