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Free Pattern ~ Lil’ Bit of Love Hat

Free pattern ~ Lil’ Bit of Love Hat.

This pattern for the wee ones came about for two reasons – TWINS! A dear friend gained “Auntie” status, welcoming twins into the family. As twins will do, they are rather in cahoots as to their arrival date. These two decided to make their appearance a bit early. So, this pattern, simply by changing up your hook size, is intended for the preemie through 3 month average size babies. On December 1, 2015, Sunset Family Living will begin their annual charity event to make hats for those in need. Please consider committing to make this pattern and donating to your local NICUs, Birthing Centers, and Family Services Agencies – ensuring those wee ones noggins are covered this winter with a “Lil’ Bit of Love”…


Lil’ Bit of Love Hat

Designed by The Hooked Haberdasher

Skill Level:  beginner/easy

ch=chain; hdc=half double crochet; HDCam=half double crochet alternate method; R=round; sc=single crochet; sl st(s)=slip stitch(es); st(s)=stitch(es); yo=yarn over

  • Preemie 1 (2-4 lbs) = F hook; fits head circumference 8-10”
  • Preemie 2 (5-6 lbs) = G hook; fits head circumference 10-12”
  • Newborn = H hook; fits head circumference 12-14”
  • 0-3 months = I hook; fits head circumference 14-16”

How to read this pattern:

  • When a number precedes the st, that number of sts need to be worked into the st. Example: 1 hdc, 2hdc = half double crochet in next st, two half double crochet into next st.
  • Asterisks indicate to repeat stitches within the ** as instructed.
  • Parentheses ( ) at the end of a round = total sts for that round.

Special Stitches:
Beginning HDC alternate method (HDCam): Ch2, pick up loops from 1st chain, insert hook into next st; yo, and draw through all loops on hook. 1LBOL HDCam


  • The hat body is worked in the round (spiral fashion) into the 2nd/3rd loops of the working stitch, which gives the outside of the hat the nice ridged look and the inside of the hat (which lays against baby’s head) a smooth surface. Working in a spiral fashion for the body, there are no joining rounds.
  •  1LBOL 1
  • Place your stitch marker in the first stitch of each round and move up with each consecutive round.
  • Hat body increase rounds (R1-8) will always end with an increase in the last st.


HAT BODY (*Tip: place stitch marker in the first stitch of each new round. )
R1: With main color start with a Magic Circle; hdc 6 into the ring. Pull ring tight. (6)
R2: Work 2hdc into each stitch around. (12)
R3: Work *1 hdc in the next st, 2hdc*, repeat ** around. (18)
R4: Work *1 hdc in next two sts, 2hdc*, repeat ** around. (24)
R5: Work *1 hdc in next three sts, 2hdc*, repeat ** around. (30)
R6: Work *1 hdc in next four sts, 2hdc*, repeat ** around. (36)
R7: Work *1 hdc in the next five sts, 2hdc*, repeat ** around. (42)
R8: Work *1 hdc in the next ten sts, 2hdc* repeat ** three times; 1 hdc in next nine sts. (45)
R10-11: Work 1 hdc in each st around. (45)
R12: Work 1 hdc in each st to last two sts; 1 sc in next, sl st in next. (45) 1LBOL R12
R13: Change color to coordinating color with a sl st. Begin with the HDCam (see SPECIAL STITCHES); continue working 1 hdc in each st around, join to top of HDCam with a sl st. (45) 1LBOL HDCjoin
R14-20: Work your first st with a HDCam; 1 hdc in each st around; join to top of HDCam. (45)
R21: Work your first st with a HDCam; 1 hdc in each st around; join to top of HDCam; finish off, weave in tails. (45)
Your hat should look like this after R21. 1LBOL 3

I used the THIS Heart pattern from Skip To My Lou, stopping at the end of R1. Begin and end your heart with long tails to either tie or sew your motif to your hat.

Fold up your brim to the desired height and position your heart, tie or sew into place with your tapestry/yarn needle. Add a pom-pom for more fun!

