Childrens Crochet Hat Pattern

childrens crochet hat pattern

Are you looking for a fun and free Childrens Crochet Hat Pattern? Look no further! I have an easy crochet hat pattern that is perfect for beginners and seasoned crafters alike. With basic crochet stitches and worsted weight yarn, this project is a breeze to create.

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This double crochet hat pattern is a good idea for those who are new to crocheting or looking for a quick and simple hat to make. The step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process, ensuring your success in crafting adorable crocheted hats.

Not only is this an easy project, but it also doubles as a great gift idea! Whether you’re making it for your little ones, family members, or friends, a crocheted hat is always a heartwarming present. They’ll appreciate the love and effort you put into crafting this beautiful double crochet beanie.

Wondering about the best yarn to use? Look no further! This pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, which is widely available and offers excellent stitch definition. It’s the perfect choice to bring out the best in this crochet hat pattern.

When it comes to finding the best crochet hat pattern, look no further than my easy crochet hat pattern. With its straightforward instructions and versatile design, it’s a great way to unleash your creativity while honing your crochet skills.

So gather your crochet hooks, choose your favorite colors, and get ready to embark on a crocheting adventure. With my easy crochet hat pattern, you’ll have a fantastic time creating charming hats for yourself, loved ones, or even for charity. Let’s dive into this fun and fulfilling craft!

Did you enjoy this great project? Then be sure to check out my other free crochet hat patterns before you go! 

Skill Level

Beginner. This childrens crochet hat pattern uses basic stitches in basic form and in simple repeats in rounds.  



Crochet gauge is the number of stitches and rows per inch achieved when crocheting with a particular hook size and yarn. By following the recommended gauge, you can ensure that your finished hat will have the correct size and fit. Having the correct gauge is very important for this free pattern.

To make a gauge swatch, crochet the first four rounds of the hat. Your swatch should measure 3.75 inches across the middle. 

childrens crochet hat pattern

If your swatch is larger than 3.75 inches, your gauge is looser than mine. Try using a smaller crochet hook. 

If your swatch is smaller than 3.75 inches, your gauge is tighter than mine. Try using a larger crochet hook. 

Best Worsted Weight Yarn for Childrens Hats

When it comes to selecting the best worsted weight yarn for children’s crochet hats, there are numerous options to consider. Some popular choices include acrylic blends for their softness, durability, and easy care. Yarn brands like Red Heart, Lion Brand, and Bernat offer a wide range of worsted weight yarns suitable for children’s projects. Look for yarns labeled as “baby” or “child-friendly” to ensure they are gentle on sensitive skin. Ultimately, the best yarn will depend on personal preference, desired texture, and color choices.

Size Chart

Hat SizeCrownCircumferenceHeight
Child6.5 inches19-20 inches7.25 inches
Childrens Crochet Hat Pattern Size Chart

Pattern Notes

  • This free crochet pattern starts with a magic circle (also known as a magic ring or adjustable ring). If you are a beginner crocheter, check out my magic circle tutorial
  • Leave a long tail for weaving in when you make your magic circle.
  • The beginning of each round starts with a chain which does not count as your first stitch. 
  • At the end of each round, you’ll join your yarn with slip stitches (sl st) to the first dc made in that round. 
  • Repeat instructions between asterisks (*) for the remainder of the round.
  • You are crocheting in the round and also working from the top of the hat down.
  • You can make any size hat longer or shorter by repeating or eliminating the last round before you start the brim. 


US Terms

  • dc = double crochet stitches
  • hdc = half double crochet stitches
  • sc = single crochet stitches
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • chs = chains
  • rnd = round
  • rnds = rounds
  • rem = remaining
  • blo = back loop only
  • flo = front loop only
  • ws = wrong side
  • rs = right side
childrens crochet hat pattern

Crochet Stitches & Techniques

Double Crochet Stitch (dc)

  1. Firstly, yarn over & insert hook in next stitch.
  2. Secondly, yarn over and pull up a loop. You will have 3 loops on your hook.
  3. Then, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. You will have 2 loops on your hook.
  4. Lastly, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops on your hook.

Single Crochet Stitch (sc)

  1. Firstly, insert hook in next stitch.
  2. Then, yarn over and pull up a loop. You will have 2 loops on your hook.
  3. Lastly, yarn over and pull through both loops.

Back Loop Only (blo)

Worked the indicated stitch in the back loop only (blo) of the next stitch.

front and back loops

Magic Circle

This pattern begins with a magical technique called the magic circle, also known as the magic ring or magic loop. The magic circle is a clever way to start a beanie, allowing you to create a tight and seamless center. It’s perfect for avoiding the hole that can sometimes appear when starting with a traditional chain.

