Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Newborn Baby Beanie and Mittens; with additional directions for Preemie Hat.


The simplest of hats and mittens for the littlest ones. These hats and mitts are worked in easy half double crochet, both worked in the round from top to bottom, the mittens being worked exactly as the hat, but smaller!



Difficulty:  Easy

Materials: 1 skein (100g) worsted weight (aran/10ply/ Weight 4) yarn; 4mm hook (G/6; UK 8); yarn needle for weaving in ends; stitch marker.

Abbreviations: sc – single crochet; hdc – half double crochet; sl st – slip stitch; fphdc – front post half double crochet; bphdc – back post half double crochet; ch – chain; rep – repeat; beg – beginning; st(s) – stitch(es).

Gauge: 12 sts and 14 rows hdc with 4mm hook = 4”

Finished size: 

Hat: Newborn: Circumference 12-14”; Height 5.5” 
         Preemie:  Circumference 10"-11; Height 4"


Mittens: Newborn: 2.5” across palm; 3.5” Length


Pattern Notes:
  1. Pattern for both hat and mittens are worked in a spiral without joining, unless told to do otherwise. Place a stitch marker at the start of each row to keep your place.
  2. Pattern is written in US terms, a conversion chart is included.
  3. If you do not know how to make a magic ring, you may follow the instructions here: http://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2014/11/how-to-make-a-magic-ring.html
  4. To learn how to work front and back post half double crochet, you may follow the instructions here: http://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2015/04/fpsc-fphdc-and-fpdc-stitch-tutorials.html



Pattern:

Newborn Hat:

Row 1: With 4mm (G) hook, make a magic ring. Ch1, work 9 hdc into the ring. Do not join. Alternatively, ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to make a ring, ch1, then work 9 hdc into the ring. (9)

Do not join, continue working in a spiral until told to do otherwise.

Row 2: 2 hdc into next st and into every stitch around. (18)

Row 3: * hdc in next st; 2 hdc in next st *; repeat from * to * around. (27)

Row 4: * hdc in next 2 sts; 2 hdc in next st *; repeat from * to * around. (36)

Row 5: Continuing to work in a spiral (no joins), hdc in every stitch around, using the stitch marker to keep track of the beginning and end of each row. Keep working in hdc in every stitch until hat measures 5” from the crown (where you began) to the edge. In the last 2 sts of the last row, sc in next st; sl st in next st.

Edging:

Row 1: Ch1; sc in same st as ch 1 and in every stitch around. Slip stitch to beginning sc to join the row. (36)

Row 2: Repeat Row 1. (36)

Fasten off and weave in ends.




Newborn Mittens:

(Make Two)

Row 1: With 4mm hook, make a magic ring; ch1, work 8 hdc into the ring. Do not join. Alternatively, ch 4, sl st to 1st ch to make a ring, ch1, then work 8 hdc into the ring. (8)

Row 2: 2 hdc into next st and into every stitch around. (16)

Row 3: Sc in next st; hdc in next st and every stitch to end of row. (16)

Row 4-10: Hdc in next and every stitch around; (16)

Row 11: Hdc in next and every stitch around to last 2 sts; sc in next st; sl st in next st. (16) Mittens should now measure 3”. If they are shorter or longer, adjust the number of rows accordingly.

Row 12: Ch1; * fphdc in next st; bphdc in next st *; repeat from * to * to end of row; sl st to beginning fphdc to complete the row. (16)

[Note: If you do not wish to work front and back post stitches, you may simply work 3 rows of single crochet instead.]

Rows 13 and 14: Repeat Row 12.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ties: (Optional) Chain 60, fasten off and weave in the tails into the chain itself. Thread chain through the mittens between front and back post stitches, tie in a bow.

                                                                                                                        


Additional instructions for Preemie Hat:



Row 1: With 4mm hook, make a magic ring. Ch1, work 7 hdc into the ring. Do not join. Alternatively, ch 3, sl st to 1st ch to make a ring, ch1, then work 7 hdc into the ring. (7)

Do not join, continue working in a spiral until told to do otherwise.

Row 2: 2 hdc into next st and into every stitch around. (14)

Row 3: * hdc in next st; 2 hdc in next st *; repeat from * to * around. (21)

Row 4: * hdc in next 2 sts; 2 hdc in next st *; repeat from * to * around. (28)

Row 5: Continuing to work in a spiral (no joins), hdc in every stitch around, using the stitch marker to keep track of the beginning and end of each row. Keep working in hdc in every stitch until hat measures 3.5” from the crown (where you began) to the edge. In the last 2 sts of the last row, sc in next st; sl st in next st.

Edging:

Row 1: Ch1; sc in same st as ch 1 and in every stitch around. Slip stitch to beginning sc to join the row. (28)

Row 2: Repeat Row 1. (28)

Fasten off and weave in ends.


                                                                                                                            ©AG Handmades 2015






With thanks to Mistie Bush of http://www.americancrochet.com for helping with testing the pattern.


Why not match these up with the Easiest Booties?  You can make the whole set, hat, mitts and booties for newborn size for less than 1 x 100g skein of yarn!






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