Free Pattern: Crochet Bow and Ribbon Baby Hat

I have a confession to make: close on the tails of my yarn addiction is my ribbon addiction.  It’s mostly fueled by a discovery several years ago of a RIBBON FACTORY in Hagerstown, MD from where I used to live in Virginia.  The possibilities of ribbon decor are endless, but not the price – $5 for 10 yards at your local big box hobby store?  No thank you.  But, BUT… the Berwick ribbon factory gives their castoffs, remnants, and extras a very honorable resting place in the attached outlet store, where you can find 100 yards of 1″ grosgrain for – wait for it – $2.  I know, right??

Anyway, I love ribbon, I love it as decoration, but when it comes to hats, it can be difficult, because hats are stretchy, ribbon is not, ergo, wrapping ribbon around/through a hat = nonstretchy hat.  Kind of defeats the purpose.

Enter simple solution: crocheted ‘ribbon’ and bow right on the hat!  Huzzah!

Crochet Ribbon and Bow Baby Hat Pattern | Classy Crochet

This pattern is a very basic baby hat.  The only special stitch in it is the reverse sc on the border, which I learned just to make this hat.  It’s that easy.  I have a quick tutorial here.  (See how the pictures in the tutorial are from this actual hat?  Right.)

A brief pontification on hats in general:

  • Once you master the art of making a basic double crochet hat, you can do a zillion things with them – my favorite way to get creative is to add appliques (flowers, butterflies, hearts, etc.)  I used to experiment with different crochet stitches: fan, shell, lace, etc., and those are marvelous as well, but at the end of the day, I found that an unfussy, clean, simply decorated hat presented a nicer silhouette of the type of product I wanted to create.
  • I almost always end my hats with a few rows of sc.  It makes the band more snug fitting around the crown of the head.  I’ve had many customers comment how this feature makes their hats super comfy/fit right, or actually stay on their babies’ heads when other hats fall off.
  • This particular pattern only includes instructions for one size, but the premise behind all crocheted hats are the same: two st in one = an increase in size.  You basically make a flat increasing circle until you get the diameter you want, then just one st around until the hat is the length you want.  Your gauge will be different depending on your hook and yarn weight, so the only way to know for sure how big your hats will be is to experiment.  Feel free to jigger this pattern as you please and I’d love to see the results!
  • I took the liberty of writing out several different recommended baby hat sizes in my free striped earflap hat pattern, so feel free to download that and use it as a template for this hat if you want a different size.

MATERIALS

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in two colors (hereafter referred to as “red” and “white” – I’m not big on labeling with letters when you can clearly see the red and white in photos) and an I hook for this hat.

*second pontification: Vanna’s Choice is actually quite thick for a worsted weight – most worsted weight yarns recommend an H or I hook, while Vanna’s Choice recommends a J.  Honestly it should be an aran weight yarn, but whatever.  I’ve made hats with G, H, and I hooks and get over an inch difference in each size, so feel free to play around.  My I hook resulted in a pretty decent sized baby hat, about 6-12 months.  A thinner yarn (such as Caron Simply Soft) and an H hook would result in a newborn size.  However you do it, you should end up with a hat sized to fit some baby at some point or another.

PATTERN

Row 1: Using red and I hook, ch4, sl st to form loop. Ch2, 12 dc into loop. Sl st to first ch2 (12 st).

Row 2: Ch2, dc in same st, 2 dc in each ch around, sl st to last st (24 st).

Row 3: Ch2, dc in same st, *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* repeat from * around. Sl st to last st (36 st).

Row 4: Ch2, dc in same st, *1 dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat from * around. Sl st to last st (48 st).

Row 5-7: Ch2, dc in same st, 1 dc in each st all the way around. Sl st to last st.

Row 8-9: Switch to white. Repeat row 5 (1 dc in each st all the way around). Sl st to last st.

Row 10: Switch back to red (carry it up from the white, no need to cut your yarn). Repeat row 5.

