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Learn how to crochet this quick and easy baby beanie with my step by step written pattern and video tutorial. This beginner friendly pattern is suitable for a newborn baby however the size of the hat can be adjusted by going up or down a hook size, dependant on what size beanie you want to make. These adorable baby beanies make great gifts or a little handmade loveliness for your new arrival. For more inspiration for baby gifts keep reading.

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what will I learn?

In this blog post you will learn how to crochet a simple newborn baby beanie, this pattern is easily adjustable by changing your hook size. Tension is important in this project as you wouldn’t want the final round being too tight on a babies head so if you struggle with tension, CLICK HERE as this video might help! Don’t forget, there is a video tutorial at the base of the post to help guide you through the pattern.

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pattern notes

  • Written in UK terms
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Gauge/Finished Size:  Finished newborn hat measures between 12-14” circumferences.  Example piece is 6” diameter and 5” from crown to brim.  Change hook size based on your tension to achieve the right size.
  • Video tutorial can be found at the base of the post

terms and abbreviations

  • Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook
  • Treble Crochet (tr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a
  • loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
  • Double Crochet (dc): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
  • Slip Stitch (ss): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch and loop on hook
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Easy Crochet Baby Beanie

baby beanie pattern part 1

  • Foundation chain: Ch 3, insert hook into first ch to make a sl st alternatively create a magic circle
  • Round 1: Working into the center of the circle.  Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout), work 12 tr into center of circle, ss to first st. (12 tr)  Remember the beginning ch-2 does not count as a stitch, your slip stitch is into the first treble crochet
  • Round 2: Ch 2, 2 tr into st at base of ch, 2 tr into each st around, join round with a ss to first st. (24 tc)
  • Round 3: Ch 2, 2 tr into st at base of ch 2, tr into next st, *2 tr in next st, tr in next st; repeat from * around, ss to first st. (36 tc)
  • Round 4: Ch 2, 2 tr in st at base of ch 2, tr in each of next 17 sts, 2 tr in next st, tr in each st to end, ss to first st.  (38 tc) We increased by only 2 stitches in this round.
  • Round 5-8: Ch 2, tr in st at base of ch 2, tr in each st around, ss to first st.  (38 tc)
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Easy Crochet Baby Beanie

pattern part 2

  • Now take your tape measure and measure from crown to brim and see if it is close to 5”.  We will add one more row, if you’re close to 5” (4.75”).  If you’re much shorter than 4.5” you might want to add another round or 2 of treble crochet then proceed to the finishing round
  • Finishing Round: Ch 1, working in between each st (not worked into the two loops at the top of the stitch, I am inserting the hook in the space between the posts of two different stitches), dc into every st around, ss into first st, ch 1.  Cut off yarn with a tail of several inches
  • Fasten off and sew in your ends

video tutorial

more baby patterns

When it comes to making items for babies I always recommend using a special baby yarn for super softness on your babies skin when making a baby blanket. Some of my favourite baby yarns include: Rico Baby Dream DK, Paintbox Baby DK and Sirdar Snuggly Cashmere Merino DK. If you want to create a beautiful crochet wardrobe for your baby or to gift, you might like these lovely patterns.

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Crochet Baby Bloomers

These adorable crochet baby bloomers have been designed by guest designer JJ from Peach&Paige. They are available in six different sizes from newborn up-to 2 years. You can get the free pattern by clicking below but please remember if you make these bloomers please credit and tag the designer.

Baby Booties

Why not crochet some matching crochet baby booties to match the beanie! Just like the beanie you can make this pattern in different sizes by simply changing your hook size. These adorable beginner friendly baby booties can be customised by changing colours and adding laces.

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Crochet Baby Bolero

This beautiful crochet baby bolero is featured on the blog by guest designer Amy Nicholls from Tiny Toes Baby Boutique. This bolero is crocheted in chenille yarn making it super soft to the touch, it has beautiful puff sleeve detailing, its cropped size is perfect for most seasons and can be made in three different sizes.

Alternatively you might want to try crocheting a baby blanket. Baby blankets are one of my favourite things to make so if you love making baby blankets like me and would like some more blanket inspiration, why not check out these patterns from beginner friendly blankets to more intricate designs, click below to get all the details for the following blankets:

I always love to see your makes so if you try any of my patterns or follow my stitch tutorials please tag me @bellacococrochet or use the #bellacococrochet

Sarah-jayne
 
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three abby beanie hats pegged up against a pink wooden fence

Learn How To Crochet an Easy Baby Beanie

In this blog post you’ll learn how to crochet a simple newborn baby beanie, this pattern is easily adjustable by changing your hook size. Tension is important in this project as you wouldn’t want the final round being too tight on a babies head so if you struggle with tension CLICK HERE as this video might help! Don’t forge there is a video tutorial at the base of the post to help guide you through the pattern.

