I have crocheted a couple of hats in my time. One of which didn't really work at all, and the other, made more recently which has worked very well and which I have enjoyed wearing - I will share it in another post coming up.
So when the call went out from Teresa for baby hats for a charitable cause I thought I would have a go. I have never made a baby hat before, and never having had a baby, I wasn't really sure what size they needed to be and the ones I made to Teresa's pattern didn't seem to be totally right for my tension so I did a couple of those and then varied them in my own way!
This is what I ended up with. I hope they will be of use and that at least some of them will be the right size for someone.
There were several good things about these hats. Quite a few good things actually.
Really fast to make up - it almost seemed as though it took longer to sew the ends in than to crochet them. They are for a really good cause. I got to use up more odds and ends of yarn - still lots left even after making my Happy Scrappy Squares Blanket. A good quick "win" for getting something completed. Fun to learn a new skill and a new make as I tried out some new to me stitches for the edges of the blue hats. That is a lot of good from a few hats isn't it.
Most of all though I really do hope they are of benefit to the recipients, I crocheted in a lot of good thoughts when I was making them so I hope that is received by whoever wears them. That is what is important.
There are actually six hats, but I have a couple of photos of some of them to try and give a different view. My vase didn't make a very good hat model though!
I thought the stripes made this one fancy enough! No need for any special edges here.
This one looks as though it has a flat edge and is slightly odd when flat, but you can see that when it is hat shaped the border looks very nice. I think this is called Sedge Stitch, I learned it from fellow lovely crocheter Jo at Three Stories High. Thank you for that Jo! She used the stitch to edge a cowl.
I love this little pink one, I just hope that it is big enough for someones head!
This little one is tiny too. I have asked Teresa to pass them on for any preemie babies if they are not suitable for what she is collecting hats for.
This little blue one is edged in Crab Stitch which I also learned recently from Jacquie at Bunny Mummy where she used it to edge a blanket.
If you are interested in learning more of these new stitches - as I was! - let me know and I will try and do some photo tutorials to share with you what I did. It is so nice to be able to edge something in a pretty way and it definitely makes a difference to the finished item.
I cannot share the basic hat pattern as that is Teresa's, but I can share the edges!
So that is it! Lots of little hats, off to keep babies and children warm - I hope! - and a great way to try something new and to give back a little to others. This year I really want to try and do more for others, it is nice to be thinking outside the box for once and I want to do more of that!
Happy hat making everyone and I hope you will enjoy whatever you are making.