Artisan’s Traveling Hat

Author

Jo Anne Tracy

Introduction

Artisan's Traveling HatThe inspiration for this hat came from Lis Paludan’s Crochet: History & Technique. Among the many wonderful photos in this book is one of a man’s “Traveling Hat,” an patterned straight hat with a flat top. This is my version. The top is crocheted in a spiral, with alternating bands of color. The woven appearance of the side pattern is achieved by following a simple pattern in the round. As in tapestry crochet, the stitches in the round are slightly offset causing the diagonal lines in one direction to appear solid, while the diagonals in the opposite direction are broken. See the accompanying tutorial Two-color crochet in the ‘round for more information.


Materials List

Figure 1For small hat (Figure 1): Brown Sheep, Nature Spun Worsted 100% wool (245 yds / 100 g) in Sage [A] and Charcoal [B], 1 skein each.

Figure 2For medium hat (Figure 2) : Koigu, Kersti Merino 100% merino wool (114 yds / 50 g) in color K519 [A], 1 skein, and Brown Sheep, Nature Spun Worsted 100% wool (245 yds / 100 g) in Black [B], 1 skein.

Size H hook

Stitch marker

Finished Size

Adult S [M, L] — Circumference: 22 [23, 24] inches

Gauge

9 rows = 2 inches in pattern
10 st = 2 inches in pattern

Notes

When changing colors, do so by changing yarn in the st just BEFORE the change: Insert hook into st using OLD color, yo, pull loop through, yo in NEW color, pull though*.

US pattern notations: ch, sl st, sc.

The Pattern

Begin top

With A, wrap yarn around finger to make a loop (not a slip knot). Crochet first round into the center of the loop, then pull ends tight to close the center hole.

Rnd 1: 7 sc into loop. Do not join ends. Do not turn.

Rnd 2: continuing in the round, 2 sc in first st, change to B (see notes on changing colors); *2 sc in next st, change to A; 2 sc in next st, change to B; Repeat from * 2 more times, ending rnd with change to B. (14 st)

At this point it is a good idea to place a marker in the first st to mark the beginning of rnds.

Rnd 3: sc in 1st st, 2 sc in next st, change to A; *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, change to B, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, change to A. Repeat from * 2 more times, ending with change to A. (21 st)

Rnd 4: sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, change to B. * sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, change to A. sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, change to B. Repeat from * 2 more times, ending rnd with change to B. (28 st)

Rnd 5: sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, change to A. *s sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, change to B. sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, change to A. Repeat from * 2 more times, ending with change to A. (35 st)

Continue in this manner, increasing 7 st on each round by adding a st at the end of each color section, for 14 [17, 20] rnds. (98 [119, 140] st)

Rnd 15 [18, 21]: with A, sl into the front loop of each st.

Rnd 16 [19. 22]: continue with A, sl st into the back of loop of st from rnd 14 [17, 20].

Rnd 17 [20, 23]: continue with A, sc into the same back of loop as previous row (it gets a little tight here). Reduce* by 2 [7, 4] st, distributing decreases evenly around. 96 [112, 136] st.

Begin Sides
Follow instructions below, or Chart A.

artisan's hatRnd 18 [21, 24]: *With A, sc in in next 7 st; Change to B, 1 sc. Repeat from * 11 [14, 17] more times.

Rnd 19 [22, 25]: *With B, 1 sc, change to A, sc in next 5 st, change to B, 1 sc, change to A, 1 sc. Repeat from * 11 [14, 17] more times.

Rnd 20 [23, 26]: *With A, 1 sc, change B, 1 sc, change to A, 3 sc, change to B, 1 sc, change to A, 2 sc. Repeat from * 11 [14, 17] more times.

Rnd 21 [24, 27]: *With A, 2 sc, change B, 1 sc, change to A, 1 sc, change to B, 1 sc, change to A, 3 sc. Repeat from * 11 [14, 17] more times.

Rnd 22 [25, 28]: *With A, 3 sc, change to B, 1 sc, change to A, 4 sc. Repeat from * 11 [14, 17] more times.

Rnd 23 [26, 29]: *With A, 2 sc, change B, 1 sc, change to A, 1 sc, change to B, 1 sc, change to A, 3 sc. Repeat from * 11 [14, 17] more times.

Rnd 24 [27, 30]: *With A, 1 sc, change B, 1 sc, change to A, 3 sc, change to B, 1 sc, change to A, 2 sc. Repeat from * 11 [14, 17] more times.

Rnd 25 [28, 31]: *With B, 1 sc, change to A, sc in next 5 st, change to B, 1 sc, change to A, 1 sc. Repeat from * 11 [14, 17] more times.

Rnd 26 [29, 32]: *With A, sc in in next 7 st; Change to B, 1 sc. Repeat from * 11 [14, 17] more times.

Repeat rnds 18 [21, 24] through 26 [29, 32].

Alternately, to make a solid band at the end, repeat rnds 18 [21, 24] through 22 [25, 28] in pattern, then finish rnds 23 [26, 29] through 26 [29, 32] in B.

Rnd 27 [30, 33]: With B, sl st around. Break yarn.

Weave in ends. Wear and Be Cool.

Chart A

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