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Crochet Toddler Sun Hat Pattern + Photo Tutorial

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The Crochet Toddler Sun Hat is an easy crochet pattern perfect for sunny days. This easy top down hat pattern also includes a photo tutorial. For the ultimate in comfort and crochet this little hat in cotton yarn.

My fair little lady needed a crochet sun hat with a brim for the summer. When she was born, we were amazed she was a girl (after three boys).

We were equally surprised, if not more so, that she had red hair! Alas, this olive skinned mama felt wholly inadequate to keep her fair skin well protected from the sun.

Toddler girl in blue crochet sun hat on grass.

Once she started walking, (an official toddler!) it wasn’t long until I knew she needed her own crochet sun hat. I’ve shared the free pattern with you here. This crochet summer hat easily fits toddler ages 1-3 years.

If you’re looking for more sizes, this pattern has been updated to include all the sizes. You can find it in the Summer Sun Hat crochet pattern post.

The Yarn

The cotton yarn is so very soft. I love that it’s breathable, for a light fit. The best part about cotton yarn is that it’s washable, which is a must for our household of kids.

I used less than one skein of cotton yarn that I had left from another project. These little hats don’t require much! It turned out great and she will actually wear it, phew!

I love fast projects that don’t require a lot of yarn and are functional! The openness of the sides on this hat allows the air in, while blocking those harsh rays.

Read on to get the free crochet sun hat pattern for toddlers, with photo tutorial below. If you’re looking for more sun hats, you might also like my Lunette Sun Hat pattern.

The Lunette crochet sun hat also features a brim and open side work. The free crochet pattern is written for all sizes, preemie through large adult.

Toddler looking up outside in crochet toddler sun hat with brim and ribbon.

If you’re looking for an adult size sun hat, you might enjoy Alysha’s Floppy Brim Hat from LittleJohn’s Yarn. I love the bright sunny yellow she chose.

Looking for a more solid crochet hat? I love these Crochet Texture Beanies from Traverse Bay Crochet. And the pattern includes three sizes!

Want a little something to make your handsome little guy even cuter? I’ve got a simple sewing tutorial for a toddler bow tie right here.

picture of toddler in cocoon shrug

I love her in the Bobble Cocoon Shrug, which is a free shrug pattern in children’s sizes. This is a fun pattern that uses the same crochet mesh stitch that the Toddler Sun Hat features. Plus bobbles, because who doesn’t love bobbles?

If you love working with cotton yarn you might also enjoy working up the Aria crochet summer headband pattern. It’s a quick, scrap busting pattern in 5 sizes.

You can purchase the ad-free, well formatted PDF Pattern in one of my shops. Scroll down for the free pattern!

Toddler outside looking down in crochet toddler sun hat with mesh sides brim and ribbon.

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Materials:

  • 1.25oz/50g 90yds/83m of #4 worsted weight cotton yarn, I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton!* Yarn in Periwinkle
  • 1/4″ ribbon about 30″/76cm long-enough to wrap around the hat and tie into a bow.
  • yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • scissors

Toddler Crochet Sun Hat Sizing

Fits ages 1-3 years, or head circumference 18″/45.7cm-19″/48.3cm.

picture of baby outside in toddler sun hat

Gauge:

3 DC x 2 rows = 1″ x 1″

picture of flat circle for hat

Crochet Abbreviations:

Ch-chain

DC-double crochet

MC-magic circle

SC-single crochet

Rd-Round

sk-skip a stitch

sl st-slip stitch

sts-stitches, given in ( ) at the end of the round.

*{ }-your pattern repeat

Finish off-cut yarn and weave in tail(s) with a yarn needle.

Periwinkle blue crochet toddler sun hat on dark table with white ribbon detail above the brim.

A Note About The Toddler Sun Hat Brim:

My little lady is in the “I don’t want to wear anything on my head stage.” With this in mind, I made the brim as small as I could manage. I know it would bother her if she noticed it too much!

She’s on the young end for this size hat. If you’re crocheting a sun hat for an older toddler I would suggest increasing your brim a few more rounds. We do want some coverage over your little one’s face.

You can purchase the ad-free, well formatted PDF Pattern in one of my shops. Scroll down for the free pattern!

If you’re looking for more sizes, this pattern has been updated to include all the sizes. You can find it in the Summer Sun Hat crochet pattern post.

Scroll down for the Crochet Toddler Sun Hat Pattern:

Baby outside in blue crochet sun hat.

