Creating Your Own Crochet Hat Designs
Easy crochet hat patterns are my go-to project. I make at least 5 hats for every other project I manage to complete. They make incredible presents that recipients of all ages love; there are an infinite variety of patterns; and they are fast. Consequently, I am always looking for new crochet hat designs. Whenever I see a new stitch pattern my first thought is, "What would that look like as a hat."
However incorporating a new stitch pattern into a hat can seem like a daunting challenge. You have to take into account the shaping at the crown and the accompanying math that invariably accompanies shaping. But it's really much simpler than it appears. Robyn Chachula cleverly walks through the steps in her new video, Design Your Own Crocheted Hat.
After reviewing her process, I decided to give it a whirl for myself. I pulled out the Harmony Guide: Basic Crochet Stitches and found an easy stitch pattern I liked. The Block and Offset Shell Stitch is perfect for Robyn's method because you can easily decrease and increase the number of stitches in each shell and the number of double crochets between each shell-we'll talk more about that in a few minutes.
I chose some bright Red Heart Super Soft, my crochet hook, a pen, and some graph paper and got to work. After a few false starts, I ended up with a fun, lacy patterned hat, perfect for a precocious toddler. I might make a few more tweaks to this pattern, but I loved the experience. Let me walk you through my adventure; then you can grab your own stitch pattern and create your own unique crochet hat designs.
The first step to incorporating a new stitch pattern into a hat is to create a gauge swatch. I used a size I/9 (5.5 mm) hook and Red Heart Simply Soft. I ended up with a gauge of 4 rows equals 3". Then I looked at the stitch pattern. The stitch pattern needed to be able to have stitches removed and then added back in later as increases. If I worked a series of three double crochets instead of four between the shells and three double crochets instead of four in each shell and then increased to four double crochets in each on the next round, I could account for two increase rounds.
For a toddler's hat, I knew that I needed the diameter of the increase portion of the hat to be 5". According to my gauge, two rows in my pattern would equal 1 ½". That meant I would need to work a 3 ½" in diameter crown in single crochet before beginning my stitch pattern increase rows.
My modified first row of the stitch pattern had a multiple of 8 stitches. This meant that when my single crochet increases for the crown were finished I would need to end with a multiple of eight stitches. This is actually fairly easy to do. Just begin the crown with eight single crochets and work your increases as normal for a hat from there. Each row will then increase by eight stitches.
After I had reached a diameter of 3 ½", I worked the Row 1 of my modified pattern, then Row 2. After I had worked Row 2, I had the desired number of stitches and diameter, so I continued to repeat Row 2 until my hat reached about 7". If I had wanted to create a child-sized hat, I would have worked another increase row, working five double crochets in each shell and between each shell.
Now I can't wait to try this method again with another stitch pattern; I'm hooked. Order Design Your Own Crocheted Hat with Robyn Chachula today and discover the creative joy of designing hats to crochet.