Colors: Choose any two colors of worsted weight yarn, color A and color B. I suggest using the two colors that best represent your favorite sports team, but really, you can use any two colors. Other good color choices:
- Your two favorite colors
- Two colors that match your winter coat
- Two colors that represent your favorite holiday - i.e. red and green for Christmas, black and orange for Halloween, green and white for St. Patrick's Day.
Crochet Hook:Use a size H / 5.0 mm hook, and adjust as necessary to find the hook size you need to obtain the correct gauge.
Other: Tapestry needle
Gauge: 4 sts and 4 rows = 1 inch
Please be sure to make a gauge swatch prior to crocheting this hat.
If you want your hat to be exactly the same size as mine is, match my gauge as closely as possible.
If you don't want to hassle with matching my gauge, or if you need a hat in a different size, the alternative is to work out the math to ensure a correct fit. The math for this particular design is very easy, so please don't be afraid to make size adjustments. Either way, you will need your gauge swatch to do this correctly.
Finished Size:This pattern is sized for adults, and is a unisex design.
My sample hat measures 12 inches long and 17 inches in circumference (It measures approximately 8.5 inches across when laid flat.) Not counting the circle at the top, the hat measures about 11 inches long. These measurements were taken when the hat was unstretched, but it stretches quite a bit.
Just to give you an idea, the intended wearer's head measurement is about 22 1/2 inches in circumference, and the hat fits him comfortably.
- If you'd like to make your hat longer than the sample, increase the number of chain stitches in your starting chain.
- To make your hat shorter, decrease the number of chains in your starting chain.
- If you'd like your hat to fit looser, crochet more rows.
- To make it fit tighter, crochet fewer rows.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Design Notes: When crocheting the body of the hat, work sc in back loops only. When crocheting the circle for the top, work sc through both loops.
Additional Hat Photos: See several close-up photos of this hat.
Project Instructions:Using color A, ch 44
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch st across the row. When you get to the last sc in the row, insert your hook as usual and draw up a loop of color A, then change colors to color B by drawing a loop of color B through the two loops on your hook. Be sure to leave a tail of at least 6” of color B.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Continue working in color B. Work entire row in back loop sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Using color B, work entire row in bl sc. At the end of the row, change colors to color A.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn. Using color A, work entire row in bl sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn. Using color A, work entire row in bl sc. At the end of the row, change colors to color B.
Continue alternating between two rows of each color until your hat is the desired length. End with a single row of color A. Do not cut color A.
My sample hat is 68 rows total, but you should crochet as many rows as necessary to achieve a comfortable fit for the intended wearer. You can do a quick fitting by using safety pins to temporarily pin up the sides of the hat and try it on.
After the top has been gathered, make a few extra stitches as needed to secure the gathers and then set the piece aside while you crochet the circle.
Instructions for How to Crochet the Circle:Ch 5, sl st to form a ring
Round 1: 10 sc in ring; sl st to join to the first sc in the round.
Round 2: ch 1, work 2 sc in each sc, (20 sc) sl st to join
Round 3: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc (20 sc) sl st to join
I stopped there; the circle for my hat is made up of these 3 rounds. It measures about 2 1/4", and it is big enough to successfully cover the gathers at the top of my hat.
I worked out a couple of extra rounds for the circle, just in case you need them. Reasons why you might need them:
- If your circle turned out smaller than mine
- If for some reason your circle doesn't cover the gathers at the top of your hat completely when you try to stitch it onto the top of the hat
Optional Round 4: ch 1, (1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat sequence in parentheses all the way around (30 sc total)
Optional Round 5: ch 1, work 1 sc in each sc all the way around (30 sc total)
When you end off, leave a long tail of yarn that you can use to stitch the circle to the top of the hat.
Your next task: stitching the circle to the hat in such a way that it hides the carried yarns, the basting stitch, and all the gathers. You want this to be permanent, so stitch around the circle several times until you are confident that it won't work its way loose. When you are finished, turn the hat inside out and weave in the final loose end.
Turn it right side out, wear and enjoy.