©2015, Designed by Wendy Bickford aka The Hooked Haberdasher. All Rights Reserved. The design, pattern, and images are property of The Hooked Haberdasher. You may use this pattern for personal use/charity. Sale of finished item is also permitted with pattern credit given to No part of this document may be reproduced, altered, or distributed in any form, or by any means, without express written permission from Wendy Bickford.


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NatCroMo Blog Tour Day!

Welcome to The Hooked Haberdasher! I’m so happy you’ve stopped by today to help celebrate National Crochet Month Blog Tour with Crochetville! Thank you Crochetville for sponsoring this awesome NatCroMo Blog Tour! If you’ve not visited Crochetville, head on over there after you’ve read all about what’s happening here at The Hooked Haberdasher today – you’ll find a fun Q&A about me and you won’t be disappointed, as they’ve rolled out the Red Heart Yarn carpet for you!

There’s a lot going on here at The Hooked Haberdasher so let’s get right to it, shall we?!?

Firstly, I would like to chat a bit about the awesome charity Halos of Hope, which is Crochetville‘s chosen charity for the NatCroMo Blog Tour Event. Halos of Hope is a non-profit organization which collects hats and donations for those struggling with cancer.
In an effort to help you get your hooks working on making and donating hats to this wonderful organization, I’ve put one of my favorite hats on sale for 50% off through the end of March – The “Sunny’s SunHat” – the hat pattern is the perfect design to fill the needs for Halos of Hope and is sized from wee to large! I encourage you to hook up some hats, whether it is one of my designs or pattern links you can find on their website, and donate to Halos of Hope.

Next on my agenda today is to point you in the direction of the Simply Pampered Spa Days series of free patterns and spa goody recipes I’ve posted this week. The entire set of free crochet patterns and DIY spa goody recipes are all you need for the perfect gift to yourself or someone special to you. The Simply Pampered Spa Day would make a great Easter basket for a teen, a wonderful Mother’s Day gift, and any or all of the components for that special end of the year teacher gift! Because we ALL need a bit of pampering!

Simply Pampered Spa Days, Day #1 – you will find a free crochet pattern for a scrubby and a recipe for a DIY sugar scrub.

Simply Pampered Spa Day #1 Free Pattern & Recipe - The Hooked Haberdasher

Simply Pampered Spa Days, Day #2 – you will find a free crochet pattern for a lacy round washcloth and a recipe for DIY bath salts
Free Crochet Pattern & Bath Salts Recipe - The Hooked Haberdasher
Simply Pampered Spa Days, Day #3 – will be the wrap-up of the series released tomorrow and will include a free crochet pattern for a basket and a recipe for a DIY Crisco candle. You should seriously consider subscribing to this blog (please be assured, your email is never shared or sold) so you don’t miss the post!

Furthermore, there is a Furls Jewelry Product Review & Giveaway beginning today – get your entries in, as there will be not one, not two, but THREE lucky winners of a beautiful Furls Pewter Pendant – winner’s choice!

Furls Jewelry Product Review & Giveaway-The Hooked Haberdasher

There is also a fun weekly roundup of both free and paid patterns that is featured as Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks – it’s so much fun to run around the crochet arenas and round up a slew of pattern links for you all! You can find all up to this date right here on the Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks page! This week’s edition is all about Women’s Fashion!

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Another weekly feature is the Stitch It Up Monday Link Party! Carolyn from The Purple Poncho and myself host a weekly link party where you can link projects from your blog posts! It’s a very fun show-n-tell, and you’ll find all kinds of unique designs and patterns, both free and paid, from hookers who have joined in the link party fun and added their project links! Carolyn and I invite YOU to join the Stitch It Up Link Party! There’s still time to get in on this week’s party! You can find the Top Five Features on the SIU Link Party Page!

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Don’t forget to check out my Free Patterns Page while you’re here – you may just find something you need to hook up! Check out my Facebook Page and give it a like while you’re there – I am extremely active on the page with daily pattern finds, tutorials, roundups, giveaways and sharing the love and passion of CROCHET! You can also find my patterns in my Ravelry Shop – add them to your favorites and queues, so you don’t lose them! I often have a pattern or two on sale 🙂

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It’s been a VERY fun day and I’m so happy you stopped by my little place of all things clever, crafty & Crochet – come back often – see you soon!

