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Herringbone Baby Hat

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Thank you to Cascade Yarns for providing the yarn for this sample!

If you follow me on Facebook or subscribe to my e-newsletter, you probably already know my good news: we’re adding another little monkey to our family in December! Our baby boy will join us right around Christmastime, and we are beyond excited.

Believe it or not, I didn’t even know how to crochet when my other two boys (now 6 and 4) were born. Luckily, some of the wonderful women in our church made beautiful crocheted items for both of them when they were born. Now, it’s my turn!

Oh, and – side note – that’s my oldest monkey up there in the photo holding his future baby brother’s hat. How adorable is that!?

About the Yarn

For this hat pattern, I used Cascade Longwood, one of my all-time favorite #4 worsted weight yarns. (It also has a thinner version, Longwood Sport, which just so happens to be one of my all-time favorite #3 light yarns.) It is soooo soft, and works up soooo beautifully. I had a few balls of it from another pattern project, so I used what was left to work up baby hats in newborn – 1 year sizes. I’ve turned my business focus so much to adult patterns over the last couple of years that sitting down to make baby hats for a few days was refreshing (they work up so quick!) and Cascade Longwood makes it all that much more enjoyable.

About the Herringbone Stitch

This pattern uses a beautiful stitch called the Herringbone Half Double Crochet. I tend to get fixated on a certain stitch each season (last year was the SC+HDC combo), and this year, you’ll be seeing the Herringbone in a lot of my pattern releases. There are so many variations of this stitch that change its look drastically. In this pattern, we’ll be using the Herringbone HDC variation in a continuous, unturned spiral, resulting in a great texture that is a welcome change from the typical HDC hat.

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Herringbone Baby Hat Crochet Pattern, Sizes Newborn - 12 months | Free baby hat crochet pattern with ribbed brim and pom pom by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Herringbone Baby Hat

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Difficulty: Easy

Hook: I (5.50mm) 

Yarn: Cascade Longwood (a #4 medium yarn). Yardage will be listed under individual pattern sizes.

Gauge: Upon completion of Round 5 (in all sizes), your flat circle should measure 3.75" across. For best results, adjust your hook size to match this gauge.

You'll also need: Yarn needle, stitch marker

Abbreviations Used:
   MC (magic circle - view tutorial here)
   ST
 (stitch)
   SL ST (slip stitch)
   SK (skip)
   CH (chain)
   SC (single crochet)
   HDC (half double crochet)
   HHDC (herringbone half double crochet; see "special stitch" below)
   SC2TOG (single crochet two together)
   BLO (back loop only)

Special Stitch:
HHDC - Herringbone Half Double Crochet. Here's how you do it:

HHDC: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops.

(If you need additional help, Moogly has an excellent video tutorial here.)

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Pattern is worked in a continuous, seamless round until the band. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds and do not join unless instructed to do so.
(3) Measurements and yarn totals are included on individual sizes and do not include the optional pom pom.

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Newborn

Measurements: 5" tall x 6" wide (when laid flat)
Yards of yarn used: 55

To begin: With I hook, make a magic circle; CH1.

Round 1: 9 HHDC in MC. (9)

Round 2: 2 HHDC in each ST around. (18)

Round 3: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in next ST) around. (27)

Round 4: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (36)

Round 5: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 3 STS) around. (45)  

Round 6: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 8 STS) around. (50)  

Rounds 7-11: HHDC in each ST around. (50)

Round 12: HHDC in each of the first 48 STS. SC in next ST. SL ST in final ST. (50)

If you are using a different color for the band of the hat, change colors now.

Round 13: CH1. SC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC. (50)

Switch to H hook.

Next we're going to make the band of the hat, and we will be working in vertical rows, attaching it to the final round of the hat with SL STS as we go. 

Row 1: CH5. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (4, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS, SC in BLO of each of the next 4 STS. (4)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in BLO of each of the next 4 STS. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (4, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Repeat Rows 2-3 all the way around the hat (50 rows). Fasten off and use your tail to whip stitch the first and last rows together. Weave in all ends.

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0-3 Months

Measurements: 5.5" tall x 6.5" wide (when laid flat)
Yards of yarn used: 65

To begin: With I hook, make a magic circle; CH1.

