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Crochet Rosette or Rose Bud {free crochet pattern}

A free pattern and photo tutorial to make a perfect crochet rose appliqué.
Crochet Rosette Tutorial and Free PatternThis crochet rosette, or rose bud, is super cute and super easy to crochet. Perfect flower to make if you’re just learning! It’s the perfect accessory to a headband, beanie or bag.
See the free pattern for this headband, here.
Crochet Rose Pattern - perfect to add to a headband!

Crochet Rose Pattern

For the yarn and hook size, I would use whichever hook is recommended for your yarn to start. If you want the flower to be bigger and looser, then use a larger hook than recommended, and a smaller hook for a tighter, smaller rose.
Note: You can really make a chain however long you like. This is just my suggestion. For the red flower, I chained 25 and for the purple flower I made a chain of 12. The longer the chain, the bigger the flower.
  • CH 25
  • In the 4th CH from hook, work 2 DC.
  • Work 2 DC in each SP all the way down. Leave a long tail for sewing together.
  • Roll rose into a spiral (see photos below)
  • Take a tapestry needle on the bottom of the rose facing you, sew through the middle of it several times to keep all of the layers together.
  • Fasten off and leave the tail for sewing onto your projects!
Crochet Rose Pattern and Tutorial - Step 1
Work 2 double crochets into each chain all the way down. Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew the flower together. It makes a round spiral, curling as you go.
Crochet Rose Pattern and Tutorial - Step 2

I like to go ahead and sew the short tail into the strip and cut it off. This will now be the top side since it’s finished. Then, unwind the spiral and then roll it together from one end, rolling towards the other end.

Crochet Rose Pattern and Tutorial - Step 3

Thread your needle with the long tail and use it to sew the rose together. This will hold the rose together. Sew right through the middle of the rose.

Crochet Rose Pattern and Tutorial - Step 4
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Crochet Skinny Shell Scarf {free crochet pattern}

Free Crochet Pattern for a Scarflette

Just because the weather is warmer doesn’t mean we have to ditch our scarves! I love wearing scarves as they can instantly add pizazz to an otherwise boring ensemble. So, I love this crochet skinny scarf to wear in the spring and summer and liken it to a crocheted necklace of sorts.
My Merry Messy Life: Crochet Skinny Shell Scarf - Free Pattern!

I based this scarf off patterns from JoAnne’s and Creative Jewish Mom, but had to change the pattern quite a bit with the yarn I used and because I changed colors three times. You know me – I like bold, bright colors, so the colors in this scarf might be a be much for your mom. Just scale it down to what works for you. It’s such a cute and unique accessory!

Crochet Shell Scarf in Spring Colors using Cotton Yarn

Crochet Skinny Scalloped Scarf

Materials

  • Hook: J/10 6.00 mm
  • Yarn: Sugar’n Cream Cotton in Hot Pink (where to buy), Hot Blue (where to buy), and White (where to buy) for one scarf and Hot Green (where to buy) and Hot Purple (where to buy) for the other
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails

Abbreviations

  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • SC = single crochet
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SL ST = slip stitch

 

If changing colors in the foundation rows, do this (like the above picture)
  • Ch 203 (or adjust it to whatever length you like – make it divisible by 4, then add 3 chains at the end!)
  • In the 3rd ch from the hook, work 1 DC. Work 1 DC all the way down (200 DC total)
  • Fasten off
  • Attach white w/ a SL ST and CH 2. Work a HDC in the next stitch and in each space all the way down (200 total)
  • Work 4 HDC on the end side
  • Then continue on the other side, working 1 HDC in each space.
  • Work 4 HDC on the end side and join with a SL ST to the beginning CH 2.
  • Fasten off (if continuing with the same color, then do not fasten off and continue at Scallop/Shell Edge)


If NOT changing colors in the foundation rows, do this (like the above picture)

