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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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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!


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