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Monday, June 17, 2013

Toddler Cotton Sun Hat - Free Crochet Pattern with Tutorial | My Hobby is Crochet

This pretty toddler sun hat can be made for both girls and boys, using the colors of your choice. For little girls add a nice crochet flower applique!


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Size: Hat circumference 48-50 cm
         Hat height with brim 20 cm, 14 cm until the brim, brim height 6 cm
You can easily adapt the size of the hat, from newborn to adult, by making less/more rounds with increases for the crown.You can find an orientative chart for hat sizes by Bev' s Country Cottage.

                                         
Materials used: 
sport weight/ 5 ply cotton yarn; here used "Red Heart Miami" in 2 colors (approx. 70 g in main color A and small amount in color B)
- 3 mm crochet hook
- yarn needle to weave in the ends



Stitches and abbreviations used:
magic ring
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
blo: back loops only
tw sc: twisted single crochet (Check out my  tutorial Twisted single crochet!)
hdc: half double crochet
sl st: slip stitch

Notes: 

The rounds are starting with a ch 1, that will not be counted as a stitch. 
The first hdc will be made in the same stitch as the beginning ch1. 

The joining at the end of the round will be made in the top of the first hdc, not in the beginning ch1.


CROCHET SUN HAT PATTERN:

The crown of the hat: 

Round 1: Begin with a magic ring using the main color. Ch1, 12 hdc in the ring. Join with sl st to top of first hdc. (12 stitches total)
Round 2: Ch1, 2 hdc in same stitch and 2 hdc in each st around,  sl st to top of the first hdc. (24 stitches total)
Round 3: Ch1, 1hdc in same stitch, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc*, repeat around from * to *, ending with 2 hdc in last st, sl st to top of first hdc. (36 stitches total)
Round 4: Ch, 1 hdc in same stitch, 1 hdc in next st,  *2hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 hdc *, repeat around from * to *, ending with 2 hdc in last st, sl st in the top of first hdc. (48 stitches total)
Round 5: Ch1, 1 hdc in same stitch, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 hdc *, repeat around from * to *, ending with 2 hdc in last st, sl st to top of first hdc. (60 stitches total)
Round 6: Ch, 1 hdc in same stitch, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 hdc *, repeat around from * to *, ending with 2 hdc in last st, sl st to top of first hdc. (72 stitches total)
Round 7: Ch1, 1 hdc in same stitch, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 hdc*repeat around from * to *, ending with 2 hdc in last st, sl st to top of first hdc. (84 stitches total)
Round 8: Ch1, 1 hdc in same stitch, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 hdc, *2hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 hdc*, repeat around from * to *, ending with 2 hdc in last st, sl st to top of first hdc. (96 stitches total)

The sides
To have a nicer seam for the sides, I have used the tips of Deja Demir in the video tutorial "Creating a Half Double Crochet Straight Seam in the Round". OK, the seam will not be straight, but nicer.
No seam working in the round
The back seam
Round 9: Ch 1 tight, 1 hdc in same stitch, 1 hdc in each stitch around, sl st tight to first hdc. (96 stitches total). 

Rounds 10-23 will be worked the same way as round 10, changing colors for the band as below. 

The Band: for the white hat I made 3 rounds in contrast color (rounds 20, 21, 22), for the hot pink hat I made only 2 rounds (rounds 20, 21). Your choice if you want to make the band wider or narrower.
To make the  bandat the end of round 19 sl st tight with the color B yarn and continue working with color B the rounds 20, 21 and 22 the same way as round 9; at the end of round 22 sl st tight with  color A yarn and continue working the round 23 with color A yarn the same as round 9. Cut color B yarn. 
The brim: The brim it is worked with sc in back loops only. To avoid gaps, try to work the stitches not loosely; at the end of the rounds, work your last stitch picking together the back loop of the stitch and from the back side of your work a loop from previous round. Otherwise you will have gaps. You'll have 3 rounds with increases, each increase to 16 stitches.
Round 24: Continue with color A yarn, ch1, 1 sc blo in each hdc across the round, sl st to top of first sc (in both loops). (96 stitches)
Round 25: ch1, *2 sc blo in the same stitch, 1sc blo in each of the next 5 stitches*, repeat around from * to *,  sl st to top of first sc. (112 stitches) 
Rounds 26 and 27: ch1, 1sc blo in the same stitch and 1 sc blo in each stitch across, sl st to top of the first sc. (112 stitches ) 
Round 28: ch1, 1sc blo in the same stitch, 1sc blo in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 sc blo in next stitch, *1sc blo in each of the next 6 stitches, 2sc blo in next stitch*, repeat around from * to *, ending with 1 sc blo in each of the last 2 stitches; join with sl st to top of  first sc. (128 stitches ) 
Rounds 29 and 30: ch1, 1sc blo in same stitch and 1 sc blo in each stitch across, join with sl st to top of first sc. (128 stitches ) 
Round 31: ch1, *2sc blo in same stitch, 1sc blo in each of the next 7 stitches*, repeat around from * to *, join with sl st to top of  first sc (144 stitches) 
Rounds 32-34: ch1, 1sc blo in same stitch and 1 sc blo in each stitch across, join with sl st to top of first sc. (144 stitches). Cut yarn. Note: For the white hat I made one round less!


The edging: Join color B yarn with a sl st and make 1 tw sc in same stitch, ch2, skip 2 stitches, *1 tw sc in next stitch, ch2, skip 2 stitches*, repeat around from * to *, sl st through the steam of the first tw sc (on the back side of your work) as in the collage below. Cut yarn. Weave in the ends.
Edging with twisted single crochet and chains
Finishing the edging of the crochet hat
As embellishment I have used flower patterns found on the web. 


This flower Free Pattern can be found on Drops Design as the Marigold Flower Free Pattern.

Check out also my free crochet sun hats in child size here!



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Written pattern and pictures copyright Kinga Erdem 2013.
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