It’s a New Year ready for new beginnings. The perfect time to share a tutorial for an easy newborn crochet baby beanie hat. The size of this hat can be adjusted by going up or down a hook size, dependant on what size you need.
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials and Tools needed
Yarn: Stylecraft Special for babies (100% Acrylic, 323 yds per 3.5oz)
Hook: 5mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge (yarn calls for 4mm but I chose 5mm)
Gauge/Finished Size: Finished newborn had measures between 12-14” circumferences. Example piece is 6” diameter and 5” from crown to brim. Change hook size based on your tension to achieve the right size.
Abbreviations: Pattern written in UK terms
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook
Treble Crochet (tc): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), (yarn over, pull through 2 loops) twice.
Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.
Slip Stitch (ss): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch and loop on hook
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Easy Baby Beanie Hat Pattern
Foundation chain: Ch 3, insert hook into first ch to make a sl st. You have made a very tight circle, you can choose to make a magic circle if you wish. If this circle is too tight, you can chain 4 to make your circle. A tight circle prevents a big hole on top of the hat.
Round 1: Working into the center of the circle. Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout), work 12 tr into center of circle, ss to first st. (12 tr) Remember the beginning ch-2 does not count as a stitch, your slip stitch is into the first treble crochet.
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 tr into st at base of ch, 2 tr into each st around, join round with a ss to first st. (24 tc)
Round 3: Ch 2, 2 tr into st at base of ch 2, tr into next st, *2 tr in next st, tr in next st; repeat from * around, ss to first st. (36 tc)
Round 4: Ch 2, 2 tr in st at base of ch 2, tr in each of next 17 sts, 2 tr in next st, tr in each st to end, ss to first st. (38 tc) We increased by only 2 stitches in this round.
Round 5-8: Ch 2, tr in st at base of ch 2, tr in each st around, ss to first st. (38 tc)
Take your tape measure and measure from crown to brim and see if it is close to 5”. We will add one more row, if you’re close to 5” (4.75”). If you’re much shorter than 4.5” you might want to add another round or 2 of treble crochet then proceed to the finishing round.
Finishing Round: Ch 1, working in between each st (not worked into the two loops at the top of the stitch, I am inserting the hook in the space between the posts of two different stitches), dc into every st around, ss into first st, ch 1. Cut off yarn with a tail of several inches.
Use darning needle to weave in tail to your work. Be sure to weave tail several inches in multiple directions so tail is secured after washing. Cut remaining yarn tail. Give the tail area a tug to make sure tail is hidden.
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JenMay 11, 2020 at 10:38 am
Love these! Do you happen to have any other baby beanie size patterns like preemie and 6-12 months? Love your work and you are really easy to follow for beginner crocheters. Thanks 🙂
BellaCocoTeamMay 12, 2020 at 10:25 am
Hi Jen Thank you, I don’t have any patterns for preemie babies at the moment 🙂
LingMay 28, 2020 at 12:35 am
Hi Bellacoco team, i really enjoyed your tutorial as it is easy for a beginner like me to follow. I have a question, my yarn is less chunkier than yours, so after finishing round 8, i only reached around 3.7 inch and the size of the beanie is quite small compare to your video. Will this be a problem? Thanks!
BellaCocoTeamJune 4, 2020 at 2:08 pm
Hi Ling, I’m so glad you enjoyed my tutorial If you are using thinner yarn I would recommend going up a hook size or two if you need to reach the size shown in the video, otherwise the beanie might not fit
KirstyJune 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm
Hi Sarah-Jayne, I am 32 weeks pregnant and have been very, very anxious throughout this pregnancy and pandemic. Learning how to crochet has brought me so many calm focused hours and I could not have done it without your tutorials. I have now made a star blanket, a full-sized blanket,flowers and this easy baby beanie. I would like to make a matching hat for my 17 month old little girl. Can you please give me some advice on how to increase the sizes of the first rows in order to make the finished item fit a bigger head? I would be very grateful. Many thanks, Kirsy
BellaCocoTeamJune 9, 2020 at 8:33 pm
Hi Kirsty, I’m so happy to hear that my tutorials have helped you – crochet is really good at calming the mind I find If you wanted to make a bigger beanie I think the easiest way would be to make more increase rounds: so after round 3, do another round where you make 2 trebles in one stitch, but then make 2 trebles as normal. For the next round, make 2 trebles in one stitch, then 3 trebles as normal. For each round just increase the number of single trebles you are making in between the increases in this way and then continue the pattern as normal. Hope this helps
IsobelFebruary 14, 2021 at 3:06 pm
Hi Sarah Jayne
I loved this pattern which was so easy to follow and came out looking great! I’d really like to have the same pattern but for an adult? Is there an easy way to do this?
Thanks for such a smashing site – keep it up!
BellaCocoTeamFebruary 18, 2021 at 10:04 am
Thank you so much, I’m glad you like my site I don’t have a pattern to size up this pattern in particular but why not take a look at my adult sized beanie pattern here: https://www.sarahjaynefragola.com/2016/01/crochet-beanie-hat.html
NatashaFebruary 10, 2022 at 5:35 pm
Hi! I used a larger hook but mine is still coming up short – is there a limit on how many extra rounds we can do to bring it up to size?
BellaCocoTeamFebruary 17, 2022 at 2:25 pm
You can work as many rounds as necessary before the finishing round to reach the correct size