Cotton Hats for Summer!

Sooooo, recently I’ve been hatting madly, coming up with my own cotton sunhat designs. Those of you who follow me on Facebook will have had their newsfeeds bombarded with images of my latest and greatest creations in cotton. Cotton is a natural fibre, which means that it is cool and comfortable for summer-wear.

Here’s a selection of the hats you can have made in cotton this summer. They come in a wide range of colours and you can choose your own flower embellishment or applique. For that matter, if you see any other hats in my Facebook photo albums that you would like made in cotton, please by all means just ask!

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Free Ruffled Brim Sunhat Pattern…

I get frustrated when I see patterns that are offered for free with the stipulation that you may not sell items made from it. *Sigh….* – that’s just me. No offense intended. Well, you  may rest-assured that the patterns I post on my blog are free, no strings attached.  As long as you don’t copy and sell the pattern as you’re own, then you are free to do what you will with them. If you feel inclined to give me credit for the pattern, go right ahead – if not…. no skin off my nose 🙂 Anyhoooo…..

Here’s one of my designs, that may or may not need a little fine-tuning once I’ve had an opportunity to test it using cotton. Enjoy!

Hook: 4 mm (G)

Yarn: Worsted weight. I used Redheart to test the pattern – but in future I will be using cotton as it is breathable and cool to wear.

Gauge: 64dc stitches = 50cm (20″) approx. So I guess the gauge is around 12st per 10cm (4″)?

Hat circumference: 50cm (20″) approx – to fit a toddler/small child – my daughter is 3 and a half.

Hat height (body of hat – brim not included) 17cm (6.5″)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Magic circle (or ch2 and work the following row into the 2nd ch from hook)

R1. 12dc into ring (or 2nd ch from hook – depending on what method you used) (12 dc)

R2. ch3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in same stitch…. then 2dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (24 dc)

R3. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (36dc)

R4. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (48 dc)

R5. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (60dc)

R6. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 14 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next fourteen dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain (64dc)

R7. to 10. DC in each st around – joining with sl st at end of each row (64st)

BAND:

R11. to 13. ch3, (dc in prev st, skip st, dc) repeat around… there will be one dc in every st – join with sl st at beginning of row (64sts)

BRIM:

(You can join with sl st at end of each row – or alternatively crochet in the round, marking your beginning st to keep track of your stitch count)

R14. (2dc, dc in next 2 sts) around

R15. (2dc, dc in next 3 sts) around

R16. (2dc, dc in next 4sts) around

R17. (2dc, dc in next 5sts) around

R18. Reverse slip stitch in each st around. (I find the reverse slip stitch gives the brim a nice firm edge. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, just slip stitch around).

Fasten in ends etc etc…

Hope you have fun with this pattern 🙂

Spring Flower Headband Promotion…

To promote my new selection of spring flower headbands, I have two auction listings for a crocheted Daffodil Headband at TradeMe for only $1 starting price. Be sure to put your bid in HERE and HERE for a chance to snap one up really cheap!

For more Spring Flower Headbands, please check out my Photography Props and Accessories photo album on Facebook 🙂

Free Sunflower Pattern…

Spring has sprung here in New Zealand, and so I have been inspired to make crocheted flower headbands in bright, cheerful colours. Here’s the pattern for my sunflower which I attach to a brooch pin. That way, it can be attached to a headband or worn as a brooch.

Hook: 4 mm (G)

Yarn: DK/8ply. I used Panda Magnum (gold) and Crucci Olympus (dark brown).

FIRST LAYER:

Using yellow yarn…

Magic Circle

R1: Work 8sc in magic circle, join with sl st.

R2: 2sc in each st around, join with sl st (16 sts).

R3: (petals) ch 6, working stitches in the chain just made, sc in next ch from hook, then 1hdc in next ch, 2dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1sc in next ch, sl st in the next st of centre. Repeat R3 x 16 times (16 petals).

