Crocheted Crown Hat
This adorable pink crocheted crown hat is the ultimate girly-girl hat. Adorned with ribbon and jewels this hat is sure to please your little girl. I made three of them, and my granddaughters loved them.
This wonderful pattern is free over at Ramsi Leigh Crochet. Her instructions are clear, neat and easy to follow. I made my first hat using some pink medium-4 yarn I had, “Big Twist” from JoAnn’s. Later I went to a Hobby Lobby (not in my current town) and bought my first skeins of Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn” and I am totally hooked on it!
Differences in Yarn
Even though most of the yarn you buy is a worsted medium-4 yarn, and while some are definitely softer than others, I have noticed that the softer yarns make a more delicate item. These two hats are a good example of that. While the top hat is very cute, the bottom hat looks more delicate, even though all the yarns are medium-4. It is especially noticeable with the grey yarn. The crown on the bottom hat is smaller and more delicate, even though the same pattern is used. I even had to sew the crown tips to the hat in order for them to stand up it was so much softer. Some of the more expensive and softer yarns just seem to be lighter overall. Which makes no sense, since they are all the same medium-4. But I see it and feel it.
I talked about this in my post about the Little Mermaid Hat and the Shell Hat with the Plumeria Flower. In making those again I would definitely go with a softer yarn like the Hobby Lobby “I Love This Yarn” for a more delicate look.
Sparkles and Jewels!
It is hard to resist anything with sparkles in it, especially when you are making something girly-girl! I could not believe how soft this metallic “I Love This Yarn” is. I would have expected it to be a little scratchy with the metallic–not so! In fact, this yarn, overall, is incredibly soft and I loved crocheting with it. It really makes a huge difference on a project when you are using a good product that you love the feel of.
The pink metallic yarn color is called “Pinytoes”. The grey/silver colored yarn I also purchased at Hobby Lobby, and is called “Yarn Bee” Fetching in Pewter. It obviously looks more delicate than the other 4-medium yarns when you look at the strands. It was more expensive, however, it was the best overall silvery color for the crown. The retail price was $4.99 for 3.5 oz. So if you can go there often, use their coupons!
I added a row of SC of the Yarn Bee yarn to the top edge of the first hat I made to add some sparkle. The buttons suggested by Ramsi Leigh Crochet were too expensive for a child’s hat, so I opted for a tear-drop opalescent bead instead because they were 50% off at Hobby Lobby. Those I hand-sewed on the first two hats, and though they don’t show up in the picture very well, they look nice on the hat.
On the third hat I glued on some pink round gemstones using Scotch tacky glue (good on fabric). They show up better and were a lot easier. This hat doesn’t have the ribbon in it yet, so you can decide if you like the ribbon look or not.
The ribbon is a bit tricky, especially since I didn’t have their heads to try them on before I finished them. I stretched the hat out quite a bit before tying the bow, and sewing it to secure it. However, for my above granddaughter I had to unpick it and retie it because it was still a bit too tight on her head. (She is also 2 years older than the other granddaughter.)
When the hat is not on their head it looks like I put too much ribbon because it’s very loopy.
The original pattern used a SC along the bottom edge, which I did on the first hat. Then I decided to try the second hat with a shell edge, and I like it. I used a simple 5 DC shell stitch as follows:
After slip-stitching the last row together chain 2 or 3, 4 DC in the same stitch, skip 1 stitch, SC in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, 5 DC in the next stitch (shell), skip 1 stitch, SC in the next stitch, repeat from shell.
Hopefully that will come out alright when you get to the end, otherwise you can go back and not skip a stitch, or skip 2 or whatever you need to do to come out even. It won’t be noticed that much from the back.