  • Ch 203 (or adjust it to whatever length you like – make it divisible by 4, then add 3 chains at the end!)
  • In the 3rd ch from the hook, work 1 HDC. Work 1 HDC all the way down (200 HDC total)
  • CH 2, work a HDC in the next space. Work 1 HDC all the way down (200 HDC total)


Scallop/Shell Edge

  • (if using a new color – join with a SL ST) CH 1. SC in the first space. Skip the next space, then work a shell in the next space. SHELL 1 SC, 1 HDC, 2 DC, 1 HDC, 1
  • *Skip the next space. SC in the next space. Skip the next space. Work a shell in the next space*
  • Repeat from * all the way down, but you will not end with another shell, you will end with an empty skipped space. (I stopped here with the green and purple scarf)
  • Then, on the side, work a shell.
  • Turn your work, and start the pattern again from * all the way down, ending the same way as above.
  • Work 1 shell on the other end and join to the beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.
  • Fasten off and sew in the tails
Merry Crocheting!

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Crochet Caterpillar Toddler Boy Sun Hat {free crochet pattern}

Crochet Caterpillar Sun Hat for Boys - Free Pattern

I’ve been having lots of fun designing hats for my boys. Girl hats are everywhere, with a myriad of patterns for butterflies and flowers, so I’ve enjoyed creating stuff that boys would love. And Gabriel loves this hat! When he’s outside playing in the dirt and sand, he often comes to me with a little worm in his hand and talks to me all about it.

For more boy sun hats, see my posts on the Cape Cod Crab Hat, Gone Fishin’ Goldfish Hat and the Ocean Star Hat.

If you need help working in the round, see my tutorial here.

Double Crochet Toddler Sun Hat

Materials

  • Hook: G/6 4.25 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted, Medium, 4 (I used [amazon_link id=”B0001DUD9O” target=”_blank” ]Red Heart Super Saver[/amazon_link], but cotton yarn would work really well for the summer)
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails

 

Abbreviations

  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SL ST = slip stitch

 

Crown of Hat

(To join each round, work a SL ST in the top of the CH 2, where the first double crochet starts. In other words, not in the double crochet space).

CH 3, join with a SL ST to form a ring

Round 1: CH 2 (counts as first DC). Work 11 DC in ring (12 DC total). Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST.

Round 2 (increasing round): CH 2 (counts as first DC). Work a DC in the same stitch. Then work 2 DC in each DC space around (24 DC total).  Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST.

Round 3: CH 2. Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST. (24 DC total)

Round 4: (increasing round) CH 2. Work a DC in the same stitch. *Work 1 DC in the next space. Work 2 DC in the next space.*  (so you’re increasing every 1 stitch) Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST. (36 DC total).

Round 5 (increasing round): CH 2. Work a DC in the same stitch. *Work 1 DC in each of the next two spaces, then work 2 DC in the next space* (so you’re increasing every 2 stitches) Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST. (48 DC total).

Round 6: (change colors where desired): CH 2. Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST. (48 DC total).

Crochet Sun Hat for Boys with Caterpillar Applique - Free Pattern

Side of Hat

Rounds 7-15: CH 2 Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around (48 DC total). Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST. (48 DC total). I changed colors to blue and orange at rounds 14 & 15.

Brim

(this brim is designed to not be ruffly, but rather to stick straight out)

Round 1: CH 2. Work a DC in the same stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches. *Work 2 DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 3 stitches.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST.

Round 2: CH 2. Work a DC in the same stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 stitches. *Work 2 DCs in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 stitches.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST.

Round 3: CH 2. Work a DC in the same stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 stitches. *Work 2 DCs in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each of the next 2 stitches.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST.

I tried working another round, but it made the brim ruffly, like a girls’ hat, so I unraveled it. If your yarn is stiff, it might work just fine to add another round, where you work an increasing stitch (2 DC) every 1 stitch.

Merry Crocheting!
For the caterpillar applique, click here.

