Apple Crisp Hat – the Perfect Baby Hat Crochet Pattern for Charity Donations!

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As I’ve mentioned before, my mother leads a small chapter of Little Hats, Big Hearts, a charity organization that donates hats to hospital newborns and NICUs across the US to raise awareness for heart health and congenital heart defects. Last week, I shared my Baby Cabled Heart Hat pattern with you all, which is absolutely adorable for the theme of heart health!

Sometimes, though, I just want a pattern I can work up on autopilot. As a mama to two young kiddos, time is a luxury. (In fact, I do the bulk of my charity crocheting in my car while parked in the school pickup line each afternoon.) So, I set out to create a unique textured hat pattern that works up in a snap and without any fuss.

This hat is such a breeze to work up, but if you want to make even better use of your time, try using the Locked Loop Ends method to weave in the first tail! I saved hours on my Little Red Hats this year! I hope you all enjoy working up this hat as much as I do.


H/8 5.0mm Crochet Hook

Lion Brand Pound of Love Yarn, Cherry (About 100  yds (4) Worsted weight yarn)


Yarn Needle



Ch- Chain

Dc – double crochet

Sk – Skip

Tbl – through back loop


Special Stitches

Dc tbl: work your double crochet through the back loop of the stitch only.

Finished Size

Newborn – 13.5-14” circumference, 5” height,  4.25” diameter at the crown (row 4)


Lion Brand Pound of Love is listed as a (4) worsted weight yarn, but I find it to be a tad lighter than most (4) weight yarns. If you’re looking for a comparable substitute, Caron Simply Soft is a good match. If you choose a thicker yarn, such as Red Heart Soft/With Love, try beginning the crown with 10 stitches to make a Newborn size, or stick with 12 and get a slightly larger 0-3month size hat.



Apple Crisp Hat Crochet Pattern

Round 1: Ch 2, and Dc 12 stitches into a magic circle. Sl to join. [12]

Round 2: Ch 2, 2Dc in each st around. Sl to join. [24]

Round 3: Ch 2, *2Dc, Dc* around. Sl to join. [36]

Round 4: Ch 2, *2Dc, Dc 2* around. Sl to join. [48]

Round 5: Ch 2, Sk 1.  *Dc tbl, Dc* around, working your last stitch into the skipped st. Sl to join. [48]

Rounds 6- 10: Repeat round 5. [48]

Break yarn, fasten off and weave in ends.


Five of the Apple Crisp Crochet Hats I made for Little Hats Big Hearts this year.

Can you believe how cute and simple this pattern is? I love it so much, I’ve made at least 6 of them so far this year. There’s something so satisfying about finishing a project to be donated to charity. This little hat is perfect for that extra boost to my donation stash!


Sizing Notes

The crown of the hat is worked as a simple flat circle. To change the size of the hat, simply work either more stitches or more increases until the crown reaches your desired size, then work enough rows to allow for extra height. For example, a 0-3 month hat might increase for an extra round, and begin in pattern on row 6.

My daughter’s purple hat (a typical teen size, we have giant heads!) was worked in a slightly thicker yarn (Caron One Pound) and an I/5.5mm hook. The crown started with 12 stitches, and increased for 5 rounds, continuing in pattern on row 6. The brim (rows 15-17) added three rows of 2×2 crochet ribbing (FPDC 2, BPDC 2) with a smaller H/5mm hook for grip.


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  3. Judith A Callahan says:

    Thank you for the cute pattern. Should you join each round in the top of chain 2 or in the first DC? Also, in row 5 do you Dc through back loop in every dc or Dc through back loop then in next stitch you do a regular dc ? Thank you so much.

    1. Katie says:

      Hi there Judith!
      When I work hats, I don’t count the turning chain as a stitch, so I slip to the top of the first DC. Also, for round 5 I did alternate between DC through back loop and DC through both loops. Hope that helps!

  4. Judy says:

    Thank you Katie. Going yarn shopping today. Thanks again for your pattern.

    1. Katie says:

      You are so welcome! Enjoy yarn shopping, and crocheting the pattern!

  5. Krista says:

    I am new to crocheting, I’ve been knitting for a few years and trying to learn crocheting and this is my first pattern. I am confused about row 4, what is the difference between 2 DC and DC 2?


    1. Hi Krista!

      When I write my crochet patterns, a number before the stitch indicates that both those stitches should be worked in the same stitch- so an increase. When the number follows, it means to continue with that stitch for the number indicated.

      A bit longer (but more clear!) way to write it would have been: “Work a 2Dc increase in the first stitch, dc in each of the next 2 stitches.”

      I hope that helps! Good luck learning your new craft! I’m currently taking up knitting, so I’m right there with you!


  6. This pattern is so cute! I’m wondering about yardage needed. How many hats could I expect to get from a “pound”? I also have some leftover red in my stash and hope It will yield a hat.

    1. Hi Jean!

      I find weight to be the more accurate measurement for these calculations. I just finished a newborn sized hat and before snipping off ends, I measured 23g. Since there are 454 g in a pound of yarn, that means you can make 19 from a big ball. Possibly also one preemie size to round you out to 20, but don’t quote me on that!

      Also I did that math in my head… Just felt the need to throw that disclaimer out there, haha!

      Happy crocheting!

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