As promised, I have some baby hat patterns to share with you, if you are interested in making some hats for Save the Children. I thought I would start with a crocheted pattern, and I will probably save the knitted hat until tomorrow.
First let me say that this is not my original pattern. I found this pattern on the Internet a while ago and it is probably my favorite crocheted preemie hat pattern. It adapts easily to different sizes, and it produces a nice stretchy, ribby fabric. What I have done here is try to figure out a specific gauge with a specific yarn and rewrite the instructions slightly to produce a hat that meets Save the Children's specifications for their hat. Since both the original pattern and my version are intended to be used for charity projects, I would ask that you respect that and only use the pattern for personal or charity projects.
Crocheted Baby Hat
- Measurements: 9"-10" circumference; 7" long (including 1 1/2" brim)
- Gauge: 4 dcs=1"; 2 rows=1" with sport weight yarn and G hook (I really like Bernat Softee Baby, but use any yarn you like)
- Row 1 - Ch. 30; dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 16 chs (17 dc); hdc in next 6 ch; sc in next 6 chs; ch 1 and turn.
- All following rows are worked as follows: work first and last stitches of each row through both loops of stitch in prior row and all other stitches through the back loop only.
- Row 2 - sc in each 6 sc of prior row; hdc in each 6 hdc of prior row; dc in each dc of prior row; ch 3 and turn.
- Row 3 - dc in each dc of prior row; hdc in each 6 hdc of prior row; sc in each 6 sc of prior row; ch 1 and turn.
- Repeat rows 2 & 3 until piece measures approximately 9"-10", ending with row 2. Continuing to use the back loops, slip stitch the last row and the beginning chain together. At the top of the hat, cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Using a yarn needle, weave the tail through the sc stitches at the top of the hat once or twice around, pull tightly, and tie off. Weave all yarn ends in securely. Add a pompom to the top of the hat if desired. Turn up the lower edge to form brim.
There is also a half double crochet version of this hat, if you are interested. Many other baby hat patterns for charity can be found at Bev's Country Cottage. Finally, this hat could easily be made with a worsted weight yarn. You might have to adjust the number of dcs in each row, or you might end up with a bigger brim, but nothing else would need to change.