Thursday, August 6, 2015

Crochet Mini Hat Hairclip - With Free Pattern

Crochet Mini Summer Hat Hairclips
My daughter, Jordana Kendall, just had her first haircut last week. It's amazing how different she looks with only a few trims here and there. She's just as cute as ever but she looks more like a toddler now than a baby. Oh, I feel like she's growing up too fast, I don't want her to,*tears*. 


To give emphasis on the difference between her "before and after" look, I chose this picture of her where she just woke up with her long and unruly hair, haha. 


And this is after the haircut. Before this, she always had her hair in a ponytail or pigtails, now that it's shorter and we even gave her cute bangs, a hair clip is fine. So, I decided that I will make her lots of hair clips. I have these hair clip base findings I bought a few months ago and now is a good time to use them. I'll be crocheting different designs like bows, flowers, butterflies, and other girly stuff and I'll start off with mini hats because my baby loves hats so much. 


To make my version of a mini crochet hat hair clip, these are the supplies needed:

Cotton crochet thread (2 colors)
1.40mm crochet hook
Stuffing
Yarn needle
Stitch marker
Scissors
Hair clip base
Craft glue (E6000 or similar or hot glue)

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Crochet the mini hat following the pattern below.

Mini hats look simple and straightforward to crochet so I just wrote my own pattern which has two parts, the main part of the hat or the crown and the brim. These patterns, both for the crown and the brim, are very easy, they basically follow the principle on crocheting circles or anything round like beanies, beads, or balls. You can change the number of stitches to adjust the hat to the size you want, also, using other materials like yarn or a different size of hook will affect the size of the hat. With a 1.40mm hook and cotton crochet thread, I ended up with a crown of about 1.5 inches in diameter and about 2.5 inches for the brim. 

Terms used:
sc - single crochet
st - stitch
sl - slip stitch


I just used a different colored thread as my stitch marker. This is very useful when working on continuous spirals, it marks the beginning of each round.



Part 1 - The crown or the main part of the hat pattern:
Magic Ring
Round 1:  6 single crochet (tighten ring then work in continuous spirals)
Round 2:  2sc in each st around (12 sts)
Round 3:  *sc in next st, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (18 sts)
Round 4:  *sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (24 sts)
Round 5:  *sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (30 sts)
Round 6:  *sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (36 sts)
Round 7:  *sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (42 sts)
Round 8-12:  sc in each st around (42 sts)
Fasten off and leave about 8 inches of tail, this will be used to sew this part to the other one.



Round 12 is just a design on the edge, you can use a different edging stitch that you want, too.
Part 2 - The brim pattern:
Magic Ring
Round 1:  6 single crochet (tighten ring then work in continuous spirals)
Round 2:  2sc in each st around (12 sts)
Round 3:  *sc in next st, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (18 sts)
Round 4:  *sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (24 sts)
Round 5:  *sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (30 sts)
Round 6:  *sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (36 sts)
Round 7:  *sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (42 sts)
Round 8:  *sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (48 sts)
Round 9:  *sc in next 7 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (54 sts)
Round 10: *sc in next 8 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (60 sts)
Round 11: *sc in next 9 sts, 2sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (66 sts)
Round 12: *sl in next st, chain 3, skip the next st* repeat from * to * around, sl in the beginning st 
                  of  the round.
Weave in and fasten off.




STEP 2: Sew the two parts together and fill with stuffing.

Position the crown on the center of the brim, using the long tail left on the crown, sew them together but leave a small part to insert the stuffing in. When you have enough stuffing, continue sewing the remaining part, close, and fasten off.




STEP 3: Design your hat.

Add details to the hat by adding a bow, a flower, or anything you want. I put a bow on my hat from a crocheted ribbon. To make the ribbon, make a chain of about 10 inches, turn, and single crochet in each stitch until the end of the row and fasten off. Tie the ribbon into a bow, you may add some details like beads, and attach it to the hat. You can sew or glue the bow to the hat, I did both to make sure it's secured eventhough I'm using E6000 which is a permanent and very strong adhesive, I'm really just OC sometimes.




STEP 4: Cover the metal hair clip base with ribbon.

This is actually a step you can skip if you're already okay with just the metal base. A fabric ribbon would be great for this but since I don't have any, I crocheted one. The ribbon I made is just a foundation chain followed by 3 rows of single crochet. Spread craft or hot glue on the metal base, put the ribbon on, and let it dry. 



