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Free Crochet Pattern {Shell Stitch Toddler Hat}

Believe it or not, we’ve haven’t had any truly cold weather yet. I know those of you up north are jealous of our seventies and sunshine, but we really would like some cooler temperatures. We like wearing sweaters every once in a while, too. Anyways, this hat is one that can be worn regardless of the temperature. Its cotton yarn and open weave allow for plenty of air flow. In fact, Riley is sporting the hat in these pictures as I type. She’s in a hat mood today, I think.

Another thing that I like about this hat is the fact that it’s quick. Many hats start with several rows of SC increases. Cute? Absolutely! Time consuming? Yep! With this hat, you’ll start out like you would a granny square. You can see from the next picture, the top of the hat is still attractive to look at; it’s just lots quicker.

To make this hat, here’s what you’ll need:
  • 1 skein of worsted weight yarn
  • small amounts of two other colors for the trim at the bottom and the flower
  • Size I (G for the flower) crochet hook
  • This flower pattern
Here’s the pattern for the hat (Should fit girls approximately 2-4). Experiment with different hook sizes and you might be able to create different sizes.
Ready?
Ch 3.
Round 1: DC twice in the third ch from hook (these 2 DC plus the extra 2 count as a cluster of 3 DCs), ch 1. *3 DC, ch 1* 3 more times into the first ch. You should have 4 groups of 3 DCs. Sl st in the top of the 2 chs).
Round 2: Sl st in the next DC, ch 2, 2 DC in the same stitch. Ch 1. *3 DC in the next ch 1 space, ch 1. Skip next DC. 3 DC in the next st, ch1. Skip next stitch. 3 DC in the next ch 1 space, ch 1* around. Sl st in the top of the ch 2. (at the end of this round you should have 8 groups of 3 DCs).
Round 3: Repeat round 2.  (at the end of this round you should have 16 groups of 3 DCs).
Round 4: Sl st in next two DCs. Ch 2, 2 DC in the first ch 1 space. Ch 1. *3 DC in the next ch 1 space, ch 1* around. Sl st in the top of the ch 2.
Rounds 5-8: Repeat round 4.
Round 9-15: Ch 1, HDC in the next stitch and in each st around. Mark first stitch of each round. You will not ch 1 at the beginning of each round. You will simply HDC in spiral. At the end of round 15, sl st in the top of the first st and finish off.
Round 16: join a contrasting color. Ch 1, HDC in next st and in each st around. Sl st to the ch 1 to join. Finish off.
Open Weave Beanie Front View (2)

Note: I like a thick band at the bottom. If you prefer a thinner band, you could add another row or two of the clusters and take away a few rows of the HDC band.

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