Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Perfectly Pretty Baby Beanie




I made this pattern as an experiment, to see how things worked out with different yarns, using the same pattern and the same hook.

The results, although fairly predictable, were as written.  The lighter yarn produces a newborn size.  The slightly heavier yarn produced one size larger.  I like the variation, and I like how the yarns change the look of the stitches in the very same design.

For the newborn, you will need about 75 yards of light worsted (dk/8ply); for 3-6 months, you will need about 100 yards of worsted weight (aran/10ply); a 4mm hook for both; a yarn needle, and some sort of embellishment if you wish, like a tiny ribbon or button.

It's been a fun project, I hope you enjoy the result.


Perfectly Pretty Beanie
 
Sizes:  Newborn and 3-6 months

Materials:  For Newborn: about 75 yards (25g) light worsted (DK/8ply) yarn; For 3-6 months, 1 skein worsted weight  (aran/10ply) yarn; yarn needle; a little ribbon bow, 4mm hook.

Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; sk = skip; sl st = sl stitch; rep = repeat; beg = beginning.

Measurements:  Hat circumference 12” -13”; hat height 5.5” (Newborn); Hat Circumference 12.5”-14”; hat height 6.5” (3-6 months)

Gauge:  16 sts and 16 rows single crochet with 4mm hook = 4”

**Instructions are the same for newborn and for 3-6 months, except the yarn used and the final length of the hat before finishing off.**


Pattern is written in US terms; a chart for conversion to UK terms is included at the end.


Instructions:

Row 1: With 4mm hook, make a magic ring.  Ch2, hdc 7 into the ring, sl st to beg ch2.

Row 2:  Ch2, hdc in same st; 2 hdc in every stitch around, sl st to beg ch2. (14)

Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in same st; 1 hdc in next st, *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, Join with beg Ch2.  (21)

Row 4:  Ch2, hdc in same st; 1 hdc in next 2 sts, *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts*; rep from * to * to end, Join with beg Ch2.  (28)

Row 5: Ch2, hdc in same st; 1 hdc in next 3 sts, *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts*; rep from * to * to end, Join with beg Ch2.  (35)

Row 6:  Ch2, hdc in same st; 1 hdc in next 4 sts, *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 4 sts*; rep from * to * to end, Join with beg Ch2.  (42)

Row 7: Ch2, hdc in same st; 1 hdc in next 5 sts, *2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 5 sts*; rep from * to * to end, Join with beg Ch2.  (49)

Row 8:  Ch 4, dc in same st; ch 2, sk 3 sts, sc in next st; *ch2, sk 3 sts, (dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) into next st; ch2, sk 3 sts, sc in next st*; rep from * to * to last 3 sts; ch 2, sk 3 sts, dc in same st as beg ch4, ch1, sl st to beg ch4.

Row 9: Ch1, sc  in same st as ch1, ch2, sk 3 sts, (dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) into next sc, *ch2, sk3, sc into centre dc of (dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) cluster, ch2, sk 3, (dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) into next sc*; rep from * to * last 3 sts; ch2, sk 3 sl st to beg sc.

Row 10: Ch 4, dc in same st; ch 2, sk 3 sts, sc in centre dc of (dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) cluster; *ch2, sk 3 sts, (dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) into next sc; ch2, sk 3 sts, sc in centre dc of (dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) cluster *; rep from * to * to last 3 sts; ch 2, sk 3 sts, dc in same st as beg ch4, ch1, sl st to beg ch4.

Repeat Rows 9 and 10 until hat measures 5” for newborn, 6” for 3-6 months.

Next Row:  Ch1, sc into same stitch and in each stitch around, making sure you have the 49 you began with before the main stitch pattern. Sl st to beg sc.

Next Row:  Ch1, sc around, this time working 2sc into the centre st directly above the centre dc of each 3 dc cluster.  Join to beg sc.

Repeat the previous row once more.

Fasten off, weave in ends, and sew on a little ribbon bow.   Stand back and admire your Perfectly Pretty Baby Beanie!

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