Scalloped Toddler Beach Hat

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My sweet little daughter loves going to the beach. I joke that she’s part mermaid, but I know she inherited her love of water (and her fair complexion) from her father. If she could, she would linger all day playing in the waves and the sand, so I try to make sure she wears this Scalloped Toddler Beach Hat I crocheted for her. She runs straight for the water at the first opportunity- so her hat is fairly drenched in a few of these photos!

My daughter drenched herself and her Scalloped Toddler Beach Hat moments before this photo was taken.

Lacy V stitches on the crown of this hat give it stretch and airy lightness. Scalloped shell stitches adorn the brim in ruffled waves that cover and cool her neck as she sifts through the sugar sand that clings as tightly to little fingers and toes as I will cling to the memory of them, someday.

My daughter plays in the sand while wearing her Scalloped Toddler Beach Hat

This adorable sun hat makes itself at home on all sorts of adventures. The bright red color stands out among the flocks of tourists here as we took her grandparents to see the manatees at TECO park in Apollo Beach.

My daughter walking with her Grandmother while wearing her Scalloped Toddler Beach Hat

She even used it to shield against some sprinkling rain on this nature walk we took nearby. She’ll outgrow the hat soon, but I’m thankful for these beautiful memories to treasure!

My daughter and her grandmother walk through some light rain on the way to TECO Park. Find the free toddler hat pattern on!


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Lily Sugar’n Cream Solids in Red (or approx 160 yds Worsted (4) weight cotton)

I / 5.5mm Crochet Hook – I prefer my Susan Bates hook for working with cotton yarn- the metal glides much better than plastic hooks.


Yarn Needle


Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Dc – double crochet

Lp – loop

Sk – skip

Sp – space

St – stitch

V st – V stitch

Special Stitches

V stitch: (Dc, ch 1, dc) into the indicated stitch or space.

Space between Stitches: Instead of crocheting into the stitch, center your hook around the joint of the two stitches and crochet around the stitch, similar to crocheting around a chain space.

Gauge / Finished Size

After the second round of stitching, your hat will measure 2.25” (just under 6cm) in diameter.

The finished hat is 13” in diameter at the edge of the brim, and fits a 19” head circumference.


Neither the turning chain nor the slip stitch joins are included in the stitch count.


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Scalloped Toddler Beach Hat  Crochet Pattern


Begin with a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2, Dc 10. Sl to join. [10]

Round 2: Ch 2, 2Dc in each st around, sl to join. [20] (Pause to check your gauge- your hat should be 2.25″ across.)

Round 3: Ch 2, *V st, sk 1* around, sl to join. [10 V sts]

Round 4: Ch 2, *2Dc in 1st st, sk 1, 2dc in next st* around, sl to join. [40 DC]

Round 5: Repeat Round 3. [20 V sts]

Round 6: Sl 1. Ch 4, Dc in ch sp. (1st V st. made.) *Sk 2,  V st into ch sp* around, sl to join. [20 V sts]

Rounds 7-11: Repeat Round 6. (If you want a hat that sits a bit deeper on the head, feel free to add a few more rounds before continuing on to the instructions for the brim below.)

Photo of the brim of the Scalloped Toddler Beach Hat.


Round 12: Ch 1, (Sc, 3dc) into first ch sp. *Sc into the space between V stitches, 3dc into next ch sp.* Continue around, slip to join. [20 sc and 20 3dc shells.]

Round 13: Ch 2, 2dc into first st. *Sk 1, sc, sk 1, 4dc.* Continue around, completing the first shell with 2dc. Sl to join. [20sc and 20 4dc shells.]

Round 14: Ch 1, *sc, sk 1, 5dc in next st sk 2* Continue around, slip to join. [20sc, 20 5dc shells.]

Round 15: Ch2, 3dc. * sk 2, sc, sk 2, 6dc.* Continue around, completing the first shell with 3dc. Sl to join. [20sc and 20 6dc shells.]

Round 16:  Ch 1, *sc, sk 2, 7Dc in next st, sk 3* around, sl to join. [20sc and 20 7dc shells.]

Round 17: Ch 2, 4 Dc. *Sk 3, sc, sk 3, 8dc in next st.* Continue around, completing the first shell with 4dc. Sl to join. [20sc and 20 8dc shells.]

Round 18: Sl 2, ch 1, sc. *Sk 1, 4dc in next sc. Sk 2, sc. Sk 1, 4dc in the space between the next two stitches. Sk 2, sc* Continue around, slip to join. [40 sc, 40  4dc shells.]


Break yarn, and weave in ends with your tapestry needle. Shape lightly with your hands to even out the ruffles, and your hat will be ready for beach adventures!

My daughter wearing her Scalloped Toddler Beach Hat on a nature walk.

Thank you so much for supporting my blog. I have checked and double-checked this pattern, but I’m only human- please let me know if you have any questions or if I have missed anything at all so I can correct it for you all.

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My daughter wearing her Scalloped Toddler Beach Hat while playing in the sand.

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