Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Ole' Red, White & Blue 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 Ole' Red, White and Blue Hat being one of them.

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 - an 18" (for weaving) and a 22" (for sewing)
     - 3/4 Wooden Button - I used a LaMode button bought from JoAnn's (no link online found)
     - Optional: Sewing needle and thread

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 Red: 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, with White. (18 DC)

R3: With WhiteChain 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, with Red. (27 DC)

R4: With RedChain 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.

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

R8 - 9: With BlueChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join.

R10 - 11: 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.

3-6 Month:
     With Red: 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, with White. (12 DC)

R3: With WhiteChain 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, with Red. (24 DC)

R4: With RedChain 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 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 Blue.

R8 - 9: With BlueChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join.

R10 - 11: 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.

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

R2: With WhiteChain 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, with Red. (20 DC)

R3: With RedChain 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, with White. (30 DC)

R4: 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) 9x, 1 DC into the last stitch. Join, with Red. (40 DC)

R5: With RedChain 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 Blue.

R9 - 10: With BlueChain 2. Work 1 DC into the first stitch, and each stitch around. Join.

R11 - 12: 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.
Sew on Button:
I don't have any photos of working on the wooden button, 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 blue to match the bottom part of the hat. I did not separate the strands as I did in the Slanted Shell Mug Cozy Pattern, and was able to make two passes in each direction to 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.

Weave final end and trim tail.

*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 Ole' Red White and Blue Hat/s 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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2 comments:

  1. ll three hats are so adorable. Don't you just LOVE Deborah Norville's Everyday? It is so soft and the colors are so true,

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