Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lady Bug Baby Hat

Lately I've been a having a blast making little baby hats. Since they're so quick and easy I can usually finish one each morning. Most of them only take two to four hours (depending on how complex it is). When I realized how similar a lot of the patterns are I began making a plethora of designs, which means that I will be posting more baby hat patterns soon. Many of them are still only drafts so please be patient :)
I am so pleased with how this pattern came out, it can be as simple or as complex as you like it since there are a few different options in ear flap ties and edges. So far I only have it in the two sizes, but I plan to write the larger patterns later. If anyone is anxious for a bigger size please comment.

Also at this point this pattern has only been tested by me, so if you find any errors please let me know. If you complete this patten I give you credit for testing.
Size: 0-3 months
Tools:
  • Crochet hook size F/5 (3.75mm) or size need to obtain gauge
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle/darning needle
Supplies:
  • Red worsted weight yarn
  • Black worsted weight yarn

Gauge:
Rnds 1-4 of Base Hat = approx. 3.5inches in diameter

Instructions:
Base Hat
Using red worsted weight yarn
Make a magic loop, ch 2
OR
Ch 3
Rnd 1: Dc 12 in loop or 3th ch from hook, sl st in 1st dc, (12 st)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc 2 in same st, dc 2 in ea st, sl st in 1st dc, (24 st)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc 2 in nxt st, (dc 1, dc 2 in nxt st) around, sl st in 1st dc, (36 st)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc 1, dc 2 in nxt st, (dc 2, dc 2 in nxt st) around, sl st in 1st dc, (48 st)
Rnd 5-10: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc around, sl st in 1st dc, switch to black in last dc of rnd 10, (48 st)
Don’t fasten off just continue into the first ear flap with the black worsted weight yarn

Ear Flap
Row 11: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc 5, turn, (6 st)
Row 12: Ch 2, dc2tog 3 times, turn, (3 st)
Row 13: Ch 2, dc3tog, turn, (1 st)
Row 14: Don’t ch, sl st in nxt st, ch 35, fasten off, leaving a tail about 2ft long to make a tassel,

Edging (Choose One)

Mini Scallop Edge
Rnd 11: sl st in any dc with black yarn, ch 1, sc in each st and on the edges of the ear flaps, sl st in 1st sc,
Rnd 12: ch 1 (sc, ch 3, sl st) in each st around but around the ear flaps sc in each st, sl st in 1st sc

OR

Basic Edge
Rnd 11: sl st in any dc with black yarn, ch 1, sc in each st and on the edges of the ear flaps, sl st in 1st sc,

Ties (Choose One)

Tassel Ties
Join Black yarn to top of ear flap, sc in same st, ch 35, fasten off leaving a long tail for making a tassel, (thread ending tail in last ch loosly so that you get a loop on the end of the ch) 4 times making sure all the loops are the same length. Tie the ending thread around the last so that the loops don’t slip if you gently pull on them. Cut the loops like you would if you were making a pom-pom.
Repeat on other ear flap

OR

Curly Ties
Join black yarn to top of ear flap, sc in same st, ch 47, turn
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, (sc2tog) 15 times, sc 16, sl st in top of ear flap, fasten off, weave in ends
Repeat on other ear flap


Head
Ch 3
Row 1: dc 6 in 3rd ch form hook, turn
Row 2: ch 2, dc 2 in each st, turn
Row 3: ch 2, (dc 1, dc 2 in nxt st) across, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing, sew on to base hat centering it between the 2 ear flaps
Embroider antenna above head using ch st
Spots (make 6)
Make magic loop, ch 2  OR  Ch 3
Rnd 1: dc 12 in loop OR 3rd ch from hook, sl st in 1st dc, fasten off leaving a tail for sewing

Size: 3-6 months
Tools:
  • Crochet hook size H/8 (5mm) or size need to obtain gauge
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle/darning needle
Supplies: 
  • Red worsted weight yarn
  • Black worsted weight yarn

Gauge:
Rnds 1-4 of Base Hat = approx. 4.5inches in diameter

Instructions:
Base Hat
Using red worsted weight yarn
Make a magic loop, ch 2
OR
Ch 3
Rnd 1: Dc 12 in loop or 3th ch from hook, sl st in 1st dc, (12 st)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, dc 2 in same st, dc 2 in ea st, sl st in 1st dc, (24 st)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc 2 in nxt st, (dc 1, dc 2 in nxt st) around, sl st in 1st dc, (36 st)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc 1, dc 2 in nxt st, (dc 2, dc 2 in nxt st) around, sl st in 1st dc, (48 st)
Rnd 5-10: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc around, sl st in 1st dc, switch to black in last dc of rnd 10, (48 st)
Don’t fasten off just continue into the first ear flap with the black worsted weight yarn

