Last year was the year for weddings in our families and circles of friends. We were invited to seven weddings in 2017. This year is baby year. Two babies are already on the way and others are being planned. It is a good year to learn to crochet baby hats.
I love to crochet. I love the feel of the yarn in my fingers. Soft, warm wool or cotton. Crocheting is a very soothing hobby and it relaxes me. It is also good for my hands and good for my brain. It keeps my hands flexible and my brain gets a mathematical workout when I am calculating rows and learning new patterns. I have been crocheting for years but have never been able to crochet a hat. They always turned out crooked or lumpy.
I taught myself to make an almost perfect cap last month. I tried several patterns from Pinterest. The patterns all seem to be pretty similar. It was the yarn that made the difference and a few little tips I read about creating a perfect back seam. The back seam is crucial to creating a nicely shaped cap.
The best yarn for a baby cap should be soft, elastic, and washable. My favorite yarn for baby hats is I Love This Yarn Super Soft. It is soft and holds its shape and comes in a variety of colors. It can only be bought at Hobby Lobby and costs $3.99 a skein. It is frequently on sale and there is also a weekly 40% coupon that can used when it is not on sale. Other suitable yarns are Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart Soft Baby, Lion Brand Soft Baby, and TLC Baby.
The normal size newborn hat has a height of 6 inches and a circumference of 13 – 14 inches.
Basic Newborn Crochet Baby Hat Pattern
Materials: Size G crochet hook and a skein of I Love This Yarn
Work in rounds.
ROUND 1: 11 DC in 3rd chain from hook. Join in top of first DC. Chain 2. (11 stitches).
(Note: Mark first DC of each round with a stitch holder or small piece of yarn. For an even seam, you will be starting each round in the first DC of the previous round. The chain 2 will help fill in the gap)
ROUND 2: 2 DC in each stitch around. Join in top of first stitch. Chain 2. (22 stitches).
ROUND 3: *DC in first stitch, 2 DC in second stitch*, repeat * to *. Join to top of first DC. Chain 2. (33 stitches).
ROUND 4: * DC in first two stitches, 2 DC in second stitch*, repeat * to *. Join to top of first DC. Chain 2. (44 stitches).
ROUNDS 5-12: DC in each stitch around, chain 2.
Add or subtract rounds to arrive at 6 to 6.5 inches.
A Premie hat can be made following the same instructions except stopping after 5-6 inches or about 10 rows.
These caps can be decorated with crocheted flowers, appliques, or bows. Stripes can be made using two or more different colors.
These little caps are adorable and so simple and fast to make. They make lovely gifts.
Crocheting for charity is very emotionally rewarding, especially if done in a group setting with friends. These little baby hats work up quickly and are relatively inexpensive to make. Call your local hospital and ask if they accept donations or mail to one of the charitable organizations at Crochet for Charity.
Crochet for Charity is a list of organizations that accept crocheted items of all kinds. It is sponsored by the Crochet Guild of America.