~ Wendy

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Day 2 of the 12 days of Christmas – NICU Charity Challenge

Have you signed up for the challenge yet? There is still plenty of time, but I urge you to sign up TODAY! 🙂

Watch this breathtaking video to see why your help is needed! ❤

This is just a sample collage of photos sent in by some of the amazing folks who have joined in the challenge. So far, there are over 200 volunteers all over the world making these tiny little hats for these tiny little people.
1 day collage

Please join us by entering the challenge here and signing up for the daily newsletter. A new pattern will be delivered to your email daily for 20 days, along with some bonus patterns courtesy of Bonnie, the founder and host of the 2014 4th annual NICU Charity Challenge at Sunset Family Living! Follow the progress on Facebook here.

Happily making my hats today and enjoying every stitch!


Twelve days of Christmas, 12 Hats – NICU Charity Challenge!

What a wonderful feeling to share this post with you all today. A very worthy cause is underway, starting today! The 4th Annual NICU Charity Challenge – 12 days of Christmas founded and hosted by Bonnie at Sunset Family Living – read all about what drives Bonnie to do the Challenge year after year here. Last year alone there were over 25,000 hats lovingly made and gifted to NICUs all over the world – this year it is expected there will be a great deal more – especially with your help!

Twenty incredible designers have each contributed patterns to this challenge that you’ll get simply for joining the challenge. These hats are adorable!! When you join the challenge, you’ll receive each of the patterns via email. You are welcome to use all of the patterns, only one of the patterns, or any combination of repeats (or your own patterns) to make your 12 hats. We ask that you share a photo of your finished hats with us before you drop them off to your local hospital/birthing center/NICU. You can post the photos to Bonnie’s Facebook page or you can email them to her. Photos will be posted on the blog and on Facebook so that all participants can enjoy the results. To receive the patterns and join the challenge, enter here to subscribe to the challenge patterns newsletter. You’ll receive a new pattern each day of the challenge, beginning the day you subscribe.NICU Charity Challenge - 12 days of Christmas by Sunset Family Living

Are you up for the challenge? Join me and the hundreds of other yarnists all over the world by simply signing up! So come join the Challenge and make up some tiny little hats for tiny little people who need to spend a bit of time in a NICU near you. If you don’t have a NICU facility nearby, Bonnie has a list of hospitals who will gladly accept your donation.

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I personally will be proudly wearing two of the badges available for the challenge this year! A Featured Designer badge and an I’m Making Hats badge. The local Birthing Center in Roseville, California will be the recipient of my hats ❤

Hats “on” to the wee ones all over the world spending time in the NICU!


Project Sweet Peas & Free Character Hat Pattern!

I belong to a wonderful group on Facebook – Elk Studio Crocheters, founded by Kathy Lashley of Elk Studio Handcrafted Crochet. There is a charity event monthly called Elk Studio-From The Heart. Anyone can join in the gift of giving by going to the linked webpage.

This month’s charity is Project Sweet Peas, organized by my dear friend, Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise. The charity has conveyed their needs and one of the requests was for “character hats”, as the loving nurses in the NICU ❤ to dress up the newborn babies in their care for Halloween. So I hunted around for free “character hat” patterns – and there are a lot out there – in fact so many, I was overwhelmed. With that being said, I put my designing mind to work and with hook to yarn, came up with “character” pom-pom hats. Oh, goodness – what fun I had making these tiny little newborn hats and decided I would share my design with you as a free pattern. I encourage you to use this pattern not only for personal use, but to also make “character hats” for newborns and donate to your local NICU, as most NICUs all over the country like to dress their babies up for the fall holiday! I learned something years ago when I was making handcrafted greeting cards – since you have all the supplies at the “ready”, why not make two or three at the same sitting – this applies now to my crochet projects, too. So while you’re making one of these hats for a newborn, why not make two or three or TEN, and gift some to your local hospital’s NICU.  Your generosity would be greatly appreciated, especially by the family of the newborns staying in the NICU! Please visit the Project Sweet Peas website to learn more about how you can help in their efforts. Click here to add this pattern to your queue and favorites on Ravelry so you don’t lose it ❤

So without further ado, here is the free newborn “character” hat pattern.



