Free Crochet Newborn Baby Hat Patterns Round Up

Looking for free crochet newborn baby hat patterns?  I’ve rounded up some of the internet’s best crochet newborn baby hat patterns for you in one place. Many of the patterns include instructions for different sizes beyond the newborn size so you can make an adorable hat for each stage of baby’s development.

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What Size Should a Newborn Crochet Hat Be?

For newborns, the head circumference ranges from 12 – 14″ (31 – 37 cm) around (per the World Health Organization and CDC chart data showing average head circumference by age).  

Your hat circumference must then be approximately 12 – 14″ around in order to fit on the baby’s head (dependent on the amount of ease and stretch in your hat) and between 4.5″ – 6″ tall. When in doubt, bigger is better as babies grow so fast during that first year that newborn hats don’t tend to last long. 

Both my kids never even got to wear their newborn hats because the hats were too small.  My personal size preference is to make a 0 – 6 months, 3-6 months or even a 6 – 12 months size to not just account for babies with larger heads but to also allow for a little extra time for it to be worn.

I’ve included some patterns here that start with other listed sizes (like 0-3 months size)  other than just newborn for this reason.  

What Size Crochet Hook Do You Use for a Baby Hat?

The size of your crochet hook would depend on the yarn weight you are using to make your hat and your pattern.  Below, I have listed what yarn weight and hook size are needed for each pattern so you can find a cute baby hat that fits your needs.  

Other Tools (Besides Yarn and Hooks) You May Need TO Follow These Newborn Crochet Hat Patterns

  • Tapestry Needle / Yarn Needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tape Measure

Crochet Skills You May Need to Know When Making a Crocheted Hat

Here are the basic crochet stitches and techniques that are used in many free crochet hat patterns.  These are in us terms. Click the links to view a tutorial for that stitch.

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Free Crochet Newborn Baby Hat Patterns

blue baby hat on a grey background with a furls crochet hook on top

This Newborn Double Crochet Hat by Oombawka Design Crochet is a quick and easy crochet newborn hat pattern using only double crochet stitches.
Recommended Hook Size: I / 5.5mm hook
Yarn Weight: Aran weight yarn (4) / Red Heart With Love
Pattern Type: Written and Video tutorial

red crochet lobster earflap hat for babies on a white background

This Pinch Me Crochet Lobster Hat by The Loopy Lamb is a fun little hat to make that comes in sizes 0 – 3 months through Adult Large so you can make one for the whole family.
Recommended Hook Size(s): G+ /4.5mm crochet hook and J / 6 mm hook
Yarn Weight: Worsted weight yarn (4) / Lion Brand Basic Stitch
Pattern Type: Written

textured crochet beanies in  adult and newborn sizes on a white background

The Crochet Winterberry Hat by Daisy Farm Crafts is a cute baby beanie pattern topped off with a faux fur pom pom. The free pattern is available in sizes Preemie through Large Adult
Recommended Hook Size: H / 5 mm crochet hook
Yarn Weight: Medium Weight Yarn (4) / Patons Canadiana
Pattern Type: Written and Video tutorial

hand holding a colorful hat with text that says rainbow shells newborn hat and mitt set free pattern

The Rainbow Shells Newborn Hat & Mitt Set by Oombawka Design Crochet is a simple baby hat pattern with matching mittens that has a pop of color in the body of the hat.
Recommended Hook Size: E / 3.5mm and G / 4.0 mm
Yarn Weight: DK (3) / Scheepjes Softfun Denim
Pattern Type: Written

crochet cactus beanie in three sizes in a flat lay with a large circular piece of wood

The Crochet Cactus Beanie by Raffamusa Designs is an easy crochet baby hat that looks like a cactus! Skill level is easy.
Recommended Hook Size: H / 5 mm crochet hook
Yarn Weight: DK (3) / Paintbox Simply DK and Schachenmayer Soft & Easy
Pattern Type: Written

