No doubt you’ll be getting creative with your toddlers and older children, making Easter bonnets or other activities like the ones you can find here on Out and About Mummy’s page. But how much effort do you really want to go to for your baby? Sure, you want them to look cute when you take them out this Easter, but is it really worth getting out the glue and glitter? And what about spending ten quid for a rabbit hat from John Lewis for the sake of a weekend?
I designed this pattern to be as simple and quick as possible. It took me less than an hour to complete and it’s suitable for beginners.
The given size is for a newborn to three months, but I have included instructions for increasing the size of the hat for a older baby.
What Do I Need: Use any yellow and orange DK wool you have lying around. You will also need some black yarn, or two black buttons (for eyes), a darning needle, and a 5mm crochet hook.
This pattern uses UK terminology
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
SC – single crochet
HTC – half treble crochet (HDC U.S)
TC – treble crochet (DC U.S)
Make a magic loop and ch 2.
Round 1: make 10 TC in the loop, join with a sl st to the top of your first TC and chain 2.
Round 2: 2 TC in each stitch around, join with a sl st to the top of the first TC, chain 2 (20 TC)
Round 3: 2 TC in the first stitch, TC in the next stitch, repeat around, join with a sl st to the top of the first TC, chain 2 (30 TC)
Round 4: 2 TC in the first stitch, 1 TC in the next 4 stitches, repeat around, join with a sl st to the top of your first TC, chain 2 (36 TC)
Round 5: 2 TC in the first stitch, 1 TC in the next 5 stitches, repeat around, join with a sl st to the top of your first TC, chain 2 (42 TC)
……To make a larger hat for an older baby continue to make the hat larger following the following pattern until it fits.
2 TC in the first stitch, 1 TC in the next 6 stitches, then 7 stitches (on the next row), then 8 stitches, then 9 etc
Try the hat on your baby after each round to get a good fit……
Rounds 6-9: 1 TC in each stitch around, join with a sl st to the top of your first TC.
……Make more rows as 6-9 if required for a larger hat…..
Feather: Chain 10 and make a loop by joining with a sl st in the first chain, chain 10 again and join in the first chain with a sl st, chain 10 and join with a sl st in the first chain, tie off, but leave enough wool to sew the feather to the top of the hat.
Beak: Chain 10 and turn.
Row 1: Starting in the second chain from the hook do 1 HTC in each of the next 8 chain stitches. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: 1 HTC in the next 8 stitches, chain 1 and turn.
Repeat rows one and two until you have a square.
Fold the square in half to make the beak shape and sew along the fold. Sew to the hat two to three rows from the bottom of the hat depending on your preference.
Eyes: Either use two black buttons if you have them or use some black yarn to sew two black eyes roughly one to two rows above the beak.