Crochet Earflap Hats for 6lb-7lb babies

If you have been following my blogs you know I’ve been a crocheting fool trying to get down a hat pattern that will really fit a newborn baby instead of one that the baby will have to grow into.

In my family babies are 6lbs to 7 1/2 lbs and I want to be able to make hats as shower gifts that the babies can wear right away.

Earlier this week I finally (thought) I came up with a hat that would work, and I guess, for people having babies that are 8, 9 or omgosh 10 pounds but the more I think about it that is more of a 0-3 month size.  Leave it to me to continue over-thinking and re-doing   ::big sigh::

Here are the comparisons

A newborn hat that will sit on a 13 1/2 to 14 inch head

This hat measures just under 13 1/2" so it will fit a 13 1/2"-15 1/2" head or 0-3 months Click the pic for the pattern

 

This hat measures approx 12 1/3" If you have a small baby this will be a good newborn hat. Click the pic for the pattern

 

 

And here is what I used as a guide.

This is the hat the nurses put on Vee when she was born.  Gosh, I can’t believe she ever wore this.  Her head is bigger than mine now.  (Yes I have drove my family insane since taking up knitting and crocheting by measuring their heads, measuring the width across their face, behind their ears, even from their crown to the bottom of their earlobes.  It’s to the point I fear, they will start running when they see my yellow measuring tape in hand ;) )

 

Anyway back to the hat.  This is the hat she wore the day she was born.

 

 

This is it in comparison to the blue trimmed, 40 stitch hat located here

The double crochet hat is slightly larger on each side

The double crochet hat is slightly larger on each side.  Now it may only be a half inch or so but when you are talking about a little noodle that’s only 13 1/2 inches every cm is going to make a difference.

 

Now this hat, the hat trimmed in pink is pretty much identical in size as shown below

This hat measures right around 12 1/4″ to 12 1/3″.  That is 36 stitches in double crochet with my J hook (6.5 mm) which, if you keep up with my blog, will know that is the size hook I prefer as smaller ones make my hands ache.

To arrive at 36 stitches your last row of increases needs to be done a bit differently as you will be adding only 6 stitches to your 30 opposed to 10 to your 30.  Here is how I did it.

Round 3 – *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next 5 stitches* repeat around (36 stitches total)

That way you are adding an extra dc at the beginning and then on every 6th stitch.

Now I know most of the directions for increases I have seen have you start out with your regular stitches and increase every 10th, 6th, 8th, whatever but I like to do the increase in the first stitch.  To me it just makes more sense and I don’t have to worry about forgetting one.  You’re working with double crochet in rounds so it’s pretty basic–get your specified number of increases in per round.  If you prefer to do it in a different order than me I am sure your hat will turn out fine as long as you are doing your increases evenly around the hat.

The full pattern for the newborn hat is here.  Keep in  mind, the ears and the nose don’t have to be used and neither do the earflaps if you just want a beanie hat.

 

 

Knitted Earflap Hat

This is an easy to knit garment using worsted weight yarn,  and size US8 (5 mm) double point needles, circular or magic loop. Please check back as I will be posting the pattern soon.  If you would like to be notified by email when the pattern is published you can let me know by specifying that in the comment box below….I won’t publish your email address.

Quick Knitted Earflap hat

Snowboarders hat knitted with size 8 needles

So I got myself retrained a bit with the knitting.

One thing I noticed when I was knitting Wil’s Indianapolis Colts Ear flap hat with the checkerboard pattern was that the tips of my fingers were very sore.  This is due to my terrible habit of knitting too tightly on circulars.  So….

  1. since his friend wanted a blue and black hat
  2. I needed to get my tension issues resolved
  3. I wanted to write down the details in order of the actual pattern that I had developed from several
  4. A completed hat needed to be the size I was supposed to be knitting!
  5. I wanted an idea of how much yarn it really took (ie if I buy more expensive yarn how many hats will I get from a skein)
  6. there was a need to double check myself on crafting jog-less stripes
  7. the idea I learned from the Knitting Tips by Judy about slipping the first stitch (when doing ear flaps) gave a cleaner edge and I wanted to try it
  8. I had finally figured out cable cast on (thanks to KnittingTips.com) and wanted to try it out when I added the stitches across the front of the hat
  9. probably many more but I’m typing this up a month after the facts….

 

It seemed like the perfect opportunity. I casted on and made it a point that every stitch was going to slide off the needle withOUT my left finger assisting it and that I would knit straight thru without a single red spot on the ends of my finger tips.

The hat took [me] about 6 hours total and less than a softball sized amount of each the black and royal blue yarn.

Amazingly it fit Wil’s 21″ head, Vee’s 23″ head, and Stephan’s 24″

As the teens and tweens in my house very quite specific about if they were to wear any more of my hats in public

-The front was was not so high up on the forehead that it gave them the appearance of a five  year old girl with dorky bangs.  They all actually approved of the front.

-The back was long enough that it covered the back of their neck

-The boys liked that it was the full 8″ length because it gave that ‘floppy look’ as they called it.  The girls said it could have been an inch shorter and they would have been fine.

-The fashion conscious TJ (weeks before his 17th birthday) said good job on my grafting the top closed as it gave a flatter appearance although he still wants to see one in super fine yarn and size 0 or 1 needles.

Indianapolis Colts Earflap Hat with checkerboard

 This is an easy to knit garment using worsted weight yarn,  and size US8 (5 mm) double point needles, circular or magic loop. Please check back as I will be posting the pattern soon.  If you would like to be notified by email when the pattern is published you can let me know by specifying that in the comment box below….I won’t publish your email address. 

Indianapolis Colts Knitted Earflap Hat
Checkerboard Earflap Hat with Indianapolis Colts Logo on Ears

My son wanted a knitted earflap hat/snow boarders hat with an Indianapolis Colts theme.

I found a chart for the Colts Horseshoe here: http://creativeramblings.blogspot.com/2008/03/indianapolis-colts-hat-with-charted.html and had originally planned on putting the Colts logo itself on the front of the hat but as I started the earflap I suddenly decided to use her Baby Colts Hat chart for the ear flaps and…..Since I had been wanting to do some knitted colorwork and make a checkboard pattern why not combine it with the blue and white for the colts?

Eventually I will be posting the knitted earflap hat pattern I have been using but in the meantime if you want to do something similar on hat ear flaps here is what I did–remember my hats are bottom up so if you knit top down you will need to do some figuring

–On the increase row where you get up to 14 stitches place markers to show your inside 10 stitches.  Why?  Because the chart is a 10 stitch pattern so this way  you can still use Make One Right or Make One Left Increases (I use the M1R that I learned here because the increases are almost impossible to see http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases) outside of your pattern area opposed to inside it which would be too much mental work IMO

–The pattern in 14 rows high so by time I got done with the earflaps they were 28 stitches each so instead of robbing from the front stitches (my boys like their entire face exposed and the earflaps coming down the side of their face just before their ears) cast on the normal amount of front stitches and take your back stitches down to only a few ( I did four st).  If you have too many stitches you can always K2tog evenly around in your first couple rows.

The hat itself was a little smaller than it should have been but that was due to the fact that I realized I knit too tight especially with two colors and I have rectified that.  The puckers are invisible to him (gotta love kids) he is simply too tickled to have this hat to wear and BONUS  it is so warm plus I lined the ears and he says none of the Lake Michigan winds get thru them.  :)