Crocheted Little Mermaid Hat
The contrasting colors and stitch variety on this crocheted Little Mermaid hat give it a unique and fun look. The idea was inspired from a pin on Pinterest for which I cannot find the original source to give credit.
However, there are some basic pattern instructions on Sweet Nothings Crochet for baby hats that were inspired by this hat picture. Sometimes that’s all we need is an inspired photo.
Top of Hat
Using an H hook start the hat with the basic beanie pattern like this one from Ashlea at Heart Hook Home. To save you time this is basically doing 10 DC in a magic ring. Increase your next row by doing 2 DC in each stitch (20). Then 1 DC, 2 DC in the next 2 stitches repeating to get (30) stitches. Next would be 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DC in the next 3 stitches to (40) stitches and so forth til the diameter is the size of the child’s hat you are making (as per her hat measurement chart). My hat was a child size with 9 rows of the magenta color.
There is a YouTube tutorial here for basic shell stitches. If you want to watch the whole tutorial, but not be slowed down by the part where she does slow motion, fast forward the video to about 5:09 minutes.
I used a light aqua/teal color for the shells and a size H hook.
A basic shell stitch starts with a SC in your first stitch (after attaching yarn with a slip stitch). Skip 1 or 2 stitches depending on how tight or loose you want your shells. In the second (or third) stitch work 5 DC (shell). Skip 1 (or 2) and SC. Skip 1 and repeat with shell stitch. Slip stitch into your first SC when you get around the hat.
For the next round you want to chain 3, DC 4 in the same stitch, skip 2 (which should put you in the middle stitch of the first shell from the previous row) 1 SC, Skip 2 (which puts you in the SC stitch of the previous row) and work your 5 DC shell. Repeat. Slip stitch, and start your next row which should be a SC if you slip stitched into the beginning of a shell.
I did 6 rows of shells. Finish the edge with a SC in white or contrasting color.
I used this pattern by Barbara Summers at Microcknit Creations. She has a good photo tutorial on how to make it. They are very easy.
I used a cream colored yarn for my starfish with a soft pink outline. The starfish was ornamented with some pearl embellishments using Scotch Tacky Glue (good for fabric).
After seeing the hat on my granddaughter, while she can make anything look cute, I would make a few changes in the hat. I never know quite how it’s going to look til I see it on them. They live out of town so I just go ahead and make the hat and hope for the best.
First, I would make the starfish smaller. I think eliminating the border around it would do the trick and make the points more defined. My stitches needed to tighten up in a few areas. Here is another starfish pattern by Cheryl at Flower Girl Cottage that might work out smaller.
Second, I would increase the DC rows of the magenta color by about 3 rows. Then I would decrease the shell rows by at least 2 rows. You want the hat length (height) to be about 7.5 to 8 inches for a child size, so after bringing the magenta down I would measure out after a few rows of shells. The reason I would change these ratios is because you can’t really see the magenta part of the hat from the front view. But again, that would be personal preference.
Third, I would use a softer yarn like Hobby Lobby’s “I Love Yarn” as you can see the difference between that yarn and an economy brand yarn on these two hats on my Crocheted Crown Hats Post.