Make a warm and snuggly hat with this free 0-6 months crochet baby hat pattern. I designed it to use the leftover yarn from the Squishy Squares Blanket. For a creative twist, play around with several yarns and make some stripes. This hat also works up beautifully in a rich green or red for the holiday season.
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Like the Squishy Squares Blanket, this crochet hat pattern uses front post double crochet stitches to add texture to your project. This crochet hat pattern will also give you an opportunity to use the magic loop and invisible join methods. The magic loop method is a great way to start a project in the round with no knot. And, I love the invisible join method for finishing a project with a polished look. You will find links to tutorials below for both of these.
Inspiration for the Squishy Hat 0-6 Months Crochet Baby Hat Pattern
This inspiration for this pattern really came from the color combinations in the yarn and from my Squishy Squares blanket. I started with the blanket first, using the five colors in a colorway of Caron Pantone X Bamboo yarn for the squares in the blanket. The Hat coordinates with the blanket and echoes the blanket’s textured with its ridged pattern. There is also an adult version of the hat too if you’d like to make a coordinating Mommy and Me set.
About the Yarn for the Squishy Hat 0-6 Months Crochet Baby Hat Pattern
I originally designed this pattern using Caron Pantone X Bamboo yarn, a soft worsted weight blend that came in bundles of 5 coordinated colors. Sadly, the yarn has now been discontinued. If you have some leftover yarn in Caron Pantone X Bamboo, this can be a great project for using it up. If not, just choose another soft worsted weight yarn for a soft and snuggly hat.
The pattern works well in two or more colors. Scroll below to see how it looks in stripes made with three colors. If you have some partial skeins of worsted weight yarn, this can be a fun project for combining colors in different striped combinations.
The Squishy Baby Hat pattern is a free pattern for a size 0-6 months crochet baby hat in U.S. crochet terminology. It is included for free on the blog below.
PDF Pattern: You can also get the printable PDF in my shops.
Squishy Hat 0-6 Months Crochet Baby Hat Pattern
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Worsted weight (#4 Medium) in colors of choice.
MC (main color) approximately 70 yards.
AC (accent color) approximately 20 yards.
Shown above: Caron X Pantone Bamboo (60% acrylic, 20% nylon, 20% viscose), 180 yd [165m]/3.5 oz [100g]: #29610303036 (Sunset Sky), 2 mini skeins in dark blue (MC) and a partial mini skein in light blue (AC).
Hook: Size H/8 (5.0mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; optional stitch markers, tape measure.
Sizing and Gauge
Size: 0-6 months.
Finished Measurements: 13 ½” in circumference at brim and 5 ½” from crown to edge of brim.
Gauge: At end of rnd 4, circle should be 4 ½ inches in diameter.
Terminology and Notes
Standard Stitch Abbreviations (U.S. Crochet Terminology):
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
beg = beginning
rnd = round
A picture tutorial is available for the following stitch:
fpdc – tutorial here
Notes: Squishy Hat is designed to use some of the remaining yarn from the Squishy Squares blanket pattern. It can also be made using equivalent yardage in any worsted weight yarn. It can be helpful to use the optional stitch markers to mark the first and last stitches of each round. Pattern uses U.S. crochet terminology.
Video tutorials are available for the following special techniques:
Magic loop – tutorial here
Invisible join in the round (picture tutorial) – tutorial here
Beginning chains of each round do not count as stitches – tutorial here
Making stitches at the beginning of a round “in same stitch” – tutorial here
0-6 Months Crochet Baby Hat Pattern
With MC, begin with magic loop.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (beginning chains do not count as stitches in this round), work 12 dc in magic loop, sl st in beg dc to join – 12 dc.
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), dc into same stitch and 1 fpdc around same stitch, *[1 dc into and 1 fpdc around next stitch], rep from * around, sl st into top of beg dc to join – 12 dc and 12 fpdc.
Rnd 3: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), fpdc around same stitch, [1 dc inot and 1 fpdc around next stitch], *fpdc around next stitch, [1 dc into and 1 fpdc around next stitch], rep from * around, sl st into top of beg fpdc to join – 12 dc and 24 fpdc.
Rnd 4: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), [1 dc into and 1 fpdc around same stitch], dc in next stitch, fpdc around next stitch, *[1 dc into and 1 fpdc around next stitch], dc in next stitch, fpdc around next stitch, rep from * around, sl st into top of beg dc to join – 24 dc and 24 fpdc.
Check gauge. Circle should now be 4 ½ inches in diameter.
Here is a stitch guide and chart for the first four rounds:
Rnd 5: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), dc into same stitch, fpdc around next stitch, *dc into next stitch, fpdc around next stitch, rep from * around, sl st into top of beg dc to join – 24 dc and 24 fpdc.
Rnd 6 – 12: Rep rnd 5. Fasten off using invisible join method. Tutorial here.
Rnd 13: Join AC with sl st anywhere along edge of hat, ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), sc in same stitch and in each stitch around,
Rnd 14 and 15: Continuing in a spiral (do not join or turn work), work sc in each stitch around. Fasten off using invisible join method.
Finishing: Weave in ends.