Friday, April 29, 2016

The Either/Or Baby Hat

Hey y'all!  I hope you've all had a great week!

I'm in the homestretch of this pregnancy and have been trying to get everything ready for this little one's arrival.  I've also been taking more time to rest too, so I've been working on different little craft projects that I can do while sitting with my feet up (I've got major swelling going on).  So I decided, what better way to do both than to crochet a baby hat?!  I had one problem though, I don't know if it's for a boy or a girl!

So, I had to come up with something that would work for either one.  I already have a green hat that I made when Fletcher was a baby, and I'm gonna use that, but I wanted a hat made just for this baby too.  I also wanted to use yarn I already had.  I got rid of a lot of yarn when we moved, so this limited me big time!  Fortunately I had grey, and that's what I started with.  I completely made this up as I went along, but I have to say it is one of my favorite hats that I've ever made!

Introducing, the Either/Or Hat!



What makes this hat work for a boy, or girl, is the removable flower and using colors that can work for anyone.  If I have a boy I can use the hat without the flower.  If I have a girl I can use it with, or without the flower.  It literally just buttons in place because of the hole in the center of the flower.  It's a win win.

I really wish I could say I have a pattern to share with y'all for this hat, but I really just made it up as I went along.  I am, however, going to attempt to explain how to make it.  This is good because it can more easily be customized with whatever yarn you want to use.  Also, you can use these techniques to make your own custom hats in whatever size you want.

Typically, I pick out my yarn and use the hook size suggested on the label.  If there is no suggestion, or I've lost the label, I just try a few hooks on the yarn to see how it fits.  If the yarn fits in the hook with a lot of room to spare, I know the crochet will be looser.  If it barely fits, or sticks out some, I know the crochet will be tight.  I chose something on the tight side for this hat, but not too tight.  I hope that makes sense.

The hat body is very basic and just has a simple color change near the end for the stripe.  I learned several years ago how to make these types of hats by watching this video.


The only thing I do differently, is I now start with a magic ring.  This eliminates the hole in the center of the hat.  You can see how to do a magic ring in the video below.  Just substitute 8 single crochet stitches in the ring for the first 8 chain stitches from the first video.  Then, just continue on as instructed in the first video.


To determine how big to make the hat I always refer to the hat size guide on www.bevscountrycottage.com .  If you crochet a lot, I suggest printing off this guide or at least bookmarking the page. She has the measurements for hat sizes from preemies to adults as well as lots of other size measurements.  I refer to this all the time.  For this hat I used the newborn measurements which are 11.5"-13" circumference and 5.5"-6" from the top to bottom.  You crochet as shown in the first video and add rows of increases until the hat measures the desired circumference.  Then you stick to using all single crochet rows until the top to bottom measurement is reached.

As I neared the bottom I changed from the grey yarn to the blue and did two rows before switching back to the grey.  I think I did about four more rows of grey before finishing off.  If you're going to put your buttons on the stripe like I did you don't want it to be too close to the bottom because there wouldn't be enough support for this big flower.  If you won't be using the flower, then it doesn't matter.

If you will be using the flower then you should make it before picking out your buttons.  That way you can make sure the button fits the center of the flower without being too big or too little.


I used this pattern from nikkiinstitches.com for the flower pattern.  I LOVE this pattern and hope to use it some more come the winter months.   I want a hat with this flower on it too!


Finally, I hand sewed the buttons on with some of the blue yarn.  The hardest part was digging through my button stash to find buttons that would work.  These actually fit through the flower and looked great, so they were the obvious choice.  Plus, how can you go wrong with anchors?!

I can't wait to put this on my little Sherlock.  I will be happy with a boy or girl, truly, but I gotta say, I'd hate to see that flower go to waste! lol

Something I noticed while writing this post is how it really shows how amazing the internet is at allowing people to share their ideas and knowledge.  Literally, this hat would not exist without the people above sharing their knowledge.  It is how I have learned almost all I know, and now I can pass it on to all of you!  I encourage you, if the videos and pages linked above were beneficial to you, take a minute to leave a comment on their pages to say thanks, I know I will!

I hope this post made some kind of sense.  If you have any questions let me know and I will try to answer them.  Also, if you make a hat like this, or any kind using the above info, please share it in the comments or over on my Facebook page.  I love to see what other people create!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope y'all have a great weekend and God bless!

Jenny

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