Circus Love Baby Hat

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Circus Love Baby Hat
designed by Kim Guzman © Oct. 2015
Email to kim@crochetkim.com
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Technique: Regular Crochet

Note: The Circus Love Baby Hat is on this page. The Circus Love Baby Cocoon is HERE.

Finished measurements

Newborn to 3 months: circumference at brim: 13″, circumference above brim: 14″, height: 5.5″ not including ball on top

Materials

  • 1 skein each of Baby Bee Sweet Delight, 60% acrylic/40% polyamide, 377 yds per 4 oz (shown in the following colors)
  • (A) color Baby Red and (B) color Crayons (one of each is enough to make both projects)
  • Suggested hook size: G-7 (4.5mm) (designated larger hook in pattern)
  • Suggested hook size: G-6 (4mm) (designated smaller hook in pattern)
  • Stitch marker (or small piece of scrap yarn)
  • Needle (for weaving ends and seaming brim)
  • Scrap yarn or fiberfill for the Ball Adornment

Skill Level

Advanced Beginner

Notes

Project is worked top-down, starting with unjoined rounds, changing to joined rounds once the stitch pattern is set up. When working in unjoined rounds, use a stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn to mark the last stitch of each round so you won’t lose your place in the round.

When changing to a new color at the end of a round, drop the old color and carry up the new color. There is no need to cut off at each color change unless you prefer it. When changing color, be careful to ensure that the carried yarn isn’t too tight or it will cause vertical buckling of the fabric.

Gauge

After round 7, measures 3″

In main stitch pattern, 26 stitches x 16 rounds measures 4″

CrochetKim Free Crochet Pattern | Circus Love Baby Hat and Cocoon @crochetkim

Special Stitches

Single Crochet Two Together (sc2tog): Insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull loop through, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through three loops on hook.

Front Post Treble Crochet (fptr): Yarn over two times, insert hook to side, around the back and out the other side of the indicated stitch, yarn over, pull loop through, [yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 times.

Double Crochet Two Together (dc2tog): Yarn over, insert hook in stitch indicated, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through 3 loops on hook.

Additional Abbreviations: beg=beginning; ch=chain; dc=double crochet; hdc=half double crochet; mm=millimters; oz=ounces; rep=repeat; rnd(s)=round(s); sc=single crochet; sk=skip; sl=slip; st(s)=stitch(es); tr=treble crochet; yds=yards

Instructions

Work in unjoined rounds until indicated otherwise (working in a spiral). Use a stitch marker (or scrap piece of yarn) to mark each round to keep your place.

Rnd 1: With larger hook and A, ch 2, 4 sc in second ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 8 sc.

Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc around: 16 sc.

Rnd 4: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around: 24 sc.

Rnd 5: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around: 32 sc.

Rnd 6: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] around: 40 sc.

Rnd 7: Sc in each sc around, sl st to next sc: 40 sc.

Begin working in joined rounds.

Rnd 8: Ch 2 (counts as dc), 3 tr in next sc, dc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, 3 tr in next sc, dc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, rep from * around, sl st to top of beg ch-2: 8 scallops.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog across next 2 sc, *sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog across next 2 sc, rep from * around, sl st to first sc: 64 sc.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in same sc as joining, sc in next 2 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, sk sc, *sc in next 3 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, sk sc, rep from * around, sl st to first sc: 72 sc.

Rnd 11: Sl st in next sc, ch 1, sc in same sc as ch-1, sc in next 2 sc, *3 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, rep from * to last 6 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, sl st to first sc: 88 sc.

Rnd 12: Sl st in next sc, ch 1, sc in same sc as ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, [sc2tog across next 2 sts] twice, *sc in next 3 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts, [sc2tog across next 2 sts] twice, rep from * around, sl st to first sc, changing to B: 88 sc.

Rnds 13-14: Rep rnd 12, changing to A on last rnd.

Rnd 15: Sl st in next sc, ch 1, sc in same sc as ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, skipping 2 rnds of B below, fptr around each of the 3 sc at top of rise in A in next rnd below, sk 1 sc on current rnd, sc in next 3 sc, [sc2tog across next 2 sc] twice, *sc in next 3 sc, skipping 2 rnds of B below, fptr around each of the 3 sc at top of rise in A in next rnd below, sk 1 sc on current rnd, sc in next 3 sc, [sc2tog across next 2 sc] twice, rep from * around, sl st to first sc.

Rnd 16: Rep rnd 12, change to A.

Rnds 17-18: Rep rnd 12, changing to A on last rnd. Fasten off B after last rnd.

Rnd 19: Rep rnd 15.

Rnd 20: Ch 1, hdc in same st as joining, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc2tog across next 2 sts, *hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc2tog across next 2 sts, rep from * around, sk beg ch-1, sl st to first hdc: 80 sts.

Rnd 21: Ch 1, hdc in same st as joining, hdc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sk next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sk next st, rep from * around, sk beg ch-1, sl st to first hdc, do not fasten off A: 72 sts.

Brim

Row 1: (Still attached to hat, ribbing is worked vertically along stitches of hat.) With smaller hook and still with A, ch 5, sc in second ch from hook and in next 3 ch, on hat body sk 1 st from rnd 21, sl st in next st, turn ribbing.

Row 2: Working in back loops only, sc in 4 sc, turn ribbing.

Row 3: Ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in 4 sc, on hat body sk 1 st from rnd 21, sl st in next st on hat body, turn ribbing.

Rep rows 2-3 until all stitches used from rnd 21, fasten off.

Ball Adornment

Work in unjoined rounds (working in a spiral). Use a stitch marker (or scrap piece of yarn) to mark each round to keep your place.

The Ball Adornment is optional. The hat looks adorable without it as well. It just sort of completed the “circus” look for me.

Rnd 1: With larger hook and B, ch 2, 4 sc in second ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 8 sc.

Rnd 3: 2 sc in each sc around: 16 sc.

Rnd 4: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] around: 24 sc.

Rnds 5-9: Sc in each sc around: 24 sc.

Rnd 10: [Sc in next sc, sc2tog across next 2 sc] around: 16 sc. At this point, fill the inside with spare yarn, or fiberfill if you have it, to make it fluffy.

Rnd 11: Sc2tog around: 8 sc.

Rnd 12: Sc2tog around: 4 sc.

Finishing

Due to the nature of the main body stitch pattern, the finished item will be a bit ruffly in sort of an accordion fashion. The stitches need to be relaxed. You can either do this by shaping and placing something heavy on top or by dipping in water, shaping and then allowing to dry. Or, you can leave it as is, if you like.

With yarn needle, attach Ball Adornment securely to top of hat.

Weave in all ends securely.

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