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#FlashbackFriday Knitting Link Blast: Hats for Kids

On Fridays, I share a link blast on G+, Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crafting all weekend! In keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns were first released at least 12 months ago.

Instead of sharing crochet patterns, this week I’m doing a special link blast of knitting patterns! I’ll be back to the regular schedule of crochet patterns next week, but I wanted to share a little knitting love. These patterns are for hats for kids of all sizes – from newborn up through teens.

Hats for Kids roundup of 12 free knitting patterns curated by Underground Crafter

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Cupcake Hat, free knitting pattern in newborn, infant, toddler sizes by Marie Segares/Underground CrafterCupcake Hat (photo 5), free knitting pattern by @ucrafter (that’s me!): This bobbled hat is available in 3 sizes from newborn to toddler.

Swirl Sack Hat (photo 3), free knitting pattern by @MelodysMakings: This textured hat with a tied top is available in 5 sizes from newborn to 1-3 years old. There’s also a coordinating crochet pattern in the same sizes available on the same webpage.

Baby in Bloom Hat, free knitting pattern by @fiberflux: This stretchy hat is available in 3 sizes from preemie to child and includes instructions for knitting flat or in the round along with 2 blooms (flower) options.

ILK300x250bAugustBannersStripey Knit Slouchy Beanie (photo 2), free knitting pattern by @mooglyblog: This striped slouch is available in 4 sizes from toddler to adult.

Adorable Mini Elf Hat, free knitting pattern by @danyelpink: This cute, pointy hat pattern is available in newborn size.

Magic Hat, free knitting pattern by Oma Rapeti Handmade: This textured hat is available in 6 sizes from preemie to adult.

CraftsyTrixie Pixie Hat, free knitting pattern by Julia Gabrielsen: This hat is available in 4 sizes from newborn to child and is knit from the top down.

Luuk, free knitting pattern by Annis Jones: This scrunchy hat is available in 10 sizes from preemie to large adult.

Checkerboard Beanie (photo 6), free knitting pattern by @danyelpink: This hat featuring the classic knitting stitch pattern is available in both child and adult sizes.

knit-alongDouble Chevron Beanie, free knitting pattern by @danyelpink via @RedHeartYarns: This adorable colorwork hat is available in toddler and child size.

Diamond Bear Beanie (photo 1), free knitting pattern by @MelodysMakings via @mooglyblog: This cute bear hat includes a cabled center. The hat is available in 5 sizes from newborn to 1-3 years old. There’s also a coordinating crochet pattern in the same sizes available on the same webpage.

Rock Candy Hat (photo 4), free knitting pattern by @fiberflux: This striped hat with a pom pom and earflaps is available in 5 sizes from preemie to child.

If you enjoyed this roundup, visit my new free knitting pattern for adults, Juxtapose: A Cabled Beanie.

Juxtapose: A Cabled Beanie, free #knitting pattern by Marie Segares @ucrafter

#Crochet #TipsTuesday: 3 Tips for Making Your Crochet and Knit Baby Gifts Amazing

3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday

If you’re like many crocheters and knitters, you love making gifts for babies. These projects are relatively small and portable, so they’re fun to make year round, and these gifts are loved and cherished by parents and babies alike.

Here are three tips for making amazing baby gifts every time!

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Choose the right yarn

Accessories, garments, and blankets for newborns, infants, and toddlers generally need to be washed frequently. Choosing yarns that can be both machine washed and dried allow for the most versatility.

  • Cotton is a breathable, plant based fiber. Cotton typically shrinks, but washing in cold water and machine drying on a low heat setting can reduce the shrinkage. For parents concerned about eco-impact, there are many organic options available, as well as undyed and low-impact dye options.
3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday: Choose the right yarn - eco friendly cotton yarns

Galler Yarns Inca Eco is an organic cotton yarn that uses low impact dyes.

3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday: Choose the right yarn - eco friendly cotton yarns

Another great organic cotton yarn is Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton.

