A lot of you guessed correctly that the hat in this post was crocheted by me. I am giving a picnic-themed gift and wanted to add something that would be a little more fall-ish to the mix. I was inspired by this cute hat but the pattern was for newborns. Lucky for me, Tatiana was willing to answer a few questions and using her suggestions plus this pattern as a guide, I was able to create these fun hats!
Watermelon Hat Pattern
bulky yarn (5 or 6 weight) in red/pink, white/cream & green
bulky yarn (5 weight) in black
L hook (but I crochet very tightly, so if you have a looser hand use a K or J hook)
With red/pink yarn:
Chain 3, join into a ring.
Round 1: Chain 3. 9 DC into ring. Join to top stitch of beginning chain - 10 sts.
Round 2: Chain 3. 2 DC into 9 DC. DC in join from previous round. Join to top stitch of beginning chain - 20 sts.
Round 3: Chain 3. *DC into first DC. 2 DC into next DC.* Repeat from * to * around. DC in join from previous round. Join to top stitch of beginning chain - 30 sts.
Round 4: Chain 3. *DC into first 2 DC. 2 DC into next DC.* Repeat from * to * around. DC in join from previous round. Join to top stitch of beginning chain - 40 sts.
Round 5 & 6: Chain 3. DC into each DC. Join to top stitch of beginning chain - 40 sts. Fasten off.
With white/cream yarn:
Round 7: Chain 3. DC into each DC. Join to top stitch of beginning chain - 40 sts. Fasten off.
With green yarn:
Round 8 & 9: Chain 3. DC into each DC. Join to top stitch of beginning chain - 40 sts.
Earflaps (continue with green yarn):
Row 10: Chain 3. DC in 10 DC. Chain 3, turn - 11 sts.
Row 11: DC2tog, DC in 5 DC, DC2tog. Chain 3, turn - 8 sts.
Row 12: DC2tog, DC in 3 DC, DC2tog. Chain 3, turn - 6 sts.
Row 13: DC2tog, DC, DC2tog. Chain 3, turn - 4 sts.
Row 14: DC2tog, DC2tog - 3 sts. Fasten off.
Count across front of the hat (joins are on back of hat) 12 stitches and begin in 12th stitch (slip stitch to join). Repeat rows 10-14 to create second earflap.
Ties & Poms (continue with green yarn):
*Slip stitch to bottom of earflap. Chain 25. Slip stitch down the back loop of the chain and fasten off at the earflap. Repeat on other side.
*Create two poms (I used this method wrapping around 3 fingers 50 times) and attach one to the end of each hat tie.
Weave in all loose ends. Then, with black yarn, embroider "seeds" on the red/pink portion of the hat.
The red hat was made with Loops & Threads Cozy Wool Yarn (6) & Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Eaze Thick & Quick (6).
The pink hat was made with Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn (5) in Think Pink, White and Grass.
The thicker yarn definitely made a bigger hat despite using the same pattern, but both have a lot of stretch which I think would allow for a wider age range. I will be gifting the pink hat to a one-year-old but it fits Liv's two-year-old head well without much stretching.
The red hat measures about 1/2" taller and 1" wider than the pink, so it fits both EJ and Olivia well. EJ is pretty petite though, so I'd say that the red hat would fit up to a three-year-old. Every child is different so have them try on the hat as you work (which is exactly what I did using Olivia as my guide). You can always add increasing rows to add width or do additional rows of DC (rounds 5 & 6) to add length.
In the end all that really matters is that these hats are fun! My girls thought it was hysterical that they were wearing watermelon hats and I'm pretty sure they could goof around with the pom-poms all day long.