Ear Flap
Row 11: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc 5, turn, (6 st)
Row 12: Ch 2, dc2tog 3 times, turn, (3 st)
Row 13: Ch 2, dc3tog, turn, (1 st)
Row 14: Don’t ch, sl st in nxt st, ch 35, fasten off, leaving a tail about 2ft long to make a tassel,

Edging (Choose One)

Mini Scallop Edge
Rnd 11: sl st in any dc with black yarn, ch 1, sc in each st and on the edges of the ear flaps, sl st in 1st sc,

OR

Rnd 12: ch 1 (sc, ch 3, sl st) in each st around but around the ear flaps sc in each st, sl st in 1st sc
Basic Edge
Rnd 11: sl st in any dc with black yarn, ch 1, sc in each st and on the edges of the ear flaps, sl st in 1st sc,

 Ties (Choose One)

Tassel Ties
Join Black yarn to top of ear flap, sc in same st, ch 35, fasten off leaving a long tail for making a tassel, (thread ending tail in last ch loosly so that you get a loop on the end of the ch) 4 times making sure all the loops are the same length. Tie the ending thread around the last so that the loops don’t slip if you gently pull on them. Cut the loops like you would if you were making a pom-pom.
Repeat on other ear flap

OR

Curly Ties
Join black yarn to top of ear flap, sc in same st, ch 47, turn
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, (sc2tog) 15 times, sc 16, sl st in top of ear flap, fasten off, weave in ends
Repeat on other ear flap

Head
Ch 3
Row 1: dc 6 in 3rd ch form hook, turn
Row 2: ch 2, dc 2 in each st, turn
Row 3: ch 2, (dc 1, dc 2 in nxt st) across, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing, sew on to base hat centering it between the 2 ear flaps
Embroider antenna above head using ch st
Spots (make 6)
Make magic loop, ch 2  OR  Ch 3
Rnd 1: dc 12 in loop OR 3rd ch from hook, sl st in 1st dc, fasten off leaving a tail for sewing


9 comments:

  1. Hello,
    This is such a cute hat!!
    Do you have a pattern for a larger size? I'm looking for a 1 year old pattern :)

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  2. Unfortunately, most of my patterns so far are only up to 6mo and I don't have larger sizes available as I am having difficultly finding the correct gauge and I am lacking a 12 month old to try it on. I am still working on the larger sizes for many of my patterns and I will try to post them soon!

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  3. Hi, i dont have worsted weight yarn, only DK, how can i adjust the hook size to compensate...i tried this pattern with a 5mm hook and it started to bunch up as well as look much tighter than your picture. thanks!

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    1. Chances are that you crochet tighter than I do. Everyone crochets differently so it is important to check your gauge.The size and type of yarn often will affect you gauge. In you case I might try doubling up the yarn and use a slightly larger hook. But still be sure to check your gauge. In the patterns that I write (including this one) I like have the gauge check part of the pattern instead of a swatch that is separate. In this pattern the only big difference in the two sizes is the gauge. You can check you gauge by working the pattern to the specified round (round 4 in this pattern), measure the distance and match it to the size specified (3.5inches or 4.5inches depending on the size you are making in this pattern)If your project measures too small, use a larger hook. If your project measures to large, use a smaller hook. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you need more details or anything.

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  4. Dee Williams-GonzalezOctober 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Hello Joy 2 Crochet! It's really a joy to crochet, isn't it? I've been hooking for the last 8 years, thanks to the pregnancy of my oldest son, Jordan. I greatly appreciate your patt. I'm doing a ladybug hat & mitts set for a friend's 2 yog. Anyways, just thought I'd let you & the others know: if they follow your patt for the hat, by adding increasing rounds after rd 4, the hat can be formatted to fit any size- child, or even adult. I haven't gotten to the earflaps part as yet. I'm testing the sizing out on my 3 yog, as I go, to make sure it'll be a good fit. However, I'll comment in a couple hours when I get there, to update you all. Happy hooking!

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    1. I'm glad you're having fun! And yes you can format the patterns by adding more increase rnds. The reason I have not done so is that I haven't found(nor have done much searching) the gauge/number of increase rnds correct for each hat size. But please feel free to experiment!

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  5. Dee Williams-GonzalezOctober 29, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    P.S. Forgot to mention, the hook size. Smacking myself, LOL! Size J/10-6.00MM. Sorry. Also, I'm using 2 strands together for a thicker/winterish hat. This is only a recommendation for say a 2/3 yo hat.

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  6. Thanks so much i will try doubling up & checking my gauge (didn't know how to do that!)and will let you know!! I've pulled it out twice already so no guarantees to how long it will take me :P xx

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  7. i was reading your pattern wrong and doing 2dc in each stitch in round 4 which is why it was bunching up....thanks for clarifying!!

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