I have been loving all of the handmade spring items I’ve been seeing lately. The flowers, animals, and bright spring colors are really getting me in the mood for Spring (even though it just snowed here this morning). Even my tulips and lilies are starting to sprout but we just don’t seem to want to get rid of winter around here yet. Make a simple Spring Peeper Beanie to help fill all of your Easter baskets this year! For this blog post, I did a traditional yellow chick. My children picked all of the colors for the other hats which we will be donating.
For this tutorial, I will be working the Preschool size. All other sizes can be purchased in my pattern stores:
Sizes available in download:
- Newborn fits 14” head circumference
- Infant (3 months) fits 16” head circumference
- Baby (6 months) fits 18” head circumference
- Toddler (1–2 years) fits 19” head circumference
- Preschooler (3-5 years) fits 20” head circumference
- Child (6-10 years) fits 21” head circumference
- Teen/Small Adult fits 22” head circumference
- Medium Adult fits 23” head circumference
- Large Adult fits 24” head circumference
- I-5.5mm hook; I use a Clover hook which I have found creates a slightly smaller gauge. I also tend to be a really tight crocheter. For these two reasons, I highly recommend working up a gauge swatch ahead of time. (See below in Pattern Notes for directions on working up a gauge swatch). You may need go up or down one or two hook sizes
- Worsted Weight Yarn, up to 100g or 175 yds for hat, 1g or less than 2 yds for beak, and 6g or 11 yds of white for eyes.) Aran yarn would be an acceptable substitute if you don’t have access to worsted weight yarn.
- 2 buttons
- Stitch marker (I use a paperclip)
- Yarn needle (for sewing on beak and weaving in ends)
- Tapestry needle (for sewing on buttons)
- 15 hdc and 11.5 rows = 4” square; use a different size hook or yarn to obtain proper gauge (See below in Pattern Notes for directions on working up a gauge swatch)
Abbreviations and Stitches Used: (In US terminology)
- Ch – chain stitch
- Dc – double crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
- MC – Magic Circle
- Rnd(s) – round(s)
- Sc – single crochet
- Sl st – Slip Stitch
- St – stitch
- Pattern is written in US terms
- Read pattern in its entirety first
- Always work a gauge swatch first. Each crocheter crochets with a different tension. I tend to crochet really tight. To complete a gauge swatch, I crochet a 5”x5” square in the stitch or pattern specified. This is so that at least the first and last row and the sides will not be included in my 4”x4” square. I then measure how many stitches and rows are in my square. If it is too small (you have more stitches or rows than specified), then you move up a hook size or two. If it is too big (you have less stitches or rows than specified), then you move down a hook size or two. The goal is to reach a gauge that is as close as possible to the pattern writer’s. It may seem like a waste of time, but I always find that it is worth it in the end; especially with fitted, wearable items. If you are not within ¼” when I give the diameter measurement for the crown of the hat in each pattern size, you should check your gauge and work a gauge swatch if you haven’t already.
- When working in rounds, I always start with a magic circle; there are many great tutorials on the internet
- When working in rounds, the ch1 or ch2 NEVER count as the first stitch
- I work this hat in an amigurumi style which means you do not join at the end of each round or chain up to begin a new round. You use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of each row. For example: Round 1 has 5 stitches and Round 2 has 10 stitches. At the end of Round 1, you do not join, you go on and work the first 2 stitches of Round 2 into the top of the first stitch of Round 1. Remove your stitch marker from Round 1 and place it in the first stitch of Round 2. Move your stitch marker at the beginning of each round
Child (6-10 years)
Rnd 1: MC, ch1, work 8 hdc in circle. Pull tail tight. (8 total stitches)
Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st across. Mark 1st st of this 2nd round with a stitch marker. (16)
Rnd 3: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (24)
Rnd 4: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 2 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (32)
Rnd 5: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 3 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (40)
Rnd 6: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 4 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (48)
Rnd 7: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 5 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (56)
Rnd 8: *Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 6 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (64)
Pause here and make sure the crown measures approximately 5.75“ in diameter.
Rnd 9: Work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 21 st; *work 2 hdc in 1st st, work 1 hdc in next 20 st;* repeat from * to * Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (67)
Rnds 10 – 20: Work 1 hdc into each st. Mark 1st st of this round with a stitch marker. (67)
*Pause here and make sure the length of the hat measures just short of 7“ from crown to bottom of hat when folded in half. If not, continue working rnds until you get the proper measurement.
Rnd 21: Work 1 sc in each st across hat. To finish off the spiral of the amigurumi-style join, work sc into next 2 st, then sl st in next 2 st. Finish off.
MC, ch 3, 1dc, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, dc, join to top of ch 3. Pull tail tight. Finish off leaving long tail.
Do 1st 3 rounds of hat for each eye but no amigurumi-style join, do the traditional sl st join and ch 1. Finihs off leaving long tail for sewing.
For Chick Hair
Cut 3 8″ lengths of hat color and join to top of hat with a sl st
Sew on buttons where desired for eyes. Weave in all ends.
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