Free Strawberry Beanie Pattern…

So it’s been quite a while since I shared a free pattern. I’ve been so busy with orders and life in general.

We’re also expecting baby number 3 here at Hatting Madly Crochet. He or she is due mid-August, so I will have to start Hatting “Moderately” instead of “Madly” fairly soon and get started on making a baby blanket before I run out of time!

After baby is born, I’ll take a couple months off and then will start up again with monthly ready-to-ship sales only, working toward accepting a limited number of custom orders… depending on how the newest arrival settles in.

Anyhoooo…. this hat was actually a request from a customer for her baby girl, due next month. She requested a 3 month old size, in time for our New Zealand winter. Here goes….

Hooks: 5.5 mm (I/9): for body of hat; 4.5mm (7) for stem; 5mm (H/8) for leaves.

Yarn: DK/8ply (light worsted). I used Rosie’s Studio Family Knit. I crocheted holding two strands together to get a chunky effect.

Size: to fit 3 month old (40cm (15.5″) head circumference/14cm (5.5″) hat depth.

Gauge: 12st per 10cm (4″).

HAT INSTRUCTIONS:

(Yarn held double)

Ch2 and work the following row into the 2nd ch from hook (or magic circle).

R1. 10 hdc into 2nd ch from hook (or magic circle – depending on method you used).

R2. ch2 (counts as hdc throughout pattern), hdc in same stitch….then 2hdc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (20 hdc)

R3. ch2, hdc in same stitch, (hdc in next stitch, 2hdc in next stitch) repeat between brackets until end of round. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (30 hdc)

R4. ch2, hdc in same stitch, hdc in next 2 stitches, (2hdc in next st, hdc in next two sts) repeat between brackets until end of round. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (40 hdc)

R5. ch2, hdc in same stitch, hdc in next 7 stitches, (2hdc in next st, hdc in next seven sts) repeat between brackets until end of round. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (45 hdc)

Work even on 45 hdc until hat depth is 14cm (5.5″).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

STEM INSTRUCTIONS:

(Yarn held double)

ch 10
Sl st in 3rd ch from hook, and every ch across (8 sl st). Sew onto top of hat. Weave in ends.

LEAF INSTRUCTIONS

(Yarn held double – make 5 leaves)

ch 10
Work 1dc in 3rd ch from hk and next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next 2 ch, 1 sc in next 2 ch, 2 sl st in last ch.

Work on opposite side of foundation ch….
1 sc in first ch, 1 hdc in next 2 ch, 1 dc in next 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, sl st to ch in foundation ch.

Sew 5 leaves on top of hat. You might have to slightly overlap them. I didn’t sew the tips down as I think the leaves look more like the real deal when they curl up… but it’s up to you. Weave in all ends.

OPTIONAL SEEDS:

Embroider black seeds with one strand of black DK/8py (light worsted) yarn in the shape of an upside down “V”.

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