To use the magic circle, follow these steps:

  1. Hold the yarn end between your thumb and middle finger, leaving a long tail.
  2. Create a loop by wrapping the yarn around your index and middle fingers, crossing the yarn over the tail.
  3. Insert your hook under the first strand of yarn, going over the second strand, and grab the working yarn.
  4. Pull the working yarn through the loop, forming a loop on your hook.
  5. Chain one to secure the loop and continue with the pattern, working stitches into the loop as instructed.

The magic circle technique allows you to easily adjust the tightness of the center by pulling the tail. Once you’re done with the first round, you can simply pull the tail to close the center completely. Embrace the magic of the magic ring as you embark on creating a beautiful and seamless crochet beanie!

Magic Circle Alternative

If you prefer not to use the magic circle technique, an alternative method to start a crochet beanie is to create a small chain and then join it into a ring. Here’s how:

  1. Create a slip knot and place it on your crochet hook.
  2. Chain 4 and insert your hook into the first chain made, forming a ring.
  3. Slip stitch into the first chain stitch to join the ring.
  4. Continue working your stitches into the center of the ring, following the pattern instructions.

This alternative method creates a small hole in the center, which can easily be closed by weaving in the yarn tail once the beanie is complete.

Childrens Crochet Hat Pattern

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st to the top of the first dc (11 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (22 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (33 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 stitches)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 10 sts*, join (48 stitches)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 11 sts*, join (52 stitches)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 12 sts*, join (56 stitches)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 13 sts*, join (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (60 stitches)

Rnds 10– 16: Repeat round 10 (60 stitches)

Crochet Hat Ribbed Brim

Begin where you left off for round 16. Pictures are from my Toddler Hat crochet pattern.

1st Step: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each rem ch, (6 stitches)

toddler hat crochet pattern

2nd Step: Slip Stitch in the next two stitches.

toddler hat crochet pattern
toddler hat crochet pattern

3rd Step: Turn your work clockwise

toddler hat crochet pattern

↑ 4th Step: Do not chain, sc blo in each st, (6 stitches)

toddler hat crochet pattern

↓ 5th Step: Ch 1, sc blo in each st, (6 stitches)

Repeat steps 2-5 all the way around. 

Finally, use a tapestry needle to sew the seam where the two ends of the cuff meet.

toddler hat crochet pattern

Pom Pom

Use your large Pom Pom maker and worsted weight yarn in white.

Firmly and evenly wind your yarn around each set of arches. After the first set of arches, close them and then wind your yarn around the second set. 

Next, cut the yarn between each set of arches.

Then, use your scrap piece of yarn to tie the pom pom. I recommend you double knot it.

Use a tapestry needle to attach your Pom Pom to the top of your hat.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What size is a children’s crochet hat?

The size of a children’s crochet hat typically fits head measurement of 19 to 20 inches in circumference, suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years. To ensure the perfect fit, measure your child’s head circumference before starting. Adjust the pattern accordingly and refer to specific instructions for more precise sizing.

What is the recommended method for finishing off a crochet hat to prevent unraveling?

To prevent unraveling, it’s recommended to weave in the ends of the yarn using a tapestry needle. Thread the needle with the yarn tail, then weave it through several stitches in the hat. Trim any excess yarn. You can also add a knot to the end of the tail before weaving it in for extra security.

What is the proper way to measure head circumference for a hat?

To measure head circumference for a crochet hat, use a flexible tape measure and wrap it around the head, above the ears and eyebrows, and across the widest part of the back of the head. Make sure the tape measure is snug but not too tight or too loose. Record the measurement and use it to determine hat size.

What is the difference between single crochet and double crochet stitches in hat making?

Single crochet stitches create a tight and dense fabric, ideal for warm and sturdy hats. Double crochet stitches create a looser and more open fabric, great for breathable and lightweight hats. Double crochet stitches also work up more quickly. The choice of stitch depends on the desired style, warmth, and preference.

What is the difference between a beanie and a slouchy hat in crochet terms?

A beanie is a fitted, brimless hat that sits snugly on the head while a slouchy hat is a more relaxed, looser fitting hat that has extra fabric at the crown, allowing it to slouch. A beanie is low profile and a slouchy hat often has a longer length, made in various stitch patterns.

How do you care for a crochet hat?

To care for a crochet hat, gently hand wash it in cool water using a mild detergent. Avoid twisting or wringing the hat, and instead, gently squeeze out excess water. Reshape the hat and lay it flat to air dry. Avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or machine drying, as they can damage the fibers.

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