Crochet Summer Sun Hat – Free Patterns for a Baby and Toddler

Of all the things I crochet, the things we actually use all winter and summer include hats – beanies in the winter and sun hats in the summer (click here to see all my sun hat patterns!). They are very functional and keep the sun off my sweet little boys’ faces and necks. With three boys, I have to get creative to make their hats cute without being girly. And here’s another pattern I love!

Free Patterns for a Crochet Sun Hat for Babies and Toddlers using Cotton Yarn

I have the pattern in two sizes – newborn to six months, and toddler from about 18 months to 3 years. Of course, this will vary according to your child’s head. If it’s too big, I suggest adding a strap under the brim that you can tie together (so you don’t have to frog it and start over!). Then he or she will be able to grow into it! These hats are just made of simple half double crochet and double crochet, so they can be adapted for girls, too, using different colored yarn. Add more rounds and make it longer for adults by using my hat measurements post. To make a 6 month to 18 month hat, I think it’ll work just fine to just increase the hook size from the newborn size to use an I (5.5mm) hook, but I haven’t done it myself so I can’t say for sure. The same is probably true for a child’s size hat – just use the 18 mos. to 3 years pattern and an J hook.

Free Pattern for a Crochet Sun Hat for Toddlers

Materials

  • 0 to 6 month hat - Hook: H/8 (5.0 mm)
  • 18 mos. to 3 years hat - Hook: I/9 (5.5mm)
  • Tapestry needle to sew on accessories and hide the tails
  • Scissors to cut tails
  • Yarn: I used cotton yarn for this since I wanted a breathable, lightweight yarn for summertime. I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Yarn Warm Brown (where to buy), Hot Green (where to buy), Hot Blue (where to buy), and Hot Orange (where to buy)

Abbreviations

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

Free Crochet Pattern for a Sun Hat for Babies

The Pattern for Babies – 0 to 6 months

All rounds are joined with a SL ST. This hat measures about 5 1/2 inches long by 7 1/2 inches wide, to fit a 14 to 16 inch round head.

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • Round 1 – CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 7 HDC into ring (8 HDC total). Join.
  • Round 2 -CH 2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in same ST. Increase in every ST – 2 HDCs in each ST around (16 HDC total). Join.
  • Round 3 -CH 2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in same ST. 1 HDC in next ST. Increase every other ST – *2 HDCs in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST. Repeat from * around (24 HDC total). Join.
  • Round 4 -CH 2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in same ST. 1 HDC in each of the next 2 STs. Increase every 3 STs – *2 HDCs in next ST, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 STs. Repeat from * around (32 HDC total). Join.
  • Round 5 -CH 2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in same ST. 1 HDC in each of the next 7 STs. Increase every 8 STs – *2 HDCs in next ST, 1 HDC in each of the next 7 STs. Repeat from * around (36 HDC total). Join.
  • Round 6 – CH 2 (counts as first HDC), 1 HDC in next ST. 1 HDC in each ST around. (36 HDC total). Join.
  • Rounds 7 – 13 – Repeat round 6

Brim

This is made to be a more straight brim for a boy’s hat. To make a ruffled brim for a girl, see my pattern here.

  • Round 1 - CH 2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in same stitch. 1 HDC in each of the next 3 STs. Increase every 4 STs – *2 HDCs in next ST, 1 HDC in each of the next 3 STs. Repeat from * around . Join.
  • Round 2 - CH 2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in same stitch. 1 HDC in each of the next 2 STs. Increase every 3 STs – *2 HDCs in next ST, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 STs. Repeat from * around . Join.
  • Round 3 - repeat round 2. Join.

Crochet Sun Hat for Toddlers - Free Pattern

The Pattern for Young Toddlers – 18 months to 3 years

All rounds are joined with a SL ST. This hat measures about 6.25 inches long by 9.5 inches wide, to fit a 18 to 20 inch round head.

