Newborn Crochet Hat
Infant crochet hats make the perfect gifts!
This super simple Newborn Crochet Hat will fit most preemies and newborns. It is created using basic double crochet and single crochet stitches and works up quickly using just one skein of Lion Brand's Modern Baby yarn in red. This particular crocheted baby hat was originally created for the American Heart Association's Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative to raise awareness of heart disease.
This hat features an optional fold-up brim that is especially helpful for premature babies, as it can be turned down to help cover their eyes if they are in an incubator under bilirubin lights. The finished hat also has a good amount of stretch so the fold up brim can be left down and the hat will stretch to fit a larger baby.
Please note that the Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative has been ended. Learn why on the American Heart Association website here. Discover other great opportunities to use your skills as a crocheter to give back with our Crocheting for Charity guide.
Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook
Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)
Crochet Gauge3 rounds = 3¼
Finished Size11” circumference 4¾” tall without brim; 5¾” tall with fold up brim (1”)
- Modern Baby by Lion Brand in Red: approx 86 yards (you can make two hats with every skein)
- 6.0mm (J) crochet hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge
- Needle to weave in ends
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How to Crochet a Baby Hat
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
Ch3 counts as first dc in first 10 rounds.
Slip stitch into the top of the Ch - 3 to join each round, unless otherwise noted.
Baby Hat Crochet Pattern
Round 1: Create a magic circle. Ch3 and 11dc in the magic circle OR ch4 and 11dc in the 3rd ch from hook. (12 sts)
Round 2: Ch3 and 1dc in the first st. 2dc in every st around. (24 sts)
Round 3: Ch3. 2dc in the next st. *1dc in the next st. 2dc in the next st. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)
Circle should measure 3¼”
Rounds 4-10: Ch3. 1dc in every st around. (36 sts)
Round 11: Ch1 and 1sc in first st. * 1sc in each of the next 8sts. 2sc in the next st. repeat from * around. Slip stitch into the top of the first sc to join. (40 sts)
Rounds 12-?: Ch1 and 1sc in the first st. 1sc in every st around. (40 sts)
If you prefer hat to not have a fold up brim, stop after round 12, fasten off and weave in ends.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Be sure the magic circle is cinched up tightly and secured. Fold bottom, sc portion, of hat up.
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