Merry-Go-Baby Hat Pattern Revised (free pattern)

Every once in a while I look through all of my old patterns and think about revising them, making changes so that they are improved, easier to read, easier to make, or just more appealing in general.

The Merry-Go-Baby hat pattern from about two years ago has been a rather popular pattern to readers. But it was only available in one size, and when I wrote the pattern I couldn’t even remember exactly what yarn I had used for it.

With this updated pattern, it’s now available in seven different sizes, all the way from newborn through adult. Also, I changed the instructions slightly. The join at the end/beginning of each round is now less visible (using a ch-1 rather than a ch-2, and making the first st of each round-which is also an increase st- in the same st as the join). With the seam being less visible, it makes the hat a lot cleaner in appearance (and you don’t have to worry about making sure the seam is on the back of the head when it’s being worn!). Plus! There is now a ribbed cuff, using front post and back post stitches.

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Merry-Go-Baby Hat Pattern- Revised

©2018 Amanda Bryant

Materials Used:

For the children’s sized hats (newborn through child):

Bernat Softee Baby Colors light (“3”) weight yarn, 4.2 oz/120 g; Approx. 310 yards/284 meters; 100% acrylic, Color “White Rainbow”

For the adult sized hat:

Bernat Softee Baby light (“3”) weight yarn, 5 oz/140 g; Approx. 362 yards/331 meters; 100% acrylic, Color “White”

Size F/5- 3.75 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- Chain

Sl st- slip stitch

Sc- single crochet

Dc- double crochet

Fpdc- front post double crochet

Bpdc- back post double crochet

Gauge: 5 stitches and 5 rounds= 1 inch

Measurements/Sizing:

0-3 months size- Circumference 13 inches , total hat length 4 ½ inches

3-6 months size- Circumference 14 inches, total hat length 6 inches

6-12 months size- Circumference 16 inches, total hat length 6 ½ inches

12- 24 months size- Circumference 17 inches, total hat length 7 inches

Toddler size- Circumference 18 inches, total hat length 7 ½ inches

Child size- Circumference 19 inches, total hat length 8 inches

Adult size- Circumference 22 inches, total hat length 8 ½ inches

Helpful Hints/Notes:

  • The ch-1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a st. The first st of each round is worked in the same st that the ch-1 was worked in. This helps ensure a less noticeable join/seam.
  • Each hat is worked from the top down in rounds

Instructions:

Make a magic ring,

Round 1– Make 8 sc in the magic ring, join with a sl st to the top of the first sc (8 sc)

Round 2- Ch 3 (counts as a dc), make a dc in the same st as join, make 2 dc in the next sc and 2 dc in ea of the sc around to the end, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3 (16 dc)

Round 3– Ch 1, Make 2 fpdc in the same dc as join, make 1 fpdc in the next dc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next dc, make 1 fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (24 fpdc)

Round 4– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (32 fpdc)

Round 5– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 3 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 3 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (40 fpdc)

Round 6– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 4 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 4 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (48 fpdc)

Round 7– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 5 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 5 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (56 fpdc)

Round 8– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 6 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 6 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (64 fpdc) ***Stop here for size 0-3 months and proceed to Next Step

Round 9– Ch 1,make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 7 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 7 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (72 fpdc) ***Stop here for size 3-6 months and proceed to Next Step

Round 10- Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 8 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 8 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (80 fpdc) ***Stop here for size 6-12 months and proceed to Next Step

Round 11- Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 9 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 9 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (88 fpdc) ***Stop here for size 12- 24 months and proceed to Next Step

Round 12- Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 10 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 10 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (96 fpdc) ***Stop here for size Toddler and proceed to Next Step

Round 13-  Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 11 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 11 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (104 fpdc) ***Stop here for size Child and proceed to Next Step

Round 14- Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 12 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fjpdc in each of the next 12 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (112 fpdc) ***This makes the adult size, proceed to the Next Step

Next Step- Ch 1, make 1 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each fpdc around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (0-3 months= 64 fpdc; 3-6 months= 72 fpdc; 6-12 months= 80 fpdc; 12-24 months= 88 fpdc; Toddler= 96 fpdc; Child 104= fpdc, Adult= 112 fpdc)

Repeat this round until hat measures from crown- 0-3 months (3 ½ inches), 3-6 months (4 ½ inches), 6-12 months (4 ¼ inches), 12-24 months (5 inches), Toddler (5 ½ inches), Child (6 inches), Adult (6 ½ inches)

Begin Ribbed Cuff:

Round 1– Ch 1, make 1 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 bpdc in the next fpdc, *(make 1 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 bpdc in the next fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc  (0-3 months= 32 fpdc and 32 bpdc; 3-6 months= 36 fpdc and 36 bpdc; 6-12 months= 40 fpdc and 40 bpdc; 12-24 months= 44 fpdc and 44 bpdc; Toddler= 48 fpdc and 48 bpdc; Child= 52 fpdc and 52 bpdc, Adult= 56 fpdc and 56 bpdc)

Round 2– Ch 1, make 1 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 bpdc in the first bpdc, *(make 1 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 bpdc in the next bpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc

Repeat Round 2 until total hat length measures 0-3 months size- 4 ½ inches, 3-6 months size- 6 inches, 6-12 months size- 6 ½ inches, 12- 24 months size- 7 inches, Toddler size- 7 ½ inches, Child size- 8 inches, Adult size- 8 ½ inches

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

In the photo grid below, you can see the different color patterns the “White Rainbow” yarn makes. I like the variety, however, if you are familiar with how to do color pooling (which I am not, yet!) you could plan out your color pattern (or just use a solid color!). I didn’t have enough yarn left myself, but you could also place a pom pom on the top.

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