Crochet Toddler Boy Sun Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Ocean Sun Hat for Boys with Starfish

Finally! After having lots of fun experimenting with super girly colors in my hats, scarves, headbands and flowers, I think I have finally got some estrogen out and want to get back to work on making things for my cute and dirty boys. Besides, they’ll look back at this blog one day and think I didn’t love them! Both of the boys need sun hats, so here’s my pattern for Gabriel, who’s 2 1/2.

This is a simple hat, worked only in double crochet. I don’t normally like the look of double crochet in baby hats, but in this case, I did because it creates large spaces which will keep the baby’s head cool. The color possibilities are endless! You can switch every row like I did, or switch 3/4 of the way down and crochet a different colored band around the middle. Whatever suits your fancy, really. This particular hat would look adorable on the beach with the colors of the ocean and the star appliqué.

Crochet Ocean Sun Hat with Star Fish - Free Pattern!

This pattern will fit a toddler with 20 to 21 inch head (see my list of crochet head and hat measurements and how to calculate them). To make the hat larger, add more increasing rounds to the crown. To make it smaller, take away an increasing round. I have marked the increasing rounds below.

Double Crochet Ocean Sun Hat for Boys with Starfish

Double Crochet Baby Boy and Toddler Sun Hat

Materials

  • Hook: G/6 4.25 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted, Medium, 4
  • I used Red Heart Super Saver in Royal Blue, Aruba Sea, and Delft Blue
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails

Abbreviations

  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch

Pattern

Crown of Hat

(Most crochet patterns tell you to CH 2 or even 3 to start a round of DC, but I find that makes a large, ugly gap, so I chain 1. If you would like to CH 2 or 3, it will not affect the hat size or pattern.)

CH 3, join with a SL ST to form a ring

Round 1: CH 1 (counts as first DC). Work 11 DC in ring (12 DC total). Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.

Round 2 (increasing round): CH 1 (counts as first DC). Work a DC in the same stitch. Then work 2 DC in each DC space around (24 DC total).  Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.

Round 3: CH 1. Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (24 DC total)

Round 4: (increasing round) CH 1. Work a DC in the same stitch. *Work 1 DC in the next space. Work 2 DC in the next space.*  (so you’re increasing every 1 stitch) Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (36 DC total).

Round 5 (increasing round): CH 1. Work a DC in the same stitch. *Work 1 DC in each of the next two spaces, then work 2 DC in the next space* (so you’re increasing every 2 stitches) Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (48 DC total).

Round 6: (change colors where desired) CH 1. Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (48 DC total).

 

Side of Hat

Rounds 7-17: CH 1. Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around (48 DC total). Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (48 DC total).

All Smiles for A Crochet Ocean Sun Hat

This is Gabe’s smile when I say, “Smile!” So silly!

Brim

If you want there to be less wave than my hat, then, start with Round 2 or 3, where you add an increasing stitch less often.

Round 1 (increasing round): CH 1. 1 DC in same stitch. *Work 1 DC in the next stitch. Work 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. 

Round 2 (increasing round): CH 1. 1 DC in same stitch. *Work 1 DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in the next stitch. Work 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.
Round 3 (increasing round): CH 1. 1 DC in same stitch. *Work 1 in the next 3 stitches. Work 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST and fasten off!

Star

I got the pattern for the star from Experience Imagination, but it’s a thick Christmas ornament, so I made my own variation to make it an appliqué. It’s very easy to make and an easy pattern to follow. I did not make it with two strands of yarn or whip stitch the two stars together. I just made one star with one strand of thread, and still liked the way it looked.
Continue adding increasing rounds if you want your hat brim to be longer. It will start to curl under if you add rounds that do not increase.

Merry Crocheting!

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Comments

  1. I love seeing how people have adapted my star pattern to fit their needs. Thanks for sharing your project with me!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This pattern only has 3 rows for the sides? Is it meant to be 7-17?

    • Yes! It is. You are correct. There is a typo. Thanks for catching that and sorry about the confusion!

      • Lynn Letwin says:

        I am making this toddler hat and am on round 6–it says to “DC in each STITCH around’…but if I do this I end up with wayyyy more than 48 DC. Is it suppose to say ‘work a DC in the next SPACE as opposed to STITCH’? or is the number of DC stitches in this round stated wrong? Thanks so much!

  3. Your hat designs are adorable and just what I’ve been looking for my 3 little niece and nephews! I’ll try to send a pic when I’m finished crocheting. Thanks for sharing your talents and creativity!

  4. I tried this but mine didn’t have the spaces for the breeze holes and I don’t know why.

    • Katie Scarlett says:

      Yeah I’m finding the double crochet does not leave the spaces as this hat pictured does. Thought perhaps what I thought was DC was incorrect, but its not!

  5. I love this pattern it’s easy to follow, I have made 3 hats and working on my 4the they will make lovely Christmas presents for my neices and nephews

  6. Thank you so much:) I’m a beginner & your pattern was the most clearly descriptive pattern to follow! I’ve just finished a hat & after every round I would get excited & show my husband (lol). So glad I found you on Pinterest! Thank you for sharing your talent:) God bless

  7. So I have an issue…. I used an H hook instead of a G because I tend to crochet tight but instead of being the size for my 2yr old, it fits my 7mo old lol Will a bigger hook help or should I add more stitches? I crochet a lot of things, but I am TERRIBLE with hats!

  8. cute, made one for grandmas and one for parents house

  9. I used sugar & cream yarn & a size G needle (4.25). I made this for a two year old girl so 10 side rows was too many. I only did 7 side rows & put a flower instead of a star on it. Adorable!

  10. I love the look of this pattern. I can’t wait to make it for my 2 yr old grandson. He will look adorable in it!

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