Granny Stitch Sun Hat – Baby Girl – Free Crochet Pattern!

A free crochet pattern for an adorable granny stitch sun hat for a baby girl! Also available in toddler sizes. It works up quickly and will keep the sun off of precious little faces.
Baby Girl Pink Sun Hat - Free Crochet Pattern!
After making several sun hats that accidentally fit toddlers (I was actually trying to make them for babies and failed three times in a row!), I finally figured out a pattern using the Granny Stitch to make for babies about 3-6 months, or for about a 14 to 17 inch lil’ knocker. The brim pattern can be found here.

Granny Stitch Baby Sun Hat

Written and Designed by Sara of My Merry Messy Life
(This pattern is copyrighted and is not to be sold or reprinted without my permission)


  • Worsted Weight (Medium, 4) yarn in either cotton or acrylic. Here I used Red Heart Super Saver Perfect Pink (where to buy) and in White (where to buy).
  • Hook: G, 4.25 mm
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails


  • CH = chain
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • ST = stitch
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • beg = beginning

(Read my other post, “How to Work in the Round“,  for more help)


CH 3, SL ST to form ring

Round 1: CH 2, 10 HDC in ring (11 HDC total), join with SL ST to beg CH 2

Round 2: CH 2, 2 HDC in each st around (22 HDC total), join with SL ST to beg CH 2

Round 3: CH 2, 2 HDC, 1 HDC, 1 HDC all the way around UNTIL the last stitch. After completing the 2, 1, 1 HDC, do 2 HDC in the last stitch (30 HDC total), join with SL ST to beg CH 2

Round 4: CH 2, 1 HDC in each stitch around (30 HDC total), join with a SL ST (if continuing to use the same color for the granny stitch, then CH 2 now. If changing colors, then you will CH 2 in Round 5).

Now work about 9 rows of the Granny Stitch, with 10 of them in each row. See my other post for a complete photo tutorial of the Granny Stitch. Here are the written instructions:

Rounds 5 to 13 (Granny Stitch):

  • (If changing colors, read this. If not, skip to the next step). Join your new color to the opposite side of where you ended the last round. Join with a SL ST and CH 2.
  • 3 HDC in the same ST, CH 1
  • SK 2 HDC spaces
  • *Work 4 HDC in the next stitch and CH 1
  • SK 2 HDC spaces*
  • Repeat from * all the way around and join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST.

The hat should measure about 5.5 inches tall,

Crochet Baby Girl Sun Hat - Measures 5.5 inches tall

and be about 15 inches in circumference (or 7.5 when folded in half).

Crochet Baby Girl Sun Hat Measures 7.5 wide

You can do all kinds of crazy things with color in this hat. Here’s another post I have to make this hat for toddlers!

Crochet Sun Hat for a Little Girl Free Pattern

Brim Pattern

For the full brim pattern and photo tutorial, click here. Otherwise, here is just the pattern:

Round 1: If attaching a new color for the brim, then attach with a SL ST and CH 1. In the next stitch, crochet 1 HDC. Work 1 HDC in each stitch around. (The picture does not reflect this round. It is optional.)

If using the same color, CH 1 and do the same as above – in the next stitch, work 1 HDC. Work 1 HDC in each stitch around.
For both – join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST, and CH 1.

Round 2: In the next stitch, work 2 HDC (in the same stitch). Then, *work 1 HDC in the next stitch. Work 2 HDC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * around & join with beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST, and CH 1.

Round 3: In the next stitch, work 1 HDC. In the next stitch, work 2 HDC (in the same stitch). Repeat this pattern all the way around – 1 HDC, 1 HDC, 2 HDC. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST, and CH 1.

Rounds 4 & 5: Work 1 HDC in each stitch around. in to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST, and fasten off.

Merry Crocheting and fun in the sun!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. I adore this hat. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for the pattern.

  2. Thanks for posting a smaller size for this pattern! I love the color combo for this one 🙂

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  3. OMG I have so many projects going, but I can see another in my near future! This is just too cuuute!

  4. Hi Sara, I want to try making a 0-3 month size. Does this stitch require a multiple of 3? Thanks!

  5. Thank you so much for the pattern! This is super cute! I’m still learning to crochet, but I think I did a decent job with it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love this hat!! But, Where are the directions for the brim? Is it located on another page? Thanks in advance!

