We are getting prepared to welcome a new baby! For now, his name is baby T and all of us here on the farm are so excited to meet him this December. He will be the first grandchild on both sides of the family. So much love already for this little guy.
Annie, who is excited to be a first time Auntie, has started making him a blanket, and I loved the colors and design so much, I told her I wanted to make them matching hats.
She is using Caron Simply Soft in Light Country Peach, Persimmon, Light Country Blue and Country Blue. And I can’t wait to see the hats on them both!
I’ve made a pattern that can be made for any size, and the color changes are completely flexible. You’ll want to know head circumference measurements to be really accurate, but you also can follow the hat size measurements suggested guidelines from below.
Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic, 170 g/6 oz, 288 m/315 yds)
1 skein each Light Country Peach, White, Persimmon, Light Country Blue, Country Blue
Size H/5.00mm hook, size G/4.00mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Tape measure, pom pom maker
Gauge for the brim 4 in = 18 st and 20 rows of SC with G/4mm hook
Gauge for the hat 4 in = 20 st and 22 rows of SC with H/5mm hook
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, pull up a loop, yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops.
With white and the size G/4mm hook, chain 7 for baby sizes, chain 9 for older child to adult.
Row 1: Work 1 single crochet (SC) into the second chain from the hook. 1 SC into each chain across the row. CH 1 and turn.
Row 2: Work 1 SC into the first stitch. 1 SC into the back loop of each of the next 4 stitches. 1 SC into the last stitch. CH 1 and turn.
Repeat row 2 until your band measures 12 inches for a newborn size. Or refer to the graph below for the size you need.
Don’t tie off but mark the stitch as a place holder. Remove your hook while you join the band with your tapestry needle and sew the ends together forming a circle.
Round 1: Change to your size H/5mm size hook. Return to the marked stitch and turn the band so that you are working into the side of of the first row of SC made for the brim. Work 1 SC into that space. Work 2 SC into the end of the next row. *Skip one row, work 2 SC into the end of the next row. Repeat from * around the edge of the circle. Join with a slip stitch to the first SC. CH 1 and turn.
Round 2: Work 1 SC into the first SC. *CH 1, skip the next stitch, 1 SC into the next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join with a slip stitch, CH 1 and turn.
Repeat Round 2 until your hat measures 5 inches for the newborn size, 9 inches for an adult size, refer to the chart for other sizes.
Make the color changes in any way that you wish. For the adult size hat I did 2 rows White, 8 rows Persimmon, 3 rows Light Country Peach, 4 rows Country Blue, 2 rows Light Country Blue, 7 rows White, 4 Rows Persimmon, 8 rows Light Country Peach, 2 rows Country Blue, 4 rows Light Country Blue.
Here’s a design tip if you are using your own colors: Balance the light and dark colors. Notice how we are using two shades of the same color, 2 in oranges, 2 in blues. We start with the dark shade and then the light in each color change. This will balance the colors out. So work dark, light, dark, light, then add a block of white in between.
When your hat reaches the desired height, tie off and leave a long tail to gather the top of the hat. Use your tapestry needle to weave the tail in and out of stitches along the top of the hat, then pull tightly to gather the hat in. Then tie off and weave in the end.
Attach a pom pom if you choose and you’re done! (We are leaving baby T’s hat plain.)
Here’s a video tutorial if you’d like to refer to that for guidance.
Thanks so much for stopping by! xo, Tiffany
Post edit: I finished the hat I was demonstrating in the video with a different stripe pattern:
I alternated the persimmon color with white and the light country peach. So for example: persimmon, white, persimmon, light country peach, repeat.
I loved the different look and wanted to share with you all.
Another post edit: Here are Annie and Jack in their hats and the Baby T Blanket!