Long Loops Toddler Sunhat (3T-4T)

Finally, the third part of the Toddler set is here! The set is complete, and now you can make the sunhat! When I was a child I got sunburned – a LOT. So I’ve been trying to keep my child safe in the sun, which means staying in the shade, applying lots of sunscreen, and – of course – a hat to match every outfit!

The brim is just wide enough not to flop in her eyes, and just wide enough to offer cover from the sun. And, of course, if you use Caron Cotton Cakes like I did, it’s WASHABLE! So wear it in the pool and when it (inevitably) gets pulled off her head and lands in the mud, you can just throw it in the washing machine!

So without further ado, here is the third and final piece of the toddler set, the Sunhat:

Unless otherwise noted, ch2 or ch1 at the beginning of each round does NOT equate to a stitch, so you will make the first stitch in the same stitch. Ch4 at the beginning of a round DOES equate to a stitch, so you will slip stitch at the end of the round to the 4th chain to close the round.

Special Stitches:

Long Loop Stitch, topped with 4 Sc: Yarn over, insert hook in first stitch, yarn over, pull thru stitch, and PULL TALL (dc or tr height) (3 loops on hook). **From this point on, it is helpful to keep a finger over the yarn on your hook, to make sure the tall loops do not shorten.** Yarn over, insert hook in same (first) stitch, yarn over, pull thru stitch, and PULL TALL (5 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into SECOND stitch, yarn over, pull thru stitch, and PULL TALL (7 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same (SECOND) stitch, yarn over, pull thru stitch, and PULL TALL (9 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull thru 8 loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull thru two loops (1 loop on hook).  Insert hook back thru the center of the 8 long loops, and perform 4 sc thru the center of and around all 8 threads of the tall loops just created.  This should create a small hole in the center of the loops.  See pictures below.  This is a little complicated, so here’s a GREAT youtube tutorial of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMo84x12Zhs

Caron Cotton Cakes – 140-160 yards 

5.5mm Hook

At the end of the first 4 rounds, circle should measure 3.5 inches.

Pattern written in US terminology

For both sizes: 

Round 1: Magic circle. Ch1. 10 hdc, slip stitch (ss) to first hdc. (10hdc)

Round 2: Ch1. 2 hdc in each st, ss to first hdc. (20hdc)

Round 3: Ch1. *Hdc. 2 hdc.* Repeat to end of round, ss to first hdc. (30 hdc)

Round 4: Ch1. *Hdc in the next two stitches. 2 hdc.* Repeat to end of round, ss to first hdc. (40 hdc)

Round 5: Ch1. *Hdc in the next three stitches. 2 hdc.* Repeat until two sts remain. 2hdc in ea of last two sts, ss to first hdc. (51 hdc)

For 3T ONLY: 

Round 6: Ch1. *Sc in next st (for first st, this is the same st as the join), ch 3, skip 2 st. Sc in next st, ch3, skip 2 st. Sc in next st, ch 1, skip 1 st. Sc. Hdc. Dc in next 4 sts. Hdc. Sc. Ch1. Skip 1 sts.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. Ss to first sc. (3, 8-st starter-shells, and 6 ch3 spaces)

Round 7: Ss to the center of the ch3. Ch1. *Sc in next space (same space as the ch1 at the start of the round). Ch3, sc in next chain space. Ch 1. Skip sc and ch1. {Long Loop Crochet over next two stitches, topped with 4 sc. Ch1.} repeat {} a total of 4x. Skip ch1 and sc. * Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. Ss to first sc. (12 long loop crochets) 

Round 8: Ss to center of the ch3 space. *8 tr in ch4 space (First tr of the round will be ch4). Ch1. Sc between first two long loop stitches. Ch 3. Sc between second and third long loop stitches. Ch3. Sc between third and fourth long loop stitches. Ch 1.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. Ss to top of the ch4 (which counted as the first tr).  (Three 8-tr shells, and 6 ch3 spaces)

Round 9: Ch2. *{Long Loop Stitch over the next two stitches (the first stitch being in the join), topped with 4 sc. Ch1.} repeat {} a total of 4x. Sc in ch3 space. Ch 3. Sc in next ch sp. Ch 1. Skip ch1 and sc. * Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. SS to the first sc in the top of the first Long Loop Stitch. (12 Long Loops)

Round 10: Slip stitch across to the ch1 at the end of the first long loop.  Ch1. *Sc between first and second long loop stitches (same space as the first ch1). Ch3. Sc between second and third long loop stitches. Ch3. Sc between third and fourth long loop stitches. Ch 1. 8 tr in ch 3 space. Ch 1. * Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. Ss to first sc. (Three 8-tr shells, and 6 ch3 spaces)

Rounds 11-12: Repeat Rows 7-8

Round 13: Ch1, *Sc in each tr (including the join), sc in ch 1 space, sc in sc, 2 sc in ch3 space, sc in sc, 2 sc in ch3 space, sc in sc, sc in ch1 space.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. (51 sc)

