Worsted weight soft boucle yarn (I used a soft natural color of Plymouth Yarn Boucle Merino Superwash)
Hook Size H (5.0) for 0-3 months, I (5.50) for 3-6 months, J for 6-12 months, K for 12-18 months
For adornments (optional): yarn scraps, 2” alligator clips, 3 ft. of ½” wide ribbon, premade hair bows or flowers, craft glue
Small alligator style hair clips
Dc – double crochet
Sl st- slip stitch
Pattern is written with US crochet terms.
Hat is begun with a magic circle, if you don’t know how to make this I highly recommend looking up one of the many good tutorials on it or you may substitute a ch 4, connecting with a sl st to the first ch to make a ring.
Gauge: gauge sample worked with a size I hook, 5 dc = 2 inches wide and ¾ inch tall, crochet a sample using your yarn and a size I hook to determine if you are crocheting with the tension needed for this project, if not you may need to adjust up or down a hook size to achieve proper sizing. This hat does have a LOT of stretch so it's very forgiving size wise.
Begin with a magic circle (see notes section).
Round 1: Ch 3 in magic circle (counts as first dc), work 8 more dc in the circle, connect to the top of the ch 3 with a sl st.
Round 2: ch 3, dc in same sp as ch 3, work 2 dc in each dc around, connect to the top of the ch 3 with a sl st.
Round 3: ch 3, dc in same sp as ch 3, ch 1, skip next st, *work 2 dc in next st, ch 1, skip next st*, repeat from * to * to the end of the round ending with a ch 1 and skip last sp, connect ch 1 to top of the ch 3 with a sl st.
Round 4: ch 3, dc in same sp as ch 3, work one sc in next dc and in ch 1 space of prior round. *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in ch 1 sp of prior round*, repeat from * to * to end of round and connect last st to ch 2 with a sl st.
Round 5: ch 3, dc in same sp as ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the round, connect your last st with a sl st to the ch 3.
Round 6: ch 3, dc in next st, *ch 1 and skip next dc, dc in next 2 dc*, repeat * to * until end of round, it should end with a ch 1 and skipped stitch, attach the ch 1 to the top of the ch 3 with a sl st.
Round 7: ch 3, work one dc in each dc and ch 1 space to end of round, sl st last dc to the top of the ch 3.
Round 8: ch 3, work one dc in each dc, join last dc to ch 3 with a sl st.
If you want it a little longer you can add a row of sc around the bottom. Fasten off and weave in ends.
These are what make this hat awesome as a photo prop. The openings worked into the hat make a great place to thread any color ribbon or to attach hair clip bows and flowers. One hat….many looks!
How to make a flower clip: crochet your favorite flower pattern (there are many, many out there and many are free). Take your alligator clip and clip through the back of the flower being careful that the clip doesn’t show. You can then attach the clip around the 2 dc in the 3rd row from the bottom. If using crocheted flowers you do not need to permanently attach the flower to the clip making the clip reusable as well.
How to add ribbon: weave a 3 ft. long piece of ½” wide ribbon in and out through the open spaces on the 3rd row from the bottom of the hat. Start wherever you want your finished ribbon bow to be. Once you have completed weaving the ribbon, tie in a pretty bow.
Use plastic or silk flowers: attach to an alligator clip using craft glue or a hot glue gun.