Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Time to Crochet your Kids Awesome Hats!

The moment the air turns a notch colder, I surround myself with yarn and start crocheting. This year I began by making hats for my two lovely children.

First up is this adorable Hello Kitty inspired ear flap hat for my daughter. I have to admit that this wasn't my idea, but rather a hat I came across, and once my daughter saw it, it had to be made! Here is the original pattern for the Hello Kitty Ear Flap Hat, as written by a lovely lady named Amy. I would call this an "intermediate" skill level. I also will admit that I didn't follow the pattern exactly, but pretty much :-) My chica bonita loves this hat!

Now onto my son! As a little guy, he needs a new hat every year for his growing head, and this year I thought I'd stick to a traditional beanie style hat. The problem is that I get bored doing simple projects so I started adding some various stitches in it and mixing up the colors a bit. This is the pattern as written by "Celtic Mommy" that I used to get the "ribbing" you see on the hat. I planned to follow this pattern the whole way, but added a few rows of single crochet and slip stitches in there kind of randomly. This didn't change the pattern really, but I did add a different band to the bottom.

Instead of continuing the FPDC pattern clear to the bottom (front-post-double-crochet--this is the stitch that creates the raised vertical rows on the hat), I did a row of Crossed Double Crochet. It sort of looks like a row of X's. Here is the pattern for making Crossed Double Crochet. Then I finished it with a row of single crochet.

Some other fun hats I've made:
Ridiculously Pointed Winter Hat
Crocheted Butterfly Beanie
Easy Crocheted Bonnet

This is Eleanor in her new hat, a wet suit, and some slippers I made her (which will be the subject of my next post). She begged me to take this picture, so here you have it :-)