Princess Hat with Braids and Crown

For the last 6 months I have been thinking about Halloween daily, trying to come up with the perfect crochet piece for my daughter.  A couple days ago my daughter, Ella, looked at me and pointed at herself while saying “princess.” As I agree “Yes honey, you are a princess.” It dawned on me… the only costume that would be ideal for her this Halloween would have to be a princess. Either that, or a poopy diaper. 😉 So here, I share with you this free crochet pattern for a toddler size princess hat with braids and a crown!  Happy Hooking! Also check out the newborn size!


Slip Stitch
CH- Chain
SC- Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
PS – Puff Stitch


I/9 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
Simply Soft Yarn DOUBLE STRANDED ( I used light yellow simply soft yarn and bright yellow simply soft yarn for the hat.  Light pink and pink slimply soft yarn for the crown) Simply soft is #4 medium weight
Crochet needle (for weaving in ends and attaching the crown)

Get started on the base of the hat!

CH 3 does NOT count as a DC.

Round 1: Magic Ring, CH 3, 10 DC inside ring. Join to top of CH 3. (10 DC)
Round 2: CH 3, 2 DC into each DC. Join to top of CH 3. (20 DC)
Round 3: CH 3, **2 DC into next DC, DC into next DC. Repeat from ** around. Join to top of CH 3. (30 DC)
Round 4: CH 3, **2 DC into next DC, DC into next 2 DC. Repeat from ** around. Join to top of CH 3. (40 DC)
Round 5: CH 3, **2 DC into next DC, DC into next 3 DC. Repeat from ** around. Join to top of CH 3. (50 DC)
Round 6- 10: CH 3, DC into each stitch around. Join at top of CH 3. (50 DC)
Round 11-13: CH 1, SC around. Join to CH 1.
Finish Off.


Cut 108 strands of yarn about 3.5-4 feet long.
Starting at the stitch next to the seam attach yarn into each stitch for 18 stitches. Repeat and do the same on the other side of the seam for 18 stitches. I attached the strands of yarn rotating with 4 strands and 2 strands (folded making 8 strands and 4 strands each stitch)

To attach the yarn, insert your hook from the inside of the hat out (on bottom stitch of the hat) Yarn over, pull through to form a loop. Yarn over and pull the strands of yarn through the hoop.

Using the seam as a divider, braid both sides.
I used small hair ties instead of tying knots at the bottom of the braids.

Get Started on the princess crown!!

Step 1. CH 55. Make sure CH is not twisted and join to first CH

Working in rounds

Step 2: SC around. Repeat two more times. (making 3 rows)

 Step 3: Slip stitch into next 16 stitches

Step 4: SC 22, TURN

Point 1: Skip one stitch, 2 HDC, CH 2, 2 HDC in same stitch, skip
stitch, slip stitch
Point 2: Skip one stitch, 2 HDC, CH 2, 2 HDC in same stitch, skip
stitch, slip stitch
Point 3: Skip 2 stitches, 3 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in same stitch, Skip 2
stitches, slip stitch.
Point 4: Skip one stitch, 2 HDC, CH 2, 2 HDC in same stitch, skip
stitch, slip stitch
Point 5: Skip one stitch, 2 HDC, CH 2, 2 HDC in same stitch, skip
stitch, slip stitch
Turn, slip stitch across to the back of the crown BUT when you reach
every CH 2 space on the top of each point you ~Slip stitch in Ch 2
space, CH 2, PS, Ch 2, Slip stitch in same CH 2 space~ (To do the
puff stitch you need to yarn over, put hook in stitch, yarn over,
pull through, repeat two more times, pulling yarn through a total of
7 hoops)

Finish off. Attach to the hat. I just went around the top SC row of the crown when attaching.



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  1. Abbie says

    I am not a very advanced crocheter but I have a friend with a 9 year old with AML (leukemia) who is losing her hair to chemotherapy. Can you help me size this up so it would fit as a chemo cap?

    • CorinaCorina says

      Really you can add hair like this to just about any beanie. If I were you I would find a beanie you like and that is her size to make, then add hair the same way I did to this. And if you look at my patterns you will find princess crown patterns of all sizes, I would make it to the child size and then add it onto the hat <3

  2. Faye Hankins says

    I made this for my great granddaughter and the crocheting was the easy part for me. I had trouble with the braids. Cutting the yarn and keeping it straight was hard for me since my puppy “helped” me. I know she will love it. Thanks for the pattern.

  3. Dianna says

    i crocheted this for a great niece…apparently she loves the hat so much she does not want to take it off ! i wish i could figure out how to send you the photo my niece sent me with her daughter wearing the hat !
    oh i used clear ponytail holders which hold the yarn in place.
    thank you for your patterns. i appreciate your sharing your talents.

