How to Crochet Baby Hats

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    Baby hats are an essential part of a newborn's wardrobe. A basic baby hat is a good project for learning how to crochet in the round. Once you get the hang of the pattern of increasing stitches, you may want to crochet several of the versatile hats, adding embellishments to make each one different. After mastering baby hats, its no great leap to move on to adult-sized versions.

    Things You'll Need

    • Medium-weight yarn, 1 skein
    • Size G crochet hook

    Chain two and make six single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Make two single crochet in each stitch to complete 12 single crochets for round two. Put a safety pin in the last stitch to mark the end of the round.

    Single crochet in the first stitch of round three and make two single crochets in the next stitch. Alternate one and then two single crochet stitches until you complete 18 stitches. Move the safety pin to mark the end of round three.

    Do a single crochet in the first two stitches of round four, then do two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat this pattern for the remainder of the round for a total of 24 single crochet. Move the safety pin to the end of round four.

    Single crochet in the first three stitches of this round, and then do two single crochet in the next stitch. Continue this pattern to the end of round five for a total of 30 single crochet. Use the safety pin to mark the end of round five.

    Work rounds six through nine by increasing by one the number of single crochet between each stitch that gets two single crochet. So in round six, do four single crochet and then two single crochet in the next stitch, repeating this to the end of the round. In round seven, make five single crochet between each stitch that gets two single crochet. Continue the pattern to the end of round nine, which has 54 single crochet.

    Continue single crocheting in the round with one single crochet in each stitch for 16 more rounds. Finish with a round of slip stitch. Cut the yarn and weave in the end for a completed baby hat.

    • Gauge should be 4 1/2 stitches per inch. Take time to check your gauge.
    • Choose a washable yarn that will be soft against the baby's skin.
    • Keep in mind as you increase your rounds that, in general, head circumference on a newborn is about 14 inches, and the hat should measure about 5 inches long from center to edge to fit properly.
    • Move the safety pin each time you complete a round to help you follow the pattern.
    • Personalize each baby hat with ribbon, a pompom, or crocheted or felt flowers. Ensure any embellishments are securely attached to avoid a choking hazard.
    • Do not join rounds, but work this hat as one continuous spiral.