I love making simple beanies. Besides the fact that they are SO fast, they are great for charity projects. There are tons of great ways to give back using newborn beanie hats. Hospitals use them in their OB wards (I still have the homemade beanies my sons wore home from the hospital!). Or how about donating them to orphanages? Last summer I had the opportunity to hand-deliver over 300 newborn beanies to orphanages in Bogota, Colombia (more on my connections with that wonderful country later).
Today’s free pattern isn’t so much a pattern as it is just a little inspiration; a fun, simple way to finish your typical newborn hat to make it stand out a bit more. The hat itself is just your standard, double crochet beanie hat. I added a contrasting row of SC to the bottom and a cute little button on the side, and that’s all there is to it!
Many of my readers make charity hats. Let me know in the comments where you donate your hats!
SUPER SIMPLE NEWBORN BEANIE
Hook: H (5.00mm)
Yarn: Small amount of worsted in two contrasting colors (I typically use Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” or Lion Brand’s “Vanna’s Choice”)
- Ch 2 does not count as starting DC. (Note: Originally, I had incorrectly stated that it does. Sorry for the confusion!) When joining, join to the first DC, not to the top of the chain.
- This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
- This pattern was updated on September 12, 2015.
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With H hook and first color yarn, make a Magic Circle.
Round 1: Ch 2; 12 DC in magic circle; join. (12)
Round 2: Ch 2; 2 DC in same St and in each St around. Join. (24)
Round 3: Ch 2; 2DC in same St, 1 DC in next, (2 DC in next, 1 DC in next) around. (36)
Round 4: Ch 2; 2DC in same St, 1 DC in each of the next 17 St, 2 DC in next, 1 DC in each of the next 17. Join. (38)
Rounds 5-9: Ch 2; DC in each St around. Join.
Switch to contrasting color.
Round 10: Ch 1; SC in each St around. Join. Fasten off and weave in all ends.