    • Dianna says

      wish i could i have not received any photos. from what i hear she loves the hat and thinks she is a princess ! i will ask her mother to send me photos

  4. Pat says

    Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your patterns! What fun they are to make – and the joy they will bring to parents and children is priceless! I completed the Princess Hat using Red Heart Lemon Yellow for the Hat and Braids and completing the Crown In Boise State Bronco Colors (Blue and Orange) I tied the braids with orange ribbon bows anchored in place with a blue button sewed on!! Will try and send a picture! Again, much appreciated!!!

  5. MamaSink says

    Thanks for the awesome pattern! I have a project for tonight. Nothing like waiting til the last min for Halloween :)

    I’m gonna try to make it with just 1 long braid instead of 2, my little one wants to be Repunzel.

  6. Tammy says

    When I first saw this I had to look twice. Your little girl looks just like my granddaughter. I mean the spitting image of her. Anyway, I love the pattern and now have to make it. When my granddaughter saw the pic she said that’s me. When her mom explained that it wasnt she said “Nanny make Kenzie princess hat”. So of course that is why I now have to make it. Thanks for the pattern.

  7. Karen says

    I just had to say what a cutie pie your daughter is! I love the pattern no much I think I’ll make one for myself. I must be going through my second childhood? Thanks so much for your generousity!

  8. says

    I just picked up a crochet hook after a 20 some year hiatus and I’ve been crocheting hats left and right. Found your site when looking for directions on how to attach braids to a beanie hat. Thank you for the clear and easy to follow directions.

  9. Jan Harrison says

    OMG she is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! I want to thank you for all of your patterns, I lost my job in February & picked up on my crocheting again… well with money being tight I couldn’t just keep buying patterns and then I found your site, Repeat Crafter Me, AlliCrafts & a few others that I absolutely ADORE…. And of course the Yarn Box :) Anymore people are stealing patterns & selling them so it’s hard to find people with the kindness in their heart to share the patterns they poured their heart and soul in to make & I cannot thank you enough for that… Crocheting has taken me out of a deep depression & I love being able to give a HANDMADE gift to my family & friends & see the look on their faces when they see it & realize I made that with my hands :) I do promise as soon as I am back on my feet, I will give you a donation to get several skeins :) Thank you from one hooker to another lol

    • CorinaCorina says

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I know all too well what you mean by these hard times. It breaks my heart when I see people selling their super simple patterns for a high price. Between buying patterns and yarn, it can be really expensive. I am so glad and thankful that people like you consider my patterns as a blessing and as being helpful in your lives right now. <3 Thank you again for your wonderful comment. I wish the best of the best for you through this phase in life and I am so glad you are out of your depression <3 Crochet is so healing

  10. Mell Carney says

    I have been looking for a fun wedding gift for two good friends and When I found this I decided I found exactly what I had been looking for! I am making her a princess hat and I am going to make him a Knights hat with the drop down face guard. I might even add some flowers to the pigtails! I am so excited!

  11. Denise says

    I love this hat! I am expecting my first grand daughter. My son is a camo fanatic. He insists that she wear camo. But my daughter in law wants her to be feminine. So I made this hat out of camo yarn but made the crown out of hot pink yarn. It turned out adorable and pleased both my son and daughter in law. Now all the other girls in the family want one, each with their own hair color. This pattern is the best ever! A big hit! Thanks so much for making these available.

  12. Briggy says

    Thank you for such a wonderful idea and such clear instructions. I have 4 granddaughters so I may be making this for a while! I’ve just finished the first one and I couldn’t get the puffs on the top of the points to sit right so I have ss’d to the space and sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc into the 4 smaller point spaces and added a treble in the taller centre point. Maybe my yarn is too thick, I’m based in the UK and don’t know the yarn you mention. But, it still worked and I can’t wait for granddaughter #1 to see it.

  13. Kelsey says

    Hi there! LOVE this pattern, I’m actually in the middle of making it right now but I am very confused on the braids. Are you saying attach 54 strands all at one time into 18 stitches across? Could you possibly explain that part a little but more? I’m
    Having trouble picturing it. Thank you so much!

    • CorinaCorina says

      I attached the strands of yarn rotating with 4 strands and 2 strands (folded making 8 strands and 4 strands each stitch) But really you could do more or less depending on how thick you want the hair.

  14. says

    Thank you SOOOO much for this super-cute pattern! I must tell you what it meant to a little girl. My firefighter son recently got married and his best man (I learned during the ceremony) has a little girl that was born with what seemed to be a wandering eye. Not a big problem – right? Well, only recently was she old enough to see an eye doctor and they found that she was almost completely blind. She now wears a corrective device (no surgery yet) and ever since getting her lenses, she has been in wonderment, going up to familiar people and things and wanting to touch faces and things as if seeing them for the first time – as indeed is the case! Ever since being able to actually see things, she has been watching the Disney princess movies and now will wear nothing except princess costumes…I mean exclusively!! So when I saw this pattern I just HAD to make it for her to complete her “look”! Needless to say, despite living in So. Cal where it’s not exactly cold, she wants to live in her new princess hair and crown! Thank you, thank you! You have made this child very happy and it gives her much more confidence and self-esteem to look just like a princess despite having to wear a bulky appliance that had made her feel different from her little friends!

