For the hat pictured here I used a 1.75 mm crochet hook with DMC Petra 5. The size of the hat is small for a head circumference of approximately 7 to 8 inches. If you do decide to use a thicker or finer yarn it will, of course, change the sizing. I finished the hat with some sweet antique lace and a vintage pansy flower, but the world is your oyster with how you would like to trim your hat, there are endless vintage laces, ribbons and braids available. You could make your own flowers as well, a few crochet flowers would look very sweet!
Ok, here's the pattern, if you have any questions or queries, just message me and I'll try as best I can to help. Also if you are very new to crocheting, YouTube is fantastic for teaching videos on crocheting and knitting, well worth referring to. This hat is made in the Amigurumi style crochet. It involves simple chaining, single crochet stitches and increases.
Sc = Single Crochet
Rnd = Round
* = Repeat
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
Stage 1 is forming the crown of the hat, so you are making a flat circle.
Begin by chaining 2
Rnd 1 - 6 sc in first chain = 6
Rnd 2 - 2 sc in each st = 12
Rnd 3 - (sc 1 st, 2 sc next st) * = 18
Rnd 4 - (sc 2 st's, 2 sc next st)* = 24
Rnd 5 - (sc 3 st's, 2 sc next st)* = 30
Rnd 6 - (sc 4 st's, 2 sc next st)* = 36
Rnd 7 - (sc 5 st's, 2 sc next st)* = 42
Rnd 8 - (sc 6 st's, 2 sc next st)* = 48
Rnd 9 - sc each st
Rnd 10 - (sc 7 st's, 2 sc next st)* = 54
Rnd 11 - sc each st
Rnd 12 - (sc 8 st's, 2 sc next st)* = 60
At this point you should have a circle with 60 stitches. Now we are going to make the side of the hat by simply doing single crochets in each stitch for 16 rows. Run a small piece of wool or cotton through your beginning stitch to act as a marker, this will help you count your rows so you don't get lost.
Rnd 13 to 28 - sc each st
Now work the brim, by adding an increase row and then following with some more single crochet rows.
Rnd 29 - (sc 1 st, 2 sc in next st)*
Rnd 30 to 33 - sc each st
Rnd 34 - sc each st, sl st last 2 stitches
Cut cotton, thread with darning needle, run it through the centre of last stitch, then run through some stitches on the inside of hat to secure the end.