Simple Baby Hat Crochet Pattern for Beginners

Craft a super cute baby hat with my simple baby hat crochet pattern. If you’re new to crocheting or just looking for a quick and easy project, you’ve come to the right place. 

This free crochet baby hat pattern is perfect for beginners. With clear instructions and basic crochet stitches, you’ll have a finished hat in no time. Let’s make something special for the precious babies in your world! The free pattern is below.  

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Melissa Hassler holding her simple baby hat crochet pattern design

Free Simple Baby Hat Crochet Pattern

I designed this easy pattern in a newborn size. It will fit an average 3 month old baby. If you need a hat pattern for larger sizes, my newborn hat pattern sizes go up to 3-6 months and 6-12 months.

This is a beginner pattern

This easy crochet baby hat pattern is perfect for all skill levels. It’s a simple design that uses only basic crochet stitches and includes detailed instructions. It’s the perfect project for practicing your crochet skills.

Gift or Donate Baby Hats

These cute crochet baby hats make a great baby shower gift for a newborn baby. A handmade hat is a thoughtful way to welcome a new baby into the world. You can also donate them to your local hospital to spread joy to newborn babies and their families. 

PDF Version

Many of my free crochet patterns are also available as ad-free PDF patterns in my Etsy Shop.

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook Size: M/N-13 (9 mm) or hook needed to obtain gauge
  • Worsted weight yarn: This pattern uses two strands of yarn held together. I used Red Heart Super Saver in the combinations Minty & Turqua, Bright yellow & Pale yellow, and Pretty N pink & Baby pink.
  • Tapestry needle: You will use this to weave in your ends.
  • Tape Measure: You will use a measuring tape to find the baby’s head circumference.
  • Scissors: You will use scissors to fasten off your yarn.
  • Stitch markers: I always use these when I design my hat patterns. They help keep track of when to make increases.
  • Pom Maker: Optional. Use this if you want to add a pom pom to your hat.

Best Yarn for Baby Hats

When you choose a yarn for your baby hat, it’s important to pick soft yarn in different colors. Look for your favorite yarns that are gentle and cozy against a baby’s skin. Brands like Lion Brand Yarns offer a great selection of soft yarns in many beautiful colors.

crochet baby hat in three different colors

Simple Baby Hat Crochet Pattern

Skill Level

Beginner. This cute hat pattern uses basic stitches in simple repeats.  

Finished Size

Hat SizeCrownCircumferenceHeight
0-3 Months4.25 inches13-14 inches5.5 inches
Baby Hat Size Chart


Crochet the first 3 rounds of the hat. Your swatch should measure close to 4.25 inches across the middle.

If your swatch is larger than mine, try a smaller crochet hook. If it’s smaller, try a larger hook.


  • Hook: M/N-13 9 mm hook
  • Yarn: Two strands of medium weight yarn held together. 
  • Notions: yarn needle, stitch markers

Crochet Terms

  • dc = double crochet stitches
  • ch/chs = chain/chains
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is made using two strands of yarn held together.
  • Repeat instructions between the asterisks (*) for the remainder of the round.
  • You are crocheting in the round and working from the crown of the hat down.
  • The pattern is written in US terms. 


Crochet the Top of the Hat

Round 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 9 dc, join (9 stitches)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (18 stitches)

Round 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in the next st*, join (27 stitches)

Crown measures: 4.25 inches

Crochet the Body of the Hat

Round 4: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (27 stitches)Rounds 5-9: Repeat round 4 (27 stitches)

Height measures: 5.5 inches


Fasten off and then weave in all of your ends with a tapestry needle.

Looking for more Free Patterns?

Looking for hat patterns in different sizes? You may like my Basic BeanieHDC Beanie, and my 40 Minute Baby Beanie.

Let’s Connect!

I’d love to hear from you. You can find me on social media- Instagram, FacebookPinterest, and my YouTube channel. Until then, happy crocheting! 

Melissa Hassler holding her simple baby hat crochet pattern design

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the basic crochet stitches needed for a baby hat?

To make a baby hat, you’ll need to know a few basic crochet stitches: the chain stitch (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), and double crochet (dc). These stitches are like building blocks, giving the hat its shape and texture while keeping it cozy and warm.

How much yarn do I need for a baby hat?

The amount of yarn needed for a baby hat depends on the size of the hat and the weight of the yarn. On average, you will need 50 to 100 grams of yarn.

Are there any tips for adding embellishments or decorations to a baby hat?

When making baby hats, make sure to attach everything securely. Avoid anything that could be a choking risk. You can decorate the hats with crocheted flowers, pom-poms, or bows. But remember, safety comes first! Always keep an eye on babies when they’re wearing decorated hats to make sure they stay safe.

How long does it usually take to crochet a baby hat?

Making a baby hat usually takes about 2 to 4 hours. The time can change based on how hard the pattern is and how fast you crochet. It’s okay if it takes longer. Just enjoy making the hat and take your time to make it special!

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