Gauge: At the end of round 7: Your circle should measure 4” across. Adjust your hook size as needed.
For the hat itself you will use my single crochet baby hat pattern There is a download link at the end of this pattern that includes the full hat and kitty cat hat pattern.
For the cat’s eyes, nose, and ears use your 5 mm crochet hook
In 2nd ch from hook make 2 TC, slip stitch in next, 2 TC in next.
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use yarn needle to stitch up to middle of nose and wrap yarn 3 or more times around the center.
Use your tails to sew the nose to the hat. Weave your ends in neatly and hide them behind the nose.
With a strand of red yarn 12” or so, either embroider a small satin stitch mouth shape OR you can tie a knot in the center of the strand, tie another knot directly over that know. Use the tails to sew this to the hat. Weave the tails in well behind the nose making sure they are secured and fasten off.
With black yarn, and a long tail, ch2, make sc into 1st ch made. Fasten off and again leave a long tail for sewing and embroidering.
With a strand of white yarn about 6” long and your yarn needle work a single embroidery stitch along the inside of one of the sc’s. Repeat this on the other eye. Fasten your yarn on the wrong side of the eye, weave in the ends so they are hidden and secure.
Sew eyes onto hat using your tails of black yarn. When the eye is secured make two eyelashes on each the top and the bottom of the eye by running a short embroidery stitch diagonally away from your eye. Without pulling too tightly weave your tails in behind the eye so they are hidden and fasten off.
Use a 6” strand of yarn and your yarn needle to make a stitch of either side of the nose with the tails sticking out if the right side of the work. Tie them in a double knot and then a 2nd double knot making sure they are not so tight as to pucker your hat. Trim them to the desired length and then use the point of your yarn needle to separate the strands.
To keep the knots from coming undone (it seems people are drawn to touching the whiskers which doesn’t help them stay tied) I like to run black sewing thread thru the knots a few times. TIP: make sure to tie off and hide the knot from your sewing thread behind the nose.
Make 2- I made one in pink and one in ivory
With a long tail, chain 5
Rows 1 and 2: Sc 4, ch1, turn (4)
Now we begin decreasing each row to give the ears a triangular shape. This can be done several ways A) By sc2tog at either end of the rows B) by skipping the first sc of each row or C)by skipping the first sc in each row. In this pattern we will use sc2tog but of course you can use any method you are familiar with or prefer.
Row 3: sc2 tog, sc ea of nxt 2, ch1, turn (3)
Row 4: sc2 tog, sc the nxt, ch1, turn (2)
Row 5: sc2 tog, (1)
Fasten off leaving a long tail of 12” or more
Row 6: Attach your contrasting color, ch 1 and sc around the ear making 3 sc in the top of the ear to create a point. Again leave long tails.
With your yarn needle, work the strands of pink into the inside of the hat to get those out of the way. With your MC (Ivory) strands sew the ears to the top of the hat making sure to sew both in both the front and the back of the ear.
Work strands to inside the hat and weave them in. TIP: When I have a project with this many ends to weave in I like to utilize as many as I can in an effort to keeping the inside of the hat looking as clean as possible. In the photo I have taken the tails from the ears and the tail from the very beginning of the hat and [after weaving them in securely] used the yarn needle to bring them back thru the inside of the first round. To do this just bring them all through, trim to the desired length and use the tip of the yarn needle to slightly separate the strands.
For the braids in the photos I wrapped both the ivory and pink yarn around the a composition notebook (9.75” tall) 12 times (12 of each color) per earflap.
Using a crochet hook pull them thru the hole made in the bottom of the earflap by inserting crochet hook from the inside to outside.
Pull ends thru the loop made and gently pull until they are wrapped over the end of the ear flap. See photos below.
Arrange the yarn into three sections and braid. Fasten the braids by tying yarn around them. With a strand of yarn 24” long wrap the tied off spot.
Use your yarn needle to work the two tails under the wrap (see photo)
Trim your ends to even them up.
Pat yourself on the back–you just made a kitty hat!
Free Crochet Pattern for Newborn Sized Hat in Double Crochet.
Updated November 2, 2014 Newborn babies have a head size of 12 1/2″ to 14″ and sometimes it can be hard to find hat patterns small enough for our brand new little tiny humans.
To make a newborn hat –like a hospital sized hat- you should be alright to plan on it being 12.5″ circumference because it is going to stretch another 1 to 1.5″ until baby outgrows it at 10 days old 😉
If you are crocheting and making a top down hat in the round this just means you will continue to make increases until your circle measures 4″ (10cm) in diameter which will give you a circumference of 12.5″. Most likely if you are reading this you are new to crochet and that part just looked a little confusing….it’s not. It’s so easy. Just follow me below and you will see for yourself.
