Beginner's Guide to an Easy Crochet Baby Hat

A Pattern Receipt to Baby's First Hat

Crochet Baby Hat

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A crochet beanie is the perfect choice for making an easy crochet baby hat. The beanie is simple to craft, keep baby's head warm, and never goes out of style. The crochet beanie is a shape that actually works for all ages, so when you learn how to follow this recipe, you'll actually be learning how to make crochet hats for everyone. Rather than a pattern, this guide gives you adaptable instructions to make an easy crochet baby hat using any yarn for any age.

Skill Level: Easy

This crochet baby beanie recipe is designed specifically with the beginner in mind. This pattern uses single crochet stitches worked in the round, with a slip stitch to join at the end of each round.

 

Step 1: Choose Your Materials

Yarn: This easy crochet baby hat can be made using any yarn that you want. This recipe is easily adaptable to different fibers and different weights. However, as a beginner, you may find that you want a little more direction than "any yarn". Start by looking for "baby yarn"; most brands offer it and that's always a safe bet when crocheting baby hats. In general, beginners work best with smooth, solid-colored, light-colored, worsted weight yarn.

If you want more information about the best material for your crochet beanie hat, take a look at Yarn for Baby Hats before beginning this project.

Yardage: How much yardage, or how many grams, of yarn you use is going to vary. The weight of your yarn (DK, worsted, bulky, etc.), the fiber selected and the finished size of the hat will all impact how much yarn you need. As a general guide, here is approximate yardage for worsted weight yarn: 

  • Preemie Beanie: 30 to 50 yards
  • Newborn Beanie: 50 to 70 yards
  • Baby Beanie: 60 to 80 yards
  • Toddler Beanie: 70 to 90 yards

Do remember, however, that this is only a guide and your results may differ. In general, you should find that one ball of yarn is sufficient for most crochet baby beanies.

Crochet Hook: One of the things that makes this an easy crochet baby hat is that it's a “no gauge” project. You should choose a crochet hook that works well with your yarn. If you’re not sure about the right hook size, check the yarn label. Most yarn manufacturers will print the recommended hook size near the care instructions on every yarn wrapper. Common examples are to choose a size G crochet hook for a worsted weight yarn or a size J crochet hook for a bulky weight yarn.

Extras: In order to make this project easier, you might also want to have a measuring tape as well as a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

 

Step 2: Choose Your Finished Size

The next step after choosing your materials is deciding what size you want for your finished hat. If the baby that will be wearing the hat is available then use a measuring tape to determine forehead circumference. The sample beanie size for the instructions in this recipe measures 13.25” forehead circumference; information for adapting is below.

If it isn't possible to measure the baby's head in advance, you can refer to a baby hat size chart for a good approximation. The great thing is that no matter what size hat you make, there is probably a head out there that fits it, so if you just want to work with trial-and-error then you can always donate any extra crochet beanies to charity.

 

Step 3: Easy Crochet Baby Hat Pattern

Note that all crochet beanie hats will begin the same no matter what finished size you’re making. The only difference is in how many rounds that you make.

Chain 4, slip stitch to the first chain to form a ring. 

Foundation Round: Chain 1 (counts as 1st single crochet), work 7 single crochet into the center of the ring, sl st to close the round -- 8 single crochet total. Alternatively you can begin this project with a magic ring and work 8 sc into the center. Another option is to ch 2, work 7 sc into the second ch from hook, and sl st to close the round. These options just reflect the many different options for starting a circle. The point is that you should have 8 single crochet stitches in a round at the end of this step.

Round 1: Chain 1 and single crochet in the same stitch (this counts as 2 single crochet in the 1st stitch), work 2 single crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to beginning chain to join round -- 16 single crochet total.

Round 2: Chain 1 and single crochet in same stitch (this counts as 2 single crochet in the 1st stitch), 1 single crochet in next stitch, *2 single crochet in next stitch (increases stitch count by 1), 1 single crochet in next stitch; repeat from * to end, slip stitch in beginning chain to join -- 24 single crochet total.



Round 3: Chain 1 and single crochet in same stitch (this counts as 2 single crochet in the 1st stitch), 1 single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, *2 single crochet in next stitch (increases stitch count by 1), 1 single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches; repeat from * to end, slip stitch in beginning chain to join -- 32 single crochet.

Continue in this manner, working 1 more stitch between increases on each round, until hat is ​the desired circumference. For example, round 4 would be: Chain 1 and single crochet in same stitch (this counts as 2 single crochet in the 1st stitch), 1 single crochet in each of next 3 stitches, *2 single crochet in next stitch (increases stitch count by 1), 1 single crochet in each of next 3 stitches; repeat from * to end, slip stitch in beginning chain to join -- 40 single crochet total. Note that each round should have 8 more stitches than the previous round.

Note that what you are doing here is crocheting a flat circle. Do this until your circle reaches the desired circumference of the finished crochet beanie.

Getting the right circumference:

To check if this crochet beanie is the desired circumference you may use either of the following methods:

  1. Lay crochet piece on a flat surface. Use a flexible measuring tape to measure around the outer edge of the circle.
  2. Use a ruler to measure how many stitches are in 1 inch. Count the number of stitches in your round and divide it by the number of stitches you have in 1 inch. The number you end up with is your circumference. For example, if you've counted 3 stitches per inch and have 40 stitches in the round then you know the circumference of the beanie is 13.25 inches.

Work Even
Once you’ve increased the size of the circle to your desired circumference, continue to single crochet each round until beanie reaches the right length. This means that you will ch 1, sc in each stitch around, and sl st to close. Repeat for as many rounds as necessary to get the right length of the hat. If your hat recipient is handy then simply place the hat on their head to check length. If not, you may refer to the Baby Hat Size Chart for standard length measurements.

Finishing
Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.