Monday, June 4, 2012

Infant Sun Hat Version Two (less frilly and feminine)

Due mainly to visitors from The Peaceful Mom where I was lucky enough to be able to link my blog recently, my most popular post (ie the one with the most page views) is my Infant Summer Hat pattern . I haven't heard from anyone so far who has attempted to make it, but I'm hoping no news is good news and that means no one has had any trouble understanding the pattern.

However, I realize that the hat produced is a bit girly, which is great for mothers of daughters like myself, but little boys need some cute headgear too! Because of that, I determined to work up a version that didn't involve the ruffles and frills and could possibly be an acceptable alternative for a boy.
This is what I produced:
The hat styling depends a lot on how you fold the brim. You can keep it down for a Charlie Bucket sort of look. 

Or turn it up for a distinct brim.

I'm made it three times so far, always using cotton yarn and a size H hook, just like in my girl hat version. Unlike the girl hat, there is no flower to be added onto the finished project (though if you prefer this version for a girl, there is no reason why you couldn't add a flower to it) 
It also uses the through the side technique described in my video (here).

I was planning to maybe post all three hats to my Etsy shop (here) but yesterday we were headed to the beach and I couldn't find the little turquoise hat that I made with my first pattern for Claire, so I grabbed the turquoise and peach one I made with my new pattern and plopped it on her head. It was sitting in the car seat next to her when she had a disastrous diaper dilemma and it ended up getting rinsed and rung out at the beach and machine washed and dried when I got home. I was happy to see  that it held up perfectly to the washing, in spite of it being a striped version where I changed colors every few rows. Here is Claire with her floppy, wet hat:

She loved the water and since she'd already ruined her outfit, I stripped her down and let her go "wading" with me.

Anyway, here is the new pattern. It is worked identically to my previous hat until the brim, so I'm not going to post any pictures of the process before that point. If you need a visual aid, please refer to my previous blog post.


R1 Ch 2, 6sc in the second ch from the hook
R2 2SC in each stitch around (12)
R3 2SC 1SC, repeat five times (18)
R4 2SC, SC twice, repeat five times (24)
R5 2SC, SC three, repeat five times (30)
R6 2SC, SC x four, repeat five times (36)
R7 2SC, SC x five, repeat five times (42)
R8 2SC, SC x six, repeat five times (48)
R9 2SC, SC x seven, repeat five times (54)
R10 2SC, SC x eight, repeat five times (60)
R11 2SC, SC x nine, repeat five times (66)

Here it should look like a big, flat hexagon.



R12-21, SC in back loops only, 66 stitches each row


At the end of row 21, sl stitch into the beginning of the row, ch 3.

The brim is worked in DC (Double Crochet)
 Brim row 1-DC in the same stitch as the slip stitch, DC x10, (2DC, DC x10) repeat until the end of the round, 72 Stitches counting the chain three as the first stitch.


Here we have the first row of the brim. 

At the end of the row, slip stitch into the top of the chain three.
Ch 3 again
Brim Row 2- DC in the slip stitch, DC x 11, (2DC, DC x 11) around, 78 Stitches counting the chain three as the first stitch, fasten off and weave ends under. 




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I have another "show and tell" post or two up my sleeve, one for a mobile I made Claire this week and another for some craftiness I put into organizing Coryn's craft supplies. Hope to post again soon!
--Heidi the Crazy Cat Lady

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