SECOND LAYER (FLOWER CENTRE)

Using brown yarn…

Magic Circle

R1: Work 8sc in magic circle, join with sl st.R2: 2sc in each st around, join with sl st (16 sts).

R2: 2sc in each st around, join with sl st (16 sts).

R3: 2 sc in each st around, join with sl st (32 sts).

Sew flower centre onto the first layer of flower. Weave in ends etc and you’re done. Enjoy!

Free Penguin Beanie Pattern…

Recently I had a request from a customer (on my Hatting Madly Crochet Facebook page) to replicate a knitted penguin beanie (that her 22 month old daughter had lost. So I began hatting madly, and this is the crocheted version that I came up with.

This is a pattern is for a petite 22 month old girl. She has a head circumference measurement of 18 inches (46cm), hat height 7 inches (18cm). In saying that, this hat fits my 13 month old son – head circumference: 19 inches (48cm).

Hook: 4 mm for body of hat … or whatever hook achieves required hat circumference. 4.5mm for ribbing, eyes and beak, 5mm hook for eyes.

Yarn: DK/8ply. I used Sullivans Soft Touch acrylic. It seems a bit heavier than most DK/8ply yarns – it’s probably more a worsted weight. I normally used 2 strands of 8ply held together in place of a super bulky weight yarn, but with this particular yarn, and also because I was working ribbing which crochets up quite thick, I chose to use one strand.

Gauge: 10 dc stitches = 6.9cm (sorry I didn’t pay attention to the height)

Hat circumference: 17.5 inches (45cm)

Hat height: 7 inches (18cm)

BODY OF HAT

Ch2

R1. In 2nd chain from hook 10 sc. Join with sl st in first sc.

R2. ch3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in same stitch, then 2dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (20 dc)

R3. ch3, dc in same stitch, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (30dc)

R4. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (40dc)

R5. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (50dc)

R6. ch3, increase evenly seven times by crocheting twice  in same stitch until you have total of 64 dcs (64dc)

R7 – R15. ch3, then dc in each dc around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (64dc)

R16 – 19. ch3, (FPDC, BPDC) around. Join with sl st in first FPDC (not the top of the chain). The chain 3 should fall slightly to the back.

Fasten off.

EYES

Using 4.5mm hook and one strand of black…. ch2 (join with sl st at end of each round).

R1. In 2nd ch from hook, 5 x sc (5 sts)

R2. Using 5mm hook and 2 strands of white (so that the eyeballs are rigid and stand up off the hat) ch1, sc x2 in each stitch around (10 sts)

R3. Ch1, (2sc, 1sc) around (15 sts)

R4. Ch1, sl stitch around, but do 2 sl st decreases (same concept as sc2tog) evenly in the round to make eyeballs stand up (13 sts)

Join and fasten off.

BEAK

Using 4.5mm hook and one strand orange yarn ch2

R1. 6sc in 2nd ch from hook – don’t join. Use st marker to indicate beginning of each round here and throughout. (6 sts)

R2. 2sc in each st around (12 sts)

R3. (2sc, sc) around (18 sts)

R4. (2sc, sc, sc) around (24 sts)

R5. (2sc, sc, sc, sc) around (sorry didn’t do stitch count – not really that important)

Fasten off.

I used the wrong side as the “right side” coz I thought the texture looked better.

Fold beak in half and stitch the straight edge to the body of the hat, just above the ribbing. You can stuff it and sew it completely shut if you wish, or you can sew it to the hat so that the beak stays open, but not entirely open. I kinda stitched it half shut – if that makes sense?

Sew eyes either side of the beak, just above ribbing.

Hope that’s not overly confusing 😉

Free Ribbed Brim Beanie Pattern…

This is a pattern I made up for my 3 year old daughter. She has a head circumference measurement of 20 inches (50.8cm).

Hook: 5.5mm (I) … or whatever hook achieves required hat circumference

Yarn: bulky weight or 2 strands of a light 8ply/DK held together. I used Patons Big Baby 8ply

Hat circumference: 20 inches (50.8cm)

Hat height: 7.5 inches (19cm)

Ch2

R1. In 2nd chain from hook 10 sc. Join with sl st in first sc.

