Free Crochet Baby Hat Patterns Ideal for Beginners

Updated on November 12, 2015
White baby hat with flower
White baby hat with flower | Source

The Easiest Pattern Ever

I love crocheting baby hats and want to share with you my favourite free easy patterns for beginners. I have included one simple free crochet pattern made special for beginners to help you to create a simple cute hat. One of the techniques does not even require you to be able to work in rounds, but lets you turn a rectangle into a hat!

Here you will find original patterns made either by me or designers I admire and patterns I have tried and tested myself.

I love the fact that these hats are so quick and easy to make. You can go wild with colours and styles and finishing touches to create the perfect hat.

How to crochet a baby hat step by step with this free pattern
How to crochet a baby hat step by step with this free pattern

Learn How to Crochet Step by Step

If you have arrived at this page and want to make a hat but don't know how to, then I can recommend my page on learning to crochet.

I remember looking longingly at the many beautiful patterns online and wishing I could learn how to make them. When I started learning I found it to be so easy,

I could not believe I had put it off for so long.

It really is easy to learn to crochet. I have put together step-by-step photos here for you to follow easily and to help all those who want to learn this wonderful pastime.

Easy Crochet Baby Hat patterns
Easy Crochet Baby Hat patterns

Baby Hat Pattern

I loved my daughters crocheted hat with ostrich feathers, but that was a long time ago, and now the up-to-date fashion has changed. My niece has just had a preemie baby and she was desperate for little hats to keep the baby's head warm. It is such a pleasure crocheting for someone you know.

I have made a few and I am surprised how easy these are to make. I have put together an easy pattern to follow, which you can adapt to any size you wish. Once you make one you can increase another couple of rounds to make the desired size. If you use larger hook or thicker yarn you are going to get a bigger size too.

I love working this way as you can create beautiful unique pieces that keep the little darling cozy and warm. You can add a brim to keep them shaded from the sun and make a crocheted sun hat! The possibilities are endless, all starting from a simple pattern of increasing in every round.

Using a 4.oomm uk hook or G6 and baby double knit yarn from cygnet

Again terminology used is US

CH 3, join

Rnd 1 - 10 SC in LP, Do Not Join

Rnd 2 - 2 SC in ea SC. 20 SC

Add a marker to your beginning stitch. (Tip: I am currently using a hair pin! It's a great marker.)

Rnd 3 - 1 SC in ea SC. 20 SC

Rnd 4 - 1 SC in next ST 2 SC in next ST. 30 Single SC

Rnd 5 - 1 SC in ea SC around. 30 Single SC

Rnd 6 - SC INC every 3 Sts. 40 Single SC

Rnd 7 - SC in ea SC around. 40 Single SC

Rnd 8 - SC INC every 4 Sts 50 Single SC

Rnd 9 - SC in ea ST around. 50 Single SC

Rnd 10 - SC INC every 5 Sts. 60 Single SC

Rnd 11-31- SC in EA SC around until you get the length of your cap.

I created a simple bow also:

Chain 20

Ch1 turn slip stitch into back loop of every stitch, chain 1 turn

Complete rows I complete 6 rows here for this one. Finish off and leave a long end to use to attach to hat and pull the middle in.

Now if you wish to add on a gorgeous crocheted flower.

Crochet boys cap
Crochet boys cap

Cute as a Button Boys Cap

This is a really easy crochet pattern and works up easily.

This pattern includes close-up photos images and shows you how to find the center for your brim.

Crochet Baby Hat Pattern - Free Crochet Pattern
Crochet Baby Hat Pattern - Free Crochet Pattern

Modern Hat with Pom Pom

Simple, easy and quick. This pattern is really easy, and uses the Half Double Crochet stitch.

Amazing Crochet Toys

Martha's crochet critters on Facebook. Images used with permission from owner.
Martha's crochet critters on Facebook. Images used with permission from owner.

I just love it when I see what others have made from my patterns. And nothing is more delightful than these Crochet Critters Martha and her mother make for charity. The yellow hat is indeed the sun hat for kids, and the same pattern in purple is just beautiful.

