Under the sea....that's where you will find the little mermaid hat. This little hat is super easy to do and will make a little girl's day brighter.
Red yarn, blue (or the color of you choice) for the starfish, crochet hooks size G and H
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
With the red yarn, size G hook, ch 4, 6 dc in the 4th ch from hook, sl st to join to first dc, ch3.
Round 1: 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join to first dc, ch 3.
Round 2: 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st, repeat around, sl st to join to first dc, ch 3.
Round 3: 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 2 sts, repeat around, sl st to join to first dc, ch 3.
Round 4: 2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, repeat around, sl st to join to first dc, ch 3. Change to the H hook.
Round 5: (popcorn stitch) Ch 3, work 5 dc in the same stitch. Drop the loop from your hook. Insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first dc of the group.
Grab the dropped loop with your hook and pull it through the stitch. One popcorn stitch completed. Skip the next stitch and make a popcorn stitch in the next stitch. Continue around, join with sl st to the ch 3 at the beginning. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Center: Ch 3, join in a ring with a sl st. Sc 6 in the ring, sl st to join.
Step 1: Ch 6, sl st in the 2nd st from the hook, sc in the next 2 sts,1 dc in the next 2 sts, sl st in the 2nd st of the center. The first ray is complete. Repeat four more times. The starfish has 5 rays. Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew onto the side of the hat.
Braid: Cut 15 pieces of yarn 20" long. Gather up the lengths and fold them in half. Using a large crochet hook, insert the hook through where the braid will attach and draw the fold through. Pull the lengths through the loop and pull the yarn to even the sides up. Separate the lengths into 3 groups and braid. To secure the braid cut a piece of yarn and tie around the end of the braid, knotting several times. Trim ends if desired.