Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Crochet: Flippy Floppy Earflap Hat for Baby (Pattern)


I really, really should be sewing Easter dresses right now, but  I've had an earflap hat pattern on the brain for months now (since designing the Best Baby Cloche), and March is still acting like a lion rather than a lamb, which makes me feel like I could get away with making earflap hats in Spring. And I can't forget the southern hemisphere, where they really should be considering something like an earflap hat for the next few months. So here I've been crocheting away on Flippy Floppy hats for babies telling myself I can squeeze them in and still finish the other things on my list for Spring. I just might. We'll see.


So here we have a trio of earflap hats. These are very easy to make if you are familiar with crochet, and quite cute on boys and girls alike.


I wanted some sort of embellishment that would work for boys, but didn't really want to do a pom-pom. This is sort of a pared down pom and could possibly be construed as a flower, but it's certainly not too feminine for a boy, so I've come up with a "flippy floppy." That's just what it does too. It flips around and sometimes curls and generally gives the wearer a lighthearted appearance.


I like this hat in a solid color or with contrasting edging and flippy floppy.


This earflap hat provides great coverage for baby when going out in cooler weather. It's always nice when something cute works well too.


The pattern was designed for Lily Sugar'n Cream cotton yarn, but other worsted weight yarns will work as well, perhaps with slightly different results depending on the gauge (for instance, I found I had to use a larger hook when working with Hobby Lobby's  I Love This Cotton yarn). The hats are designed in small, medium and large a bit on the generous size for babies approximately 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 months. Tess is wearing the 3-6 month size below... You could also make a newborn or preemie hat by using a lighter gauge yarn (I Love This Cotton, for instance) and following the directions for the small size.



I'm posting the Flippy Floppy Earflap Hat pattern for free downloading until April 8, 2011 and then it will be available in my shop. And, good news for some who asked a few weeks ago, the pattern also includes instructions for a ruffled rose embellishment: it's the Flippy Floppy and Ruffled Rose Earflap Hat pattern. I'll be showing that version in my next post...

Find the pattern here in my shop.

16 comments:

Rachelle said...

Please stop! You are killing me with the cute pictures of your baby. I can't take it anymore. You did such a great job with the hats! On another note, I got some pale yellow linen to make the pleated skirt for my daughter for Easter. I hope to show you a picture if it turns out!

Lizzy said...

Your baby looks angelic! I love the hats. You have so much talent. I admire you.

cateoh said...

As a resident of the southern hemisphere, I appreciate the winter cuteness... all the gorgeous spring things on blogs at the moment are reminding me of just how soon we'll be saying goodbye to the warm weather. If I make this for my baby, maybe I'll look forward to a cold day so she can wear it!

pangaloon said...

I was so pleased to see this post today, I simply adore you blog, this creation is gorgeous. Thanks for being so generous with the free pattern- I have two friends who are having babies soon, so I will be using this pattern. Have a great day. x jO

allthingsthread said...

I do not knot or crochet, but I love the finished products... your hat reminds me of the base for this cute baby hat...
http://www.etsy.com/listing/61188775/the-little-lion-roarrrrr
Just thought I would share...

Petra said...

thanks for the pattern, great! and what a beautiful baby!!! só sweet!!!

Paula Jestings said...

Ummm....can we say total cuteness? Oh, yes...and loving the adorable hats, too! You do beautiful work. Thanks for sharing this pattern. Cannot wait to give it a whirl!

Sarah said...

These Hats are Darling! Thank you for the pattern!

The Cottage Mama said...

SO darling! I downloaded the pattern and will give it a try with my less than stellar crochet skills :-). Your girls are just beautiful - Tess looks SO much like Audrey.

Have a great day,
Lindsay

Jayna Rae said...

Way cute! I will have to download and see how you did the flaps. I made a flapped hat a few months back from my own mental pattern. I am not sure I did it the best way.

Our Seven Dwarfs said...

Thank you so much! I always love your patterns! I can't wait to make these! I shared your pattern with our followers on Facebook.

Jill of oursevendwarfs.com

Sheila said...

I have just printed out your hat pattern - thanks so much - your little sweetheart is so adorable! I loved the Fair Day birthday post. It must have been a special day and your creativity shows in all your posts. Thanks again!

Rachel said...

Cuteness overload! Wow! Already have this hat on my to knit list. :D

Kellie said...

What a sweet, sweet pattern. Thank you very much for sharing.

Shantel said...

OMG I aspire to be like you I love your page. You have the cutest patterns and I your pictures are awesome. Thanks

christmas tree gifts said...

I love this hat, perfect...and what a sweet baby!

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