Easy Basic Baby Beanie Pattern
Easy Basic Baby Beanie Pattern | Source

Pattern for Girls

It really is so easy to make this beautiful hat.

All the hats on this page have been crocheted by me and I can guarantee they are free and simple to do.

Reference Books for Design and Techniques

My personal favourite book is The Crochet Bible which I still find useful even as en experienced crocheter. If I am designing something and want inspiration I flick through this book and get great examples of stitches. I love the photos that clearly demonstrate the texture of the stitches, making it easier to choose a stitch or finish the garment.

The Bible takes you from start to finish, with some lovely projects in between.

Crochet a Matching Set

It is really easy to use the basic stitches to make the perfect going-home outfit for a new baby, following the basic hat pattern and adapting it to suit your requirements.

This set was actually made using this baby cardigan pattern. For the hat I followed the basic baby hat pattern and just added a contrasting color and 1 half round to make a peaked cap.

My niece had a premature baby and was struggling to find warm clothes. This made an ideal present that she loved. Since people would ask her where she got it from, I have been inundated with orders.

Nothing is more satisfying than crocheting for someone you love.

Make a baby animal hat with ears and earflaps to keep baby cosy.
Make a baby animal hat with ears and earflaps to keep baby cosy. | Source

Animal Hat with Ear Flaps

I love the fact that once you have the basics of a baby hat then there is no stopping you creativity!

Easy Crochet Baby Hat Patterns
Easy Crochet Baby Hat Patterns

Roll-Top Brim Hat

This is really sweet for baby with its roll top brim. The designer explains how you can make it bigger too

Skill level: easy beginner

Size: newborn to three months

Stitches: single crochet, double crochet, slip st and chains

Aviator Style

This aviator hat is popular and very easy to crochet. The baby's ears are covered with the earflaps, and the extra flap at the front creates an aviator style look.

I do love the flap finished off with the buttonst, although I came across a pattern the other day and it did indeed have the earflaps and a pair of crocheted goggles.

It really was sweet.

I think this hat would look fantastic finished off in warm fuzzy fur too.

Easy seed stitch baby hat pattern. Image used with site owners permission at Crochet'ncrafts.
Easy seed stitch baby hat pattern. Image used with site owners permission at Crochet'ncrafts.

Seed Sitich Pattern

Although this hat is started in continuous rounds to get the seed stitch pattern you then turn your work while creating the actual pattern. There is a lovely matching baby blanket pattern as well.

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Deeply Textured Hat with Visor

This textured hat uses the Front Treble crochet stitch (ftrc) to create the texture around the hat.

The pattern comes in 4 sizes from preemie, new-born, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months.

This is now my favourite baby hat pattern for boys!

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      janet McCready 9 months ago

      I had found your easy baby blanket quite a while ago, but lost my pattern, found it, am going to try and start it again. Am so excited. Glad I printed it out. Thank you so much.

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      Judy 10 months ago

      Thank you for all the wonderful patterns you give us

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      Jaybee 16 months ago

      Thank you for the baby hat pattern, it's the only one that worked for me that I found online.

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      Sandra Del Mei 2 years ago

      They are just amazing and very easy i cant believe i made one with my daughter in just 1 and a half hours. Very easy! Amazing!

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      Kessy 2 years ago

      Beautiful baby hats. I already made one hat for my grand daughter .Step by step instructions very much helped. Thank you so much.

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      Lisa Auch 2 years ago from Scotland

      thankyou for your kind words, crochet really is my passion :)

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      D J Cozzi 2 years ago from Chicago, Il

      Gorgeous hats, you're very talented. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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      Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

      You can find the headband with heart here

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      Nancy 3 years ago

      wheres the pattern for the heart headband? Pretty please?

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      Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

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      marvel 3 years ago

      I would like the Aviator Baby Hat pattern & I can't find it on this site?

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      Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

      thank you Raintree Annie It is an ever growing favourite page for me and my collection of baby hats

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      Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

      thank you Raintree Annie It is an ever growing favourite page for me and my collection of baby hats

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      RaintreeAnnie 3 years ago from UK

      Beautiful baby hats to crochet here Lisa. As you know I do not crochet but I can certainly appreciate these gorgeous designs. I love the two tone look as well and grey and pink together are lovely.