This bugger of a hat is linking up at these parties.

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Crochet Caterpillar Applique {free crochet pattern}

This little caterpillar makes my precious, but often very dirty, toddler smile, so I added it to the Caterpillar Sun Hat I made. He’s super easy to make, as it’s just 4 circles sewed together!

If you need help working in the round, see my tutorial here.

Materials

  • Hook: G/6 4.25 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted, Medium, 4
  • I used Red Heart Super Saver in Delft Blue and Carrot
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails

Abbreviations

SL ST = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
HDC = half double crochet
CH = chain
ST = stitch
Two Bigger Circles
Round 1: CH 3. SL ST to form a circle
CH 2
11 DC in the ring (12 total)
Fasten off
Round 2: Attach another color with a SL ST and a CH 1.
HDC in the same stitch.
2 HDC in each stitch around (24 HDC total)
Fasten off, but leave a long tail to sew to the other circles.
Embroider a little smile and an eye (could use a button for the eye) with the tapestry needle.
Two Smaller Circles
Round 1: CH 3. SL ST to form a circle
CH 1
10 SC in the ring (10 total)
Fasten off
Round 2: Attach another color with a SL ST and a CH 1.
SC in the same stitch.
2 SC in each stitch around (24 SC total)
Fasten off, but leave a long tail to sew to the other circles (if you have the same outside color for all the circles, then it will be easy to hide the yarn when you sew them together)
Sew the circles together – sew the 2nd to the bottom side of the 1st one, the 3rd one to the bottom of the 2nd one, and the 4th to the bottom of the 3rd.
Sew it to a matching sun hat for hours of fun digging in the dirt and sand! See the hat pattern here.
This pattern is featured on Crochet Pattern Central under “appliques”
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Crochet Seed Stitch Baby Headband {free crochet pattern}

Crochet Seed Stitch Baby Girl Headband Free Pattern
A free crochet pattern for an adorable baby girl headband! Easy enough for a beginner and uses the seed stitch.
Crochet Seed Stitch Baby Girl Headband

After making the adorable Seed Stitch Purse, I really wanted to try the seed stitch again to make a headband. I love this stitch because it creates nice texture and has a wavy look to it. This is such an adorable headband, and my favorite one so far. I tried it on Grayson and I giggled, which made him giggle, of course, because it was beyond precious on him. I considered showing pictures of him with it on, but that might come back to bite me in the butt one day when he finds out I’ve been blasting pictures of him in girly things on the internet.

Here’s the PDF for nice, neat printing.

Crochet Seed Stitch Baby Girl Headband - Sizing

It works up very quickly, and can be adjusted to any size. This particular one is long enough to fit a 6 months to 2 years (17 inches long), but I sewed buttons onto it so it can also fit a newborn, and 3-6 month old baby, so it’s quite functional.

Headband Measurements 
Newborn 13″
3-6 months 14″
6-12 months 16″
12 months-tween 17.5″
Adult 18″ 

Crochet Seed Stitch Baby Headband

Written by Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life

Materials used:

  • Yarn: Worsted Weight, I used Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn
  • Hook: I, 5.5 mm
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • 3 buttons

Abbreviations

  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet
  • SC = single crochet
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch
  • SP = space

(starting with white yarn)
CH 46 (or make it longer or shorter, as long as the number of chains is divisible by two)
In the 2nd CH from hook, work 1 SC and 1 DC in the same ST
Skip 1 CH
*Work 1 SC and 1 DC in the next CH
Skip 1 CH*
Repeat from * until you reach the end.
Fasten off.

Crochet Seed Stitch Headband Tutorial

(using another color)
Attach new color to the opposite end from the SL ST (where you started) and on the back side. The front side puckers out a bit, so we want to work on the back side so the new color will pucker on the same side as the white.

