Maiya’s Roommate’s Hat

Maiya’s Roommate’s Hat is an easy, sideways double-crochet hat that is easily customizable in a variety of sizes and textures.

My daughter Maiya (pictured – is she beautiful, or what?) wore one of her roommate’s hats home on winter break a few years ago because she liked it and wanted me to copy it for her.

The hat was a simple double crochet, sideways made hat, gathered at one end with a giant pom pom. I improved on it by adding simple shaping and an edge. Since I hate weaving in ends, I also made all the ends wind up at the top inside of the hat. You can use the ends to tie on a pom pom. I tie the ends in a bow that can be untied so that the pom pom can be removed for washing. No ends to weave in! WIN!

The pattern is written for bulky weight yarn, but substitution is simply and will yield a smaller and lighter weight hat. I’ve given a row count for a ladies medium size, but the row count can be adjusted on the fly for a larger or smaller hat.

I’ve given three starting chain options for a longer or shorter brim, but again you can adjust this to achieve the look you desire. You can chain any number and still complete the hat as written.

My friend Marianne and I made dozens of these hats before the pattern was published, amd we played with  the textures, sometimes working into the front loop only (FLO), or the back loop only (BLO), or working under both loops.

Make your own pom pom using a pom pom maker, or use a cute fake fur pom pom to match your yarn.

Like the 6-Day Kid Blanket, this pattern is extremely versatile, and depending on what yarn you use and size you make, and even texture options, you can create a variety of looks with this one very useful pattern.

These hats work up so fast and are easy for the beginning crocheter, and have enough detail to keep more experienced yarnworkers interested. Make a million of them for your friends and family, or make a bunch up for charity.


We had a contest for the test-crocheters of this pattern, and the winners had their hats featured in the pattern.

The photos on this page were taken by Patrick Mead.