STEP 5: Attach the hair clip base to the mini hat.

With your craft or hot glue, adhere the hair clip base to the hat on the position you want, I just put it on the center. Put a little pressure and hold for a while to make sure it stays in place. Let it dry. You may also sew the side of the ribbon covering the metal base to the hat to secure the connection more, which I did.


STEP 6: Wear it and enjoy, or give it to someone special.

I made another one, a combination of purple and pink. It's the one my baby likes better because her favorite color is purple. She's been wearing it for a few days now and I've noticed that the brim is curling up a bit. To make it stiff, I brushed a thin layer of Mod Podge on the brim and it solved the curling problem. If you're okay with a little curl, there's no need for this, but if you want to stiffen the brim, make sure to apply the Mod Podge from under it, it dries clear but in case you put in a little too much, it's still a bit obvious.



Here she is, my little girl, wearing the purple and pink mini hat hair clip. Everytime I put it on her, she will ask me to wear the blue one, point at it and say "hat". She's so adorable.

I'm thinking of making more of this mini hat for key chains or bag charms. It would also be a nice gift, right? I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. Till next time!



Note: This is a free pattern created by yours truly. Feel free to share it but remember to give credit and link to this site, and do not sell this pattern. You may also sell finished items made from this pattern, provided you credit me as the designer.





34 comments:

  1. So cute! Very creative. Pinned!
    We'd love to see your posts at the #HomeMattersParty as well. The Door is OPEN. http://www.sustainmycrafthabit.com/blog/2015/6/30/home-matters-linky-party-49

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  2. I've been wanting to learn crocheting but it's not my thing. I love how you made that mini-version! Your daughter's unruly hair reminds me of my daughter, hahaha. She's now 12 by the way. Still got unruly hair.hahahaha

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    1. Yeah, I guess crocheting isn't for everybody, some find it boring and repetitive, which it is, sometimes, haha.

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  3. oh my!!! super cute!!! I wish I'd learn to crochet too!

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    1. Thank you. Try it, who knows, you might get hooked on crocheting, too.

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  4. Crocheting is something in my bucket list! The finished products just look sooo nice just like the one you've made. :)

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    1. Try it when you get the chance, you'll probably love the finished products even more when they're your own, hihi.

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  5. Very nice. I wish I have the time and patience to indulge in this creative pastime. -macysantos

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    1. Thank you. Indeed, you need time and patience with this hobby.

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  6. Awww so adorable and pretty! Things like this make me want to wish I also had a little girl!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, it's fun to accessorize little girls.

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  7. destressing hobby! i wish i get to do crocheting sometime! :)

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  8. Your are so talented. Such labor of love too. I would have ended just buying. Hehehe.

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  9. Wow. I used to enjoy crocheting back in High School during my home economics classes. Might be time to try them out again. Hehe.

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    1. Cool, go for it. A lot of people are getting into crochet now, I've already seen a few youngsters crocheting.

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  10. So cute! You're so good at crocheting! :D

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  11. As always, very creative momma! Looks so tedious for me, pero so easy for you. Hehe :) And yeah, pretty big difference after the hair cut! :)

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, the Dora style haircut for kids, haha.

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  12. This is so cute! I forgot how to do crochet na. Maybe I'll give it a try again during free time :)

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    1. Youtube tutorials are great refresher. Go for it, you might find yourself hooked on crocheting again.

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  13. Waaah, I still can't follow, haha! I'm just not crafty like this. I do remember making doilies when I was young. My mom loved to crochet and even made me dresses when I was 3 or 4 years old. Your daughter will remember all these things you're making for her. :)

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    1. It's gonna be easy for you since you already did it before. Oh, I actually got into crocheting again because of my daughter.

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  14. So cute!!! I wish I had time to even try but with 2 kids under 2 all I can do is buy huhu.Btw how long does it take you to make one?

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    1. I know what you mean, I only have one kid and I could hardly keep up with her, haha. About 30 to 45 minutes.

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  15. These are cute! How I wish I know how to crochet.

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    1. Thank you. Try it, you can find everything you need to know online.

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  16. i am not a big fan of crocheting that is why i really doff my hats to those who do. i think its really tedious and difficult. those are really cute creations, very dainty, too!

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    1. Well, it is indeed tedious at times, haha. Thank you!

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  17. Lovely. Thank you very much for the pattern.

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