Toddler Sun Hat Crochet Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

The Crochet Toddler Sun Hat is an easy crochet pattern perfect for sunny days. This easy top down hat pattern also includes a photo tutorial. For the ultimate in comfort and crochet this little hat in cotton yarn.

Materials

  • 90yds/83m (1.25oz/50g)of #4 worsted weight cotton yarn, I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! Yarn in Periwinkle

Tools

  • 4mm (G) hook
  • 1/4″/.64cm ribbon 30"/76cm long
  • yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • scissors

Instructions

Begin with a magic circle.

  1. 11 double crochets in circle.Rd 1: DC 11 into MC,
  2. Blue crochet magic circle closed.slip stitch back to first DC and pull the tail to close. (11 sts)
  3. Standing stitch to start round 2 of hat.Rd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st DC here & throughout)-I’ve used a standing stitch here
  4. Second double crochet to increase circle.& DC in same stitch,
  5. 2 double crochets in each stitch of the circle.2 DC in each around,
  6. Slip stitch to join blue crochet circle in the round with magic circle.join last dc to 3rd ch with a sl st. (22 sts)
  7. Increase every other stitch around.Rd 3: Ch 3 & DC in same stitch, DC in next, *{2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next stitch} repeat from * til end of round, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. (33 sts)
  8. 4 rounds of circle for sun hat crown.Rd 4: Ch 3 & DC in same st, *{1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC} repeat from * til end, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. (44 sts)
  9. Crochet circle 6 rounds of increase complete.Rd 5: Ch 3 & DC in same, *{DC 3 times, 2 DC} repeat from * til end, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. (55 sts)
  10. Standing stitch to start mesh hat rows.Rd 6: Ch 3 & DC in same, *{DC 4 times, 2 DC} repeat from * til end, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. (66 sts)
  11. Rd 7: Ch. 4 (counts as 1st DC + ch 1),
  12. Crochet mesh sides for toddler sun hat.sk 1, DC in next st, Ch 1, sk 1,
  13. First mesh round complete on hat.*{DC in next st, Ch 1, Sk 1} repeat from * til end,
  14. Mesh sides of hat.join with a sl st to 1st stitch in round. (66 sts)
  15. Mesh crochet sun hat halfway.Rd 8: Slip stitch to first chain space, Ch 4 (counts as 1st DC +Ch 1), *{sk next dc, DC into Ch 1 space, Ch 1} repeat from * til end, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. (66 sts)
  16. Sun hat flat sides worked in crochet mesh.Rds 9-12: Slip stitch to first chain space, Ch 4 (counts as 1st DC +Ch 1), *{sk next dc, DC into Ch 1 space, Ch 1} repeat from * til end, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. (66 sts)
  17. Sides on hat complete before brim.Rd 13: Ch 3 (counts as 1st DC), DC in each DC AND into each Chain space til end, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. (66)
  18. Toddler Sun Hat Brim: Text and arrows showing front loop and back loop of a crochet stitch.Rd 14: Ch 1, in same stitch, working in Back Loop only SC and repeat in each stitch around til end, sl st to first sc to join. (66 sts)
  19. Brim of hat starting in back loops.Working in the back loop helps our brim start to flare out. Rd 15: Ch. 1, 2 SC in same stitch, 1 SC, *{2 SC, 1 SC} around til end, sl st to first sc to join. (99 sts)
  20. Sun hat brim tutorial.Rd 16: Ch. 1, 2 SC in same stitch, 1 SC in next 3 stitches, *{2 SC, SC 3 times} til end, sl st to first sc to join. (126 sts)

    If your brim is large enough skip to Trim.
  21. Sun hat flat with mesh sides and brim.For a larger brim

    Add a round or two here, if you would like a large brim. Follow the increase pattern:

    Next round: {2 SC, SC 4 times},

    Next round: {2 SC, SC 5 times},

    Etc. until the brim is the desired size.

    Be aware that the larger your brim the floppier it will become. If you would like a large and stiffer brim, try crocheting 2 strands together for the brim.
  22. Trim:Rd 17: Ch. 1, SC around til end, sl st to first sc to join. (126 sts) Starting brim details with chain 3.Rd 18. Ch 3,
  23. Skip and slip stitch chain 3 to hat brim.sk 2, slip stitch to next,

    *{Ch 3, sk 2, slip stitch to next} repeat from * around til end, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. Finish off.
  24. Crochet sun hat flat in light blue with ribbon.Feed a 1/4″ ribbon through the bottom row of DC & Ch spaces. Tie into a bow.


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