Crochet Pumpkin Hat in All Sizes

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What do you get when you combine texture, cozy and a burst of fall color?  Why, a crochet pumpkin hat, of course!

Two orange crochet pumpkin hats with brown stems and green leaves

Let me tell you why I love this pumpkin hat (and you will too).  

First up.. here in Michigan, we don’t mess around.  Our winters are cold and sometimes our autumns are as well.  One day it’s sunny skies and beautiful fall leaves and the next it’s snow and frigid temperatures.  So when it comes to cold weather hats, I like ’em warm and cozy!

The stitch on this hat is a modified Alpine stitch.  The Alpine stitch alternates front post double crochets with a normal double crochet and then offsets the next time around.  Because we are working in joined rounds (and not going back and forth), we’re able to work this stitch alternating the post stitch every row, creating this amazing texture!

I also worked a little wizardry with the increases in row 9 so that you increase in every stitch in a unique way.  First you work a front post double crochet around the next stitch. THEN you work a double crochet like normal into the same stitch.  That sets up the texture perfectly for the rest of the hat!  And it gives the effect of the texture from the top right down to the ribbing–which I just love!

And then top off that little stem with the cutie pie leaves from the crochet pumpkin…and sigh… deliciousness in a hat, I tell you!

One more thing before we dig in… I really wanted to offer a lot of sizes so you could make a hat for everyone on your wish list.  Know that you might find your hat measurement a little more or less when it comes time to measure before starting the ribbing.  Don’t worry about this!  The hat is very stretchy and very forgiving.  

Get the measurement as close as you can and then if you need to add a row or two in the ribbing area, it will be just fine.  You also don’t have to worry too much about guessing the right size hat for your little one.  This is the kind of hat that will last through a few growth spurts and still look amazing.

Ready to crochet?  Let’s go!

Crochet Pumpkin Hats

Here is what you will need:

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet AbbreviationsUS to UK Crochet Conversion Chart.  Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.

Hats are worked top down starting at the top of the stem.  They are very stretchy and forgiving.  If you find it difficult to get to the length before starting the ribbing, go a little bit short and add row(s) of ribbing to get to the correct size.

*See individual sizes for measurements of finished hats

All patterns follow the same directions for ribbing and leaves.  If you wish smaller leaves for a smaller size hat, use the smaller size hook.

Adult Size Pumpkin Hat:

Finished size is 22” around and 8.5” long.

Stem

Using smaller (G) hook and brown yarn:  Make a magic ring.  Note that the stem is worked in continuous rounds.

 R1: 9 sc into ring (9 st).

R2-5:  sc around.  (9 st)

R6:  2sc in ea st around (18 st).  At end of round slip st to next st, changing to orange in last stitch (and changing to larger hook for next round).  Fasten off brown yarn, leaving a strand to weave in later.

Pumpkin

Using larger (H) hook and orange yarn:

R7: ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc)  2hdc in ea st around.  Join with sl st to 1st stitch in row (36 st)

R8: ch 3 (counts as 1st st), FPDC around ea st (36 st).  Join with sl st to top of starting chain.

In the next row, increase in every stitch by first working a front post double crochet over the next stitch, then working a dc in the top of the same stitch just worked.

R9: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in top of starting ch, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of same stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (72 st)

photo of a digital crochet amigurumi ebook

R10: Ch3 (counts as first stitch), *FPDC around next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * around ending with a FPDC.  Sl st to top of starting chain 3. (72 st)

R11: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in next st, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of nextstitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (72 st)

Repeat rows 10 & 11 until hat measures 7.5” (ending with row 11). Measure height starting between rows 4 & 5 to bottom of work.  Then, follow directions for ribbing and leaves.

Ribbing (all sizes):

Ribbing is worked in front and back post HALF double crochet stitches.  Note:  If you find your hat needs to be a little bit longer, just repeat row 2 until you reach the desired length.

R1:  ch 2 (counts as 1st st).  *FPHDC around next st from previous round, BPHDC around next st.  Repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to top of 1st st.

R2-3:  ch 2 (counts as 1st st), *FPHDC around next st, BPHDC around next st.  Repeat from * to * around.  Sl st to top of 1st st.