    • CorinaCorina says

      Aw! I am so happy that this pattern has made a little girl so happy! Thank you for sharing her story!!

  15. Karen says

    I just started this hat,without thinking about size. : ( I plan on giving it to a little six year old “princess” that has cancer and is starting to lose her hair. What do you think?


    • CorinaCorina says

      What kind of yarn are you using? I used simply soft which is slightly smaller than most medium weight yarns.. if you are using a different med weight.. it may end up the perfect size.

    • CorinaCorina says

      You could also start the crown part with a surface SC instead of making it as a separate piece.. so you wont have to stitch the whole way around the crown joining it… which causes it not to stretch with the hat.

  16. Caitlin says

    Any tips for sizing if making this single stranded? (How many extra rows, increasing circumference before adding length, etc.) *beginner crocheter here, so still learning* :-)

    • CorinaCorina says

      If you do not want to use the double stranded beanie part of the pattern, you really could use any beanie pattern. Pick out your favorite beanie pattern and then use the rest of this one for the crown and braids.

  17. Sue Medeiros says

    Trying to print the pattern for the Princess Hat w/Braids and not having any luck. I don’t have any problems printing the polar bear hat. Any hints appreciated. Thanks, Sue

  18. Michelle says

    How would i make the crown in a bigger size? I made my base hat slightly larger to fit a 4-5yr old little girl.

  19. Kristin says

    This is such a cute idea! Thank you so much for the pattern. I’m pretty new at crocheting and I was able to follow along. My kids love it!

  20. Katie says

    Is there a way to print this pattern? I would love to be able to take this with me when I go sit by the pool and cant take my computer with me.

  21. Terry Johnson says

    This is so gorgeous! Thank you so much for providing free patterns, love your work! I will be making more than one, I’m sure!

  22. Susan says

    Thanks soooo much….had to make mine to fit 52cm circum head. came out on about 84 stitches in the end…then made crown but not in rounds as I keep on twisting the row….had to make a chain with 90 stitches to start…just sharing as I know it can get confusing when making it bigger….xxxx

  23. shelley says

    I am on row 9 and the circumference is already 25″ and 13 1/2″ from ear to ear. I am using red heart super saver, simply soft (is that by Caron? I’ve never used it) How can I make this pattern work with what I have on hand?

    Thank You!

    • CorinaCorina says

      Simply Soft by caron works up smaller than Red Heart. If I were you, I would follow your favorite beanie pattern in the size that you need. The when making the crown, just make sure the starting Foundation Single Crochet (stretches better than a chain) for the crown is the same amount of stitches around as the beanie. The rest will fall into place when following the crown pattern and the hair portion. If you have anymore questions please feel free to ask.

      • shelley says

        Thank you soooo much! Should your reply reply have sent me an email? If so, who would it be from?

        Thank you, again!

          • shelley says

            Another question: Is the beanie supposed to be worked with 2 strands of yarn?
            Thank you!

          • CorinaCorina says

            Yes. This one I used two strands of Simply Soft Caron yarn so it would be warm during the colder months.

  24. Kristen says

    Do you think this size would work for a 2.5 year old, or should I find a larger beanie pattern? My niece is obsessed with Frozen, so I wanted to adapt this into an Elsa wig.

    • CorinaCorina says

      It probably would for the average 2.5 year old. It was too tight on my daughter but when I joined the crown I slip stitched all the way around, so when you do that make sure you join it in 4 spaces instead of the entire way…. leaving stretch :)

    • CorinaCorina says

      I had one skein of each color.. I maybe used half of each yellow skein and a small amount for each color in the crown.

  25. Viviana, Italy says

    ciao, è meravigliosa.
    It’s wonderfull … thanks for pattern.
    I’d like to use it for the children in the hospital :)

  26. amy says

    Hi, thanks for this great pattern! Just wanted to make sure: Since Ch3 does not count as DC, is it right then that I’ll always have that extra stitch at the end of my row? So for example, at the end of round 1, I’ll have 10DC plus my ch3. ? Thank you:)

  27. Andrea Smith says

    Thank you for sharing your pattern. I made a few for family and they were a huge hit. I plan to make & donate several to the local children’s cancer hospital.

  28. says

    Hi there! I just finished making 2 of these in different sizes without the crowns and they are SOOO darn cute! I’m going to add some purple and white flowers to them before giving them to my pastor for his grand daughters! They’re going to love them! Thanks so much!


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