  7. Thank you for the pattern!! I made it to donate it to a baby shower for some Marine wives here in California.

    I downsized it so I didn’t make it your cute floppy hat style but it is still very cute. 🙂 I want to make your floppy hat version too. 🙂

    Here is the link to my blog post about it. 🙂

  8. Hi sorry I’m confused with row 3 if I ch 1, 2hdc, 1 hdc, 1hdc all the way around I only end up with 24 st at the end if I ch1, 2hdc, 1hdc, 2hdc all the way around I get 33 st. Have I made a mistake or is there a error with the pattern?

  9. i actually succeeded in making this hat and its too cute on my care bear lol since i didnt have a baby to test it on but now my mom loves it and wants one her size. how do go about making the hat bigger for an adult? sorry i just started crocheting recently so im a super noob.

    heres a pic of my bear though 🙂

  10. I want to make these for a gardening family. I needed sizes for a toddler, a 5 year old and a grandma. Can I find them somewhere?
    I have made 5 of these hats and everyone loves them and wants one, keeping me busy making them for the little girls in my life.
    Thanks so much for such an easy and cute hat pattern!

  11. Bonjour, c’est vraiment beau ce que vous faites ….. puis- je avoir le tuto des bonnets en français? Merci beaucoup.

  12. Barbara Barlow says:

    How can I adapt this pattern to a #3 yarn, we call it 8-ply, but don’t get a lot of it
    in kids colors. Love this pattern and plan on doing it for a newborn who will be
    6 months in our Summer.

  13. Lupe Durham says:

    Love the hat but, didn’t come out as good as yours, mine seemed to be tighter and longer on top, can’t understand why, I followed the instructions exactly

  14. I found this to be way too confusing…with the top in one pattern, the hat in a second place and the brim in the third. Is there anyplace to print out the entire pattern in one sjhot??

    • Hi Donna, sorry you feel confused. I chose to do it that way because it would make the post REALLY long with tons of pictures to combine them all. It will make loading time very slow. But you make a good point and I can add the brim pattern to the bottom without it affecting load time. Thanks for the feedback!

    • Allright, it’s fixed now, Donna! Now just use the Print Friendly button at the bottom to print the whole pattern.

  15. Thank you!! 🙂

  16. Joyce McNeill says:

    The notes indicated that this would fit a 3-6 month old. What adjustments should I make to fit a newborn?

  17. Thank you so much for such a great collection of patterns and easy to follow instructions. I taught myself how to crochet a few days ago after watching many YouTube clips and this cute hat was my first project! I have a few pics of my baby girl modelling it on my blog here I am so pleased with it and cannot wait to try more!

  18. Hi, this hat is just to adorable. I am making my friend a bright granny straight scarf with variegated bright colors, lime green & bright pink. She love tye dyed things & I think she would just love this hat. My problem is ~ how do I change the pattern for a adult?
    Thank you 🙂

  19. LOVE this pattern and I just finished my hat and, my followed your pattern to a T. However my measurementgs don’t even come close to yours for some reason and I don’t know why. It is much smaller and only about 4 inches long (not including the brim) and 5 1/2 inches wide. I even added 3 more rounds to make it longer. Would you have any ideas why my measurements are so off?

    • Hi Melissa! Did you use the same hook size? That can make a big difference. And the pattern is based on thick, worsted weight yarn. If you use anything thinner, the size will change. If you’ve done both of those things, then there must be a round where you left off a stitch or two, and it just got smaller from there.

  20. Helen Haynes says:

    Hi Sara. I’m having a little problem. I made my crown the size that I need and then started on the granny stitches. It’s not taking the shape of a hat but rather making a flat circle. Am I still supposed to be chaining one between each granny stitch from the 2nd granny row and on or just in the first granny stitch row? Maybe that’s my problem? TIA!

  21. Judy Gerhart says:

    If I change this to a baby weight yarn, it should result in a smaller hat right? I am expecting a granddaughter at the end of June and would like to make this in Baby Bernat Orange Blossom for the new baby. My daughter fell in love with that yarn.

  22. Hi Love your patterns, Thanks for sharing

  23. carmel8sons says:

    Thank you so so much for patterns Love them , Cant wait to make the hat

  24. So after I do the first round of color change, do I then change back to original color working in the ch 1 spaces to make it like your pink/white hat? This hat is so cute, I just hope mine comes out right.

