Thought I'd share a simple hat I crocheted for Aidan last week. It started out to be a basic pull on style, but she decided as we tried it on along the way that it needed a "brim". And a flower!
A hat like this is truly easy to create without a pattern. Start with a ring and load it with enough double crochet stitches to form a circle that lays nice and flat. Keep doing more rows of double crochet...increasing the number of double crochet stitches in each round to keep it laying nice and flat. Once it is large enough to cover the crown of the head nicely...crochet about 5-8 rounds (depending on the size) by using the same number of stitches (no increases)...this will form the "bowl".
Then you can start to decrease a few stitches for a couple of rounds...then end with single crochet stitches to tighten up the edge. The "brim" is single and half/double stitches...and I just winged it to get a shape that looked a bit like a brim. Aidan loves the hat, and prefers to pull it low on her eyes! She thinks that COOL, and that it funny that Nana does nott like her to wear it like that...see how funny she thinks it is!