Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Easy Crochet Hat Pattern



It has been SOOOO COLD here. It's perfect weather for crocheting. I learned to crochet when I was probably 8 or 9 years old. The first thing I made was a potholder that was shaped like a pan and had a bacon slice and a fried egg on it. I gave it to my mom and she probably still has it tucked away somewhere :) I've progressed a bit, but still stick to smaller projects because I tend to get distracted and want a finished product...NOW! If you would like an easy project that you can have NOW, well actually in about an hour or so, keep reading.
This site has standard head measurements if you're unsure how big to make your hat. It's a great resource page for chest, foot and average body measurements for babies and toddlers too.
If you're able to get a measurement for the head you want want to make a hat for that works even better ;) There will be some stretch to this hat, but to get a correct measurement measure around the head at the brow line under the tops of the ears. This will give you the head circumference which you'll divide by 3.14. That number will be how wide the crown of your hat should be.
So....
head circumference ÷ 3.14 = width of crown piece.

Supplies needed:
Worsted weight yarn of your choice
Size G crochet hook
Instructions:
Chain 2 or magic circle
Round 1:  6 hdc into 2nd chain from hook or 6 hdc into magic circle, join with slip stitch into top of first stitch.
Round 2:  ch 2, 1 hdc in same stitch (counts as 2 hdc) then 2 hdc in each stitch around, join with slip stitch into top of beginning chain 2 stitch.
Round 3:  ch 2, 2 hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch and repeat alternating with 1 hdc in next stitch and 2 hdc in the following stitch all the way around, join with slip stitch into top of beginning chain 2 stitch.
Round 4:  ch 2, 1 hdc in same stitch (counts as 2 hdc) then 1 hdc in next 2 stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch and repeat alternating 1 hdc in next 2 stitches and 2 hdc in following stitch all the way around, join with slip stitch into top of beginning chain 2 stitch.
Round 5:  ch 2, 2 hdc in next stitch then 1 hdc in next 3 stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch and repeat alternating 1 hdc in next 3 stitches and 2 hdc in following stitch all the way around, join with slip stitch into top of beginning chain 2 stitch.
Round 6:  ch 2, 1 hdc in same stitch (counts as 2 hdc) then 1 hdc in next 4 stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch and repeat alternating 1 hdc in next 4 stitches and 2 hdc in following stitch all the way around, join with slip stitch into top of beginning chain 2 stitch.
Round 7:  ch 2, 2 hdc in next stitch then 1 hdc in next 5 stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch and repeat alternating 1 hdc in next 5 stitches and 2 hdc in following stitch all the way around, join with slip stitch into top of beginning chain 2 stitch.
Rounds 8-14:  chain 2 then 1 hdc in each stitch around, join with slip stitch into top of beginning chain 2 stitch. **If you want to fold your brim up do another 4 rounds like this.**
Round 15:  Slip stitch in each stitch around for a more finished edge. Finish off with a slip stitch in the last stitch and call it DONE!!

***This is a very basic hat pattern that can be varied easily by using a different stitch (single crochet, shell stitch, popcorn stitch, etc), the size of your hook, the type of yarn and borders or embellishments added.  You will still increase your rounds in the same manner, but will need to vary the number of stitches per round and/or number of rounds to fit your measurements.***

The following hats use the same pattern, but I've used single crochet with 2 strands of yarn together for the gray and orange one with a round of single crochet of each color for the border.
The scallop edged hats were also made using single crochet. To make the scalloped edge: join your last round with a slip stitch and start your next round with a single crochet into the first stitch, skip over the next stitch, 5 dc in the following stitch, skip a stitch, single crochet into the next stitch and continue around in the same way.








This cute little rainbow one was made using the pattern above with only 5 crown rows to adjust the size for a child. I used a double strand velvet and ribbony yarn for it.






Lastly this little pink one used double crochet and single crochet rows in a great nubby yarn.
Thanks for stopping by,
Terri :)

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2 comments:

  1. If you can come up with a neat looking guy hat, your brother could use one!

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  2. :) ok I'll do that. Try to stay warm in the meantime.

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