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.
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Id like to make this for my friend whose battle breast cancer. Do you have the pattern in adult sizes?
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!
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.
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!
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.
It’s so sad I’m almost done breastfeeding my 2 baby and just discovered this pattern!!
Also wondering how big of a skein would be needed?
Hi there! What yarn and colours did you use? Love what you’ve used!
I am just beginning to crochet at age 68!