Crochet Baby Hat (Easy Pattern For Beginners)


In this blog post, you will find a crochet baby hat – an easy pattern for beginners.

Crocheting a basic beanie for a baby can be a fun and rewarding project for anyone who loves to work with yarn. 

Not only that, but a cute baby hat can also be a great gift for a new mom-to-be. 

But it’s also a practical and stylish accessory for any baby’s wardrobe. 

With just a few basic crochet stitches and some soft, colorful yarn, you can create a cozy and comfortable beanie that will keep the baby warm and snug. 

Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or a beginner, this step-by-step guide will show you how to make a baby beanie that’s both adorable and functional.

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Free Pattern: Crochet Baby Hat

Skill Level – Basic (simple for beginners)


Introducing the perfect project for crochet newcomers: a charming baby beanie pattern featuring simple ribbing!

This delightful design is ideal for those looking to explore the basics of crochet while creating a warm, stylish accessory for the little ones in their life.

By focusing on easy-to-follow ribbing techniques, this pattern not only teaches the fundamentals of crochet but also ensures a snug, stretchy fit for the beanie, making it both comfortable and cute on a baby’s head.

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Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute, or republish this free crochet pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
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Size Information

  • This pattern is to fit baby size 0-3 months / 3-6 months / 6-9 months.
  • The first set of numbers applies to the small size, the second set to the medium size, and the third to the large size.
  • (Newborn Size) 0-3 months = Height = 5 inches / Width seamed = 6 inches
  • 3-6 months = Height = 6 inches / Width seamed = 6.5 inches
  • 6-9 months = Height = 6.5 inches/ Width seamed = 7 inches

Gauge – 12 sts and 22 rows in 4×4 inches / 10x10cm in pattern.

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The supplies you need…


Hook Size

4 mm (US G-6) crochet hook.


Crochet Abbreviations

This pattern is written using US terms and abbreviations.

  • BLO – Back loop only
  • CH – Chain
  • Cont – Continue
  • SC – Single crochet
  • Sc2tog – Single crochet decrease (single crochet two stitches together. Insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next stitch and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.)
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitches
  • SL-ST – slip stitch
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Free Crochet Baby Hat Pattern

Follow the pattern below to create crochet hats for gifting or donating.

These hats would make a great gift for a new arrival or to donate to your local hospital.

Time needed: 2 hours and 30 minutes

How To Crochet A Baby Hat

  1. Work The Main Body Of The Hat

    To begin, make a slipknot and create a chain (CH) leaving a long tail.
    This chain is the foundation row of your project, which you will build on.
    With your hook and yarn, you will chain 36 (44, 52).
    Row 1: For the first row, you will work 1 single crochet (SC) into the 2nd chain (CH) from the hook and in each chain (CH) to the end of the row and turn the work ready for row 2.
    Row 2: Chain (CH) 1 stitch, then create 1 single crochet (SC) in each stitch (st) through the back loop (BLO), repeat this to the end of the row, and turn the work.
    Repeat: Repeat row 2 until the work measures = 13 inches (14 inches, 15 inches) in width.
    *Do not cut the yarn, as you will use it to continue the next section.crochet baby beanie step 1

  2. The Top Of The Hat

    You will now add a few sc decrease (sc2tog) rows to the top to shape the hat and avoid forming a bulky gathered crown.
    Row 1: Ch 1, work sc2tog across the width edge of the hat, sl-st to the first sc, and turn.
    Repeat row 1 – once more for all sizes.
    Once you have finished your rows of decreases – sl-st into the final st and leave a long yarn tail for seaming.crochet baby beanie step 3

  3. Making Up

    Thread the yarn tail through your yarn needle and weave in and out of the last row of sc2tog. Pull up tight to close the top of the hat.
    Next, start seaming using the mattress stitch to create an invisible seam.
    Stop when you have 1.5 inches (2 inches, 2 inches) left and turn the brim upwards, then seam the brim the same way with the right sides facing you.
    Secure and weave in all loose ends.crochet baby beanie step 2

  4. Turn Up The Brim

    Turn up the brim and the hat is ready to wear!crochet baby beanies in three sizes

Crochet: A Cute Hat For A Baby

With this easy pattern, you will be able to create an adorable baby hat. 

The best part is that you can make one in all of your favorite different colors, as it only requires a ball of yarn. 

The best part about making a little hat is that they are quick and easy to make, which means you can create a bunch of them in no time. 

You can even make matching hats for siblings or cousins, which would make a lovely family photo. 

Moreover, this is a great project for both beginners and advanced crocheters alike.

If you have never crocheted before, don’t worry!

This pattern is simple and easy to follow, and you will be able to create a beautiful hat in no time. 

Crocheting is a relaxing and rewarding hobby, and making baby hats is a fantastic way to get started.

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What Is The Best Stitch For A Crochet Beanie?

The best stitch for a crochet beanie often depends on personal preference, the desired texture, and the style of the hat. 

However, the half-double crochet stitch (hdc) is one of the most popular and versatile stitches for crocheting a simple baby hat. 

This stitch creates a dense and stretchy fabric, ideal for keeping the head warm while maintaining some breathability. 

It also provides a nice balance between structure and flexibility, allowing for a comfortable and snug fit. 

However, other stitches such as single crochet, double crochet, or even more complex stitch patterns can also be used depending on the desired look and feel of the beanie. 

