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Santa Hat for Baby


Celebrate baby's first Christmas with this Baby Santa Hat pattern.  Able to fit babies up to 6 months old, this sweet crocheted hat is the perfect way to celebrate Baby's First Christmas.  Easy to make, this crocheted hat is also the perfect addition to your family photos come Christmastime.  Get started on this adorable crocheted Santa hat today so it's ready to use when December rolls around!  When your baby outgrows the hat, you could use it to top a mini Christmas tree or wrap up a gift inside the hat...you could even turn it into an adorable hat for a little dog or cat!

Crochet Baby Santa Hat


  • 1 skein Caron International's Simply Soft (100% acrylic; 6 oz/170 g, 315 yds/288 m skein) yarn in Red (MC)
  • 1 skein Caron International's Bliss (60% acrylic, 40% nylon; 1.76 oz/50 g, 82 yds/75 m ball) yarn in Snow (CC)
  • US I/9 (5.5 mm), crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
  • Split ring stitch marker, or piece of contrasting yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Pompon Maker, or 1″ piece of cardboard (optional)


Gauge:  In single crochet, 16 sts and 16 rounds = 4"/10 cm, using MC


Stitches Used:

  • Chain (ch) Begin by making a slip knot on your hook. * Wrap the yarn around the hook (yarn over) and pull up a loop, [draw the yarn through the loop on the hook to form the first chain]. Repeat from * for number of chains required. Note: The loop on the hook is not included when counting the number of chains.
  • Single crochet (sc) Insert hook in stitch indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.
  • Slip stitch (slip st) Insert hook in the stitch indicated, yarn over and draw through both the stitch and the loop on the hook.



  • Hat is worked from top down in continuous rounds, without joining.
  • Place a marker (pm) for beginning of round; move marker up each round.
  • Each increase row adds 6 sts to the circumference; for a larger hat, work 1 (2) additional increase rows for a hat that measures approximately 13 1/2 (15)" in circumference—54 (60) sc.


One size to fit baby size newborn to 6 months.
Hat measures approximately12"/30.5 cm in circumference by 7 1/2″/19 cm long


  1. Using MC, chain 2.
  2. Round 1: Work 6 sc in second ch from hook—6 sc.
  3. Round 2: Pm for beginning of round; work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
  4. Rounds 3 and 4: Work even, (sc in each sc around).
  5. Round 5: * Sc in next sc, work 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—18 sc.
  6. Rounds 6 and 7: Work even.
  7. Round 8: * Sc in next 2 sc, work 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—24 sc.
  8. Rounds 9 and 10: Work even.
  9. Round 11: * Sc in next 3 sc, work 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—30 sc.
  10. Rounds 12 – 15: Work even.
  11. Round 16: * Sc in next 4 sc, work 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—36 sc.
  12. Rounds 17 – 19: Work even.
  13. Round 20: * Sc in next 5 sc, work 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—42 sc.
  14. Rounds 21 and 22: Work even.
  15. Round 23: * Sc in next 6 sc, work 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around—48 sc.
  16. Round 24 – 26: Work even.
  17. Fasten off MC; join CC with slip st in any sc.
  18. Rounds 27 – 30: Continuing in sc, work even.
  19. After working Round 30, join with a slip st to first st.
  20. Fasten off.


  1. Using yarn needle, weave in ends.
  2. Using Pompon maker or a piece of cardboard and CC, make a 1" pompon. Attach pompon to point at top of Hat, then bring pompon forward, bending tip of Hat.
  3. Using yarn needle threaded with MC, sew point of Hat to Round 10.

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