Round 14: Ch1. *5sc, 2sc in next st* Repeat * to * around, until 3 sts remain. Sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in last st. Ss to first sc. (60 sc)

For 4T ONLY:

Round 6: Ch1. *Sc in next st (for first st, this is the same st as the join), ch 3, skip 2 st. Sc in next st, ch3, skip 2 st. Sc in next st, ch 2, skip 1 st. Sc. Hdc. Dc in next 4 sts. Hdc. Sc. Ch2. Skip 1 sts.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. Ss to first sc. (3, 8-st starter-shells, and 6 ch3 spaces)

Round 7: Ss to the center of the ch3. Ch1. *Sc in next space (same space as the ch1 at the start of the round). Ch3, sc in next chain space. Ch 2. Skip sc and ch2. {Long Loop Crochet over next two stitches, topped with 4 sc. Ch1.} repeat {} a total of 4x. Ch1. Skip ch2 and sc. * Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. Ss to first sc. (12 long loop crochets) 

Round 8: Ss to center of the ch3 space. *8 tr in ch3 space (First tr of the round will be ch4). Ch2. Sc between first two long loop stitches. Ch 3. Sc between second and third long loop stitches. Ch3. Sc between third and fourth long loop stitches. Ch 2.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. Ss to top of the ch4 (which counted as the first tr).  (Three 8-tr shells, and 6 ch3 spaces)

Round 9: Ch2. *{Long Loop Stitch over the next two stitches (the first stitch being in the join), topped with 4 sc. Ch1.} repeat {} a total of 4x. Ch1. Sc in ch3 space. Ch 3. Sc in next ch sp. Ch 2. Skip ch2 and sc. * Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. SS to the first sc in the top of the first Long Loop Stitch. (12 Long Loops)

Round 10: Slip stitch across to the ch1 at the end of the first long loop.  Ch1. *Sc between first and second long loop stitches (same space as the first ch1). Ch3. Sc between second and third long loop stitches. Ch3. Sc between third and fourth long loop stitches. Ch 2. 8 tr in ch 3 space. Ch 2. * Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. Ss to first sc. (Three 8-tr shells, and 6 ch3 spaces)

Rounds 11-12: Repeat Rows 7-8

**You may need additional height for the 4T sunhat, depending on the child’s head size.  If so, Repeat rows 9 and 10, and Round 13 will read as: ((Ch1, * sc in sc, 2 sc in ch3 space, sc in sc, 2 sc in ch3 space, sc in sc, 2 sc in ch2 space, Sc in each tr (including the join), 2 sc in ch 2 space.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. (57 sc)))**

Round 13: Ch1, *Sc in each tr (including the join), 2 sc in ch 2 space, sc in sc, 2 sc in ch3 space, sc in sc, 2 sc in ch3 space, sc in sc, 2 sc in ch2 space.* Repeat * to * a total of 3 times. (57 sc)

Round 14: Ch1. *17 sc, 2 sc in next st* Repeat * to * around.  Ss to first sc. (60)

For BOTH sizes:

Round 15: Ch1. *9 sc, 2 sc in next st* Repeat * to * around.  Ss to first sc. (66)

Round 16: Ch1. *10 sc, 2 sc in next st* Repeat * to * around.  Ss to first sc. (72)

Round 17: Ch1. *11 sc, 2 sc in next st* Repeat * to * around.  Ss to first sc. (78)

Round 18: Ch1. *12 sc, 2 sc in next st* Repeat * to * around.  Ss to first sc. (84)

Round 19: Ch1. *13 sc, 2 sc in next st* Repeat * to * around.  Ss to first sc. (90)

Round 20: Ch1. *14 sc, 2 sc in next st* Repeat * to * around.  Ss to first sc. (96)

Round 21: Ss around.  FO.  Weave in ends.  

Long Loop Stitch, topped with 4sc:

Yarn over, insert hook in first stitch, yarn over, pull thru stitch, and PULL TALL (tr height) (3 loops on hook). **From this point on, it is helpful to keep a finger over the yarn on your hook, to make sure the tall loops do not shorten.** Yarn over, insert hook in same (first) stitch, yarn over, pull thru stitch, and PULL TALL (5 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into SECOND stitch, yarn over, pull thru stitch, and PULL TALL (7 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same (SECOND) stitch, yarn over, pull thru stitch, and PULL TALL (9 loops on hook): 

Yarn over, pull thru 8 loops (2 loops on hook). 

Yarn over, pull thru two loops (1 loop on hook).  

Insert hook back thru the center of the 8 long loops. 

Perform 4 sc thru the center of and around all 8 threads of the tall loops just created.  

This should create a small hole in the center of the loops.

And that’s it! As always, I’d love to hear from you about what you think about the Long Loop Toddler Sunhat, or any of my other creations, so feel free to leave a comment or ask a question!  If you make it, I’d love to see it in action, so tag me on Instagram @springintofalldesigns and on Ravelry at SpringintoFall.  Also, follow me on Instagram to be the first to know what new patterns are on their way!!!

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