Bobbi and Belle Baby Hats

bobbi-and-belle-primaryMeet 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.

Notes:

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

Hat:

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.

Making up:

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.

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