Belliveau Cove & Gulf Shores Crochet Hats

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by Melissa Rotert

Introduction

Shell Stitch Hats

The simple shell-stitch is one of my favorite crochet designs. The combination of dc and sc, plus a few slip-stitches here and there, make it the perfect next step for a beginner who wants something more elegant and interesting than your basic sc or dc rounds, but doesn’t have the skills or confidence yet to tackle a more elaborate pattern. Not only that, but shell-stitch certainly is not lost on the more advanced hooker: it provides a fast-finished, low-concentration alternative to the more pithy patterns available, and still turns out a really pleasing finished product. That is why, when I was busy turning out caps to sell at the Relay for Life, I turned to Google in search of a pretty shell-stitch hat. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find one, so I set forth to make my own. My goal was to create a fast crochet hat pattern that was made of soft yarn with no seams, so I chose a simple worsted kitchen cotton and a large hook. I was so delighted with the finished results, I began experimenting with other yarns and slight alterations in the pattern and came up with two very satisfactory designs: a warm/cool-weather style and a cold-weather style.

Materials List

Belliveau Cove (white):

  • Brown Sheep Company, Lamb’s Pride Bulky (100% wool; 125 yds / per 4 oz.), Color M10, 1 skein
  • US size K / 6.50mm hook
  • Yarn needle

Gulf Shores (blue):

  • Lily, Sugar and Cream (100% cotton; 125 yds / per 4 oz.), Color Delft Blue, 1 skein
  • US size J / 6.00mm hook
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Approx. 23″ circumference.

Gauge

Belliveau Cove: 12 sts x 5 1/3 rounds of dc = 4″ (10 cm)

Gulf Shores: 16 sts x 8 rounds of dc = 4″ (10 cm) 

The Pattern


Belliveau Cove ClocheBelliveau Cove

Named after a lighthouse bought and paid for by proceeds from a clam festival in the nearby Nova Scotian village, Belliveau Cove is sure to help keep you toasty and stylish on those cold winter adventures. 

Dc increase rounds

Ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring.  

Round 1:  Ch 2 (counts as dc throughout), work 11 dc into ring, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (12 sts)

Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as dc, ch 1), *dc in next st, ch 1,* rep from * to * around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (24 sts)

Round 3:  Ch 2, work 2 dc into next ch-1 space, *dc in next dc, work 2 dc into next ch-1 space* rep from * to * around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (36 sts)

Round 4:  Ch 2, dc in each of next 2 sts, ch 1, *dc in each of next 3 sts, ch 1,* rep from * to * around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (48 sts)

Round 5:  Ch 2, dc in each of next 2 dc, work 2 dc into next ch-1 space, *dc in each of next 3 dc, work 2 dc into next ch-1 space*, repeat from * to * around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (60 sts)

Begin shell stitch rounds as follows:

Round 6:  Ch 1, *skip 2 dc, work 5 dc in next dc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc,  sl st in beginning ch to close ring.

Round 7:  Ch 2 (counts as dc), work 2 dc in sl st, *sc in 3rd dc of shell, work 5 dc in sc,* rep from * to * around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of last shell, work 2 dc in sl st to complete beginning shell, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.

Round 8.  Ch 1, *work 5 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc, sl st in beginning ch to close ring.  

Rounds 9-11:  Repeat Rounds 7 and 8, for a total of 6 shell rounds.

Shape bell

Round 12:  Ch 1, *work 7 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc, sl st in beginning ch to close ring.   

Round 13:  Ch 3 (counts as tr), work 3 tr in sl st, *sc in 4th dc of shell, work 7 tr in next sc,* rep from * to * around, ending sc in 4th dc of last shell, work 3 tr in sl st to complete beginning shell, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Gulf Shores ClocheGulf Shores

Dc increase rounds

Ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 2 (counts as dc throughout), work 11 dc into ring, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (12 sts)

Round 2:  Ch 2, dc in sl st, work 2 dc in each st around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (24 sts)

Round 3:  Ch 2, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * around, work 2 dc in last st, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (36 sts)

Round 4:  Ch 2, dc in first st, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts,* rep from * to * around, work 2 dc in last st, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (48 sts)

Round 5:  Ch 2, dc in each of next 2 sts, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around, work 2 dc in last st, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (60 sts)

(To fit a child’s or smaller adult’s head, stop increasing here and begin working Rounds 7-14.)

Round 6:  Ch 2, dc in each of first 3 dc, *work 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 4 dc,* rep from * to * around, work 2 dc in last dc, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (72 sts)

Begin shell stitch rounds as follows:

Round 7:  Ch 1, *skip 2 dc, work 5 dc in next dc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc,  sl st in beginning ch to close ring.

Round 8:  Ch 2 (counts as dc), work 2 dc in sl st, *sc in 3rd dc of shell, work 5 dc in sc,* rep from * to * around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of last shell, work 2 dc in sl st to complete beginning shell, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.

Round 9.  Ch 1, *work 5 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc, sl st in beginning ch to close ring.  

Rounds 10-12:  Repeat Rounds 8 and 9, for a total of 6 shell rounds.

Shape bell

Round 13:  Ch 1, *work 7 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc, sl st in beginning ch to close ring.

Round 14:  Ch 3 (counts as tr), work 3 tr in sl st, *sc in 4th dc of shell, work 7 tr in next sc,* rep from * to * around, ending sc in 4th dc of last shell, work 3 tr in sl st to complete beginning shell, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.

Fasten off, weave in ends.,

Additional Variations

The variations on this theme are endless. A third specific variation I’ve already made is a child’s bucket-style hat with a wide brim. The pattern is identical to Gulf Shores, including hook size and yarn type, with the following alterations. Use Rounds 1-5 of increases, and work Rounds 7-10 of shells, then skip to Round 13, worked as written. In Round 14, work 9 tr per shell, and finish off with a sc border around the entire hat.  The much larger shell will help the brim stand out, and the sc border will keep the brim from being too floppy.

The size of these hats is determined by the dc increase rounds, and can be adjusted significantly by adding or subtracting increase rounds, or subtly by changing hook sizes.  Because each round increases by a multiple of the number used by the pattern stitch, no allowances need to be made to accommodate the rest of the pattern if size is adjusted using more or fewer increase rounds.  The open-work in Belliveau Cove can be replaced by the closed top in Gulf Shores and vice versa.  The only difference is the gauge in Gulf Shores requires an extra round of increases for a comfortable fit.

Because the gauge is only minimally important, any worsted or bulky yarn can be substituted.  In fact, lighter yarns can be used provided you make allowances for additional increase rounds following the patterns outlined above, and probably more shell-stitch rounds before the bell shaping.  A sport-weight cotton and open-work increase rounds would make a beautiful summer cap.

And, of course, these make wonderful chemo caps.

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