Crochet Seed Stitch Headband Close Up and Tutorial

CH 2
*Skip the next sp
SC, DC in next space*
Repeat all the way down
Work 3 sc on the end
Turn work and repeat * above all the way down, working 3 sc on that end . Join with a SL ST to the beginning CH 1 and fasten off.

Crochet Seed Stitch Headband Button Hole Close Up

I found the flower pattern on Lion Brand. It’s an Irish Rose, however, I did not do the third layer because it makes the flower huge and I thought would be too big for a baby’s head.

Sew the rose onto your headband, using the same color as the middle color (white in this case), and then it will be an invisible join!

Measure out where you want your buttons, and sew them on using the same color thread as the middle color (white).

Ta-da! Et voila! C’est fini!

Crochet Seed Stitch Baby and Girl Headband Tutorial

Merry Crocheting!

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Crochet Cape Cod Baby Boy Sun Hat {free crochet pattern}

A free crochet pattern for a baby boy that’s fit for the Cape! He’ll look so cute and sophisticated and ready to set sail with the lobster appliqué, plus he’ll be protected from the sun.
Crochet Cape Cod Baby Boy Sun Hat - Free Pattern!

Hats are so easy and fun to make, especially when you can add cute appliqués and embellishments. Even little boys can have cute hats, too, and I was inspired by an adorable hat on littlelids.com and made my own version, which I’ve named, Cape Cod. I can see a baby boy playing in the sand on the beach wearing this hat, or romping down the coast, picking up seashells. The little crab is my own pattern, too, and can be found for free, at this link.

This pattern will fit a baby about 6 to 12 months, or with a 16 to 18 inch head (it does not fit my baby’s head, and he has an 18 inch head) (see my list of crochet head and hat measurements and how to calculate them). To make the hat larger, add more increasing rounds to the crown. To make it smaller, take away an increasing round. I have marked the increasing rounds below.

See my tutorial to learn how to work in the round.

Double Crochet Baby Boy Sun Hat (6 to 12 months)

Materials

  • Hook: G/6 4.25 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted, Medium, 4
  • I used [amazon_link id=”B000XZY8Q4″ target=”_blank” ]Red Heart Super Saver in White[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”B000XZY8AU” target=”_blank” ]Royal Blue[/amazon_link]
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails

Abbreviations

  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch

Crown of Hat

  • CH 3, join with a SL ST to form a ring
  • Round 1: CH 2 (counts as first DC). Work 11 DC in ring (12 DC total). Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST (I like to join at the top of the CH 2, where it attaches to the next DC).
  • Round 2: CH 2 (counts as first DC). Work a DC in the same stitch. Then work 2 DC in each DC space around (24 DC total).  Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST.
  • Round 3: (increasing round) (change colors here) CH 2. Work a DC in the same stitch. Then, work 1 DC in the next space. Work 2 DC in the next space. Join to beginning CH 2 with a SL ST. (36 DC total).
Free Crochet Pattern for a Baby Boy Sun Hat

 

Side of Hat

Rounds 4-9: Work 1 DC in each space around, joining each round with a SL ST and CH 2, and changing colors each round. To change colors, join with a SL ST, CH 2, and DC in the next stitch.

Brim for Baby Boy Sun Hat

Brim

This brim is worked differently than the other boy’s sun hats I’ve done. It has less wave to it, and looks more like a boat hat.

  • Round 1: DC in same ST. 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces. *2 DCs in next space. 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces.* Repeat from * around. Join with beginning CH 2 with a SL ST.
  • Round 2-3: (now add an increasing stitch every 2 spaces.) CH 2, DC in same space. 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces. *DC in next space. 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces. Repeat from * around. Join with beginning CH 2 with a SL ST.
  • Continue adding increasing rounds if you want your hat brim to be longer. It will start to curl under if you add rounds that do not increase. 
You can find my free pattern for the cute little crab here.
Free Crochet Pattern for a Lobster Applique
Merry Crocheting!
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Crochet Crab Appliqué {free crochet pattern}

A free crochet pattern for a cute crawly crab – perfect to decorate a market bag, a hat and more!
Crochet Crab Applique - Free Crochet Pattern!

