Crochet a Sweet Baby Hat For Newborns – Preemie to Toddler Sizes

The Sweet Baby Hat is a super soft and squishy crochet beanie for newborn babies with sizes from preemie up to 1-year old.

This crochet hat pattern is my contribution to the Preemie Challenge 2021, which will be hosted this August by Helen and Sara over at Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

Last year, I took part in this beautiful charity event with the Preemie Bonding Square. This year, I thought it was time to design a beanie for preemies.

After soaking up lots of info from the web, I learned that there are mainly two hat sizes for premature babies, which range between 10″-12″ (25-30 cm) and 12″-13″ (30-33 cm) in circumference.

Boy, these preemie beanies are so sweet and tiny! They literally fit on the palm of one hand!

Crochet Sweet Baby Hat - Free Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

Of course, I wanted to include also larger sizes, so I crocheted an entire range of baby hats for both boys and girls up to 9-12 months of age. The free pattern in this post will guide through the two preemie sizes. For the full pattern with all the sizes, you can check my Ravelry, LoveCrafts, and Etsy stores!

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Crochet Sweet Baby Hat - Preemie to Toddler - Free Crochet Pattern - Raffamusa Designs

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SIZE & YARDAGE

The pattern is written for the following sizes:

SizeHead MeasurementYardage
Preemie S10”-12” (25-30 cm)53.5 yds, 50m
Preemie M12”-13” (30-33 cm)65 yds, 60 m
0-3 Months13″-14.5″ (33-36 cm)76.5 yds, 70 m
3-6 Months14.5″-16″ (37-40 cm)99.5 yds, 91 m
6-9 Months16″-17″ (40-43 cm)115 yds, 105 m
9-12 Months17″-18″ (43-46 cm)145 yds, 133 m
Crochet Sweet Baby Hat – Raffamusa Designs

Printable PDF Pattern

In this post, you’ll find the free pattern for the Preemie Small and Medium hats. Get all the sizes from preemie to 9-12 months by purchasing the ad-free printable pattern of the crochet Sweet Baby Hat in my Ravelry, LoveCrafts, and Etsy stores.

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Materials

  • Sport (2, Fine) Weight Yarn
  • 3.5-mm (E/4 USA, 9 UK) Hook
  • 4-mm (G/6 USA, 8 UK) Hook
  • One Stitch Marker to Work in the Round
  • Tapestry Needle

Yarn Recommendations

I personally used

  • Drops Baby Merino
  • and Katia Merino Baby

Other suitable yarns can be

If you don’t like wool, you can try this cotton blend yarn

Or any other equivalent Sport weight yarn.

Construction

This hat is crocheted top-down working in the round. It mainly uses the third loop half double crochet. If you need help with how to crochet in the third loop, take a look at this step-by-step tutorial.

The brim is crocheted directly to the bottom of the hat.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • BLO Back Loop Only
  • Ch – Chain
  • Hdc – Half Double Crochet
  • MCMagic Circle
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Sl St – Slip Stitch
  • St – Stitch
  • Yo – Yarn Over

Special Stitches

Back Loop Only (BLO) Stitches
Learn how to crochet in the back loop here.

Magic Circle
Find a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet the magic circle here.

Crochet in the Third Loop
You can find a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet in the third loop when working in the round here.

Gauge

3 rounds of third loop hdc in 2″ (5 cm)

Free Crochet Hat Pattern for Preemie Babies

With your 4.0-mm hook, make a MC.

Round 1. Ch 1, hdc 11 in MC. (11 sts)
Round 2. Third loop hdc inc 11. (22 sts)
Round 3. (Third loop hdc inc 1, third loop hdc 1) 11 times. (33 sts)
Round 4. (Third loop hdc inc 1, third loop hdc 2) 11 times. (44 sts)

Preemie S Only

Round 5. (Third loop hdc inc 1, third loop hdc 21) twice. (46 sts)
Round 6-13. Third loop hdc around. (46 sts)
Round 14. Third loop sc around. (46 sts)

Do not bind off, and continue with the brim.

Preemie M Only

Round 5. (Third loop hdc inc 1, third loop hdc 10) 4 times. (48 sts)
Round 6. (Third loop hdc inc 1, third loop hdc 23) twice. (50 sts)
Round 7-15. Third loop hdc around. (50 sts)
Round 16. Third loop sc around. (50 sts)

Do not bind off, and continue with the brim.

Brim – Both Sizes

Switch to your 3.5-mm hook, sl st into the first st of the last round of the hat (step 1), and ch 4 (step 2).

Row 1. Sc in the second ch from your hook, sc 2 (step 3), sl st into the first st of the last round of the hat (step 4), sl st into next 2 sts (step 5). (3 sc, 3 sl sts)

How to Add a Brim to Top-Down Crochet Hat - Raffamusa Designs

Row 2. Without chaining, turn your work so that you are now facing the wrong side of the brim (step 6). BLO sc across (step 7). (3 sc)

Row 3. Ch 1, turn (step 8). BLO sc across. Sl st back into the same st where you did the last sl st of row 1, sl st into next 2 sts. (3 sc, 3 sl sts)

How to Add a Brim to Top-Down Crochet Hat - Raffamusa Designs

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 all around.

Fasten off leaving a relatively long tail for sewing.

Finishing

Using the yarn tail, close the brim by sewing the first and last rows together.

Weave in all your ends.

Your crochet Sweet Baby Hat is ready!

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