Disclaimer: I did not create this pattern from scratch, this is a variation on several hat patterns that are already out there, all I wanted to do was gather the information I use regularly to make a hat in one place.
Bernat Baby Softee yarn
Basic hat pattern, worked from crown to brim
Note: Beg ch 2 does not count as a st in this pattern.
Ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to form ring
Row 1: ch 2, work 12 dc in ring, join with a sl st to first dc. 12 sts
Row 2: ch 2, turn, 2 dc in ea st around, join with a sl st to first dc. 24 sts.
Row 3: ch 2, turn, dc in 1st st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from *, end with 2 dc in last st, sl st to first dc. 36 st.
Row 4: ch 2, turn, dc in first two sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next two sts, repeat from *, end with 2 dc in last st, sl st to first dc. 48 sts
Row 5: ch 2, hdc in ea st around, sl st to first hdc. 48 sts
Row 6: ch 2, dc in ea st around, sl st to first dc. 48 sts
Row 7: alternate between rows 5 and 6 four more times for 14 rows
Row 15: switch colors for a contrasting brim if desired and repeat rows 5 and 6 twice more after that for a total of 18 rows.
Row 19: finish the hat with a repeat of row 5. Weave in and trim ends, fold up brim
*Optional trim: add a row of sc for a simple trim or shells for something a bit frillier
How I finish the hat tends to change almost every time I make one. If I'm doing a basic hat, I'll switch colors at row 15 for the contrasting brim. If I want the hat to be a solid color I tend to do a accent/contrast sc trim for boys or a simple *sc in stitch, ch 2, sc in next* pattern to create a tiny bit of ruffle for a girl.
9” hat ~ increase until the hat measures 3” from edge to edge or 1 1/2" from center to edge, total length 7 1/2"
10” hat ~ increase until the hat measures 3 1/4" from edge to edge or 1 1/2" from center to edge, total length 7 1/2"
**12” hat ~ increase until the hat measures 4” from edge to edge, or 2” from center to edge, total length 8”
** this is the size of the baby hats I used to make for donating to local hospitals