baby and toddler crochet hat patterns

Or I could have called this post ‘What to do when your gorgeous model is at preschool?’. Thanks to George for stepping in today, he was very co-operative and stood still for me. So at last, here are more of my crocheted hat patterns for you. These will actually be named Operation Christmas Child hats so that people can make up the hats and pop them in boxes as part of Operation Christmas Child. I’ll share the link to my hats once its up there!

another hat

Sizes : baby (toddler, preschooler)

what you’ll need :

2x50g balls 8 ply wool ( I used Lincraft’s ‘cosy’ wool for this project)

6.5mm hook for hat

scraps of wool for your flower

4mm hook for flower

Ok, let’s get stuck into it. Again I’m not going to use abbreviations to make it easier for all of you and please note that I use American terminology so when I say double crochet if you’re using Australian/UK crochet terminology then you call that a treble!!!!

Using 2 strands of wool (one from each ball), chain 5 (6,6) and with a slip stitch form a ring.

Round 1: Chain 3 and then make 15 ( 17, 19 ) double crochet into your ring. Join with a slip stitch to the top of your first chain 3 (so basically your 3rd chain).

Round 2: Chain 3 (this gives you the height of the round) then starting with your next stitch do 2 double crochet (if you’re using aussie/UK terminology you call these trebles) into every stitch the whole way around. Join with a slip stitch to the top of your first chain 3.

Rounds 3-6 : Chain 3 and do 1 double crochet in each stitch the whole way around. Join with slip stitch to the top of your first chain 3.  For the preschooler hat or if its looking too short on your model/recipient/nearest child in sight then add another round or two of exactly the same so you end up with 7 or 8 rounds.  Cut wool and weave in ends.

Using the 4mm hook and one strand of wool, chain 5 and with a slip stitch form a ring.

Round 1 : chain 3 and then do 20 double crochet (you might call these a treble) into the ring. Slip stitch to join to the top of the first chain 3.

Round 2: chain 1 then single crochet in each double crochet of the previous round.

Round 3: single crochet, *skip one stitch of previous round then 7 double crochet in the next stitch, skip one stitch then do a single crochet. Repeat from * until you reach your first single crochet and slip stitch to finish. Leave 50cm of wool, cut and pull through the loop on your hook. Attach your flower using a darning needle and the wool strand you left on the flower.

Now remember this is for you to make for your family, friends, charity and not for resale! Please be nice and respect that so I can keep sharing patterns with you, for FREE! Next up I’ll have newborn and adult sizes.


  1. Pattern looks great – well done to the monkey – what a great head model.

  2. How cute is that! Glad to see George being such a compliant model!

  3. Another cute hat pattern. Isabelle was eyeing off the first one you put up so maybe I will do a practice one for her first! Thanks for sharing too Corrie.

  4. Awesome post and well timed. I was thinking of putting a hat in my boxes this year. Have you got any other cool ideas for operation christmas child?

  5. Ooh I love the hat Corrie! And he’s the only thing cuter than one onf your little ones wearing it! 😀

  6. Corrie, thanks so much for sharing all the great stuff you do. Lily was raving so much at Preschool yesterday about her Cinnamon Roll baking in the holidays that her teacher asked for the recipe to make it next week with the kids! We did 1/2 our batch with the Nut-Free version of Nutella and left out the sprinked sugar and they were delicious! Have a great day.

  7. Thank you so much for these patterns Corrie! I made a hat for Cheriese the other week but I ended up making up half of it as I struggled with the instructions. Yours looks much easier and a girl can never have too many hats can she?

  8. Gracias Corrie!!!
    Justo debo hacer un gorro..seguiré tus indicaciones
    Un abrazo desde Argentina!!!

  9. Oh, thanks for this! Very cute.

  10. Love your crochet hat patterns! I’ve just made one as a present for a friend’s baby’s christening. Thanks!

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