My friend, A, recently learned to crochet. She asked me of I could teach her, so I asked her what she wanted to make. She told me she wanted to make a baby hat for her sister-in-law, and future nephew.
I looked around at a couple patterns, but finally landed on this one. I like it because it has the sizes for different ages, and the ear flaps are easily taken out, if you wish. Using a 5 weight yarn (80% acrylic, 20% wool), and a I size crochet hook, I was able to make the a newborn hat in under 2 hours.
For my hats, I chose a grey base so that I could make the hat for a boy or a girl. I think they turned out super cute, and I love the versatility that can be achieved through a little imagination.
Here are some hats I made.