Saturday, October 27, 2012

My First Baby Hat

On Thursday, a friend of mine posted this picture on Facebook, asking me if I could make something like this for her one week old granddaughter:

Although I had never made a baby hat before, I thought it would be no problem at all, because the internet is full of cute baby hat patterns, right? As soon as I started browsing the according category on Ravelry, I soon discovered the problem: most patterns were made for a specified head size or baby's age, with a given number of stitches, using a certain hook size and appropriate yarn. To make it short: it seemed difficult for me - as a Newbie in the hat-making section - to adapt the pattern to fit a one week old baby with a head size I didn't even know. What I needed was a general "how to"-instruction, not a specific pattern.

Luckily I've found an adjustable pattern including a hat sizing chart on Knot Your Nana's Crochet. Although I fell in love with the Modified Pineapple Stitch Beanie on this blog, I just used the chart for figuring out the measurement of the baby hat I wanted to make, and made up a pattern of my own, trying to be close to the picture that my friend has sent me. And this is what I came up with:

Looking at the picture, I realize that the flower might be a little to big, but nevermind: this is just my first prototype anyway. I still need Baby Meggi's head size and her Mom's color choice, but this is a nice try to start with, don't you think? And this one? Maybe it'll fit, and if not: it suits my niece's babydoll perfectly! :)

I'm glad I could finally share some new crochet here with you. Just in case you wonder what I'm up to (apart from posting motifs for the Challenge): For a few weeks, crochet has been one of the last things on my mind, and planning for the wedding had completely taken over my life (in a nice way though *gg*). Then I had pneumonia and had to stay at home for two weeks, and as a break from the wedding stuff I picked up my crochet hook again. I've made some good progress with my Mom's Christmas Blanket (which I had neglected for too long), and I think I can finish it in the next few days. I've also designed two new motifs (a square and an octagon), but John said I should not post them "naked" here, but wait until I've come up with something stunning to make with them :) Thinking about the "something stunning" now *gg*

Have a great week-end and thanks for stopping by!



  1. hope you eel better, get well soon,
    xxx Alessandra

  2. This hat is adorable! Great job on your first hat attempt. :-)

  3. Ich hoffe das Du wieder ganz Gesund bist...gib auf Dich acht!
    Deine erste Babymütze ist total süß geworden.
    Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende,
    viele liebe Grüße schickt Dir Marion

  4. Great job designing the baby hat Barbara - it looks really cute. And the flower is perfect. I hope you're feeling better. :)

  5. You did a great job! Ravelry is wonderful. Here's the link to a web page that helps you determine hat sizing especially for the little ones. I use when making hats of all types. Keep handy: once you make one, you'll find yourself making more.

  6. Süße Babymützchen! Und die Decke für Deine Mutter, ohja, da bin ich schon soo gespannt drauf :-))

  7. Hi Barbara! You did a great job on the hat! I love it. Thanks for linking up at Hookin on Hump Day! I'll have to check out your link party, too.

  8. Hi hon, I hope you're feeling better! Your wee hat is perfect - I love it!


  9. Cute hat, Barbara! Hope you feel better very very soon!

  10. Your hat looks very cute! Great job! :)


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