Slouchy American Girl Beret to Crochet

My Eliana got an American Girl doll last year for her birthday.

Previously I scoffed at these dolls.

$100?  Seriously?

Who in their right mind would pay $100 for a DOLL?

Uh huh!  Well I’m a sucker I guess because I was sold on them over one aspect.

The hair.

That’s what did it.

I had heard from several friends that the dolls really do hold up and the hair stays nice and brushable.

They weren’t lying either.

A $100 doll is a big gift in my book, especially for a (then) 7 year old.  So my mom and I split the cost.  Eliana loves her!

At the time I was due to have Exzander and I went into a hat-making-frenzy to get some photo prop hats ready for him.  I figured since I was on a roll, I’d make a hat or 2 for for Eliana’s AG Doll.

But to be honest, I didn’t really find any that I loved or wanted to make, I was being picky I suppose. So I designed one. Here is my pattern for the hat pictured.

I’ve made this same hat several times for Eliana’s friend’s dolls.

Just remember, I’m not a professional crochet pattern writer.  😉  A couple of friends have tested the pattern out for me and gave me the thumbs up.  So here it is…

American Girl Crocheted Beret

  • Crochet Hook: I
  • Medium weight yarn
  • Gauge: Rnds 1-2 = 3” across (adjust hook to obtain gauge)


ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 1, [3 dc in ring, ch 1] 4 times; join with sl st to top of ch-3.

Rnd 2: (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) all in next dc, * ch 1, 3 dc in next sp **, ch 1, skip next dc; 3 dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc; rep from * around, end at **; sc in top of ch-3 to join and form last ch-1 sp – ten 3-dc groups.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc over sc, ch 1; 3 dc in same sc, ch 1; * 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1 in next ch 1 sp; repeat from * 8 times; sc in top of ch-3 to join – 20 3-dc groups.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, 2 dc over sc, * ch 1, 3 dc in next sp; rep from * around; sc in top of ch-3 to join – 20 3-dc groups

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next dc and in each dc around, skipping all ch-1 sps; join with sl st in top of ch-3 to join – 60 sts

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining and in next 2 sts, draw up lp in next 2 dc, yo and through all 3 lps on hook – dec made; * sc in next 3 dc, dec over next 2; rep from * around; join to first sc. – 48 sts

Rnd 7: Repeat dec and sec pattern from rnd 6. – 40 sts

Rnd 8 – 11: Ch 1, sc in each st around; join to first sc. Fasten off after round 11 and weave in ends.


If you make this hat, I’d love to see your finished project.  (For reals)   You can either share a link to the finished project as a comment or post it to our Facebook page, here.

Thank you friends!


57 thoughts on “Slouchy American Girl Beret to Crochet”

  1. Thanks for this pattern! My daughters were very happy with the hats that I made for their American Girl dolls. Would you mind if I linked to it from my blog? I would love to do a post about making the hats. Thanks. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing the pattern for this adorable hat! I’ve started working one up and I seem to have gotten hung up on Rnd 7. I get all the way around and I end up with only 39 st, ending on a third sc (where I feel I should be ending with a dec). I have double checked a few times that I have 48 st at the end of Rnd 6. Any idea what I might be missing? On Rnd 7 I should just be repeating what I did for Rnd 6, correct? I’m a regular crocheter, so I feel silly that I’m not seeing what it is I’m missing. Thanks for any help you can provide! 🙂

  3. I just bought an American doll for my niece 6th Birthday this February. I wanted to make her a few things for the doll. I saw your pattern and tried it. Only thing I used a much finer yarn so I just add two extra rows. I just finish it and it looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  4. Hi Liz I am going to try and make this for my granddaughters doll so I’m going to have to google some of this lol also your pattern says to fasten of after round 11 so do I follow rounds 7& 8 for the last rounds

  5. when I started on this I confused myself.. so I shared the site with my mother and while we talked on the phone we did it together and I understood better.. it is cute and pretty easy to do.. you wouldn’t happen to have a pattern for a scarf to match would you..

    1. I’m sorry Sandy but I do not have a scarf pattern for it. Thank God for mothers right?! So glad you could work out the pattern together! 🙂

  6. I am so absolutely confused by this pattern that I can’t even decide what question to ask first! Haha! I cannot read a pattern to save my life.

    1. Sorry Amanda! 🙂 When I’m first reading a pattern, I usually fumble through it and end up tearing out much of my progress until it’s right. I’m a trial and error kinda gal…maybe you are too!

      1. Thanks! I finally figured it out. Ive just gotten into making hats and following patterns so I made this after doing a lot of research on reading patterns and knocking out a few easier ones!

        1. That is great Amanda! Do you mind sharing the link to the pattern you mentioned? I googled it real quick and have not been able to find it. Thanks so much!

  7. I just wanted to say that this hat is adorable and I’m about to make it. Also, I got an American Girl doll when I was 10 years old and I still have her… I was 10 years old 20 years ago!! They are really sturdy dolls and the hair holds up as long as it is brushed and kept nice! The money you and your mom spent was totally worth it in my opinion, your daughter will have that doll forever!

    1. Thank you Heather. I just told my brother about your experience with American Girl dolls. (He also thought I was insane to buy one) But you are exactly right, we are 3 years into having it and it’s just as good as new. It even got thrown into the wash! EEEk! Total mistake but man that doll was worth every penny!

    1. It would be too small for a 1 year old Lynn. So sorry but it is quite small and would be even too small for a newborn baby.

      1. ahh ok, maybe give it a go, trial and error, add a few sts here and there and hopefully come up with a bigger size. thank you for replying Julie.

      2. I just made the perfect slouchy hat for my 1 year old!! I don’t know if I can add the link on here but if you google 12 days of crochet, they is a pattern for a super slouchy hat that is soooooo easy! The picture shows a burgundy hat on a black mannequin head!

  8. I made this hat for my grandaughter’s American Girl doll and made a matching one for her. I embellished it. Thanks so much for this pattern. I love it!!! I’m posting a picture on your FB account.

  9. Julie, please help with round 2. You have 2 sets of asterisks so I’m not sure which set to repeat from — the first or second set.


  10. Okay, I am a beginner, so I’m probably going to ask a stupid question, because I really don’t know how to read patterns well. On round two, when it’s saying to repeat around, are we only repeating the part between the astericks? Because when I go all the way through the 3 dcs in dcs, I do not seem to have multiples of the 3dcs of ten. My younger daughter is getting Grace for her birthday from her grandfather, and so I am trying to make up some accessories.

    1. I love this pattern! My two neices received My Generation dolls for Christmas, so I thought I’d crochet the girls some accessories or clothes for their new dolls. This hat is absolutely adorable. Thank you for posting and sharing this! God bless you! 😊

  11. I loved this hat and made one for my great-granddaughter’s doll this morning. She loves it. I will be making many more.

  12. Hi! Thanks for the pattern! But… I really can’t figure out round 2… which part do i have to repeat? I tried it over and over, but I come out wrong every time… can you please help me? Thanks!

  13. I’m 78, crocheting since I was 23. I’ve made this hat for a friend’s daughter, but found something in your pattern that could be confusing for a new crocheter. In round 2 it doesn’t read “ch 1” between the sets of 3 dc – I did what it said and then figured out what you meant by reading the next round. Also, I wonder what “sec” means in round 7 – did you mean “sc”? My count was off a stitch at the end, but that’s not critical.

    Thanks so much for the pattern – I adjusted my hook to the yarn I had to meet the gauge, and hope it fits.

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