Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Crochet Baby Beanie Hat Pattern & Tutorial


This is a complete tutorial and pattern for a 
crochet baby beanie with optional button.



This pattern and images are copyrighted by Happy Baby Crochet. Please do not share, distribute, copy, re-write or sell this pattern. In addition, all images associated with this pattern are protected. You may not use them as your own. Thanks.

Supplies:
  • Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
  • Worsted Weight Organic Cotton (I used Nature's Choice Organic Cotton by Lion Brand)
  • Button (optional) – medium to large sized
  • Yarn or Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
Abbreviations:
ch: chain
st: stitch
sts: stiches
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
2dc: work 2 double crochet stitches in the next stitch (increase)

Gauge: 12 sts x 6 rows = 4 inches

Notes: Ch 1 at the beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch. All rounds to be joined to first stitch using a slip stitch. This hat is worked in rounds, place marker if necessary.

Photo Tutorial shown is for 0-3 months size.
**All photos are shown from the left-handed perspective as I am a lefty crochet designer. 

 0 - 3 months (approx. 14” x 5.5”)

Ch 4. Join into a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1 (does not count as your 1st st). 9 sc in ring, join to 1st sc. (9 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 3. 2dc in same st, *2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (18 sts)

Rnd 3: Rnd 3: Ch 3. dc in same st, 2dc in next st. *dc in next st, 2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (27 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 3. dc in same st, dc in next st, 2dc in next st. *dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (36 sts)
Rnds 5-9: Ch 3. dc in same st, *dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (36 sts)


FINISHING - 1. Using a yarn needle, thread yarn through next st from end off. 2. Pull up. 3. Insert yarn needle back through ending st  4. Pull yarn down to even your stitch. 



Premie / Newborn (approx. 13.5” x 5”)

Ch 4. Join into a ring.

Rnd 1: 8 sc in ring, join to 1st sc. (8 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 3. 2dc in same st, *2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (16 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 3. dc in same st, 2dc in next st. *dc in next st, 2dc in next. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (24 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 3. dc in same st, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (32 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 3. dc in same st, dc in next 14 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 15 sts, 2dc in last st. Join. (34 sts)

Rnds 6-9: Ch 3. dc in same st, *dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (34 sts)

End Off.


 0 - 3 months (approx. 14” x 5.5”)

Ch 4. Join into a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1 (does not count as your 1st st). 9 sc in ring, join to 1st sc. (9 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 3. 2dc in same st, *2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (18 sts)

Rnd 3: Rnd 3: Ch 3. dc in same st, 2dc in next st. *dc in next st, 2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (27 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 3. dc in same st, dc in next st, 2dc in next st. *dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (36 sts)

Rnds 5-9: Ch 3. dc in same st, *dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (36 sts)

End Off.


3 - 6 months (approx. 15” x 6”)

Ch 4. Join into a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1. 9 sc in ring, join to 1st sc. (9 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 3. 2dc in same st, *2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (18 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 3. dc in same st, 2dc in next st. *dc in next st, 2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. (27 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 3. dc in same st, dc in next st, 2dc in next, *dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of this round. Join. (36 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 3. dc in same st, dc in next 7 sts, 2dc in next st. *dc in next 8 sts, 2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (40 sts)

Rnds 6-10: Ch 3. dc in same st, *dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of this round. Join. (40 sts)
End Off.

6 - 12 months (approx. 16.5” x 6.5”)

Ch 4. Join into a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1. 9 sc in ring, join to 1st sc. (9 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 3. 2dc in same st, *2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (18 sts)

Rnd 3: Rnd 3: Ch 3. dc in same st, 2dc in next st.*dc in next st, 2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of round. (27 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 3. dc in same st, dc in next st, 2dc in next, * dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of this round. Join. (36 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 3. dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next. *dc in the next 3 sts, 2dc in next. Repeat from * until the end of round. Join. (45 sts)

Rnds 6-11: Ch 3. dc in same st, *dc in next st. Repeat from * until the end of this round. Join. (45 sts)
End Off.

*Adding a Button:
Sew button to hat at bottom right hand side with your yarn needle. Make sure to fasten button tightly. 


Beanie Hat with Button in Action! 





Please leave comments about how you like this pattern. 
Thank you! Jenny

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day & Heart Pattern


Valentine's Day is so much fun! The kids and I made homemade valentine cards and used these little crochet hearts for several projects. Love is in the air!

