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[Free Crochet Pattern] Puff Ball Beanie Photo Prop

By on March 2, 2015

This fluffy puff ball beanie is a fun, easy, and cuddly photography prop.
Whip one up in your favorite worsted weight yarn, or try a fun art yarn for a cool effect.

*This hat is a photography prop ONLY. The long tail and fluffy pom pom are a choking hazard. Responsible Adult Supervision Required.




Materials: I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors

Yarn: 100 yards Worsted Weight Yarn.
Sample shown using Red Heart Plush Baby Yarn.

Sizes: Newborn and 3 Months

Gauge: 7 DC and 4 rounds = 2”

Stitch Guide: CH – chain, DC – double crochet, HDC – half double crochet, SC – single crochet, SL ST – slip stitch, ST – stitch


  • The pattern is written for Newborn size with 3-Month size in parentheses.
  • The CH-2 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a stitch.
  • I did not indicate where to add the stripes. Change colors to create stripes anywhere you like.

Start with magic ring.
Round 1: CH 2, 11 (12) DC in ring, join to top of first DC (here and throughout).
Round 2: CH 2, 2 DC in each DC around, join. [22 (24) DC]
Round 3: CH 2, (1 DC in next, 2 DC in next) around, join. [33 (36) DC]
Round 4: CH 2, (1 DC in next 2, 2 DC in next) around, join. [44 (48) DC]
Rounds 5 – 9: CH 2, DC in each DC around, join. [44 (48) DC]
Round 10: CH 1, SC (HDC) in each DC around, join and fasten off. [44 SC (48 HDC)]

Tail and Assembly

Use a double strand of yarn. Leaving a 6” tail, CH 60 (or more), then fasten off leaving a 6” tail.
Use a pom pom maker, cardboard or your fingers to create a large, fluffy pom pom.
Using needle, thread one end of the tail down through the top-center of the hat and secure it to the inside. Carefully thread the other end of the tail through the center of the pom pom and tie it in a knot to secure. Put hat on baby & gently place the pom pom into desired position.

Other Suggestions…

  • Work entire hat in one solid color, or try variegated or self-striping yarns.
  • Make a large tassel instead of a pom pom.
  • Embellish hat with buttons, flowers, bows, clips, appliqués, etc.

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