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Easy 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.

Scroll down for the crochet sun hat free pattern here on the blog!

Toddler girl in blue crochet sun hat on grass.

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Once she started walking, (an official toddler!) it wasn’t long until I knew she needed her own crochet sun hat.

I share 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 free sun hat pattern has been updated to include all the 0-3 mos baby through large adult hat sizes.


You can find the full pattern with tutorial in the Summer Sun Hat crochet pattern post. The toddler sun hat pattern is down below!


What kind of yarn do you need to make this sun hat?

I recommend using a #4 medium worsted weight cotton yarn. It is so very soft. I love that it’s breathable, for a light fit.

The best part about cotton yarn is that its washable, which is a must for our household of kids.

How much yarn do you to make a toddler size hat?

I use less than one skein of cotton yarn that I had left from another project. The toddler hat uses 90 yd / 83 m of #4 medium yarn.

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 to crochet, 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, so you can crochet baby one and the adults too.

We did this one in my Facebook group as a Crochet Along (CAL) a few years ago. It’s fun to see everyone’s makes!

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

More Free Crochet Patterns

Crochet hats are such a staple! These free patterns will keep you busy. All these patterns crochet up quickly too.

The Pumpkin Hat is always a fav during the fall season! Which you could match to the kids fingerless gloves crochet pattern.

And when it’s cold again, the Chunky Bear Beanie is cute and cozy! Or if you just want to add bears to a hat to a kids crochet hat you can check that tutorial out.

More Hat Crochet Patterns

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.

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.


The premium PDF Pattern includes sizes 0-3 mos through large adults for this sun hat pattern.

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

Materials you’ll need to crochet this hat!

  • 1.25oz/50g 90 yd / 83 m 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

This hat fits ages 1-3 years, or head circumference 18″ / 45.5 cm – 19″ / 48.5 cm.

Find more sizes in the Simple Summer Sun Hat crochet pattern.

picture of baby outside in toddler sun hat

Gauge:

3 DC x 2 rows = 1″ / 2.5 cm x 1″ / 2.5 cm

Rounds 1-6 = 5.75″ in diameter

Since this pattern is worked in the round, to check your gauge you can work Rounds 1-6 and then measure the diameter across your circle.

picture of flat circle for hat

Crochet Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

DC – double crochet

MC – magic circle

Rd – Round

SC – single crochet

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 Size:

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.


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.


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Light blue crochet sun hat with ribbon detail on girl outside.

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Baby outside in blue crochet sun hat.

Easy 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. (124 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. (124 sts) Starting brim details with chain 3.
  23. Rd 18. Ch 3, 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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Christina

Sunday 26th of June 2022

Very adorable! I just made this for my toddler. I believe I will try a matching one for me. Thanks so much!

Yan yan

Thursday 28th of October 2021

Is there a typo error? From round 15 to round 16, how do you get from 99 stitches to 126 stitches?

I work out manually, it should only be 124 stitches.

Appreciate your clarification.

Christa

Thursday 28th of October 2021

Hi Yan Yan, Yes you are right, it's 124. Thanks for asking so I could update it. Thanks, Crystal

Rhoda laScala

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

It's me again. On rows 14 - 17, you start the row with ch1, but at the end of each row you say to slip stitch to 3rd chain. Is this a typo? I've been doing fine after that glitch in row 3, but just wondered about this.

Christa18

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Yes, you are right, it should be sl st to first sc. I will update that. Thanks so much for letting me know!

Rhoda laScala

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

I apologize for bothering you so much and thank you for being so patient with me. I have 4 great granddaughters that are 1 & 2 year old and wanted to make them this hat. I have made 50 to 75 hats using many patterns but give up. I tried one last time & still had 33 stitches in that 3rd row. I have checked my count numerous times. Guess I will try something else.

Christa18

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Oh my goodness Rhonda, that’s my mistake-it is 33 stitches. I didn’t think to ask your stitch count specifically. Row 3 should be 33 stitches, I will update it thank you. So sorry for your trouble!

Rhoda laScala

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

I have never heard of a standing stitch and am thinking that may be my problem. I don't usually give up but after about 10 tries I think I'm beat.

Christa18

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Sorry to hear it, but I understand. The standing stitch takes the place of chain 3, it’s a “fuller” way of filling the space. So you should do a ch 3 or a standing stitch, but not both.

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