Crochet Turtle Hat Pattern for Beginners

Introducing my Crochet Turtle Hat Pattern – a delightful and fun project designed for all ages, from adorable babies to the young at heart.

Dive into the world of crochet hats and create a cozy and whimsical accessory that brings a touch of ocean-inspired charm to your wardrobe or a child’s costume. The free crochet pattern is below.

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Free Crochet Turtle Hat Pattern

This pattern is great for beginners. I’ve made sure it’s easy to follow, with clear instructions that guide you every step of the way. It’s a fantastic way to practice your crochet skills while creating something super cute and unique.

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Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook Size: I-9 5.5 mm crochet hook (hat)
  • Crochet Hook Size: H-8 5 mm crochet hook (face parts)
  • Yarn: Worsted weight yarn in black, white, green, brown, and pink.
  • Yarn needle: Use this to weave in your ends.
  • Scissors: Use scissors to fasten off your yarn.
  • Stitch marker(s): Use these to help keep track of your stitches. 
  • Tape measure: Use a measuring tape to find your head circumference.

Crochet Turtle Hat Pattern

Skill Level

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

Finished Sizes

Hat SizeCrownCircumferenceHeight
Baby5 inches14-15 inches6 inches
Toddler 6 inches18-19 inches7 inches
Child6.5 inches19-20 inches7.5 inches
Adult7 inches20-23 inches8 inches
Turtle Hat Size Chart

Gauge

15 stitches = 4 inches and 9 rows = 4 inches

Supplies

  • Hook: I-9 and H-8 size crochet hooks
  • Yarn: medium weight yarn #4
  • Notions: stitch markers & tapestry needle

Crochet Terms

  • dc = double crochet stitches
  • hdc = half double crochet stitches
  • hdc2tog = half double crochet decrease
  • sc = single crochet stitches
  • ch/chs = chain/chains
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch

Pattern Notes

  • Repeat the instructions between the asterisks (*) for the rest of the round.
  • Rounds 1-5 of the hat are the same for all sizes.
  • The pattern is worked in the round from the top of the hat down.
  • You can make any size hat longer by repeating the last round. 
  • Unless otherwise stated, the face pieces are the same for all sizes.
  • The pattern is written in US terms.

Instructions

Turtle Hat

  • I-9 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • start with brown yarn
  • rounds 1-5 are the same for all sizes

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)

Baby Size Continued

Rnds 6-9: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (48 stitches)

Switch to green yarn.

Rnd 10: Ch 2, dc blo in each st, join (48 stitches)

Rnds 11-14: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (48 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Toddler Size Continued

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)

Rnds 8-11: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (56 stitches)

Switch to green yarn.

Rnd 12: Ch 2, dc blo in each st, join (56 stitches)

Rnds 13-17: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (56 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Child Size Continued

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)

Rnds 9-12: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (60 stitches)

Switch to green yarn.

Rnd 13: Ch 2, dc blo in each st, join (60 stitches)

Rnds 14-18: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (60 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Adult Size Continued

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, *2 dc, dc in next 14 sts*, join (64 stitches)

Rnds 10-13: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (64 stitches)

Switch to green yarn.

Rnd 14: Ch 2, dc blo in each st, join (64 stitches)

Rnds 15-19: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (64 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Face

  • H-8 5 mm crochet hook
  • green yarn

Rnd 1: Magic ring, ch 2, 9 hdc, join with sl st to the top of the first hdc (9 stitches)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, join (18 stitches)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in next st*, join (27 stitches)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, join (36 stitches)

Stop here for the baby size.

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, join (45 stitches)

Fasten off and sew the face onto the hat.

Eyes

  • H-8 5 mm crochet hook
  • black yarn
  • make 2

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 9 hdc, join with sl st to the top of the first hdc (9 stitches)

Sew the eyes onto the face.

Cheeks

  • H-8 5 mm crochet hook
  • pink yarn
  • make 2

Rnd 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 9 sc, join with sl st to the top of the first sc (9 stitches)

Sew the cheeks onto the face.

Legs

  • H-8 5 mm crochet hook
  • green yarn
  • make 2

Row 1: Ch 8, hdc in 3rd ch from the hook and in each rem ch, turn (6 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc2tog, hdc in 2 sts, hdc2tog, turn (4 stitches)

Sew the legs onto the hat.

Smile

Use black yarn to sew a smile onto the face.

crochet turtle hat

Looking for more Free Crochet Patterns?

You may also like these other animal hat patterns: Cat, Cow, and Mushroom crochet hat patterns.

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