Free Crochet Pattern...Squishy Newborn Hats!

These sweet hats are fun and easy to make for a new baby.  Crocheted with soft modern colors and finished off with a cute little applique, they make a thoughtful gift for a new arrival and are a great charity project too!

Squishy Newborn Hats
By Jennifer Dickerson

  • Newborn (height 6 inches, circumference 35 cm/14 inches) Hat is stretchy and will grow with baby just a bit too.
  • Lion Brand Baby's First  Color shown: "Aqua" "Fairy Tale" "Pixie Dust" (Yarn is machine washable so it is suitable for charity donations too, I had lots of yarn leftovers on each skein)
  • K (6.5 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle

Instructions for Hat:

Note: stitches are worked in the spaces. Click here for a helpful tutorial. Foundation: Ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, then work 11 dc into the center of the ring.
Round 2: Ch 3, *1 dc in the first space, 2 dc in the next space, rpt from * to end of round. Close round with a sl st
Round 3: Repeat round 2
Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as a dc). Skip the first space and work a dc in each space around. Close round with a sl st.
Repeat round 4 until hat measures 6 inches from beginning. Fasten off.

Note: I made mine in two different striping patterns, you can make your any way you like, but here's how I did mine, in case you'd like to do the same:

Click here for a helpful tutorial on how to change colors on a new row...

Hat on the left: beginning chain and rows 1-4 worked in pink, remaining rows worked in alternating rounds of blue and white.
Hat on the right: Beginning chain and rounds 1-4 worked in pink, then work white until second to last round, then work blue for the last round.

Finishing & Assembly:

You can add a fun applique to your hats if you like:

Click here for the star (shown in blue)...
Click here for the heart (shown in pink)...

To finish up your hats, sew appliques to hats and weave in any ends that remain.

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© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
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  1. love these hats, I,ll be buying some more yarn soon too do these LOL

    1. I love this yarn, it was pleasant to work with, I've been looking for the aqua, I want to make one in that shade too! :)

  2. I'm about to make some of these soon, as they are lovely. I was looking at buying the same yarn and when looking I noticed they don't have one called Aqua in that brand. I even double checked on Lion Brand website, the closest colour I could see would be sea sprite but it doesn't look like the same colour you used. Shame I can't get that colour, hopefully sea sprite will still look good. Any way I just wanted to let you know, do you think you used another yarn for that colour? Thanks again for the great pattern, I can't wait to start!


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