Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lacy Crochet Baby Beanie

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 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. :)

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn and a J hook.

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 chain one.

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.


23 comments:

  1. Wow, this is so cute!!! I'm going to have to learn how to read crochet patterns so I can make one/some!

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  2. This looks fun! I made a bunch of the scarfs that you posted awhile back so I think I'll try my hand at this one as well :-)

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    1. Shannon,

      I'm glad you tried the scarf. Did you take pictures? I'd love to see how they turned out!

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  3. Very cute hat, I'm trying to make it but I'm having some problems. You said "6. In the same space, *2 DC, chain 1, 2 DC. Skip to next space*."..could you make it clear, in what space?

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    1. I am not sure if I can explain it with words as well as if you look at the diagram. See how the Double V shapes are connected in between the groupings of 3 DC from the previous round? That space between the 3 DC is the space I mean. I hope that helps...if not, leave me another comment. I want to help you be successful!

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  4. well, by looking at the picture and then trying to crochet, I'm thinking, I need to skip 2 spaces instead of one if I want that double V to be in between the groupings of 3DCs..because if I'm just skipping one space, I'm not ending up in between the 3DCs from the previous round.

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  5. thanks a lot.. I didn't follow other patterns I found because I cant.:)I just don't have patience to read crochet patterns,( wrong sided brain ) I follow pictures and diagrams, and just wing it usually. However yours was nice and clear. Thank you.

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  6. ...however my practice hat didn't go straight, it tapered out. maybe my stitches are too loose, by hook too big or im unknowingly adding stitches somewhere...hummm

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    1. If it tapers out, that means you are not doing the same number of stitches on each round. You must be adding stitches somewhere...my guess is that it's how you are joining each row. Count carefully and you should be able to figure it out. Fingers crossed!

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  7. I agree with you totally! I hate the top rounds of pretty hats done in standard half-double or double-crochet. This is SOOO much prettier! Thanks for taking time to figure it out!

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  8. What kind of yarn did you use? What size crochet hook did you use? This is sooo cute! Thank you!

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    1. Good question! I should have put that in the instructions. I used a J hook and Caron Simply Soft yarn.

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  9. Thanks again....I just found out my best friend delivered twin girls today! Yea for the pattern.

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  10. Thanks for the instructions. As a beginner, I was able to make this. Thanks

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  11. what size beanie? is this pattern for

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  12. the only thing I would say is that in the diagram description, you state that the curved line between sets of dc is an sc, however, it would actually be a chain that you would use to work the next row's groups of dc into.

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I went back and fixed it.

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    2. I almost always read all the way through a pattern before I try it out, and that was the case with yours. I understood what you meant, but I figured I'd try to make sure no one else got confused by it. I'm about to make this hat for a layette for a friend of mine (because it uses the same shell pattern as the skirt of the dress I made). I'd love to send you pics of the finished layette if you'd like!

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    3. Do I want to see the finished layette? OF COURSE! That would be so fun!

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