By Guest Blogger Crystal
Hi, my name’s Crystal! I’m a wife and stay at home mom to two kids, E & O and we’re expecting baby P very soon. I have been crocheting ever since my oldest was born. I had tried to learn for years by reading books with little success, but then one day I came across tutorials on the internet and it finally all made sense! I’ve never looked back.
I started my blog, Marching North to share what I’ve come up with, as well as things I’ve made following patterns I’ve found online from all the super talented crocheters out there (giving them all due credit of course!)
Easter is right around the corner! My kids have been making me aware of that for a couple of weeks now. My daughter is a big fan of rainbows and colorful things so I thought this rainbow Easter bonnet hat would be perfect for her. I imagine she’ll be wearing it any time it’s cold enough, not just at Easter time! It makes me feel so good when I make them something and they actually want to wear it!
This hat will fit a kid around 7 or 8 years old.
Here’s what you need:
- Worsted Weight yarn in 6 colors (I used Ivory, Yellow, Limelight, Turquoise, Mango and Pink)
- Size H (5.00 mm) Crochet Hook
(Pattern uses US terms)
- Magic Loop
- Sc – Single Crochet
- BLO – Back loop only
- PS – Puff Stitch – YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, pull up loop (3 loops on hook), YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO, pull up loop (5 loops on hook), YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO, pull up loop (7 loops on hook), YO and pull through all 7 loops, ch 1.
You’ll also need to make a Pom Pom and 2 braids for the ties, and 2 tassels.
1. Make a magic loop, ch1. Make 6 PS in loop, pull loop tight. Sl st to top of 1st PS.
2. 2 PS in each ch 1 space around, sl st to 1st PS. (12 sts)
3. *1 PS in 1st ch 1 space, 2 PS in next* Repeat from * around, sl st to 1st PS. (18 sts)
4. *1 PS in 1st 2 ch 1 spaces, 2 PS in next space* Repeat from * around, sl st to 1st PS. (24 sts)
5. *1 PS in 1st 3 ch 1 spaces, 2 PS in next space* Repeat from * around, sl st to 1st PS. (30 sts)
6. – 16. 1 PS in each ch 1 space around, sl st to 1st PS. (30 sts)
17. 1 PS in each ch 1 space around, when its time to join to 1st PS, insert hook into stitch to make sl st, but pull up loop of Pink yarn.
The order of color changes are Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, repeat.
If this part is confusing here is a video tutorial that really explains it well. https://youtu.be/xsEPLeUSwmg
1. Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 7 chains, sl st to next st on beanie and in following st, turn.
2. Sc in back loop only of 8 sts of brim. Ch 1, turn.
3. Sc in BLO of next 8 sts, sl st to next st on main beanie, insert hook into next st, pull up loop of next color (Orange), turn.
4. Repeat Row 2
5. Sc in BLO of next 8 sts, sl st to next st on beanie and next st, turn.
6. Sc in BLO of next 8 sts, ch 1, turn.
7. Repeat row 20, but switch to next color (Yellow).
8 – 42. Repeat rows 4, 5, 6, and 7, switching to the next color each time you get to a color change.
43. Sc in BLO of next 8 sts, sl st to beanie in next st, ch 1.
44. Sc in each remaining st along the back of beanie, sl st at corner where brim is joined, bind off.
Now you have all those fun loose ends to weave in, I tied each pair that were in the same spot in knot before weaving the ends in just for extra security.
-Make 2 braids-
Cut 6 strands of white yarn that are 16 inches long for each braid. Fold the 6 strands in half so you have 12 strands that are 8 inches long. Use your crochet hook and pull the looped end through one of the brim corners and then pull the other end of the yarn strands through the loop and tighten to secure. Then separate the yarn for braiding, there should be 4 strands in each of the three sections. Braid until you get about 4 1/2 inches long, then tie an overhand knot at the end to secure. Trim the ends close to the knot.
Use all the different colors of yarn except white. I used my hand to make the tassels, but if you have a different method go ahead and do what works best for you. I wrapped all 5 strands of yarn around my 4 fingers 4 times, then I took a piece of white yarn that was probably 8 inches long or so and stuck it through the loops at the top of my hand, pulled the loops off my fingers and tied the white yarn into a square knot. Then I used a piece of pink yarn and tied it around the top part of the tassel and then wrapped it around 3 or 4 more times and tied it again to make sure it was really secure. After that either use a small crochet hook or thread the ends onto a tapestry needle and pull the ends down through the band you just created so it will blend in with the other tassel ends. Trim all the ends even and its done, just make another one!
-Attaching the tassels-
Thread the white yarn from the top of one of the colorful tassels you made onto a tapestry needle. Insert the needle into the bottom of the knot at the end of the braid and pull it up through the top of the knot at the base of the braid. Remove the needle and wrap the ends around the base of the braid a few times and then secure at the back with a secure knot. Re thread ends onto the needle and feed it back down through the knot at the base of the braid and then trim the ends to the same length of the other white ends under the knot. Repeat on the other side.
-Make the Pom Pom-
Use all the different colors of yarn except white. I used my hand to make this pom pom, but if you have a pom pom maker or another preferred method, go ahead and use it.
Securely attach your pom pom onto the top of your hat, then weave in the ends.