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Crochet Toddler Sun Hat Photo Tutorial

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.

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.

picture of girl in grass wearing crochet hat

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 sizes, 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. This one was released as a CAL, so start with Part 1 to get the materials and links for each part.

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.

picture of baby outside in toddler sun hat of girl in grass wearing crochet hat

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.

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I love her in the Bobble Cocoon Shrug, and just look at that hair! 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. It’s a quick, scrap busting pattern in 5 sizes.

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picture of baby outside in toddler sun hat

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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
  • scissors

Size:

Fits ages 1-3 years.

picture of baby outside in toddler sun hat

Gauge:

3 DC x 2 rows = 1″ x 1″

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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.

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Toddler Sun Hat Pattern:

Begin with a magic circle.

picture of double crochets in circle

Rd 1: DC 11 into MC,

picture of blue crochet magic circle

slip stitch back to first DC and pull the tail to close. (11 sts)

picture of double crochet from magic circle

Rd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st DC here & throughout)-I’ve used a standing stitch here

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& DC in same stitch,

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2 DC in each around,

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join last dc to 3rd ch with a sl st. (22 sts)

picture of rnd 3 circle crochet

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)

picture of rnd 4 circle

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)

picture of flat crochet circle

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)

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Sun Hat Sides:

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)

picture of standing st

Rd 7: Ch. 4 (counts as 1st DC + ch 1),

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sk 1, DC in next st, Ch 1, sk 1,

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*{DC in next st, Ch 1, Sk 1} repeat from * til end,

picture of first mesh round

join with a sl st to 1st stitch in round. (66 sts)

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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)

picture of mesh crochet sun hat

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)

picture of sun hat flat sides
End of Round 11

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)

picture of sides before brim

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.

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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)

picture of first brim round

Working in the back loop helps our brim start to flare out.

picture of sun hat brim tutorial

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)

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.

picture of sun hat flat sides

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.

Trim:

Rd 17: Ch. 1, SC around til end, sl st to first sc to join. (126 sts)

picture of brim round

Rd 18. Ch 3,

picture of 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.

Finishing

picture of sun hat flat with ribbon

Feed a 1/4″ ribbon through the bottom row of DC & Ch spaces. Tie into a bow.

Eccola!

I hope your little one enjoys some fun in the sun with their crochet toddler sun hat!

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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.

Rhoda laScala

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Thank you for your quick reply. I don't know why my count is off by one stitch starting with the third row. I am not new to crocheting and this has me baffled.

Christa18

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

I’m sorry you’re having such trouble! Did you start with 11 dcs in the first round (not 12-like we typically would)? Also, double check that you’re not working extra stitches into the joining slip st at the end of your rounds-sometimes mine are too loose and it looks like a stitch to me. I hope you get it worked out, let me know!

Rhoda laScala

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Does the ch 3 always count as a double crochet? I have one extra in my count for each row and I have counted each stitch at least 10 times? Help I want to make this hat!

Christa18

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Yes, the ch 3 always counts as your first dc.

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