Row 11-12: Ch1, sc in same st, 1 sc in each st all the way around, sl st to last st.

Row 13: Ch1, reverse sc all the way around.  (Click here for tutorial.) Fasten off and weave in ends.

CROCHET BOW

Crochet Ribbon and Bow Baby Hat Pattern | Classy CrochetUsing white and I hook, ch 33.  (Leave a 6-8″ tail to sew up the bottom.)  Skip first st, sc into each st.  You could also use chainless foundation, but I find it a little finicky with sc.  Plus, nobody can tell the difference for this project.

Crochet Ribbon and Bow Baby Hat Pattern | Classy CrochetSl st into the top loops of the first sc, being careful not to twist your stitches.  You’ll now have a loop and will be basically sc a very wide, flat cylinder.

Crochet Ribbon and Bow Baby Hat Pattern | Classy CrochetCh1, sc in first st, 1 sc in each st all the way around.  Sl st to the first st at the end of each row.

Crochet Ribbon and Bow Baby Hat Pattern | Classy CrochetRepeat until you have 6 total rows of sc.  Do not cut or fasten off.  Use the bottom tail to sew up the bottom of the bow. Take your yarn and wind it several times tightly around the center of the cylinder to create your bow – this will determine how much you need before you cut off the final length.  Wind it until you like how it looks, and add a few feet to sew the bow onto the hat.  NOW, cut off yarn and fasten off.

Crochet Ribbon and Bow Baby Hat Pattern | Classy CrochetTada!  Finished crochet bow.

Using a tapestry needle, sew the end through the back a few times to secure it, then sew the bow onto the hat.  I like the sew all my appliques directly over the seam of the hat – that way if the wearer wants to put it on the right or left side, the seam isn’t running down the middle of the forehead.

Happy crocheting and as always, if you have any questions or comments, you can email me at classycrochet@gmail.com.

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Crochet Ribbon and Bow Baby Hat Pattern | Classy Crochet

Crochet Little Pumpkin Hat Pattern

This is one of my favorite go-to patterns when making a baby hat.  It’s adorable, it’s quick, it’s unisex, it’s easy, what else can I say?  The design was inspired by a friend – originally I’d thought to just do regular dc with a few fpdc posts interspersed, but she, creative one that she is, remarked “the ribs go the opposite way, don’t they?” and so opposite way, more anatomically correct, ribs we have.

This hat was a best-seller at the AOTA fair a few years ago – so much so that people started wandering into our booth and asking “are YOU the guys with the pumpkin hats???”  I should have listened to my sister and made like twenty of them, instead of oh, six.  My most favorite transaction of the day was the mother who walked in with her baby strapped to her chest, put a pumpkin hat on the baby’s head, flipped the tag over to check the price, pulled a bill out of her pocket, handed it to me, and left without a word.  The entire thing took about four seconds.  Those are great sales.  😉

You’ll have to know how to fpdc and bpdc for this pattern, but once you pick it up it’s really simple and the end results are way more impressive than the time and effort you put into it.  It kind of reminds me of that old school commercial where the mom makes Rice Krispie treats, then powders her nose with flour to make it look like it was really hard (but c’mon, hopefully by now we all know that they aren’t that hard.  Actually wait, I made them a few years ago and my fully grown adult brother marveled and asked me how long they had taken to bake.  So never mind.)

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Crochet Little Pumpkin Hat Pattern | Classy Crochet

Crochet Little Pumpkin Hat Pattern | Classy Crochet

How to: Reverse Single Crochet (rev sc)

Today’s tutorial is brought to you by the elusive reverse single crochet, also known as crab stitch.  When I first encountered said stitch in a pattern, I got confused trying to decipher the images and written instructions, and just thought it meant, “turn your work around and sc in the opposite direction”… which is what I did, for years, until a mere few weeks ago when I 1) discovered that my presumption was completely untrue, and 2) yesterday, when I actually tried the stitch for the first time.  *sigh*

Anyway, here it is.  Before we start, I just want to summarize the stitch so you don’t think it’s anything fancy or new: you are sc (single crochet) as you normally do.  You’re just going in the opposite direction.  Got it?  Instead of sc right to left, you are sc left to right.  That’s all.  No fancy loops, turns, nothing.

