Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat: Perfect Baby Shower Gift

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Celebrate those precious moments with the perfect newborn gift and photography prop – the Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat! This quick and easy project is sure to make your baby’s face pop! Embellish with your own unique touches for a special baby shower gift.

This Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat Crochet Pattern was originally designed by Danyel Pink.

The Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat is a great baby shower gift and photography prop for little babies. This sweet, little hat gently frames your baby’s face with a pop of color. It’s a quick & easy project, and can be embellished in many ways.

Danyel Pink

Danyel Pink has closed her crochet website (Danyel Pink Designs) and retired from the world of crochet. Oombawka Design purchased the full rights to this pattern, which means now I can share it with you.

I’m happy to be able to include this Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat Pattern with my other free patterns on the Oombawka Design Crochet blog.

If you, or someone you know, is retiring and closing their crochet blog, please feel free to reach out to find out how you can have your patterns included at Oombawka Design too.

Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat Crochet Pattern Free in 3 Sizes. Oombawka Design Crochet. Worsted Weight Yarn Project.

Discover the charming gnome chinstrap, an adorable photography prop hat that is guaranteed to add a unique touch to your photos. An easy-to-follow pattern allows you to quickly and efficiently produce these delightful hats from a small quantity of worsted weight yarn and a simple button. The patterns come in various sizes, including newborn, 0-3 months, and 3-6 months. Get ready to turn your cherished memories into a whimsical fairy tale with this quick and easy DIY project.

Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat Crochet Pattern Free in 3 Sizes. Oombawka Design Crochet. Worsted Weight Yarn Project.

Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat: Perfect Baby Shower Gift & Photo Prop

Supplies

  • Hobby Lobby, I Love This Yarn! Solids. 7 oz (199 g), 355 yds (325 m). 100% Acrylic. Worsted Weight Yarn [4]. Machine wash and dry.
  • Crochet Hooks: 5 mm (H) and 5.5 mm (I) 
  • Finished Yardage: less than 175 yds in each color
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker, ⅝” Button

Other yarns that work well: Caron Simply Soft, Bernat Premium or any other Worsted Weight Yarn will work.

Difficulty Level

  • Easy

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this project, just remember when you substitute the finished size of your project may also be different.

Finished Sizes

  • Newborn: 5.5 inch hat height
  • 0-3 months: 6.25 inch hat height
  • 3-6 months: 6.75 inch hat height

Gauge

  • Approximately 12 hdc and 10 rows in 4 inches 

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

  • CA/CB – color A/Color B
  • ch – chain
  • g – grams
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • m – meters
  • oz – ounces
  • R – row
  • RS – right side
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch/stitches
  • yds – yards
  • [ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches; within the row – a set of instructions to be repeated the given number of times.
  • ( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches

Notes:

  • Add the Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat pattern to your Ravelry Library here.
  • Hat is worked from the back of the hat to the front.
  • Newborn size is for babies less than 2 weeks old. Most new babies fit into the 0-3 months hat comfortably.
  • Mark the RS of your project so you know which side it is.
  • “Join with a sc”: Put slip knot on hook, insert hook into desired stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.

Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat

This project is worked in rows.

Newborn (13-13.5” head circumference)

Using your 5.5 mm (I) crochet hook:

R1: Mark as RS. With CA, ch 17, sk the first ch, 1 hdc in each remaining ch across, continue working ‘up and over’ by making 1 hdc in each ch on the opposite side of the starting ch, ch 1, turn. [32 hdc]

Working around the starting chain forms the top peak of the hat. All subsequent rows are worked in the same manner.

R2-R9: 1 hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn. [32 hdc]

R10: 1 hdc in each st across, finish off. [32 hdc]

R11: With RS facing, join CB with a sc (*see notes) to the last st of R10, 1 sc in each hdc across, ch 16, turn. [32 sc, 16 ch]

R12: Sk the first ch, 1 sc in each ch across, 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. [47 sc]

R13-R14: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. [47 sc]

*OPTIONAL: Switch to a 5 mm (H) crochet hook for the final row, allowing the edge to gently frame the face. 

R15: 1 sc in each sc across, 2 sc in the corner st, 1 sc in the end of each row end of the strap, finish off. [51 sc]

Proceed to finishing instructions.

0-3 months (14-15” head circumference)

Using your 5.5 mm (I) crochet hook:

R1: (Mark as RS) With CA, ch 19, sk the first ch, 1 hdc in each remaining ch across, continue working ‘up and over’ by making 1 hdc in each ch on the opposite side of the starting ch, ch 1, turn. [36 hdc]

Working around the starting chain forms the top peak of the hat. All subsequent rows are worked in the same manner.

R2-R9: 1 hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn. [36 hdc]

R10: 1 hdc in each st across, finish off. [36 hdc]

R11: With RS facing, join CB with a sc (*see notes) to the last st of R10, 1 sc in each hdc across, ch 16, turn. [36 sc, 16 ch]

R12: Sk the first ch, 1 sc in each ch across, 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. [51 sc]

R13-R14: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. [51 sc]

*OPTIONAL: Switch to a 5 mm (H) crochet hook for the final row, allowing the edge to gently frame the face. 

R15: 1 sc in each sc across, 2 sc in the corner st, 1 sc in the end of each row end of the strap, finish off. [55 sc]

Proceed to finishing instructions.

3-6 months (15-17” head circumference)

Using your 5.5 mm (I) crochet hook:

R1: (Mark as RS) With CA, ch 20, sk the first ch, 1 hdc in each remaining ch across, continue working ‘up and over’ by making 1 hdc in each ch on the opposite side of the starting ch, ch 1, turn. [38 hdc]

Working around the starting chain forms the top peak of the hat. All subsequent rows are worked in the same manner.

R2-R10: 1 hdc in each st across, ch 1, turn. [38 hdc]

R11: 1 hdc in each st across, finish off. [38 hdc]

R12: With RS facing, join CB with a sc (*see notes) to the last st of R10, 1 sc in each hdc across, ch 18, turn. [38 sc, 18 ch]

R13: Sk the first ch, 1 sc in each ch across, 1 sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn. [55 sc]

R14-R15: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. [55 sc]

*OPTIONAL: Switch to a 5 mm (H) crochet hook for the final row, allowing the edge to gently frame the face. 

R16: 1 sc in each sc across, 2 sc in the corner st, 1 sc in the end of each row end of the strap, finish off. [59 sc]

Proceed to finishing instructions.

Finishing Instructions

  • Sew button near the end of the chinstrap on RS. Slide button between stitches of R14 and R15 to fasten in a comfortable position.
  • Weave in any remaining ends securely.

Other Suggestions

  • Work stitches in back loops for a ribbed hat.
  • Leave off the chinstrap and add braids or ribbons to the front corners for a bonnet.
  • Work the entire hat in a solid color, or try variegated or self-striping yarns.
  • Add a pom pom or tassel to the peak of the hat.
  • Work the final row using fun fur for a fuzzy edging.

Did you remember to make your Ravelry Project Page? (How to Make a Ravelry Project Page.)

Did you remember to make your Ravelry Project Page? (How to Make a Ravelry Project Page.)

Add your Ravelry Project Page for your Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat here.

Little Gnome Chinstrap Hat Crochet Pattern Free in 3 Sizes. Oombawka Design Crochet. Worsted Weight Yarn Project.

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