  25. Hi 🙂 Thanks for the cute pattern. I’m making this for my 4 week old daughter. I had to go up to an H hook because it was way too tiny for her with a G; I tend to crochet tightly 🙂 Thanks again!
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  26. I loved the pattern…just got done making it. Though instead of hdc on row 5, I replaced it with rev sc. Which I think looks cool too. Thanks!

  27. Nicola Wands says:

    Y hun im nearly fin doing this pattern thankyou zo much its fabby love it Im doing mine in sparkly white with pearldrop pink rim love it . The only bit I changed was the row after you join for the rim I did front loop instesd of thru the full stitch and I found it helped the rim to sit out a slight bit better but fabby pattern thankyou for sharing it xxxx

  28. Sara, I am unable to access your “Work In The Round” post. Can you help?

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  30. Hello….I am trying to do this sun hat. Can you please tell me, on row 5 when you start the granny stitch, how many groups of 4 hdc are there? If I count it out on paper, I come up with 10, but when I crochet it, I have 11 🙁

    • Hi Lori! Okay, that means in your previous row of just HDC’s, you worked 33 stitches instead of 30. If you work only 30, then you’ll get 10 granny stitches. If you’re making this for an older baby, that will work just fine and you can just continue! But if it’s for a newborn, I would rework that to make sure it’s 30 stitches before the granny stitch rows begin.

  31. Susan Her says:

    How many skeins of yarn does the Hat take?

  32. Please help me. I cannot get past Round 3.

  33. I just finished making this hat! It’s soo cute and easy! I also made little booties to go with it. 🙂

  34. phyllis Meyer says:

    Is is o k that I took a couple of your patterns.? I will not share them anyone else. It will be for my own use..
    I love your patterns… Thank you so much for sharing them with me..
    God bless

    • Yes, that’s what they’re for! There is a print button at the bottom of every post so you can print out the pattern and use it for you, give to a friend, whatever you want as long as you don’t turn around and sell it. Thanks for asking, I can tell you are an honest person, Phyllis!

  35. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I am addicted!!! I was crocheting in the hospital waiting room and the women next to me said she absolutely loved the hat. So, I gave her two for her granddaughters. Then the receptionist came by and asked for the pattern. I shared your website. We were all involved with hat ministries. What a blessing to share.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a nice comment, Marie. Many blessings to you as you share your love of crochet to bless sweet little babies!

  36. Thank you so much Sara…Yesterday, I was blessed with the birth of my first great-granddaughter…This is doubly exciting for me, I had two boys, I have 4 grandsons, and now, ‘Yeah’, finally, a girl, lol…We have another great-granddaughter coming in September…As both granddaughters live in Florida, their Mommy’s’ and Daddy’s will need to protect their little heads…

  37. Nora van Doren says:

    Darling hat! I must have been misunderstanding the instructions, because I started the granny-squares, I got increasingly ruffled rounds! When I looking at the photos, I realized I needed to be crocheting each 4-hdc block in the chain-1 space. The hat is coming along nicely, I am naking it to go with a pair of booties for our newist (#3!) great-grandbaby. Thanks.

    • Hope the rest of the pattern goes well for you, Nora! How sweet to make it for your newest great-grandbaby! And congratulations on the new addition!

  38. Diane Loye says:

    I have been trying baby girls hat patterns, but for some reason they never came out right! Your pattern was easy to understand and follow! Thank you! My Granddaughter will love it!

  39. Hi. I am almost finished with this hat. I used exactly the same yarn weight and slightly larger hook (5) because I don’t have the hook it’s called for. It looks nice but it’s very floppy and doesn’t actually have a hat shape. Also, your picture shows it standing up by itself, mine does not do that at all. Do you use starch? I’ve done many hats and this just doesn’t look like a hat it looks like a floppy doily

    • Hi Bonnie! It could be that it’s because you used a larger hook than mine, that will make a difference. And even if the yarn is the same weight, it can depend the actual material of the fibers. The brim is floppy, that’s normal.

  40. I don’t crochet but I would love to have this hat for my great granddaughter that will be born in June. There is an elderly lady in our church that crochets for me so would it be permissible to give this to her to use for me?? Thank you for your help!!

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