Meet Bobbi and Belle, two of the simplest, cutest crochet hats I’ve made in a long time. I’m not sure why putting ears on baby hats increases the “cute factor”, but it does. Even I can’t resist an Awww” when I see a baby in a sweet little hat!
The yarn is Sirdar Country Style and I used a 3.5mm hook. As always, the pattern is written in UK crochet terms and should be suitable for a beginner.
Tension: Top of hat: The first 6 rounds should measure approx 10cm diameter.
Dimensions:15cm (without turn up brim) length, head circumference is 39cm, which puts them in the “newborn” category.
It wouldn’t be a difficult job to work a few extra increase rounds for a larger size. Based on my tension, every increase round would add an extra 4cm to the finished circumference. The length is also customisable, just work more / fewer rounds to your desired length. Of course, this will affect the amount of yarn used.
For such a small project, I would be tempted to “skip” a tension swatch. I’m a loose crocheter, so I tend to use a slightly smaller hook. If your tension tends to be on the tighter side, use a 3.75 or 4mm hook. Use your judgement, if you start the first few rounds and your work looks or feels too tight or too baggy, change your hook size.
Special stitches: Space htr is simply a htr worked into the space below the htr, rather than into the top, it gives a slightly different finish. If you prefer, just work htr instead.
The yarn I’ve used is a standard double knitting weight blend of wool and acrylic. Any dk yarn would suit.
The main body of the hat is worked in a “spiral”, at the end of each round, do not join and do not turn your work. You may find a stitch marker helpful to mark ends of rounds while increasing.
Pattern starts here
With 3.5mm hook and chosen yarn, make 4 ch. Join with a sl st to make a ring.
Round 1: 2 ch (counts as htr), 11 htr into ring, join with a sl st into top of 2 ch. 12 htr
Round 2: 2 ch (counts as htr), 1 htr in same place as ch, 2 htr in each htr around, join with a sl st to top of 2 ch. 24 htr
Round 3: 2 ch (counts as htr), 2 htr in next htr ( 1 htr, 2 htr in next htr) 11 times, join with a sl st to top of 2 ch. 36 htr
Round 4: 2 ch (counts as htr), 1 htr, 2 htr in next htr ( 2 htr, 2 htr in next htr) 11 times, join with a sl st to top of 2 ch. 48 htr
Round 5: 2 ch (counts as htr), 2 htr, 2 htr in next htr ( 3 htr, 2 htr in next htr) 11 times, join with a sl st to top of 2 ch. 60 htr
Rounds 6 onwards: From this point, the hat is worked in a spiral. 2 ch (counts as htr), 1 space htr in each htr around. At the end of the round, do not join, but continue working 1 space htr in each st until the hat measures 15 cm in length.
Fasten off yarn.
Bobbi Ears (shown in Mustard):
With 3.5mm hook and chosen yarn make 4 ch and join to form a ring.
Round 1: 6 dc into ring. 6 dc
Round 2: (2 dc in each dc) 6 times. 12 dc
Round 3: (1 dc, 2 dc in next st) 6 times. 18 dc
Round 4: ( 2 dc, 2 dc in next st) 6 times. 24 dc
Rounds 5 and 6: 1 dc in each dc around.
Fasten off yarn.
Belle Ears (shown in grey)
Work as for Bobbi, but work dc around for 1cm (about 4 rounds)
Optional turn up brim:
You can add a turn up brim to either hat (these are quite useful as they add a little bit of “growing room”, as your little one grows, just pull it down to add a bit to the overall length (the hats are quite stretchy).
To work the brim, just switch to dc after your hat reaches the desired length, work 1 dc in each htr for 3cm or longer if you wish. Fasten off yarn and proceed to ears.
Weave in all ends. Sew the ears to the sides of the hat. You can use the photographs as a guide to placement.
The best way to sew the “bunny” ears shown on Belle, is to lie your hat flat and use a pin to mark the placement. Fold the first ear in half and stitch across the bottom of the ear. Sew the the stitched seam to the hat.