One of the many wonderful things about little kids is that they can get away with things that adults can't. And that includes wearing fun hats! So I thought I would celebrate my son being little by making him a pumpkin hat.
I couldn't find a pattern that matched exactly what I wanted, so I decided to combine elements from a couple of different patterns.
The base of the hat comes from b.hooked crochet. She has free patterns for puff stitch hats in infant to adult sizes, so you can make a hat for just about anyone! I love the look and warmth of the puff stitch, although it does use a lot more yarn than a typical hat. One warning: I found that the toddler sized hat turned out larger than specified measurements, even though my gauge matched up exactly. So I stopped increasing after Round 5 and then continued puff stitches until Round 13 before switching to single crochets.
The leaf and vine come from the Pumpkin Harvest Hat by Cathy Kurtz. I Improvised the stem using a bit of leftover bulky yarn and a K crochet hook. I started with a magic circle and worked 5 single crochet into the circle before pulling it closed. Then I added 3 rows of single crochet before fastening it off and sewing it onto the top of the hat.
And there you have it! A cute, toasty pumpkin hat! Have you made a pumpkin hat for your little one? I'd love to see your fun hats. Happy hooking!
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