Inside – Learn how to crochet this easy, baby crochet beanie that’s ideal for beginners. It’s sized from preemie to child so every kid in your life can wear one. What sets this beanie apart are the embroidered flowers. Keep reading to learn how to make your own Junie Baby Beanie with this free crochet pattern.


Back in February of this year, I stood in a concessions checkout line at my son’s basketball game. As my daughter selected a snack, I noticed the cashier was knitting. I thought, “Ah! My kind of human… always with yarn in her hands.” UNnaturally (usually I don’t speak up), I asked what she was making… a baby hat for donating to local hospitals. *light bulb moment*

Next thing I know, my family waits for me at the car while I skip through the parking lot with a slip of paper in my hand, and smile on my face. This was my ticket to joining a local crochet/knit group that makes baby hats to donate to hospitals throughout Idaho.

For quite a while, I longed to do more with crochet. Not necessarily create more patterns, or make more tutorials. But shift the focus of crochet from Me, Myself, and I to other people. Yes, I do crochet for others in the form of gifts. But I handpick who gets what so I know that my time, yarn, and effort goes to someone who values my work.

At some point, I started wondering.. what if I made items for people I don’t know? What if I gave my time, yarn, and effort because someone needs a new blanket or winter hat? There are people out in the world that need to know they are seen and loved. At this point, I rather be a part of making fellow humans feel cared for than making another cardigan for myself.

DISCLAIMER – there is always another side to every story, thought, conundrum. It is important to create space to crochet for YOU. Makers deserve something special just as much as your aunt, niece, mom or human-in-need deserves it. If you usually crochet for others, and you want to make something for yourself, please take the time to crochet for you. 🧡

The Junie Baby Beanie is an easy crochet baby beanie.

Inspiration for the Junie Baby Crochet Beanie

After I joined this new group, I quickly realized that I hadn’t made a baby hat is ages. In fact, I didn’t have a baby to try hats on. My babies are now kids with big, sweaty noggins of brilliant wild ideas.

What does a crocheter do next? Find a sizing guide, create a gauge, and get to playing!

The first hat I made was a super simple hat in Half Double Crochet. This hat became the base for the Junie Baby Crochet Beanie. It’s easy, beginner friendly, and nearly fail proof. We could all use a little more easy, right?! After I made a handful of those, I started to wonder if I could do more with it… maybe I could change the colors, and create an Intarsia beanie…

However, my daughter needed multiple pairs of pants mended. After putting it off nearly all winter, I dug out my thread and scrap fabric to fix her hole-y pants. It got me thinking about how to give the mending a little flair. Then, that led me to the idea of adding embroidery to the easiest crochet beanie.

SIDE BAR – Don’t you love how your train of thought works?

Yarn + Substitutes

This section is short and sweet. The group making the hats uses a 100% acrylic yarn due to sensitivity with newborns. (Something to keep in mind if you plan to make this hat for donation.) As much ch as I’d LOVE to crochet beanies in my hand dyed wool, it’s not practical for this project. So, pull out your worsted weight (category 4) yarn in 100% acrylic, and get to crocheting!

For the Embroidered Flowers – I did size down to a DK (category 3) yarn because I liked the look better. Experiment with different yarn sizes, and create something lovely and unique.

Pattern Instructions

NOTE ABOUT THIS FREE CROCHET PATTERN :

Thank you for choosing this free pattern as part of your crochet journey! It’s an honor for you to be here, browsing the High Desert Yarn Blog. This pattern is 100% free for you to crochet from, but please, do not screenshot, or copy+paste this pattern. However, work directly from this webpage. The ad revenue from this website allows me to offer free crochet patterns. If you do not like the scrolling, or ads, then you may purchase the ad-free PDF in my Etsy Shop, or Ravelry Store. Thank you for your cooperation. Happy creating! -Joanna (Owner + Creative)

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The Junie Baby Beanie is an easy, beginner friendly crochet pattern. You will need to know how to use the Half Double Crochet in the round, and simple embroidery techniques before starting this pattern. This lightweight hat is ideal for babies born in any season.

Materials

  • Yarn : Any worsted weight yarn (category 4), 100% acrylic
    • You will need 2 colors. See size chart for approx. yardage.
  • Crochet Hook : H/8 (5.00mm) or hook to obtain gauge
  • Notions : scissors, tapestry needle, stitch markers
  • Embroidered Flowers : DK weight (category 3) yarn. For each flower, you will need approximately 24” of yarn.

Notes

  • Experience Level – Beginner
    • You will need to know how to make a Magic Ring, Half Double Crochet, and increase stitches before starting this pattern.
    • This pattern also uses a simple embroidered flower suitable for beginners.
  • Please check gauge prior to starting this pattern.
  • This pattern is worked in the continuous round.
  • The round stitch count increases by 6 STS each INCR round, and is always an even number.
  • Place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round to keep track of the round’s beginning.
  • You may substitute a smaller weight yarn for the embroidered flowers.