This little crab is my new favorite creation! It makes me think of Maine, or Cape Cod and looks perfect on a kids’ sun hat (see my free pattern for the matching hat). It wasn’t easy to figure out and took me many tries, but I’ve finally got it!

Crochet Crab Appliqué

By Sara of My Merry Messy Life, see my Terms and Conditions for more information on the copyright.

Materials

  • Hook: G
  • Yarn: Worsted, Medium
  • Tapestry Needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors

Abbreviations

  • CH = chain
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • SC =single crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • SP = space

Crochet Crab Applique - The Crab's Body

Crab Body

  • CH 3
  • SL ST to form a ring, CH 1 (counts as first SC)
  • 11 SC in ring (12 total)
  • Join to beginning SC with a SL ST, CH 1
  • 1 SC in same sp
  • 2 SC in each space around (24 total)
  • Join to first SC with a SL ST

Crochet Crab Applique - the eyes

Eyes

  • CH 3
  • SL ST in same sp (a picot stich)
  • SL ST in next sp
  • work another picot stitch (CH 3, SL ST in same sp)

Crochet Crab Applique - The pinchers

Pincher

  • SL ST in next space
  • *CH 6
  • SC in 2nd CH from hook
  • SC in next CH
  • CH 4
  • SC in 2nd CH from hook
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • HDC in next space
  • 1 SC in each of the next 2 spaces*
  • SL ST pincher to the body in the next space from where you started the pincher
  • SL ST in next space

Crochet Crab Applique - The pincher

 

Leg 1

  • **CH 4
  • 2 SC in second CH from hook
  • 2 SC in next CH
  • 1 SC in last CH**
  • (on crab body) SL ST in each of the next 2 spaces

Crochet Crab Applique - The Legs

Leg 2

  • Repeat from ** above, working another Leg 1
  • (on crab body) SL ST in each of the next 3 spaces

Free Crochet Pattern for a Crab Applique

Leg 3

This leg is worked from the back, so it curves down instead of up! It’s a little more tricky, but you’ll get the hang of it quickly.

  • ***CH 4
  • Turn to back
  • 2 SC in second CH from hook
  • 2 SC in next CH
  • 1 SC in last CH
  • Attach the leg to the crab body with a SL ST in the next CH up from where the leg was started.
  • Turn to front
  • SL ST in next space***
  • SL ST in each of the next 5 spaces

Crochet Crab Applique - The slip stitch after leg 3

Leg 4

Repeat from ** above, working another Leg 1
(on crab body) SL ST in each of the next 3 spaces

Leg 5

Repeat from *** above, working another Leg 3
(on crab body) SL ST in each of the next 2 spaces (3 SL ST total)

Leg 6

Repeat from *** above, working another Leg 3
(on crab body) SL ST in each of the next 2 spaces (3 SL ST total)

Crochet Crab Applique - The slip stitch

Pincher #2

  • CH 6
  • Turn to back
  • repeat from * above, working another pincher, but this time, from the back so it mirrors the other one.
  • SL ST pincher to the body in the 2nd space from where you started the pincher (this is different than the first pincher)
  • Turn to front
  • SL ST in next space, in between the pincher and the first eye

Fasten off and weave in ends. Enjoy your cute little crab and hope he doesn’t crawl away!
Merry Crocheting!

Free Crochet Pattern for a Crab Applique and Cape Cod Sun Hat
Put your new little friend on a sun hat, and you’ve got a perfect hat for vacation!
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Crochet Gone Fishin’ Baby Sun Hat with Goldfish {free crochet pattern}

Crochet sun hats make it fun to continue crocheting when its warm! Here is a free pattern to take on a Saturday morning fishing with daddy, complete with a goldfish applique.
Crochet Gone Fishin Baby Sun Hat with Goldfish - Free Pattern

Here’s another sun hat for the little prince in your life. See the patterns for a toddler boy sun hat hereClick here for the pattern for the goldfish, which is pretty easy to make.

