Harry Potter Fans – Crochet Baby Hat
Nineteen years ago, while working as elementary school librarian, I read the Harry Potter books for the first time and became an instant lifelong FAN!!!
Today, as I searched for a special type of baby crochet shower gift idea, “Harry Potter crochet” appeared in my google search list. PERFECT! I am going to crochet a Harry Potter baby hat for a 3-6 month old baby.
There are about as many measurement charts floating around on the internet as there are spiders in the forbidden forest crochet, so here are a couple of PRO TIPS:
- If you are following a pattern you’ve never used, crochet a 3” gauge swatch before you begin the project.
- For every project, follow pattern instructions, count your stitches, and measure carefully from start to finish. This tip saves time and mistakes. Trust me, I know!
- Those of you who are fortunate enough to have a baby in your life, take and use baby’s measurements as you go! If not, check out these approximate sizes:
Size: Preemie 4-5 lbs (Flat Circle Diameter: 3.18″; Length: 4″)
Size: Newborn (Flat Circle Diameter: 3.82″; Length: 5″)
Size: 0-3 Months (Flat Circle Diameter: 4.45″; Length: 6″)
Size: 3-6 Months (Diameter: 4.77″; Length: 7″)
Size: 6-9 Months (Diameter: 5.5″; Length: 7½”)
Size: 12 Months (Diameter: 6½”; Length: 8″)
Size: 24 Months-4T (Diameter: 6¾”; Length: 8½”)
Basic Crochet Baby Hat
Notes: I used I Love this Yarn Red and Yellow. You can do your own stripe pattern or make the hat in one color. You are the artist–use your creativity. The pom pom was made with both colors.
Magic Ring (Check out “how to make magic ring” instructions and pictures for right and left-handed crocheters at http://www.simplycrochetmag.co.uk/2014/10/20/make-magic-loop).
Holding yarn tail between thumb and pinkie finger, wrap yarn over first 2 fingers to make an “X”. Turn hand over to find 2 strands. Using hook take strand closest to fingertips and go under second strand. Hook second strand, twist hook and pull back under first strand, making a chain stitch. SC (or DC–follow your specific pattern instructions). When you’ve got your desired stitches, slip stitch into top of first chain and pull tight to gather stitches together.
ch – chain
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
Make magic ring, ch 2
Row 1: 12 dc, pull tight, sl st to top of ch 2, ch 2, turn
Row 2: dc in same ch 2 st, dc 2 sts in each st around (24), sl st to top of first st, ch 2
Row 3: *2 dc in next st, dc in next st* (36), sl st to top of first st, ch 2
Row 4: dc in same ch 2 st, dc in next st *dc in next st, 2 dc in st* around (48), sl st in top of first st, ch 2
Rows 5-10: dc in each st around (48), sl st to top of first st, ch 1
Row 11: sc in each st around (48). Fasten off, weave in ends.
Step 1: Cut 12” length of yarn and set aside
Step 2: Using color(s) wrap around 3 fingers (about 75 times for 1 color/strand and 40 for 2 colors/strand)
Step 3: Using strand of yarn, tie tightly around wrapped yarn
Step 4: cut all loops
Step 5: trim (as desired)
With hook, pull 2 strands of yarn (you used to tie pompom) through to inside of hat and weave them in.
I am really pleased with the finished hat! It catches the eye and will probably start a few interesting conversations. Because most of the items I crochet end up being given away, and this time is no exception, I’m adding a package of flavored jelly beans to the gift bag, then I’m off to welcome a new little muggle into the world!
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