Monday, October 10, 2011

Striped Baby Hat
 Made with chunky yarn and a size K US crochet hook, this pattern is especially easy for beginners to follow and end up with great results everytime, but will sure to be a favorite for veteran crocheters alike!  The basic principles in making this adorable hat can easily be applied to the making of an adult sized hat, or any other sized hat with even lighter weight yarn! It is not worked in the round, but rather stitched as a flat piece of fabric using a simple variation of  two basic crochet stitches. The sides are then sewn together, and the hat is gathered at the top. The result is a super stretchy, cute, warm hat! Works up quickly, easily, and is fun to make! 

*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.)


Lets Begin!!!

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

Multiple stitches






close up view




Top view






Top of hat ready to gather

Gathering
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










Note the added dimension of design and texture the slip stitch creates, coupled with the back loop stitching, giving the top portion the appearance of a knitted garment.




12 comments:

creadientje said...

I like this one very much!! Wonder of it would work for a bigger size as well... I really HAVE TO try it :-)

gratefullyinhisgrace said...

It does! Very nicely! At the top, I give some general instructions for adjusting the stitches to any sized hat. If you go to my Etsy via the Etsy button on my blog here, just to see what a bigger sized hat looks like, you will find an adult ladies hat (on my 10 year old-big girl-lol-she actually needs a man's sized hat)which I have for sale, along with matching mittens, made with the same yarn using the same principled pattern. I love it! I made one also in a silver, gray, and black color combination for my hubby. Its a nice hat!!!

Anonymous said...

Can't seem to copy pattern off this screen. Can I buy the pattern by snail mail? I would need the address & the cost of pattern. Lovely little hat.

Creative Creations by Vicki said...

No need to do that. If you can simply give me your email (If you are concerned about security or confidentiality, I will not publish your next post when you give it to me)and I will email it to you as an attachment so you will easily be able to print it up from there. How's that sound?

creadientje said...

I made it, and made an additional scarf too!

http://wp.me/pK2DW-sG

Works great, fits my girl, me and my husband as well (though the colours are more for little girls :-) )

Creative Creations by Vicki said...

Great!!! :)

Helen S said...

I love this hat, especially the colours you have used. I would like the pattern, but am also unable to print it.

Creative Creations by Vicki said...

If you do not know how to copy the pattern from here and paste it onto a microsoft office or word document, let me know. If you give me your email address, I will email the pattern to you, and I will also delete your email address from this posting here as soon as I get it, so people do not have access to it. Sounds good?

heavencent68 said...

love this hat would you please email a printable version. Also how do I make it larger.. you ladies are a great help? heavencent68@yahoo.com

Creative Creations by Vicki said...

Sure! I'm sending over to you now! Enjoy!!! In the directions it tells you how to figure out whatever size you want to make. Give it a whirl yourself first. If you cannot figure it out, tell me the size you want the hat,and I will help you! Happy crocheting!

lovebeingcreative said...

Wow just looking over your site, I used to make this hat and mittens for my kids when they were little great to still it it out there being used, I haven't made one for the grandkids like this yet making other patterns maybe I will now that I see its still popular. Thanks

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