Also, from what I can tell, reverse sc is usually reserved for a border.  Since you’re going in the opposite direction, your stitch definition is kind of lost.  I mean, if you wanted to go all crazy and creative you could probably continue to add stitches, but in my little world, it’s a border, and a nice corded one at that.   The end.

That being said, here are the requisite photos:

Reverse Single Crochet Tutorial | Classy Crochet

Start your row by ch1 as per usual.  Do you see the black arrow?  This is where you’ll go in your next stitch.

Reverse Single Crochet Tutorial | Classy Crochet

Insert hook through previously labeled ‘black arrow’ st…

Reverse Single Crochet Tutorial | Classy Crochet

Yarn over, draw a loop up…

Reverse Single Crochet Tutorial | Classy Crochet

Yarn over and draw loop through.  Completed reverse sc.  Remember: you just did a regular sc.  You just did it in the opposite direction.  Once your brain wraps around this, it’s really, really easy.

Reverse Single Crochet Tutorial | Classy Crochet

It takes a few stitches before the ‘pattern’ of the reverse sc appears.  Your yarn will sort of slant towards the right as you go.  Keep your tension even the way you would a regular sc – don’t freak out and pull too tightly.  You’ll use a little more yarn than a regular sc due to the opposite direction and added ‘distance’ to travel, but I like the results.

Et voila!  You’ve got a new stitch to add to your repertoire and a fun new border to add to your projects.  I think all my hats will have reverse sc borders from here on out…

Happy stitching and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments!

Crochet Daisy Tutorial

Good morning yarning friends!  Today I’m going to walk you through a super easy crochet daisy tutorial.  I came up with this flower several years ago in my first few months of rediscovering crochet, and I thought it was time to revive it.  It’s a pretty cute flower – the only gripe I have is sewing it on, since the petals are a bit floppy and since I’m anal retentive I tack each. one. on.  But the end results are well worth it!

Crochet Daisy Tutorial | Classy CrochetCrochet Daisy Tutorial | Classy Crochet

(Personally I think the hat itself is kind of ridiculous, since it’s really not a hat but a doily, but if you want a pattern, I can probably figure it out again.)

Okay, to start: you’ll need daisy colored yarn (I used white and yellow) and your crochet hook of choice.  This flower is easily adaptable to different weights.

Crochet Daisy Tutorial | Classy Crochet

Start with yellow yarn.  If your dc are 3 ch high, ch4.  If they are 2 ch high, ch3.  12 dc into the first ch.  You could also use magic ring, but I never really figured it out and crocheting into the first ch always worked just fine for me.  Sl st to first st.
Crochet Daisy Tutorial | Classy Crochet

Switch to white yarn.  Sl st and ch8. (9, if your dc are 3 ch high).  Starting on 3 ch from hook (or 4, if you have 9 ch), you’ll crochet into the remaining six ch: 3 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc.  Make sense?  You’ll have three stitches of dc, two stitches of hdc, one stitch of sc, six stitches total.

Crochet Daisy Tutorial | Classy Crochet

When you reach the end of the petal, sl st into the very next st of yellow (see arrow above).  Ch 8 (or 9) and repeat petal.
Crochet Daisy Tutorial | Classy Crochet

Again, you’ll be sl st into the very next st when you are finished.  You’ll end up with 12 petals of six st (3 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc).
Crochet Daisy Tutorial | Classy CrochetCompleted daisy.  Sl st the white yarn to the first petal, fasten off yarn, leaving a looooong white tail to sew onto desired project.

Hope this tutorial makes sense, and if not, you know where to find me!  🙂  Good luck and happy daisy-ing!

I love it when a sale comes together!

