I made this little crochet toddler turban for my friend’s one-year-old daughter when we visit them in Montreal this weekend. However, another friend’s almost-two-year-old daughter visited us last weekend and modeled it for photos. I made the hat a bit bigger so that we can be sure that it will eventually fit her – better too big than too small!
I crocheted the buttons and lace hat, designed by Sharon Zientara, using leftover Schachenmayr yarn from my crochet knit-stitch beanie. The pattern is from Quick Crocheted Accessories (3 Skeins or Less) by Interweave, and this pattern used about one and a half skeins of my burgundy Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 170 yarn (about 250 m). The yarn isn’t as fuzzy as the alpaca yarn that was used in the pattern sample, but for what it lacks in the halo department it makes up for in stitch definition. The buttons and lace hat itself has a nice drape to it, and it is soft enough that I don’t think it’ll give you hat-hair.
Sara Kay Hartmann designed the Crochet Cutie Baby Cardigan, which is published on the Red Heart website. I made up this pattern for our nephew’s first birthday, which is a few weeks away. The Crochet Cutie Baby Cardigan is quite versatile, as it is written for several sizes, from 6 months to 24 months. I chose to make the 24-month size so that our nephew could grow into it by the time he’ll need to wear it for the cold Canadian weather this autumn. Better too big than too small, right?
I designed this crochet banded hat because many of our readers loved the wool felt hat Tomiko wore when modelling our Giant Snowball Cowl. That one was purchased at Holt Renfrew, but if people liked the look of it, I wanted to create a pattern in crochet.
The crochet banded hat and the decorative flower is made of 100% merino Louet Gems sport-weight yarn from The Purple Purl on Queen St East. I suppose the band would look more like the wool felt hat if I had used a heavier yarn, but I like the look of a finer yarn in this hat.
The banded part of the hat is a double-thickness of crocheted posts, meaning that it is stretchy but also nice and warm around the ears. The double crochet stitches and the turning chains create a small scalloped edge which adds a slight decorative touch. The ornamental flower is crocheted in two parts and then sewn on the finished hat. To decrease, I divided the crown into quarters and added a single crochet 3 stitches together decrease at each quarter. This repeat as the crown decreases adds a line of stitches that looks like a seam.
Traditional tam o’shanters are knitted from wool, but others are made from tartan; this is my version, a crochet tam o’shanter.
I first heard the word ‘tam o’shanter,’ which is named after the hero from one of Robert Burns’ poems, when I watched the animated Beatrix Potter Collection as a kid. The first episode has Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny sneak into Mr. McGregor’s garden to rescue Peter Rabbit’s lost jacket and shoes, and Benjamin Bunny finds and tries on a tam o’shanter that was hung up on a scarecrow.
I adapted my cable beret pattern for this crochet tam o’shanter: I used single crochet instead of double crochet stitches, enlarged it a bit to make it more floppy, and added a pom pom. I used an acrylic yarn, but a wool would work nicely and be quite warm.