Free Crochet Pattern…Newborn Bunny Knot Hat!

The Newborn Bunny Knot Hat a super sweet hat full of fun!  Crocheted in squishy huggable yarn, it is easy to make and keeps the littlest heads warm.  Easy to make ears are knotted and a pretty little heart finishes it off.  A great one evening project for spring time!

Newborn Bunny Knot Hat

By Jennifer Dickerson

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  • Newborn (height 6 inches, circumference 35 cm/14 inches) Hat is stretchy and will grow with baby just a bit too.
  • Total hat height (including ears): 10 inches


  • Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn in “Pixie Dust” and “Fairy Tale”  (I had lots of yarn leftovers from both skeins)
  • K (6.5 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/Tape Measure

Instructions for Hat (worked in cream yarn):

Note: stitches are worked in the spaces. Click here for a helpful tutorial. Foundation: Ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, then work 11 dc into the center of the ring, join with a sl st to close round.
Round 2: Ch 3, *1 dc in the first space, 2 dc in the next space, rpt from * to end of round. Close round with a sl st.
Round 3: Repeat round 2.
Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as a dc). Skip the first space and work a dc in each space around. Close round with a sl st.
Repeat round 4 until hat measures 6 inches from beginning. Fasten off.

Instructions for Ears:

Note: Pink part of the ears is worked in rows, cream part is worked in rounds.

Beginning with pink yarn, ch 14.

Row 1: In the second ch from the hook work a sc.  Work a sc in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn.  2 sc in the first st, 2 sc in second st, then work a sc in remaining sts.  Work a sl st in t-ch and fasten off.

Switch to cream yarn and tie into last st worked, then ch 1.

Round 1: Work a sc in each stitch until you get to the first corner.  Work 2 sc in corner.  Continue in this manner, working 1 sc in each st, 2 sc in each remaining corner.  Join with a sl st to close rd.

Round 2: Repeat round 1, then fasten off leaving an 8 inch tail for sewing onto hat later.

Instructions for Heart:

Ch 4 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1 (work all stitches into the ring): dc, tr, dc, sl st, dc, tr, dc, sc, sc, sc, tr, sc, sc, sc, join to close heart with a sl st and fasten off leaving an 8 inch tail for sewing to hat.

Finishing & Assembly:

Sew both ears to top of hat as shown.  Tie a knot at the base of each ear and pull firmly.  Alternatively, you could leave ears unknotted and make a flop eared bunny hat.  Sew Heart to bottom right side of front of hat.  Weave in any ends that remain!

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9 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern…Newborn Bunny Knot Hat!

  1. when you say "Repeat round 4 until hat measures 6 inches from beginning." do you mean the top of the hat to the base of the hat. or 6 inches in circumference? thank you. i love this pattern, but have no clue how big a new borns noggin is.

    1. Hi there! That just means 6 inches from where you first began…so from the very top of the crown to the bottom edge/brim. Hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Hi there, at the end of round 1 after making 11 dc, should you slip stitch to chain 3 or just continue onto round 2?

    1. Great question! You would join with a sl st to complete round…I added that verbiage above to make it clearer, thanks for pointing that out. 🙂

  3. For round four and following: how is chain three a double crochet? I seem to be getting a bulge in my hat when I skip that first space… any suggestions?

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