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How to Crochet a Baby Hat Ideal for Beginners (With Step-by-Step Pictures)

Updated on December 2, 2015

Easy Crochet Baby Hat

Learn how to crochet an easy baby hat.
Learn how to crochet an easy baby hat.

Make the Cutest Pom Pom Baby Hat Ever

I just love to crochet baby hats, and I get asked all the time to show people how to crochet a baby hat. I wanted to share this step-by-step tutorial on how to make one with you. Out of everything I crochet, newborn hats are the most popular and I get asked for them regularly. Of course, the cuteness factor can never be underestimated, never mind the chance to keep baby's head warm. Did you know we lose more heat from the top of our head than anywhere else? So you can see why baby hats are so important.

This simple baby crochet hat pattern is perfect whether you are crocheting a hat for a boy or girl and this one in particular is especially ideal for newborn babies. Each one can be made in about an hour, so you have the satisfaction of seeing your finished product in no time at all.

To make it as easy as possible, especially if you are a beginner at crocheting, I have included photos that give you a step-by-step guide to making a cute hat. You may want to add your own touches so I show you how to change colors, how to add a ribbon or crochet a flower to add a finishing touch.

If you follow these steps we will soon have you crocheting with the best of them and even more important, crocheting a hat that fits! Even beginners will find this easy to follow and you can always ask me questions if you need help.

How to Read a Crochet Pattern

There is nothing worse than seeing a crochet pattern for an item that you want to make and it's written like this:

Mc, 6sc, slst to join, ch1

2sc in ea st rd, slst to join, ch1

Sc, 2sc in ea st rnd,ch1

2 sc, {2sc} in ea st rnd, slst to join, ch1.....

See what I mean? Some patterns may as well be in a foreign language, but actually crochet patterns are very easy to understand when you have the right information. If you struggle to understand them, let me break it down for you so you can follow a pattern with confidence.

Crochet abbreviations I have used in this pattern:

Slip stitch (slip into the next stitch)

Chain - ch or foundation chain stitch

Single crochet - SC

{2sc} Increase by creating 2 stitches in 1 stitch.

Baby Hat Crochet Pattern

I used a 4.00mm UK hook.

YARN : Red Heart Baby Steps Yarn

Work 6 single chain into a Magic circle or chain 4 slip to join to create a circle to work into.

Chain 1, 6 single crochet pull to tighten and slip stitch to join.

Tip: Always work 1 single crochet into the base of this chain 1 from here on in (this also gives a little increase which is great for baby hats) it is NOT counted as your 1st stitch.

Round 2: 2 single crochet around,

slip to join, chain1.

Round 3: {1 single crochet 2xsingle crochet in next stitch} work { } around

slip stitch to join, chain 1.

Round 4: { 2 single crochet 2xsingle crochet in next stitch} work { } around,

slip stitch to join, chain 1

Round 5: {3 single crochet 2xsingle crochet in next stitch} work { } around.

slip stitch to join, chain 1

Round 6: {4 single crochet 2xsingle crochet in next stitch} work { } around.

This is the point you will see also start to see the shape of the baby hat, if you need it bigger/wider then you continue working in the same pattern above. increasing 1 stitch at a time, evenly spaced out working around.

example: Round 7 would be

{5 single crochet 2x single crochet in next stitch} work around

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For this hat, continue with single crochet around for 4 more rounds.

Rnd 7 -11: chain 1, single crochet around, slip stitch to join.

Then make a double crochet round (if you want to thread a ribbon through the brim).

Round 12: Chain 2, Double crochet around. slip stitch to join.

Round 13-14: Single crochet around.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Picture used here has a ribbon threaded around the double crochet posts.

Step-by-Step Pictures

These steps will take you from the beginning of your baby hat to the width and circumference it needs to be.

Round 1: Work 6 single chain into a Magic circle

or

(chain 4 slip to join to create a circle to work into)

Chain 1, 6 single crochet pull to tighten and slip stitch to join,



Tip: Always work 1 single crochet into the base of this chain 1 from here on in (this also gives a little increase which is great for baby hats) it is NOT counted as your 1st stitch.


