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Baby's First Cloche

Back in November The Animator's Wife took Little Lovely to her second wedding. Yes, second wedding, at the tender age of 3 months. Seeing as how it was an outdoor wedding at the beginning of winter weather, I remember The Animator's Wife complaining about the logistics of planning a formal outfit around such circumstances. Likewise, since the Lovely was going to be in attendance, she needed to wear something both dressy and warm.

Enter the crochet cloche. A cloche is a very elegant solution for winter accessorizing. The 1920s style is dressy enough for formal gatherings and warm enough to keep baby from freezing.


I know on the cusp of Spring we're a bit off-season to be posting this pattern, but the Lovely makes it a wee bit difficult to find time for pattern-writing these days.

Baby's First Cloche 2

Finished Size: Preemie (Newborn, 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months)

Materials:
Main Color: Cascade Cherub Aran, 1 skein
Contrasting Color: Scrap Cascade Cherub Aran or 1/4-inch ribbon
Size J-10 (6.0 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle

Gauge: 4 rounds = 4 inches across

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses.  To avoid confusion, it may be helpful to circle the numbers corresponding to your size before beginning this project.  When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

HAT

With Main Color, make a magic loop.

Worked in back loops only.

Rnd 1. Ch 3 (counts as dc now and throughout pattern). 13 (15, 17, 19, 21) dc in loop. Join with sl st to 3rd ch in beginning ch. Pull tail of magic loop tightly so stitches form a ring. 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) dc.

Do not turn between rounds in this pattern.


Rnd 2. Ch 1. Sc in same ch as joining, 3 dc in next dc, *sc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) shells.


Rnd 3. Ch 3. 2 dc in same sc as joining, skip next dc, sc in next dc, skip next dc, *5 dc in next sc, skip next dc, sc in next dc, skip next dc; rep from * around. 2 dc in same sc as joining; join with sl st in 3rd ch in beginning ch.

Rnd 4. Ch 1. Sc in same ch as joining, skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, *sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 5. Ch 3. 2 dc in same sc as joining, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, *5 dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc; rep from * around. 2 dc in same sc as joining; join with sl st in 3rd ch in beginning ch.

Rnds 6-7 (6-9, 6-11, 6-13, 6-15). Rep rnds 4 & 5.

Rnd 8 (10, 12, 14, 16). Ch 1. Sc in same ch as joining, skip next 2 dc, 7 dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, *sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, 7 dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 9 (11, 13, 15, 17)Ch 3. 3 dc in same sc as joining, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 3 dc, *7 dc in next sc, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 3 dc; rep from * around. 3 dc in same sc as joining; join with sl st in 3rd ch in beginning ch.

Finish off.

FLOWER


Note: You may choose to make the flower petals in the Main Color or Contrasting Color. Make the flower center and edge in the other color.

With flower center color, make a magic loop.

Worked in back loops only.

Rnd 1. 6 sc in loop. Join with slip stich in first sc. Pull tail of magic loop tightly so stitches form a ring. 6 sc.

Change to petal color.

Rnd 2. Ch 1. 2 sc in ea sc around. 12 sc.

Rnd 3. Ch 3. 5 dc in first sc, 6 dc in next sc and ea rem sc around. 72 dc.

Change back to flower center color.

Rnd 4. Ch 1. Sc in ea dc around. Finish off.

ASSEMBLY

If desired, fold last two rnds of Hat up on one side and sew into place. Sew Flower Center onto center of Flower Petals, and sew flower onto desired position on Hat.

Abbreviations
ch     chain
dc     double crochet
ea     each
mm     millimeter
rep     repeat
rnd     round
rnds     rounds
sc     single crochet
sl st     slip stitch

14 comments:

  1. After row 12 you say row 5 again. Is this because it is simply a repeat of that row to finish the hat? This has been so easy to follow and so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you for pointing that out! My apologies--that was a sloppy cut & paste job. It's essentially the same, except with 7-dc shells. I've corrected that in the pattern. :)

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    2. LOVE how simple this was and how quickly it worked up. I'll try to post a picture for you as soon as I figure it out on this phone. :)

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    3. Well. I couldn't get my picture to post on your Facebook page but I posted on mine. http//www.facebook.com/hawkcomom

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    4. Hm, that's odd. I just checked--I do have the FB page set to allow fan pics. I think you can tag me in your picture though. But in any case, thanks for sharing! I'm glad you enjoyed the pattern. ^_^

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  2. Hi hi thanks for this beautiful cloche. Quick question, do you have a gauge as to how many stitches to an inch or 4inches? It seemed that worsted weight terminology is not used here in asia. thanks.

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    1. I don't know how I missed this comment before, but I just added gauge info for you above.

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  3. AnonymousJune 05, 2013

    Pardon my ignorance. But what do you mean 'worsted weight yarn less than a skein'

    I only know 8ply, 12 ply etc

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    1. Worsted weight is a yarn classification system created by the Craft Yarn Council. It's roughly equivalent to 10 ply: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarn_weight

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  4. This is a beautiful pattern and my intended recipient loved it so much she now wants 3 more in different colours to match her daughters wardrobe! Thank you so much for posting it!
    I was also wondering if you would allow me to sell hats made from this pattern at my local Christmas Fair which is next weekend?

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    1. That is absolutely fine with me! I'm glad you like the pattern. :)

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  5. Thank you so much for this pattern. It's lovely. Made one (now outgrown) for my toddler this spring and just up-sized it for a five year old.

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  6. How would you go about increasing the size to adult?

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    1. For an adult, I would try starting with 25 dc in the ring, then repeat rounds 4 & 5 until it's as long as you want it to be, and then continue with the last two rounds.

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