It's been a while since I've crocheted a baby hat from Hats and Diaper Covers II, so I decided to do that. There were, as always, modifications.
This time, I picked the Mouse Set. Let's be honest, if you asked a small child to tell you about a mouse you'd probably hear a lot about a black mouse who wears gloves and inexplicably owns a dog while having a dog best friend. You know, the leader of the club that's made for you and me. So crocheting the hat and ears in black yarn made perfect sense.
As a bonus, I didn't have to worry about using two colors for the ears.
This pattern is a little different from most of the hats in Hats and Diaper Covers II in that you turn your work--something most of the patterns in this booklet don't ask you to do. Also, you crochet the hat long enough to roll the bottom two rows for a brim. I thought that was precious.
I made two hats from this pattern for a friend's niece and nephew, who are 1 and 5. I made the smaller hat with a G hook and left off a few rows. For the larger hat, I added a few rows and used an I hook. I've made enough of these to know that I should use an H hook with most worsted weight yarns to get the right size with these patterns. I love making hats for small kids because I don't have to go up or down in yarn weight to change the size of a hat--a change in hook size is all it takes!
These hats were very well-received, and I think I'm going to be making one for my own little girl who likes a certain little mouse a lot right now.