Simple newborn hat with ear flaps

Aug 13, 2008
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Author

Jessica Felton

Introduction

I designed this little newborn hat in a few days as one of the hats I’ll be donating to the current Save the Children appeal. The pattern that was provided by Woman’s Weekly gave me real trouble so I thought it would be a nice idea if I tried my hand at designing a couple of easier hats for people to make.

Details about the Knit one Save on campaign can be found here: www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/5072.htm

Materials List

50g of dk yarn in the main colour (approx)
Short length of dk yarn in the contrast colour
Size 4.5mm crochet hook

Tapestry needle (for sewing in loose ends)

Finished Size

Newborn, 0-3 months

Gauge

Still need to check this...

Notes

All rounds are joined with a sl st to the last stitch/top of chain from the beginning of that round.

This pattern uses American crochet terms. The following abbreviations used are:

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sl st - slip stitch

tog - together (decreasing)

The Pattern

Using the main colour work:

Row 1: Ch 3, join with a sl st to form a circle, 6 sc into circle, join with a sl st to first sc (6 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, join with sl st to 2nd ch (12 sc)

Row 3: Ch 2, *2 dc in next sc, 1 dc* x5, 2 dc in last sc, join with sl st to 2nd ch (18 dc)

Row 4: Ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, 2 dc* x5, 2 dc in next dc, dc in last dc, join with sl st to 2nd ch (24 dc)

Row 5: Ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc* repeat until 1 dc left, 2 dc in last dc, join with sl st to 2nd ch (36 dc)

Row 6: Ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc* repeat until 1 dc left, 2 dc in last dc, join with sl st to 2nd ch (54 dc)

Rows 7-12: Ch 2, dc in same joining sl st, *miss 1 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat around, miss last dc, join with sl st to 2nd ch (54 dc)

Ear flaps

Continuing on from last sl st...

Row 1-2: Ch 2, 11 dc, turn (11 dc)

Row 3: Ch 2, 2 dc tog, 7 dc, 2 dc tog, turn (9 dc)

Row 4: Ch 2, 3 dc tog, 3 dc, 3 dc tog (5 dc)

Row 5: Ch 2, 2 dc tog, 1 dc, 2 dc tog (3 dc)

Finish off

Skip next 16 dc and rejoin the yarn. Work the second earflap

Using the contrast colour work:

Row 1-2: sc around edge of hat & ear flaps

Finish off & weave in loose ends

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Comments

loisrn57 wrote
on Sep 11, 2008 8:46 AM

This looks great and I would like to try it for an older baby. Does anyone have any hints on making it larger - perhaps going by head circumference.

Thanks, Lois

Vicrochet wrote
on Dec 30, 2008 1:50 PM

This is adorable. It will go great with a sweater I'm making for my grand daughter. I'll let you know how it turns out!

littlewing wrote
on Mar 3, 2009 8:48 PM

I love love love this hat! I made it to compliment the little slippers I had already made, and the hat took only about two hours - the ultimate baby gift! I decided to add some "pigtails" and a pom pom to copy the ones that are in style right now...it really inspired me. Thanks for sharing. I'll use this one again and again!

newborn earflap hat

(It only looks pointy because it's on a stick!)

littlewing wrote
on Mar 3, 2009 8:51 PM

Maybe you could just start with 8 or 10 sc in the first loop instead of just 6?

Loopy Jess wrote
on Aug 12, 2009 3:06 AM

There have been a number of questions about this pattern recently (so hopefully I'll see some more pictures of finished items soon - hooray!). Just to let you all know that I've corrected a typo in the pattern that has been pointed out to me as well as changing the pattern repeats in the pattern to be with in *asterisks* instead of (brackets) to help avoid any confusion.

Good luck all and if anyone has any questions then I am always happy to help :)

lumlum wrote
on Aug 13, 2009 12:55 AM
Thank You for the most wonderful pattern, I just finished my second hat. I am so grateful for the way you stuck with me thru this pattern. Thanks to you, many many babies in Chicago will go home from the hospital warm this year.
Keep Creating!!!
Thank you

Marianna

vallinach wrote
on Oct 4, 2009 6:21 PM

I like your pattern. I was trying to make.I donot understand the3rd line you said ch 2 2dc in the next sc. I made that .After that 1dc. times 5 I am not getting that part.can you explain in a easy way. Thank you

SeleneL wrote
on Jan 19, 2010 12:35 AM

This is so adorable and it looks like it will work up very quick . I like the way it looks an It appears that it will fit the baby head just right. do you ahve plans for a toddler's size like this if not how would I adjust it for a toddler say 2 years old

 

I Love the way the site look Awsome

slimjleo1955

kaammya wrote
on Feb 3, 2010 1:17 PM

Hi Jessica,

I am a new member in this group. I am above beginner in crocheting. As I am pregnant I started making some blankets, hats, mittens and shoes for my baby. I usually search for good patterns online. I liked the one you made which looked simple to understand and easy to make. The pictures are very adorable. But when I started working on the cap I saw that the number of dcs in this row that I am working on is not matching with the previous row.

For example :

Row 3: Ch 2, *2 dc in next sc, 1 dc* x5, 2 dc in last sc, join with sl st to 2nd ch (18 dc)

Row 4: Ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, 2 dc* x5, 2 dc in next dc, dc in last dc, join with sl st to 2nd ch (24 dc)

In row 3 the number of dcs are 18. But if you count them in row 4, the dcs are made for only 13 chains of the previous row 3. ch2 (1 dc), *2 dc in next dc, 2 dc* x5 (2dcs*5=10dcs) ,  2 dc in next dc (1dc) and dc in last dc (1dc). If you count all the dcs in the brackets it says row 3 has got only 13 dcs instead of 18 dcs.

