Jazz Baby Hat

My friend Blaze is about two weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy. She had a boy last year she named Lyric and she’s getting ready to have a girl whom she is calling Jazz. Can you guess she’s a singer? 

With a name like Jazz I thought I should knit her a baby hat with some real flair. None of this pale pink stuff — I’ve got to go purple and red!

And I’ve finally learned to crochet a flower. This was the original reason I taught myself to crochet and that was almost two years ago. I now have the skills to make one without referring to a pattern. I will try to write out how I made it.

Worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna White yarn)
Size 8 double point needles (or a really long circular if you know the Magic Loop method)
Size H crochet hook (it could be smaller, but I only have two sizes)
Darning needle

Directions for hat:
Cast on 64 stitches. K1, p1 ribbing for 5 rounds
Knit in stockinette stitch for 25 more rounds, or till piece is about 4 inches tall.
Decrease as follows: *K2tog, k6*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round
*K2tog, k5*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round
*K2tog, k4*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round 
*K2tog, k3*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round
*K2tog, k2*, repeat till end of round.
K 1 round
*K2tog, k1*, repeat till end of round.
*K2tog*, repeat till end of round.

Cut yarn leaving a 12-inch tail. Weave ends through remaining eight loops using a darning needle. Weave in end yarn.
Crochet flower: 
I apologize for my poor pattern writing skills. I hope you are able to figure it out! Maybe tomorrow when I have daylight again I’ll take step-by-step photos.
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
Round 1: Make a magic ring and SC 10 stitches into ring. Join with slip stitch to first SC. 
Round 2: Chain 5, skip a stitch, slip into next stitch. Repeat four more times and join to first SC again. You should have five loopy things.
Round 3: SC once into first loopy area, then 2HDC, 1DC, 2HDC and 1 SC into same loopy area. Repeat with four remaining loops. Join to original SC.
Round 4: Skip one stitch from the first round and slip stitch into the stitches between the ones you single chained in round 2. Chain 8, skip stitch, slip into next stitch, chain 8, skip stitch, continue around till you have five new loopy things. Join with first slip stitch you made in this round.
Round 5: 2SC into first loopy, 2HDC, 3DC, 2HDC, 2SC into same loopy thing. Repeat with the remaining four loopy things. Cut yarn leaving a ten-inch tail and draw through the last loop. Weave in ends to back of flower. 
Using a darning needle sew the flower in place.


4 thoughts on “Jazz Baby Hat”

  1. Hi Natasha, Looks like All Free Knitting picked up your Jazz Baby hat and I’m downloading it for my granddaughter. I have a dozen hat patterns but was hoping someday to get a pattern for a flower than I could knit. I’m probably not looking in the right spot.

    I lived in Anchorage and Soldotna from 1975-1989. My son was born there and we loved raising him there. I hope you are finding reasons to get outside by now. It really is a pretty place to live and share with your family.


    1. Hi Christy,
      Like many Alaskans, we have lots of family outside the state so we do find reasons to travel. Winter is one of the big reasons. We’ve had a mild one so far, but plan on going to San Francisco in April. I don’t get to Soldotna too often but I’m hoping to head that way next June because thanks to all the wildfires I reckon there will be lots of morel mushrooms to pick!

      I spent a long time looking for the best crochet flower that was easy to make but also not too delicate. I couldn’t ever find just the right one so I created my own. I hope you find it just as fun to make as I do.

      Thanks for reaching out and leaving a comment. Happy holidays!


    1. Thanks Annette. The crochet flower is really fun to work up and can be sewn on to a variety of projects. Sometimes I will buy a crochet baby blanket from the thrift store and add my own trim and flowers so another little one can use it.
      Thanks for your comment,

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