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40 Free Newborn Crochet Hat Patterns

40 Free Newborn Crochet Hat Patterns

All About Newborn Crochet Hats

Babies are the best people to crochet for, and these newborn crochet hat patterns are the perfect place to start. If you’re a new crocheter who wants to learn how to knit hats, you’ve come to the right place. 

Crochet baby hats are quick and easy gifts to make for new little ones, whether your own or for a baby shower or a charity project. 

We’ve collected 40 free patterns to get you started, from plain beanies and other hats great for beginners to stitch, to animal hats and costume hats ideal for a baby’s first photo shoot

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Why Crochet a Newborn Hat?

The first reason you might want to crochet baby hats is that there are tons of adorable designs that you can choose from. A lot of them are so charming you might want to start crocheting before you even have a recipient in mind. 

Crochet hats are one of the easiest and quickest projects to make. You can finish a hat for a baby in about an hour depending on your pace and its design.

You can also make use of your scrap yarns on baby hats, because they use such a small amount of yarn. Or if you want to use a new skein of yarn, you can make several newborn hats out of one.

If you’re an expecting parent, or just had a baby, or if you know one, a hat is a great gift to give to a newborn. They are best for keeping the baby’s head snug, warm, and protected.

Crochet hats are also lovely items to donate to charities and newborn babies at hospitals. A lot of new parents and babies will be so grateful to receive this small but thoughtful gift.

How to Crochet a Newborn Hat for Beginners?

The most basic way to crochet a newborn hat is to start from the top and work down to the brim. Top-down hats typically start with a magic ring or chain stitches joined into a circle. The top of the hat is typically worked with basic crochet stitches like single crochet or double crochet. Stitches are increased until the hat is big enough to fit baby’s head.

Then the body of the hat is stitched without increasing or decreasing. Some hats will continue in the same stitch as the top of the hat, or you may change to a different stitch pattern for this portion.

And lastly, you will crochet the brim. It could be a ribbed brim (crocheting stitches in the back loops only) or a wide brim for a sun hat. Or the pattern stitch from the body of the hat can continue the full length without an edging. Some patterns will have earflaps for added warmth for the ears.

Speaking of ears, some hats have ears, little bows, or other embellishments that are often stitched separately and sewn onto the hat. You can also add other embellishments like buttons and ribbons. 

What is the Size of a Newborn Crochet Hat?

First, it’s important to note that a newborn is a baby from birth to three months old. Some patterns may have separate instructions for different ages, such as newborn, 3-6 months, 6-12 months. So, if you know the age of the newborn, you’re making the hat for, then it will be easier to determine which instruction to follow.

All babies are different, and some have large heads while others have smaller heads, so it’s ideal if you can measure the baby’s head and then determine the size of the hat to make based on their actual head circumference. 

For an average newborn hat sizing, refer to the table below. Remember that this is just the average measurement and a newborn baby’s head may differ.

Head’s CircumferenceHead DiameterHat CircumferenceHat DiameterHat Height
14 in4.5 in12 in4 in6 in
35.5 cm11 cm30 cm10 cm15 cm

Notice that the hat’s circumference is 2 in or 5.5 cm narrower than the head measurement. This is because the crocheted hat will stretch, so making it a little smaller than the actual measurement assures a snug but comfortable fit. 

Some patterns have more ease because they are meant to be slouchy or to fit the baby for longer than just the newborn stage. Consult the pattern you want to work for exact measurements. 

Materials Needed to Crochet a Newborn Hat

Yarn

There are so many beautiful yarns available in the market today. In choosing which one to use, always keep in mind that babies often have sensitive skin (and not a lot of hair!), so you want to make sure you choose a yarn that is soft. 

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice is the most used yarn in the patterns below because it comes in a wide range of colors, is soft, inexpensive, and machine washable. Other yarns we recommend are the Knit Picks Brava Worsted and Red Heart Super Saver. If you want to use cotton yarn, try Lily Sugar‘n Cream or Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton.