Crochet snowman hat in a flat lay

The Snowella Snowman Hat by The Loopy Lamb is a cute earflap hat available in sizes 0 – 3 months through 6 – 10 years and is perfect for keeping little ears warm.
Recommended Hook Size(s): E / 3.5mm and I / 5.5mm hooks
Yarn Weight: Worsted Weight (4) / Brava Worsted Weight Yarn
Pattern Type: Written

pink hat with grey stripe and flower sample of  the adorable baby crochet newborn hat free pattern

This Adorable Baby Hat crochet Pattern by Jo To The World uses simple stitches and is easy enough for a new crocheter to tackle to make for baby girls.
Recommended Hook Size: G / 4.0m and F/5 / 3.75mm
Yarn Weight: DK for Newborn and worsted weight for other sizes
Pattern Type: Written 

multiple crochet newborn hats with bear ears on a white background

The Baby Bear Hat by Okie Girl Bling N Things is a simple baby hat crochet pattern worked from the top of the hat to the bottom and is a great project for beginners.
Recommended Hook Size: H / 5 mm crochet hook
Yarn Weight: Worsted Weight (4) / I Love This Yarn
Pattern Type: Written and Video tutorial

hand holding a colorful crochet beanie made with variegated yarn next to a white beanie on a white background

The Juniper Knit-Look Beanie by Briana Kepner is a bulky weight yarn hat that mimics the look of knitting.  
Recommended Hook Size: I / 5.5mm hook
Yarn Weight: Bulky Yarn (5) / Muse Hand Painted
Pattern Type: Written and Video tutorial

crochet cupcake hats on a furry background next to a crochet hook

The Sweet Cupcake Hat by The Nicole Chase is always a crowd-pleaser that uses one of my favorite yarns.  Nicole has samples in lots of different colors on her blog to give you some color inspiration.
Recommended Hook Size: G / 4.0 mm and I / 5.5 mm
Yarn Weight: Worsted Weight (4) / Brava Worsted Weight Yarn
Pattern Type: Written

crochet beanie with a stripe of hearts around the center in a flay lay with a hat in progress

​The Crochet Hearts in a Row Hat by Repeat Crafter Me is an easy crochet hat pattern that’s a combination of basic stitches and a special stitch to create the look of hearts. Recommended Hook Size: H / 5 mm
Yarn Weight: Aran weight yarn (4) / Red Heart Super Saver
Pattern Type: Written

bright yellow lacy hat with text lemonade newborn baby hat

The Lemonade Newborn Baby Hat Crochet Pattern by Oombawka Design Crochet is a simple design to make a cute hat that makes a great gift.
Recommended Hook Size: G+ /4.5mm crochet hook
Yarn Weight: Aran weight yarn (4) / Red Heart Super Saver
Pattern Type: Written and video tutorial

puff stitch hat made in ombre shades of teal to white on a white background

This Puff Stitch Free Crochet Baby Hat Pattern by Blue Star Crochet uses a single ball of yarn and includes detailed instructions for the stitch used. Great for a baby boy or girl.
Recommended Hook Size: H / 5mm
Yarn Weight: Bulky (5) Yarn / Caron X Pantone
Pattern Type: Written

red and white striped beanie made from a free crochet newborn hat pattern by Carroway Crochet

This Striped Chunky Baby Beanie free crochet hat pattern by Carroway Crochet makes a great baby shower gift.  It’s the perfect project for last-minute baby gifting because it whips up in a flash using super bulky weight yarn. Available for sizes newborn through 6-12 months.
Recommended Hook Size: P/16  / 11mm
Yarn Weight: Super Bulky (6) Yarn / Lion Brand Wool Easy Thick and Quick
Pattern Type: Written

How Can I Donate Crochet hats to My Local Hospital

Many hospitals accept knit and crochet hats for newborn babies. Some hospitals have specific needs for hats in preemie size while others will happily take hats in multiple sizes for newborns.  I recommend contacting your local hospital, looking on their website or even contacting your local crochet guild to find out what their requirements are and what is the best yarn to use for hats you plan to donate.

I hope that you enjoyed this round-up and that you found some beautiful free baby hat crochet patterns to crochet!

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