Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Baby Needs a Hat - Pattern #021614

By M. J. Joachim


I designed this pattern while traveling in the car, to visit my daughter two hours away last weekend. It’s a quick and easy pattern that uses up some of those leftover yarn scraps. The brown hat, my prototype, used up about 1/3 of a skein of homespun yarn. I used two strands (one light purple and one white) of lightweight, sport yarn for the other hat, which I added a ruffle to, and I used US size K hook for both hats.

The brown hat measures approximately 16 inches in diameter; the purple and white hat is a little smaller at approximately 14 inches in diameter, so it will fit a newborn nicely, as the average circumference of a newborn’s head is 13 inches.

Hat Instructions

Step 1: Chain 37; join to first chain to make a circle. Keep your chain straight when you do this, so it isn’t twisted while you work.

Step 2: Chain 1, single crochet in each chain around, including first chain 1; join with slip stitch to first single crochet

[Repeat Step 2 once, skipping last stitch in chain 1 and joining to first sc in round.]

Step 3: Chain 4 (counts as 1 dc + chain 1); dc in same stitch – This is a beginning V-stitch.

Step 4: Make V-stitch (dc + chain 1 + dc) in 2nd stitch from hook

[Repeat Step 4 around, joining with a slip stitch to 3rd chain of first chain 4 in round]

Step 5: Chain 1, single crochet in first chain 1 space

Step 6: Chain 1, single crochet in next chain 1 space

[Repeat Step 6 around, ending with chain 1 and joining with slip stitch to 1st sc in round]

Step 7: Slip stitch into 1st chain 1 space; make beginning V-stitch; make V-stitch in each chain 1 space around; join to 3rd chain of 1st chain 4 in round

Step 8: Slip stitch into 1st chain 1 space; chain 1, sc in same place

Step 9: Single crochet in each chain 1 space around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

Step 10: Chain 1, single crochet in same place

Step 11: Single crochet decrease over next 2 stitches; single crochet in following stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc in round

[Repeat Steps 10 & 11 one more time]

Step 12: Cast on a loop from each of the next 7 stitches, so that you have 8 loops on your hook, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook

Step 13: Single crochet in next stitch.

Finish off. Weave in loose ends

Ruffle

Join yarn in any stitch at bottom of hat. Make beginning V-stitch (chain 4 + dc); make V-stitch in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 3rd chain of beginning V-stitch; finish off, weave in loose ends, steam to relax stitches as desired

I’m still working on another larger project; I hope to share it with you soon. Today’s pattern is an original design. All copyright rules apply. You may use this pattern for personal use only. If you’d like to share this pattern with others, please link to this page on my blog. Thank you.

Other than that, I published a post called Busy People are Happier People on Effectively Human today. I hope you check it out, because I think you'll really enjoy it. I also published a movie review for Winter's Tale on my Writing Tips blog. Busy is as busy does, but sometimes we go to the movies, and share what we think about them on our blogs.

M. J.

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