A bay hat is a great first project for someone learning to crochet for the first time, or just as a quick item for those of us who are not content unless we always have a small, but useful project in our tote.
Yarn selection for a project, specifically for an infant, was once limited to yarns purposely made for baby items. This is still a suitable section to head for when purchasing yarn for a baby project, but with such a huge array of yarns available on today’s market, just about any soft, medium sport weight, easily washable yarn will crochet nicely into a baby’s hat. The plus in this is the wide array of colors and finishes available in lightweight yarns today.
Basic Crochet Baby Hat
The basics already in your yarn bag will most likely cover the materials list for a baby hat:
One skein of medium sport weight yarn, such as ‘Baby Soft’ from Lion Brand
I crochet hook
With two strands held together, ch 2, 8 sc in second ch from hook, do not join, (8 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around, (16)
Rnd 3: (1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, (24)
Rnd 4: (1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, (32)
Rnd 5: (1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, (40)
Rnd 6: one sc in each sc around, (40)
Continue repeating rnd 6 until you have achieved a length that will allow you to roll up the bottom for a clean, finished look. With yarn needle, weave in end so no strands are loose.
This pattern, easily enlarged, will work up a hat to fit a larger baby or even a toddler, by simply adding a few more rows after row six that will increase the width, before continuing the rounds that just add length.
Fleece Crochet Baby Hat
A unique version of a crocheted baby hat, made from strips of fleece, can be accomplished by a novice crocheter. With the no-sew fleece blankets that are popular as baby gifts, a hat to match in the exact same fabric would be a great add-on gift to accompany the blanket.
Approximately ½ yard of fleece fabric
Jumbo K hook
Small amount of yarn in corresponding color
With scissors, cut fabric into ¾” wide strips. With hook, Ch 6, join with sl st in first ch (6 ch) ch 2, do not turn
Rnd 2: 12 dc in 6 ch, join with sl st in first dc (12 dc) ch 2, do not turn
Rnd 3: 2 dc in each dc around (24) ch 2, do not turn
Rnd 4: (1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc), around (36) ch 2, do not turn
Rnd 5: 1 dc in each dc around (32) ch 2, do not turn
Repeat rnd 5 until desired length is achieved. Roll up bottom and with yarn needle and yarn, tack roll in place in four evenly spaced spots.
As with the basic baby hat made from yarn, this pattern can easily be altered to fit a larger child by simply increasing the rounds after round five before continuing rounds for added length.As with the basic