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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Basic Baby Hat: Free Crochet Pattern

When I’m not crocheting amigurumi, I’m usually working on baby hats.  I’m part of a group at my church who make them to donate to local hospitals. Since quantity matters, I’m always looking for ideas for cute hats that aren’t going to take an enormous amount of time.  Because the structure of a beanie is so simple, it makes a great pattern to start with if you’re wanting to start designing your own crochet garments. This month, I thought I’d post some basic hats and  variations to get you inspired.
Remember when you’re making baby hats that the finished product should be safe and comfortable.  Avoid buttons or bobbles that can be easily pulled off and might pose a choking hazard.  Also, make sure you choose yarn that’s soft, not scratchy, and easy for the new parents to clean.
Basic Baby Hat Crochet Pattern
Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks
Sheep Of Delight Crochet
This is the pattern I use as a base when designing my baby hats.  It’s very simple and can be adjusted and improvised on in hundreds of different ways.  If you want the hat to be bigger, simply keep increasing after Rnd 7. 
Skill Level-Easy
Gauge- 4 hdc stitches per inch
Finished Measurements- 4 1/2” tall x roughly 13” around



Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-
                 1 oz Simply Soft Yarn in any color
                 Materials-
                 H/8 (5.00 MM) crochet hook
                 Yarn or tapestry needle
                 Scissors
                 Stitchmarkers
Special stitches-
                 Back Post Half Double Crochet: Wrap your yarn around your hook once.  Insert your hook from the back around the upright post of the stitch from the previous round, coming back out the back.  Yarn over and pull through. Yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook to complete the Hdc as usual.  This leaves a nice raised edge of stitches for a textured                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         border.
Abbreviations-
                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 
                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)
                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease
                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch
                 BPhdc…..Back Post Half Double Crochet
Hat
Rnd 1: Hdc 8 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Hdc 8 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 8 times around (Remember to use Hdcs to increase). (16 sts)
Rnd 3: (Inc in the first st, Hdc in the next st) rep 8 times (24 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Hdc 2) rep 8 times (36 sts)
Rnd 5: (Inc, Hdc 3) rep 8 times (40 sts)
Rnd 6: (Inc, Hdc 4) rep 8 times (48 sts)
Rnd 7: (Inc, Hdc 5) rep 8 times (56 sts)
Rnds 8-15: Hdc 56 (56 sts)
The hat should end up being about 4 ¾ “ tall.  If it isn’t tall enough, add a few more Hdc-56  rounds.
Rnd 16: BPhdc in each stitch around
Finish off with a sl st and weave in ends. 
Possible variations:
Add stripes in various colors and widths (I used hdc stitches for the blue stripes and sc stitches for the red).

Add decorative stitching to make the hat look like a football for your favorite sports fan.  (A baseball or basketball would look adorable, too)!