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Crochet Club crochet for babies: bunny hats for babies by Kate Eastwood

Published on March 5th, 2016 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Bunny hats for babies!

With spring and Easter just around the corner, you’ll love Kate Eastwood’s tutorial for bunny hats for babies!

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What could be cuter than a baby in a bunny hat?  Kate’s baby bunny hats come in two sizes – newborn and 0-3 months.

crochet for babies: bunny hats for babies by Kate Eastwood

crochet for babies: bunny hats for babies by Kate Eastwood

With both warmth and softness being a priority I made my hats in MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino.

I used a 4.5 mm hook. (As this yarn is a sport weight yarn I would advise a smaller hook size if working these hats in DK.)

I used shades Forget-me-Not 120, Petal 122 and Snow 124. I found each hat took just over one ball of yarn. This pattern is written in UK crochet terms, but you can convert using our handy conversion tables!

baby crochet: millamia naturally soft merino on the LoveCrochet blog

The pattern is written in the newborn size with the Up to 3 months size in brackets.

As I have discovered whilst designing this pattern, there can be quite a variation in size when looking to make a hats for a baby, so I thought it might be helpful to include the following information:

A Newborns average head circumference is 13” – 14”, 33cm – 36cm.

A 0 – 3 months average head circumference is 14” – 17”, 36cm – 43cm.

I have designed my hats to fit as follows:

Newborn Size: finished circumference = 12.5” – 13”, 32cm – 33cm, and the height of the hat is 6”, 15cm.

Up to 3 months size: finished Circumference = 14.5” – 15”, 37cm – 38cm, and the height of the hat is 7”, 18cm.

To begin your hat make a Magic Ring and for Round 1 work 8 DC in to the ring. SL ST together and chain 1.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch all the way around. 16 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 3: Work 1 DC in to the first stitch, followed by 2 DC in to the next stitch, repeat this pattern all the way around. 24 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 4: Work 1 DC in to each stitch all the way around. 24 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 5: 1 DC in to each of the first 2 stitches and then work 2 DC in to the following stitch, repeat this pattern all the way round. 32 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 6: Work 1 DC in to each stitch all the way around. 32 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 7: Work 1 DC in to each of the first 3 stitches and then work 2 DC in to the following stitch, repeat this pattern all the way around. 40 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

Round 8: Work 1 DC in to each stitch all the way around. 40 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 9: Work 1 DC in to each of the first 4 stitches, and then work 2 DC in to the following stitch, repeat this pattern all the way around. 48 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 10: Work 1 DC in to each of the first 5 stitches, and then work 2 DC in to the following stitch. 56 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 11: Work 1 DC in to each stitch all the way around. 56 sts.  Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 12: Work 1 DC in to each of the first 6 stitches, and then work 2 DC in to the following stitch, repeat this pattern all the way around. 64 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 13: Work 1 DC in to each stitch all the way around. 64 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 14: Work 1 DC in to each of the first 7 stitches, and then work 2 DC in to the following stitch, repeat this pattern all the way around. 72 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

( For Up to 3 mnths: Round 15: Work 1 DC in to each stitch all the way around. 72 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1.

Round 16: Work 1 DC in to each of the first 8 stitches, and then work 2 DC in to the following stitch, repeat this pattern all the way around. 80 sts. Join with a SL ST and chain 1. )

At the end of Round 14 for Newborn ( and Round 16 for Up to 3 months ) continue in one continuous round until your work measures 6”, 15cm, ( 7”, 18cm ) from the centre top to the bottom edge.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

When your hat measures the correct height, finish off and sew in your ends.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

To make the ears:

To give the ears a good, solid texture so that they stand up I used 2 strands of yarn and a size 4.5 mm hook. The ears are worked in a continuous round ( so no need to join with a SL ST and chain 1 at the end of each round.)

Begin by making a Magic Ring and for Round 1 work 8 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch. 16sts.

Now work a further 11 rounds ( 13 rounds ) of 16 stitches.

Round 13 ( Round 15 ): Decrease by working the first 2 DC together , so, pull up 1 loop in each of the next 3 stitches and work as one DC, DC 6, decrease 2 DC together, DC 6. 14 sts.

Round 14 ( Round 16 ): Work 1 DC in to each stitch all the way around. 14 sts.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies

At the end of your final round finish off and leave a long tail of yarn for sewing the ears to the hat.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

Use 1 strand of the yarn to sew the ear together along the bottom edge. Then pinch the ear in half longways and secure in place along the bottom edge. Finish off and sew in your end, leaving the other strand of yarn in place as this will be used to stitch the ears to the hat.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

When sewing the ears on to the hat I found it quite useful to mark the positioning of the ears with a couple of pins first. To ensure the ears stay firmly in place stitch each ear on very securely, working your stitches all the way around the bottom of each ear, and securing your ends on the inside of the hat.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

To finish off your hat you may wish to add a ribbon tied in to a bow or, for the full Spring effect, some tiny 5 petal flowers, made from small pieces of left over yarn.

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

To make a 5 petal flower: make a Magic Ring and work 5 DC in to the ring. Finish off, sew in your ends and change colour.

Join in your 2nd colour and chain 3. Work 3 TR in to the first stitch, leaving the final loop of each TR on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops. Chain 3 and SL ST back in to the same stitch. Chain 3 and repeat the petal pattern in to the next stitch. Work 5 petals in total and finish off by joining back in to the first stitch with a SL ST. Finish off and sew in your ends.

Whether your hat is to be packed up as part of a New Baby Hamper…

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

or simply given instead of eggs this Easter….

baby crochet: bunny hats for babies on the LoveCrochet blog

I’m sure you’ll agree that there are going to be some very cute Spring babies around in the next few weeks!

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




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