On a rare trip to the U.S. to visit my parents, I obviously had to patron a local yarn store in the nearby town.  My mom and I were walking her dog (which was a challenge in and of itself) and on the way back to the car, I hurried into the store under pretense of “buying something for my neighbor” – which I mean, I was, but y’know, if I found something I liked, I can’t be held accountable…

Anyway, imagine to my surprise, and most marvelous delight, a sign advertising a mega sale in honor of the PGA in town (because yarn and golf = inseparable, right?) – 25% off all yarn AND a free skein of yarn per customer from the bargain bin by the front door.  Wahooo!  Who doesn’t love free things?  So of course I perused – quickly, since my mom’s dog is not a patient animal.  I found some Berroco Vintage chunky on sale for 30% off, and quickly rifled through the free basket.  As politely as I could, I asked the owner if it was one per customer.  As the sale was about to end the next day, she shrugged – “free is free, take a few.”  More magical words could not be said to a yarn lover.  So, true to her word, I took a few… less than I would have liked, but there were other people hovering, so I didn’t want to be *that* person.

I emerged with my hasty purchases and triumphantly showed them to my mom, who had been cautioning me against my ever-growing yarn collection since I’d arrived.  I mean, she’s right – I’m living out of two suitcases, one of which was *already* full of yarn I’d brought to work on while I was here.  But, that magical word – “FREE”, and suddenly it’s totally okay.  So okay, in fact, that I returned bright and early the next day.  I asked, again, politely, if it was one per customer (I didn’t want to be presuming) and the ladies, again, shrugged and said “eh, it’s the last day, and you need at least a couple to make something, right?”  I mean it’s like manna from heaven when someone tells you that.  I took my time this time, but pretty soon other customers entered and immediately started snatching up any ‘potentials’ I’d set aside, so I figured I’d better get out while the out was still good.

At the end of the day, I think I still got a pretty awesome stash:

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Purchased: Cascade 200 Superwash, Berroco Vintage Chunky, Cascade Pacific Chunky, Plymouth Encore Bulky. Total price = $64 USD.

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Pilfered for free: Cascade Eco Duo +, Arauncania Worsted, Berroco Abode, Plymouth Encore Chunky, Cascade Eco Cloud. Total value = $125 USD.

Okay, I realize from this angle that my free yarn all looks kind of poopy and boring… but I was trying to go for “neutral” and “giveaway-able” and the other customers stole my Noro.  Whatevs, I scored 649 yards of Cascade Eco Cloud.  FOR FREE.  Two of the skeins had completely fallen apart in the bin, making them quite unsightly and presumably undesirable, but nothing a true yarn lover can’t fix/twist back into shape in a matter of eight seconds or less.

God bless you, Yarne Source Pittsford.  Drop by if you’re ever in upstate New York and bid them good day.  🙂

Crochet Penguin Birdy Hat Pattern

Many moons ago I saw an idea for a little bluebird baby hat which was just darling – teeny earflaps, cute little beak, the works.  It was made with fuzzy wuzzy baby blue yarn, which I did not have the luxury to search out (being in China and all).  Plus, I had this gigundous skein of baby blue Lion Brand Pound of Love that, up until this point, had sat quite stagnant in my stash since winter of 2010.  Ergo, I did the next best thing – I used that yarn and added a fluffy white trim.

The trim totally sold me – so soft and fluffy and fuuuun!  When I begged a friend to photograph her a-dor-a-ble newborn baby boy in it, she kept referring to it as the ‘penguin’ hat.  Well… not to be outdone, it was pretty easy to swap out the blue for black.  Add a few whimsical ‘owl’ eyes, a three dimensional beak, and *voila*! TWO AWESOME HATS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!!  How can it get any better than this??

Pattern is available on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy.  Get yours today!

Crochet Penguin Birdy Hat Pattern | Classy CrochetCrochet Penguin Birdy Hat Pattern | Classy Crochet

Crochet Penguin Birdy Hat Pattern | Classy Crochet