Have you seen the popular themed newborn photographs floating about on Pinterest? There truly are some creative people out there because I’ve seen a newborn theme for just about every occasion and holiday. The idea is this: you have a brand new baby and hire a photographer to photograph him or her in some kind of theme, perhaps relating to the time of year. Well, St. Patrick’s Day is among us and I have a couple of patterns to fit the theme. First on the list is the Lucky Crochet Top Hat, absolutely perfect for a newborn photo shoot for February newborns.
Many crocheters who sell their finished projects have a large photographer clientele. Photographers love to purchase items like this to keep in their collection. What a perfect way to expand your shop! The Lucky Crochet Top Hat is fun and easy to make. It requires minimal yarn and time to create.
Lucky Crochet Top Hat
Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2015.
Please do not copy, sell or redistribute this pattern without first obtaining my permission. Items produced using this pattern may be sold, however please do not use the photo above.
This pattern is written in US crochet terms
Gather your supplies…
- 1 Skein Lion Brand Hometown USA (bulky #6, 72 yds)
- Approximately 10 yds black worsted weight yarn
- Approximately 5 yds gold worsted weight yarn
- 6.5mm crochet hook (hat)
- 5mm crochet hook (buckle and band)
- Darning needle
Gauge and Sizing
5 stitches x 3 rows = 2″ square
This pattern is suitable for a baby 3-6 months in age. The finished hat measures approximately 15″ in circumference and 4.5″ tall.
- Blo – Back Loop Only
- Ch – Chain
- Dc – Double Crochet
- Flo – Front Loop Only
- Sc – Single Crochet
- Slst – Slip Stitch
- Sts – Stitches
This hat is worked in the round in the usual manner. The top hat shaping is accomplished by working in the back loop only (Blo) for one round to create the edge of the top hat. Additional shaping is done by hand. The use of a bulky yarn paired with a smaller-than-recommended hook also helps shape the top hat.
This pattern recommends using the magic ring to start crocheting in the round. If you are new to crochet and have never made the magic ring, check out my video for how to create the magic ring when working with double crochet stitches. If the magic ring is your enemy, don’t worry! I have a video for an alternate magic ring method that works wonders!
The buckle is crocheted separately from the band and hat. You may use any brand of worsted weight yarn that is available to you. I had Caron Simply Soft on hand and used this for my buckle and band. You will need to switch to a size 5 mm hook for these pieces.
Round 1: Create a magic ring (or use an alternate magic ring method) with 10 Dc (include your ch 3 in your stitch count). (10 sts)
Round 2: Ch 3. Dc 2 times into every stitch. Join with a slst to the 3rd chain. (20 sts)
Round 3: Ch 3. *2 Dc into the next stitch, 1 Dc into the next. Repeat from * and join with a slst to the 3rd chain. (30 sts)
Round 4: Ch 1. One Sc into the first stitch. *2 Sc into the next stitch and 1 Sc into the next 2 stitches. Repeat from * and join with a slst to the first chain. (40 sts)
Round 5: Ch 3. Dc once into the Blo of every stitch. (40 sts)
Rounds 6-11: Ch 3. Dc once into every stitch. (40 sts)
Round 12: Ch 3. Dc in the Flo of the second stitch. *Dc 2 times into the Flo of the next stitch and 1 Dc into the Flo of the next 2 stitches. Repeat from * and join with a slst to the 3rd chain. (60 sts)
Round 13: Ch 3. Dc into the next 2 stitches. *Dc 2 times into the next stitch and 1 Dc into the the next 3 stitches. Repeat from * and join with a slst to the 3rd chain. (80 sts)
Bind off and weave in your ends
Round 1: Ch 65 and join with a slst to the first chain to create a ring. Ch 3 and Dc once into every chain. Join with a slst to the 3rd chain.
Round 2: Ch 3 and Dc into every stitch. Join with a slst to the 3rd chain.
Bind off and weave in your ends.
Ch 10 and join with a slst to the first chain to form a ring. Ch 1 and Sc 3. Ch 2. Sc 6. Ch 2. Sc 6. Ch 2. Sc 6. Ch 2. Sc 3. Join with a slst to the chain 1 from the beginning of the round.
Ch 3 (this will act as the “bar” holding the buckle to the band) and place the buckle on the band with the chain 3 underneath the band. Join the Ch 3 with a slst to the opposite side of the buckle, into one of the slip stitches. Bind off and weave in your ends. You may need to finger or wet block the buckle to make a rectangular shape.