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Let me tell you my experience with baby hats. Now I’ve gone over a good stack of patterns and measurements and how to gauge size for newborns, 0-3 months, so forth. But it doesn’t always turn out right the first time. I absolutely loved working with I Love This Cotton Yarn in rose for Hopeful Honey’s Vintage Baby Hat that I did for a 6 month old. My favorite part was sewing on the pearls. It was exactly what my customer wanted – a vintage baby hat. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Olivia’s work on Hopeful Honey’s blog. User friendly, great patterns, and great quality photos. Also, her blog is not saturated with ads like other craft blogs, which crash my browser most times.


Then the mega trendy Bobble Beard Pattern for this miracle baby, which taught me the Bullion Stitch.


Today, I get to share with you how I did a Ninja Turtle hat for a newborn. I’m also assuming you ALREADY know how to read patterns. I’m using I Love This Yarn in Light Sage & Red. In this post, I’ll also help you figure out what measurements you need to make it the perfect size. I do not have a written pattern YET, please LIKE and COMMENT if you’d like me to write a pattern for my TMNT baby hat.


I started my beanie using the American Heart Association’s newborn beanie pattern, which can be found here. I’m using a size F 3.75 mm hook. Except I did not make the height 8 inches and kept it at 4.5 inches. I felt like 8 inches was way too long, even if 2 inches were to fold up the cuff of the hat.


The circumference for the newborn was 13.5 inches. To find the size of your magic flat circle, divide the circumference with 3.14. That means your flat circle must be about 4 inches wide.



I had the problem  when it came time to add the height, the circle did not “shape” and instead, just became a larger circle. So after my increasing stopped, I SC in the BLO for the next round. This helps form the hat. I continued with the green until at 2.5 inches from top to bottom. Here, I switched to red. I did 3 SC rounds in red, the red strip measuring 1/2 inch.


I changed colors back to light sage and continued SC rounds adding 1.5 inches. The total height from top to bottom is 4.5″.


I just used this pattern for the bandana, based off the shape of a leaf. I thought it added nice movement and makes it look more flowy.


Next is to add the eyes, but if you don’t want to, you could just add cute ear flaps and outline in red and I think that would look adorable too. I used to play with TMNT action toys (never one for barbies TBH) and the original movies was a hallmark of my childhood. My favorite was Donatello, who had a blue headband and used the bow staff!!That was a time when I watched Power Rangers and Wishbone. I guess I’ll always be  a kid at heart!

(Sorry how crummy these photos are, I really need to set up a studio space to photograph my stuff!)