Free Pattern – Puffy Pinwheel Hat

This puffy, slouchy hat matches my Striped Booties and  Dreaming of Pinwheels blanket. It’s made with the same Anne Geddes Baby yarn by Red Heart, which is machine washable and soft, with just enough stretchiness. This pattern has instructions for sizes 0-6 months, 6-12 months, and toddler (1-3 years).

Puffy Pinwheel Hat image collage


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Experienced – Made in several pieces with decreases, seaming, working into the back loop only, working in the round, and front post/back post stitches. I’m calling it experienced because of the number of techniques used, but it could be a great learning project for an intermediate level crocheter.


Pattern is written for 0-6 months with changes for 6-12 months and toddler in ( ). Actual hat circumference: 13″ (15″, 17″). Note these are the hat sizes, not the head size – to fit properly, the hat should be 1-2″ smaller around than the head.


15 sc x 18 rows = 4″ square.  Each of the 8 hat sections should measure about 4.5 x 1.75″ (5.5″ x 2″, 6.5″ x  2.25″)

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • fphdc = front post half double crochet
  • bphdc = back post half double crochet
  • hdc2tog = half double crochet two stitches together
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • rnd = round
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side


  • If you leave a long tail on each of the blue (color C) hat sections, you can use that tail to sew the sections together.
  • Progress / tutorial pictures show the toddler size hat. Click any image for a larger view.

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Make 8 total – 4 with A, and 4 with C

Row 1 [RS]:  Work 6 (7, 8) fhdc OR ch 7 (8, 9), hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. [6 (7, 8) sts]

Rows 2 – 9 (10, 11): Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. Mark first and last stitch of row 9 (10, 11) for edging

Row 10 (11, 12): Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc across to last 2 sts, hdc2tog [4 (5,6) sts]

Row 11 (12, 13): Repeat Row 2

Row 12 (13, 14): Repeat Row 10 (11, 12) [ 2 (3, 4) sts]

Row 13 (14, 15): Repeat Row 2

0-6 months only:  

Row 14: Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog

6-12 months only:  

Row 15: Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in last st

Row 16: Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog

Toddler only:

Row 16: Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog twice

Row 17: Repeat Row 2

Row 18: Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog

1 section, without the edging

Edging (all sizes):

  • Ch 1, turn, working in sides of rows, work 8 (9, 10) sc evenly spaced to first marker.
  • Ch 1, work 11 (12, 13) sc evenly spaced to bottom corner.
  • Working in bottom of Row 1, [sc, ch 1, sc] in corner st, sc in next 4 (5, 6) sts, [sc, ch 1, sc] in next corner st.
  • Working in sides of rows, work 11 (12, 13) sc evenly spaced to next marker.
  • Ch 1, work 8 (9, 10) sc evenly spaced to top, join with sl st to first st.
  • Remove markers, fasten off. [46 (51, 56) sc and 4 ch sps]

all 8 sections, with edging done

Joining (all sizes):

  • Hold 1 section of each color with right sides together as shown below. Line up chain spaces on both pieces.
  • With C, whipstitch sections together along one side, through wrong side loops only, being sure to whipstitch through the corner ch sp on the bottom of the sections
  • Join remaining sections in the same manner, alternating colors, until all 8 sections are joined.
  • Join free edges of first section and last section together in the same manner. Ignore the hole at the top for now.

Joining the sections


Rnd 1 (WS): With WS of hat facing you and working into the bottom edge of the hat, join C with sl st in the 2nd st of any section, *hdc in next 4 (5, 6) sts, hdc2tog in next st and ch sp, hdc2tog in next ch sp and next st, repeat from * 7 times more,  join with sl st to first st, changing to B. [48 (56, 64)] sts

first round of ribbing section - showing where to join and decreases at seams

Rnd 2: With B, ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first st, changing to C.

Rnd 3: With C, ch 1, turn, hdc in front loop only of each st around, join with sl st to first st.

First 3 rounds of ribbing section

Rnd 4: Ch 1 turn, [fphdc around next st, bphdc around next st] around, join with sl st to first st.

Rnds 5-7 (7, 8): Ch 1, do NOT turn, [fphdc around next st, bphdc around next st] around, join with sl st to first st. Fasten off.

 Top “Button”:

Rnd 1 [WS]: With B, work 8 hdc inside a magic circle and pull circle closed. Join with sl st to first st.  OR  Ch 2, work 8 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st to first st. [8 hdc]

Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in each st, join with sl st to first st. [16 hdc]

0-6 months & 6-12 months only:

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Toddler only:

Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st), fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. [24 hdc]

Finishing:sewing on "button"

  • Sew top “button” in place over the hole at the top of the hat. I like to use a running stitch or back stitch, sewing just under the tops of the crochet stitches along the outer edge of the button, so the seam is not noticeable.
  • Weave in all ends


I hope you enjoy the pattern! Thank you to Red Heart, for supplying the lovely yarn. A downloadable pdf of this pattern is also available in my Craftsy store for a $1 fee. The fee for the pdf format is to offset the advertising revenue lost when you print or download the pattern rather than viewing it online. The pdf download also includes the pattern for the Li’l Pumpkin variation of this hat!

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    • Pia Thadani

      The problem you are going to have is the circumference, not the length. The largest size written here is for a 17″ circumference, and you’re going to want about 19 inches minimum for an adult size head. The pattern is written for a DK weight yarn – you could try doing it in a worsted weight yarn like Red Heart Soft instead and see if that gives you the size you need…depending on your gauge, the 12 month instructions worked in worsted weight may come out to the right size.

      Check it as follows: Measure the circumference of your head, then subtract 2 inches and write that down. Work one section of the hat (including edging), measure the widest point, and multiply by 8. This should be somewhere in the neighborhood of the number you wrote down. (you’ll get a tiny bit more room from the joining, but not much).

      Let me know how it works out!

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