Other Tools and Materials

Optional Accessories

Now that you know the basics, it’s time to get into the crochet newborn baby hat patterns.

Newborn Crochet Beanie Patterns for Beginners

Let’s start with simple and easy crochet beanies for newborns. In this first collection, you’ll find adorable designs you’ll not want to miss.


newborn baby crochet hat by lisa auch crochet

Newborn Baby Crochet Hat Pattern

Designer: Lisa Auch Crochet
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Baby Soft

One of the simplest newborn hats you can make is this ribbed baby beanie. It’s stretchable with a foldable brim so it can fit on different newborn head sizes.


simple newborn crochet beanie

Super Simple Newborn Beanie

Designer: Yarn and Chai
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

This simple newborn beanie is made with double crochets and accented with a round of single crochet at the bottom. Work it in a different color or make it solid if you’d rather.


crochet baby hats in different colors

Easy Crochet Baby Hat

Designer: Maisie & Ruth
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter

The crown part of this beanie is made with simple double crochets. Then the body has a beautiful texture made with the piqué stitch. You can also add a pompom on its top for embellishment.


a person holding a crochet baby hat with stripes at the bottom and textured brim

Easy Striped Crochet Baby Hat Pattern

Designer: Dabbles & Babbles
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Berroco Vintage DK

Create a quick and lovely crochet project with this hat pattern. It has a minimalistic style and stripes at the bottom with a textured brim.


hands holding the parker crochet baby hat

Parker Crochet Baby Hat

Designer: Sewrella
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Make your newborn baby cozy and cute with this free crochet baby hat pattern. With just knowledge of double crochet and front post double crochet stitches, you can finish this hat.


seashells crochet hat

Ocean Sea Shells Hat Pattern

Designer: Oombawka Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre

Practice making the perfect shell stitch with this beginner-friendly crochet pattern. With the self-color-changing yarn, the result is an amazing hat.


strawberry crochet hat

Strawberry Crochet Hat Pattern

Designer: Mud Paper Scissors
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Let your sweet little one wear a sweet strawberry hat. This is a less-than-an-hour project that you can enjoy making and is so cute for a summer baby. 


sweet baby crochet hat with matching adult hat

Sweet Baby Hat

Designer: Raffamusa Designs
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand LB Collection Merino Camel

Keep your newborn cozy with this thick crochet hat. It mainly uses the half double crochet in the third loop stitch, making it chunky and squishy and giving it a fun, almost knit look.


ombre crochet baby hat

Adorable Free Crochet Hat Pattern for Babies

Designer: Blue Star Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver O’Go

Welcome a newborn baby into this world with this delightful hat. The puff stitches will surely keep the baby’s head warm and protected, and the color changes are so pretty.


knot crochet baby hat

Newborn Knot Hat

Designer: Crochet Spot
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Baby Soft Yarn

Here’s another way to top a hat aside from a pompom: tie a knot. It’s a cute and unique hat your newborn baby can wear daily or during a photoshoot.


Stylish Crochet Hats for Newborns

This set consists of hats that are not beanies designed for newborns. You’ll find here other kinds of hats such as bucket hats, berets, and bonnets.


baby crochet turban bow

Ribbed Baby Turban

Designer: Sweet Softies
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

A turban is a cute way to give your baby girl some extra style. This turban pattern has a bow on it for even more sweetness.


a girl wearing a sun crochet hat

Valerie’s Sun Hat

Designer: The Lavender Chair
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lily Sugar‘n Cream

This hat is perfect to wear during summer. It has a lacy pattern on its body that can protect and comfort your newborn’s head while still keeping them cool.


summer sun crochet hat

Summer Sun Hat

Designer: My Merry Messy Life
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lily Sugar‘n Cream

Cover your little one’s head when you go outside with this hat. Use cotton yarn so this hat will feel comfortable and cool on your baby’s head.


