Having a baby is a perfect excuse to experiment with lots of new crochet projects. Months ago, I knitted Iolo a hat, which although is really nice, hardly fits him. All these amigurumi animals have led me to make lots of things based on circular patterns – which of course lend themselves to hats, particularly for babies!
The weather is getting colder, so I decided to try to make him a new, larger hat, with little ear flaps. Here is the finished project and pattern. It’s cute and colourful. All a baby needs with one of these is a set of pan-pipes to complete the look (or so his grandad said!).
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Quick and Easy Baby Hippy Hat
Key: ch chain; dc double crochet; dc2tog insert hook in st and draw up a loop. Insert hook in next st and draw up another loop. Yarn over, draw through all three loops on hook; rep repeat; st(s) stitch(es).
Use a stitch marker to mark the start of each row, move it down as the work progresses.
Yarn: Any colours in Double Knitting. I used (in this order) red, orange, green, grey, light blue, royal blue, purple, then back to red and royal blue to finish.
To end a round: Join the last stitch into the first (of that round) using a slip stitch, before starting the next round.
Make 2 ch in red.
Round 1: 6dc in second ch from hook.
Round 2: 2dc in each st. (12 sts)
Round 3: *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (18 sts)
Round 4: *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (24 sts)
Round 5: Change to orange. 1dc in each st (24 sts).
Round 6: *1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. (30 sts)
Round 7: Change to green. *1dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. (36 sts)
Round 8: *1dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to end. (42 sts)
Round 9: Change to grey. *2dc in first st; 1dc for 20 sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in final 20 sts in row to end. (44 sts)
Round 10: 1dc in each st. (44 sts)
Round 11: Change to light blue. 1 dc in each st. (44 sts)
Round 12: 1 dc in each st. (44 sts)
Round 13: Change to Royal blue. 1 dc in each st. (44 sts)
Round 14: 1dc in each st. (44 sts)
Round 15: Change to purple. 1 dc in each st. (44 sts).
Round 16: 1dc in each st. (44 sts)
Round 17: Change back to red. 1dc in each st. (44 sts).
Round 18: 1dc in each st. (44 sts).
Round 19: 1dc in 20 sts, dc2tog, 1dc in next 20 sts, dc2tog. (42 sts).
Round 20: 1dc in 19 sts, dc2tog, 1dc in next 19 sts, dc2tog. (40 sts).
Shaping Ear flaps
Round 21-23: 1dc in 10 sts, 1ch, turn. (10sts)
Round 24: in second ch from hook, dc2tog, 1dc in next 6 sts, 2dctog, 1ch, turn. (8 sts)
Round 25: dc2tog, 1dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog, 1ch, turn. (6 sts)
Round 26: dc2tog, 1dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog, 1ch, turn. (4 sts)
Round 27-29: 1dc in each 4 sts, turn. (4sts)
Fold left flap in half so front of hat faces you, with the flap to one side. Count 10 stitches from top edge of left flap to re-join red yarn to crochet on the right flap, in a position equal to the left one.
Round 30: Re-join yarn 10 sts along from end point of left flap. Repeat rounds 21-29. Fasten off.
To finish off: Join the Royal blue to the bottom edge and dc in each st, all the way around, twice. Fasten off and sew in all the ends using a yarn needle.