Cooler fall weather means a simple living at it’s best for me: cozy sweaters, soup simmering in the slow cooker and crochet! Don’t get me wrong, I love to crochet any time of the year, but when the leaves change color, it’s like I have a biological urge to whip our my yarn and hooks! My favorite thing to crochet, by far, is baby hats. There are a few that I make over but today I want to share one in particular that is my absolute favorite. It’s a free pattern created by Betsy at The Dainty Daisy. I love it because it’s super easy to work up; I can crochet one of these in less than two hours. But most of all, it’s absolutely adorable!
The other thing that brings on crochet fever for me is pregnancy, so you can bet that I had one of these waiting for each of my girls when they were born. In a flash, they were all outgrown, as is the case with all newborn clothes. But luckily, Betsy has instructions for making the pattern in various sizes, so I can keep making new ones as the girls grow. And since trends are always changing, mama needs to keep up with the times and come up with some new color schemes! As you can see from the photos, I’m always a little partial to turquoise.
When I crochet this beanie, I tend to add a few more rows of single crochet at the edge of the hat to adjust the length a little bit. Since our Canadian winters are on chilly side (that’s an understatement, I assure you!) I like to make sure that I’m able to pull it over the ears, and the closely spaced single crochet helps keep the warmth in.
The finishing touch on these hats is the crochet flower, and I actually make a different version than the one that is linked to in the beanie pattern. You can find the version I use here on Melissa Lim’s blog, Action Hero. Again, this is a free pattern (bless all the talented crocheters out there who share their patterns with the rest of us!) and although it seems a little complicated at first, they work up really quickly and easily once you get the hang of them. I’ve gone a little crazy with the flowers before! I put three of them on the latest hats I made for my eldest and for myself, but I think one single flower is what looks best. You never know unless you try, right? These flowers are also a great way to use up bits of left-over yarn. Although they look great on this little beanie, you can use them for a multitude of other projects too!
I’ve used buttons for the center of the flowers on occasion, but I also find it fun to just whip up a tiny circle in a contrasting color to add a finishing touch.
Do you have any favorite crochet hat patterns? Don’t hold out on me – share in the comments!
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