R4:  ch 1, sc in same st as joining. Single crochet around.  Join with sl stitch to 1st st and fasten off.

Up close view of crochet leaves and stem on crochet pumpkin hat

Leaf (all sizes):

Samples used larger hook(H).  However, you may use the smaller hook (G) if you desire smaller leaves.

*Chain 8 and join to form ring.

R1 in the ring just made work all of the following:  ch 2, 6 dc, ch 3, sl st to 1st ch, 6 dc, ch 2, sl st.*  First leaf made.  Do NOT fasten off.

Repeat from * to * to make a 2nd leaf.  Fasten off, leaving a long strand for sewing.

Sew the leaf in place on top of the pumpkin at base of stem.

Weave in any ends.

crochet pumpkin hat in orange with green leaves

3-6 Months Size Pumpkin Hat

Finished size is 14.5” around and 6” long.

Stem:

Using smaller (G) hook and brown yarn:  Make a magic ring.  Note that the stem is worked in continuous rounds.

R1: 6 sc into ring (6 st).

R2: *sc in next st, 2sc in next.  Repeat from * around (9 st)

R3-5:  sc around.  (9 st)

R6:  *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next  (12 st).  At end of round slip st to next st, changing to orange in last stitch (and changing to larger hook for next round). Fasten off brown yarn, leaving a strand to weave in later.

Pumpkin

Using larger (H) hook and orange yarn:

R7: ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc)  2hdc in ea st around.  Join with sl st to 1st stitch in row (24 st)

R8: ch 3 (counts as 1st st), FPDC around ea st (24 st).  Join with sl st to top of starting chain.

In the next row, increase in every stitch by first working a front post double crochet over the next stitch, then working a dc in the top of the same stitch just worked.

R9: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in top of starting ch, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of same stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (48 st)

R10: Ch3, *FPDC in next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * around ending with a FPDC.  Sl st to top of starting chain 3. (48 st)

R11: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in next st, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of nextstitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (48 st)

Repeat rows 10 & 11 until hat measures 5” (ending with row 11). Measure height starting between rows 4 & 5 to bottom of work.  Then, follow directions for ribbing and leaves.

6-12 Months Size Pumpkin Hat

Finished size is 16” around and 6.25” long.

Stem:

Using smaller (G) hook and brown yarn:  Make a magic ring.  Note that the stem is worked in continuous rounds.

R1: 6 sc into ring (6 st).

R2: *sc in next st, 2sc in next.  Repeat from * around (9 st)

R3-5:  sc around.  (9 st)

R6:   sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 2 sc in next st *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next.  Repeat from * once (13 st).  At end of round slip st to next st, changing to orange in last stitch (and changing to larger hook for next round). Fasten off brown yarn, leaving a strand to weave in later.

Pumpkin

Using larger (H) hook and orange yarn:

R7: ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc)  2hdc in ea st around.  Join with sl st to 1st stitch in row (26 st)

R8: ch 3 (counts as 1st st), FPDC around ea st (26 st).  Join with sl st to top of starting chain.

In the next row, increase in every stitch by first working a front post double crochet over the next stitch, then working a dc in the top of the same stitch just worked.

R9: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in top of starting ch, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of same stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (52 st)

R10: Ch3, *FPDC in next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * around ending with a FPDC.  Sl st to top of starting chain 3. (52 st)

R11: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in next st, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of next stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (52 st)

Repeat rows 10 & 11 until hat measures 5.25” (ending with row 11). Measure height starting between rows 4 & 5 to bottom of work.  Then, follow directions for ribbing and leaves.

12-24 Months Size Pumpkin Hat

Finished size is 17” around and 6.5” long.

Stem:

Using smaller (G) hook and brown yarn:  Make a magic ring.  Note that the stem is worked in continuous rounds.

R1: 6 sc into ring (6 st).

R2: *sc in next st, 2sc in next.  Repeat from * around (9 st)

R3-5:  sc around.  (9 st)

R6:   *sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 2 sc in next st * Repeat from * to * once, then sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next.  (14 st).  At end of round slip st to next st, changing to orange in last stitch (and changing to larger hook for next round). Fasten off brown yarn, leaving a strand to weave in later.