    • Bamboo is another breathable, plant based fiber. Bamboo is said to have antibacterial properties. On its own, it is difficult to wash and often loses its shape, so it best when combined with washable wool to create a more elastic yarn that is appropriate for babies.

    • Acrylic is a synthetic fiber that holds up to washing and drying. Colors don’t fade over time. Acrylic is less expensive than natural fibers, so it is a great option for larger projects like blankets.
    • Wool is making a comeback for baby projects. A natural animal fiber, wool is breathable, elastic, and has great stitch definition. Choose a superwash or machine washable wool yarn that has been chemically treated to prevent felting, or felt your crochet or knit project after finishing it to create a dense and cozy project.

Many “baby yarns” are blends that combine the best elements of some of these different fibers while also reducing cost and making the final project washable. (Other “baby yarns” are just regular yarns in pastel colors, so be sure to check the labels!)

Other “baby yarns” are light weight (or DK) yarns. Although projects in thicker yarns can make cuddly toys and blankets, garments in thinner yarns allow newborns and infants a great range of motion.

If the parents have a registry, consider selecting yarns that match or coordinate with colors in the nursery. If the gender isn’t yet known (or shared), consider gender-neutral colors. Don’t feel restricted to yellows and whites; experiment with contemporary color combinations like teal and chocolate, rainbow colors, or several greens.

Consider safety

Babies enjoy chewing on everything, including handmade gifts! Make sure to weave in ends carefully with a yarn needle to avoid unraveling.

When making toys, avoid buttons or plastic eyes. Use embroidery to decorate facial expressions. Avoid fringes, chain or icord ties, or other stringy adornments that can present a choking or strangulation hazard.

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Prepare your project for gifting

Many parents will avoid using handmade gifts because they worry about damaging these treasured items in the wash. When giving handmade baby  gifts, always include care instructions. You can download and print my free care instructions tags, order sew-in labels, or include the yarn ball band inside of a card.

3 Tips for Making Your #Crochet and #Knit Baby Gifts Amazing on @ucrafter #TipsTuesday: Include care instructions (and free printable labels)

Although many parents will wash gifts before use with a baby detergent, consider washing your project before gifting it anyway. If you smoke, have pets, or have been working on the project while commuting or traveling, washing will reduce the presence of germs, strong odors, dust, and dander.

By keeping these tips in mind, you will be able to crochet and knit wonderful items for babies that can be enjoyed and passed down for years to come!

If you’re planning to crochet your next baby gift, try my free patterns for the Rectangular Sampler Blanket or the Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket!

What are your favorite tips for crocheting and knitting baby gifts?

Free Pattern: Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafterThis pattern was updated on August 19, 2015 to be easier to read, especially for beginners, and to include a video tutorial at the bottom of the pattern. Let me know if you have any questions!

I’m so excited to share this pattern with you today! I originally designed it for the FaveCrafts Blog, and they titled the post “The Stunningly Beautiful Crochet Baby Blanket You Need In Your LIfe.” I think it came out great, and I’d love to hear what you think!

This pattern is crocheted from corner to corner, increasing to the midpoint and then decreasing to the end. The design creates a square blanket, but the size is adjustable.

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

This post contains affiliate linksThe yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

I crocheted my version using a rainbow of Vanna’s Choice Baby colors – Cheery Cherry as red, Goldfish as orange, Duckie as yellow, Sweet Pea as green, Little Boy Blue as blue, and Bluebell as purple.

I used this same color combination, with the addition of Angel White, in my sample for the Scrappy Shells Blanket pattern, which originally appeared in the February, 2015 issue of I Like Crochet.

Scrappy Shells Blanket, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

Scrappy Shells Blanket detail.

But, in spite of its name, you don’t have to crochet the Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket pattern in rainbow colors. It also makes a great stash buster project! You can change colors at the end of any row. If you do choose to make a scrap yarn version, remember that rows towards the middle use the largest amounts of yarn, so use your small yarn odds and ends at the beginning and end of the project.

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Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This adjustable crochet blanket pattern looks great in planned colors or as a scrap blanket.

