Simple Preemie Crochet Hat

The hat you can make in a matter of minutes.

Skill Level | Beginner
Finished Size | 12″ circumference; 4.25″ length

A Preemie crochet hat is great to donate to local hospitals. This one is incredibly easy and it works up fast making it our go-to pattern for preemie hat donation projects.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy preemie crochet hat to donate to a local charity, you’re in the right place. Each one uses less than 40 yards of yarn and works up in less than one hour.

The simplicity of this pattern also makes it great for beginners. Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We’ve prepared a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations you’ll need to get started as well as written instructions to walk you through the entire process.

getting started

Recommended Supplies

  • Approx 52 yds; Red Heart Super Saver Ombre (Colorway pictured: Ombre spearmint)
  • 10 mm Crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Two “critter” buttons optional
  • Pompom Maker optional

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  • Ch Chain
  • Dc Double Crochet
  • Fpdc Front Post Double Crochet
  • Hdc Half Double Crochet
  • Rep Repeat
  • Slst Slip Stitch
Premie Crochet Hat
Finished Size

12″ circumference
4.24″ length


Use first 4 rds to measure
gauge = 4.25″ diameter

Round 1: Ch 3. 8 hdc in 3rd ch from hk. Join with a slst to first st. (8 sts)

Round 2: Ch 1. 2 hdc in same st as ch and each st to last. Join with a slst to first st. (16 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1. 2 hdc in same st as ch. *1 hdc in next st. 2 hdc in next st. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to first st. (24 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1. 1 hdc in same st as ch and in next st. *2 hdc in next st. 1 hdc in next 2 sts. Rep from * to end of round. Join with a slst to first st. (32 sts)

Rounds 4-9: Ch 1. 1 hdc in same st as ch and in every st. Join with a slst to first st. (32sts)


Fasten off and weave in your ends. Add optional “Critter” buttons near the edge of the hat.

Use a pom-pom maker or your fingers to make a pom that’s about 2″ in diameter.  

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