In my recent quest to use up all that yarn hanging around I have been crocheting projects on a whim, and today it involved a fabulous crocheted ear flap hat for a newborn that is just so very cute, and took roughly an hour to make! And the pattern actually calls for a pom pom on the top as well at the ends of the ties, which would make it super cute in a larger size, though for a newborn those things could get in the way.
Now, here's the thing, the pattern is actually written for child/adult size, though I am on a mission to use up yarn, so I decided to make it with a much smaller hook and lighter weight yarn than the pattern calls for.
I made this hat using a size 3.5mm hook and yarn that is sock/baby weight, and the resulting size looks perfect for a newborn.
I then made another hat using a size 4.5 mm hook and the same weight yarn, and the hat looks like it may fit a baby roughly three months old, I'll go look for a model tomorrow!
And the truth is, this pattern is so easy to remember that you can whip up a bunch quite quickly. Plus experimenting and having a bunch on hand in a range of sizes certainly is a good thing— wouldn't you love to have some finished gifts sitting around rather than yarn?
The pattern is courtesy of while they play designs and the specific post with a complimentary pdf download (until she tests the pattern) can be found here. Go ahead and resist making this one, I dare you!