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      Ann 3 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      one of these days - I WILL learn how to crochet

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      Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

      Dee you can find them all in one place here

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      Dee 3 years ago

      loved your pictures of those baby hats. I would like to get the pattern for some of them.

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      Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

      @hollihops: Brilliant if you have any request for any kind of hats please let me know and I can help you find some :)

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      hollihops 3 years ago

      I can't wait to get started. I am intending to make a lot of items for my granddaughters Guide troop to sell to raise funds for a big project they are involved in next summer. Great way to use up my odd balls of yarn. Thank you.

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      patinkc 3 years ago from Midwest

      These hats are so adorable!

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      Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

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      suestasz 3 years ago

      I am looking for the pattern for one of the hats on ur picture carousel. Its a pink hat, square holes, scallop bottom, with a flower on it. It's a darker pink. Thanks

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      KelCan 3 years ago

      Great lens! Helped me find easy beginner crochet patterns and a gift for a baby shower at the same time! Thanks!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Beautiful lens - love the patterns! Thanks :)

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Very cute lens, great job.

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      phaubri 3 years ago

      Hi I am looking for this pattern is it a free pattern?

      The Blueish colored hat with the rose colored flower above. Is it in small sizes?

      Thank you

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      carter-heather 3 years ago

      Thanks! :)

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      maria-lynn-921 3 years ago

      @carter-heather: you don't join the rounds you just keep crocheting in a spiral. use a stitch marker on the first stitch to help you keep track of where you are until you get used to crocheting in a spiral.

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      Lisa Auch 3 years ago from Scotland

      @carter-heather: you are working in a spiral do not join at all...make sure you place the marker so you know where the first stitch of each round is.

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      carter-heather 3 years ago

      Hi - on the easy baby beanie pattern, you say not to join the first round. Why is that? and the rest of the rounds do not say join or not join, so I am a little counfused.


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      VioletteRose LM 4 years ago

      looks nice!

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      @pamela-detweiler-9: I have searched and searched for you and also cannot find a free pattern Sorry

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      pamela-detweiler-9 4 years ago

      I am desperately trying to find a free pattern for an infant/newborn fox hat and diaper cover (w/ tail). I've researched the net, and I find those that require payment. I even found a pattern on Listia that had to be 'bid' on, like eBay... :( If you can help, please do? Many thanx! :)

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      oh my goodness! the hat with the little ears - sooo cute!

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      Marinna 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Oh my gosh, I love the monkey hat you crocheted!

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      hgb282 4 years ago

      Very creative. These cute baby hats would make great baby shower gifts.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Oh gosh, I need a baby, and you as my neighbor. I think these hats are so incredibly adorable. Wish I could walk over to your house for a fun crochet lesson. I would love to make these patterns as gifts. You maybe didn't know you were creating maternity urges when you published this lens. :-)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Very cute!

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: You are goign to decrease 9 stitches AROUND the whole hat evenly

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am trying to crochet the newsboy hat but confused in row 11when you say decrease 9sts....could you explain. I'm kinda new to this. Thanks. Me email is

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      mahuffer 4 years ago

      Love your hats! You are so generous to share them. I am making caps for newborns and children in the nearby hospital. It's fun to work on these because they are so cute. Thank you!

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      RANADEEP 4 years ago

      Fantastic information here,thanks for sharing,keep up your good work!!

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      These are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks you. Might give it a go.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you. Will be making soon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you and they are lovely!

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      shana273 4 years ago

      These hats are so cute!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the design and make as soon as I can.l

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      nicolekato 4 years ago

      Great lens!!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I am not a crocheter - but these baby hats are just so cute! Aaahhhhhhhh Pinned to my baby board and blessed.

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      Sweetbunny LM 4 years ago

      Oh... Wish I had more time......

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      jockmanuela 4 years ago

      how sweet the hats are ... I think I'll even start with the knit. Great templates!

