Look at this cute cow crochet hat I created! It's from Little Animals Headgear, and it's one of the sillier animal hats that I've worked on in quite a while. And one of the cutest:
There were some super delightful crochet hat patterns to choose from (A turkey! An owl! Even a hippo!), but I was in a cow hat-making mood. And I had yarn in the colors and quantities needed--worsted weight white, brown, and black.
And, as (almost) always, I picked acrylic yarn because clothes that come with special washing instructions are not always welcome with new parents and this hat is going in my gift stash. Heck, even people who don't mind handwash-only handknits can still appreciate something that's easy to care for! So, I pulled out my Vanna's Choice and trusty ol' Red Heart Super Saver yarns and I hook, and went to work on this crochet hat. I tend to procrastinate making all the little add-ons with these types of projects, so I decided to make all of the small pieces first.
And then when I made the hat, all those little pieces were just waiting to be sewn on! Super simple.
A quick note about the hat itself: most of the hats and all of the earwarmer designs call for stitch patterns that create a textured fabric. Some of them look really neat, but I wanted to make a hat with a very solid fabric. This is actually the hat pattern from the Turkey pattern, which uses only half double crochet stitches. Some people like more interesting stitch patterns, but I'm a simple woman who likes simple stitch patterns.
I figured the embellishments would be decorative enough.
And they were! I made this in the 6-9 month size, just because that seemed like a good-sized hat to have on hand. There are hat patterns written for sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 9-12 months. The ear warmer patterns are written for sizes 24 months, 2T-4, Small, Medium, and Large. And don't worry, if you have trouble guessing what the size '6 months' means (my daughter is tiny, my nephews are giants, and kids just come in all shapes and sizes!), there's a sizing chart to let you know what the sizes are in terms of inches and centimeters.
This was a fun little project that's going to look unbearably cute on some little baby at some point in the very near future. Something this silly won't be stuck in my gift stash for very long!