I’m just going to admit up front that this post is a shameless excuse to post adorable baby pictures.
I did make the hats, though.
The pink one is old. I made it probably 2 years ago. It was meant to be a cloche hat, but it’s huge on her so it looks more like a fisherman’s hat. I keep meaning to make one that fits, but by the time I get around to it her head will probably be big enough for this one.
The white one I made when she was about 3 weeks old.
I don’t use a pattern for hats, just trial and error. I start with a magic circle, increase for 3 or 4 rows, then straight crochet until I think it’s long enough. It always takes me a few tries to determine how many stitches to start out with (between 8 and 12 depending on the yarn) and how many rows to increase. I probably frog each hat 4-5 times before I’m satisfied enough to finish it. Stripes are just a matter of changing the yarn and/or stitch, and for brims I do one row of single crochet, then double crochet 2 into each stitch in the next row.
So there you have a very brief introduction to hat making. If I can remember where I stashed my crochet hooks and yarn, maybe I’ll write up an actual tutorial in the near future.