Worsted weight yarn (“red character”-black, red, yellow, white; “pink character”-black, pink, white)

Size H hook (8/5.00mm)

Yarn needle

Fiberfill – optional



Hdc=half double crochet

Sc=single crochet


Sl st=slip stitch



  • When a number precedes the st, that number of sts need to go in the next st. When you see directions in **, that instruction needs to be worked as a set. The number in () at the end of a round is the number of sts for that round.
  • Newborn size fits head circumference 12-13”
  • Using the nearly seamless round technique by Cre8tion Crochet. For the hdc using this technique, I sl st into both top loops. See the videotutorial for a visual reference.

HAT (directions for “red character”; “pink character” options below)

R1: With black start with a magic ring, hdc 10 into ring, join with sl st to 1st hdc. Tighten ring. (10)

R2: ch1, sk1, 2hdc each st to last st. Working over ch1, place last 2hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (20)

R3: ch1, sk1, *hdc 1, 2hdc*, repeat ** around to last st. Working over ch1, place last 2hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (30)

R4: ch1, sk1, *hdc 2, 2hdc*, repeat ** around to last st. Working over ch1, place last 2hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (40)

R5: ch1, sk1, hdc each st around to last st. Working over ch1, place last hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (40)

R6-R8: repeat R5. (40)


Fig. 1 working “beneath” (over) R14

R9-R13: Change color to red. ch1, sk1, hdc each st around to last st. Working over ch1, place last hdc in sk st, join with sl st to 1st hdc. (40)

R14: Change color to yellow. Ch1, sl st each st around, join with sl st to 1st sl st. (40)

R15: Ch1, turn. Working beneath R14, work 1 sc each st around, join with sl st to 1st sc. (40)- see Fig 1

R16-R20: ch1, work 1 sc each st around, join with sl st to 1st sc. R20 Finish off leaving a 36” tail for sewing. (40)

BUTTONS (make 2)

R1: With white start with a magic ring, sc 8 into the ring, sl st to 1st sc. Tighten ring. (8)

R2: sl st each st around. Finish off, leaving a 4” tail. (8)

POM POMS (make 2)

Using black, either use the green clover pom-pom maker or wrap the yarn around your palm 40-50 times, carefully remove loops from your hand. With an 8” piece of yarn, tie the middle of your wrapped loops tightly, knot to secure. Cut loop ends on either side of the tied wrap – fluff, and trim if you wish.


Fig. 2


Using your yarn needle, thread with the long yellow tail. Turn up the yellow rows and sew to the posts of R13, stuffing lightly as you go. Finish off and weave in ends. – see Fig 2

Use your tails to tie your buttons onto the red section of your hat.

Use your tails to tie your pom-poms to the top of your hat (I find the center of the hat top, insert crochet hook from inside out at the bottom of R2 and pull one tail to the inside of the hat; then repeat the process with the second tail at the bottom of R4 and tie the tails into a secure knot inside the hat and trim tails), in a position you like to represent the mouse ears.


Work the hat the same as the “red character”. On R14, change back to black and continue the remainder of the hat in the same fashion as the “red character”.


R1: With pink, ch 11, hdc 2nd ch from hook and across, ch1, turn. (9)

R2: Hdc each st across, ch1, turn. (9)

R3: repeat R2. Finish off, weave in tails. (9)

R4: Start with a long tail and then use approximately 12-18” of yarn and wind around center of bow, cross tie at the back, leaving two long tails to attach to hat.

R5: With white and using your yarn needle, make French knots for dots.

POLKA DOTS (make six)

R1: With white, start with a magic ring and work 6 sc into the ring, join with sl st to 1st sc. Tighten ring and finish off leaving a 4” tail to tie dots to hat. (6)

The same construction process used for the “red character”, is also used for the “pink character”. 1THHmm4

*Instructional videotutorials courtesy of Cre8tion Crochet, Crochet Garden & Moogly

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♥ ~ Wendy

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