Newborn Baby Boy Puff Stitch Crochet Hat – Free Pattern

I’ve gone to town crocheting for our family’s new arrival – our third boy! As much as I love flowers and pretty girlie things, I’m so used to having boys that I’ve learned how to make “pretty” things for them, too, and this hat and layette set has to be at the top of my favs list. Here’s a free crochet pattern for a puff stitch baby beanie – just change out the colors if you need it for a girl!

Newborn Baby Puff Stitch Crochet Beanie - Free Pattern!

This hat measures 5 inches tall, by 7 inches wide. Just like all my hat patterns, 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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  • 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 and, half double crochet hat, and the mitered granny square blanket!

Newborn Baby Boy Layette Set with free patterns for a hat, cocoon and blanket

Pattern for Newborns (13-15 inch head)

The Crown

(Made with Winter Sky) 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 6 spaces
  • *2 HDC in the next space
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 6 spaces*
  • Repeat from * all the way around (38 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

The Sides

Round 6 – Puff Stitch (never done the puff stitch before? Click here to see my photo tutorial!)

Switch to another color – I did Holly Berry

  • CH 2 (counts as first HDC)
  • *Puff stitch in the next stitch, HDC in the next
  • Repeat from * all the way around (19 puff stitch worked, 19 HDC worked)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 7
Switch to another color – I did Green Eucalyptus

  • CH 2
  • 1 HDC in each space (38 HDC total)
  • SL ST to top of CH 2

Round 8 – Puff Stitch – repeat Round 6
Switch to another color – I did Sailor Blue

Round 9 – Repeat row 7

Rounds 10-14 – Repeat Row 7, changing back to Winter Sky


The Cuff

Flip the hat inside out and work on the inside of the hat, so your puff stitch will be facing out once the cuff is flipped up.

Rounds 15-17 – Repeat Row 7, changing to Buttermilk

Round 19 – Repeat row 6, changing to 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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Now find a precious little baby to put it on! Merry Crocheting!

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. Fabulous design and colour choices Sara! The model is super cute!!

  2. Patsi Klein says:

    I’m not getting row 5. Can you check it out for me. I love this pattern! Thank you so much!

  3. Ileana Boykin says:

    I am having trouble with row 5 as well…..If I have 32 stitches in row 4 and to start row 5 I chain two(first HDC) and do another one in same stitch and do 6 and then increase and six around I end up with three (not enough for the last six)…..I can tweak it somehow and end up with the 38 but not following the pattern….Can you please check and let me know Thanks….love the hat, the colors and the yarn is superb….had never used it……

  4. Are we supposed to work from the wrong side for all rows with the puff stitch, my puffs are ending up on the wrong side.

  5. Round 5 doesn’t work out at all, can you please clarify? I’d really like to make this but the pattern is off.

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