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!

Dear Mama, Who just Gave Birth


I’m sorry that you can’t go home soon enough, that your baby can’t be discharged yet, that everyone is demanding answers from you when you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck, that your labor didn’t go as well as hoped, that breastfeeding and pumping are hard, that you don’t have much support, that you aren’t bonding as you had hoped, that someone didn’t treat you kindly, that you are in pain, that your hormones are whacked… whatever has saddened you after that initial joy of birth, I’m sorry.

Even if a lot of bad things did not happen during birth, post-partum recovery can still stink. After my first successful pregnancy and birth, it seemed like everyone else was enjoying my new bundle while I was left to endure misery on my own. I told myself, and others told me, that a healthy baby is all that matters. That…

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My October Challenge

This October, beginning on the 1st, I’ll be following the FlyLady’s 31 Babysteps. I first followed the YouTube version in July. This did wonders for me, since I’m a visual learner. I improved so smoothly, and the habits set me up for a peaceful home. With the routines in place, I was able to grapple hosting a family gathering of thirty people for the first time last August. I already need a refresher course, so I invite anyone to follow along with me as I watch one of FlyLady Diane’s videos each day. 

We Caught a Cold

Though a mild case, my children caught a cold that threw me off kilter. I am not accustomed to sick kids and holding them all night long.  Snotty noses just aren’t our norm. We were able to bounce back quickly to easy-breathing nights with the following regimen, consisting mostly of essential oils.

  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Thieves
  • Lemon
  • Fennel
  • Colloidal silver
  • Sitting in a steamy bathroom. 
  • Some saline and suction.
  • Cuddling 

Hot and citrus essential oils can be rubbed on the clothes and blankets, or diffused. Mild oils I can apply directly on my kids’ skin without diluting, but everyone is different; try diluting oils when first introducing them to your children.

This is merely a conversation I would share with friends and family, and is not to be construed as medical advice.

Season to Listen

As the “Dear Mama” series has wound down, this season seems to be a time for me to listen and read others’ stories. Now is the time to drink in wisdom and inspiration from others. Here, I shall list some sources that have held my focus.

Word study of “Shema.”

What About Me?

Rosh Hashana/Yom Teruah