You are going to need
-some heavy worsted weight/aran yarn. Like Red Heart With Love or Caron One Pound. I am demonstrating below with Crafter’s Secret from Hobby Lobby.
– a size I crochet hook (5.5 mm)
– a ruler or tape measure
– stitch marker or a piece of scrap yarn to make a row marker
Gauge- We aren’t going to worry about gauge right now, we are going to focus on getting the width around that we need and I will show you how.
Here’s the Pattern with Photos so I guess it’s kind of a tutorial.
Round 1) Make a magic circle (or chain 2 and in the first ch) Make 12 DC in the loop. Do not join. PM (place marker) on the last stitch you made. Pull tail snug but not to tight yet, you need to be able to clearly see all of your stitches but they need to be close enough that you can easily move to round 2.
Round 2) Make 2 double crochets in each stitch around. You can now pull that tail enough that it closes the hole in the top of your hat. Remember to mark your last stitch so you will know when to stop your next round. (24 DC)
Round 3) Make * 1 double crochet in the next stitch, make 2 double crochets in the next stitch.* Now you will repeat that all the way around. You will repeat exactly what is between the *’s and when you make your last stitch PM. (36 DC)
Now get your ruler and measure right across the center of your circle. If it measures 4″ you are ready to move on.
If it isn’t large enough then you will need a larger hook. If it’s too big you need to start over with a smaller hook. (When I started crocheting my stitches were so tight I had to use a K–6.5 mm hook to get this size.)
Since your circle is the circumference we need you will not quit making increases. You will be making a double crochet in each stitch around the hat for another 4 rounds. You will still need to move your marker and mark the last stitch of each round so that you know where to stop and fasten off.
Rounds 4, 5, 6, 7) Double crochet in each stitch around. Move marker as you finish each round. At the end of round 7 my work is just over 4″ long. Measure yours and make another row or rows if needed then catch up with me below.
DO NOT CUT YOUR YARN because we are going to use it to make the first ear flap.
Ear Flaps Pattern
To add earflaps to your hat follow these instructions. The ear flaps are worked in rows back and forth.
Row 1) Dc 8 stitches beyond your maker, Ch 3 and turn (8 dc)
Row 2) Dc in the next st and each of the nxt 6 across Turn (7 dc + ch3 = 8 dc)
Row 3) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (7 DC) Turn
Row 4) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across. Turn (6 DC)
Row 5) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (5 DC) Turn
Row 6) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (4 DC) Turn
Row 7) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (3 DC)
Row 8) Do not chain. Starting with the nxt st, DC each across (2 DC) Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for weaving in and fasten.
Now flip your hat over so you have the top of the hat nearest you and the earflap you just made on the righthand side. Like the picture below.
Now count 12 stitches to the left of where your existing earflap starts. Join your yarn in the stitch to the left of the 13th.
Row 1) ch 3, and DC in the same stitch. DC in the next 7 st across.
Now follow rows 2-8 of the earflap directions.
When you are done with the 2nd earflap don’t cut the yarn just yet. Fold the hat in half, line up the earflaps and double check to make sure you go them the same length. When you are good to go fasten off, cut yarn and weave in your ends.
You now have a newborn sized snow boarders hat with earflaps!
Below are links to patterns for basic newborn sized hats in single and double crochet
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We have an acquaintance who is having a baby and is due in April. As soon as I find out what do I want to do? Well crochet a puppy dog, frog, or panda bear hat for sure so I start going thru my binder looking for newborn sizes. It was then that I realized I have never made a hat for a newborn; our grandsons were four and seven months old before I started crocheting hats so I begin looking up patterns.
My search left me disappointed for a couple reasons.
First, newborn babies have 13″ – 14″ heads when they are born. But newborn patterns newborn patterns I was finding were for 15″ hats? Have you ever put on a hat that is one inch or two inches too big for your head? My husband has….poor guy, the first hat I knit him I made about an inch to big, it looked commical and there was no way it would have stayed on his head if he bend over, looked down or there was a light breeze. Ideally a hat is 1″- 2″ smaller in diameter than the head it is going on.
Secondly, all these patterns that say newborn – 6 months or 0-6 months. I’m here to tell you I know how much babies grow in the first 3 months and the first 6 months. A six month old will have a head size somewhere between 14 and 17″. Brady was 17″ at the end of six months (the day we put earflaps and a couple extra rows on his 4 month old hat that was now too short ) . I guess if it is a hat knit in ribbing you could get that kind of stretch but I want to crochet a hat. I want the newborn to be able to wear it….when he or she is born, not 3 months later.
So I’ve gotten out my favorite K hook, some worsted weight yarn and am hooking away to make a newborn hat, with earflaps, that will feature some kind of animal face….maybe a kitty? Stay tuned, the pattern WILL most definitely be posted here.