THIS PATTERN WAS DESIGNED BY Kathryn of St. Clement’s Daughter, EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE STITCHIN’ MOMMY
Want to make your own gift for a new mother but don’t have a lot of time? This “Little Crown” newborn cap takes me about an hour and a half to make. The pattern is simple, but the brim edging gives the cap a distinctive look. It’s a perfect project for the last-minute baby shower or for those times when you’d just like to tell a mother-to-be, “I’m thinking of you and wishing you well.” It should fit a newborn or preemie.
Little Crown Easy Newborn Cap
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- Crochet hook size G-6 (4 mm)
- Sport or baby weight yarn (Fine 2) (Such as Bernat Softee Baby)
- Yarn needle to weave in ends
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
lp – loop
rep – repeat
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch, stitches
9 dc and 6 rows = 2 inches
5 in. from crown to tip of edging; 12-in. circumference at brim when not stretched; up to 16½-in. circumference when stretched
- The size of the cap can be adjusted slightly by using a larger or smaller hook or by changing your gauge. To “turn” in row 11, turn work so that you can work row 11 in the opposite direction from rows 1-10. This reverses the “right” and “wrong” sides so that the “right” side will show when the brim is turned up. For a striking variation, or when you don’t know if the baby is a boy or a girl, try a variegated or self-striping multicolored yarn.
Ch 3, sl st to close lp (make a ring), leaving a 4-in. tail.
Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc), 11 dc into ring, sl st in top ch to close, pull the yarn tail tightly to close the first row (12 dc).
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in next st, 2 dc in next st and in each st around, dc in last st, sl st in top ch to close (24 dc).
Row 3: Ch 2, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, skip last st, sl st to close (36 dc).
Row 4: Ch 2, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around, sk last st, sl st to close (48 dc).
Row 5: Ch 2, dc in each st around, skip last st, sl st to close (48 dc).
Rows 6-10: Rep row 5.
Row 11: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st around, sk last st, sl st to close.
Row 12: Ch 2, dc in each st around, sk last st, sl st to close.
Row 13: Rep row 12.
Row 14: Ch 3, sk next stitch, sl st in next st, *ch3, sk next stitch, sl st in next st; repeat from * around.
Turn inside-out to weave in ends; turn right-side out; turn up the brim.
|I have been crocheting since I was a child and especially enjoy making blankets and clothing for babies and children. I look for unusual, eye-catching patterns that would make stunning gifts. My Etsy shop, St. Clement’s Island, is named for a tiny island off the coast of Maryland, where the original English settlers of Mary’s Land (my ancestors) first set foot in the New World. My shop features beautiful, comfortable, and unusual items for babies and children. In choosing and designing patterns, I look to create excellent gifts for welcoming babies home, into their own ‘new worlds.’ Find out more about Kathryn from her Pinterest and Ravelry pages.|