Crochet Baby Derby Hat

Dec 1, 2005
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by Ellen Bloom


Baby Derby Hat

I’ve crocheted this hat so many times in so many different color and texture combinations. It’s extremely versatile. I’ve given the derby as a gift, and I’ve donated many to Stitches From the Heart. It’s very easy to change the size from preemie to toddler to adult -- just keep increasing between the front posts until you reach the desired size. Play with color so your hat is perfect for the baby who will wear it!

Materials List

  • Various colors of worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand kitchen cotton)
  • 4.0mm (size “G”) crochet hook


Front post double crochet (FPDC) – YO, insert hook from front to back to front around vertical post (upright part) of dc in row below, yo draw yarn around post, yo and complete dc.

Popcorn: Work 4 or 5 dc in st (follow pattern instructions), drop loop from hook, insert hook in top of first dc of group, pull dropped loop through st.

The Pattern

baby derby hatGet started! 

Round 1:  Beginning  of top flower:  Chain 6, join with a slip stitch to first ch to form a ring.  Ch 3 (this counts as your first dc), work 3 dc  into ring.  Make popcorn by joining top of ch-3 to last dc made, ch 1.  Make 4 more popcorns (each with 4 dc) with ch-1 space in between popcorns, and join with a slip stitch to the first popcorn.  Fasten off.  You will have 5 popcorns, total.

Round 2: Change colors.  Pull up loop in any ch-1 space and ch 3. Make one 5-dc popcorn in each ch-1 space between the popcorns of Round 1. Ch 3 in between popcorns.  Join to the first popcorn. Fasten off.

Round 3: Change colors.  Pull up loop in any ch-3 space and ch 3.  Work 2 dc in same ch-3 space. Make 3 dc stitches in each ch-3 space. You will have 15 dcs total. Join to top of ch-3.

Round 4: Ch 3, *make a front post dc (FPDC) around the next dc from the previous round, dc in the space between the stitch just worked and the next (or, make on dc)*.  Repeat from * to * around, ending with a FPDC.  Slip stitch to top of ch-3 to join.

Round 5 and more: Ch 3. *Work dc in spaces (or stitches) so that you have 2 dc stitches before the next FPDC, work FPDC over the FPDC from the previous row.* Repeat from * to* around and join with slip stitch to top of ch-3.  Stay in pattern, increasing one dc stitch in between FPDC stitches. This round you have 2 stitches between posts.  Next round you will have 3 stitches between posts, etc. This makes the hat bigger. Continue increasing until you have the desired size hat. You may change colors at any round while making this hat.  To make a deeper hat work another 3-4 rounds of dc and FPDC without increasing.

Brim: Ch 2, hdc  around entire hat.  The number of stitches you have will be determined by the number of increases you made in the previous rounds. Join.

Next row: Ch 2, hdc around. Join. Now your brim should start to curl upward.
Next row:  You may change colors here for interest. Ch 1, sc around. Join. If you’d like a larger brim, just continue in rounds until your brim is larger. Fasten off and weave in ends.

You may want to slightly steam and block this hat when finished.

For more great baby ideas, check out this free eBook from Crochet Me.

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Donna Leiting wrote
on Feb 21, 2006 6:43 PM
I would really like to copy this pattern, but the way you have
it set up the right hand side of the pattern gets cut off. I've
tried about everything but it doesn't work. If you didn't want
people to copy it you shouldn't have put it in. If there is a
simple solution, I would like to know what it is. The hat is

Donna Leiting

Serena wrote
on Mar 1, 2006 11:56 AM
Donna --

Do you mean that you're having trouble printing the page? The link to the "printer-friendly version" of the pattern is right under the box about the author. If even the printer-friendly version doesn't come out formatted right, trying copying and pasting the pattern into a word processor (such as MS Word).

