My Favorite Crochet Beanie for Baby and Toddler 

Today we are having one of the few cold days we have been getting here in the south this winter, so I thought I share with y’all one of my favorite things to crochet. A basic beanie. This is a simple pattern and works up so quickly. It nice to throw on to cover a messy hair day, plus it is easy to dress it up by adding a cute little crochet floral piece or turn it into a fun character hat.

I know there are a ton of patterns already around for a basic double crochet beanie, but below I wanted to share the best techniques I have found to create a straight and seamless looking hat that is soft and beautiful for baby and toddler.

*Before I get started with the pattern I want to start off with a disclaimer. I tend to crochet tighter than most. Therefore you my need to find the right hook and tension that will work for you to get the right sizing on your beanie!

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn in color of choice (My favorite for these beanies is I Love this Cotton from Hobby Lobby)
  • Size G (4.00mm) crochet hook (I know this seems like a small hook but “I Love this Cotton” tends to be a thinner worsted weight yarn, plus I like a tighter looking stitch)
  •  A tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

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Notes to help give you a straight seamless look to your hat.
  • Ch 2 will not count as dc.
  • Remember to pull sl st tight. This will help create a seamless look to the hat.
  • By only putting 1 dc into the same st as the sl st in Rnd 3 and on you will create a straight seam.
Abbreviations:
  • Rnd: Round
  • Ch: Chain
  • dc: double crochet
  • st: stitch
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • in: inches

Crochet Pattern:

Rnd 1: Start with a magic circle and ch 2. Make 10dc in the circle. Join with sl st into first dc and pull st tight. (10dc)
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Rnd 2: Ch 2. 2dc in same st as joining st and each stitch around. Join with sl st into first dc and pull st tight. (20dc)
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Rnd 3: Ch 2. dc in same st as joining st. *2dc in in next st, dc in next st. Repeat from * around, ending with 2dc in last st. Join with sl st into first dc and pull st tight. (30dc)
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Rnd 4: Ch 2. dc in same st as joining st and next st. *2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around ending with 2dc in last st. Join with sl st into first dc and pull st tight. (40dc)
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Rnd 5: Ch 2. dc in same st as joining st and next 2 sts. *2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around ending with 2dc in last st. Join with sl st into first dc and pull st tight. (50dc)
  • At this point your hat should measure around 4.25 in across. For a baby size hat (0-3 months) you will stop increasing at is point. Jump down to Rnd 8 to see how to finish hat.
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Rnd 6: Ch 2. dc in same st as joining st and next 3 sts. *2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * around ending with 2dc in last st. Join with sl st into first dc and pull st tight. (60dc)
Rnd 7: Ch 2. dc in same st as joining st and next 4 sts. *2dc in next st, dc in each of the next 5 sts. Repeat from * around ending with 2dc in last st. Join with sl st into first dc and pull st tight. (70dc)
  • At this point your hat should measure around 6 in across. For a toddler size (ages 1 -3) you will stop increasing at this point. Jump down to Rnd 8 to see how to finish hat.
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Rnd 8: Ch 2. dc in same stitch as joining st and in each stitch around. Join with sl st into first dc and pull st tight (50dc) (70dc)
Repeat Rnd 8 until hat reached desired length. For a hat that comes to bottom of ears it will need to be approx. 5 in for a baby hat and approx. 7 in for a toddler hat.

Here are a few compleated hats I used this basic beanie pattern on. Crochet

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