09 April 2012

Crochet a Cute Hat

This is a very cute baby hat that can be worked quickly. I made the first two in around 2 1/2 hours while I was chatting to our visitors this weekend. Then my gorgeous daughter saw them and decided she would like one so with a simple change in yarn and a few extra increase rounds I made her one too.

The instructions are for a baby hat. The size is newborn - 3 months, and coming up to winter newborns will need a warm hat to keep their little heads and ears warm and toasty. 

Use 4 ply baby wool or bamboo and a 4.5mm crochet hook and is worked in simple single crochet (sc). This little hat is worked in the round so there are no seams to sew up.

To start: ch 3. Join with a sl st into the 1st ch.

1st round: Work 10 sc into the circle. It will be tight, the circle is very small.

2nd round: Work 1sc into each stitch - 10sc

3rd round: *Work 1sc into first stitch, 2sc into next stich. Repeat from * to end - 20 sc

4th round: Work 1sc into each stitch - 20 sc

5th round: *Work 1sc into first two stitches, 2sc into third stitch. Repeat from * to end - 30 sc

6th round: Work 1sc into each stitch - 30 sc

7th round: *Work 1 sc into first three stitches, 2 sc into fourth stitch. Repeat from * to end - 40 sc

8th round: Work 1 sc into each stitch - 40 sc

9th round: *Work 1sc into first four stitches, 2 sc into fifth stitch. Repeat from * to end - 50 sc

10th round: Work 1 sc into each stitch - 50 sc

11th round: *Work 1 sc into first five stitches, 2 sc into sixth stitch. Repeat from * to end - 60 sc

12th round: Work 1 sc into each stitch - 60 sc.

Repeat 12th round until work measures approximately 15cm from beginning.

Tie off end. Weave in yarn ends.

Turn up edge to make brim.

Sc: insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

To make a bigger hat, simply keep increasing every second round, following the increase pattern, until the hat is the size you want.

For older children and adults use 8 or 12 ply wool.


  1. Hi, I've never crocheted and know nothing about it but am hoping to learn from this so that I can make this hat for my toddler and then my husband and me as well. Could you please explain if you need a bigger hook for the larger sized yarn? I should hopefully have someone who can teach me the basics otherwise. Thank you very much.

    1. I use the 4.5mm hook but you could easily go up to a 5.5mm, it would make the fabric a little looser, but you'd also finish faster - bigger hook = bigger stitch = less rounds to get to the size you need.

      This is a very forgiving pattern, so don't be afraid to play with it. If you lose count on one of the increase rounds just start counting from where you are, no need to try and pull it out.

  2. Thank you thank you thank you! This is a great pattern! All I've ever crocheted before is granny squares, now I'm making baby bonnets like a pro :-)

    1. That's wonderful! My mother crochets beautifully, me, I'm a little hit and miss, sometimes my patterns are a little lopsided :)

      I love these little bonnets and have been using up my odd balls of wool to make them and then giving them to our church welfare co-ordinator to use as needed, now my babies are grown up they are wasted just sitting on my table.


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