Easy Crocheted Baby Hat

A Free Crochet Pattern for Preemie to Toddler

This simple crochet baby hat is based on an easy design that doesn’t require any shaping (increasing or decreasing) techniques. Further, the open stitch pattern makes it a perfect choice for spring, summer, or fall baby wear.

Make this hat as part of a set with the Sweet Potato Baby Slippers, Baby Blanket, and coordinating Sweet Potato Baby Beanie.

Finished Measurements: This pattern is for four sizes: 10 (12, 14, 16)” circumference.

To Fit: Head size up to 12 (14, 16, 18)” circumference, or ages Preemie 1 (Preemie 2/Newborn, Baby, Toddler)

Ages are given as a reference. Go by actual head measurements whenever possible.

Materials List

Yarn: Knit Picks, Comfy Worsted (75% Pima cotton/25% acrylic; 109 yards; 50 grams; worsted weight) 

  • Main Color: 1 skein “Sweet Potato”
  • Coordinating Color: 1 skein “Sea Foam”

    Note that any worsted weight yarn can be substituted for this project. A machine washable fiber is always highly recommended for baby items. Check the yarn label for care instructions before purchasing. Depending on the size of hat you are creating, you’ll need approximately 55 (66, 77, 88) yards or 25 (30, 35, 40) grams in your yarn of choice.

Crochet HookU.S. size H/5mm hook

  • Adjust hook sizes as necessary to achieve gauge listed below.
    Gauge: 12 sc and 20 rows = 4” using size H/5mm hook.

Extras: Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

Pattern

Using mc, ch30 (36, 42, 48).

Sl st in 1st ch to form ring.

Foundation Rnd: Ch1, sc in each ch around, sl st to beg ch to end — 30 (36, 42, 48) sc.

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st, sk next sc, *2 dc in next st, sk next sc; rep from * to around, sl st to top of beg ch to end — (30 (36, 42, 48) dc.

Rnd 2: Ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to beg ch to end — 30 (36, 42, 48) sc.

* Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until piece measures 3 (3.5, 4, 4.75, 5), or 1.75” less than the desired length.

Change to cc yarn.

Next Rnd: Ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to beg ch to end — 30 (36, 42, 48) sc.

Change to mc yarn.

Edging Rnd 1: Ch1, sc in each st around, sl st to beg ch to end — 30 (36, 42, 48) sc.

Edging Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 2 sts, *dc in next 3 sts, ch1, sk next st, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, sl st in top of beg ch to end — 25 (30, 35, 40) dc.

Edging Rnd 3: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 2 sts, (YO, pull up a loop) 4 times into next ch1 sp, YO and pull through all 9 loops on hook, dc in next 2 sts; *dc in next 3 sts, (YO, pull up a loop) 4 times into next ch-1 sp, YO and pull through all 9 loops on hook, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * to end.

Edging Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to beg ch to end — 30 (36, 42, 48) sc.

Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

Finishing

Hold hat with foundation ch edge on top. With cc yarn, single crochet through doubled fabric to hold the top of the hat together. This produces a squared-off top to the hat.

Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

Resources:
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic and Original Patterns, by Linda P. Schapper