Anna wrote
on Sep 26, 2006 3:12 PM

I am having a trouble with the Front post double crochet (FPDC). It is confusing me. Anyone have a visual to show?!?

on Dec 16, 2006 5:18 PM


judy wrote
on Apr 5, 2007 4:09 AM

never mind for babies, my 6'1" 15 year old son thinks it's great

KarenFaith wrote
on Sep 26, 2007 8:54 AM

I was looking through the patterns for hats - for babies or children - this fits the exact thing I wanted. I make the hats for the charity I founded and I am so glad to have found this group!!!!
Thank you for posting this "recipe"

llaurask wrote
on Sep 26, 2007 2:58 PM

Love the hat! How do you start it without the flower on top.  I want to make it for a little boy

martiehawk wrote
on Oct 24, 2007 7:13 PM

I would also love to make this adorable hat for a little boy without the flower on top. I saw the other request. Did I miss seeing where those directions were posted?

Wife to Terry

Mom to Sarah, Savannah, Sandi & Skylar

on Nov 2, 2007 11:35 PM

Personally, I am SO delighted with this pattern - and the fact that the colors displayed are - excuse me - non-sexist. Thank you for that!


sock puppet wrote
on Nov 10, 2007 1:05 PM

I made this without the flower on top by chaining 6 and connecting to make a loop. I then worked 15 dc's into the loop, then started with Round 4. It worked perfectly.

sock puppet wrote
on Nov 10, 2007 1:08 PM

sorry - double post - not sure why this won't let me reply to the correct post, but it wants to put the reply on this one - oh well

yarnturtle wrote
on Nov 24, 2007 5:01 AM

This is my fist crochet project, and I can't get the brim to roll. It must have increases, but I can't figure out how many. Can anyone help?


martiehawk wrote
on Jan 16, 2008 3:00 PM

I don't remember offhand how I did it but something like what you said and it turned out really cute. I added ear flaps and a tie. Then my friend asked if I'd make one a little bigger for her toddler daughter. It turned out really cute as well. After making the "flower" on top for the girl, it really didn't look too girly so next time I might just go ahead and put it on top even for a boy.

I'll be seeing them on Friday so I'll try to get a couple of pictures to share.

Wife to Terry

Mom to Sarah, Savannah, Sandi & Skylar

martiehawk wrote
on Jan 16, 2008 3:15 PM

If you still need a visual, contact me privately and I'll send you a diagram I found. I tried to paste it here but can't get it to work.

Wife to Terry

Mom to Sarah, Savannah, Sandi & Skylar

JoAnnM@10 wrote
on Jan 26, 2008 4:49 AM

This looks GREAT! Must try it for my Granddaughter.

tiffany01 wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 9:51 PM

Love this pattern. Thanks for sharing!

krtb60 wrote
on Jan 31, 2008 10:23 PM
Hi Anna,

I am a new member as of tonight. I have an idea for you to try on the FPDC. First, take a peice of paper and draw four small figure eights in a row to represent stitches. Now draw four more right under the first four. These are a second row of stitches. All are dc. Now while looking at the two rows you have made, just above them make two more of these stitches, starting on the right to left as if you were crocheting. Now the next stitch will be the FPDC as follows.....with your hook in your hand, and the one loop on your hook, first, wrap your hook once, aim your hook to go in behind the dc on the first row of dc on the paper. You will be going right to left behind the stitch and wrapping and pulling up two loops, then wrap and pull up two more loops. completeing FPDC. Of course you know (YO) means wrap......Good Luck I hope this will help! Sometimes if we see it done on paper it becomes easier. Your new friend in crochet, krtb60

on Mar 31, 2008 6:38 AM

I have completed this pattern over the weekend, but had difficulty with the curl of the brim. I am using sport weight yarn (f hook) as I need to match a blanket and booties in the same color. Any suggestions ? Any thing special or different when starting the brim ?

on Mar 31, 2008 8:28 AM

this is a test of reply

Pad1220 wrote
on Sep 16, 2008 2:58 PM

Hello and thank you for this pattern. I may try it for my granddaughters. Question, how do you steam and block something. I never did that to any of my crochet projects.

babynurse77 wrote
on Mar 29, 2009 10:34 PM

I just joined and love finding new hats to crochet. I work with babies both, preterm and newborn, and make hats for them. I will be trying this hat right away. Thank you again.

justlinda wrote
on Jan 24, 2010 4:17 PM

Jan. 24, 2010

I am having loads of trouble with getting the brim to turn up also.  I have tried many different combinations of Ch2 and hdc.  I must not be reading the pattern correct.  Seems to be some increasing that I'm missing.