Round 1: 9 HHDC in MC. (9)

Round 2: 2 HHDC in each ST around. (18)

Round 3: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in next ST) around. (27)

Round 4: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (36)

Round 5: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 3 STS) around. (45)  

 

Round 6: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 4 STS) 8 times; 5 STS remain unworked. HHDC in each of the remaining STS. (53)  

Rounds 7-14: HHDC in each ST around. (53)

Round 15: HHDC in each of the first 51 STS. SC in next ST. SL ST in final ST. (53)

If you are using a different color for the band of the hat, change colors now.

Round 16: CH1. SC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC. (53)

Switch to H hook.

Next we're going to make the band of the hat, and we will be working in vertical rows, attaching it to the final round of the hat with SL STS as we go. 

Row 1: CH5. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (4, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS, SC in BLO of each of the next 4 STS. (4)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in BLO of each of the next 4 STS. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (4, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Repeat Rows 2-3 all the way around the hat (53 rows). Fasten off and use your tail to whip stitch the first and last rows together. Weave in all ends.

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3-6 Months

Measurements: 6.25" tall x 7" wide (when laid flat)
Yards of yarn used: 90

To begin: With I hook, make a magic circle; CH1.

Round 1: 9 HHDC in MC. (9)

Round 2: 2 HHDC in each ST around. (18)

Round 3: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in next ST) around. (27)

Round 4: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (36)

Round 5: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 3 STS) around. (45)  

Round 6: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 4 STS) around. (54)  

Round 7: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 26 STS) around. (56)

Rounds 8-16: HHDC in each ST around. (56)

Round 17: HHDC in each of the first 54 STS. SC in next ST. SL ST in final ST. (56)

If you are using a different color for the band of the hat, change colors now.

Round 18: CH1. SC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC. (56)

Switch to H hook.

Next we're going to make the band of the hat, and we will be working in vertical rows, attaching it to the final round of the hat with SL STS as we go. 

Row 1: CH6. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (5, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS, SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. (5)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (5, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Repeat Rows 2-3 all the way around the hat (56 rows). Fasten off and use your tail to whip stitch the first and last rows together. Weave in all ends.

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6-9 Months

Measurements: 6.5" tall x 7.5" wide (when laid flat)
Yards of yarn used: 105

To begin: With I hook, make a magic circle; CH1.

Round 1: 9 HHDC in MC. (9)

Round 2: 2 HHDC in each ST around. (18)

Round 3: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in next ST) around. (27)

Round 4: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (36)

Round 5: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 3 STS) around. (45)  

Round 6: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 4 STS) around. (54)  

Round 7: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 8 STS) around. (60)

Rounds 8-17: HHDC in each ST around. (60)

Round 18: HHDC in each of the first 58 STS. SC in next ST. SL ST in final ST. (60)

If you are using a different color for the band of the hat, change colors now.

Round 19: CH1. SC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC. (60)

Switch to H hook.

Next we're going to make the band of the hat, and we will be working in vertical rows, attaching it to the final round of the hat with SL STS as we go. 

Row 1: CH6. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (5, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS, SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. (5)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (5, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Repeat Rows 2-3 all the way around the hat (60 rows). Fasten off and use your tail to whip stitch the first and last rows together. Weave in all ends.

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9-12 Months

Measurements: 6.5" tall x 7.75" wide (when laid flat)
Yards of yarn used: 110

To begin: With I hook, make a magic circle; CH1.

Round 1: 9 HHDC in MC. (9)

Round 2: 2 HHDC in each ST around. (18)

Round 3: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in next ST) around. (27)

Round 4: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (36)

Round 5: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 3 STS) around. (45)  

Round 6: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 4 STS) around. (54)  

Round 7: (2 HHDC in next ST, HHDC in each of the next 5 STS) around. (63)

Round 8: 2 HHDC in next ST. HHDC in next 62 STS. (64)

Rounds 9-17: HHDC in each ST around. (64)

Round 18: HHDC in each of the first 62 STS. SC in next ST. SL ST in final ST. (64)

If you are using a different color for the band of the hat, change colors now.

Round 19: CH1. SC in each ST around. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC. (64)

Switch to H hook.

