Crocheted Hats: Top Down
I have a drawer full of crocheted hats. I've made many more as gifts, and I am itching to start several more. What is the draw of crochet hats? They are a fabulous way to learn a new technique such as cables or colorwork; they are perfect single skein projects. Crochet hats are a great template for aspiring designers. And you can never have too many hats.
The most common crochet hat construction is top down. The crown is started with either a chain or an adjustable loop (also called a magic ring). Organized increases are worked each round, maintaining the crown circle shape until it reaches the proper circumference measurement. Successive rows are generally worked on a consistent number of stitches to form the body of the hat.
In A Step-By-Step Guide to Crocheted Hats, Marty Miller walks you through the construction of the top down crocheting hat providing pros and cons for various construction choices, such spiral vs. rounds, and giving you an essential guide to hat sizing.
Here are some of Marty's ground rules for crocheting hats:
1. The number of stitches in the first round of the circle is the number of stitches you should increase in each subsequent round. So, if you start with six single crochet stitches in the first round, you should increase by six single crochet stitches in each of the following rounds. In Round 2, you would have twelve single crochets. In Round 3, you would have eighteen single crochets. And so on. By Round 10, you'll have sixty stitches.
2. The taller the stitch, the more stitches there should be in the first round. In most cases you should start with six single crochets in the first round, or eight half double crochets, or twelve double crochets. Sometimes, you'll break this rule. If the yarn is really bulky, use fewer stitches; if it's a fine yarn, use more stitches. But, no matter how many stitches you start with, Rule 1 holds: increase by the number of stitches you start with.
– Marty Miller
Check out the rest of Marty's article and five gorgeous crocheted hats by downloading Interweave Crochet Presents A Step-By-Step Guide to Crocheted Hats: With 6 Staff Favorite Patterns today.
P.S. Have you ever designed your own hat pattern?