Saturday, July 4, 2015

Patriotic Flag Hat in 3 Baby Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

I had a request for some patriotic hats for a 3 month old baby boy 4th of July photo shoot, so I got to work on some ideas, this Patriotic Flag Hat being the first.

I have three sizes available for you below, Newborn, 3-6 Months and 6-12 Months. I do plan on working up other sizes. If you would like to see the other sizes before I get to them, please leave me a comment below!

Materials:
     - Lightweight Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft in Snow White, Royal Blue and Really Red
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle - I used an 18" (for weaving) and a 22" (for sewing)
     - Favorite Findings Mini Shaped Buttons Traditional Stars (JoAnns)
     - Optional: Thread for sewing on buttons

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Caron's Simply Soft, Caron's Party Yarn, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Yarn, Hobby Lobby's Soft Secret, Lion Brand's Wool Ease.

You will want a yarn that is soft to the touch for babies soft, sensitive skin, and acrylic or cotton are the best options to avoid allergens so the Wool Ease and the Party Yarn really aren't the best option for babies.

I was working multiple projects at once so I am not sure exactly on the yardage but with one 4 oz/203 skein of each color, you will be able to work up 4-5 hats.

Time Spent:
     The newborn size was ready in just under an hour, the 3-6 month size in just about an hour, and the 6-12 month size in just over an hour. 

If you don't work the striped pattern, you can expect to work up the hats in about half that time.

Measurements:
The Newborn Size has a crown of 4.25" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 13.5" to fit a head size of 13" - 14", and is 5" in length.

The 3-6 Month Size has a crown of 4.75" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 15" to fit a head size of 15" - 16", and is also 5" in length.

The 6-12 Month Size has a crown of 5.5" in diameter, a circumference of nearly 17.5" to fit a head size of 17" - 19", and is 5.5" in length.

*Stretch depends on your yarn brand selected. The Everyday Soft yarn has about an inch to an inch and a half, while a yarn such as Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn has about two inches worth.

Gauge:
With Everyday Soft and an I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook = 4" x 4":
     Chain 19, DC in the 4th chain, and in each stitch across. (16 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd DC and in each DC across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain.

Work color change in last part of stitch. For assistance, see my How to Change Colors in Crochet the EyeLoveKnots Way post.

I finished my hat with an invisible join. To see a photo tutorial of this technique, see the Pattern Notes section of my Newborn Twin Chunky Hat post.

Pattern:
     
Newborn:
With Blue: Chain 4, work 9 DC into the 1st chain. Join. (9 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 8 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (18 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 8x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (27 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 8x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join, with White. (36 DC)

R5: With WhiteChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with Red.

R6: With RedChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with White.

R7: With WhiteChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with Red.

R8: With RedChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with White.

R9: With WhiteChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with Red.

R10 - 11: With RedChain 1, Work 1 SC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join - I did so with an invisible join. For a photo tutorial of this technique, see Pattern Notes.

Fasten Off, Weave in Ends.

3-6 Month: 
With Blue: Chain 3, work 6 HDC into the 1st chain. Join. (6 HDC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 5 HDCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (12 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 11 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (24 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join, with White. (36 DC)

R5: With WhiteChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 11x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join, with Red. (48 DC)

R6: With Red: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with White.

R7: With WhiteChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with Red.

R8: With RedChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with White.

R9: With WhiteChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with Red.

R10 - 11: With Red: Chain 1, Work 1 SC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join - I did so with an invisible join. For a photo tutorial of this technique, see Pattern Notes.

Fasten Off, Weave in Ends.

6-12 Month:
With Blue: Chain 4, work 10 DC into the 1st chain. Join. (10 DC)

R2: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, 2 DC in each of the next 9 DCs, and 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (20 DC)

R3: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first two stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (30 DC)

R4: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first three stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 2 stitches) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join. (40 DC)

R5: Chain 2. Work 1 DC into the first four stitches, (2 DC into the next stitch, 1 DC into each of the next 3 stitches) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join, with White. (50 DC)

R6: With WhiteChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with Red.

R7: With RedChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with White.

R8: With WhiteChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with Red.

R9: With RedChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with White.

R10: With WhiteChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join, with Red.

R11 - 12: With RedChain 1, Work 1 SC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join - I did so with an invisible join. For a photo tutorial of this technique, see Pattern Notes.

Fasten Off, Weave in Ends.
Sew on the star buttons to the blue area.
I don't have any photos of working these stars, but if you would like to see some photos of how I like to sew on my buttons, I do have a tutorial in my Slanted Shell Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern.

I used a #22 tapestry needle and the same lightweight worsted weight yarn in white to match the buttons. I did not separate the strands as I did in the Slanted Shell Mug Cozy Pattern. Because the holes on the star buttons were so tiny, I was only able to make one pass with the yarn, but they were secure. If you are feeling uneasy about it, or would rather not use the worsted weight yarn, you could use a smaller sewing needle and some sewing thread. 
Since they are embellishments and not for use, another good way to secure the buttons after sewing is to put a dab of hot glue on the top and bottom backsides of the buttons.


I was able to pass the white yarn through the back loops of the wrong side of the hat keeping it concealed from the front side of the hat.

Keep in mind the blue area will sit on top of the head so don't place the buttons up too high as you'll want them to be seen. Also, don't sew the buttons onto the backside as you don't want the baby laying on the buttons.

*As with decorative/prop/specialty items, don't leave baby unattended. If buttons come loose, they do pose a choking hazard to baby.

Please feel free to make and sell your own Patriotic Flag Hats using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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