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Guide to Crochet Baby Hats
Crochet baby hats are terrific to make as well as to give as gifts. It doesn’t take a lot of time to crochet a baby hat and yet it’s a handmade gift that will be treasured and appreciated by the parent who receives it. Plus it makes the baby look really cute! Learning to crochet is really easy and hats are a project that even a beginning crocheter can comfortably take on. You’ll want to start simple but before you know it you’ll be crocheting complex baby hats in super cute designs!
Crochet Baby Hats: Start Simple
If you are making crochet baby hats for the first time then you’ll want to start simple. You can use any of the basic crochet stitches to make a repeating pattern that turns into a hat. For example, you might make crochet baby hats out of single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch or half double crochet stitch.
Things you will need to learn to crochet baby hats like these include:
o How to do a slip stitch and then crochet in the round
o The simple stitch that you’re going to repeat
o How to increase stitches (so the hat starts small at the top and grows bigger around to fit over the head)
Don’t worry; these are all really easy things for even a beginning crocheter to learn. The video below will show you what it is like to crochet baby hats that are simple like this.
Single Crochet Baby Beanie Demo
Crochet Baby Hats: Add in Some Spunk
Once you’ve gotten used to making crochet baby hats you’re probably going to want to explore the options for making more complicated hats. One really terrific thing that you can do with this type of project is to add in some super cute spunk. Animal-inspired hats are a top choice, for example. You can think about the season that the baby will be wearing the hat in to help you decide what to make. For example, in March and April you might want to make Easter-inspired baby hats with adorable little rabbit ears poking out of the top of them! If you’re going to be giving crochet baby hats as holiday gifts then you might want them themed like candy canes and snowmen. Alternatively you could do something silly – like a monster-inspired baby hat – or you could make something relevant to what’s currently popular (like a hat inspired by a recent Pixar film character). Babies can make even them most ridiculous designs look adorable in a way that us adults can’t pull off so this is really a chance to have a lot of fun with your ideas. Take a look at the photos below to get some inspiration for spunky crochet baby hats.
Crochet Baby Hats: For Sweet, Special Occasions
Those funky and spunky crochet baby hats are terrific for every day wear and for holiday fun but it is also nice to make beautiful crochet baby hats for very special occasions.
Some of the occasions where it would be appropriate for a baby to have a really beautiful, fancy crocheted hat might include:
o The baby’s birth – you can make a great heirloom piece that will be saved forever!
o Ditto on the baby’s first birthday
o For a wedding that the baby will be going to with parents
o For religious ceremonies that that baby will be a part of
o A nice little crocheted hat for church
You will want to take your time to find the perfect design for these types of crochet baby hats. You want it to be simple but beautiful, elegant but eye-catching. Take a look at the photos below to get some ideas for special occasion crochet baby hats.
Vintage Crochet Baby Hats
As you are looking at crochet baby hats you may find that you are really inspired by retro or vintage designs. Crochet has been done for hundreds of years so there are some great old pieces floating around out there. You can also find terrific vintage crochet patterns online and in old magazines. These range from 1920’s flapper hat styles for little girls to great vintage unisex bonnets. Making a vintage-inspired crochet baby hat is nice because it gives a little nod to the past while providing the baby with a cute wearable item that can be saved for many years. The photos below show you what some vintage crochet baby hats look like.
A book crocheters may like:
Tips for Making Crochet Baby Hats
When making crochet baby hats, there are a few important things that you will want to keep in mind:
o These items don’t require a lot of yarn so it might be worth it to invest in more expensive high-quality yarn than you do for other projects. Soft acrylic yarns are often best for babies because they don’t itch and scratch like natural fibers can.
o Include a tag for Mom and Dad that says the proper way to wash the baby hat that you’ve made. The information should be on the yarn that you use for the project.
o Make your crochet baby hats a little bit bigger than you think they need to be. Babies grow fast!
Tips for Buying Crochet Baby Hats
It’s really great to crochet baby hats yourself but not everyone wants to invest time in a project like this. If you would rather buy crochet baby hats for someone as a gift (or for your own child) then you do have a lot of options. Some of the best options include:
o Browse through Etsy. Many people there are selling crochet baby hats. One such seller is Onajeans; read an interview with her here.
o Look on Ravelry for a pattern that you like. Contact the designer and find out if she or one of her contract crocheters can make the item for you.
o Ask around at your local yarn store to find someone in your area who can make you a custom hat.
o Ask a friend who crochets. Most crocheters are happy to have an excuse to crochet more!
Crochet baby hats are terrific products whether you buy them from someone or make them yourself!