So I have a lot of left over baby yarn from all this stuff I'm making for my little bun in the oven. I am going to a baby shower this week and decided to make a crochet newsboy style cap and some matching Mary Jane style booties for the expectant mom's little girl.
Newsboy Style Cap
Top of Cap - Round 1: Chain two, 6 single crochet (sc) in second chain from hook. Round 2: 2sc in each sc (12 stitches) Round 3: 2 sc in first sc, 1sc in next sigle crochet. Repeat for entire round (18 stitches) Round 4: 2 sc in first sc. 1sc in next 2 sc. Repeat for entire round (18 stitches). Round. 5, 6, 7, etc. Repeat the process of 2 sc in first sc 1 sc in next 3, 4, 5, etc single crochets (adding an additional 1sc in between the 2sc on each additional round that you make) Make as many rounds as you need to get the top of the hat the size you want. Count your stitches to make sure that you end with a multiple of three. Do not finish off.
Side of Cap - Round 1: Chain 3 to continue. (This counts as 1 double crochet (dc). Dc in each sc. join last dc to first with slip stitch. Round 2: Now here is where the fun Begins. Chain 3. this counts as the first dc. In next dc (2nd dc in round 1) Back post treble crochet (BPtr - see end of post), in next dc (3rd dc in round 1) front post treble crochet (FPtr - see end of post) *BPtr in next 2 dc FPtr in next 1sc* Repeat from * to * in dc on round 1. Join last FPtr to chain 3 with slip stitch. Round 3, 4, 5, etc. Repeat Round 2 until the hat is the desired height. Do not finish off .
Band: Sc in each BPtr and FPtr. Then sc in each sc crochet until you have 5 rounds of sc. (or 3 for smaller sixed hats)
Bill - Half double crochet (hdc) in each sc only until the you achieve the desired width of your bill (NOT in each sc around the entire band). Chain 2, turn, hdc in each hdc. Chain 2 work begining decrease in fdirst 2 hdc, hdc in next hdc and in each hdc to last 2 stitches, work decrease in last 2 hdc. Chain 2, turn repeat decrease process for an additional 2 or 3 rows until bill is desired length. Finish off.
Buttoned on Strip above bill -Now if you want the strip in the second color (or even the same color) buttoned above the bill. Foundation Row: Make a chain 2 chains less than the amount of hdc you used in the first row of your bill. Sc in 2bd chain from hook and in each chain across. Row 2: Chain one, turn, sc in each sc. Repeat until you have 4 rows (just leave it at 2 for the smaller sized hats). Edging: Chain 1, turn 3sc in 1st sc. 1 sc in each sc across and 3 last stitich. Chain 3, 3 sc bottom corner 1 sc in each chain across the bottom of foundation row 3 sc in last chain of foundation row. Chain 3 join with slip stich to first sc of edging. Finish off. Sew your buttons to your hat and button on your strip. (I actually don't normally make the strip that buttons on or add buttons. I just thought it was a nice touch to help match the booties.) Whew, Now your done, atleast you are if you can follow my directions, I've never made a pattern before. Most important thing to remeber: Be creative! I made this up myself and you can easily change it. Just use different stitches. Make it look however you want.
Front Post Treble Crochet
YO twice, insert hook from front to back of stitch indicated, yo and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times)
Back Post Tr Crochet
Same as FPtr just instert hook from back to front instead.
*If you find this to be too confusing just do a double crochet instead in the post rather than the top of the stitch or do google search for an instructional video on the stitches. You can find anything on youtube these days :) Good Luck!