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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
- Two colors light worsted or DK weight yarn – approximately 75 yards of each. Model made with Cascade Pure Alpaca Yarn – #3003 Ruby and Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Baby Alpaca Yarn 10
- US F-6/4.0mm, G-7/4.5mm, H-8/5.0mm or I-9/5.50mm
- Stitch Marker
- Tapestry needle
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.
- 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.
- 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)
FOLD UP HAT BRIM
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)
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.
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 www.thehookedhaberdasher.com. 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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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)
Fiberfill – optional
Hdc=half double crochet
Sl st=slip stitch
HOW TO READ THIS PATTERN
- 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)
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.
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.
“PINK CHARACTER” OPTION
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)
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