Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lickety Split Crocheted Newborn Hats

Here's a super fast and fun crochet project for charity. I've made ten of these little hats in the last few days. This pic if of the first two.



Materials:
Worsted weight yarn, less than 1 oz.
Size H crochet hook

Gauge:
3 dc stitches per inch
2 rows of double crochet per inch
(However, gauge really isn’t terribly important for this project, as babies come in all sizes and grow very quickly.)

Ch 4, join with slip stitch to first ch to form a ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), dc 11 in the ring, ss in top of beginning ch 3.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, ss in top of beginning ch 3.
Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st; repeat from * to end of round, ss in top of beginning ch 3.
Rows 4–9: Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

© 2008. Please don't sell these instructions or post them on the Internet. You may link to this blog post.


Next I plan to work up a version of this hat that uses baby yarn. Stay tuned!


EDIT 1/30/2010: Here's a version that will give you a slightly larger hat, better suited to a typical-size newborn (the original is more of a preemie size):

Ch 4, join with slip stitch to first ch to form a ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), dc 11 in the ring, ss in top of beginning ch 3.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, ss in top of beginning ch 3. 
Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st; repeat from * to end of round, ss in top of beginning ch 3. 
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st; repeat from * to end of round, ss in top of beginning ch 3. 
Rows 5–10: Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around. Fasten off and weave in ends.
(To make the hat fit an even larger range of sizes, you can add more rows before fastening off. Any excess length can be folded up as needed.)

© 2010. Please don't sell these instructions or post them on the Internet. You may link to this blog post.


Here is a comparison picture. The new larger version is on the left.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jackie said...

I really have liked this pattern and have made several for charity. I have a question though. I recently was given some baby yarn that is much thinner than worsted weight. Is it possible to use this type of yarn or do you have any suggestions. Thanks!!

9:07 PM  
Blogger Kelley said...

Hi, Jackie. I'm glad you've found this little pattern useful. I would use 2-3 strands of baby yarn held together (however many strands give you something that crochets up at a similar gauge to worsted weight). You could even mix and match colors for a pseudo-variegated look. Hope that helps!

(I was planning to develop a pattern for baby yarn, but I never did get to it. Maybe someday . . . )

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Thanks, Kelley. I was thinking it might be something simple like that. I will give it a try and let you know how it turns out.

9:36 PM  

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