So my best friend's youngest brother and his wife are having twins, who will (of course) be a bit premature. Me being me, I decided to whip up a few hats and of course couldn't find a simple pattern I liked, so it was time to wing it. Courtesy of a wonderful chart, I came up with the following:
Hats for the twins
1 skein Red Heart Gumdrop - Grape colorway (1 skein will make 6 hats with a bit leftover)
Gauge is unimportant because measurements are what matters
Special stitch: Linked DC
Note: ch 2 does not count as a stitch. Do not turn at the end of each round.
Row 1: Chain 3, 12 dc into the 3rd chain from hook. Sl st to the first dc, ch 2. (12 dc)
Row 2: 2 dc in each stitch around, sl st into the first dc, ch 2. (24 dc)
Row 3: *1 dc in the first stitch, 2 dc in the next; repeat from * around. Sl st to the first dc, ch 2 (36 dc)
Measure across the circle. It should be about 3" - 3.5". If it's smaller than 3", rip it out and try again using an I hook. If it's bigger than 3.5", rip it out and try a G (4mm) hook unless you're making a hat for a newborn.
Row 4: dc in each stitch around, sl st in first dc, ch 2. (36 dc)
Rows 5 - 8: Repeat row 4
Row 9: if you don't feel comfortable doing the linked dc, just do a dc in each stitch around, sl st to first dc and Fasten off. Otherwise, do a linked dc in each stitch around, sl st to the first linked dc and fasten off.
The hat measure about 4" - 4.5" from crown to brim.