There’s been a flurry of babies amongst my friendship group lately and I love to gift them something handmade. This easy crochet baby hat with its pretty texture would make a lovely present for any new mom-to-be!
Read on to get the FREE pattern for this baby hat. And if you’re more of a visual learner, scroll down for the VIDEO tutorial.
FAST CROCHET PROJECT
I love fast little crochet projects that I can work up in an evening. And this baby hat works up SO quickly – even for beginners.
It’s an easy pattern too: you’ll begin with the crown of the hat, which is made up of double crochet stitches, before moving on to the main body of the hat.
When working this section you’ll use the Piqué stitch to create a very attractive texture.
The Piqué stitch is made up from a special cluster stitch (SPcl), which is a combination of a double crochet and half double crochet all worked into the same stitch. Don’t worry – it’s not difficult to do!
Finally, single crochet stitches will be made along the bottom resulting in a simple trim for your baby hat.
SWEET BABY SET
Of course, it’s not necessary to make all of these items… any new mom would be delighted to just receive the handmade hat – an item that I think babies can never have enough of!
To make this easy crochet baby hat you’ll need #3 / light-worsted / DK / 8 ply yarn.
I used around 1.2oz.(35g) of yarn, so you can make several hats from one ball of yarn!
And if you have any leftover yarn lying around (I’m sure, like me, you have loads!) then this is the perfect project to use up some of that stash.
I used Deramores Studio Baby Soft DK to make my hat but you can use any brand of category 3 yarn.
I particularly like Deramores Baby yarn as it’s anti-pilling, machine washable and is so soft with a lovely, subtle sheen to it. The selection of colours on offer is gorgeous also.
EASY CROCHET BABY HAT – FREE PATTERN:
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Easy. For details of project levels, please see the Craft Yarn Council.
- Yarn: Category #3 / light worsted / DK / 8 ply yarn. I used 1.2 oz. / 35g approx. from 1 skein /ball of
Deramores Studio Baby Soft DK, 360 yds / 3.5 oz (330m / 100g).
- Crochet hook: Newborn G (4mm); 0–3 months Size 7 (4.5mm); 3–6 months H (5mm).
- Yarn needle (the bent tip makes sewing and weaving in ends much easier).
- Scissors (super sharp… and pretty).
- (Optional): Pom pom maker (this one is really easy to use)
GAUGE / TENSION
To check your gauge / tension, work the first five rounds of the pattern below.
To check that you’re okay for size, the diameter of your baby hat should measure as follows:
Newborn (G / 4mm hook): 4.25” (11cm) approx.
0–3 months (SIze 7 / 4.5mm hook): 4.75″ (12cm)
3–6 months (H / 5mm hook): 5.25″ (13cm)
Newborn: W – 6” (15cm) x L – 5” (13cm)
0 – 3 months: W – 6.5 (16cm) x L – 5.5” (14cm)
3 – 6 months: W – 7” (17.5cm) x L – 6” (15cm)
STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS (US CROCHET TERMS)
beg – beginning
ch(s) – chain(s)
dc – double crochet: Yarn over (yo), insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yo, pull through remaining 2 loops. 1 double crochet completed.
fasten off – To fasten off securely, work one chain, then cut the yarn leaving a 5 – 6” tail. Pull the tail through the loop that is on your hook. Tighten gently.
sc – single crochet: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over (yo), pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Yo, pull through both loops on hook. 1 single crochet completed.
sk – skip: Do not crochet into this stitch / space.
sl st – slip stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over (yo), pull up a loop, you will have 2 loops on your hook. Pull the first loop through the second loop. 1 slip stitch completed.
st(s) – stitch(es)
Turn: Turn your work clockwise or anti-clockwise. It doesn’t matter as long as you are consistent for a neater edge.
* to * – Repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed.
[ ] – The total number of stitches at the end of a row.
SpCL – special cluster: 1 double crochet and 1 half double crochet worked together as follows: yarn over (yo), insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through first 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 4 loops. 1 special cluster completed.
- US crochet terminology used throughout.
- There is one set of instructions for sizes newborn, 0-3 months & 3-6 months.
- Use the hook size according to the size of hat that you wish to make (see above).
- The hat is made in rounds.
- Rounds 1 – 5: The ch2 made at the beginning of the round counts as the first dc of the round. Therefore, you should join the round by making a slip stitch into the top of this beginning ch2.
- Rounds 6 – 14: The ch3 does not count as the first stitch of the round. Therefore, you should make the first stitch of the round in the same stitch (at the base of the ch3). At the end of rounds, do not join with a slip stitch into the top of the ch3. Instead, slip stitch into the first stitch of the round to join.
- For rounds 6 – 14 (main body of hat) you will turn your work at the end of each round. This creates a more pronounced, raised texture.
Ch4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.
Round 1. Ch2 (counts as your 1st st here and throughout), 13dc into the centre of ring, sl st to top of beg ch2 to join [14 sts].
Round 2. Ch2, 1dc in same st, 2dc in next 13 sts, sl st to top of ch2 to join [28 sts].
Round 3. Ch2, 1dc in same st, 1dc in next st, *2DC in next st, 1dc in next st*, repeat from * to * for a total of 13 times, sl st to top of ch2 to join [42 sts].
Round 4. Ch2, 1dc in same st, 1dc in next 2 sts, *2dc in next st, 1dc in next 2 sts*, repeat from * to * for a total of 13 times, sl st to top of ch2 to join [56 sts].
Round 5. Round 5. Ch2, 1dc in same st, 1dc in next 3sts, *2dc in next st, 1dc in next 3 sts*, repeat from * to * for a total of 13 times, sl st to top of ch2 to join, [70 sts].
At the end of round 5, the diameter of your hat should measure:
0-3 months: 4.75”
3-6 months: 5.25”
MAIN BODY OF HAT
You will now continue to work in rounds BUT you will turn at the end of each round.
Round 6. Ch3 (does not count as your 1st st here and throughout), SPcl in same st, sk next st, *SPcl in next st, sk next st*, repeat from * to * until end of round, sl st to 1st SPcl, TURN [35 sts].
Round 7. Ch3, SPcl in same st, SPcl in next 34 sts, TURN [35 sts].
Round 8 – 14: Repeat round 7.
When you have finished round 14, DO NOT TURN your work.
Round 15. Ch1 (does not count as your 1st st), 1sc in same st, 2sc in next 33 sts, 1sc in last st [68 sts].
Cut yarn & fasten off and weave in ends.
I decided to add a little pom pom to my hat.
If you would like to see how I attach the pom poms to my hats, you can watch the video tutorial here
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