Next we're going to make the band of the hat, and we will be working in vertical rows, attaching it to the final round of the hat with SL STS as we go. 

Row 1: CH6. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (5, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS, SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. (5)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in BLO of each of the next 5 STS. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (5, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

Repeat Rows 2-3 all the way around the hat (64 rows). Fasten off and use your tail to whip stitch the first and last rows together. Weave in all ends.

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You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just given birth to my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy named Henry James, on 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Melissa August 5, 2016, 3:32 pm

    What a cute pattern! So simple and quick. Thanks so much for posting this. And, congrats on your newest monkey! What a blessing! 😊

    • Rebecca August 6, 2016, 8:44 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Linda Allen August 6, 2016, 10:00 am

    I too love this stitch, it gives a slighter dense feel to the finished item but has “give” – great for gloves and hairbands as well.

  • Vicki August 6, 2016, 10:58 am

    Adorable. I will be making this for my grandson due innovember. Thanks for sharing!

  • Debbie Jessup August 6, 2016, 11:05 am

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  • Jean Feid August 6, 2016, 11:11 am

    Dear Rebecca,

    Thank you so much for this baby hat pattern. It is adorable, and I can’t wait to crochet it. I have never done the herringbone stitch, and that too, I can’t wait to try. I believe with a few more rows and stitches, you could also use this pattern for an older child or adult.

  • Carol August 6, 2016, 11:13 am

    Very cute hat. Thank you for the pattern!!

  • Micki Sandelk August 6, 2016, 7:35 pm

    Love your blog and your patterns! God bless!

    Mick

  • Dilys August 7, 2016, 12:33 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Kristen Holdcraft August 7, 2016, 7:09 pm

    Congratulations on your monkey-to-come! What a great Christmas gift! I’m going to make a few of these hats for a baby shower I’m attending. I know everyone will love them! Thanks for the pattern! 🙂

  • Ashlyn Peterson August 8, 2016, 5:14 pm

    Hi! Congrats on your little monkey! What yarn would you suggest would be closest to feel, texture and weight to the yarn you used?

    • Rebecca August 9, 2016, 9:18 am

      My guess would be Hobby Lobbys I Love This Yarn but definitely do a gauge check!

      • Ashlyn Peterson August 19, 2016, 6:05 am

        Hi again,

        so I’ve checked my gauge and it was fine, but for some reason, the newborn hat looks huge. I was making a hat for my friends baby but I feel like its really big for a newborn, granted my daughter was under six pounds.
        Am I doing something wrong?

        • Rebecca August 20, 2016, 7:02 pm

          How do your finished measurements compare to mine? I used standard measurements for baby head sizes, so if your finished measurements are very close to 5″ tall x 6″ wide (when laid flat), then it’s a true newborn hat. (I look at them and think they look big too, but they really aren’t.)

        • Jeanette Santos September 2, 2016, 9:36 am

          This happened to me too

          • Jessica January 30, 2017, 5:02 pm

            This happened to me too. I just finished the hat and it looks far too wide for a newborn. (Thank you for the pattern, though, and congrats on your baby.)

  • Gillian August 9, 2016, 7:41 am

    Thank you for the beautiful herringbone stitch hat,have made it in navy &fawn,made an elephant appliqué instead of the Pom Pom! Just love it!

  • Lee August 15, 2016, 4:59 pm

    Love, love this hat, congratulations on your good news and all I need to do now is learn to crochet. 💞💞💞

  • Fran August 18, 2016, 10:23 pm

    I love this hat for my five granddaughters. Would you have the pattern in like for 3-6. Thanks Fran

    • Rebecca August 20, 2016, 7:03 pm

      Meaning 3-6 years old? Not at this time, but it’s on my to-do list 🙂

  • Viv September 10, 2016, 10:30 am

    Hi Rebecca- Did you use oatmeal and walnut colors of Cascade Longwood? Thanks so much. -Viv

    • Rebecca September 10, 2016, 10:33 am

      Yes! 🙂

  • Kim October 6, 2016, 11:35 pm

    The sizing is way off but otherwise a great pattern.

