***Newborn size = 6” width, 6” height***
3 or 4 ply soft yarn
I, J or K hook (depends on size desired, thickness of yarn, and tension)
ch 4 or 5; sl st to form ring. Wrap yarn tail around circle so it can be pulled later (to close hole).
ROUND 1: ch 2; 15 dc in ring. Join with sl st into the top of the first dc (to complete the round) (15 total)
ROUND 2: ch 2; 1 dc in same space as ch 2; 2 dc in each st around. Join with sl st into the top of the first dc (to complete the round) (31 total)
ROUND 3: ch 2; *1 dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in 5th st. Repeat from *. Join with sl st into the top of the first dc (to complete the round) (37 total)
ROUNDS 4 – 9 (or more… until 6” length/width. Or add 2 more inches to length for brim): ch 2; 1 dc in same space as ch 2; 1 dc in each st around, joining each round with a sl st into the first dc.
Fasten off & securely weave in ends. Do NOT knot your work… weave back & forth inconspicuously instead.
(about crocheting in rounds: each round begins with chains that equal the height of the row (1 ch = sc & hdc; 2 ch = dc), and ends by joining the last stitch with a sl st into the top of the first dc, to create a round)
Use your discretion when creating this beanie. Adjust your stitches accordingly, to create a beanie that fits a newborn… (laid flat) 6 inches wide by 6 inches high (to fit 12-14” head). Everyone’s tension is different, and hook size and yarn type all make a difference. When in doubt, rip it out!
trio of twisties (décor for top of beanie)
Leaving a 10” tail, chain 10 (not too tight). Work 3 sc or dc in 2nd chain from hook. Work 4 sc or dc in each of the next 7 chains. Slip stitch in last chain (do not finish off).
Continue to *Chain 10. Work 3 sc or dc in 2nd chain from hook. Work 4 sc or dc in each of the next 7 chains. Slip stitch in the last chain. Repeat from *1 or more time.
Finish off, leaving a 10” tail.
To attach: Take the 3 twisty tails, and attach to your hat using a yarn needle. Thread 1 tail through top of hat, then thread the other tail through the top of the hat close to the other but not through the same hole. From inside the hat weave in ends.
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