Peach Happy Sun Hat

Since my one year  old daughter still barely has any hair, hats are a must when spending time outdoors. What better way to protect her nearly bald head then with this beautiful, size 12-18 months, Peach Happy Sun Hat designed by your very own Stitch11. Also, check out the 6-9 month , toddler size, child, and adult sizes


4 ply worsted weight yarn ( I used I Love This Yarn)
5mm (H/8) hook

CH – Chain
SC- Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet

Round 1: Magic Ring, CH 3, DC 10, pull ring tight, join to top CH of CH 3
Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC each DC around. Join to top CH of CH 3. (20 DC)
Round 3: Ch 3. *2 DC in next DC, DC in next DC, repeat from * around. Join to top CH of CH 3. (30 DC)
Round 4: CH 3. *2 DC in next DC, DC in next 2 DC, repeat from * around. Join to top ch of ch 3. (40)
Round 5: CH 3. *2 DC in next DC, DC in next 3 DC, repeat from * around. Join to top CH of CH 3. (50 DC)
Round 6: CH 3, DC around, Join at the top of CH 3
Round 7: CH 3, *2 DC in next DC, DC in next 9 DC, repeat from * around (55 DC)
Round 8-11:  CH 3, DC in each DC around, Connect to top of CH 3
Round 12: ~Working in front loop only for this round only~CH 2 *2 HDC in next loop, HDC in next 2 loops, repeat from * around, connect to top of CH 2
Round 13: CH 2 *2 HDC in next HDC, HDC in next 2 HDC, repeat from * around, connect to top of CH 2
Round 14-15: CH 2 *2 HDC in next HDC, HDC in next 4 HDC, repeat from * around, connect to top of CH 2
Round 16: CH 1, SC around, connect to CH 1

I used 4 ribbons and weaved them in and out every 2 stitches in row 11. Make sure you leave a little slack so the hat can stretch over the childs head.

I also think my Dahlia Love flower would look great on this hat!

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  1. Laurie says

    On row 5, after doing it two times, I come up with 50 DC’s, not 45. Not sure what I am doing wrong, or is this a typo???

  2. CorinaCorina says

    Laurie, please let me know if you have any other problems. I’m not sure what happened when I was writing this one but I must have been tired. I think I have all the flaws fixed but would love some feedback.

  3. Donna says

    I just finished making this sun hat using the same size hook and yarn, but it looks so big! Looks like a teenager could wear it and too big for a 12 to 18 month child. Could it be be I am just used to making newborn hats?

    • CorinaCorina says

      The 12 month size is barely smaller than toddler, and the toddler size is barely smaller than teen/adult. The hat isn’t made to be snug either though. I always think all my hats look huge haha but when I get them on the baby, child, or adult its a perfect fit. I never realized how big heads really were until I started crocheting haha.

  4. Judy says

    I love these hats but my daughter and granddaughter are like me! Their heads perspire a lot out in the heat so I think I will try these, but in the cotton yarn like Peaches and Cream type.

  5. Vickie Geiger says

    I’m a little confused on rows 8-11. When you DC in each DC around, do you slip stitch at chain 3 and then chain 3 and keep doing DC til next row etc or do you skip the chain 3 at beginning of each row?

    • CorinaCorina says

      You CH 3. Do not DC into the same stitch. Then you DC into each stitch around the hat. Join to the top of CH 3. And repeat. :)

  6. Michelle Hathaway says

    I love this pattern! Thank you for sharing! I’ve been making hats for our Children’s cancer center here in Fort Wayne, Indiana and this pattern is perfect for Spring and Summer. Everyone always makes winter hats and I wanted to do Spring/ Summer. Thanks again!

  7. Mary Tincknell says

    I am having difficulty getting this hat started. After chaining 3, how do I do 10 DC? Don’t I have to work into another stitch to DC?

  8. Kristen says

    So my daughter is young however is very big for her age. Her head circumstance is 17inches. Would this be the correct pattern for that sized head? I thought it would be between this or the next size up. Thanks.

