Crochet Through the Back Loop Only to Create the Best Guy Hat Ever

Finding the perfect hat for the outdoorsy men in my family can be a bit of a challenge. They aren't looking for frills or embellishments; they want a utilitarian stocking cap that will keep them warm on a chilly spring afternoon in the mountains. Enter The Best Guy Hat Ever. Yes, that's really this crochet hat pattern's name, but it lives up to its claim with a thick stretchy fabric that any guy will love. 

Slip Stitch Crochet Hat  
The Best Guy Hat Ever by Brenda K. B.

The hat is constructed in rows of slip stitch through the back loop only and uses short rows for shaping. The thickness of this hat can be attributed to the compact slip stitches, but the superb stretchiness of this cap is due to the fact that the stitches are worked through the back loop only. 

Crochet Through the Back Loop only Step 1

To work through the back loop only, first identify the top two loops. See if you can identify the top two loops in the picture on the right. Normally you would insert your hook under both loops to work your stitch.

When working in the back loop only, insert your hook under the back loop only. The back loop is the loop that is the farthest from you (see image below left).

Slip Stitch Through the Back Loop Only

Slip stitch through the back loop only by inserting your hook under the back loop of the stitch you are working into, pulling up a loop, and drawing the loop through the loop on your hook. Simple, right?

Stitches of any height can benefit in the right circumstances from the additional stretchiness of being worked in the back loop only. The Big Bow Cardigan is worked entirely in double crochet through the back loop only. The ribbed texture of the fabric creates a flattering, fitted silhouette. And single crochet stitches worked through the back loop only are also commonly used to create ribbing at the cuffs or hem of garments or around the brim of a hat.

The Big Bow Cardigan by Julia

Try using slip stitches through the back loop only to create your own Best Guy Hat Ever. For a limited time, you will find The Best Guy Hat Ever as well as other great patterns on sale in the Crochet Me Shop. Check out this great sale and download your next pattern today

Best wishes,

P. S.  Do you work your crochet stitches through the back loop only? Let us know what you like about this versatile technique. You can find out more about working in the back loop only in these additional blogs:

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Hats, Mens Clothing and Accessories
Toni Rexroat

About Toni Rexroat

Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.

5 thoughts on “Crochet Through the Back Loop Only to Create the Best Guy Hat Ever

  1. I saw this hat in the 2011 magazine and passed it up but I’m in Wisconsin right now and it’s chilly so I think I will be making a couple of these for my son-in-law and grandson. I’m making a baby blanket for “peanut” due in June and started it using the back loop in single crochet but when I turned the blanket I was using the “front” of the stitch or the back if you like of the other side??? Anyway, my blanket is progressing slowly as this is a tedius stitch with smaller yarn, so to feel I’m accomplishing something I make baby hats for my local NICU when I’m not working on the blanket!! I’m really enjoying my crocheting more since I joined a local NAG group (Needle Arts Group) The ladies are super and very helpful and I am missing my time with them on this trip. Thanks for the opportunity to comment on this cap and letting me gab!

  2. For projects that seem like they are taking forever or like you aren’t making any progress, I’ll stick a stitch marker in the last row worked and start gauging my progress from there. Sometimes it’s easier to see that you really are getting somewhere that way.

  3. I made a hat very like this, in SC. I was telling everyone it was based on a pattern in “”. (For the record, I used sport weight and a size f or g hook) I alternated colors to make vertical stripes.)