Free Crochet Baby Hat Patterns Ideal for Beginners

White baby hat with flower
White baby hat with flower | Source

The Easiest Pattern Ever

I love crocheting baby hats and want to share with you my favourite free easy patterns for beginners. I have included one simple free crochet pattern made special for beginners to help you to create a simple cute hat. One of the techniques does not even require you to be able to work in rounds, but lets you turn a rectangle into a hat!

Here you will find original patterns made either by me or designers I admire and patterns I have tried and tested myself.

I love the fact that these hats are so quick and easy to make. You can go wild with colours and styles and finishing touches to create the perfect hat.

How to crochet a baby hat step by step with this free pattern
How to crochet a baby hat step by step with this free pattern

Learn How to Crochet Step by Step

If you have arrived at this page and want to make a hat but don't know how to, then I can recommend my page on learning to crochet.

I remember looking longingly at the many beautiful patterns online and wishing I could learn how to make them. When I started learning I found it to be so easy,

I could not believe I had put it off for so long.

It really is easy to learn to crochet. I have put together step-by-step photos here for you to follow easily and to help all those who want to learn this wonderful pastime.

Easy Crochet Baby Hat patterns
Easy Crochet Baby Hat patterns

Baby Hat Pattern

I loved my daughters crocheted hat with ostrich feathers, but that was a long time ago, and now the up-to-date fashion has changed. My niece has just had a preemie baby and she was desperate for little hats to keep the baby's head warm. It is such a pleasure crocheting for someone you know.

I have made a few and I am surprised how easy these are to make. I have put together an easy pattern to follow, which you can adapt to any size you wish. Once you make one you can increase another couple of rounds to make the desired size. If you use larger hook or thicker yarn you are going to get a bigger size too.

I love working this way as you can create beautiful unique pieces that keep the little darling cozy and warm. You can add a brim to keep them shaded from the sun and make a crocheted sun hat! The possibilities are endless, all starting from a simple pattern of increasing in every round.

Using a 4.oomm uk hook or G6 and baby double knit yarn from cygnet

Again terminology used is US

CH 3, join

Rnd 1 - 10 SC in LP, Do Not Join

Rnd 2 - 2 SC in ea SC. 20 SC

Add a marker to your beginning stitch. (Tip: I am currently using a hair pin! It's a great marker.)

Rnd 3 - 1 SC in ea SC. 20 SC

Rnd 4 - 1 SC in next ST 2 SC in next ST. 30 Single SC

Rnd 5 - 1 SC in ea SC around. 30 Single SC

Rnd 6 - SC INC every 3 Sts. 40 Single SC

Rnd 7 - SC in ea SC around. 40 Single SC

Rnd 8 - SC INC every 4 Sts 50 Single SC

Rnd 9 - SC in ea ST around. 50 Single SC

Rnd 10 - SC INC every 5 Sts. 60 Single SC

Rnd 11-31- SC in EA SC around until you get the length of your cap.

I created a simple bow also:

Chain 20

Ch1 turn slip stitch into back loop of every stitch, chain 1 turn

Complete rows I complete 6 rows here for this one. Finish off and leave a long end to use to attach to hat and pull the middle in.

Now if you wish to add on a gorgeous crocheted flower.

Crochet boys cap
Crochet boys cap

Cute as a Button Boys Cap

This is a really easy crochet pattern and works up easily.

This pattern includes close-up photos images and shows you how to find the center for your brim.

Crochet Baby Hat Pattern - Free Crochet Pattern
Crochet Baby Hat Pattern - Free Crochet Pattern

Modern Hat with Pom Pom

Simple, easy and quick. This pattern is really easy, and uses the Half Double Crochet stitch.

Amazing Crochet Toys

Martha's crochet critters on Facebook. Images used with permission from owner.
Martha's crochet critters on Facebook. Images used with permission from owner.

I just love it when I see what others have made from my patterns. And nothing is more delightful than these Crochet Critters Martha and her mother make for charity. The yellow hat is indeed the sun hat for kids, and the same pattern in purple is just beautiful.

Easy Basic Baby Beanie Pattern
Easy Basic Baby Beanie Pattern | Source

Pattern for Girls

It really is so easy to make this beautiful hat.

All the hats on this page have been crocheted by me and I can guarantee they are free and simple to do.

Reference Books for Design and Techniques

My personal favourite book is The Crochet Bible which I still find useful even as en experienced crocheter. If I am designing something and want inspiration I flick through this book and get great examples of stitches. I love the photos that clearly demonstrate the texture of the stitches, making it easier to choose a stitch or finish the garment.

The Bible takes you from start to finish, with some lovely projects in between.

The Crochet Bible: The Complete Handbook for Creative Crochet
The Crochet Bible: The Complete Handbook for Creative Crochet

For any beginners and expert crocheters alike this is the ultimate book to have by your side. I get great ideas for the many stitch patterns and guides when designing my own projects.


Crochet a Matching Set

It is really easy to use the basic stitches to make the perfect going-home outfit for a new baby, following the basic hat pattern and adapting it to suit your requirements.

This set was actually made using this baby cardigan pattern. For the hat I followed the basic baby hat pattern and just added a contrasting color and 1 half round to make a peaked cap.

My niece had a premature baby and was struggling to find warm clothes. This made an ideal present that she loved. Since people would ask her where she got it from, I have been inundated with orders.

Nothing is more satisfying than crocheting for someone you love.

Make a baby animal hat with ears and earflaps to keep baby cosy.
Make a baby animal hat with ears and earflaps to keep baby cosy. | Source

Animal Hat with Ear Flaps

I love the fact that once you have the basics of a baby hat then there is no stopping you creativity!

Easy Crochet Baby Hat Patterns
Easy Crochet Baby Hat Patterns

Roll-Top Brim Hat

This is really sweet for baby with its roll top brim. The designer explains how you can make it bigger too

Skill level: easy beginner

Size: newborn to three months

Stitches: single crochet, double crochet, slip st and chains

Aviator Style

This aviator hat is popular and very easy to crochet. The baby's ears are covered with the earflaps, and the extra flap at the front creates an aviator style look.

I do love the flap finished off with the buttonst, although I came across a pattern the other day and it did indeed have the earflaps and a pair of crocheted goggles.

It really was sweet.

I think this hat would look fantastic finished off in warm fuzzy fur too.

Easy seed stitch baby hat pattern. Image used with site owners permission at Crochet'ncrafts.
Easy seed stitch baby hat pattern. Image used with site owners permission at Crochet'ncrafts.

Seed Sitich Pattern

Although this hat is started in continuous rounds to get the seed stitch pattern you then turn your work while creating the actual pattern. There is a lovely matching baby blanket pattern as well.

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Deeply Textured Hat with Visor

This textured hat uses the Front Treble crochet stitch (ftrc) to create the texture around the hat.

The pattern comes in 4 sizes from preemie, new-born, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months.

This is now my favourite baby hat pattern for boys!

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boutiqueshops 4 years ago

Girl, I did NOT know you crochet! How cool is that! Crochet is my first love (learned as a teen). Happy to have our crochet in common! Yay!

Jack-in-the-Box 4 years ago

I love to crochet. I can't wait to try this easy baby crochet hat pattern. Thanks!!!!

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nightbear lm 4 years ago

Wow, great patterns and I love that you have focused on beginners. Great job. Blessed

termit_bronx 4 years ago

Another great lens from you Lisa. I hope you're well. Sending positive vibrations to you <3

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ara-bella 4 years ago

beautiful hats, it's a pity i'm with 2 left hands. great lens!

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