Materials

  • Yarn: Stylecraft Special for babies (100% Acrylic, 323 yds per 3.5oz)

Tools

  • Hook: 5mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge (yarn calls for 4mm but I chose 5mm)
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle
  • Tape Measure: (optional but useful to have)

Instructions

    1. Foundation chain: Ch 3, insert hook into first ch to make a sl st alternatively create a magic circle.
    2. Round 1: Working into the center of the circle. Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout), work 12 tr into center of circle, ss to first st. (12 tr) Remember the beginning ch-2 does not count as a stitch, your slip stitch is into the first treble crochet
    3. Round 2: Ch 2, 2 tr into st at base of ch, 2 tr into each st around, join round with a ss to first st. (24 tc)
    4. Round 3: Ch 2, 2 tr into st at base of ch 2, tr into next st, *2 tr in next st, tr in next st; repeat from * around, ss to first st. (36 tc)
    5. Round 4: Ch 2, 2 tr in st at base of ch 2, tr in each of next 17 sts, 2 tr in next st, tr in each st to end, ss to first st. (38 tc) We increased by only 2 stitches in this round
    6. Round 5-8: Ch 2, tr in st at base of ch 2, tr in each st around, ss to first st. (38 tc)
    7. Now take your tape measure and measure from crown to brim and see if it is close to 5”. We will add one more row, if you’re close to 5” (4.75”). If you’re much shorter than 4.5” you might want to add another round or 2 of treble crochet then proceed to the finishing round
    8. Finishing Round: Ch 1, working in between each st (not worked into the two loops at the top of the stitch, I am inserting the hook in the space between the posts of two different stitches), dc into every st around, ss into first st, ch 1. Cut off yarn with a tail of several inches.
    9. Fasten off and sew in your ends.

Notes

Written in UK terms
Skill level: beginner
Gauge/Finished Size: Finished newborn hat measures between 12-14” circumferences. Example piece is 6” diameter and 5” from crown to brim. Change hook size based on your tension to achieve the right size.
Video tutorial available


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12 Comments

  • Jen
    May 11, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Love these! Do you happen to have any other baby beanie size patterns like preemie and 6-12 months? Love your work and you are really easy to follow for beginner crocheters. Thanks 🙂

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 12, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Hi Jen Thank you, I don’t have any patterns for preemie babies at the moment 🙂

      Reply
  • Ling
    May 28, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Hi Bellacoco team, i really enjoyed your tutorial as it is easy for a beginner like me to follow. I have a question, my yarn is less chunkier than yours, so after finishing round 8, i only reached around 3.7 inch and the size of the beanie is quite small compare to your video. Will this be a problem? Thanks!

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 4, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Ling, I’m so glad you enjoyed my tutorial If you are using thinner yarn I would recommend going up a hook size or two if you need to reach the size shown in the video, otherwise the beanie might not fit

      Reply
  • Kirsty
    June 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Sarah-Jayne, I am 32 weeks pregnant and have been very, very anxious throughout this pregnancy and pandemic. Learning how to crochet has brought me so many calm focused hours and I could not have done it without your tutorials. I have now made a star blanket, a full-sized blanket,flowers and this easy baby beanie. I would like to make a matching hat for my 17 month old little girl. Can you please give me some advice on how to increase the sizes of the first rows in order to make the finished item fit a bigger head? I would be very grateful. Many thanks, Kirsy

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 9, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Kirsty, I’m so happy to hear that my tutorials have helped you – crochet is really good at calming the mind I find If you wanted to make a bigger beanie I think the easiest way would be to make more increase rounds: so after round 3, do another round where you make 2 trebles in one stitch, but then make 2 trebles as normal. For the next round, make 2 trebles in one stitch, then 3 trebles as normal. For each round just increase the number of single trebles you are making in between the increases in this way and then continue the pattern as normal. Hope this helps

      Reply
  • Isobel
    February 14, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Sarah Jayne
    I loved this pattern which was so easy to follow and came out looking great! I’d really like to have the same pattern but for an adult? Is there an easy way to do this?
    Thanks for such a smashing site – keep it up!

    Reply
  • Natasha
    February 10, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Hi! I used a larger hook but mine is still coming up short – is there a limit on how many extra rounds we can do to bring it up to size?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 17, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      You can work as many rounds as necessary before the finishing round to reach the correct size

      Reply
  • Jean
    November 15, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Hello Sarah-Jayne, Your videos are really helpful (as I can’t follow written patterns!). Do you have a tutorial for a bigger beanie hat for babies ie 9-12months?

    Thank you.

    Jean

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      November 16, 2023 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Jean I don’t have a specific tutorial however you could try going up a hook size 🙂

      Reply

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