My coworker is having a baby and I could not be more excited! This coworker (let’s call him “JB”) was the first person to train me at my new job. As such, JB and I have a “complicated” relationship. Mostly it involves him trying to hate me and me trying to win his favor. I will often say “Jay-beee” around the office when I see him and it wasn’t til months later that he confided that he hates that nickname.
Well too bad, JB. It’s your name! And get this – JB’s wife is also “JB” and their son–who is due in two weeks–will soon be another JB. Soooo cute.
JB relentlessly kids about my crochet skills so I thought there would be no better way to finally bury the hatchet once and for all than to make his soon-to-be son a hat. And so was born (pun intended)….
Baby/Newborn Crochet Bear Hat Pattern
- Size H (US 8/5.00mm) crochet hook
- 80 yards worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice in Taupe)
- 5 yards of another color (center of the ears – I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted in Cocoa)
- Chain (ch)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Single Crochet (sc)
Finished Size: Hat is 6.25 inches across (12.5 inches around) and 5 inches tall (not including ears). Will fit newborn sized baby.
Note:**Some crocheters are reporting a small hat – Repeat Rounds 5-7 a few more times to make a hat longer.
Newborn Crochet Hat Pattern
Chain 3. Join with sl st to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first dc now and throughout), 9 more dc into ring. Join to top of ch-2 with sl st. [10 stitches]
Round 2: 2 dc in each stitch around. Join to top of ch-2 with sl st. [20 st]
Round 3: *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 2 dc*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of ch-2 with sl st. [27 st]
Round 4: *2 dc in first dc, dc in next 3 dc*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of ch-2 with sl st. [33st]
Rounds 5-7: Dc in each st around. Join to top of ch-2 with sl st. [33 st] **Note: If you’d like a longer hat, repeat Rounds 5-7 a few more times before Round 8.
Round 8: *dc in first stitch, fpdc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to * around. Join to top of ch-2 with sl st.
Bear Ears (make two)
Using darker color yarn for center of ears, Chain 3. Join with sl st to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, 9 more hdc into ring. Join to top of ch-2 with sl st. [10 st]
Round 2: Join main color yarn used for hat. Ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch around. Join to top of ch-2 with sl st. [20 st]
Fasten off, sew ears onto sides of hat.
JB’s wife is due in two weeks so the little guy could be here anytime! I hope she makes it through the weekend so I can give JB this hat on Monday. Hold on, little guy… only two more days!
What are some of your favorite patterns to make for newborn kiddos?