Finished Size

  • 32.5” (82.5 cm) square.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Baby (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 170 yd/156 m)
  • US H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Shop for Vanna’s Choice Baby yarn on LeisureArts.com!

Gauge

  • 6 boxes x 6 boxes in pattern = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BL – back loop only
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • CD – Color D
  • CE – Color E
  • CF – Color F
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • ea – each
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • + Rep instructions after plus sign as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Blanket is crocheted in one piece in rows from corner to corner using a variation of the diagonal box stitch. I’ve included a video tutorial for this stitch at the end of the pattern.
  • Stitch pattern is reversible, so choose best side as right (front) side before starting to crochet border.
  • Border is crocheted in the round with right (front) side facing.
  • To adjust size, continue repeating Row 3 until straight edge reaches your desired length.

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

Pattern Instructions

  • With CA, ch 5.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 3 (counts as ch-3 sp), dc in next 2 ch. (1 box)
  • Row 2: Ch 5, turn, sk 3 sts, dc in next 2 st, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp of previous row. (2 boxes)

Increase to center

  • Row 3: Ch 5, turn, sk 3 sts, dc in next 2 st, *(sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * across. (Increases by 1 box ea row)
  • Rows 5-8: Rep Row 3 4 times.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 3, changing to CB in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CA.
  • Rows 10-17: Rep Row 3 8 times.
  • Row 18: Rep Row 3, changing to CC in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CB.
  • Rows 19-26: Rep Row 3 8 times.
  • Row 27: Rep Row 3, changing to CD in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 28-34: Rep Row 3 7 times.
  • Row 35: Rep Row 3, changing to CE in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CD.
  • Rows 36-40: Rep Row 3 5 times.
  • Row 41: Rep Row 3, changing to CF in last yo of final st of row. Fasten off CE.
  • Rows 42-47: Rep Row 3 6 times.

Decrease to end

  • Row 48: Turn, sl st in first 2 sts, *(sl st, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp, sl st in ch-3 sp. (Decreases by 1 box ea row)
  • Rows 49-53: Rep Row 48 5 times. Fasten off CF.
  • Row 54: Turn, join CE with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 55-59: Rep Row 48 5 times. Fasten off CE.
  • Row 60: Turn, join CD with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 61-66: Rep Row 48 6 times. Fasten off CD.
  • Row 67: Turn, join CC with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 68-75: Rep Row 48 8 times. Fasten off CC.
  • Row 76: Turn, join CB with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 77-84: Rep Row 48 8 times. Fasten off CB.
  • Row 85: Turn, join CA with sl st to first ch-3 sp, rep Row 48 from * across.
  • Rows 86-93: Rep Row 48 8 times. Fasten off CA.

Diagonal Rainbows Baby Blanket, free #crochet pattern by @ucrafter

Border

  • Rnd 1: Join CB with sl st in any corner starting with vertical box, ch 1, sc in same vertical st and in next vertical st, *3 sc in next horizontal st (ch-3 sp or side of dc), sc in next 2 vertical sts;** rep from * to last st of row, sc again in same st, ch 2, turn and continue working along next side, +4 sc in next horizontal st (ch-3 sp or side of dc),++ sc in next 2 vertical sts; rep from * to ** to last horizontal st of row, rep from + to ++; ch 2, turn and continue working along next side, ***2 sc in next vertical st, sc in next horizontal st, rep from * to ***, sc in first st, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off CB.
  • Rnd 2: Join CC with sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *dcBL in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st, rep from * to corner ch-2 sp,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with sl st to top of first ch 3. Fasten off CC.
  • Rnd 3: Join CF in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, [(2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in ch-2 sp, scBL in next 3 sts, * (working behind ch-1 sp, dc in next st from Rnd 1), scBL in next st; rep from * to last 2 st before corner ch-2 sp, scBL in next 2 sts] 4 times, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off CF.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends. Spray block if necessary.
© 2015 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2015/07/08/free-pattern-diagonal-rainbows-baby-blanket. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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There is now a video tutorial available for the variation on the diagonal box stitch used in this pattern. Enjoy!