This week my brother Drew went to Pittsburgh to visit my other two brothers, Davey and Danny. I know, we're all D's, isn't that cute?
Anyway, Davey and his wife just had a new baby girl. Since I haven't seen her yet and I probably won't be able to meet her until we all go to Montana in July, I wanted to whip up a little something special for her so she knows that her auntie loves her. I was on deadline since I wanted to be able to finish her beanie in time to send it to Pittsburgh with Drew. Even though I was in a bit of a rush, I ended up being very happy with the result.
I don't normally write baby patterns and I didn't intend to share this one. But when Drew delivered the hat to the family and my sister in law sent me a picture of my niece wearing it, I knew I needed to share the love and share the pattern.
I'm feeling full of love looking at the pictures right now, so here's a free pattern for you!
Gumdrop Baby Beanie Crochet Pattern
- G hook
- Red Heart Gumdrop yarn in Smoothie
- rnd - round
- mc/r - magic circle/magic ring
- ch - chain
- sc - single crochet
- sl st - slip stitch
- sts - stitches
- dc - double crochet
Size: Newborn- 3 months
Rnd 1: mc/r, ch 1. Work 6 sc into the mc/r. Join with sl st. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in same st. 2 dc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (12 sts)
Rnd 3-4: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st. *2 dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * around (18 sts)
Rnd 5: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts. *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (24 sts)
Rnd 6-12: ch 2, dc in each st around (24 sts)
Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Make pom pom and sew on the top.
Note: When I start the rounds 2-12 of dc's with ch 2, I make the first chain a normal size and then I stretch the second chain so that it's about at the height of a dc. I don't count either of these chains as a st in the rnd. I do it this way because it makes less of a seam and rows look straighter. Try it and let me know how it goes!
P.S. I didn't get a chance to measure my gauge before I sent it off to Pittsburgh. So you'll have to play around with it a bit. Sorry! But the pattern is free so don't complain too much ;)