    • Rebecca October 7, 2016, 7:40 am

      Thank you? 🙂 I sized these according to standard measurements for these ages. You may want to check your gauge. 😉

  • Lori October 30, 2016, 9:13 pm

    I don’t understand the band can you help me lol

    • Rebecca November 2, 2016, 10:40 am

      What you’re doing is working your way around the hat, creating the band in a vertical back-and-forth pattern (just as you would do a normal ribbing), and each time you get back to the base of the hat you’re connecting the ribbing you just made to the base. So when it says:

      Row 1: CH6. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. SL ST in next 2 STS of the hat. (5, plus the 2 SL STS at the base of the hat)

      The part that says “SL ST in the next 2 STS of the hat” is referring to the last round you did before you switched to the ribbing section. The best advice I can give is to take the instructions one small step at a time.

      • lori November 2, 2016, 12:34 pm

        is there any pictures available because right now it looks like it has a bunch of octopus legs and I really want to finish it is so cute!

        • Lori November 2, 2016, 9:46 pm

          I figured it out thanks! IMG_1885.JPG

          • flori October 14, 2017, 3:02 pm

            Hi,I am trying to finish my hat also,and I am not sure how to make band,could you help me please?

          • Rebecca October 14, 2017, 8:01 pm

            Flori I can’t reply to yours because it only lets me comment so many responses deep, so hopefully you see this. I’ve just published a video tutorial that will help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5F_OMt6eFc

      • flori October 15, 2017, 3:49 pm

        Thank you so much for your help and pattern. I just finish the hat,and it turn out beautiful .

  • Shannon November 7, 2016, 3:07 pm

    Hi! Cute pattern I am doing the 6-9 month pattern I am on row 13 and it looks huge? Any insight?

    • Shannon November 7, 2016, 3:10 pm

      At this point it fits on my head….

      • Rebecca November 7, 2016, 3:50 pm

        Did you do a gauge check?

  • hadeer November 8, 2016, 6:19 am

    i want to make this hat for 2.5 year child.. what should i do ??

    • Rebecca November 8, 2016, 1:01 pm

      You would need to look up the flat circle diameter for a hat for that age and adjust the pattern accordingly.

  • Sherrill Ward November 26, 2016, 9:37 am

    LOVE the look of this beanie!

  • Alison December 15, 2016, 5:23 pm

    Very cute but I’m thinking you have a very tight tension compared to some of us. I’m doing the 6-9m, I’m on row 13 and it’s loose on my 15mo as we speak. I have a pretty standard tension. I see a few others have had this problem as well. I’ve never checked my gauge on any project before, it is definitely necessary on this one. I may frog it and do the 3-6m for my 6mo nephew since I still do love it!

  • Emily February 4, 2017, 12:19 am

    I did check my gauge and it was fairly close, I typically have standard tension. But I as well as others I see ended up with an incredibly large hat. I could see how large it was but thought maybe the band at the bottom brought the size back. I will try again reducing both my hook and size down. Very cute project if I can figure out the sizing issue. If anyone has insight please let me know!

    • Rebecca February 4, 2017, 6:44 pm

      There isn’t really such thing as “standard tension”; it’s completely relative (that’s why we have gauges). And in a hat like this that is so small to begin with, getting “fairly close” is not going to cut it.

      Honestly I think part of the issue is the yarn. This is a thinner #4 yarn, and there isn’t really a solid substitute for it as far as thickness goes (if you look on yarnsub.com it doesn’t have many suggestions that are available in the big craft stores). So if you’re substituting something like I Love This Yarn or Vanna’s Choice, etc., that’s going to give you a larger hat.

  • Molly August 13, 2017, 11:25 pm

    Is it just me, or are other 3 colors used? If so, when do you change colors? Every row? Super cute hats by the way!

    • Rebecca August 14, 2017, 8:40 am

      Nope, just one color for the body and one color for the band, and that color change is indicated in the pattern (Row 19). 🙂

  • Molly August 14, 2017, 9:13 am

    Thank you. My eyes must be playing tricks on me!

  • Hannah October 14, 2017, 11:38 am

    Hi! So I wasn’t able to get the yarn you use in the pattern, so I’ve adjusted the needle I use to fit the gauge. When I go to make the band, do I just need to use the needle the size down? Or what would you recommend?

    • Rebecca October 14, 2017, 7:58 pm

      Yes that’s what I’d do 🙂