Thanks for any help.

on Mar 24, 2010 11:49 PM

Know what else would be helpful???java certification dumps Time estimates! Like the previous commenter, I also recently returned to crocheting (my grandmother taught me the basics in my teens 20+ yrs ago). A couple of years ago I messed around and made a scarf for my daughter. That quickly turned into matching mittens, beret and then sets for my son, mother-in-law and husband. After all this, I decided to make something for myself. Enter the idea for a thread sweater-top. That was about 4 years ago!!! On average, it takes an hour to do each g mcse testking o-round of the sweater. At this rate, I may finish it by the time I'm 80! So I've asked to be buried in it :-)

Anyway, I really want to embark on a poncho for my daughter scwcd but would really really really like to know how much time it might take.

gr8knitwit1 wrote
on May 23, 2010 1:54 AM

Video link for FPDC:



andyee wrote
on Jan 3, 2012 9:40 AM

There are 2 or 3 emails below that inquire how to get the brim to roll.  That's my problem.  If I follow the directions, it doesn't roll, but no one else has chimed in with any help.  Please HELP!

cindylou4516 wrote
on Jan 7, 2012 10:22 PM

@Andyee. I understand your frustration when a pattern is not clear and its like you have to guess what you are supposed to do next. Well I did the first round of brim ch 2,  2hdc  in next stitch. 1hdc in next 2hdc around then the next round just hdc in every stitch and it started to roll. I have to say Inwill never make this one again. In my opinion when you write out a pattern it should be exactly what you did not make people have to figure out what was done. I have spent too much money on books that have been wrong and I have to figure out what they are talking about. If you haven't yet you should join there are tons of free patterns to find.

terrirn143 wrote
on Aug 12, 2012 10:42 AM
on Oct 6, 2012 7:35 AM

This pattern are so easy to follow and I don't need to "guess" what next should be...don't know what some mean by that. Just read instruction and there wont be any problem.
Have made this one so many times different size and LOVE IT

Thank you for a GREAT pattern

on Oct 7, 2012 7:32 PM
on Oct 7, 2012 7:35 PM

I'd love to make this in a larger toddler size. Any tips on increasing size for a child who is wearing size 5 clothing?

faastd wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 7:15 AM

For the Printelyr Challenged.....I couldn't find the "printer friendly" button either, but tried this:

Go to the last line of the patern instructions, where is says ".....block this hat when finish." Click on the screen anywhere in the space following the word "space".

Nothing changes? Perfect!

Now go up to the beginning of the instructions, position the cursor just above the first word (such as just above the words"Materials List". 

NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT: Before you click, hold down the Shift. Everything between the cllick and the shift click should be high lighted.

AND THIS, TOO: Ctrl-P will start the printing process. You'll want to choose "Selection", rather than "All pages"

In a nut shell....Click at the top (or bottom)...Shift-click at the other end....Ctrl P......Selection.

on Oct 22, 2012 1:31 PM


I would like to make this for my 6 year old (smaller child) great nephew.  I thought grey yarn would be

just wonderful.   As a newbie at crocheting is it possible to help me make this 'baby' hat larger.

Please and thanks


on Oct 22, 2012 1:31 PM


I would like to make this for my 6 year old (smaller child) great nephew.  I thought grey yarn would be

just wonderful.   As a newbie at crocheting is it possible to help me make this 'baby' hat larger.

Please and thanks