January 24, 2012

Pattern: Bulky Yarn Baby Hat

Bulky Yarn Baby Hat
Erica Knudson
I'm really happy with how this one turned out.  The little "brim" is the perfect accent to take this from a plain hat to a unique one.

It's also great for using up some of that soft, bulky yarn that many of us have laying around.

Hope you enjoy!

Bulky Yarn Baby Hat
By Erica Knudson

This pattern is a simple hat for babies 6-12 months and can be made for a boy or girl. It is crocheted in the round.

Materials used: Size K hook, bulky weight yarn (3.5 oz skein is more than enough), and stitch markers. Optional: buttons, sewing needle and thread.

Start with an adjustable ring.

1. Hdc 8 into loop. – 8

Place st marker and move up with each round.

2. (2hdc) in each st across – 16

3. (2hdc in next st, hdc in next st) repeat around – 24

4. (2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts) repeat around – 32

5. (2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts) repeat around – 40

6. (2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts) repeat around – 48

7. Hdc around – 48

8. Hdc around (Same as Row 7) – 48

9. Hdc around (Same as Row 7) – 48

10. Hdc around (Same as Row 7) – 48

11. Hdc around (Same as Row 7) – 48

12. In front loops only, sc around – 48

Place st marker at stitch 24, halfway across the hat. The two stitch markers you now have in place will mark each end of the “brim”.

13. In both loops, 4 sc, 2 hdc, 12 dc, 2 hdc, 4 sc

14. Accent: Sl st in next st, ch 1, turn (so that the “right side” or outside of the hat is facing you and the top of the hat is downward), sc across loops that were left from row 12 (when you worked in the front loops only) which is about 24 sts across), ch 1, sl st to edge of hat to make it look like the other side.

15. Fasten off and eave in ends.

16. Optional: Attach buttons using sewing needle and thread.


ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
sc = single crochet

**Please do not sell this pattern.


Lea said...

Super cute! I am still a newbie to crochet but will attempt this hat! :-)

JamieG said...

I have a quick question for clarification: in the step where you are working in front loops only, do you mean the loops that are on the outside of the hat? and then when you go back and work the sc at the end that would be on the inside of the hat, or am i backwards? let me know. Thanks.

knudsonerica said...

JamieG - Since you're working from the top down and technically looking at the inside when you work through the rows, "front loops" would mean the loops on the inside of the hat. It leaves a slightly ridged texture on the hat. If that wasn't a big deal for you, you could crochet it as normal. It also means that the sc row at the end would be on the outside.

Hope that helps! Please comment more if you need more clarification.

knudsonerica said...

Hi! Since you're working from the top down, you're technically looking at the inside of the hat as you work through the rows. So, "front loops" would be the loops inside the hat. It leaves a ridged texture on the outside of the hat - if that wasn't important to you, you could crochet it as normal. This all means that the sc row at the end is on the outside of the hat.

Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

I made this using your directions with Sensations Frothy yarn. Turned out super cute, but it fits an older child/(preteen?). It actually fits me around but is a little shorter than I'd like for myself.

Monica said...

Hi! What a beautiful hat :) Could you please add some guage guidance? Either stitches per inch or cm, or the final dimensions of a hat made using this pattern would be very helpful. Thank you!

FrancesandtheBee said...

Thanks, Monica. I don't have this particular hat on hand to measure the gauge (which could be frustrating, I'm sure) since I gifted it. Here is what I can figure out from some of the projects made on Ravelry, though: it's what I'd consider a 0-6mo size. That could average between 13 and 17 inches. Let's say 16 inches is the desired finished size...The stitch count at the widest part is 48, so 48/16 is 3. So, let's say 3 sts per inch.

Sometimes I do crochet a little loose, so if you start and think it's too big, you can try a smaller hook size. I do hope this helps.

FrancesandtheBee said...

I forgot to mention that I do like to err on the side of making kids' hats a little too big. Their heads grow so quickly!

Lindsey Keller said...

So sorry if this is a dumb question but I am on step 13 and am unsure what in both loops mean. Help! Thanks! :)

Lindsey Keller said...

Oh wait! I got it! Thank you for the great pattern.

FrancesandtheBee said...

Glad you got it! If anyone else had the question, I'll still say that it means to crochet it as normal, not in only the front or back loop.
Have a great day!