Crochet Kingston Hat

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Crochet Kingston Hat

Written by Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Kingston Hat

Video Tutorial: Left Hand Crochet Kingston Hat

Skill Level - Easy

HDC - Half Double Crochet
CH - Chain
SL ST - Slip Stitch
DC DEC - Double Crochet Decrease - Reducing two stitches down to one stitch.

Double Crochet Decrease - Wrap the yarn over your hook, insert the hook through the stitch. Wrap the yarn over and pull through, wrap the yarn over the pull through 2 loops. Leave the remaining two loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert it through the next stitch. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through. Wrap the yarn over and pull throught 2 loops. Wrap the yarn over the pull through the remaining 3 loops on the hook.

Size I/5.5 mm crochet hook
4 ply yarn
Tapestry Needle

Chain 4, join

Round 1: Ch 1, pull up, *3 DC, CH 1, Work 6 times total from *. Work a single crochet, instead of the chain 1 to join. 

Round 2: CH 1, Pull up, * Work 3DC, CH 1, 3 DC CH 1 in the same space and each space around, Complete 6 times total from * working a single crochet to join. ( 12 sets of 3 double crochet with chain 1 between)
Round 3:
CH 1, Pull up, * Work 3DC, CH 1, in each chain 1 space around. Complete 12 times total from * working a single crochet to join.

Round 4:
CH 1, Pull up, *Work 3 DC, CH 1 in CH 1 space, Work 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC CH 1 in the next chain 1 space. Continue around from *. work a single crochet to join.

Round 5:
CH 1, Pull up, *Work 3 DC, CH 1 in CH 1 space, Work 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC CH 1 in the next chain 1 space, Work 3 DC, CH 1 in next CH 1 space,. Continue around from *. work a single crochet to join. 

Round 6: CH 1, Pull up, in the same space *Work 2 sets of 3 DC, CH 1 in CH 1 space, work 1 set of 3 DC, CH 1 in each of the next 3 CH 1 spaces. Continue around, work a single crochet to join. )

Round 7-10:
CH 1, Pull up, in the same space *Work 3 DC, CH 1 in each space around, work a single crochet to join.

Round 11:
CH 1, Pull up, Work 3 DC in each CH 1 space around, join with the beginning stitch. Do not chain 1 between.

Round 12: Work 1 DC, work a DC DEC, Continue around. This part can easily be adjusted for a larger or smaller head. Each double crochet decrease will count as 1 stitch. I have found that 60-70 stitches is the approximate amount of stitches for an adult size head. Try the cap on to see how close you are with the fit. If the cap is to small on the band, work less double crochet decreases. If the cap is to large, work more double crochet decreases. This is how you will modify the band to your custom fit.

Round 13-19: Work 1 SC in each stitch around. Do not join, work in a continual round. To finish off, skip 1 SC and SL ST in the next. Cut the yarn and sew in the tail.

Extra Increase Round:

This will follow round 6.
CH 1, Pull up, in the same space
*Work 2 sets of 3 DC, CH 1 in CH 1 space, work 1 set of 3 DC, CH 1 in each of the next 4 CH 1 spaces. Continue around,
work a single crochet to join.

After the extra increase round, you will continue for the length of the cap with rounds 7-10. You will be work 35 sets of double crochet instead of 30. Work rounds 11 and then 12. Round 12 goes in to details on how to decrease more and approximately how many stitches will work for an average adult size head. This estimate will be different when using a smaller hook and yarn.


  1. That looks very chic.

    Would it fit a child or is it just for adults?

    1. can you make this a size small?

    2. can you please tell me if the crochet Kingston hat can be made into a size small and can you please tell me how many rows you make for a size small Thank you.

  2. Very nice... A little question for you... Can I do this model with Puff Stitch?????
    Thank you very much....
    Rita Italy

  3. I think I'll need to wait for the video, but I am so excited to make this one!

  4. donnaraita, Yes, this can be made with a puff stitch. You will need to do some modifications by using more puffs, chains or both so it lays out and gradually expands.

  5. Melissa,
    I am going to do this one sooner than I had planned since there is a lot of interest. I will try to have a video in the next week or two.

  6. Winifred,
    This cap is an adult size cap but it can be modified to a smaller cap.

  7. This looks awesome! Thanks for all the time you spend making your patterns and letting us have them :) I appreciate your work greatly!