    • CorinaCorina says

      This would work, you might end up wanting to add another round before the brim. Or you could make the toddler version. You can custom fit the hat to the head when you tie the yarn ribbon around it. :) Hope that helps.

      • Wendy J says

        That question and reply sure helped me!! I started crocheting the toddler size, although my grandniece just a year old–this is her gift-. My niece measured her head (“19) so I was going to play around until I got it right. I’m not using cotton yarn, so I’ll still have to play around a little, but you guys have made it a bit easier. Thanks! And thank you, Corina, for posting these lovely patterns, and keeping up with all the questions!
        God bless you!

  9. Linda says

    When working Row12, I am ending with 2 HDC. I have 55 stitches, counted and recounted several times, but still come up ending with 2HDC. Is this correct?

    • Linda says

      Shouldn’t the repeat end with HDC in last 2 sts? If I continue with ending 2 HDC, then on Row 13 I end with a HDC. This doesn’t seem right as previous repeats *2 HDC, HDC in next 2*.

      Hoping you see this in next say or two as I planned to give this weekend.

      • CorinaCorina says

        Yes. You are correct. When I wrote the pattern my thoughts were that even though it didnt end evenly on a HDC that I still wanted the ripples to have the amount of stitches from 2 HDC, HDC into next 2 stitches. If you do it this way, you will not know by looking at it that it ended with 2 or 1 stitches.. but the ripples will be the right size :) I was new to writing pattern when I made this one. I need to go in and edit to let people know what it ends on. Just have no fear :) It will look beautiful I am sure!

        • Marjolein says

          Having the same question at this point..
          It is logical that it doesn’t fit because in round 12 you work with groups of 3 stitches in the repeating pattern. And 55 devided by 3 is 18 “rounds” with 1 stitch left.
          But I do not fully understand your answer… Do you, for the best result, after the last round “2HDC, HDC, HDC” prefer to use the remaining stitch for a 2HDC or just a HDC…?

          Probably both options give a beautiful hat, so I just continue, but I’m curious :). Love the pattern!

          • CorinaCorina says

            Its been so long since I wrote the pattern. I was fairly new to crochet but to be honest I think I just did HDC into the extra stitches. If you choose to do 2 HDC it will just help it brim have extra wave to it. :)
            I really need to go back my first patterns and make minor adjustments. Whatever you choose to do… your hat will turn out beautiful! <3

    • CorinaCorina says

      I left it relaxed. I did recently see where people crochet over fishing line to make it stiff and flexible instead of relaxed. I haven’t tried it out yet though.

    • CorinaCorina says

      yes. I will need to go look at the pattern and make sure I put that in there. Thank you for letting me know!

  10. Vicki Bryant Wannop says

    Im very confused. LOL. Love this hat. I made the toddler size and 6-9 month size. Now I want to make this 12-18 month size, but the pattern looks the same as for the toddler size. I don’t understand. Can you pleasea clarify for me the difference. Thanks so much.


  11. sonia says

    After reading comments about hat sizes I would like to know if I should make a toddler size hat for a child. If it would fit better

  12. Tammy says

    I love these hats. I do need some clarification though. Should I make a toddler hat for a 3 year old? Should I make a child size hat for an 8 year old? I’m making these for my granddaughters, ages 8, 5, 3, and 1. I really don’t know how to judge what size to make. Also in the instructions for child and adult sizes you say chain 3 does not count as DC. But that isn’t in the instructions for the 12 – 18 month. Should it be? Sorry for so many questions but I’m new to crochet and want to get it right.

  13. CorinaCorina says

    It would depend on the size of the 3 year old. When my daughter was 3, she could wear either toddler or child but she was more of the size of an average 5 year old. I Usually say toddlers size for 2-3 year olds. And Child size for 4-12.
    Also, The CH 3 does not count as a DC unless specified in the patterns.
    The 12-18 month one was probably one of my first patterns… so I may have missed specifying that its NOT considered a DC.
    Remember when you weave and tie the yarn around to not tie it too tight. If you are able to tie them while it is on their heads, you can make it have a custom fit.
    Welcome to the crochet world! You will love it!


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