Free Crochet Pattern – “1 Up” Mushroom Baby Hat

Still without an at-all functional kitchen (not so much as a sink hooked up, at this point!), let’s go for something completely different today!

This weekend marked a first for me – attending a baby shower. I tend to meet friends after they’ve finished spawning, and my younger friends tend to be happily childfree. The opportunity to attend such a shindig just hasn’t come around.

Not that I really minded, btw. From what I’ve heard (Games involving melting chocolate bars into diapers and “identifying the poopie”, for instance)… they sound sort of horrible. I’m not a huge fan of anklebiters in general (though I’m sure yours are awesome, dear readers!), and I’m not the type whose uterus shudders with delight at the idea of teeny tiny socks.

Yep, sometimes I just fail at being a girl! Haha!

Jenni, however, is awesome. Awesome person (I mean, she’s a librarian… I’ve yet to meet a less-than-awesome one of THOSE), total geek… one of the very first friends I met through Convergence. Love her!

Still, I was super stressed out about attending. After looking up her registry, the idea of shopping at “Babies R Us” terrified me. I don’t know what ANY of that stuff was for, but it mostly looked… tremendously unsettling. LOL. Yep, I was gonna have to wing it, and make something. Besides, making something meant no risk of duplication of gifts, right? 🙂

In honor of the geeked-out beginning of our friendship (and the guest list for the shower!), I decided that I would crochet some baby hats based on “random fandom” – 4 hats in total. This one – for a Super Mario Brothers inspired baby beret – was my favorite of the lot. I’d like to show you how I made it!

Now, a bit of a caveat: I learned to crochet when I was a little kid, and I crochet like I cook. I decide what I want to make, pick up a needle, and just… do it. I’m not a recipe/pattern kind of person. I don’t know what “guage” I used, I just did it.

Not only do I not USE crochet patterns/instructions, I’ve never written them out for anyone else, in my LIFE. First time, babay! SO… I hope this set of instructions is ok. I’m sure it doesn’t really follow proper formating or whatever, but hopefully it’s easy enough to understand for those who already crochet! It’s about the right size for a newborn, but feel free to play with needle size / number of stitches or rows to make it bigger or smaller as needed.

Also, if you DO make one of these… be sure to send me a picture! Either email or post to the Celebration Generation Facebook page – I’d love to see it!

By the way – True to form, Jenni’s shower was nothing like the nightmare events I’d heard of, and everyone had a good time. It was really touching to be there as the gender of her baby was revealed, by cutting into a specially made cake. When she found out – along with the rest of us – that she was having a girl, Jenni cried tears of happiness!

“1 Up” Mushroom Baby Beret – Free crochet pattern

Emerald green colored yarn
Light tan colored yarn
White colored yarn
Black yarn

Size G crochet hook

Hat

This works its way down from the top of the hat

Using green yarn, chain 2.

Round 1: 15 Double Crochet (dc) into the second chain from the hook. Join final dc with a slip stitch (sl st) into the top of the first dc.

Round 2: Chain (ch) 2, 2 dc in the next stitch, 1 dc in the following. Work around the entire round that way – 2 dc in one stitch, 1 dc in the next. Join final stitch to top of beginning chain with a sl st.

Round 3:. Ch 2, 2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in each of the next 2 stitches. Work around the entire round that way – 2 dc in one stitch, 1 dc in each of the next two. Join final stitch to top of beginning chain with a sl st.

Round 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in each of the next 3 stitches. Work around the entire round that way – 2 dc in one stitch, 1 dc in each of the next three. Join final stitch to top of beginning chain with a sl st.

Round 5 and 6: Repeat Round 4

Round 7: Ch 2, 1 dc in each of the next two stitches. Use a decrease dc stitch for the next two stitches (to make one stitch of the two). Work around the entire round that way – 1 dc in each of three stitches, then join the next two stitches into a single, decreased dc. Join final stitch to top of beginning chain with a sl st.

Round 8: Repeat Round 7

Round 9: Ch 2, 1 dc in each stitch the whole way around. Join final stitch to top of beginning chain with a sl st.

Round 10: Switch to light tan colored yarn. Ch 2, 1 dc in each stitch the whole way around. Join final stitch to top of beginning chain with a sl st.

Rounds 11 and 12: Repeat round 10, continuing to use the tan colored yarn.

Round 13: 1 Single crochet (sc) in each stitle the whole way around. Join final stitch to top of beginning chain with a sl st, tie off.

Use a yarn needle to finish off all hanging ends of yarn.

Eyes (Make 2):

Using black yarn, ch 6. Work 1 sc into each chain. Tie off.

Large dots (Make 3):

Using white yarn, chain 2.

Round 1: 15 Double Crochet (dc) into the second chain from the hook. Join final dc with a slip stitch (sl st) into the top of the first dc.

Round 2: Chain (ch) 2, 2 dc in the next stitch, 1 dc in the following. Work around the entire round that way – 2 dc in one stitch, 1 dc in the next. Join final stitch to top of beginning chain with a sl st.

Small Dots (Make 3)

Using white yarn, chain 2.

Round 1: 15 Double Crochet (dc) into the second chain from the hook. Join final dc with a slip stitch (sl st) into the top of the first dc.

Use a yarn needle and matching yarn to sew each dot and “eye” into place.

How did I do for writing down a crochet “pattern”?

8 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern – “1 Up” Mushroom Baby Hat

  1. it is so cute and simple pattern. I like it !!!!
    I’ll make it for my little one soon, Thank you very much for share the pattern.

  2. Hey, I am new to crochet and do it much the same way you do…just pick up a hook and go for it! Since you are working from the top down, do you start with a magic circle? I’m having some trouble. Thanks!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to write out this pattern! I know it was a lot of work! Just wanted to let you know that I made a version modified version of your hat and will be posting it on my blog as well! Look forward to getting to know you! Thanks again! You rock! xoxo

  4. Wow! You did an awesome job on this hat and it’s what I have been searching for! My 23 yr old nephew is a video game fanatic and asked me to make him a Mario Bros. mushroom hat. What size hook or other tweaks would you suggest to make this into an adult man’s size? I can’t believe he wants to wear a mushroom on his head but I adore him and will make just about anything he asks me to do. : ) Thank you for sharing your talents and hard work with all of us!

    Many Blessings,
    Leslie

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