My best friend had a beautiful baby girl right before Christmas. I feel like I'm an auntie! So of course, I had to send something cute. I decided to try my hand at crocheting a baby beanie.
I made the shell stitch beanie found HERE, but I didn't like how the top of the hat was single crochet. I wanted the whole thing to be lacy. So after consulting with the greatest crocheter I know (my grandma) and a whole lot of testing and pulling out, I figured it out! And I even wrote down the pattern to share with all of you. Hopefully it makes sense. Remember, I am still pretty new to crochet. If you are confused, leave a comment and I'll try to help you understand my first attempt at writing a pattern down. :)
1. Chain five and slip stitch to form a ring.
2. Six DC into ring.
3. 2 DC into each DC from the previous round. (12 total DC in 6 groups of 2)
4. 2 DC into the center of each group of DC and 2 DC into the space between each group of DC. (24 total DC in 12 groups of 2)
5. 3 DC into the center of each DC from the previous round. (36 total DC in 12 groups of 2)
6. In the same space, *2 DC, chain 1, 2 DC. Skip to next space*. Repeat from * to end of round. Slip stitch to join round.
Now your hat should be wide enough. Continue doing the shell stitch (2DC, ch1, 2DC) joining with a slip stitch on each round until your hat is long enough (refer to the diagram). I did about seven rounds, but I forgot to count, so you'll have to decide what looks good to you.
Here is a diagram of how the beginning of the hat goes together. Each line represents a DC stitch. The little curved lines are a SC.
If you want the hat to be smaller, do only 5 DC in the round 2. If you want the hat to be larger, do 7 or 8 DC in round 2. Then you can just adjust the other rounds accordingly.
I did a scalloped edge on my hat to finish it off. Here's the way I did it:
*skip 2 stitches, 5 double crochets into next stitch, skip next 2 stitches, single crochet into next stitch, repeat from * to end and finish off.
I followed THIS tutorial for the roses and the purple flower is one I sort of made up. I'll have to post a pattern some time.
I made several different flowers. They have little alligator hair clips on the back so that she can change them out to match whatever little outfit the baby is wearing.