The crochet baby hat you’ve been looking for – my Parker Crochet Baby Hat – a free pattern here on the blog! Read through my inspiration, design process, and lots of info on the perfect yarn I chose, or scroll on down for the free pattern.
A truly beginner friendly pattern
A crochet baby hat might be the sweetest thing to make – and some of the easiest! For those of you that might be brand new to crochet, don’t worry! I’ll walk you through this pattern with written instructions as well as a full video tutorial. I chose really simple stitches for this pattern so you can follow along without expert-level ability. Just be patient with yourself and have fun!
The Inspiration + Design
When I was pregnant with my son Parker, I wanted to make a cute newborn set for him! I had trouble finding a boyish set that I loved so I set out to design my own. This was one of the very first patterns I posted on my blog and I’m so glad you’ve loved it as much as I have over the years. I made only a newborn hat in the original post but I’ve scaled the pattern to include hats for all baby sizes, preschoolers and children! Yay!
This crochet baby hat is part of a set – see the matching baby booties here & the matching diaper cover here.
This set is a great gift for baby showers or new additions to family and friends’ families, and it’s a very gender neutral pattern. I’ve got it pictured here in the classic blue and pink as well as a gorgeous grey marble. I love modern baby items that are simplistic in design and can work for any mom’s style! Click here to check out all my kids crochet patterns.
I wish I’d been able to get some photos of Parker in this set when he was born, but he weighed in at a whoppin’ 10 lb. 2 oz and was too chunky to fit into them! Lol!
I decided to use Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn for this pattern as it’s a very versatile worsted weight yarn with a stunning color range. There are colors to match any baby shower or nursery theme, as well as any individual style.
However you can use any worsted weight yarn for this project! There are wonderful wool based worsted weight yarns to use for this project as well as other natural and synthetic fibers. Really, anything goes as long as you can meet the gauge listed in the pattern below.
I do have a video tutorial for the newborn size of this hat for all my visual learners below – enjoy! 😉
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To sum it up: The perfect basic baby hat that’s simple to make and easily customizable – in all kids sizes!
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Magic ring, 11 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Jen Boyd says
Very cute and quick pattern!
Karen Cyphers says
Good morning. I have some leftover light weight yarn (3) that I would like to make a hat to go with an afghan that I made. My question is how would you adjust the pattern for this light weight yarn? Thank you so much.
Well if you use a larger hook size the number of stitches should still work but it will be a bit gappy. If it is really light weight I would follow the pattern as written but hold two stands of yarn together! (outside tail and inside tail from the skein). This will make the weight about right and a super warm hat!
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Traci Wodahl says
I don’t know if I’m not doing this right or what. I have tried this pattern numerous times and can not for the life of me get it down to the 22st at the end. Any ideas? Thanks
Traci Wodahl says
Sorry, that was for the booties. Didnt realize i was on the hat post.
Oh whoops! Can you email me a photo? That helps a lot with problem solving! 🙂
Thanks for the free pattern, such a quick and cute hat!
I made this for my new cousin who is due in February. I was surprised how fast it came together. Super cute and so east! I just love it. Thank you so much!
Lorraine Smith says
It says free pattern yet $1.99 is charged
I’m not sure what your question is – the pattern is free here on my blog but I have a link to the $1.99 version on Etsy that is ad-free and printable.
The Parker hat u need to say how many stitches are at the end of the round. Do u double crochet in the same stitch as the starting chain? Will it have a seam in it from the chain 3. Please let me know. It would really help.
Hi Sally – Since you asked so nicely, I’ll add in some st counts for ya. Yes, you Dc in the same st as the Ch, and you will have a seam in the back, but if you wanted to avoid the seam, just don’t join any of your rounds and skip the Ch 3. Hope this helps!
Hello, this pattern is adorable! Can you tell me where the hat comes to on a newborn’s head? I already made the booties as well. My three children have been 8lbs 6oz to 8lbs 10oz… So no 6 pound babies here either! I’m just wondering if I should be adding another row to the hat. Thanks so much for both of these patterns!
When my baby was born he was 10lbs 2oz and this hat needed about 2 more rows to fit him – so you should be safe with one extra for your little!
Thank you so much!
Please help! Round 9 is really frustrating me. I fpdc around the first post, then DC in the stitch right next to it , then fpdc around the adjacent post but my stitch count doubles, and the round starts to flair out. I know I’m putting in too many stitches and don’t know what to do to get just 44 stitches in this round… can you tell I’m a novice!?
Totally ok, Christi – I’ve had a lot of folks run into this problem! Because you are working FpDcs in the round, it looks deceiving. Make sure that you really are moving on to the next stitch to Dc after each FpDc. Because of the shape of the hat it almost looks like you are skipping a stitch then Dc-ing. Really what it looks like you are skipping is the Dc that you FpDc around, it just also looks like that’s the next st too – but it’s not! Hope this helps.
The Parker hat- do u count the ch 2 as a stitch and do u slip stitch in the 1st double crochet at the beginning of round?
No the Ch 2 doesn’t count as a stitch. And yes, always sl st to the first Dc of the round!
Catrice Bess says
This is absolutely adorable! I’m making the set in pink and white for a babyshower!
My family name is “Parker” so naturally I want to make this set for my first grandchild! But I don’t know what the “Magic Circle” is. Could you please tell me? Thank You!!
There are great tutorials on Youtube for the magic ring or magic circle. Here’s mine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZzVN7Bfci0
I’m stuck; it was going really well until round 9. This round 9 looks awful! And is really frustrating! Help please!! I ended up with a huge bump and the hat looks terrible. I think I’m dc into too many stitches. I read your comment to another person about skipping where you would put the actual dc since you do a fpdc, however my hat now has gaps plus the bump and is looking weird! Do you have a video of this step posted anywhere??
I completed row nine and halfway through 10. It still looks weird because there are more gaps in these rows than the previous 1 through 8. Then I also noticed that that vertical pattern that appears in your photos are on the inside of my hat. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Please help. :,( this hat looks so cute in your pictures; and I so badly want to get it right!
Alice Redd says
Cute hat and booties I need to make!!!
If I sell at a booth, how do you suggest I give you credit for the pattern? Most people don’t care where you get the pattern from.
You are welcome to sell at a booth without formally giving credit. But if any fellow crocheters ask, please tell them about my blog! <3
Okay, thanks, and will do.
thought it was a free pattern. need to update your post. fraud
Hi Cindy – the pattern is free. You probably saw the link at the top of the post for an optional paid pattern on Etsy. This is only if you want an ad-free printable version. The FREE version is here on my site at the bottom of the blog post. You probably scrolled right past it to write this comment. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thank you so much for a pattern which is easy to follow and looks wonderful at the end!
I’d love to make this for my 7 month old, as well as our newborn friends. Do you have any advice as to how to adjust the pattern? I’m new to hats – have been making amigurumi for Christmas!
I seem to be having difficulty with this Parker hat and I don’t know why. I have tried 3 times now doing exactly what you instruct in the video and my hat is not curving hardley any your help would be appreciated I am using a 5mm hook and Redheart camouflage yarn?