This pattern will fit a baby about 6 to 12 months, or with a 16 to 18 inch head (see my list of crochet head and hat measurements and how to calculate them). To make the hat larger, add more increasing rounds to the crown. To make it smaller, take away an increasing round. I have marked the increasing rounds below.

See my tutorial to learn how to work in the round.

 

Double Crochet Baby Boy Sun Hat (6 to 9 months)

Materials

Hook: G/6 4.25 mm
Yarn: Worsted, Medium, 4 (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Delft Blue and Pumpkin)
Tapestry needle to sew in tails
Scissors to cut the tails

Abbreviations

SL ST = slip stitch
DC = double crochet
CH = chain
ST = stitch

Crown of Hat

CH 1 counts as first DC unless otherwise indicated. Most use a CH 2 with a double crochet, but I like CH 1 because it creates a neater join for each round.

CH 3, join with a SL ST to form a ring

Round 1: CH 1. Work 10 DC in ring (11 DC total). Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.

Round 2: CH 1. Work a DC in the same stitch. Then work 2 DC in each DC space around (24 DC total).  Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.

Round 3: CH 1. Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.

Round 4: CH 1. Work a DC in the same stitch. Then, work 1 DC in the next space. *Work 2 DC in the next space. Work 1 DC in the next space.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (36 DC total).

Side of Hat

Rounds 5-13: Work 1 DC in each space around, joining each round with a SL ST and CH 1.

I changed colors at row 12 and 13 to Pumpkin.

Brim

If you want there to be less wave than my hat, then, start with Round 2 or 3, where you add an increasing stitch less often.

 

Round 1 (increasing round): CH 1. 1 DC in same stitch. *Work 1 DC in the next stitch. Work 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. 

 
Round 2 (increasing round): CH 1. 1 DC in same stitch. *Work 1 DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in the next stitch. Work 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.
Round 3 (increasing round): CH 1. 1 DC in same stitch. *Work 1 in the next 3 stitches. Work 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST and fasten off!
Click here for cute goldfish pattern!
Merry Crocheting!
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Crochet Goldfish Appliqué {free crochet pattern}

Here’s a cute little goldfish to add to the baby boy sun hat I made. I was inspired by the goldfish pattern on Crochet Spot, but it was smaller than I wanted. So, I changed the beginning chain into a foundation chain and made it and the tail bigger! It’s so easy and works up very quickly.

Goldfish Appliqué
By Sara McFall of My Merry Messy Life
Size: 3 inches wide (7.6 cm) by 1 1/2 inches tall (4 cm)

Abbreviations
CH = chain
SL ST = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet

Hook Size: H
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Carrot (worsted weight, 4, medium)

First, work 7 foundation chains. Click here to see my tutorial on foundation chains. (the original SL ST and CH 1 do not count as 1 foundation chain)

Then, work 1 SC in the 2nd foundation CH from hook. Next, work one HDC in next CH, then 1 DC in each of the next 2 chains. Then, 1 HDC and one SC in the last CH.

Work 1 SC in the beginning SL ST and CH 1 space, then turn your work and work on the other side of the foundation chain to create the rest of the body.

Work the rest of the body on the other side (7 stitches total on this side, not including the SC worked in the beginning SL ST and CH 1)
SC, HDC, DC, DC, HDC, SC

To work the tail, SL ST in next space and CH 3. Work 3 DCs in the same space. The picture shows just the CH 3 and 1 DC worked in the next space.

Fasten off and sew in the tails and you’re done!

Sew it to your favorite project!

