Infant to Toddler Hat Pattern

This is a pattern I made up as I went, to create a hat my niece could wear for more than three months. The finished product was a hat that could fit a seven-month-old and a three-year-old. This John Deere example is my second hat made from this pattern.

Infant to Toddler Hat

With the band folded in twice, this hat will fit an infant. As child grows, unfold the band to fit up till age 3 or 4 years.

•Two complimentary yarns, at least 1/2 a skeen each, size 4Medium

•5mm crochet hook

•Tapestry needle


Chain 5. Singe crochet into the first chain twice. Single crochet twice into each chain, making 10.

Increase with sc again to make 20.

Half-double crochet one row.

Increase with single crochet to 40. Half-double crochet one row.

Increase one third with single crochet: sc twice in one stitch, sc once in next stitch, sc once in the next; sc twice, once, once, etc. until row is completed. Radius should be 53 stitches.

sc 18 rows.

Tie off.


With contrasting color, chain 5. sc into second chain from hook. Single crochet 53 rows. Slip stitch ends together to make a loop.

Slip stitch this band to the hat, matching stitches.


With the contrasting yarn, wrap around your palm 50+ times. Cut. Wrap another string of yarn around this bundle, thread through a couple times with tapestry needle and tie off TIGHTLY, leaving loose ends. Cut the 50+ loops on each end and trim to create the ball. With loose ends, tie onto the hat.


The band can also fold inside to better fit smaller infants.

This just fits my 3 1/2 year old daughter.

This I made from a softer yarn. Folded up, it fits my infant niece.

It folds out just the same.

And fits infants and toddlers, alike.

If you try this pattern, please show us how it went!

Happy Feast of Dedication!

“Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve…”

The story of the eight nights of oil is the most recognized reason for Hanukkah, but the history is far deeper. The “abomination of desolation” shown to the Prophet Daniel (Chapter 12) had a fulfillment under the King Antiochus Epiphanes, and foreshadows the abomination of desolation to come in the Last Days. The full account of Hanukkah is gory and heart-wrenching, which is probably why so much of the celebration is redirected to the rabbinical tradition of the oil. However, only when you recognize the extent of the evil can you appreciate the principles and righteousness of the protagonists. The account in I and II Maccabees shows the importance of loyalty, religious liberty, and trusting in YHWH’s strength when the fight is impossible to win.

The Maccabean revolt against Antiochus is an inspiration to stand for the Truth and our covenant with the Almighty, against the abominations and lies of the world, cleansing our temples in which His Spirit resides, and Dedicating ourselves to His purpose. 
We don’t have to stress with “must have” decorations, extra spending, and propping up fables of a red-suited man. We can simply gather together, learn about our history, and inspire our children with real-life heroes and the Light of the World!
Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, Chanukah, Hanukkah – may it be full of family, joy, love, thanksgiving, and Shalom!