In the creative world, there are people who can learn from books, and others who learn better by demonstration. I’m definitely a show-me-a-few-times person and I’ll have it figured out. Trying to absorb new techniques from books is a different story. For this reason, I rely heavily on YouTube when learning new stitches, and this latest pattern I’ll be sharing is thanks in part to some random women online who posted very easy tutorials on how to do a Front Post Double Crochet, abbreviated as FPDC. If you’re new to the stitch, simply search the web for video tutorials, and you’ll be all set!
FPDC Newborn Newsie Cap
- Worsted Weight Yarn
- Crochet Hook Size I (I for ice cream)
- Darning Needle (for weaving in ends)
- r = row
- ch = chain
- st = stitch
- sl st = slip stitch
- sk = skip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- fpdc = front post double crochet
- B.L.O. = back loops only
- *instructions* = repeat around
When doing the Front Post Double Crochet stitch, each round you will actually do your next FPDC st into the previous round’s FPDC. This creates cool vertical lines running down the length of your hat.
Directions – Main Cap
R1: ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook to form ring; ch 2, 12 DC’s in ring, sl st to first DC to join (12).
R2: ch 2, [FPDC and DC] in ea st around (24).
R3: ch 2, [FPDC and DC in 1st st], DC in next st* (36).
R4: ch 2, [FPDC and DC in 1st st], DC in next two st’s* (48).
R5: ch 2, *FPDC in first 11 st’s, [FPDC and DC in 12th st]* (52).
R6-R16: (do not ch) FPDC in ea st around (52).
R17-R21: (do not ch) sc around in ea st in B.L.O. Finish.
Directions – Brim
While facing the seam in the hat on the right side, count 15 stitches to the right of the seam and re-attach yarn on the inside of the cap. Sl st the yarn from the inside of the hat to the right side of the hat to begin your first round.
R22: (do not ch) sc in 21 st’s across (21).
R23: ch 1, turn, sk 1, 1 sc in next 3 st’s, 1 hdc in next 13 st’s, 1 sc in next 3 st’s, sk 1, sl st to end of R22, then sl st in next st on cap and finish. Weave in ends.
Permission to Use this Pattern
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This hat will check off the “baby” theme as part of my Summer of Patterns Series. What have you been up to this summer? Getting stuff done, checking things off, being productive? I am – at least once a week that is.