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Crochet Toddler Boy Sun Hat – Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet Ocean Sun Hat for Boys with Starfish

Finally! After having lots of fun experimenting with super girly colors in my hats, scarves, headbands and flowers, I think I have finally got some estrogen out and want to get back to work on making things for my cute and dirty boys. Besides, they’ll look back at this blog one day and think I didn’t love them! Both of the boys need sun hats, so here’s my pattern for Gabriel, who’s 2 1/2.

This is a simple hat, worked only in double crochet. I don’t normally like the look of double crochet in baby hats, but in this case, I did because it creates large spaces which will keep the baby’s head cool. The color possibilities are endless! You can switch every row like I did, or switch 3/4 of the way down and crochet a different colored band around the middle. Whatever suits your fancy, really. This particular hat would look adorable on the beach with the colors of the ocean and the star appliqué.

Crochet Ocean Sun Hat with Star Fish - Free Pattern!

This pattern will fit a toddler with 20 to 21 inch head (see my list of crochet head and hat measurements and how to calculate them). To make the hat larger, add more increasing rounds to the crown. To make it smaller, take away an increasing round. I have marked the increasing rounds below.

Double Crochet Ocean Sun Hat for Boys with Starfish

Double Crochet Baby Boy and Toddler Sun Hat

Materials

  • Hook: G/6 4.25 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted, Medium, 4
  • I used Red Heart Super Saver in Royal Blue, Aruba Sea, and Delft Blue
  • Tapestry needle to sew in tails
  • Scissors to cut the tails

Abbreviations

  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • DC = double crochet
  • CH = chain
  • ST = stitch

Pattern

Crown of Hat

(Most crochet patterns tell you to CH 2 or even 3 to start a round of DC, but I find that makes a large, ugly gap, so I chain 1. If you would like to CH 2 or 3, it will not affect the hat size or pattern.)

CH 3, join with a SL ST to form a ring

Round 1: CH 1 (counts as first DC). Work 11 DC in ring (12 DC total). Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.

Round 2 (increasing round): CH 1 (counts as first DC). Work a DC in the same stitch. Then work 2 DC in each DC space around (24 DC total).  Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.

Round 3: CH 1. Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (24 DC total)

Round 4: (increasing round) CH 1. Work a DC in the same stitch. *Work 1 DC in the next space. Work 2 DC in the next space.*  (so you’re increasing every 1 stitch) Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (36 DC total).

Round 5 (increasing round): CH 1. Work a DC in the same stitch. *Work 1 DC in each of the next two spaces, then work 2 DC in the next space* (so you’re increasing every 2 stitches) Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (48 DC total).

Round 6: (change colors where desired) CH 1. Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (48 DC total).

 

Side of Hat

Rounds 7-17: CH 1. Work a DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in each stitch around (48 DC total). Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. (48 DC total).

All Smiles for A Crochet Ocean Sun Hat
This is Gabe’s smile when I say, “Smile!” So silly!

Brim

If you want there to be less wave than my hat, then, start with Round 2 or 3, where you add an increasing stitch less often.

Round 1 (increasing round): CH 1. 1 DC in same stitch. *Work 1 DC in the next stitch. Work 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST. 

Round 2 (increasing round): CH 1. 1 DC in same stitch. *Work 1 DC in the next stitch. Work 1 DC in the next stitch. Work 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST.
Round 3 (increasing round): CH 1. 1 DC in same stitch. *Work 1 in the next 3 stitches. Work 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat from * all the way around. Join to beginning CH 1 with a SL ST and fasten off!

Star

I got the pattern for the star from Experience Imagination, but it’s a thick Christmas ornament, so I made my own variation to make it an appliqué. It’s very easy to make and an easy pattern to follow. I did not make it with two strands of yarn or whip stitch the two stars together. I just made one star with one strand of thread, and still liked the way it looked.
Continue adding increasing rounds if you want your hat brim to be longer. It will start to curl under if you add rounds that do not increase.

Merry Crocheting!