Some people like to put giant bows on their babies. I prefer hats, myself. And this is one of my favorites.
I mentioned it last week in the Magic Circle post. The brim is just made by increasing, but there are a couple of little tricks to it, so once again I made a video.
For those of you who prefer written instructions, here’s the pattern:
I used baby weight yarn with s size I hook.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in magic circle. sl st to join. – 12 st.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each of next 11 dc, 1 dc in last dc. sl st to join. – 24 st.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc* rpt to last 2 st. dc in each of the last 2 st. sl st to join. – 36 st.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, *dc in each of next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc* rpt to last 3 st. dc in each of the last 3 st. sl st to join. – 48 st.
Rnds 5-8: Ch 3, dc in each dc around. sl st. to join. – 48 st.
Rnd 9: Sc in each dc around. sl st to join – 48 st.
Rnd 10: Ch 3, 2 dc in each sc until last stitch. 1 dc in last stitch. sl st to join – 96 st.
Rnd 11: Ch 3, 2 dc in each sc until last stitch. 1 dc in last stitch. sl st to join – 192 st.
Rnd 12: Ch 3, 2 dc in each sc until last stitch. 1 dc in last stitch. sl st to join – 384 st.
All that doubling adds up. But look at the results!
You can, of course, get creative with this. Experiment by doing fewer increases (or no increases) in rows 11 and 12 to get either a gentler ruffle or a flat brim like a fisherman’s cap. The number of stitches you start your magic circle with will determine the size of your hat. For newborns you may only want 6 or 8 stitches in that first circle. For older kids (or adults!) you may want to continue increasing for a few rows (dc in every 4th stitch, then every 5th stitch, etc.) to make the crown larger.
I also wove a ribbon through the hat just above the brim to add some flair.