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Is the weather starting to turn in your neck of the woods yet? Our fall foliage is so beautiful, and we've had an unseasonable warm streak to enjoy it! I hope that wherever you are, you are having a beautiful autumn. To continue with our "Season of Hats" I have a very special children's hat for you today.
|Hat Pictured in I Love This Yarn in Purple|
The request for this hat came from the very sweet friend of my cousin. Her daughter is just the cutest, and she has a beautiful head full of springy, bouncy, natural black hair. She loves to wear winter hats, but there aren't any in the stores that can accommodate her luscious locks. She loves the idea of bun hats, but can't find any with two holes instead of one.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, necessity is indeed the mother of invention. When you need something, and can't find it, make it! (Or crochet it)
Now my friend's daughter and my Little One are about the same age. Though she has the wrong kind of hair to get the desired affect, I used Little One as a model and guinea pig to make the Jailen Puff Hat. So named for the self described "puffs" of hair that my little client loves to sport as part of her favorite hair-do.
|Pictured in I Love This Yarn in Grape and Red Heart Super Saver in Pink|
I wanted to make sure that the hat was warm and comfy, had cute styling and most importantly could accommodate those two puffs of hair. If your little love has straight hair, feel free to adjust the size of the holes on the sides of the hat making them slightly smaller.
This design features the same fun bobbles as the Kip Bun Hat, with a knit look brim, and of course two big and cozy holes at just the right place for pigtails or hair puffs!
If you have a natural haired little beauty of your own but don't crochet, please's don't fret. Although I have converted my online sales to patterns only, I still make and sell ready made goods. I sell locally, at craft shows, and through the mail. I take all major cards and PayPal and I always ship for free. If you need a Jailen Puff Hat (or any item I've designed) you can contact me on Facebook, or via email.
As always this crochet pattern is free! If you would like to own a clean, printer friendly PDF Download it can be purchased from my Etsy Shop or click the button to get it from my Ravelry Store.
Now let's get started!
- Yarn: I Love This Yarn
- Hook: H8/5mm
- Gauge: 6 sts = 2" in HDC or 1 bobble repeat = 1"
- Materials: Tapestry needle
- Difficulty: Easy
- Finished size: child/toddler apx. 16" before stretching
These are the type of tapestry needles I use. Yarn needles are often too big for successfully weaving in ends, and worst of all most of them are plastic. Great for kids and beginners, not so much for hard core crocheters. Trust me a big metal needle makes all the difference!
- Hdc Inc- half double crochet increase, make two hdc in the the next st
- Bobble Stitch - yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw up loop, yo, draw thru two loops, *yo, insert hook into same st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw thru two loops*, repeat** two more times, (5 loops on hook) yo, draw thru all loops. Bobble will poof out behind work.
- Work in the third loop- make stitch indicated in the long horizontal bar found on the wrong side of the hdc stitch as opposed to the "v" in the top of the stitch.
Note: Ch at end of round does not count as a st, always make first st of next round in same st as join. Bobbles will not be aligned otherwise.
Form a magic ring.
Round 1: hdc 10 into magic ring, join with a sl st, ch 1. (10 sts)
Round 2: make hdc inc in each st around, join, ch 1. (20 sts)
Round 3: *hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (30 sts)
Round 4: *hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (40 sts)
Round 5: *hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (50 sts)
Round 6: *hdc 10, hdc inc*, repeat ** four times, hdc in remaining 6 sts, join, ch 1. (54 sts)
Round 7: hdc 11, ch 5, skip next five sts, hdc 22, ch 5, skip next five sts, hdc in remaining 11 sts, join, ch 1. (two holes made)
Round 8: hdc in each st and ch around, join, ch 1. (54 sts)
Round 9: TURN work, sc, bobble, *sc, sc, bobble, sc, sc*, repeat ** around until one st remains, sc in last st, join, turn, ch 1. (18 bobbles made)
Rounds 10 & 11: sc in each st around, join, ch 1. (54 sts)
Round 12: repeat round 9.
Rounds 13 & 14: repeat rounds 10 & 11.
Round 15: repeat round 9.
Rounds 16 & 17: repeat rounds 10 & 11.
Round 18: repeat round 9.
Round 19: hdc in each st around, join, ch 1. (54 sts)
Round 20: hdc in the third loop of each st around, join, ch 1.
Round 21: sc in the third loop of each st around, join, ch 1.
Round 22: sl st loosely around brim, join, fasten off, weave in ends.
Enjoy your Jailen Puff Hat! If you would like more free patterns, visit my friends over at allfreecrochet.com, they have lots of fun hats and other patterns for you to choose from, as well as a variety of children's hats.