When I was pregnant, I tried to crochet as many baby-related items as I could since I knew I would be tired and have much less time when baby actually arrived! I really wanted to make a matching mommy and baby hat set, and when I stumbled upon Brittney Waterhouse’s free pattern for her “In Bloom Cap" on Ravelry HERE, I immediately gave it a try! Around the same time, I found Alli Crafts’ free pattern for her “Cluster Hat" HERE, so I decided to use the same yarn and make matching hats!
As you’ll note, the hats are not identical as they use different patterns: the adult hat uses bobble stitches while the baby hat uses clusters. I found the diagram at the end of the adult pattern very helpful, and Brittney also provides a free pattern for a beret version as an alternative to the cap version (which is the one I made). It is also important to note that the baby hat might run a bit small as it fits Myla’s 3 month old head even though it’s designed for 6 month olds! Alli also provides free patterns for this cluster hat in premie and newborn sizes. I crocheted the baby hat band the same as the adult hat band (single crocheting in back loops only) and added two wooden buttons onto each hat to make them match even more!
I think this set would make a great baby shower gift: that way, both mommy and baby get something chic and cozy to wear….and who doesn’t love matching sets? We had a lot of fun sporting our matching hats on the weekend as everyone thought they were very cute! Once again, you can find the adult hat pattern HERE and the baby hat pattern HERE!!!
Over the weekend we attended a baby shower for good friends who are having TWIN BOYS! How exciting :) Owl hats are very popular, so I crocheted two baby boy owl hats as well as a sleeping baby girl owl hat! Aren’t they adorable? The little beaks and button eyes are such cute details, and I added a little fabric flower to the girl hat for a pretty embellishment. I followed this free pattern HERE by Sarah of “Repeat Crafter Me”! I used the newborn size, but Sarah just recently wrote up patterns for 3 months all the way till adults ^-^ You can make owl hats for the whole family now!
[Update: To see a picture of our sweet baby girl Myla wearing her crocheted owl hat, click HERE!]
Pregnancy has been an amazing journey, and I feel incredibly blessed to be going through it with some of my dearest friends! We are all giving birth within months of each other, so I have been crocheting earflap hats for their babies as a special gift! I have loved using this pattern here by Alli of “Alli Crafts" for a newborn earflap hat. The hat works up quickly, and I love the look of the crab stitches across the edges as well as the braided tassels. I added two buttons for a cute decorative touch on my earflap hats :) I can’t wait to see all the babies wearing their new cozy hats!
I’m so happy that everyone loves the crocheted beanies I posted about a couple days ago :) I wanted to mention that if you’re interested in a crocheted hat for yourself or for a friend, but you don’t crochet or know anyone else who crochets, I highly recommend checking out an organization called Krochet Kids International. This organization empowers the women of Northern Uganda and Peru by teaching them how to crochet and selling their products worldwide. This provides the women with a stable income so they can then provide for their families. With their model, they hope to “break the cycle of poverty and dependence on outside humanitarian aid, resulting in long-lasting and sustainable change”. It’s neat because each hat shows the signature of the woman who crocheted it, so you know who personally made your hat and you can learn more about each woman here! Definitely check them out as they have some beautiful hats (their winter collection can be found here), and you know the proceeds are going to a very worthwhile cause :) You can also ‘like’ their facebook page and follow them on twitter as well! I LOVE how they’re using the power of crochet to spread the love and change the world for the better!!!