|Striped Baby Hat|
*The instuctions below are to fit a head circumference of baby approximately 16"-18.5" (around 6-12 months).
(To accommodate for a larger sized hat: Simply chain a beginning foundation chain approximately 1 1/3 times the measurement of the crown to brow, and continue working rows 2 & 3 of the pattern until the desired width of the hat is reached. **Please note that the number of single crochet stitches to slip stitches is approximately 3 to 1, with row 2 always having one more slip stitch than row 1 and the successive repeats of row 3. This allows for the step in the changes of the stitch sizes to be staggered, creating a smoother transition and an overall neater piece.)
Materials: 1 skein Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn in Mountain Majesty (or any chunky weight acrylic yarn), Size K crochet hook, yarn needle.
Gauge: 6 rows x 6 stitches of back loop single crochet =2"sq
Begin: Chain 24.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 16 chains, slip stitch in last 6 chains, chain 1
Row 2: Turn, slip stitch in back loop only of same space and in back loop only of next 6 stitches (7 slip stitches total), sc in back loop only of next 16 stitches.
|This photo is showing the first slip stitch of a repeat of row 2|
|Working in the back loop only of a stitch|
|Front view after yarning over and pulling through back loop only|
|Top view of the ridges created by working in the back loops only of stitches|
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in back loop only of next 17 stitches, sl st in back loop only of next 6, chain 1
|Working a slip stitch in back loop only|
|A completed slip stitch after having been working single crochets in the row|
|Working the final slip stitch in the row|
|The completed slip stitch of the row|
|After having worked the chain 1 at the end of the row|
|Turning fabric, ready to begin next row|
|Top view of garment after having chained 1. Ready to begin new row with slip stitches (repeat row of row 2). The hook will go in the very first space seen here- very evident.|
|Hook placed in back loop only, to begin 7 slip stitches in next 7 spaces.|
|Completed first slip stitch for new row.|
|A completed set of seven slip stitches|
|First single crochet after seven slip stitches|
|A completed row working from slip stitches to single crochet|
**Repeat rows 2&3 till fabric slightly stretched measures the desired width you wish the hat to be, finishing off with a last row of a repeat of row 2. Finish off, leaving a long enough tail to allow for sewing up the side seam, as well as gathering top of hat.
With right sides together, sew the side seam together stitch for stitch. Secure, but do not cut off excess.
Gather top of hat: Pass yarn and needle through each chain stitch space around entire top of hat.
|Needle going in through the chain 1 stitch created at the end of each successive repeat of row 3|
|close up view|
|Top of hat ready to gather|
|Top of hat gathered and secured.|
|Finished length of hat before pom pom is added.|
**Realize the overall length of the hat will diminish a bit once the hat is gathered.**
Make a pom-pom by wrapping the yarn around two fingers fifty times. Run another piece of yarn behind and through the yarn still on your fingers, and knot it as tightly and securely as possible. Take off fingers, and with scissors, cut through the top of all the loops of yarn to create the pom pom. Trim, and secure to top of hat.
Weave in any ends, as needed.
|Chunky, colorful, and full of warm texture|