Before the twins were born, I decided not to make them any pumpkins. They weren’t due until late November, after all, and I thought that if I made pumpkiny things they wouldn’t get to wear them. (Or worse, that it would jinx them and they’d be born in time for Halloween.) Of course, they did end up being born in mid-October, and while they were in the NICU I quickly made up a pair of tiny pumpkin hats. You remember:
Aww. My poor, tiny little babies! Anyway, I had multiple requests for the pumpkin hat pattern as soon as I got it together. Which has been, you know, almost three months. It’s been fun, though – getting things together again, finishing projects, publishing patterns…these are all things I used to do, before. It’s refreshing. But – to the pattern!
- Vanna’s Choice, (100% Acrylic, 170 yds per 100g skein) 40 yds Rust, 10 yds olive
- H/8 (5.00mm) hook
Gauge: 7 sts x 6 rows = 2 inches in BLO sc
Size: to fit 13″ head (large preemie, small newborn)
Row 1: With Rust, ch 19. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each across. (18 sc) Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1; working in BLO (back loop only), sc in each st across. (18 sc) Turn.
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 11″ in length. (To adjust for large newborn, add 2 more inches here.) Sl st first row and last row together through back loops. Finish off.
Bottom Border: With Olive, join at edge. Ch 1, sc in each row around. Join rnd, finish off.
Top: With Olive, join at edge. Sl st one st in each row around, join. Ch 1, sc dec around, join. Continue decreasing around until top is almost completely closed.
Stem: Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each across. (3 sc) Sl st into crown of hat. Ch 21; skip first ch from hook, sc inc into each chain across. (40 sc) Sl st into crown, finish off. Weave in all ends.
I hope you enjoy the pattern, and please let me know if you have any questions or problems.