A GREAT Baby is Coming

My nephew {Tyler} and his wife {Brittany} are expecting their first child in March and tonight is their baby gender reveal party.  How awesome it is that I am going to be a GREAT aunt at the age of 30! What is even more phenomenal is that my baby brother Seth {age 9} is going to be a GREAT uncle. Did you catch all of that? Yes, Seth’s nephew is older than him. Oh, and let’s not mention my parents are going to be GREAT grandparents.  It’s all marvelous! Just don’t ask me to draw a family tree.

I decided to crochet a baby hat to bring as a gift to the party tonight. I am horrible at guessing the sex of a baby, so I chose to stick with a gender neutral color. This pattern is a simple one and is a great starter for beginners.

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Materials: Yarn of your choice. Weight 4 oz.

Crochet hook: 4.25mm [US G-6]

Abbreviations:

yo (yarn over)

dc (double crochet)

bpdc (back post double crochet) = yo, insert hook from to back to front to back around the post of indicated stitch and draw yarn through, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice.

fpdc (front post double crochet) = yo, insert hook from front to back to front around the post of indicated stitch and draw yarn through, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice.

Here is the pattern

Chain 4; join with a slip stitch to form ring

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Round 1: Chain 3, 11 double crochets in ring; join with a slip stitch in top of chain 3. 12 total stitches.

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Round 2: Chain 3, double crochet in same stitch as joining, [2 dc in next dc] 11 times. Join with a slip stitch – 24 total stitches.

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Round 3: Chain 3, 2 double crochet in next double crochet, [dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times. Join with slip stitch – 36 total stitches.

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I enlarged this picture so it might be easier to notice the pattern here. This round is a 1 dc, 2dc, 1dc, 2dc pattern.

Rounds 4-7: Chain 3, double crochet in each double crochet around. Join with slip stitch.

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As you continue your single double crochets around, you will notice the hat will start to curve down.

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Rounds 8-10: Chain 3. Bpdc, *fpdc, bpdc; repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch and fasten off.

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The alternating between a back post double crochet [bpdc] and a front post double crochet [fpdc] will give a cable like appearance.  It makes for a great border on a hat!

I also made two baby wash cloths to go with the hat. Both my nephew and his wife graduated from Summerville High School, home of the Greenwave {school colors green and yellow}. I lucked out since the color yellow is gender neutral.  Score! I love when it all works out. I even had green ribbon, touchdown!

Perfect combination for the high school sweethearts. He was a football player and she was a cheerleader.

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