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

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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.