Pumpkin

Using larger (H) hook and orange yarn:

R7: ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc)  2hdc in ea st around.  Join with sl st to 1st stitch in row (28 st)

R8: ch 3 (counts as 1st st), FPDC around ea st (28 st).  Join with sl st to top of starting chain.

In the next row, increase in every stitch by first working a front post double crochet over the next stitch, then working a dc in the top of the same stitch just worked.

R9: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in top of starting ch, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of same stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (56 st)

R10: Ch3, *FPDC in next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * around ending with a FPDC.  Sl st to top of starting chain 3. (56 st)

R11: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in next st, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of nextstitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (56 st)

Repeat rows 10 & 11 until hat measures 5.5” (ending with row 11). Measure height starting between rows 4 & 5 to bottom of work.  Then, follow directions for ribbing and leaves.

Toddler Size Pumpkin Hat

Finished size is 18” around and 7.5” long.

Stem:

Using smaller (G) hook and brown yarn:  Make a magic ring.  Note that the stem is worked in continuous rounds.

R1: 6 sc into ring (6 st).

R2: *sc in next st, 2sc in next.  Repeat from * around (9 st)

R3-5:  sc around.  (9 st)

R6:   *sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 2 sc in next st * Repeat from * to * twice.  (15 st)  At end of round slip st to next st, changing to orange in last stitch (and changing to larger hook for next round). Fasten off brown yarn, leaving a strand to weave in later.

Pumpkin

Using larger (H) hook and orange yarn:

R7: ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc)  2hdc in ea st around.  Join with sl st to 1st stitch in row (30st)

R8: ch 3 (counts as 1st st), FPDC around ea st (30st).  Join with sl st to top of starting chain.

In the next row, increase in every stitch by first working a front post double crochet over the next stitch, then working a dc in the top of the same stitch just worked.

R9: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in top of starting ch, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of same stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (60 st)

R10: Ch3, *FPDC in next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * around ending with a FPDC.  Sl st to top of starting chain 3. (60 st)

R11: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in next st, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of nextstitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (60 st)

Repeat rows 10 & 11 until hat measures 6.5” (ending with row 11). Measure height starting between rows 4 & 5 to bottom of work.  Then, follow directions for ribbing and leaves.

Two orange Crochet Pumpkin Hats

Child Size Pumpkin Hat

Finished size is 19.5” around and 8” long.

Stem:

Using smaller (G) hook and brown yarn:  Make a magic ring.  Note that the stem is worked in continuous rounds.

R1: 6 sc into ring (6 st).

R2: *sc in next st, 2sc in next.  Repeat from * around (9 st)

R3-5:  sc around.  (9 st)

R6:   *sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 2 sc in next st * Repeat from * to * once.  2 sc in each of the next 3 st  (16 st)  At end of round slip st to next st, changing to orange in last stitch (and changing to larger hook for next round). Fasten off brown yarn, leaving a strand to weave in later.

Pumpkin

Using larger (H) hook and orange yarn:

R7: ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc)  2hdc in ea st around.  Join with sl st to 1st stitch in row (32st)

R8: ch 3 (counts as 1st st), FPDC around ea st (320st).  Join with sl st to top of starting chain.

In the next row, increase in every stitch by first working a front post double crochet over the next stitch, then working a dc in the top of the same stitch just worked.

R9: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in top of starting ch, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of same stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (64 st)

R10: Ch3, *FPDC in next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * around ending with a FPDC.  Sl st to top of starting chain 3. (64 st)

R11: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in next st, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of nextstitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (64 st)

Repeat rows 10 & 11 until hat measures 7” (ending with row 11). Measure height starting between rows 4 & 5 to bottom of work.  Then, follow directions for ribbing and leaves.

Teen Size Pumpkin Hat

Finished size is 21” around and 8” long.

Stem:

Using smaller (G) hook and brown yarn:  Make a magic ring.  Note that the stem is worked in continuous rounds.

R1: 6 sc into ring (6 st).