Round 2: 2x single crochet around, (12)

slip to join, chain1.



Round 3: {1 single crochet 2xsingle crochet in next stitch} work { } around

slip stitch to join, chain 1. (16)

Making the Increases


Round 4: { 2 single crochet 2xsingle crochet in next stitch} work { } around,

slip stitch to join, chain 1




Round 5: {3 single crochet 2xsingle crochet in next stitch} work { } around.

slip stitch to join, chain 1





Round 6: {4 single crochet 2xsingle crochet in next stitch} work { } around.




At this point the easiest way to check if your baby hat is going to fit is by placing the circle you have crocheted over the baby's head. See how here it covers the top of baby's head so you know it will be a wide enough in circumference. Once circumference of hat is reached, work in continuous rounds to add the length with no increases.

Of course if you are crocheting for someone else's baby, ask for the dimensions. It is always wise to ask for circumference of head, and I also like to get a length from top of head to the bottom of ear of the baby.

In this stage of the hat we have increased enough to fit around the head, now work continuously for the length of the hat.

Finishing Off Step by Step

How to finish off a baby hat.
How to finish off a baby hat.

How to Crochet a Baby Hat Easy (YouTube Tutorial)

I used a Double Crochet (UK) or Treble Crochet (US) so I could thread a ribbon around the hat. You don't have to do this, just compensate for the double crochet round and do 2 further single crochet around instead.

Easy-to-Make Pom Poms

How to make an easy pom pom.
How to make an easy pom pom.

These pom poms are just adorable, yet so easy to make.

Wind yarn around your fingers (about 30 times for a baby hat is enough).

Slip off your fingers and tie tightly around the middle. Leave quite a long tail so you can easily sew them onto your hat.

Cut the folded edges to give you strands and arrange into a pom pom.

I dare anyone not to say awwwww...

© 2013 Lisa Auch

Now You Can Crochet a Baby Hat - I love to hear what our readers think

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      Jennifer masterson 5 weeks ago

      I love to learn

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      LucyLou@outlook.com 9 months ago

      So happy to find this wonderful source,I am 81 and for years could knit or crochet just about anything,then got

      very ill, I completely lost my ability to remember how to knit or crochet .That was in2006.I now have the desire to try again.So just as luck would have it here you were. Our local Hospital is always wanting baby items so they won't be as beautiful as yours and others,but itgivesme some joy to try. Have a wonderful Day

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      Lisa Auch 2 years ago from Scotland

      YAY!!!! heres to lots more crocheting

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      Romana Syed 2 years ago

      Thank you for patern and overal instruction. I made my first baby hat thanks to you;) it look great!!!!!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Adorable crocheted baby hat. I've actually never made one (usually stick with my plush animals), but since I have a new grandson due in 6 weeks, I just may have to crochet him a little hat (in blue, maybe, not pink, although now with 5 grandsons it would have been fun to have a girl. :)

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      OUTFOXprevention1 3 years ago

      Fun lens! Thanks for the share.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      The wonderful thing about Crochet Patterns is that there are so many cool items to make, especially these baby hats. I like the pom poms, so cute.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Oh Lisa, the pink baby hat with pom poms is just to cute! I haven't crocheted in years, but after this lens, I am thinking I should start again!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Adorable and informative. Blessed!

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      michelle188 4 years ago

      They are so cute. I have to learn this. Bookmarked

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      Ohhh... Cute! Will pass this along to my mom

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      nightbear lm 4 years ago

      Absolutely adorable. that will help so many people with crochet questions. Love the photos.

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      RaintreeAnnie 4 years ago from UK

      These baby hats are adorable and you are very talented I think :) Crochet is a mystery to me -but I love seeing the results !

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      @Paul Ward: People do seem to think it a "mysterious skill that is difficult to master" but I hope that more people realize how very easy it is and get those hooks out :)

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      I still think crocheting is a black art but a friend of mine loves your lenses :)