    Tamara Slack

  8. I have a question, are we allowed to use your patterns to make things to sell? Thanks.

  9. Miriam,
    You are welcome to sell the finished piece from any pattern that I have provided on my blog.

  10. I made hats for veterans last Christmas. I wish I had this for the women. I'm certainly going to make this hat.

  11. love the hat! I have tried several of your flower patterns and they turned out make things so clear, thanks for all of your hard work!

  12. what do you do if it starts ruffling?

  13. How much yarn do I need to make this hat?

  14. Ms. Teresa, I absolutely ADORE your patterns and instructional videos. You are an amazing instructor!

  15. I can not thank you enough for posting these tutorials... I finally learned how to crochet! You made it so simple..I felt like you were sitting next to me as I was learning...once again thank you!

  16. I made this hat, while watching the video tutorial, in Cherry Red! It only took about an hour to an hour and a half for me to complete. I love this pattern and the hat is now being requested by everyone I show it too! I also made the puff stitch hat for my 19 month old Grandson, with flaps and a larger one for my son in camouflage without flaps! They both love their hats!!! Thanks for dedication Teresa!!! You make learning so easy!!

  17. i thank you so much ~ you've rekindled my love of crochet~please keep the blogs and videos coming~

  18. ¡Hola| Teresa, te escribo desde EspaƱa, me han encantado tus videos estoy aprendiendo mucho. No entiendo el ingles me oriento por las imagenes. Un beso de Tere

  19. My cap turn out to be veeery small. Probably becouse of the yarn. Can I do this with triple crochet insted of double???


    Tanya, Macedonia

  20. I love this hat...I made them for Christmas presents this year. I was wondering how you can make them smaller to fit 2-4 year old?


  21. how do you modify to fit children 2-4 yrs old?

  22. Thanks so much for your time and expertise. Just made my first crochet project and my 19 year old loves her new pink Kingston hat! :)

  23. This hat was requested by my niece who is 10y.o.; I told her it was too difficult to make. NOT TRUE. It takes roughly two hours. I will be also making these for church craft donations. Enjoy making them and enjoy how beautiful they are!

  24. Hi, I really like your youtube videos and have learned quite a bit more from them. I love the gell grips you have on your hooks, where did you get them from?

  25. i was just curious. cause have here crochet thread, like the thin ones. will it still look the same if i use my thread and not the yarn?

  26. mais03 - You may need to modify the pattern. Since you have thread, a smaller hook would be more fitting. If you use a larger hook, the thread may look loose and sloppy.

    If you have a smaller hook, you work more increase rounds so the hat expands more. It will be the same but with more rounds since you are using a smaller product. I hope that makes sense.

  27. Cathie - I purchase my get grips from Wal-mart. They are located with the pens and pencils.

  28. but i guess i'd still follow the pattern?

    btw i'm doing an orange one for a change haha!

  29. Question: I need my hat to be smaller around. You stated to add another DC decrease to the round. Do I do another entire round with the DC Decrease, or just add another DC decrease to Round 12. Does that make any sense? My hat just needs to be more narrow. Thanks so much for these great tutorials.

  30. Thanks to you Ms. Teresa, I have learned how to properly crochet and do a pretty darn good job. I just wanted to thank you for everything. Due to me losing my job, I have been able to make my family amazing gifts instead of purchasing expensive ones. I have saved so much money over the last 5 months. Again, thank you so very much for this.

  31. Teresa-
    I used 5 ply yarn and size K needle. When I got to round 10, I noticed that the hat was really large. How could I decrease the size of the hat?

    Thanks so much for sharing your skill!

  32. thank you for taking the time doing your vidoes. I think your great. I did this this pattern twice i loved it so much. Once simply soft and once with a Bernat Alpaca (loved how this came out, i used a larger crochet hook and so the pattern changes slighty. but once you get the pattern its easy to change it. thank you once again. great video.

  33. thanks for posting your tutorial. Really great.

  34. am facut si caciulita pentru fetita mea de 6luni...a iesit super...multumesc

  35. My hat is huge around. Can you please tell me if you do less row's for it to fit a small head?

  36. I think there is an error starting with round five. Shouldn't there be two sets of dc in the first chain space. To me it looks like you only do one. It just seems off to me and it is not working out. Could you plz check the video and the instructions starting with row five. I love this hat and need to know what I am doing wrong. Thanks for your time. Liz!


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