Ultimately, experimenting with different stitches and techniques can help you find the perfect stitch for your crochet beanie project.

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View the crochet baby blanket pattern here – Easy Double Crochet Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern

What Is The Best Yarn For A Crochet Baby Beanie?

Yarn Weight

The best yarn weight for a crochet baby beanie depends on the desired thickness and warmth of the finished hat, as well as the intended season of use. 

A fine or sport-weight yarn (typically labeled as #2 or #3) is ideal for a lightweight and breathable beanie suitable for warmer weather or indoor wear. 

For a slightly thicker and warmer option, a DK (double knitting) weight yarn (#3) is a good choice.

It offers a bit more substance while still maintaining a soft and comfortable feel. 

Worsted weight yarn (#4) is versatile and widely available, making it suitable for baby beanies in various styles and climates. 

It provides a balance between warmth and breathability, making it suitable for year-round wear in most conditions. 

Yarn Fibers

The best yarn for a crochet baby beanie is one that is soft, hypoallergenic, and easy to care for, ensuring comfort and safety for the baby’s delicate skin. 

Acrylic yarn is a popular choice for baby projects due to its softness, affordability, and wide range of colors available. 

It’s also durable and easy to wash, making it practical for everyday use. 

Cotton yarn is another excellent option, especially for warmer climates or babies with sensitive skin, as it’s breathable and less likely to cause irritation. 

How Long Does It Take For A Beginner To Crochet A Beanie? 

The time it takes for a beginner to crochet a beanie can vary widely depending on factors such as the complexity of the pattern, the thickness of the yarn, the size of the hook, and the individual’s crochet skill level and speed. 

Generally, a simple beanie pattern using basic stitches like single crochet or double crochet can take a beginner anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days to complete. 

However, more intricate patterns with detailed stitch work or embellishments may take longer. 

As beginners gain experience and confidence with their crocheting skills, they typically become faster and more efficient, reducing the time needed to complete projects. 

What Supplies Do You Need To Crochet A Baby Beanie? 

To crochet a baby beanie, you’ll need a few essential supplies…

  • First and foremost, you’ll need yarn appropriate for a baby’s delicate skin, such as soft acrylic or cotton yarn in a weight suitable for the desired size of the beanie. 
  • Additionally, you’ll need an appropriate crochet hook size, typically ranging from 3.5 mm to 5.5 mm, depending on the yarn weight and desired gauge. 
  • A tapestry needle/ yarn needle is essential for weaving in ends and sewing any seams if necessary. 
  • Stitch markers can be helpful for keeping track of rounds or specific stitches in more complex patterns. 
  • Scissors to cut the yarn when needed. 
  • Finally, you may want to add pom-poms or ribbons to the top of the hat. A pom-pom maker can be a great addition to your kit if you want to make them yourself. 

With these supplies on hand, you’ll be ready to create a cozy and adorable baby beanie for your baby boy or girl or as a thoughtful handmade gift.

Crochet Baby Hat Sizes And How Much Yarn You Need

Babby hats come in many different sizes, check out this size guide below, starting from premature babies to larger sizes. 

  1. Preemie: Approximately 10-12 inches (25-30.5 cm) in circumference. And you will need around 30-60 yards (30-55 meters).
  2. Newborn: Approximately 14 inches (35.5 cm) in circumference. And you will need around 50-100 yds (45-90 meters)
  3. 0-3 months: Approximately 14-15 inches (35.5-38 cm) in circumference. And you will need around 70-120 yds (65-110 meters)
  4. 3-6 months: Approximately 15-16 inches (38-40.5 cm) in circumference. And you will need around 80-130 yds (75-120 meters)
  5. 6-12 months: Approximately 16-17 inches (40.5-43 cm) in circumference. And you will need around 90-140 yds (85-130 meters)
  6. 12-24 months: Approximately 17-18 inches (43-45.5 cm) in circumference. And you will need around 100-150 yds (90-140 meters)

How To Measure A Baby’s Head For A Crochet Beanie

Measuring a baby’s head for a crochet beanie is a straightforward process. 

It’s always a good idea to measure the baby’s head before starting your project to ensure that the hat will fit and it will keep the little ears warm. 

  1. Use a soft, flexible measuring tape. If you don’t have one, you can use a piece of string or yarn, and then measure it against a ruler.
  2. Gently wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of the baby’s head, typically just above the ears and eyebrows.
  3. Make sure the measuring tape is snug but not too tight. You should be able to fit a finger between the tape and the baby’s head.
  4. Take note of the measurement in inches or centimeters. It’s a good idea to round up to the nearest half-inch or centimeter for accuracy.
  5. Repeat the measurement a couple of times to ensure consistency and accuracy, especially if the baby is wiggly.

Once you have the measurement of the baby’s head circumference, you can use it as a guide to choose the appropriate size for your crochet beanie pattern or to adjust the pattern to fit perfectly. 

Crochet Lessons

If you are a new maker and need help with the crochet basics, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons {With Video Tutorials}.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know and a full video tutorial to help you along.  

This includes how to make a slip knot, how to create a foundation chain (ch), and how to crochet the basic stitches, such as single crochet stitches(sc) and double crochet stitches (dc). 

It also includes how to make a single crochet decrease and all the crochet abbreviations ( in UK and US terms) a maker needs to know.  

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube

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