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Pattern for crochet heart. (H hook, worsted weight yarn).
Hot pink heart is 100% wool yarn, red yarn is Red Heart soft yarn, light pink heart is 100% cotton yarn.

Start with a magic circle. Ch 3. Work the following into the circle - 4 tc, 2 dc, 1 tc. Now ch 1 and work the remaining into the circle - 2 dc, 4 tc. Chain 3 and slip stitch into your circle. Pull tight to close your circle and end off. 

*Notes: Visit the you tube link above to learn the magic circle. 
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Visit A Time for Seasons blog and check out my valentine's day heart necklace tutorial where we used these hearts for our project. There is also a very hungry caterpillar hat giveaway going on there that ends today!

Blessings and love,
Jenny

“We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19




Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day Crochet Heart Necklace




This is a fun little craft I did with my 6 year old son. We made necklaces to use as gifts for Valentine's Day. I thought they were so cute, I had to post about how we created them!

Please visit my full tutorial on my friend's blog:
A Time For Seasons.....

Also, check out the giveaway where I am giving away this hungry caterpillar hat in newborn size!

Blessings,
Jenny

Friday, January 24, 2014

Gauge, Sizing, and Measuring Crochet Baby Hats

One of the biggest challenges for crocheting baby hats is making sure the hat comes out the right size!
I crocheted so many hats before I figured out how my gauge determined the overall measurement of my hats. Now after many years of making baby hats, I can pretty much determine from the start of a pattern what size my hat will turn out, but it took a long time to get there. 

If you are reading a crochet pattern that provides a gauge in the pattern directions, go ahead and check your gauge before starting the pattern. Each person crochets a little differently. I happen to crochet pretty tightly. If I check the pattern gauge and the swatch is coming out small, then I will change to larger hook. Usually one size up. 

Example -   
Gauge: 4 inches = 11 stitches and 13 rows
This gauge is for a pattern in single crochet with an H hook. 
If you single crochet a swatch that is 11 sts across and 13 rows down, it should come out 4 inches. 
From Lion Brand.com - "Gauge is the term that is used to define the proper tension you should work to insure that the crocheted piece you make will be the right size when it's completed. The hook size listed in the pattern is just the size used by the designer to work at the proper gauge. You may need to change hook size in order to work at the given gauge!"
Most pattern writers will provide you with sizes and measurements at the beginning of the pattern so that you will know what hat size to make, but some do not. Here are the sizes and measurements I use for my baby hats. Please keep in mind, each baby's head size is unique. These sizes are approximates and do not fit every baby. For example, my first son had a tiny little head when he was born. He was in the 13% percentile in head size. But my second son, had a big ole' noggin and skipped the newborn sizing altogether! 

Newborn: 14" circumference, 5.5" from crown to brim
3-6 months: 14-16", 5.5"
6-12 months: 16-18", 6.5"
12-24 months: 18-19.5", 7 1/2"
2T-4T: 19-20.5", 7 1/2"
5T to Preteen: 20.5-21.5", 8"   

Now once you have completed your crochet baby hat. How do you measure the hat to make sure it is coming out the right size? Want to see how I measure my hats? Watch this video! 





I will be posting the pattern for this hat in a separate post coming soon. Stay tuned PLEASE!






Monday, January 6, 2014

Baby it's Cold Outside!

Winter is here in the ATL! Mind you, it is mild in comparison to my northern neighbors, but every girl (baby or mama) needs a hat to keep warm during winter months!

Here's the hat I just made myself. Please excuse the dorky photo. I'm not used to taking photos of me in hats, lol! I also make this hat for newborns as seen in the second photo. The pattern is by Selena Baca from Baca Creations. I wish I could design patterns like this one...love it!
Here's the same hat on a newborn (with a red flower).


Some other things I made this winter for babies:

Snowflake hat and shorties

 White Owl Hat




I think they turned out pretty cute! Wish I had patterns to share for these last two but I pretty much just free handed them. I found the snowflake pattern above online for free but can't seem to locate it now....agh! I think it was pinned on Pinterest. If I can find it I will post it here!


Blessings and Happy Winter!
Jenny






Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas at Happy Baby Crochet


Happy Baby Reindeer Hat
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography


Christmas is right around the corner and things have been busy as usual around here! This is definitely been my busiest season yet. I am so thankful to my customers and especially repeat business. I am also so grateful  for the reviews left by customers in my Etsy shop. These keep me motivated to keep creating and selling. Most of all I am blessed by God to be a stay-at-home mom and to keep doing what I love. 

