5 Little Monsters: Basic Newborn Hat with 2 Band Options

Basic Newborn Hat with 2 Band Options

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Newborn baby hats are a super quick project and they are great to have on hand for baby gifts or to  donate to hospitals or other charities. Today I am sharing a couple different versions of a really basic hat in newborn size.


These hats are made with a medium (#4) weight yarn, which seems to be the yarn people have the most of in their stash. They don't take a lot of yarn so they are perfect for using up leftover balls of yarn. I used a self-striping yarn on a couple of the hats, but you could use up even smaller amounts of yarn by adding stripes or a contrast band around the bottom.


For this pattern I wanted to show a couple of really simple variations on a basic hat. You could just double crochet all the way down and it would still be cute but I like to add a little more interest to the band of the hat.


For the first hat I chose to make a ribbed edging. This is made by simply working alternating front and back post stitches in the last round.


The other option is a simple single crochet edging. Rather than just working plain single crochet stitches around the bottom I worked them in the back loop only. This creates horizontal ridges along the bottom edge of the hat.


A newborn size hat should measure about 12" around, or 6" across when laid flat, and be 4 1/2"-5" tall from the crown to the bottom of the band.

How to Crochet a Newborn Hat 2 Ways


Finished size- Newborn (approx 12" around and 4 1/2" - 5" tall)

You will need:


Instructions:


Hat with Ribbed Band

Begin with Magic ring

Round 1: in mr, ch 2, 10 dc, sl st to first dc to join (10 dc)
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st, sl st to first dc to join (20 dc)
Round 3: ch 2, [2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next] repeat around, sl st to first dc to join (30 dc)
Round 4: ch 2, [2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 stithes] repeat around, sl st to first dc to join (40 dc)
Round 5-8: ch 2, dc in each stitch, sl st to first dc to join (40 dc)
Round 9: ch 2, [fpdc in first st, bpdc in next st] repeat around, sl st in first dc to join (40 dc)

Finish off, weave in ends

Hat with Single Crochet Band

Begin with Magic ring

Round 1: in mr, ch 2, 10 dc, sl st to first dc to join (10 dc)
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st, sl st to first dc to join (20 dc)
Round 3: ch 2, [2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next] repeat around, sl st to first dc to join (30 dc)
Round 4: ch 2, [2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 stithes] repeat around, sl st to first dc to join (40 dc)
Round 5-8: ch 2, dc in each stitch, sl st to first dc to join (40 dc)
Round 9-11: ch 1, sc in blo of each stitch, sl st to first st to join (40 sc)

Finish off, weave in ends to join






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