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25 Adorable and Free Crochet Baby Hat Patterns

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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!

crochet baby hat patterns

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.

  • in the round, from the top-down
  • in the round, from the bottom-up
  • worked flat and seamed

While some of the patterns in this collection may be better suited to intermediate or advanced crocheters, many are also suitable for beginning crocheters who are familiar with basic crochet stitches and simple increases.

25 Free Crochet Baby Hat Patterns

Enjoy these free crochet baby hat patterns for your next project!

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.

A few favorite yarns for baby hats include Red Heart Soft, Red Heart With Love, Red Heart Soft Essentials Baby, and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice.

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.

Baby Hats 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.

AgeHat CircumferenceHead CircumferenceHat HeightCrown Diameter
0-3 months13-14″13-14″5.5″4.5″
3-6 months14-15″14-15″6″5″
6-12 months16-17″15-16″6.5″5.5″
12-24 months17-18″16-17″7″6″

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Thursday 2nd of November 2023

This is fabulous. It has been 20 years since I have crocheted. I am so looking forward to starting a project. Thank you!!


Friday 20th of January 2023

I am so excited to find your patterns. I am expecting two grandchildren and a second cousin in 2023 and have made each booties and newborn hat! Thank you for sharing your talents!