Breastfeeding hat

Breastfeeding hat beanie free crochet pattern

There are many instructions available on how to make a breastfeeding hat. I tried three of them, but they all didn’t turn out how I wanted them to be. After restarting three times, I decided to make up my own version, which you can find below.


Every hat will end up slightly different because of the yarn and needle you use. I used thin yarn with a crochet hook 4mm. The sizes for a newborn are:
Circumference: 13 inches / 33 cm
Height: 5 inch / 13 cm


sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet (US)
dc: double crochet (US)
inc: increase (2sc in next sc)
dec: invisible decrease (next 2sc together, only using front loops)
**: repeat between **
(): amount of stitches you should have at the end of the row


I used pink yarn and a smaller hook for the nipple (3,5mm).
Round 1: Magic ring with 6sc (6)
Round 2: sl st around (6)
Round 3: 6sc (6)
Round 4: 2dc in every sc (12)
Round 5: *1dc, 2dc in next dc* repeat 6x (18)
Round 6: 18sc (18)
Change yarn to skin color. I change yarn in the last stitch of the previous color, meaning that I do not complete the last stitch but instead leave two loops on my hooks, which I will finish with the new color.


I used needle 4mm for the breast, if your yarn is thicker, you can use a larger hook.
Round 7: *2dc, 2dc in next dc* repeat 6x (24)
Round 8: *3dc, 2dc in next dc* repeat 6x (30)
Round 9: *4dc, 2dc in next dc* repeat 6x (36)
Round 10: *5dc, 2dc in next dc* repeat 6x (42)
Round 11: *6dc, 2dc in next dc* repeat 6x (48)
Round 12: *7dc, 2dc in next dc* repeat 6x (54)
Check whether the circumference is about 13 inches / 33 cm, otherwise increase one more row (*8dc, 2dc in next dc* repeat 6x (60)).
Round 13-17: dc around (54)
Repeat till the height is about 5 inch / 13 cm.
Round 18: last round I finished with a nice line by doing 1sc in every dc in back loops only.

Breastfeeding hat beanie free crochet pattern
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    Amanda Bourque
    22 October 2021 at 1:08 am

    Id like to make this for my friend whose battle breast cancer. Do you have the pattern in adult sizes?

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    20 May 2021 at 4:42 am

    Hello! For your pattern are you finishing off each round via slip stich and then crocheting 1? Or is it just going round and round? Cheers!

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    5 April 2021 at 7:08 am

    I guess I’m thick…why does the baby have to wear a cap just because he/she is being nursed? At first, before seeing the above photo, I thought this was just a funny hat for a woman.

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    18 July 2020 at 6:57 pm

    I followed your pattern and it turned out quite nicely! I did run out of my scrap of pink cotton yarn before I could finish round 5+6 with it, so I just did 1 dc in each to make my row 4 and figured out how to work my round 5 to increase as needed. The rest went just fine and that finishing line does look great. Thanks for the pattern!

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      18 July 2020 at 7:03 pm

      I forgot to mention that I used about half of a 2.5 oz Sugar n Cream skein for the breast part. I certainly needed more than I had for the nipple, but its still not a large amount.

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    29 February 2020 at 4:40 am

    It’s so sad I’m almost done breastfeeding my 2 baby and just discovered this pattern!!

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    Holly Middleton
    21 January 2020 at 7:04 am

    Also wondering how big of a skein would be needed?

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    Holly Middleton
    21 January 2020 at 6:54 am

    Hi there! What yarn and colours did you use? Love what you’ve used!

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    29 July 2018 at 11:48 pm

    I am just beginning to crochet at age 68!

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