Oooooh, aren’t babies the best? Not only are they the sweetest cutest things on earth, they are the best excuse for making hand made gifts. In this case, my new born niece got a strawberry-banana-marshmallow colored hat and matching blanket. Well, technically she only got the hat because the blanket is not quite done, but she’ll get it soon, I promise.
The hat is a pattern I used before for my winter hats this year, but I finally got around to writing it up and posting it, so here goes!
Materials (for hat)
- Light pink dk weight yarn (MC), light yellow dk weight yarn (CC). Only a small amount of yarn is needed for the hat, but if you’re making the blanket as well you’ll need about 2-3 skeins of each color, so you can use the leftovers for the hat.
- 4mm crochet hook – I used a slightly larger hook than the recommended size for the yarn I used in baby items because I like them to be especially soft.
- Blunt needle for weaving in ends
- The instructions given here are for a NB baby hat, but the pattern can be adjusted for any size or yarn weight. Start with sc/hdc/dc as you like, and when you reach a round where the number of stitches is divisable by 4, start the ripple pattern.
- ch 3 in the beginning of the round counts as one dc.
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- st – stitch
- sl st – slip stitch.
- blo – back loops only
- [ … ] – repeat instructions in [ ] as many times as specified.
Round 1: With CC, ch 4, sl st in first ch to create a circle, or use the magic circle method. ch 3, dc 11 times in circle, join with sl st in top of starting chain. (12)
Round 2: ch 3, dc in same st. [2 dc in next st] 11 times. Join with sl st in top of starting chain. (24)
Round 3: ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st. [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] 11 times. Join with sl st in top of starting chain. (36)
Round 4: This entire round is worked in blo. With CC ch 1. [sc in first st, hdc in next st, dc in next st. ch 1, sl st down the side of the dc, sl st in the st you made the dc in, sl st again in next st] 9 times.
Round 5: ch 3, hdc in next st, sc in next 2 st. [sc in next 2 st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next 2 st] 8 times. sc in next 2 st, hdc in next st, join with sl st in top of starting chain.(63)
Round 6-14: ch 3, dc in next 62 st, join with sl st in top of starting chain. (63)
Bind off, weave in loose ends.
For the blanket I used Michael’s Seafarer’s blanket pattern. I only used three colors (pink, yellow and grey), and it’s coming along fairly quickly (though, not quite done yet). I also made it much much smaller as the recipient is barely a week old…
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