I’ve been having lots of fun trying other crochet projects besides my usual amigurumi (see my cup cozies and my cell phone cozies). Recently, I’ve been obsessed with crocheting hats! There will be plenty of blog posts about the ones I’ve been working on in the future, but to kick things off I thought I’d start out with this newborn teddy hat that I made!
I designed and made this hat as a gift for our new baby nephew. I had plenty of soft brown yarn left over from making the P.J. Teddies, so I had the idea of making a baby hat! I think giving a crocheted hat is a wonderful gesture to show the new parents that you were thinking of them and that you are supporting them! Sometimes parents have baby clothes ready but no hats yet, or perhaps other hats are simply too big for newborns. These crocheted hats are small but can also stretch, and they can help keep newborns warm as they are being transferred out of the hospital or transported around to their appointments!
I started off by crocheting around a circle as I usually do for my amigurumi. Notice how big the stitches are when I use a big hook (5.50 mm) instead of my usual small hook (2.00 mm).
These hats are super fast to whip up compared to making amigurumi!
I wanted to put a twist on this simple hat by adding teddy bear ears! After all, I do have a lot of experience making bear ears ;) Note: in this photo, I sewed the open ends together, but I later had to undo this so I could sew the brown felt in place.
Crocheted bear ears + hat
Since I’m so used to lining the ears of my bunnies and teddy bears with felt, I thought I’d do the same with these ears! Here you can see how we sewed the felt shape onto the ear with embroidery floss.
Both ears are complete, so now the open ends can be sewed together!
Ears ready to be attached to the hat now! Don’t the felt and stitches add great detailing?
Here is the hat all complete!
I thought you’d probably like to see some pictures of this hat being worn, so here it is, being modeled by a newborn less than a day old! The great thing is that if this hat is too big, you can easily fold the edges up.
It can also be worn without the edges folded up too…
Isn’t this picture super adorable? It looks like Ryan is carrying a little baby bear… and how fitting is it that the baby is being wrapped in a cute “Winnie the Pooh” blanket?
The pattern for this simple, easy-to-make teddy hat can be found here! Newborns are already adorable, but newborns wearing these teddy hats definitely up the cuteness factor!