Bedazzled Baby Crochet Hat
I chose to crochet (and thus freely review) the "Butterfly Beanie" listed under The Crocheting Itch -- Free Crochet Patterns (you can find it here under the Hats section). Written by Valerie Whitten and named "Olivia's Butterfly," the pattern is for a simple crochet beanie with a section of chained and skipped stitches that eventually look like a butterfly cut-out. Valerie's pattern is very easy to follow and written well, but there are a couple of things to note:
- There is no gage to follow; therefore, I found the sizing for the finished product to be a bit incorrect. Valerie used Red Heart's Super Saver worsted weight yarn and a J hook, making the hat to fit a 20.5 inch head. I used Lion Brand's Wool-Ease yarn (which is a bit thinner in diameter than the Super Saver -- so I expected the final product to be smaller) and a J hook, and my first hat would fit my husband's head (way big!). Because there is no set gage, it makes it difficult to know how large your final product will be. SInce the first hat I made was way too large (I was aiming for it to fit my daughter's head), I made a second hat using Valerie's pattern crocheting with the same Lion Brand yarn and an E hook, and of course, it came out too small! Using an E hook makes the final product fit a 6-12 month old.
- I prefer following patterns that enforce self-checking by putting the number of expected stitches at the end of the round in parentheses. Valerie did not do this with this pattern, so I really had to pay attention (no tv watching!) while crocheting.
- All Rnd directions were very clear and easy to follow, but Rnd 13 was a bit more difficult. I had to reread the directions for the round and look at her picture to really understand what she was saying. I would rewrite Rnd 13 as this: ch1, sc in same st and in next 21 sts; ch5, sc in 5th dc of Rnd 9; ch5, sc in next dc of Rnd 12 and in each dc around; slip stitch to join; fasten off.
Although the pattern itself is sufficiently cute, I chose to jazz up the pattern with my own livialovia creativity -- gluing beads, buttons, and pom poms around the hat. I think it really makes the hat super adorable and one-of-a-kind! If you'd like to make something similar, here's what you'll need:
What You'll Need
Butterfly Beanie pattern (found here)
Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn (whatever color you prefer)
Heart, Star, & Flower Buttons (Dollar Tree!)
Gems/Beads (Dollar Tree!)
Pom Poms (Dollar Tree!)
Glue Gun & Glue
PS: Sorry about the creepy doll! It makes the hat look cone-ish, but it's only because the hat is too big for the doll's head. I didn't have a real baby to model it!