R2. ch3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in same stitch, then 2dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (20 dc)

R3. ch3, dc in same stitch, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (30dc)

R4. ch3, dc in same stitch, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (40dc)

R5. ch3, dc in same stitch, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (50dc)

R6. ch3, dc in same stitch, (2dc in next dc, dc in next four dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (60dc)

R7 – R13. ch3, then dc in each dc around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (60dc)

Work ribbing….

R14 – R18. ch3, (fpdc in first 2 stitches, bpdc in next 2 stitches) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st in first fpdc – not the top of the ch3. Ch3 will sit slightly behind first fpdc.

Fasten off and weave in all the tails.

Two layered flower…

Front flower is worked first (light purple):

ch5 join with sl st

R1. ch1, 10 sc in foundation ring, sl st in first sc to join (10sc)

R2. Working in front of sc stitches…(sc, ch2, 2dc, ch2, sc) in first sc, then skip next sc… repeat between brackets in every 2nd sc around. Join with sl st in first sc

R3. In unused back loop of sc below… (sc, ch4) repeat around = 5 ch4 loops. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off. Change colour (dark purple).

R4. (sc, hdc, dc, 3 treble, dc, hdc, sc) in all 5 ch4 loops. Sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off, weave in ends, and attach to hat.

Free Sunbursts in the Snow Baby Blanket or Throw Pattern…

CATEGORY: Blanket/Throw/Baby Blanket

YARNS SUGGESTED: Double Knit

HOOK SIZE: 4.5mm

SIZE: 36 x 43 inches

Granny squares adapted from Carseat Blanket by Mary Ellen Wells and Sunburst Granny Squares by Priscilla Hewitt

COLOUR A:

ch4, slip stitch to join

Row 1: ch4 (counts as first treble crochet), 15 tc in centre……16 treble crochet total.

sl st to join. Fasten off.

COLOUR B:

Row 2: Attach with sl st between any tc, ch3, [puff stitch, ch1] between each treble crochet……….16 [puff stitch, ch1] total.

sl st to join. Fasten off.

COLOUR C:

Row 3: Attach with sl st in any ch1 space, ch3, [4dc bobble stitch, ch2] in each ch1 space……16 [bobble, ch2] total.

Sl st to join. Fasten off.

WHITE YARN:

If you intend to use the “joining as you go” method, then don’t start row 4, until you have familiarized yourself with the joining technique: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-asyougo-sqaures.html

Row 4: Attach with sl st in any ch2 space, ch4 (to count as first treble crochet), 2 tc in same space, (*3 double crochet in next ch2 space, 3 half double crochet in next ch2 space, 3 double crochet in next ch2 space*, [3 tc, ch3, 3 tc] in next ch2 space for corner).

Repeat between( )s x 2, then repeat from * to * x 1

3 tc in same space as beginning tc, ch3, join with slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch4.

Fasten off.

JOIN SQUARES:

I used Lucy of Attic24’s “Joining as you go” technique – http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-asyougo-sqaures.html

BORDER:

(join with sl st and turn work at end of each round; ch3 at start of each round – counts as first dc)

Row 1: Double crochet all the way around – 5 dcs in each corner

Row 2: [1 dc, ch1] all the way around – corner = [1 dc, ch1] x 3

Row 3 to 5: 3 rows of double crochet all the wy around – 5 dcs in each corner

Row 6: [1 dc, ch1] all the way around – corner = [1 dc, ch1] x 3

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Puff Stitch:

[yo, insert in st, draw up a loop] x 3

yo and draw through 6 loops

yo and draw through remaining 2 loops

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4dc Bobble Stitch:

Yo, insert in st, draw up a loop, Yo, draw through 2 loops on hook;

[Yo, insert hook in same st, draw up a loop, Yo, draw through 2 loops] x 3

Yo, draw through last 5 loops on hook, ch1 to complete stitch

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