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • Round 1 – CH 3 (counts as first DC), 11 DC into ring (12 HDC total). Join.
  • Round 2 -CH 3 (counts as first DC), DC in same stitch. Increase in every ST – 2 DCs in each ST around (24 DC total). Join.
  • Round 3 -CH 3 (counts as first DC), DC in same stitch. 1 DC in next ST. Increase every other ST – *2 DCs in next ST, 1 DC in next ST. Repeat from * around (36 DC total). Join.
  • Round 4 -CH 3 (counts as first DC), DC in same stitch. 1 DC in each of the next 2 STs. Increase every 3 STs – *2 DCs in next ST, 1 DC in each of the next 2 STs. Repeat from * around (48 DC total). Join.
  • Round 5 -CH 2 (counts as first DC), 1 DC in next ST. 1 DC in each ST around. (48 DC total). Join.
  • Rounds 6 – 12 – Repeat round 5

Brim

This is made to be a more straight brim for a boy’s hat. To make a ruffled brim for a girl, see my pattern here.

  • Round 1 - CH 2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in same stitch. 1 HDC in each of the next 3 STs. Increase every 4 STs – *2 HDCs in next ST, 1 HDC in each of the next 3 STs. Repeat from * around. Join.
  • Round 2 - CH 2 (counts as first HDC), HDC in same stitch. 1 HDC in each of the next 2 STs. Increase every 3 STs – *2 HDCs in next ST, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 STs. Repeat from * around. Join.
  • Round 3 - repeat round 2. Join.

 Free Patterns for a Crochet Sun Hat for Babies and Toddlers

My crochet patterns are free, and, therefore, I have no budget for pattern testers and errors do sometimes exist. If you find one, just let me know and I’ll happily fix it! This pattern is copyrighted so please do not copy and paste it to share online. Instead, link back to it. You are free to make the hat and sell the finished product as long as you link back to the pattern. For more information, please see my Legal page.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this. It looks super simple to make, and I can’t wait to make one for my toddler.

  2. Hi, I came across this on pinterest and it looks wonderful, great timing too as there are a couple of babies due this summer that I want to make presents for. I was just wondering what weight that yarn is? It looks slightly more than dk but I wasn’t sure :) Love the colours by the way! x

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  4. So am I correct in thinking that all of the DCs in the Toddler Hat pattern are supposed to be HDCs, like the baby pattern? I’m using the Sugar ‘n’ Cream in Rainbow Bright for my daughter.

  5. This is so adorable omg! Thanks for sharing.
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  6. round 5 of your toddler pattern – has HDC and DC in the instructions. Do we still continue with the DC’s for the toddler version through round 12 – then switch to HDC’s for the brim?

  7. I don’t normally use patterns because they get wordy and complicated but I love yours they are so easy to follow. Thank you

  8. I love this pattern, I’m going to make one for my youngest son and his older brother, which brings me to my question. If you were going to make this for older children or adults how big would you make the crown? I noticed that the crown is pretty much like making a small adult sized beanie. I only ask because I want to make one for my fiance and the older children in my family as well and was curious as to how you would do it.

  9. Round 5 -CH 2 (counts as first DC), 1 DC in next ST. 1 DC in each ST around. (48 HDC total)

    should that read 48 DC total instead of the (48 HDC total)
    I am a little confused.
    I still made the hat , and it’s adorable, Ty for the share.

  10. Ann Clayton says:

    Hi there – love your blogs and your hat patterns! I adapted your toddler sun hat for my sweet nephew who is all boy – I made it using camo colored yarn and put the goldfish on it as well, because he loves to go fishing with his daddy!

  11. Lexi Stamper says:

    Just finished making both sizes today. Very easy and very fast to make! And of course adorable. I couldn’t find the exact colors, so I changed them up a bit, but I still like the way they turned out. :) Thanks for the pattern!

  12. If I was using a solid colour, how many skeins would I need?

    Thanks!

  13. I’ve made 2-3 of your hats now, including the pink and white granny square hat. Thanks for the pattern. I made a hat very similar to this, a different color in each row. The area where I joined my rows was uneven. Could this have been avoided with a slip stitch? Don’t remember exactly what I did. Other than that, the hat was very nice. Thanks!

  14. Pauline Nash says:

    In the toddler version, I think you have used a few HDC’s that should be DC ( Rounds 1 and 5) Is the brim supposed to be all HDC’s? Thanks

  15. I love this simple pattern! It’s easy to follow and works up really quickly (especially when you’re changing colors!!). I will be writing a blog post linking back to this as this is a pattern worth sharing!! :) Thank you! I am excited to make these for my little guy! :)
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  16. I just finished making one for my 10 day old in yellow and white. I changed it up a bit by making the 13th row DC instead of HDC and crocheting a chain to thread through and tie in a bow. It is adorable! I think I may be crocheting too tightly though, because I had to use a J hook to get the size right.

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