Baby Boy Crochet Hat with Cuff and Pom-Pom – Free Pattern

Making hats for babies, and especially newborns, is so satisfying because they go so quickly and they look precious on those little heads. In anticipation of our third baby boy, I’ve made a layette set that includes this hat, and here is the free crochet pattern so you can enjoy it, too, in preemie and newborn sizes.

Newborn Boy Crochet Hat with Cuff and Pom-Pom - Free Pattern!

I use my handy-dandy hat sizing and measurement post when crocheting hats so I can make sure it’s the correct size while I’m in the middle of making it. This hat can be made to any size by continuing to make increasing rounds to the crown.

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Materials

Abbreviations

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

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

Make this hat as part of a layette set with my free crochet pattern for the raspberry stitch baby cocoon!

Baby Boy Crochet Layette - Cocoon and Hat

Our little bundle, just three days old, sporting his new ensemble.

Pattern for Preemies (13 to 14 inch head)

The Crown

CH 3, SL ST to form a ring

Round 1:

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 11 HDC in ring (12 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 2 HDC in each space around (24 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 3

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • 1 HDC in each space (24 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 4

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in next space
  • *2 HDC in next space
  • 1 HDC in next space*
  • Repeat from * all the way around (36 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

The Side of the Hat

Rounds 5-15

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC),
  • 1 HDC in each space (36 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Cuff - Work 5 or 6 rows for a cuff, using white and red yarn, but work on the inside of the hat so when the cuff is turned up, that will be the right side of your work.

Color Changes

  • Round 6 – red (holly berry)
  • Round 7 – white (buttermilk)
  • Round 8: dark blue (sailor blue)
  • Round 9: green (green eucalyptus)
  • Round 10: red (holly berry)
  • Rounds 11-15 – back to blue (winter sky)
  • Rounds 15-19 – white (buttermilk)
  • Round 20: red (holly berry)

Newborn Baby Boy Layette Set

Pattern for Newborns (13-15 inch head)

The Crown

CH 3, SL ST to form a ring

Round 1:

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 11 HDC in ring (12 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 2 HDC in each space around (24 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 3

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC),  1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 HDC in the next space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces (32 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 4

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • 1 HDC in each space around (32 total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 5

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 HDC in the next space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 3 spaces*
  • Repeat from * all the way around (40 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

The Side of the Hat

If you want this hat to be bigger, use my hat measurement guide to determine the size of the crown you need, then continue to add increasing rows by adding one or more extra single HDC in between each increasing stitch (which is 2 HDC).

Rounds 6-20

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC),
  • 1 HDC in each space (40 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Cuff - Work 5 or 6 rows for a cuff, using white and red yarn, but work on the inside of the hat so when the cuff is turned up, that will be the right side of your work.

Color Changes

  • Round 6 – red (holly berry)
  • Round 7 – white (buttermilk)
  • Round 8: dark blue (sailor blue)
  • Round 9: green (green eucalyptus)
  • Round 10: red (holly berry)
  • Rounds 11-20 – back to blue (winter sky)
  • Rounds 21-24 – white (buttermilk)
  • Round 25: red (holly berry)

The Pom Pom

I learned how to make pom-poms from this video but modified by wrapping it over my fingers instead of a piece of cardboard. I held strands of all the colors and wrapped them over my four fingers (not the thumb). Then I pulled it off my fingers and then tied a strand around the middle, then cut the looped ends until it’s nice and round. One of these I’ll post a tutorial for you!

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Comments

  1. Sandra Cruz says:

    I love this set. It looks manly, for a baby boy, good job!

  2. Love this set! Thank you for sharing the pattern!

  3. Congrats again on the new baby boy. He looks like the sweetest thing in that hat!

  4. I will try this pattern for sure. The colours you chose for yours are just great!!

  5. How big did you make the pom pom?

  6. Tiffaney says:

    I love the hat and cant wait to make it for my lil guy, i was wondering how many balls of each color do i need for the hat? is it just one ball each? thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Hi, Sara…This is sooooo cute, but I ran into a little problem on Round 5…

    CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in same space
    1 HDC in each of the next 6 spaces
    *2 HDC in the next space
    1 HDC in each of the next spaces*
    Repeat from * all the way around (38 HDC total)
    SL ST to top of CH 2

    4th row of instruction….1 HDC in each of next ??? spaces? if I HDC in next 6 spaces, the final total doesn’t add up to 38! Help!!!

    • Hi Frances! Ah, yes, looks like I maybe shouldn’t have written it while in the newborn, sleep-deprived, stupor phase. It should read (and it’s changed in the pattern now) – 1 HDC in each of the next 3 spaces (not 6) for a total of 40 stitches around. However, if you find this is too big, increase the single stitch in between the increasing stitch (the 2 HDC in one space) – it won’t come out perfectly patterned (as it does now, with 3 HDC, then 1 increasing stitch. Then 3 HDC, then one increasing stitch, etc). But it won’t matter because you’re not doing a special stitch afterwards where you must have a certain number of stitches. Does that make any sense at all or are you now totally confused? :)

  8. Hi! I love this pattern but am wondering if it possible to make for an older child? Like a 7 year old for instance?

    • Yes, absolutely! All you have to do is adjust the width of the crown. I have a whole post on how to do that and the correct size for each age – Hat Measurements for Crochet and Knit. So, continue working on the crown by adding increasing stitches one less time every row. So, for round 6 you do: *2 HDC in the next space, 1 HDC in each of the next 4 spaces*. Round 7: *2 HDC in the next space, 1 HDC in each of the next 5 spaces* and so on until you have reached the desired diameter width, which for a child that age is about 5 inches across. If you notice your circle is getting wavy, then stop adding increasing rows and add a row of just 1 HDC in each space. I hope that makes sense!

  9. Oh tjis is too cute. And THANK YOU sooooo vety much for the measurement chart.

  10. Is the cuff worked in HDC also?

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