Sunday, April 20, 2008
Crazy Cute and Easy Baby Cap - Original Pattern by Wormie
This cap was designed to coordinate with a blanket that I recently made using Crazy Stitch.
I love the Crazy Stitch. It’s a very simple sort of shell or cluster that creates an intricate, textured zigzag or herringbone pattern. It’s a great stitch for beginners. If you can chain, single crochet and double crochet, you have all the skills you need to make beautiful Crazy-Stitch projects!
This pattern uses Crazy-Stitch worked in rounds to create a very simple baby cap. If you’ve never done Crazy-Stitch, you should familiarize yourself with it before starting this cap - a great tutorial on crazy stitch can be found here.
Basically, the Crazy Stitch is a simple cluster or shell created by the following series of stitches:
SC-chain 2- DC all in the same stitch or space.
The “SC-Chain 2” at the start of each cluster creates a small loop. In each subsequent row or round, your clusters are worked in this loop. By working in the loop, you will create a gentle herringbone zigzag effect that will add intrigue and texture to the project. It’s deceptively simple, but I won’t tell if you don’t!
Patterns may call for a different number of DC stitches to be used in each Crazy Stitch. In this Crazy-Cute and Easy Baby Cap pattern, you will use 2 DC stitches per cluster in round 3 (abbreviated below as CS2), and 3DC stitches per cluster in all subsequent rounds (abbreviated below as CS3).
You will need:
Baby Weight Yarn (I used TLC Baby yarn but any baby or sport weight yarn will work)
G hook (4.5 mm)
Start by chaining 4 and joining to the first chain with a slip stitch to make a loop.
Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as first DC), 9 DC in loop, join w/ slip stitch (10 DC)
Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as first DC), DC in same stitch, do 2 DC in each remaining stitch from round 1. Join w/ slip stitch (20 DC).
Round 3: Turn work. Chain 3 (counts as first DC), 2 DC in next stitch, **1 DC in next stitch, 2 DC in next stitch** – continue pattern around. Join w/ slip stitch. Chain 1 (30 DC)
Round 4: Turn work. Chain 3, 2-DCs in same stitch, skip the next stitch, **CS2 in next stitch. Skip the next stitch ** Continue this pattern around. Join w/ slip stitch in the loop of the first Crazy Stitch (CS). Chain 1 (15 CS2)
Round 5: Turn work. CS3 all the way around (remember to always work in the loops of the CS from round 4). Join w/ slip stitch to first sc-chain 2 space. Chain 1. (15 CS3)
Round 6-9: Repeat round 5.
Round 10: Turn work. CS3 all the way around. Join w/ slip stitch to first sc-chain2 space, and end off. Weave in the tail of your yarn.
The Crazy stitch creates a very pretty scalloped edge on the cap.
If you like you can embellish the crown by adding a pom-pom, spiral squiggle or small flower to the top.
This is an original copyrighted pattern.
I am offering it for free, but ask that if you use it you will donate a completed cap to Marine Corps Kids at:
Marine Corps Kids
2532 N Skyline Drive
Bloomington, IN 47404
(please check our site for address updates - our address will change in the summer of '08)
You may use this pattern for charity and personal use. Please do not sell it, distribute it or posted on the web. You may link to this pattern at this site.