By Melissa Mall
Photos: Melissa Mall
Recently, I had the opportunity to make a little something for a friend who is expecting a girl. All of my children are boys, and so I leaped at the opportunity to finally make something GIRLY! Some roses here, some shells there, the pinks and peaches I never get to use – this is literally the most feminine baby hat I could imagine, although that could easily be because years of toy cars and dinosaurs have stunted that part of my brain.
Size: 0-3 mos, 6-9 mos, 12-18 mos
Finished Measurements: 14″, 16″, 18″ around
- Jo-Ann Sensations Bellezza Tesoro [100% Wool; 87yd/80m per 50g/1.76oz skein]; color: Peach; 1 skein, Pink: Approx. 15 yds, Lime: Approx. 5 yds
- This yarn has been discontinued. An appropriate substitute could include: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, Cascade 220 Wool, Patons Classic Wool, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, or any other smooth, plied, Aran/Heavy Worsted weight yarn.
- J/10 (6.00mm size) hook
- H/8 (5.00mm size) hook
- Tapestry Needle
Gauge: 11 sts/10 rows = 4″/10cm in hdc with larger hook
Rnd 1: With peach yarn and J hook, ch 3. Make 8 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. (8 hdc)
Rnd 2: [Hdc inc] in each st around. (16 hdc)
Rnd 3: [Hdc inc in next st, hdc in next st] around. (24 hdc)
Rnd 4: [Hdc inc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts] around. (32 hdc) SMALLEST SIZE ONLY, skip to straight section.
Rnd 5: [Hdc inc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts] around. (40 hdc) MIDDLE SIZE ONLY, skip to straight section.
Rnd 6: [Hdc inc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts] around. (48 hdc)
Straight Section: Hdc in each st around for 6 (8, 11) rounds, then sc in next st, sl st in next st.
Edge: Sc in next st, sl st in next st. *Ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st. [Ch 1, dc in same st] 2 times. Ch 1, sk next st, sl st in next st. Repeat from * around, making last sl st in sl st at beginning of round to close. Finish off.
With pink yarn and H hook, ch 27. Sk 2 ch; dc inc in each ch across. (50 dc) Finish off. Curl up into rose, sew together along ch to prevent unrolling.
Rosebud (make 2)
With pink yarn and H hook, ch 8. Sk 2 ch; dc inc across. (12 dc) Finish off. Curl up into bud, sew together along ch to prevent unrolling.
Leaf (make 2)
With green yarn and H hook, ch 7. Sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 2 sts, hdc in next st. Dc in each of the next 2 sts, make 3 hdc in last ch, ch 1. Working in other side of ch, make 3 hdc in first ch, dc in each of the next 2 ch. Hdc in next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts, sl st in last st. Finish off.
Finishing: To finish, arrange leaves, rose, and buds on hat as desired and sew into place. Weave in all ends.
About the Designer
Melissa Mall is an at-home mom with four sons seven and under. They are currently residing in Arizona after a three-year stint in Japan and are having a fun time readjusting. You can keep up with their ordinary adventures over at her blog, or take a peek at her crochet patterns and tutorials at Inner Child Crochet.
Pattern & images © Melissa Mall. All rights reserved.