Gauge

  • 6 rounds = 4” circle
  • Gauge is measured before blocking.
  • Crochet a circle in HDC to measure the gauge.
  • Measure across the diameter to count rounds for gauge.

Finished Size

  • All measurements taken before blocking.
SizeCrown Width
(INCR Rounds)
Head
Circumference
Hat Height
(Total RNDS before Brim)
Approx. Yardage
Preemie3-3.5″ (5 RNDS)12″4″ (12 RNDS)25
Newborn4-4.5″ (6 RNDS)13″5.5″ (14 RNDS)30
3 Months5″ (7 RNDS)14″6″ (16 RNDS)33
6 Months5.25″ (8 RNDS)16″6.25″ (17 RNDS)35
Toddler6″ (10 RNDS)18″7.5″ (21 RNDS)45
Child6.5″ (11 RNDS)19″8″ (25 RNDS)55

Stitch Abbreviations

US crochet terms used throughout.

  • MR – magic ring
  • CH(S) – chain(s)
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • ST(S) – stitch(es)
  • SL ST – slip stitch
  • INCR – increasing

Written Instructions

* Please read the Notes section before starting this pattern. *

Create the Crown – For ALL sizes. Stop after the corresponding round.

Create a MR, and crochet Round 1 into the MR.

Round 1 : CH 2, 6 HDC. Do not turn, or crochet a turning chain. Continue Round 2 by crocheting into the next stitch. (6 STS)

Round 2 : 2 HDC in each ST around. (12 STS)

Round 3 : [2 HDC in the next ST, HDC in the next ST], rep […] until end of RND. (18 STS)

Round 4 : [2 HDC in the next ST, HDC in the next 2 STS], rep […] until end of RND. (24 STS)

Round 5 : [2 HDC in the next ST, HDC in the next 3 STS], rep […] until end of RND. (30 STS)

*Preemie Size stops here. All other sizes continue to the next round.*

Round 6 : [2 HDC in the next ST, HDC in the next 4 STS], rep […] until end of RND. (36 STS)

*Newborn Size stops here. All other sizes continue to the next round.*

Round 7 : [2 HDC in the next ST, HDC in the next 5 STS], rep […] until end of RND. (42 STS)

*3 Months Size stops here. All other sizes continue to the next round.*

Round 8 : [2 HDC in the next ST, HDC in the next 6 STS], rep […] until end of RND. (48 STS)

*6 Months Size stops here. All other sizes continue to the next round.*

Round 9 : [2 HDC in the next ST, HDC in the next 7 STS], rep […] until end of RND. (54 STS)

Round 10 : [2 HDC in the next ST, HDC in the next 8 STS], rep […] until end of RND. (60 STS)

*Toddler Size stops here. Child size continues to the next round.*

Round 11 : [2 HDC in the next ST, HDC in the next 9 STS], rep […] until end of RND. (66 STS)

Crochet the Body of the Beanie

For ALL Sizes – continue to crochet with the HDC in the round through Round 12 (14, 16, 17, 21, 23) or until you reach the correct height. Refer to the Size Chart on Page 2 for height reference.

Crochet the Border

For the last round, SL ST in each ST around.

Fasten off and weave in the ends of the beanie before adding the embroidered flowers.

Add the Embroidered Flowers

A Note to Embroidery Beginners – Before these flowers, I hadn’t embroidered a day in my life. If you can thread a needle and stitch in your ends; then, you can embroider these flowers! Take your time (and maybe start with the back one).

Video Tutorials:

Instructions: We’re using the Lazy Daisy Stitch to create the flowers. The video tutorials do a better job at teaching this technique than I can by writing it out. Please see the links above.

Place each flower every six (6) stitches on the 3rd row from the brim, (or the row of your choosing). So, you will have this many flowers per hat – 5 (6, 7, 8, 10, 11). If needed, place a stitch marker in each stitch you plan to make the center of a flower. I created my petals about the height of one (1) HDC stitch. Feel free to change the size of your flower petals. Also, you can change the number of petals per flower. The sample beanie has six (6) petals per flower, but five (5) would also look lovely.

After all petals are complete on a flower, use the colonial knot to finish the center. Tie off your yarn, and weave in the ends.

Repeat for as many flowers as you’d like to add.

Preemie Crochet Challenge 2024

As part of the Preemie Crochet Challenge 2024, the Junie Baby Beanie will be available as a free PDF download on June 1, 2024 through June 30, 2024. Click the image below to direct download the pattern. Then, click the second image to head back to the main event page on the Sunflower Cottage Crochet Blog.

High Desert Yarn is made possible by YOUR support. Thank you for reading this blog post, and helping build High Desert Yarn. Happy Creating, Joanna

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