Don’t you just love making baby things? These sweet and simple projects work up so fast thanks to their tiny nature! The Ombre Baby Hat is no exception.
Isn’t this little guy so handsome in his homemade hat? He is wearing a sleeper that all four boys of mine wore when they were newborns, one of the few that I actually kept.
The Ombre Baby Hat is an intermediate level pattern due to the post treble crochets, but it is not difficult if you are familiar with post stitches. Don’t worry, I made a full video tutorial of the entire process, and you can view it here:
I chose the Red Heart Super Saver Ombre yarn because I love the subtle color changes. Of course you don’t get the full range of colors in this yarn due to the small nature of the project, but I love it.
Any worsted weight yarn that gets gauge could be used, so just pick your favorite baby yarn and get hooking!
Ombre Baby Hat
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre, 1 skein Scuba (worsted weight, size 4)
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors
Skill Level: Intermediate
Gauge: 18 sts and 12 rows = 4″ in stitch pattern (repeat of rounds 3 & 4 of body)
Finished Size: Head circumference 12 (14, 16)” to fit preemie (baby, toddler)
Front post treble crochet (fptr): Yo 2 times, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, (yo, pull thru 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.
Front post treble/double crochet two together (fptrdc2tog): this special stitch combines a front post treble crochet with a double crochet and works them together to decrease.
To work stitch: Yo twice, insert hook around dc from two rows below just like in a regular fptr, yo, draw up a loop, (yo, draw through 2 loops) twice, (2 loops left on hook), yo, insert hook in first skipped sc, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through last 3 loops on hook.
For help, see video.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn. (6 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc blo in each st across; turn. (6 sts)
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 12 (14, 16)” from beginning.
Change to larger hook and turn to work along side of ribbing.
Round 1: Sc 54 (63, 72) sts evenly along side of ribbing, join with sl st to first sc – 54 (63, 72) sts.
Round 2: Ch 3, *skip next 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, dc in first skipped sc; repeat from * to end, join to turning ch with slip st.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch-1 space; join with slip st to first sc.
Round 4: Ch 3, *skip next 2 sc, FPtr in next dc 2 rows below, ch 1, dc in first skipped sc; repeat from * to end, join to turning ch with slip st.
Repeat rows 3-4 until piece measures 3 (4, 5)″ from bottom of ribbing, ending with a Row 3.
Round 1: Ch 3, *skip next 2 sc, FPtr in next dc 2 rows below, dc in first skipped sc; repeat from * to end, join to turning ch with slip st – 36 (42, 48) sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each stitch; join with slip st to first sc.
Round 2: Ch 3, *fptrdc2tog; repeat from * to end, join to turning ch with slip st – 18 (21, 24) sts.
Size Baby (Toddler) Only
Round 3: Ch 3, *dc, dc2tog; repeat from * to end, join to turning ch with slip st – 14 (16) sts.
Round 4: Ch 3, *dc2tog; repeat from * to end, join to turning ch with slip st – 9 (7, 8) sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Pull yarn through remaining sts and pull tightly to close.
Use starting yarn tail to sew seam in ribbing.
Weave in ends.