War of the Pages — Boys Win!

To kick off summer, I finally sat down and wrote out two sunhat patterns.  I pit the boy hat against the girl hat on my Facebook pages — SophieChic and Polka Dot Dinosaur — and promised that the winner would be featured on my blog as a free pattern.

Well, boys won, so here we go!

boysunhatBoy Sunhats, sizes Newborn, Infant, and Toddler

Materials needed:

  • H-8/5mm hook
  • I-9/5.5mm hook
  • 100-200 yards of medium-weight cotton yarn
  • Needle
  • Scissors

All hats are worked in joined rounds.  Ch1 at beginning of each round does not count as a stitch.

 

Newborn

With H/8, make a magic circle.  Put 11 hdc in ring, tighten.  Join with slip stitch to first hdc.

Round 1:  Ch1, 2hdc in join and in each stitch around.  Join.  (22hdc)
Round 2:  Ch1, hdc in join.  2hdc in next stitch.  (Hdc, 2hdc) around.  Join.  (33hdc)
Round 3:  Ch1, hdc in join.  Hdc in next stitch, 2hdc in next.  (Hdc, hdc, 2hdc) around.  Join.  (44hdc)
Round 4:  This round is worked in back-loop only.  Hdc around; join.  (44hdc).
Round 5:  Working in both loops, hdc around.  Join.  (44hdc)
Round 6 and 7:  Repeat Round 5; do not chain 1 at the end of Round 7.

Switch to I-9.

Round 8:  Slip stitch around, and be careful not to make your stitches too tight.  To join, slip stitch into the first hdc from Round 7 (it will be behind your first slip stitch).  Pull the yarn tight and switch back to H-8.

Round 9:  Working in front-loop only from Round 7, ch1, hdc in join.  Hdc in next, 2hdc in next.  (Hdc, hdc, 2hdc) around — you will end on 2nd hdc of increase pattern.  Join to first hdc.
Round 10:  Working in both loops, ch1, hdc in join.  Hdc in next 3 stitches, 2hdc in next.  (Hdc, hdc, hdc hdc, 2hdc) around — you will end on 3rd hdc of increase pattern.  Join to first hdc.

If you want an alternating color like I did, this is where you’ll need to switch-colors.

Round 11:  Ch1, sc in join and in every stitch around.  Join.
Round 12:  Slip stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Infant

Work hat the same as Newborn through Round 3.

Round 4:  Ch1, hdc in join.  Hdc in next  two stitches, 2hdc in next.  (Hdc, hdc, hdc, 2hdc) around.  Join.  (55hdc)
Round 5:  This round is worked in back-loop only.  Hdc around; join.  (55hdc)
Round 6:  Working in both loops, hdc around.  Join.  (55hdc)
Round 7 – 9:  Repeat Round 6; do not chain 1 at the end of Round 9.

Switch to I-9.

Round 10:  Slip stitch around, and be careful not to make your stitches too tight.  To join, slip stitch into the first hdc from Round 9 (it will be behind your first slip stitch).  Pull the yarn tight and switch back to H-8.

Round 11:  Working in front-loop only from Round 9, ch1, dc in join.  Dc in next, 2dc in next.  (Dc, dc, 2dc) around — you will end on 1st dc of increase pattern.  Join to first dc.
Round 12:  Working in both loops, ch1, dc in join.  Dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in next.  (Dc, dc, dc dc, 2dc) around — you will end on 1st dc of increase pattern.  Join to first dc.

If you want an alternating color like I did, this is where you’ll need to switch-colors.

Round 13:  Ch1, sc in join and in every stitch around.  Join.
Round 12:  Slip stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Toddler

Work hat the same as Infant through Round 6.

Round 7:  Ch1, hdc in join.  Hdc in next three stitches, 2hdc in next.  (Hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, 2hdc) around.  Join.  (66hdc)
Round 8:  This round is worked in back-loop only.  Hdc around; join.  (66hdc)
Round 9:  Working in both loops, hdc around.  Join.  (66hdc)
Round 10-13:  Repeat Round 9; do not chain 1 at the end of Round 13.

Switch to I-9.

Round 14:  Slip stitch around, and be careful not to make your stitches too tight.  To join, slip stitch into the first hdc from Round 13 (it will be behind your first slip stitch).  Pull the yarn tight and switch back to H-8.

Round 15:  Working in front-loop only from Round 13, ch1, dc in join.  Dc in next, 2dc in next.  (Dc, dc, 2dc) around.  Join to first dc.
Round 16:  Working in both loops, ch1, dc in join.  Dc in next 3 stitches, 2dc in next.  (Dc, dc, dc dc, 2dc) around.  Join to first dc.

If you want an alternating color like I did, this is where you’ll need to switch-colors.

Round 17:  Ch1, sc in join and in every stitch around.  Join.
Round 12:  Slip stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Contrast Band (optional)

With alternate color and I-9, chain (50 – Newborn) (66 – Infant) (77 – Toddler).  Loosely slip stitch in second chain from hook and each stitch across; fasten off, leaving a long tail.

How close/far apart you want to weave your band is up to you.  In last hdc round BEFORE the round you slip-stitch through to make the brim, weave your band in.  I did mine as follows:

  • Newborn — every 4th hdc
  • Infant — every 5th hdc
  • Toddler — every 6th hdc

End the band with both ends inside of your hat.  Sew tail through opposite end of band (first slip-stitch) and fasten off.

 

Viola, boy sun hat!

Are you making one?  I’d love to see a completed photo!  Comment here or share it on my Facebook page.  Include your own page, if you have one, so that I can give you some love ❤