This baby beanie has always been popular but the trendy, hat became extremely popular when this picture was shared. Prince Harry holding baby Archie, wearing his Make Give Live toque. Cutest little Koala ever!
I do have to say, if I had a baby I'd probably want run out and buy it! It's absolutely adorable! But if you know how to knit or crochet, you can make your own.
There are lots of knit patterns online. I designed and knit my own beanie using DK weight, making my pom-poms, using matching yarn. I made it seamless, using 4 double pointed needles - knitting in the round. I will be creating a version of the pattern, knit on only two needles. Stay tuned!
For all you crocheters out there, I have also designed a sweet pattern with slip stitch ribbing that imitates knit and purl ribbing. I love the look! See free pattern instructions below.
Vertical ribbing is a bit time consuming to crochet, but it creates a stretchy finish suitable for hats. Not only does the ribbing add a comfortable, stretch to the edge, but it is easy enough for a beginner to master.
The ribbing is crocheted simply by working a foundation row of slip stitches. Then instead of working into both loops of the stitch, you only work into the back loop. This naturally pulls the fabric together, but also allows it to stretch out when needed. And best of all, it gives that unique knitted look.
I have made size 0-3 months, in pink so you can see how cute this hat is for baby girls and boys.
- Finished hat length 5" (12.7 cm)
- Circumference 13.5" (34 cm)
- Finished hat weighs 0.8 oz (22 g)
- 50g (1.75 oz) DK Sport Weight Yarn
- Crochet Hook - H-8 (5 mm)
- Tapestry needle
- Pom-Pom Maker (optional)
I used 100 g ball of Pink Hayfield Bonus DK. If you want to purchase a 50 g ball only, my other choices would be Schachenmayr Bravo or Patons Astra. You can purchase Hayfield and Bravo at lovecrafts.com. Or Astra at Michaels. I live in Canada so those are my go-to yarn suppliers.
Begin at bottom edge.
Row 1: Chain 6, 1 slip stitch in 2nd ch from hook, slip stitch next 4 chains.
Rows 2-100: Turn, chain 1, slip stitch (in back loop) in next 5 st. 50 ridges
Join with slip stitch and continue working the hat in the round. Do not break yarn. Slip stitch all 5 stitches to the first row or sew the seam when completed.
Round 1: Begin increasing. Chain 3, 2 dc at the base of chain, 1 dc at the tip of each ridge, while working 3 more increases, evenly spaced around. Join with slip stitch. 54 dc
Round 2-5: Chain 3, 1 dc in each stitch around., join with slip stitch.
Round 6: Begin decreasing. Chain 3, *dc 2together, dc in next 4 stitches, * repeat from * to * to end, join with slip stitch.
Round 7: Chain 3, *dc 2together, dc in next 3 stitches, * repeat from * to * to end, join with slip stitch.
Round 8: Chain 3, *dc 2together, dc in next 2 stitches, * repeat from * to * to end, join with slip stitch.
Round 9: Chain 3, *dc 2together, dc in next stitch, * repeat from * to * to end, join with slip stitch.
Round 10: Chain 3, *dc 2together,* repeat from * to * to end, join with slip stitch.
Break yarn. With tapestry needle, draw through all stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends.
Make 2 pom-poms. Attach one on each side of the hat, approximately 3 rounds down from the top.
I used Clover Pom-Pom Maker, the 3rd largest size, which makes 2.5" pom-poms.
My number one choice of acrylic yarn. Very soft, not shiny, washable and keeps it shape.