Is there anything more irresistible than a little one in a sweet, handmade crocheted hat? In this post, we have curated a collection of adorable, fun, and functional crochet baby hat patterns that you’re sure to love. Keep reading to find your new favorite pattern!
Adorable Crochet Baby Hat Patterns
Crochet baby hats make precious accessories that are useful and are often treasured and passed down for years. Whether you’re looking for something simple and classic, or something playful and colorful, you’re sure to find a pattern that you love in this collection.
Choosing the Perfect Pattern
Why settle for a store-bought baby or toddler hat when you can make your own in the perfect color, style, and size? In the list below, you’ll find a variety of crochet baby hat patterns.
Be sure to check your pattern to see what specific supplies you will need before getting started.
What’s the best yarn to use for baby hats?
To make your baby hat, you’ll want to choose a yarn that’s soft, stretchy, and easily washable. Baby skin is sensitive, so avoid scratchy yarns. Some excellent choices include acrylic, cotton, superwash wool, and superwash merino.
How much yarn do you need to make a crochet baby hat?
Most crocheted baby hats require approximately 60-80 yards of yarn. This means that many hats for babies can be made with just one skein of yarn or less! Keep in mind that larger sizes, complicated patterns, and colorful patterns may require more yarn.
25 Free Crochet Baby Hat Patterns
Enjoy these free crochet baby hat patterns for your next project!
This crocheted turban is a lovely addition to a little one’s outfit on those breezy spring days. It’s made in three separate panels that are then sewn together. The pattern includes a video tutorial as well as detailed, pictured instructions.
This straightforward beanie pattern is super quick to make. These crochet newborn baby hats would be ideal for making to donate to a hospital or a charity project. They’re crocheted in the round and finished off with a contrasting color.
Keep those little ears warm in the winter months with this crocheted earflap hat. It’s available in sizes 0-3 months all the way up to adult. This pattern is worked in continuous rounds and can be made with or without the braids.
This classic crocheted earflap hat is just what you need when hitting the slopes or sledding at the local hill. It comes in six sizes, so the whole family can match! The techniques used in this pattern are best for the experienced beginner.
Create this adorable bear look by adding two pom poms to the top of your crocheted baby hat. This design is made by crocheting in the third loop of half double crochets. If you’ve never tried this technique before, don’t worry - there are detailed instructions to show you how!
This precious little bonnet works up quickly and would make a sweet baby gift. It’s available in three sizes. This little hat is made in one piece, so no sewing is needed. A video tutorial is included with the pattern.
This vintage crocheted beanie is customizable and quick. Change it up with pom poms or earflaps, add a second color, or add lots of colors! This pattern is best for advanced beginners or intermediates.
This little hood ties under the chin to keep your baby snug for all sorts of outdoor adventures. It also has an inner layer liner to keep the wind out of little ears. This pattern is available in six different sizes, from newborn to child.
Waffle stitch hats are a favorite for many, and this cozy piece will be no exception! The waffle fabric creates a stretchy hat with sizes available for the whole family. A video tutorial is also available for this pattern.
This super soft, plush hat is made in just nine rounds. It’s so cute yet so practical and is available in three different sizes. To make this hat, you’ll need to know how to chain, slip stitch, and half double crochet.
Celebrate the beauty of winter with this lovely snowfall hat! This pattern includes a few basic stitches that you probably already know as well as the snowfall stitch (written and video instructions included).
This adorable baby bonnet would make a lovely gift and can be made with just one skein of yarn. It’s made using mainly the cluster stitch, back post double crochet, and front post double crochet. This pattern is best for advanced beginners to intermediates.
This precious newborn beanie is such a cute way to keep that new little head warm. It’s knitted from the top down, starting in rounds and then switching to vertical rows. You’ll find a video tutorial included in the post.
This flowery hat makes for a perfect springtime accessory. It features a granny stitch design that provides some warmth yet allows its wearer to enjoy the fresh, springtime breeze, too. This pattern is available in both newborn and toddler sizes.
This handsome aviator hat is a perfect fit for curious little boys (or girls!). It features earflaps for extra warmth and a two-tone design. This easy crochet baby hat pattern is sure to become a staple in any little one’s closet!
What’s sweeter than little girls? Create this sweet and easy shell-stitch pattern for someone you love. This pattern is worked from the top down and is available in four different sizes, from baby to adult.
Prepare for Easter with this fun and adorable baby bunny hat! You’ll also find instructions for a matching diaper cover to fully prepare for the holiday. Don’t forget to grab some buttons for your bunny eyes.
The herringbone stitch creates a beautiful texture for this easy and classic crochet hat design. If you haven’t tried the herringbone half double crochet stitch before, you’ll find written instructions included in this pattern. The main portion of this pattern is worked in seamless rounds.
This fun hat features a vertical ribbing that gives the beanie a snug and comfortable fit. After crocheting the main portion of the hat, choose your favorite scraps to create the “sprinkles”. Finish it off with a bouncy pom-pom!
Show off your school spirit or favorite sports team’s colors with this bold hat. You can create matching hats for the whole family with this pattern, that’s available in a variety of sizes. It’s quick to make and keeps heads nice and warm whether you’re cheering on the football team or enjoying the homecoming parade.
This cozy, ribbed beanie is worked from the bottom up. Choose to add one pom pom or two to the top of the hat (or leave them off) - this pattern is precious no matter what! This pattern is available in five sizes, from newborn to adult large, and is best for the experienced beginner.
Keep that little head warm in the fall with this adorable, seasonal apple beanie! It features post stitches for the brim for a snug yet stretchy fit. This cute fall crochet pattern is available in five different sizes.
Most of the crochet baby hat patterns in this list are available in multiple sizes, with some even coming in adult sizes.
What size should a crochet baby hat be?
Crochet hat sizes are typically based on head circumference. So, the best way to choose a size for your hat is to measure the baby’s head before you get started.
If you’re unable to measure the baby’s head before starting your hat, don’t worry. Just follow the instructions for the age you need, and round up if you’re not sure. Babies grow quickly, so you’ll want your crocheted hat to get as much use as possible!
Note: Baby hats are generally worked with about 1 inch of negative ease. This means the actual hat circumference should be about 1 inch smaller than the baby’s head circumference, allowing the hat to stretch and fit snugly on the head.
Crochet Baby Hat Size Chart
The chart below shows some common sizes for baby and toddler hats.
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