R2: *sc in next st, 2sc in next.  Repeat from * around (9 st)

R3-5:  sc around.  (9 st)

R6:   *sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 2 sc in next st * 2 sc in each of the remaining stitches  (17 st)  At end of round slip st to next st, changing to orange in last stitch (and changing to larger hook for next round). Fasten off brown yarn, leaving a strand to weave in later.

Pumpkin

Using larger (H) hook and orange yarn:

R7: ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc)  2hdc in ea st around.  Join with sl st to 1st stitch in row (34st)

R8: ch 3 (counts as 1st st), FPDC around ea st (34st).  Join with sl st to top of starting chain.

In the next row, increase in every stitch by first working a front post double crochet over the next stitch, then working a dc in the top of the same stitch just worked.

R9: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in top of starting ch, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of same stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (68 st)

R10: Ch3, *FPDC in next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * around ending with a FPDC.  Sl st to top of starting chain 3. (68 st)

R11: ch1, FPDC around ch 3 from previous round, dc in next st, *FPDC around next st, dc in top of nextstitch.  Repeat from * around.  Slip stitch to top 1st stitch. (68 st)

Repeat rows 10 & 11 until hat measures 7” (ending with row 11). Measure height starting between rows 4 & 5 to bottom of work.  Then, follow directions for ribbing and leaves.

MORE CROCHET PUMPKIN PATTERNS

If you love the this darling pumpkin hat crochet pattern, you might also like to check out these other pumpkin patterns.  You can find all our Home Decor Patterns here.

Crochet pumpkins: small crochet orange pumpkin, pumpkins and flowers on a wreath, medium pumpkin

1. Small Crochet Pumpkin Pattern  //   2. Crochet Wreath //   3. Medium Crochet Pumpkin

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33 Comments

  1. Hi Cheryl!
    This pumpkin beanie is absolutely amazingly adorable!
    I’ll certainly be making one!
    Thanks for sharing your crochet goodness and incredible inspiration!

  2. I’d like to know why you did not number your pages from 1 to the end. I printed out 19 pages and not of them is numbered. I am so upset Each size could have been numbered so now I can’t use any of them cause it’s too confusing as to what goes where ? Can you help me i hope… this turned out to be a lot of wasted paper..

    1. It sounds like you printed right from the website. I offer my patterns for free on this website. It is free for you to view them online and you can certainly print them from here too–but the downside is that the ads print, the photos are really big and the text gets split up. I have absolutely no control over how each person’s computer prints when it prints from the website–which is what it sounds like you did. And no control over whether or not your individual computer puts numbers on those pages when you print that way. A lot of people don’t like this. So as a service (at the request of my readers), I offer a low cost ad-free PDF that does not have ads and is formatted to print better. The ad-free version of this particular pattern happens to be 11 pages and it IS numbered. If you’re interested in that, you can click on the links in the post.

  3. Thank you for the pumpkin hat patterns!! They come just intime for me to make my grandson, wifey and son hats to celebrate the upcoming new “little pumpkin” at their baby shower! She is due end of Nov, early Dec. <3

    1. If you’d like a pattern smaller than the smallest size available, you could try using a smaller hook to get a smaller gauge. Hope that helps.

  4. Is there a step missing in the patterns? I’m making the child-sized hat, and I couldn’t get mine to look like yours unless I turned my work at the beginning of round 8.

    1. The hat is worked with the right side facing at all times for all sizes. The first row of post stitches CAN look odd. But it looks more “normal” as you work the subsequent rows.

  5. Hi! I was wondering if at the end of each round in the pumpkin section if you join then turn or if you just work in the round all the way. Thank you!

    1. In the pumpkin portion, you join but do not turn. The end of the row directions in that section direct you to join with a slip stitch. Hope that helps.

  6. Hi there! I really can’t make any sense of the instruction to “increase in every stitch by first working a front post double crochet over the next stitch, then working a dc in the top of the same stitch just worked.” Is there any way you can provide a picture of what this step is supposed to look like? I’m pretty sure I’m doing it wrong.