Am I missing here? Am I reading the pattern wrong. I appreciate in advance for your time to make me understand what I am missing.

-kaammya

on Feb 6, 2010 10:24 PM

Hi Jessica:

I, too, am having problems with row 4.  I can get the 18 double crochets, but on row 4, I don't get 24 double crochets.   Am I reading the pattern wrong?   On row 3, after I have done 2 dc in next single crochet, am I suppose to do 1 double crochet in the next 5 stitches, then go and put 2 dc in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next 5 stitches?    On row 4, I don't get 24 dc---I get 36.  Please help me or if anyone here can help me, I would appreciate it.  Thank you so much.

Shar 

kaammya wrote
on Feb 7, 2010 9:58 AM

Hi Shar,

Thats exactly what I was trying to say too. I am also getting 36 dcs instead of 24 dcs. I see that some people like us tried making these caps and are successful. I donot know if they just adjusted the pattern and worked on their way or used the same exact pattern without changing it. I am also waiting for somebody to help me out. My cap is waiting for the corrected pattern. Or I have to just carryon with my adjustments, then it will be for a big baby rather than a new born.

-Kaammya.

on Feb 8, 2010 2:53 PM
on Feb 8, 2010 2:53 PM
on Feb 8, 2010 3:00 PM

Hi Kaammya:

Thank you so much for emailing me.  Now I don't feel so bad about the way I read the pattern.  I read patterns pretty good, so I thought, until I tried this pattern.  Somewhere I'm not reading it correctly.

Jessica or anyone reading this site----can you please help us with this pattern?  We truly would appreciate it.

 

Shar

on Feb 8, 2010 3:07 PM

Loopy Jess

Hi Jessica:  I'm writing to you again regarding this pattern---I'm having problems with row 3 & 4.  If you look further down at the emails, you will see some of the comments.  Can you or anyone who has made these caps, please help us.  We all would truly appreciate it.

 

Thank you

Shar

lsamples wrote
on Feb 19, 2010 5:52 PM

To those having issues with Row 3 and 4.  I think I see where you're having the issue - I had a problem also.  Maybe this will clear it up for you.

Row 3:  Ch 2 -counts as first DC, (2 dc in next sc, 1 dc in next sc) repeat 5 times, 2 dc in last sc. Join with sl st to top of beginning  ch 2.  (18 dc)

Row 4:  Ch 2 -counts as first DC, (2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc) repeat 5 times, 2 dc in next dc, dc in last dc, join with sl st to top of beginning ch 2. (24 dc)

Hope this helps.

kaammya wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 5:21 PM

Hi Jessica,

Now the directions are more clear. I completed the hat. It came out very well. Thank you for your concern and fast response.

-Kaammya.

kaammya wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 5:24 PM

Hi Isamples,

Thought it was Jessica who responded. Your directions are more clear. The hat came out very well. Thank you very much for your help.

-Kaammya.

lsamples wrote
on Feb 26, 2010 12:43 PM

 kaammya, so glad it helped you.  I think I had the same confusion as you did until I finally figured it out.  Helped me a lot when I re-wrote that part.  ls

Anne Thum wrote
on Oct 28, 2010 5:17 AM

How do we get in touch with Jessica with a question?  I clicked on the email comments to me link, but nothing happened.  Are these hats for charity and gifts only or can the finished product be sold with credit given to the designer? 

Thanks,

Anne

Anne Thum wrote
on Oct 28, 2010 5:17 AM

How do we get in touch with Jessica with a question?  I clicked on the email comments to me link, but nothing happened.  Are these hats for charity and gifts only or can the finished product be sold with credit given to the designer? 

Thanks,

Anne

pburnham wrote
on Nov 25, 2010 8:42 AM

made this hat today, easy love it.  Thanks for sharing the pattern.

to the question about rows 3 and 4 you have to count your chain 2 at a stitch too.

hope you dont mind me butting in.

 

crispygall wrote
on Jan 6, 2011 6:25 PM

ive made 2 of theese hats the first one i used a g hook the second one i used a h hook and the second one is just a little bigger than first so i would say try using a bigger crochet hook

. they are awsome giving them too my niece who just had baby boy on jan 3 2011 

 thanks crispygall

crispygall wrote
on Jan 6, 2011 6:25 PM

ive made 2 of theese hats the first one i used a g hook the second one i used a h hook and the second one is just a little bigger than first so i would say try using a bigger crochet hook

. they are awsome giving them too my niece who just had baby boy on jan 3 2011 

 thanks crispygall

Bambi65 wrote
on Feb 27, 2011 1:19 PM

I love the pom pom added by Little Wing.  Anyone know how to add that?  I have never done a pom pom before

 

Bambi65 wrote
on Feb 27, 2011 1:19 PM

I love the pom pom added by Little Wing.  Anyone know how to add that?  I have never done a pom pom before

 

4everone wrote
on Mar 25, 2011 1:44 PM

Hi Jessica- I love this hat! Along with sleneL comments.  how do I adjust this pattern for a 2 yr old.  I would like to make it for a special child in need.  would be good for winter of this year.