Toddler Hat Crochet Pattern

toddler hat crochet pattern

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Welcome to the world of crochet! If you’re searching for an easy toddler hat crochet pattern, you’ve come to the right place. This easy crochet hat pattern utilizes basic crochet stitches and is designed to create a simple hat that will keep your little one cozy during the winter months.

The best part? This free pattern is not only beginner-friendly, but it also uses bulky weight yarn, making it a quick and satisfying project to complete. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter looking for a relaxing endeavor or a newbie eager to dive into the craft, this crochet winter hat pattern is a great choice.

The simplicity of this great pattern ensures that you can whip up the perfect-sized beanie in no time. The chunky beanie style adds extra warmth and a trendy touch to your little one’s wardrobe. Once you’ve mastered this pattern, you’ll have a go-to option for creating adorable hats that also make for great gifts.

So, gather your supplies, grab your crochet hook, and let’s get started on this beanie pattern that promises both fun and functionality. Your toddler will soon be sporting a cozy and stylish hat that you can proudly say you made yourself!

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


Best Bulky Yarn for Toddler Hats

When it comes to selecting the best bulky #5 yarn for a crochet toddler hat, there are several great options available. Some popular choices include Caron Colorama O’Go Yarn, Lion Brand Hue + Me Yarn, and Lion Brand Mandala Impressions. These yarns offer a soft and cozy feel, making them perfect for keeping your little one warm. Remember to check the yarn label for specific care instructions and gauge recommendations to ensure your hat turns out just right.


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 toddler size free pattern.

13 double crochet = 4 inches

8 rounds = 4 inches

Toddler Hat Size Chart

Hat SizeCrownCircumferenceHeight
Toddler 6 inches18-19 inches7 inches
Toddler Hat 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 crown 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. 


  • 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
toddler hat crochet 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

Toddler Hat Crochet 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)

The crown of your toddler hat should measure 6 inches across.

toddler hat crochet pattern

Rnds 6-12: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (48 stitches)

toddler hat crochet pattern

The height of your toddler hat should measure 6 inches. The ribbed brim will add another inch to the height of your hat.

Ribbed Brim

Begin where you left off for round 12. 

1st Step: Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each rem ch, (4 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, (4 stitches)

toddler hat crochet pattern

↓ 5th Step: Ch 1, sc blo in each st, (4 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 crochet toddler hat?

The size of a crochet toddler hat typically fits head measurement of 18 to 20 inches in circumference, suitable for children aged 1 to 3 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.

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