    1. So normally when increasing into a stitch you would work 2 stitches into the top of the stitch on the row before. With me so far? In this pattern instead of doing THAT, you first work AROUND the post of the designated stitch (one stitch worked), then you go back and work a SECOND double crochet into the top of the stitch (like normal). This gives you 2 stitches–just increased in a different way. It looks really, really odd at first because you are increasing so fast.. but it looks more normal as you get several rows into the pattern.

  7. Thanks for sharing this pattern! I make hat to donate for charities and this is adorable! I was wondering what I should change to make new born size?

    1. The smallest size is 3-6 months. I would make this size and the child could grow into it, or alternatively, adjust your hook or tension to make it a bit smaller.

  8. Hi! I was wondering if the stitch count is off some how. It says to add a chain that counts as a stitch and add a double crochet as well, the fpdc each 36 stitches which would make 74 instead of 72 stitches. Are you supposed to skip stitches?

    1. In the previous round the dc counts as one of the stitches, leaving 36 stitches in that row. In the next row, you essentially work a stitch around the stitch in the previous row AND on top of it, which doubles the number of stitches, going from 36 to 72. Hope that helps.

  9. You are so kind and helpful. Thank you for the lovely pattern and pictures. I am going to get the ad free version and make for my grand-daughters. Thanks again!

  10. I have crocheted 7 of these for babies and they are adorable!
    I am now crocheting the adult size and it definitely is not working out. I’m wondering if anyone else has worked the adult size and how it worked out.

  11. Hello! Thanks for the adorable pattern, it is going to make a perfect gift for a friends baby!
    I am having a bit of a problem, and I’ve had this on another project as well so obviously it’s something I am reading and doing wrong. My project ended up with the finished stitches on the inside so I will have to flip it at the end, do you have any idea why that may have happened?
    Thanks!

    1. It sounds like you just need to keep it flipped on the outside direction (opposite what you are doing right now) at the beginning, but any way you do it should be fine! Hope this helps 🙂

  12. Hi! I have made this whole hat and I love it! But I’m confused on the leaves for some reason. Is there any way to show me pictures or something? I’m confused where all of the 6 DC fit. I think I just need maybe something more specific explained

    1. Each leaf is worked by making a chain loop and then working several stitches of varying heights into and around that chain. There is a close up photo of the leaves on the Plaid Pumpkin. Perhaps taking a look at that will help you to see how it is done.

  13. Hey!

    I loved making this hat and wanted to know if I would be allowed to sale my finished hats from this design, if I give you credit for the pattern on my post and labels?

    1. As long as you don’t sell or reproduce the written pattern, you are welcome to use any of the free or paid Crochet 365 Knit Too patterns to make items to sell. Please include a link to the free pattern with credit for the design on any online listing. If you are selling at a fair or retail shop, just note this information on the tag. Thank you!

  14. This hat is precious and I had fun making it! I just finished making my first one for my 3 month old using the 6-12 month size. Unfortunately, it didn’t fit. The stitches have a lot of tension when he wears it and would definitely need a larger size. Thing is, his head circumference is average and my tension wasn’t tight. I’ll definitely be making another one though! It’s too cute to not replace.

    1. The pumpkin hat is definitely a cute hat pattern and I’m glad to hear you like it! The finished size for the 6-12 month size is 16” around and 6.25” long. If your hat measured smaller than this, then you are crocheting at a tighter gauge than I did. You can either go up a hook size or two, or try a bigger size hat. Hope that helps.

  15. Hello. Thank you for this pattern, but I think I may be don’t something wrong. I am alternating FPDC and then DC as instructed, but I’m not getting the same pattern look as yours. Not sure where I’m going wrong. I’ve frogged a few times. Thank you.

    1. It does take a few rows for the pattern to be visible. Once you get into the main part of the hat, you essentially are working post stitches around the prior row’s double crochets and vice versa. The rows start slightly differently so you get this effect. You can also pop over to our Facebook group and post a picture there and people can help identify if something is going wrong.

    1. The leaves are formed by working several different sized stitches into a chain loop. The different sized stitches make the shape of the leaf So you simply chain, join (this forms the loop). Then work the stitches indicated into the loop. Hope that helps.