Newborn Crochet Hat


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”)

Materials List

  • 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

Want a video tutorial for another fabulous and easy crochet baby beanie? Check it out: Easiest Crochet Baby Beanie!

How to Crochet a Baby Hat


ch(s): chain(s)
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
st(s): stitch(es)


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

  1. 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)

  2. Round 2: Ch3 and 1dc in the first st. 2dc in every st around. (24 sts)

  3. 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”

  4. Rounds 4-10: Ch3. 1dc in every st around. (36 sts)

  5. 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)

  6. Rounds 12-?: Ch1 and 1sc in the first st. 1sc in every st around. (40 sts)

  7. If you prefer hat to not have a fold up brim, stop after round 12, fasten off and weave in ends.

  8. 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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I can't figure out how to add this to "My Favorites". Can someone please help?

Hi MeganTG, we have a helpful guide on how to use the "My Crochet Patterns" box here: I hope this helps! - Laura, editor of AllFreeCrochet

My daughter-in-law works in an ob's office and I have been using this pattern for a couple of years now to make caps for all the new babies. The parents are always surprised and grateful that someone would do this for them. It takes me just about 3 hours per cap.

What a cute, simple baby hat! I am always looking for easy patterns like this. This hat would make a great gift for a new baby, to keep his or her head warm. You could also make a baby blanket to go with it, or a cute baby sweater. The possibilities are endless!

Super simple newborn hat. This pattern is perfect for a beginner. The hat shown in the pictures was created for the American Heart Association. They are a wonderful cause and I have had several people in my immediate family effected by heart problems. I am sure it has touched almost every family at some point.

I love that this hat was specifically created for the Little Hats Big Hearts program. My husband was just diagnosedat the age of 61 mind youwith a congenital heart defect. Without going into all the gory details, what basically happened was his left ventricle didnt form properly in utero. According to his cardiologist, its fairly easy to diagnose in newborns, not so much in adults. His condition is under control now, and Im continuing to make rolled brim hats for the NICU.

Just the right pattern as local hospital is running short of newborn hats thank you so much x

I'm rather new to crochet, but reading the other comments makes me feel confident that I can make this hat. Hopefully I can create it quickly because I have a new niece and I would love to give her a homemade gift for Christmas!

In round 2 it say dc1 in the 1st the 2 dc in every st around to make 24 stitches but it only makes 23

Did you count the chain 3 as one of the stitches? That should make 24

(Max rating because it's simple to read, simple to make, and very quick to finish!) I love a simple pattern like this - used it to make a dozen or so hats for the Little Hats Big Hearts project http// == -Big-Hearts-Tampa-BayUCM479579SubHomePage.jsp #Bes == tIdeaEver

Have no idea why that came out with several dashes, but this is the hashtag I wanted to use #BestIdeaEver

Not only is this the easiest cap to make, it takes very little yarn. I have made a lot of them. I can turn one out in a couple hours. Then I like to get creative and add embellishments to it. A blue cap gets a boy dodad like a dog or a pink one gets a flower. Let your fertile imagination run wild !

This was my first hat and it was so easy!

Gladly. Magic Circle instructions in tutorials are available and easy to follow. The Magic Circle allows the starting 'hole' in the center of a hat, or any circle crochet, to be easily pulled tightly closed, leaving a neat appearance. You can go to "The Crochet Crowd" site for a video, or just Google something like "How to crochet a Magic Circle" and you will find several different tutorial's. I use the Magic Circle almost exclusively when making hats or beanies that are crocheted from the crown down. I have crocheted for over 45 years, and consider it the neatest look to be had. )

Can someone tell me what a "magic circle" is???? My first attempt at a pattern from All Free Crochet starts with a magic circle. I made chain and joined w/sl st.

I don't do the magic circle just make a 4 chain and slip stitch in to form a circle then do whatever amount of DC they tell you to make.

this is amazing and so easy! Is there any way to adapt this for bigger people's heads? I would love to make these for grown-ups and big kids!

also I did it with HDC instead of DC (accidentally at first) and it's still super cute!

Do more increase rounds for bigger heads ) So, after this 2dc in the next st. 1dc in the next st. 2dc in the next st. Repeat from around. You'd do this 2dc in the next st. 1dc in the next 2st. 2dc in the next st. Repeat from around. and then this 2dc in the next st. 1dc in the next 3st. 2dc in the next st. Repeat from around. Age Diameter of circle Newborn 4 inches 3-6 months 5.5 inches -12 months 6-6.5 inches 24 months 6.5-6.75 inches Toddler and small child 7 inches Adult woman 7.25-7.5 inches

is this us or uk terminology?

This is a great hat to make made many and they r appreciated

This is an supereasy and amazing hat

Love this hat, it's adorable and works well with all types of yarn. This pattern is a keeper. I will be whipping these up often.

begin row 5

what do you mean by a "MAGIC CIRCLE? Can you give directions?

Instead of beginning with a chain that you would join, you make a magic circle (Google magic circle and watch YouTube - pretty easy to follow). You get a neat beginning without the hole.

Please tell me what you mean by start with a "Magic Circle".

Love this pattern


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