Make sure you have everything you need.
I use Lion Brand Yarn
, and it says: "6-Super Bulky" so get this or something equivalent.
I use a 6.5 mm Crochet hook
(US Size K).
You will also need a tapestry needle
I have also gotten a lot of use out of the Crochet Visual Quick Tips Book
In hindsight I wonder why I did not abandon knitting earlier. Crochet is so much more fun and easier.
We will start by making a Magic Ring. I will not take credit for this, and I am not even sure I am doing it right, but it turns out good. I found the tutorial at PlanetJune's
Start by wrapping the yarn around your two fingers like this. The strand in your hand is the one attached to your ball of thread. To the right you should leave at least 6 inches hanging.
Pull it off your fingers and you should have a loop looking like this. Grab on where the strands join using your left thumb and index finger. I know the tail of my yarn looks really short, but it is because I was shooting from above.
Insert your hook in the loop from front to back...
...grab the yarn and pull it out of the loop.
Now draw up a loop by pulling the yarn...
...through the loop on your hook.
This is what you should have now.
Now we want to make 3 chains: Wrap the yarn around your hook.
Pull the yarn through the loop on your hook.
That was one chain, now make two more and it should look like this.
Exposed this is what it looks like. Now we are going to make 11 dc (double crochet) in the ring (see arrow) for a total of 12 (the first 3 chains acts as a dc).
To make a dc (double crochet), wrap the yarn around your hook.
Dive in through the ring...
...and yarn over again.
Draw up a loop (pull it out of the ring). You should now have three loops on your hook.
Yarn over and draw the yarn through the first two loops.
You should now have two loops on your hook, like this.
Yarn over and draw the yarn through the remaining two loops.
Thats's it, that was one dc (double crochet). It should now look something like this.
Go ahead and do another 10 dc (double crochet).
: yarn over, through ring, yarn over, pull out of ring and have 3 loops on hook, yarn over and draw yarn through first two loops, yarn over again and draw through final two loops.) It should look similar to this.
Pull your yarn tail really tight to close the ring. It will look like this.
Since this is a hat and all sides will be visible I will show you how to make a seamless join when crocheting in the round. I learned this from Sarah London
Cut your yarn, leaving about 3-4 inches. Now make the loop bigger and bigger until the yarn comes out.
Like this. Now attach your tapestry needle.
Insert your tapestry needle under the 3rd chain from the start. This is quite tricky to explain.
Your goal is to have 12 V-looking chains around your circle.
I have tried to illustrate the two chains I have and then how I have inserted the needle between the 2nd and the 3rd.
If you are not quite sure you can count from the bottom of the thread (the end). At the bottom of the thread you will have one chain, count counter clockwise until you reach 11 and insert your needle under the 11th (we are about to make the 12th).
You will get the hang of this, but it can be a little tricky at first.
Pull the needle all the way through.
Come back to the front and put your needle through the loop/chain that is at the very bottom of the strand that you have the needle on. From front to back.
Adjust the new chain we have created so it matches the tension of the rest of the circle and it should look like this. Count your V's (chains), there should be twelve. Now weave in the rest of your thread. I like to stitch up the little gap and then I just tie it together with the other tail that is hanging there.
Now attatch your black yarn anywhere (I like to alternate and not line up my seems.) and draw up 3 ch (chains). I use the front of the chain.
It should look like this. We want 2 dc in each chain. The 3 ch counts as 1 dc, so make 1 dc in the same chain as the 3 ch, the move on and make 2 dc in the next chain, etc.
After you have done 2 dc in each chain it will look like this. Repeat the procedure to make a seamless join.
And here is our second row, finished. Ahh, gotta love the seamless join. If you count the V's you should have 24.
For our 3rd row we will make 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc, and so on. Draw up 3 ch, just like you did for the black (this will count as the 1st dc.) Move on to the next chain and make 1 dc. Move on to the next chain and make 2dc. Continue this way until you have reached the end. You should end with 2 dc if you have done it right.
Here is our third row, finished. You should have 32 V's.
For our fourth row we will make 1 dc per chain until we reach dc 8 and 9 which should be together. So 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 2 dc... and start all over again. So stitches number 8+9 should be in the same chain, same for 17+18, and 26+27 and 35+36.
This is our 4th row, finished. You should have 36 V's.
The 5th row should just be 1 dc all the way around. You should have 36 V's.
The 6th row should just be 1 dc all the way around. You should have 36 V's.
For the last row we want to decrease back to 32 chains, to make it fit snug and not fall off. Start by making 7 dc (remember you 3 ch counts as one, so techincally 3 ch + 6 dc). Now we are going to crochet chain 8+9 together.
Start by yarning over.
Go through the chain and draw up a loop.
You now have 3 loops on your hook.
...and draw through the first two loops.
...go through the next chain and yarn over again and draw up a loop.
You now have four loops on your hook.
Yarn over and pull through the first two loops.
You now have three loops on your hook.
Yarn over and pull through all three remaining loops.
That was a decrease. Make 7 dc and then do another decrease. Pattern is like follows> 1 dc (3 ch in the beginning), 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1 dc, 1dc, dc2TOG... You should end on a dc2TOG.
Then use your tapestry needle for the seamless join.
Congratulations, your hat is done! Fits average size babies. This dolly has a 15" head circumference and average newborn is 13 3/4 by birth and 15 by one month, so this will be perfect for newborn baby portraits.