After weeks of crocheting then donating then selling then creating patterns for adult Pussyhats – after spending thousands of dollars on Icy Hot Patches for my aching shoulder (maybe an exaggeration but you tell that to my rotator cuff), I opted to take it a bit easier and smaller by whipping up a few newborn pussyhats. I still had pink yarn after all.
Like its larger counterpart, the favorite continues to be this cat:
The mama version has helped raise several hundred dollars for our latest JHTT Scholarship (Women in Tech) that will be awarded to a high school senior this Spring ❤
But since this version is crocheted in a flat piece, a repetitive flat piece that has proven especially taxing on my Icy Hot budget, I designed several patterns to work “in the round” – for some reason they seem faster? less hurtful? easier? Perhaps it’s a psychological thing, maybe I just “think” going in circles (oh the irony!) is more efficient.
But w/e – the point of this post is to share my latest version of a newborn pussyhat as a free pattern. Free99 has always been my favorite – open source stitchery notwithstanding.
So, newborn heads are about 13″ in circumference. From top of head to bottom of ear is about 5″. Simple enough.
A few notes: I used an H hook for the ribbing (cuff) and an I hook for the hat body. The yarn is Loops & Threads “Snuggly Wuggly” in Candy Pink. It’s a light weight baby yarn that is soft (and cheap at Michaels). The stitch is an alternating Front Post Double Crochet and Back Post Double Crochet. Got it? Ok.
With H Hook, chain 6. Then single crochet 5. Chain 1 and turn. Working in back loops only, single crochet 5. Repeat for 46 total rows. When folded in 1/2 ribbing should be about 6″ wide. Slip stitch ends together to form a round, reverse cuff so slip stitch row is on inside of hat then working in the round with an I hook chain 3 and make 1 double crochet evenly spaced around the cuff for a total of 46 double crochets (Chain 3 does NOT count as a double).
Slip stitch to the top of the 1st double crochet of the round to join.
Round 2: Chain 3 and *work a front post double crochet around the 1st stitch then a back post double crochet around the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * for 46 total stitches. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the 1st double crochet of the round.
Repeat Round 2 until piece measures about 5″ height.
Turn hat inside out and position your work so hook is at farthest right corner of hat top. Working through both layers work 1 single crochet in each stitch across the top.
While you’re there, on the reverse side that is, go ahead and snip end then finish the tails by threading through a tapestry needle and weaving in to conceal.
Turn hat right side out and Voila! Le bebe activist!