3-Stitch Baby Hat Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet this little baby hat in a flash! Single crochet, a textured cross stitch, and a tiny little rib stitch combine for a sweet topper for your little one. A variegated yarn in neutral colors is just right for both boys and girls. The pattern uses less than a skein of yarn and is so quick and easy to make that you’ll want to make several to have on hand as gifts.

This pattern is part of the Christmas in July blog hop with Underground Crafter. For more patterns to get a head-start on holiday gifts, visit the main make-along page.

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lavendar and green varietgated textured baby hat flat lay on patterned background

The free pattern below uses American crochet terminology. An ad-free pdf version of the pattern is available. It includes sizes 0-3 months,6-12 months, and Toddler, as well as links to video tutorials.

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The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council Icon for 4 Medium Weight Yarn
ball of red heart soft yarn in soft lavender, gold and green

The pattern calls for a medium-weight (worsted weight) yarn. I used Red Heart Soft (100 % acrylic, 204 yd [187 m], 4 oz [113 g], 1 skein #9941 Watercolors. For the 0-3 month size, you’ll need about 70 yards [65 m] in your favorite color.

3-Stitch Baby Hat Pattern

Sizes and Finished Dimensions

Pattern is written for size 0-3 months, to fit 14″ [38 cm] head circumference. For 6-12 months and Toddler sizes, get the pdf instructions.

Materials

Worsted Weight Yarn: approximately 70 yds [65 m]
Size J [6 mm] crochet hook or size to obtain correct gauge

Gauge

Rnds 1-4 = 3″ [7.6 cm] diameter
14 sc = 4″ [10 cm]
Gauge always matters. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Abbreviations

ch: chain
dc: double crochet
FPdc (front post double crochet): yarn over, insert hook from front to back to front around post of stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, [yarn over and pull through 2 loops] 2 times
rep: repeat
rnd(s): round(s)
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
st(s): stitch(es)
X-inc (worked over 2 sts): skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch 1; working behind dc just made, dc in skipped st
X-st (worked over 2 sts): skip 1 st, dc in next st; working behind dc just made, dc in skipped st (Note: Use the first version shown in the linked tutorial.)

Instructions

Ch 4, join with slip st to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, join with a slip st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), 2 sc in each sc around, join with slip st to first sc—12 sc.

Rnd 3: Rep Rnd 2—24 sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 1 loosely (does not count as a st), [X-inc] around, join with slip st to first dc—24 dc, 12 ch-1 spaces.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each dc and ch-1 space around, join-36 sc
Rnds 6-7: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join.

Rnd 8: Ch 1 loosely, *X-st, X-inc; rep from * around, join—36 dc, 9 ch-1 spaces.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in each dc and ch-1 space around, join-45 sc.
Rnds 10-11: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join.
Rnd 12: Ch 1 loosely, [X-st] around, join—45 dc.

Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in each dc around, join-45 sc.
Rnds 14-15: Sc in each sc around, join.
Rnds 16-17: Rep Rnd 12-13.
Rnd 18: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each sc around, join-46 sc.

closeup of hat showing single crochet, X-stitch, and post stitches

Brim
Rnds 1-2: Ch 1, sc in first st, FPdc in next st, *sc in next st, FPdc in next st; rep from * around, join.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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