Cranium

Author

by Chloe Nightingale

Introduction

Cranium Hat
I learned to crochet because my college roommate returned from fall break one year with a really cute hat she’d just crocheted. I was jealous and told her I wanted the hat for myself. I begged. I pleaded. She refused, but offered to teach me to crochet so I could make my own hat. I’ve been making hats ever since.

I like making hats because it’s a good way to try out a new kind of yarn, it only takes one or two skeins, it’s a fast project, and if I don’t want the hat for myself I can always give it to one of my friends.

This hat comes in two sizes: Regular head (will fit most women), and big head (for those of you with above-average sized craniums — this size fits my husband nicely). The yarn is stretchy, too, so it will fit comfortably and you will have less of a chance of getting hat-head.

Materials List

  • Louisa Harding Fauve yarn, (100% Nylon, 127yds/116m per 50 g), 2 skeins, shade 06 (Note: I made the big head version with 2 skeins, but I had less than a meter of yarn left after making the hat; you might want to have a third skein on hand just in case.)
  • 5.00mm (US H-8) hook
  • Stitch marker (I find a dangle earring works well in lieu of a proper stitch marker)

Finished Size

Regular head: 7″ (18cm) from top to brim, 24″ (61cm) in diameter at the brim

Big head: 8.5″ (22cm) from top to brim, 26″ (66cm) in diameter at the brim.

Gauge

18 sts x 16 rounds of sc (blo) = 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm)

Notes

All stitches are worked through the blo (back loop only), except where noted.

The hat is crocheted in a spiral, so you will not make a join at the end of every round. To keep track of rounds, place a marker in the first stitch of the round; work in pattern, moving the marker with each round.

The Pattern


All Sizes

Cranium HatCh 3, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1:  Work 4 sc into ring. (4 sts)

Round 2:  Begin working through blo, 2 sc in each st around.  (8 sts)

Round 3:  Work 2 sc in each st around.  (16 sts)

Round 4: Work 2 sc in each st around.  (32 sts)

Rounds 5-6: Sc in each st around.

Regular Head Only 

Round 7: Work 2 sc in each st around ending with sc in last st.  (63 sts)

Rounds 8-12: Sc in each st around.  

Round 13:  *Sc in each of next 2 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (84 sts)

Rounds 14-19: Sc in each st around.  

Rounds 20-23: Working in both loops, sc in each st around.  

Rounds 24: Working in blo, sc in each st around.  

Round 25:  *Sc in each of next 3 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (105 sts)

Rounds 26-28: Sc in each st around.  

Round 29: Sl st in each st around.  

Fasten off. Weave in ends.  

Big Head Only

Round 7: Work 2 sc in each st around.  (64 sts)

Rounds 8-12: Sc in each st around.  

Round 13:  *Sc in next st, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (96 sts)

Rounds 14-22: Sc in each st around.  

Rounds 23-27: Working in both loops, sc in each st around.  

Rounds 28-30: Working in blo, sc in each st around.  

Round 31:  *Sc in each of next 2 sts, work 2 sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.  (128 sts)

Rounds 32-33: Sc in each st around.  

Round 34: Sl st in each st around.  

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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