I love crocheting for babies... and I just finished this blankie, owl hat, and little shoes set. It is soooo colorful and bright...maybe too bright. I just hope the parents like these as much as I do. Ripple blankets are so cool to make and I got the inspiration for this one from Attic 24. Here is the link for the instructions. I used Lucy's instructions for the ripple and my own color scheme.
3 rows pink
2 rows orange
1 row white
3 rows green
2 rows pink
1 row orange
3 rows white
2 rows green
1 row pink ....you get the idea.
The owl hat is my own design. They are really popular on Etsy...and all of the great crocheters there inspired me to make one to go with the blankie. If you are interested in the pattern for one like mine...just let me know and I'll write it all down and post it here.
Just a little note about the materials... I used Caron Simply Soft Brites in Orange, Pink, Green, and White. I chose this yarn for the great colors and softness, but after some use, the yarn does fuzz up a bit.
Edit: I am adding the pattern for the owl hat here. Please comment with any questions... I had to write it up blind... without the actual hat. I am currently crocheting another one of these and editing the pattern as I find mistakes. If you find any that have not been corrected...please let me know
Additional Edit: Please do not take this pattern and reprint or repost on Ravelry, blog, or anywhere else as your own. This has become an issue. Even if slight modifications are made, it is still my own design. Slight modifications or alterations to an existing pattern does not produce a new or original design.... so remember to give credit where credit is due... and not call it your own. Most crocheters, knitters, and crafters are very considerate and understanding about designs, which I really appreciate.
Size G (4mm) crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn
3-6 months (closer to 6 months)
To increase the size of the hat add an increase row and then an even row for each size up. For ex: 12 months I used 68 sts and 17 rows…I hope this is clear…if not just comment and I’ll try to explain it a little better.Click here to see how I increased the eyes and nose for a child's size hat.
Edit: I have recently crocheted this pattern with a regular worsted (Loops and Threads, Red Heart, Vanna's Choice) and it is larger than 3 months. So the yarn has a lot to do with size. I am not a loose crocheter when I make hats...that also will make a huge difference in number of stitches around... keep this in mind when trying to achieve a certain size. If you're in doubt, or trying to achieve a larger size, you can try another pattern for the body of the hat and use these instructions for the face of the owl. I am working on increasing the size and I'll edit the pattern here as I go.
The owl hat in the first photo is made to fit a 4/5 year old. I increased to 72 sts and stopped after 19 rounds. Then started the earflaps. I worked 14 sc for the first row and then decreased every row by sc2tog in the first 2 sts of each row. I ended with one stitch. There are 3 rounds of edging. (yellow, pink, and blue)
Here is a chart to help with increasing the size of the hat. It will not tell you how many rounds or stitches to use, but it will give you the measurements that you should use for different ages/sizes. I hope it helps.
Note: This hat is worked in the round. The beginning ch 2 of each round counts as the first hdc. Join each round with sl st in top of beginning ch 2.
Ch 4, join with sl st in first ch forming circle.
Round 1: Ch 2, 9 hdc in circle. (10 hdc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 Hdc in each st around. (20 hdc)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 Hdc in next st, (Hdc in next st, 2hdc in next) around. (30 hdc)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, Hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, (hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st)around. (40 hdc)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, Hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, (hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st)around. (50 hdc).
Rnd 6: Ch 2, Hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, (hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st)around. (60 hdc).
Rnd 7-8: Ch 2, Hdc in each st around. Join with sl st and finish off.
Rnd 9: With contrasting color attach with sl st. Ch 2, Hdc in each st around.
Rnd 10-13: Ch 2, Hdc in each st around. Join with sl st, but do not finish off.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st and in the next 12 sts. Ch 1 and turn. (13 sts)
Row 2: Sc2tog, sc in each st to the last 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1 and turn. (11 sts)
Row 3: Sc in each st , ch 1 and turn.
Repeat rows 2-3 until you have 1 st, finish off.
Center for this earflap by lying flat. I just counted out 13 sts and then counted on each side of them to see if they were centered. I am writing this pattern without the hat (referring to my photos) so you get the general idea.
With right side facing, attach with sl st. Sc in same st and in next 12 sts.
Repeat instructions for first earflap, but this time DO NOT Finish off.
Begin working a sc edge around the earflap. Place a sc in the end of each row then continue with sc around the bottom edge of the hat until you reach the other earflap, work up the side and then work 3 sc in the point of the earflap. Continue down the other side of the earflap and around the bottom edge. Work the edge of the other earflap, remembering to work 3 sc in the point and finish off, leaving a long enough tail to use in your braid. (This will decrease the number of ends that you have to weave in… I really hate weaving ends)
With contrasting color, sc around the edge again (leaving long starting and finishing tails to use in your braid)
Ch 4, join with sl st in first ch to form circle. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 9 dc in circle, join with sl st in top of ch 3. Finish off. (10dc)
Rnd 2: With contrasting color place 2 sc in each st, join with sl st, finish off. (20 sc)
Rnd 3: With 3rd color, attach with sl st and ch 4 (counts as first treble crochet), 2 tr in next st, (tr in next st, 2 tr in next st)around. Join with sl st to top of first st. (30 tr)
Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (6 sc)
Row 2: Sc2tog, sc in remaining sts. (5 sc)
Repeat row 2 until 1 st remains, finish off leaving a tail long enough for sewing.
Use enlarged photo for placement when sewing onto the hat. When sewing I used top layer of stitch on the hat (not going all the way through the stitch). This will make the inside of the hat neat and the stitches will not be seen. Weave ends.
Cut four 8” strips for each color. Using crochet hook pull under 4th row of hat and twist together making it easier to tie into a knot. Trim to approximately 1 ½ in”
Cut long strips of each color. I used 4 of each color and pulled each color through a different stitch of the bottom of the earflap. Then begin braiding to desired length. Tie end and trim.
Look at enlarged photo and work 7 sc around inner edge of eye. Sc under sts on hat in a diagonal line. I used about 6 sc for this. Finish off. Weave ends.
If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them for you…just leave me a comment.