I created this pattern last year for my little guy and I had such fun working the Waistcoat Stitch and trying out a fair isle pattern!
With four boys in the house, there is always a need for warm, comfy hats. They tend to get lost or ruined (especially by velcro on their coats!) so I am always in need of more.
I used to always buy them, and still do sometimes if I’m too busy to make one, but I also love making hats for them. My oldest son took over the Slip Stitch Hat that I knitted for my husband, so I guess another Hubby Hat needs to be in the works.
If you haven’t tried the Waistcoat stitch before, I hope you will give it a try. It looks a lot like a knit stitch – but it is crochet! It works well for things in the round. I still haven’t mastered it when working in rows, but it is on my list of things I want to learn.
This little hat works up quickly and will fit a baby from about 6-18 months, depending on how big the baby is. Our boys have always been big for their ages, so this fit the youngest until he was around a year. His best friend is considerably smaller, and this would probably still fit her now that she is almost 2.
Fair Isle Baby Hat
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand Feels Like Butta, 1 skein each Dusty Blue (MC) and Pale Grey (CC)
Hooks: US Size H (5.0mm) and I (5.5mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, pom pom maker, stitch marker, scissors
Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4″ in waistcoat st
Note: Ch 2 at beginning of row counts as hdc.
Waistcoat St (ws): Work sc into the post of the st from the row below.
With smaller hook and MC, ch 7. Leave a long tail for sewing up seam in ribbing.
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch (6 sts).
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in blo of each st; turn.
Repeat row 2 until ribbing measures 14″ from beginning.
Change to larger hook.
Round 1: Turn ribbing to long side and sc 50 sts around. Join to form a continuous loop. From this point on do not join or chain, work in continuous rounds. Use a stitch marker to mark the first st. (50 sts)
Rounds 2-11: Work color chart using ws for all sts.
Rounds 12-13: Change to MC and work in ws.
Round 14: Change to CC and work in ws.
Rounds 15-19: Change to MC and work in ws.
Continue in MC.
Round 20: *Sc2tog, sc 23; repeat from * to end (48 sts).
Round 21: *Sc2tog, sc 8, sc2tog; repeat from * to end (40 sts).
Round 22: Work even in ws.
Round 23: *Sc2tog, sc 6, sc2tog; repeat from * to end (32 sts).
Round 24: Work even in ws.
Round 25: *Sc2tog, sc 4, sc2tog; repeat from * to end (24 sts).
Round 26: Work even in ws.
Round 27: *Sc2tog, sc 2, sc2tog; repeat from * to end (16 sts).
Round 28: Work even in ws.
Round 29: *Sc2tog; repeat from * to end (8 sts).
Fasten off. Draw tail through remaining 8 sts and pull tightly to close.
Use long tail from ribbing edge to seam ribbing.
Create pom pom using a pom pom maker (or other method of your choice).
Attach pom to crown.
Weave in ends.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet pattern for the Fair Isle Baby Hat. If you would like more free crochet patterns, be sure to visit my pattern library here.