Nautilus Baby Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern

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One of my first pattern lines was the Nautilus line. My second contribution to Cre8tion Crochet was the Nautilus Baby Beanie. It is hard to believe that this pattern has been out for almost 2 years! The inspiration for these patterns was a knit hat that I saw on Pinterest that I fell in love with. One of my favorite things is to take inspiration from knit designs and try to recreate something similar in crochet.

Nautilus Baby Beanie Collage WM

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Nautilus Baby Beanie Pattern Information

Skill Level: Intermediate


  • 8 hdc x 6 rows = 2 inches


4-medium Recommended Caron Simply Soft, Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton, or Knit Picks Comfy or Shine

General Supplies:

  • Hook – H (5.0mm)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch marker

Abbreviations and stitches required:

  • mc: magic circle
  • ch: chain
  • slst: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • hdc dec: half double crochet decrease
  • dc: double crochet
  • dc inc: double crochet increase
  • htrc: half treble crochet
  • htrc inc: half treble crochet increase
  • trc: treble crochet
  • trc inc: treble crochet increase
  • BLO: back loop only
  • FLO: front loop only
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • hk: hook

Special Stitches:

  • Half treble crochet: Yarn over twice, insert hk in indicated st and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hk (3 loops left on hk), yarn over and pull through remaining loops (1 loop on hk)
  • Increase stitches: work 2 stitches in indicated stitch
  • Half double crochet decrease: Yarn over, insert hk in next st and pull up a loop, insert hk in next st and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops on hk


  • Hat body is worked off of the spiral. Some of the hat is worked in turned rounds and the rest is worked in a continuous round.
  • Round 2 on of spiral is worked BLO to leave the front loops open for contrast stitches. It may be helpful to place a stitch marker in the first open front loop and leave it there until done with contrast stitches.
  • The circumference of the hat will have a negative ease of 2-3 inches. The pattern is written in the following sizes:
    • Newborn (12-13 inches)
    • 0-3 month (13-14 inches)
    • 3-6 month (15-16 inches)
    • 6-12 month (17-19 inches)
  • Pattern is written for Newborn with changes for larger sizes in parentheses.

Nautilus Baby Beanie Pattern 


Round 1: Mc, ch 1, 4 sc, 3 hdc, 3 dc, 2 htrc in mc. DO NOT JOIN.  Place stitch marker for beginning of round. (12 sts)

Round 2: THIS ROUND IS WORKED IN BLO. Htrc inc in next 2 sts, trc inc in next 3 sts, htrc inc in next st, 1 htrc and 1 dc in next st, dc inc in remaining 5 sts. (24 sts)

Round 3: BLO, *1 dc in next st, dc inc in next st* around. Do not finish off. (36 sts)

NOTE: If you want the spiral to be smaller, do not finish round 3. Make to size desired and move to the next section.



Round 4: Ch 41 (49, 57, 65), hdc in back ridge of 2nd loop from hook and next 37 (45, 53, 61) loops. Dc in back ridge of last 2 loops. Join with sl st to 1st hdc being careful not to twist work. (40, 48, 56, 64 sts)

Nautilus Join Collage

Round 5: Ch 2, turn, dc in 1st 2 sts, hdc in 38 (46, 54, 62) sts. Join to 1st dc. (40, 48, 56, 64 sts)

Round 6: Ch 1, turn. Hdc around. Join to first hdc. (40, 48, 56, 64 sts)

Round 7: Switch to contrast color, ch 1, turn, hdc around. Join to first hdc. (40, 48, 56, 64 sts)

Round 8:  Ch 1, turn, hdc around. Do not join. (40, 48, 56, 64 sts) Switch to main color.

From this point work is not joined or turned.

Round 9-11 (13, 14, 15): Hdc in each st around. (40, 48, 56, 64 sts)

Round 12 (14, 15, 16): *Hdc 2, hdc dec* around (30, 36, 42, 48 sts)

Round 13 (15, 16, 17): *Hdc 4, hdc dec* around (25, 30, 35, 40 sts)

Round 14 (16, 17, 18): Hdc 1, hdc dec, *hdc 3, hdc dec* around to last 2 sts. Hdc in last 2 sts. (20, 24, 28, 32)

Round 15 (17, 18, 19): Hdc dec until 5 (6, 4, 4) sts remain.

Finish off and weave tail through last stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends.


Row 1: Using contrast color, join with sl st to underside of ch at 1st sl st of Round 4 (you will be looking at the wrong side of your work). Sc in first ch and in each ch around. Sc in each st of spiral to last 2 sts (working in open front loops). Sl St in last 2 sts. Finish off and weave in ends.

attach at endspiral instructions 2

Tack spiral in place where desired.


I hope that you enjoyed the Nautilus Baby Beanie free crochet pattern! More of my contributions can be found on Cre8tion Crochet and other free patterns can be found HERE on the blog. My paid patterns can be found in my Ravelry store.



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