This Christmas I wanted to find ways to keep Christ in Christmas. One resource I have enjoyed is reading daily devotions from FaithGateway. Just reading these devotions every day has really helped me to focus on what is really important about Christmas. I have also enjoyed making scarves for Knit Together In Love. The scarves sent to needy children around the world. It gives me joy to use my skills to hopefully put a smile on a child's face or help them be warm this winter. I have also been working on a song to sing at church for Christmas. Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant is a beautiful song. Praising God with my voice is one way I can use my gifts for Him at Christmas. 

My Etsy shop will be closed to new orders until after January. I will be organizing all of my end of the year tax information (fun time!) and hopefully working on some pattern writing. I know one day I will get organized enough to release some of my patterns. It has been so hard to complete this task but I have faith!

Merry Christmas and enjoy this time with your babies....they grow so fast. These Christmas memories will last forever!

Blessings,
Jenny

Photo by Bella Bebe Photography








Thursday, October 31, 2013

Free Crochet Patterns - newborn photography props

This week I am sharing a link to Winding The Skein's post about Free Crochet Patterns for Newborn Photography Props. What a great post! I have actually tried out some of these patterns and all of the writers are very good. Keep in mind, these free patterns are copyrighted works and credit should be given to the original owners. These are great projects for beginners! 

And by the way, check out Winding the Skein's yarn shop for gorgeous handspun yarn.  I adore her yarns...they are super soft and perfect for making crochet baby hats. 

Click on the photo to view her blog post!

15 crochetbbb 15 Free Crochet Patterns for Newborn Photography Props

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Harvest Square Festival October 19th Marietta, GA

It's time again for the Harvest Square Festival in Marietta Square in Marietta, GA on October 19th!! This will be my 3rd year doing this festival and I am so excited...it's so much fun! Each year my mom and I share a booth space but look for me with all the baby prop hats, you can't miss me. I will have lots more hats this year!



2013 Event Information
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Halloween Happenings - 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Zombie Walk - 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.




This year I will have tons of baby hats and props...Very Hungry Caterpillar hats, pumpkin hats, scarecrows, football hats, Auburn Tiger hats, Elephant hat, Owl hats, Hat and Diaper Cover sets, photo prop hats, headbands, shoes,  Christmas hats, and much much more.....show up early to get your picks:-)


There are also lots of activities and fun for kids at the festival including a costume contest and trick-or-treating....and don't forget the local Farmer's Market!


If you already a mama, an expecting mama, need an adorable baby gift, or a local photographer looking for some great props, please visit me!!


Hope to see you there!
Jenny


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I HEART Twins!

I was just going through my photos this week and realized how many twins have modeled my hats! I had to share these amazing photos. 

Aren't they just the most beautiful things?!! Two blessings at once...what a gift from God! My sister has twins and I've know many couples with twins and friends who are twins. My son actually has 2 sets on his soccer team! I am just amazed at God's creativity to give select parents multiple babies at one time. I'm sure he also knew these parents could handle the hard work! 

I just think twins are so interesting...how they interact with one other, and how close they are. I know some sleep in the same crib or bed together. How sweet!

I am just so thankful that God made twins and all sets of multiples! 

Button Hat by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Strawberry and Blueberry Hats by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Christmas Hats by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Hat and Pants Set by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Hats by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Lisa Rappa Photography

Hats by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Reindeer Hat by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Newsboy and Flower Hat by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Baseball Hat by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Monkey Hat by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Angel Eyes Photography

Hats by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Elephant and Newsboy Hat Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography

Hats by Happy Baby Crochet
Photo by Lisa Rappa Photography



If you are being blessed with twins or multiples and want me to make something special for your sweet ones, please contact me via email or etsy. Thank you.



Blessings,

Jenny

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Football Season at Happy Baby Crochet

Football Season is finally here! This is the time of year when things start to get really busy here at Happy Baby Crochet. I have several football themed hats and props for babies. Crochet baby hats make great baby shower gifts! 

I myself am an Auburn fan, but secretly have a heart for Alabama football(just don't tell my family, hehe!). Baby tigers and elephants are just too cute!

Here are some of my creations. Visit my etsy shop to order!




Happy Baby Football Hat
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography




Football Hat
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography



Auburn Tiger Hat
Photo by Suzanne Williams Photography




Auburn Tiger Hat
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography




Happy Baby Elephant Hat
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography




Happy Baby Elephant Hat
Photo by Bella Bebe Photography


Happy Football Season!
Jenny