I finished my blanket so I decided to try my hand at some beanies. I had a go @ 4 different patterns that I found free on the internet. They all turned out ok but they were either too big, too small or too short for what I think should fit an average size newborn.
So I have come up with my own pattern
Firstly i used the Panda super soft 8ply baby wool from Spotlight. I tried a couple of beanies with the super soft 4 ply but it was too thin for my clumsy chubby preggo sausage fingers.
I use a 4.5mm hook
My Mum taught me the chain stitch and double crochet the rest I have learnt myself from YouTube videos. One lady, Teresa is awesome! all the stitches you need for this pattern she has video tutorials on her website Art of Crochet by Teresa, she even goes in slow motion for those of us who take a few times to get it right.
- To begin Chain (Ch) 4
- Round 1: 15 Double Crochets (DC) in 4th Chain from the hook, slip stitch (sl st) in top of beginning chain : 15 DC
- Round 2: Ch 3, two DC in each DC around, sl st in top of beg ch: 30 DC
- Round 3: Ch 3, (2DC in next DC, 1 DC in next DC) continue around, sl st in top of beg ch: 45 DC
- Round 4-10: Ch 3, DC in each DC around, sl st in top of beg ch: 45 DC
- Round 11: see 'Finishing off' below
Here is a handy conversion chart if you are in Oz or the UK
Round 1-11 Newborn crochet beanie
Round 1-10 + extra row of Round 10Note: If you are doing this for a smaller baby 3kg or less and wish to make it a little smaller then for Round 1 work 12 DC instead of 15 and continue from there.
It's not a perfect pattern but it's super easy to do and looks great when finished.
Feel free to share it if you wish, please link back to my blog.
- Round 11: Ch 1, Single Crochet (sc) in ch 1 space, skip 1 st, 6DC in next st (skip 1 stitch, 6 DC in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, sc in next stitch) continue around to complete shell stitch edging.
- When you come to the end you won't have enough stitches left to complete a full shell. You can either squeeze an extra shell in by not skipping the stitches, or skip the couple of stitches that are left and join by slip st to next shell. I squeeze the extra shell in to total 12 shells.
- I think this is a unisex pattern but if you do not want to finish off with the shell stitching just do an extra row of Round 10
You can add your own embellishments to complete your beanie or leave plain
- Hearts - from Little Birdie Secrets - video tutorial (Ch 4, work 3 Triple Crochet (TC) in 4th Ch from hook, 3 DC, Ch 1, 1 TC, Ch 1, 3 DC, 3 TC, Ch 3, Slip stitch into centre of heart) Fasten off to finish.
- Flowers - from Little Birdie Secrets - video tutorial (Round 1, Ch 5 join into a ring with a slip st in first ch), (Round 2 Ch 3, work 9 DC in centre of ring, join to top of ch with slip st: should have 10 stitches) (Round 3, Ch 2, work 3 DC in next st, slip st in next st, repeat 5 times) Fasten off and finish with a button in the centre if you wish.
- Circles - Rounds 1-2 of my above newborn beanie pattern, add Round 3 if you want a bigger circle, Fasten off, finish with button in the centre.
Have fun crocheting!
P.S The beanies pictured I have made for gifts so far (except the plain white one) so no clues to Baby G's gender !! Sorry