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 This week has been a bit crazy (and will be followed by a few more crazy weeks, yikes!). I wanted to share this simple vertical stripe baby beanie. I am a huge lover of stripes, and this Vertical Stripe Baby Hat turned out exactly how I wanted it to (that doesn’t happen very often!).

Free Crochet Pattern - Vertical Stripe Baby Hat | Super cozy slouchy hat for baby!



But first, I wanted to share some exciting news. 

We bought a house! Our very first house, actually. It is charming, has lots of character, and is quite old, but we are so excited to update it and make it into our perfect house. 

 That being said, this week will be a bit quiet due to the move. Plus our little baby #2 is coming in a week and a half! We like to let things come down to the wire…

But don’t worry! I have some awesome guest posts lined up, plus some new crochet patterns (including some boots that I am super excited to share with you!), so I promise I am not going anywhere. And I probably won’t be taking a full-on maternity leave from Whistle and Ivy, but we will be having a bit of an adjustment period.

I am still trying to understand how the logistics work with having more than one child, it seems so impossible to me! 

Free Crochet Pattern - Vertical Stripe Baby Hat | Super cozy slouchy hat for baby!


 This hat is super simple and easily customized. I included the stitch counts for three hat sizes for baby, but you can easily make this hat for an older child as well. 

This hat fits in a slouchy style, but you can make it more fitted by making your foundation chain shorter. I wouldn’t go much shorter than three or four stitches, though. Keep in mind, the hat in scrunched tight at the top to close it, so it will need some length to do this. It is not designed to be worn like a fitted beanie. 

Be sure to finish with a pom-pom on top, click here for a tutorial

Free Crochet Pattern - Vertical Stripe Baby Hat | Super cozy slouchy hat for baby!
Free Crochet Pattern - Vertical Stripe Baby Hat | Super cozy slouchy hat for baby!

Free Crochet Pattern - Vertical Stripe Baby Hat | Super cozy slouchy hat for baby!

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What you need: 

Brava Knit Picks (Mint, Rouge)

-Size G Hook

-Yarn Needle



To get this free pattern, click here: Vertical Stripe Baby Hat

To view a video demonstrating how to close up the top of the hat, click HERE


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Do you have any tips on adjusting to two kids? I am a bit terrified. 


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  1. This hat is adorable but the baby is more adorable. I love to crochet and have made a lot of baby hats but this baby model takes the cake!!!
    Love your blog. Come visit me sometime.

  2. I’m sure you already figured this out, as you must have had #2 by now, but you have plenty of room in your heart for 2 – or more ;). My first two are also 3 yrs apart and it was so much fun! I used the feeding times of the little one to spend some time with the 3yr old – mostly read stories to him on the couch while baby sister was suckling away… He loved it! God bless you & your family on this wonderful journey!

    1. Aw, that is so cute! I will have to try that with my son :) And yes, I have found I have room for more! It is amazing :)

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  3. Longer fingernails I have an only and so many times I was hanging on and then i figured out I needed longer fingernails so I could hang on “longer”. Just pray for no colic. I was alone w/colicy one.

  4. Congratulations on the new addition and the house. I agree, don’t get rid of the bushes just yet. Trim them and see how they look. Landscaping is expensive and it is better to use what you have first. Two children can be juggled, it just takes a bit of getting used to. I had 3 (all boys) who are now grown. I would go back to that time in a minute. Relax and enjoy your babies.

    1. Thanks Patty! I will see how they look. I really wasn’t planning on paying for fancy landscaping, just maybe bringing the lawn back further and planting flowers along the porch, but I will see how it looks with a little TLC! I do think that my fear is maybe just fear of the unknown, I weirdly feel like I can’t possibly have room in my heart for another child because I love my One so much! But that can’t be true, or no one would have more than one :) It is a whole lot of fun! The days are long, but the years are sure terribly short. Thanks for your kind words!

  5. I’ve been making a similar pattern, using sc’s in back loop, gives a ridged look. (Bev’s pattern). Suggestion, instead of cutting at change of color, just carry and pick up new color. Saves tieing tails, such a short distance shouldn’t hurt.
    Love your patterns and page. Good luck with #2, been too long since mine came home can’t offer advice, just love ’em.
    PS don’t take all the bushes out, keep them trimmed. You can always call a bug guy. Remember some bugs are beneficial.

    1. Oh that sounds wonderful! The tails are the worst! (and this pattern has a lot of them!) I will have to try that.
      And I will try trimming the bushes! It won’t hurt to see how theylook when they are less wild. Thank you :)

  6. I’m so happy for you ! Having a new little one , an older one ( who no doubt will be mama’s little helper ) and a new home, and I assume a husband .It just doesn’t get much better! You don’t need any advice because you’ve already done the hard part.. your first one ..the experiental model. Just kidding. But you have this! Just let your 1st one help in the care of his or her new baby, and don’t forget to pay him special attention too.. God bless you and your family, and thanks so much for all your help with crochet and everything else you do.

    1. Thank you so much Monica! Yes, the first one is rather experimental, haha! He is so sweet, I know he will be very helpful, plus he is a bit older (just turned 3). But I am still terrified! I guess it’s fear of the unknown :) Thank you for taking the time to comment! Have a wonderful weekend :) :)