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      That is so cute. Great patterns

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      Ana 4 years ago

      Absolutely:) There are so many cute hat patterns:) They are just adorable:) I especially liked you've given a lot of information on how to actually made one yourself:) Awesome lens:)

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      Sana139 4 years ago

      I do like crocheting....good lens!! Nice patterns...

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      Just started learning how to crochet maybe after I master learning the stitches I'll try some of your patterns. Thank you so much for sharing! Adorable hats :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Yes, I like them all, although I'm not making any just now. However, I know where to look when I'm ready to crochet a baby hat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Gee, you have managed to deliver a huge amount of information on one lens. Really fun to go through. Wish reading it would impart some skill to my fingers!

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      diy_fun 4 years ago

      Nice collection! Loved it.

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      chiptuning 4 years ago

      Really cute, thanks for the inspiration.

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      dynamite-one 4 years ago

      This is such a great lens with very valuable information and these are extremely cute :).

      Love this post

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      ayan6001 5 years ago

      These are really chweet..i love all of them..definitely give it a try.. :)

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      Genjud 5 years ago

      SOOOOO Cute!!!

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      accfuller 5 years ago

      These are absolutely adorable ... :)

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      mrdata 5 years ago

      MY wife likes them all. Thanks!

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      Neil Spencer 5 years ago from uk

      What a great lens this is and a very interesting read ;-)

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      maryseena 5 years ago

      a beautiful collection. I should come back and look at them again.

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      pretyfunky 5 years ago

      really cute

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      tophatpro 5 years ago

      These are so cute and would great gifts too!

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      dawnsnewbeginning 5 years ago

      I like the headbands for the little girls and the newsboy hat for the little boys!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Aw, so cute :)

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      shelleymax 5 years ago

      really the headbands..thanks

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      christianstores 5 years ago

      cool & cute! now i want to get one for my baby. great lens!

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      neotony 5 years ago

      babies in these crochet hats are so cute! so useful to make, even if you don't have a baby, you can always give them away, who wouldn't want one!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I am trying to find the pattern for the Riley Crochet Baby Hat, (adorable!!), but the link keeps taking me back to another pattern. Help!

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      StorkBabyGiftBa 5 years ago

      Love these adorable crochet hats, they would awesome baby gifts! Especially knowing someone took the time to hand-make them makes them extra special! Awesome lens, very informative...keep up the great work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So very cute baby crochet hat patterns and the Baby is gorgeous as well.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens, it is very helpful! I like the Free and easy Baby Crochet Hat Patterns. Thank you for sharing. ~Blessed~

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      kopox 5 years ago

      so cute :) i like it...

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      Mel Otero 5 years ago

      These little hats are adorable! My mom loved to crochet and made some extraordinary pieces during her lifetime.

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      I love your lens, as well as to blessed!

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      AmitKumarSarkar88 5 years ago

      So sweet woolen caps ..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are all so cute! Thanks for a great lens :)

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      bo-abo 5 years ago

      great hand made :)

      my wife like made like this in weekend :)

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      DDLewis 5 years ago

      Great resource for baby hats and headbands!! So cute!

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      Of course! "Free" is my favorite four-letter word ;o)

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      These are precious little hats and great free patterns. Love them!

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      DanielBrooks 5 years ago

      lovely hats...m sure my little angel, nyasa(my daughter) will love it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for intresting lens it would be helpful for my aunt now she can create hat patterns for her baby

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: you can send me an email of what you are asking, specific hat etc, here

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi i have a baby shop and would love to sell this in my shop what would you charge me to sell them

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I wish I was not all thumbs when it comes to crochet maybe I should have another go

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      pawmountain66 5 years ago

      nice lens beautiful pics xx

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      rahuls66 5 years ago

      Nice lens - well explained and beautiful pics!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      @iloveprisims: please let me know how it works for you, and it IS my first attempt at a more advanced pattern! so any feedback welcome :)

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      iloveprisims 5 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: Thank-you so much Lisa!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      @LisaAuch1: I have added the bonnet pattern caop to your browser :)