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Friday, September 11, 2015

Free Crochet Pattern: Newborn Ribbed Beanie or Newsboy Hat

(Shown in Red Heart Super Saver Light Blue, Medium Purple & White)

This sweet little hat was inspired by my Women's Ribbed Hat Pattern and works up quite fast. This is a simple pattern that you can easily change up for a slightly different look, I've included a 2 examples of my own below. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask so I can be of help. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Newborn, 13-14" head circumference

Red Heart Super Saver or With Love Yarn
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Optional for newsboy version: 2 small buttons, 10-12mm

Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch - Chain
BLO - Back Loop Only
Dc - Double Crochet
Fpdc - Front Post Double Crochet
Hdc - Half Double Crochet
Sc - Single Crochet
Sk - Skip
Sl st - Slip Stitch

-Joins are made with sl st.
-Ch 2's count as a dc in rows 2-10 only.
-Gauge: 3 dc's x 2 1/2 rows = 1".

Row 1: Magic circle (or ch 3, join to form a circle), ch 2, 11 dc in circle. Join to first dc. (11 dc)
Row 2: Ch 2, fpdc around first dc from previous row. *Dc in next & fpdc around the dc below.* Repeat *to* around. Join to the first fpdc. (11 dc, 11 fpdc)
Row 3: Ch 2, dc in same, fpdc around next. *2 dc in next, fpdc around next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (22 dc, 11 fpdc)
Row 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in same, fpdc around next. *Dc in next, 2 dc in next, fpdc around next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (33 dc, 11 fpdc)
Row 5-10: Ch 2, dc in same, dc in next, fpdc around next. *dc in next 3, fpdc around next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (33 dc, 11 fpdc)

For Beanie Style version(shown in purple & white):
Row 11: Switch to contrast color, join with sl st, ch 1. In BLO: sc in same and in each around. Join. (44 sc)
Row 12-13: Ch 1, sc in same and in each around. Join. (44 sc)
Fasten off after row 13 and sew in your ends, add an optional button to the band or whip up a little flower or applique and sew it on to the hat band. You may also want to add a pom-pom to the top of the hat, there are many ways you can make this simple hat your own.

Or for the newsboy version (shown in blue):
Row 11: Ch 2, dc in same, dc in next, fpdc around next. *dc in next 3, fpdc around next.* Repeat *to* around. Join. (33 dc, 11 fpdc)
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in same, hdc in next 16, sc in next. Ch 1, turn.
Row 13: Sk 1st, 2 hdc in next. Hdc in 13, 2 hdc in next, sl st in next. Ch 1, turn.
Row 14: Sk 1st, sc in next and in each around. Join, fasten off and sew in ends.

For the band that goes above the brim of the newsboy version:

Row 1: Ch 27, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 23, sl st in last. Fasten off, sew on to hat and add 2 small decorative buttons. Sew in all  your ends.

 I tried out a third way to change up this hat. It worked out perfectly for a little pumpkin hat! You can find the patterns for the vine, leaf & stem here: Newborn Pumpkin Hat


  1. Love the pattern, thank you very much.
    I am looking for one of your old patterns, chicken potholder. I saw it on Ravelry and i thought it was so cute. I hope it is still available.
    Thank You Jenni
    Anita Loon

    1. Thanks Anita, I recently re-published the original pattern that everyone has been asking for. You can find it here: http://byjennidesigns.blogspot.com/2015/01/chicken-dish-rag-or-pot-holder-crochet.html

  2. I have been trying to alter this pattern to fit a head circumference of 18 inches and 6.5 inches long. I have spent like 4 hours working and reworking it and I just can't figure it out. Do you have some pointers on how to enlarge this pattern? Thank you.

    1. Hi! I have an older but similar pattern for a pre-school sized ribbed hat that may save you the hassle! For 18" I'd suggest going down a hook size for the following pattern: http://byjennidesigns.blogspot.com/2014/10/free-crochet-pattern-ribbed-pre-school.html

  3. Jenni, I saw the pattern is listed as free but couldn't find your policy regarding sales. I am creating baby hats for a charity craft sale to benefit the local high school band and would like to use your pattern for finished product direct person to person sale. Can you clarify your use policy?

  4. Thank you so much for a cute AND easy pattern for newborn. Like it very much!