FREE CROCHET PATTERN: Toddler Spring or Easter Hat Shell Stitch Easter Hat
I’ve been looking for a free summer hat pattern for kids and I’ve found several I like, but none that I love. At least not free patterns that I love. This one comes close, but now that I’ve made it I’ve discovered a few things.
First I chose it because I wanted the hat to be lightweight and airy and the shell pattern on this one accomplishes that. Then In wanted the brim to actually block the sun, so the double crochets on this one work as well. As I do with all patterns, I generally follow them exactly the first time and then make changes to individualize the hats. I did that with this one, only I used the patern that had be reprinted in a free e-book and it was missing pieces of the pattern and had a few errors. I’m linking directly to the crafter’s site so that you’ll have access to the full pattern and when I make it again, I’ll know if the pattern on the site contains errors as well.
They were small errors that a seasoned crocheter will catch and correct, but they will likely be frustrating for a someone new to the art. For the life of me I don’t know why we haven’t gone to plain language patterns. It would make it a lot easier for new people. I know back in the day abbreviations were used because books were printed and they cost by the page, so using shortcuts saved money, it’s time to write them out in an understandable manner if you ask me. The funny thing about this pattern is several rows are repeated and they’re written out instead of saying repeat rows x through x. Go figure.
Anyway, I used the patterns gauge and was dead on, but the resulting hat is a little large. It’s bigger than a toddler (the pattern states 12-24 months size) and actually fits on my medium adult head model. I’d say as written and with cotton yarn, it’s probably for ages 6-16. I’ll probably go down a hook size or change the number of stitches to get a true toddler size hat. Since this is being donated, it’s perfectly sized for someone! 🙂
The only changes I made was using all one yarn, Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn in Key Lime Pie (I used about 2 oz’s total – 1-1/4 skeins) and I did a reverse single crochet trim instead of slip stitching as the pattern called for. I then chained 56, turned, and then single crocheted 55 and tied off. I then rolled the piece and sewed it together to create a quick and easy rose.
Alternatives Using the Same Hat Pattern
The accents were done with Lion Brand Yarn 601-610 Bonbons Yarn, Brights and the leaves and flower can be found on the same page as the free hat pattern. I added one row of single crochet in the purple to make it stand out and I did a reverse single crochet (crab stitch). I’m loving the Red Heart Creme de la Creme Cotton yarn and since it’s so much cheaper than the Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn, it’s the yarn I’ll be purchasing from now on.
This yarn reminds me of Rainbow Sherbet! It’s so perfect for spring and summer. The accents are done inRed Heart Creme de la Creme Cotton Yarn White (the band) and Lion Brand Yarn 601-610 Bonbons Yarn, Brights (the flower and leaves). I did one less row of the shells and added one extra row of half double crochet and finished off with the slip-stitch like the pattern calls for it. The flower and leaves pattern are available on the same page as the free kids sun hat pattern, I just made the flower larger by chaining 21 and adding an additional 2 petals to make it larger (of the half double crochets).
Crochet How To: Yarn Used in this Project
- Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn in Key Lime Pie
- Lion Brand Yarn 601-610 Bonbons Yarn, Brights
- Red Heart Creme de la Creme Cotton yarn (Jade Tones and Taffy Stripe Ombre)
- Red Heart Creme de la Creme Cotton Yarn White
Crochet How To: My Must-Have Tools
- Clover Takumi Soft Touch Crochet Hooks, 8 Sizes
- Clover Chibi and Darning Needles
- Fiskars mini Scissors
- Dritz Crafters Comfort Glove (I wear Large)
- Red Heart Measuring Tape (to check gauge)
Additional Free Crochet Patterns & How To Tutorials
- Crochet How To: Free Hat Pattern and My Variations
- Crochet How To: Free Amigurumi Easter Bunny Basket Pattern
- Crochet How To: Beginner Cat Toy Project and Free Pattern Link
- Crochet How To: Working with Variegated Yarns and Free Hat Patterns
- Crochet How To: Mix and Match Free Patterns for Unique Hats