baby newsboy crochet cap

Tiny Textures Crochet Baby Newsboy Cap

Designer: Pretty Darn Adorable
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease

This is just the cutest newsboy cap! Aside from the easy written instructions, this pattern also includes a video tutorial that you opt for if you want.


wine glass and chameleon crochet hat with fish dangle

Chameleon Hat

Designer: Pattern Paradise
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Baby Soft

This pattern is called the Chameleon Hat because the designer has made it in so many different ways. This cute fishing hat version includes a tie with little fish dangling from it!


newborn pixie crochet hat

Infant Pixie Hat Pattern

Designer: Crazy Hands
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion’s Brand Wool Ease

Any newborn baby will look adorable in this pixie hat. This pattern is for confident beginners who are ready to try and learn new crochet stitches.


baby crochet bonnet

Back to Basics Crochet Baby Bonnet

Designer: Croby Patterns
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream

Crochet a simple and cute bonnet for your newborn with this easy-to-follow pattern. It has helpful pictures and a video tutorial with the pattern.


a baby wearing a seamless earflap crochet hat

Seamless Earflap Hat

Designer: Lindsey Carr, via Ravelry
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted

Wrap your newborn’s delicate head with this hat that has lovely earflaps. With this pattern, you can practice crocheting in continuous rounds, which makes the hat more seamless and perfect.


a girl wearing a beret crochet hat

Today Beret

Designer: Winding Road Crochet
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Mandala Ombre

Of course, your newborn baby should also wear a fashionable hat, like this sweet beret. This is a simple and beginner-friendly pattern. If you haven’t tried crocheting a beret before, now is the time to make one.


Newborn Costume Hat Crochet Patterns

Looking for a baby hat for a photo shoot? These costume-style hats are great for a newborn’s first photos or for their first Halloween.


a baby wearing an aviator crochet hat for photo shoot

Crocheted Aviator Hat

Designer: Repeat Crafter Me
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Have your little future pilot wear this inspiring hat for a fun photo shoot. It’s a cute hat that can keep your baby’s head warm during chilly days.


a baby wearing a football crochet hat

Baby Crochet Football Hat Free Pattern

Designer: Jenny and Teddy
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport

Do you know expecting parents who are also fond of sports? This is the perfect baby shower gift. Surprise them with a handmade football (maybe it could also be rugby?) hat that they will fall in love with.


a baby wearing a cupcake crochet hat

Cupcake Crochet Hat Free Pattern

Designer: Jenny and Teddy
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Suggested yarn: Ewe Ewe Ewe So Sporty

Make this sweet, cute hat for your little cupcake! It’s such an adorable gift for a new little one, and you can change the colors to whatever “flavor” you like.


crochet pumpkin hat with vines and leaf

Pumpkin Hat with Vines and Leaf

Designer: American Crochet Association
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

If your baby is born during the fall, here’s a hat you can welcome them with. The textures will surely make your baby’s head comfortable and happy.


elf crochet baby hat

Little Helper Crochet Elf Hat

Designer: Janaya Chouinard, via All Free Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

This sweet little Elf hat is perfect for a baby’s first Christmas or to use in a gnome-themed photo shoot. The picots on the edging make it extra cute.


snowman crochet baby hat

Baby Snowman Hat Pattern

Designer: Make and Do Crew
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted

This perfect Christmas hat can also serve as your baby’s costume for Halloween or for any winter event. Make your baby the cutest snowman in your home.


a baby wearing a wizardry crochet hat

Newborn Sorting Hat Pattern

Designer: Amidorable Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver

If you’re a fan of the movie series Harry Potter, you’re going to love this hat. Let your newborn baby be familiar with the world of wizardry with this hat that will keep them cozy and warm.


monster crochet baby hat

Baby Monster Beanie

Designer: Raffamusa
Yarn weight: (2) Fine
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport

