Use this free pattern to make a quick lace crochet hat for babies. You can have a gift ready for a new baby in just a few hours. The hat is lightweight and provides just a little extra warmth on chilly days. The lace stitches add visual interest and a pretty touch. The hat also pairs well with the Mirabella Hat for a fun Mommy and Me crochet gift set.
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Like the Mirabella Hat, this crochet hat pattern will also give you an opportunity to use two lacey stitches as well as the invisible join method. I designed both of these hats because I wanted lightweight designs that incorporated lacey stitches for visual interest. I love the invisible join method for finishing a project with a polished look. You will find links to picture tutorials below for both the cross treble stitch and the 3-dc shell that are used in this pattern.
PDF Pattern Downloads: This pattern is included in full in this blog post. You can also get the PDF in my shops. Finally, I am also offering a bundle of the ad-free Lacey Little Hat and Mirabella Hat patterns for purchase in my Etsy Shop.
Sizes: Newborn and 3-6 Months.
Finished Measurements: Newborn (approximately 12” in circumference at brim, and 4.25” from crown to edge of brim); 3-6 Months (approximately 15” in circumference at brim and 5” from crown to edge of brim).
Yarn: DK weight (#3 Light) in color of choice.
Hook: Size G/6 (4.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch markers.
Standard Stitch Abbreviations (U.S. Crochet Terminology):
dc: double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
tr: treble crochet
Notes: Hat is worked in rounds from top down. Join each round with a slip stitch before going to next round. Beginning chains of each round do not count as stitches. Do not turn work. Use a marker to indicate the first stitch (not the beginning chains) of each rnd and reposition marker as needed. Invisible join method for crochet in the round recommended for fastening off. A tutorial for this method can be found at https://craftingeachday.com/crochet-invisible-join-tutorial-crochet-in-the-round/. Although beginning chains will create extra stitches at beginning of each round, this is intended to maintain shape of hat.
Gauge: At end of end 3, circle should be 2 3/4 ” in diameter.
Note: If you are making the Lacey Little Hat as a set to go with the Mirabella Hat, the gauge is different for the two hats. The Mirabella Hat is worked at a looser tension for a slouchier fit. If adjusting the tension does not work, try using a larger hook for the Mirabella Hat and a smaller hook for the Lacey Little Hat.
Lace Crochet Baby Hat Pattern
All Sizes Begin Working Crown Pattern:
Rnd 1: Ch 4 (beginning chains do not count as stitches in this round and throughout), work 12 dc in 4thch from hook, mark first stich of rnd with stitch marker and reposition marker to first stitch of each rnd throughout, sl st in beg dc to join, do not turn work – 12 dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each stitch of previous rnd, sl st in beg dc to join – 24 dc.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in same stitch, 1 dc in next stitch, *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch; rep from * around, sl st in beg dc to join – 36 dc.
Check gauge. Circle should now be 2 3/4″ in diameter.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches, *2 dc in next stitch, dc in each of next 2 stitches; rep from * around, sl st in beg dc to join – 48 dc.
Size 3-6 Months (15” Circumference) only:
Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in same stitch, dc in each of next 3 stitches, *2 dc in next stitch, dc in each of next 3 stitches; rep from * around, sl st in beg dc to join – 60 dc.
All sizes begin working Main Body Pattern:
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in each stitch of previous rnd, sl st in beg sc to join – 48 (60) sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 3 dc in same stitch, skip 2 sc, *3 dc in next sc, skip 2 sc; rep from * around, sl st in beg dc to join – 16 (20) dc clusters.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in each stitch of previous rnd; sl st in beg sc to join – 48 (60) sc.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, tr in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, tr in next stitch, working behind last tr, tr in previous stitch, *tr in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, tr in next stitch, working behind last tr, tr in previous stitch; rep from * around, sl st in beg tr to join – 48 (60) tr. Note: 1/3 of the trebles will be straight treble stitches, and 2/3 of the trebles will be crossed.
Rnd 5 – 7: Rep Rnds 1-3 of Main Body Pattern. Fasten off using invisible join method. Tutorial at https://craftingeachday.com/crochet-invisible-join-tutorial-crochet-in-the-round/.
Finishing: Weave in ends.
If you enjoy using DK weight yarn for baby projects, you might also like the Snuggles and Waves baby blanket pattern which also works with DK weight yarn.