Simple Crochet Baby Beanie

A Free Crocheted Hat Pattern in Preemie and Baby Sizes

Newborn baby girl yawning in a crocheted outfit

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Turn this hat into a layette set. Crochet the matching baby blanket and slippers. Are you blessed with twins or siblings? Check out the coordinating Sweet Potato Squared hat.

Skill Level

Easy+

Materials List

Yarn: Knit Picks, Comfy Worsted (75 percent Pima cotton/25 percent acrylic; 109 yards; 50 grams; worsted weight)

Main Color: One skein "Sweet Potato"

Coordinating Color: One skein "Sea Foam"
Note that you can substitute any worsted weight yarn of your choice. A machine-washable fiber is always highly recommended for baby items. You’ll need approximately 55 (66) yards or 25 (30) grams in your yarn of choice.

Crochet Hook: US size G/4.5mm hook
Adjust hook sizes as necessary to achieve gauge listed below.

Extras: Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge: Eight sc and 10 rnds = two inches using size G/4.5mm hook.

Finished Circumference: 12 (14) inches

To Fit: Preemie (Baby)—shown in size baby.

Ages are given as a reference. Choose a size based on actual body measurements whenever possible. Remember that finished hat measurements are the minimum size. Finished circumference will stretch to accommodate sizes two to three inches larger than that stated.

Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

To help you understand crochet abbreviations used for this pattern, follow this guide.

* = a repeat in the pattern

beg = beginning

cc = coordinating color yarn

ch = chain

mc = main color yarn

rep = repeat

rnd = round

sk = skip

sp(s) = space(s)

st(s) = stitch(es)

Pattern Notes: All sizes begin in the same manner. Changes for each size begin after Round 4.

Sweet Potato Baby Hat Pattern

Using mc, ch 3. Sl st into beg ch to form rnd.

Foundation Rnd: Ch 1, 8 sc into center of rnd -- 8 sc.

Rnd 1: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around, sl st in beg ch to join—16 sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st, ch 1, sk next st, *2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * around, sl st to top of beg ch to join—16 dc and 8 ch-1 sps.

Rnd 3: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in next st, 2 sc in ch-1 sp, *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in ch-1 sp; rep from * around, sl st to beg ch to join—32 sc.

Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st, ch 1, sk next st, *2 dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st; rep from * around, sl st to top of beg ch to join—32 dc and 16 ch-1 sps.

Move on to Round 5 of pattern instructions for your size.

Preemie Hat

Rnd 5: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in every st around, sl st to beg ch to join—48 sc.

Baby Hat

Rnd 5: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in next st, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in ch-1 sp, *sc in next 2 sts, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in ch-1 sp; rep from * around—56 sc.

Sweet Potato Baby Hat—Both Sizes

Rnd 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st, sk next st, *2 dc in next st, sk next st; rep from * around, sl st to beg ch top of beg ch to join—48 (56) dc.

Rnd 7: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in every st around, sl st to beg ch to join—48 (56) sc.

*Repeat Rnds 6 and 7 until hat measures 2.5 (3.25)” from the center top of the crown, or until it is 2 inches less than total desired length.

Change to cc yarn.

Rnd 8: With cc yarn, ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in every stitch around, sl st to beg ch to join—48 (56) sc.

Change to mc yarn.

Rnd 9: With mc yarn, ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st to top of beg ch to join—36 (42) dc.

Rnd 10: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next st, (yo, pull up a loop) 4 times into next ch-1 sp, yo and pull through all 9 loops on hook, dc in next st; *dc in next 2 sts, (yo, pull up a loop) 4 times into next ch-1 sp, yo and pull through all 9 loops on hook, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st in top of beg ch to end.

Rnds 11–13: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in every stitch around, sl st to beg ch to join—48 (56) sc.

Change to cc yarn.

Rnd 14: With cc yarn, ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in every stitch around, sl st to beg ch to join—48 (56) sc.

Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

Resources:

The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic and Original Patterns, by Linda P Schapper