Block Stitch Newborn Hat

After 34 weeks, I finally got around to making my first project for my soon to arrive little dude.  Up until now, I have been so busy designing other projects, but it struck me the other day that he is coming VERY soon, and I have a lot of things I want to make for him.  I decided to get started with a quick and easy hat.  This way I could have at least one project finished and complete before I get too overwhelmed.

I wanted a warm and soft hat, but I still wanted it to have a bit of unique flare to it. The great thing about this pattern is that you can change the complete look of the hat just by changing colours.  This pattern uses the block stitch, which looks best using at least two colours.  I decided to add a third colour just for a little something extra.

The first time I made this hat, I had a hard time finding the best way to complete this stitch without leaving a noticeable seam behind. The second hat, I worked out the glitches and I am so happy with the seamless finish!

There are a lot of colour changes in this hat. So you can choose to either cut the yarn every time and rejoin when needed (which is what I did), or carry the yarn through with you.  Cutting the yarn every time leaves quite a mess of strands to weave in at the end, but it saves you quite a bit of yarn.  Sadly, it leaves you with this…. sigh.

I do plan on finishing some more sizes, I think I would love this for my toddler. If you would love to see more sizes, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a single post!

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Block Stitch Newborn Hat

What you will need:

  • 2 or 3 different colours of light weight yarn (#3). *I used Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel for the one hat and Little Mouse for the other for the main colour. The other colours are scraps I had laying around the house so I am still trying to find what exact yarn I used for that.
  • Size 3.5mm hook
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Abbreviations used:

  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • slst – slip stich
  • st(s) – stitch(es)

Your starting ch(s) do not count as your first st.

Start with a magic circle. Ch 1

Row 1: 10 sc into the circle. Join with a slst to the first sc. (10 st)

Row 2: Ch 2. 2 hdc into each st around. Join with a slst to the first st. (20 st)

Row 3: Ch 2. 1 hdc into the first st. *2 hdc into the next st. 1 hdc into the next st. Repeat from * around. Join with slst to the first st. (30 st)

Row 4: Ch 2. 1 hdc into the first 2 sts. *2 hdc into the next st. 1 hdc into the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with slst to the first st. (40 st)

Row 5: Ch 2. 1 hdc into the first 3 sts. *2 hdc into the next st. 1 hdc into the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. Join with slst to the first st. (50 st)

Row 6: Ch 2. 1 hdc into the first 10 sts. *2 hdc into the next st. 1 hdc into the next 10 sts. Repeat from * around until the last stitch. Join with slst to the first st. (54 st)

Change to first contrasting colour.

Row 7: Ch 2. *Skip 2 st. 1 sc in the next st. ch 2. Repeat from * around until the last st, finishing with a sc in the last st.  (do not join with a slst on this round or any of the other sc rounds).

Change back to main colour.

Row 8: Ch 1. 3 dc in each of the ch2 spaces from the previous round all the way around. Join with a sl st to the first dc.

Change to second contrasting colour.

Row 9: Ch 2. *Skip 2 st. 1 sc in the next st. ch 2. Repeat from * around until the last st, finishing with a sc in the last st.
Change back to main colour.

Row 10-16: Repeat rows 7-9 continuing with the same colour change pattern throughout.

Change to first contrasting colour.

Row 17: Ch 1. 1 sc in each dc st around. Join with slst to the first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing:

I chose to finish the hat with a cute little wooden button, and I topped one of the hats with a pom pom. Really, the finishing touches are completely optional, since the stitch alone is adorable!

I really hope you enjoy this pattern.  I am so happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to get some pictures of it on top of my little babe’s head in just 6 short weeks! 🙂

Happy Crafting!

~Jess

 

13 thoughts on “Block Stitch Newborn Hat

  1. Love it. Looking forward to more sizes when you get a chance. Obviously, you have quite a bit going on. ? I am following now so I will get notified of new posts. Thanks.

    1. Just a bit! HA! Crochet is a nice way to wind down at the end of the day after chasing my toddler around, so I will do my best to get it going soon!

  2. I’m so excited that I found this pattern! I am going to a baby shower soon and was looking for a great boy hat to make. I started right away ? I wanted it to be a little bigger, so, I made a few adjustments. I used a 4 mm hook and added a few stitches (I think the repeat is in 4’s). I also added rows for length.

    You know it’s a wonderful pattern when your head is spinning with possibilities… use scrap yarn to make each row a different color, ear flaps or starting from the bottom up to make a ribbed band… awesome and endless.
    Thank you !!!

    1. Isn’t it awesome! I just made it today for a little girl with a cute little flower embellishment. So many possibilities! Enjoy and have fun.

    1. Are you asking how many Stitches to put in the magic circle, or how to make the magic circle? Happy to answer either!

  3. Love your pattern and am planning on making this hat for my first grandson. Do you know what your gauge was? I’ll be using a cotton yarn, so I wonder if I might need to change the hook size. Thanks!

    1. Hi Pratistha! I am actually hoping to work up a toddler size next for my daughter! I would think that you may need to add stitches as well! I’ll try to get that made up next week!

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