You. Cannot. Resist. This. Face.
Even if you have not crocheted before. You now want to.
I learned how to knit when I was very small, from my nanna. My mom tried to teach me, but she's left-handed and it was just not happening. Not only was I learning something new, but backwards too? Nuh-uh.
A few years later I made a very dodgy, dropped-stitch knitted coat hanger cover in Year 8 home ec. I couldn't knit to save myself.
At 21, a friend's mum refreshed my memory and all of a sudden I was living in Spotlight and crafting myself the Scarf Queen. Knit in straight lines? I'm your man.
Not long after, I realised crochet was way cuter, way easier and I could master something other than a straight line. I could make stuff! And you know how I learned?
I'm fairly sure I googled "how to crochet" or something similar and was sent to about.com. There I saw pictures (YouTube hadn't been invented, argh!) and picked it up immediately. I'm not kidding, by the end of that day, I'd made about 25 granny squares and finished a blanket the next day. It is that easy.
If you can crochet basic stitches and follow a simple pattern, you can make this hat. Your kid will be the envy of other boring-hat wearers in any playground. You are woman/man, hear you roar!
I've also made a different version of it, which is a bit sturdier with different wool and goodies, which I will post soon. This hat is good for either looking pretty or not wanting to be too hot, as it's very light and uses baby wool. You can extend the brim if you want more sun protection, and make the hat itself as short or as long as you want, depending on baby's head size.
Veggie Baby is 7 months old, and could probably do with it being a bit bigger and the brim wider. This pattern size may be more suited to someone a little younger.
If you're a beginner, this will explain the abbreviations, and this is helpful to explain what the stitches look like and how to do them.
You will need:
1 ball 3ply baby wool
any kind of wool for flower
1. ch 4, join to form ring.
2. ch 1, 10 dc in ring, sl st to join.
3 and 4. ch 1, 1 dc in same stitch, 1 dc in each stitch around, sl st to join.
5. ch 1, 1 dc in same stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, and alternate around. 1 dc, then 2, etc. sl st to join.
6 - 16. ch 1, 1 dc in same stitch, then 1 dc in each stitch around, sl st to join. Continue this for as long as you need to make the hat the depth you want. I did 16 rows for this hat.
17 (brim). ch 1, 2dc in same stitch. 2dc in each stitch around, sl st to join.
18 - 19. ch 1, 1 dc in same stitch. 1 dc in each stitch around, sl st to join. I did this twice, but extend for a wider brim.
20. ch 1, sc in same stitch. sc in next, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc. *sc, hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc*. continue the pattern inside the ** all the way round so it is a little wavy end to your brim.
I used this pattern. Very cute!
Please enjoy this rather blurry picture of the flower.
You can do what you like with your hat when you've made it, including sell it, but if you put it online, please link to this pattern.
I hope you like it :)
So can you crochet? Do you love it? Or are you more the Year 8 dropped-stitch knitter?