Looking for your newborn’s Halloween costume? Crochet this hat that’s scary, silly, and cute all at the same time.


mickey and minnie mouse crochet baby hat

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Crochet Hats

Designer: Repeat Crafter Me
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted

Give your optimistic, brave, and lovable newborn baby a hat inspired by Mickey Mouse. There’s an option that includes a bow to make it a Minnie Mouse hat if you like as well.


newborn sailor crochet hat

Newborn Sailor Hat Crochet Pattern

Designer: Cream of the Crop Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver

Crochet your newborn baby this hat and give them the spirit of being a brave adventurer. This sweet hat is worked mostly in double crochets and would be perfect for a trip to the beach.


newborn braided hair crochet hat

Preemie/Newborn Braided Hair Hat Crochet Pattern

Designer: Cream of the Crop Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Got a new baby girl? Make her the princess of your home with this hat. It’s an easy-to-follow pattern that you’ll enjoy crocheting, and the braids can be made any color.


Animal Motif Newborn Hats

Take your newborn baby on a jungle escapade or a trip to the petting zoo. with these animal-themed newborn crochet hat patterns.


a baby wearing a bunny crochet hat and bottom cover

Newborn Bunny Crochet Pattern

Designer: Briana K Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Soft

For springtime, let your newborn baby wear this matching set of a lovely bunny hat and a bottom cover. This is an easy and quick pattern that beginners can enjoy that’s perfect for a newborn photo session.


frog bucket crochet baby hat

Frog Bucket Hat

Designer: Strommer Crafts
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Super Saver

Make a perfect gift for a baby born during springtime with this cute bucket hat. This is a great project for baby to wear to the beach or the park.


teddy crochet hats

Teddy Hats

Designer: Crochet Dreams
Yarn weight: (6) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Bernat Baby Blanket

The tiny ears on this chunky hat are so adorable! Imagine a newborn baby wearing it. It’s a cuteness overload.


owl crochet baby hat

Caron Snowy Owl Crochet Hat

Designer: Repeat Crafter Me, via Yarnspirations
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft

Get your newborn this silly and squishy owl hat. This is a fun and quick project with almost as much personality as your little one.


puppy crochet baby hat

Crochet Puppy Hat Pattern

Designer: Repeat Crafter Me
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Are you a dog lover? This sweet puppy hat is a great option for you! The eye patch is super adorable and the braids on the ear flaps make a fun addition.


lamb crochet baby hat

Crochet Lamb Hat Pattern

Designer: Repeat Crafter Me
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

This sweet lamby hat is so sweet and cute for your little lamb. It would be adorable for baby to wear around Easter or any other time!


sloth crochet baby hat

Bernat Crochet Sloth Hat

Designer: Yarnspirations
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Bernat Super Value

You might not think of sloths as being cute, but just imagine your sweet baby wearing a sloth hat. This is an easy and beginner-friendly pattern with such cute details.


a baby wearing an elephant crochet hat and diaper cover with tail

Free Elephant Baby Crochet Pattern

Designer: Briana K Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart With Love

Let your little newborn baby wear a costume hat for a big animal, an elephant. It’s a great outfit for a photo shoot and other baby events. And while this post is focused on hats, check out the sweet little tail on this diaper cover.


newborn duck crochet baby hat

Preemie Newborn Duck Hat Crochet Pattern

Designer: Cream of the Crop Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

This is a simple newborn beanie adorned with duck eyes and a bill. Keep your baby cute and cozy with this crochet animal hat.


shark crochet baby hat

Crochet Shark Hat Pattern

Designer: Repeat Crafter Me
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Make your newborn a baby shark with this lovely hat. If your baby has siblings who like the Baby Shark song, I’m sure they will be also delighted with this hat.


Are You a New Crocheter Looking for Extra Help Learning to Crochet?

If you want to have more confidence in following these free crochet patterns, check out our Crochet Fundamentals workshop. 

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