It’s Not Easy Being a Green Hat

Author

by Deneen St Amour

Introduction

It's not easy being a green hat. Sniff.

Spring can be chilly, so a wool cap ain’t out of season. Worked up in oh-so-appropriate green yarn, this one is super simple, with a twist. Textured stitches are worked doubled, through first the back and then the front loop of the stitch. Totally nifty.

Materials List

  • MC: Patons Merino Wool-1 skein (3½ ounces/100 grams, 223 yards) — I used approximately 1/3 skein. Color Deep Olive
  • CC: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (50 grams, 100 yards) — I used approximately 20 yards. Color Avocado
    • (One skein of each is enough to make at least two skull caps, with lots of leftovers from the Knit Picks — perfect scrap yarn project)
  • J (6.0 mm) hook
  • I (5.5 mm) hook
  • Tapestry needle

Finished Size

Fits an average sized head (about 21½” in circumference). To make smaller (for a child), skip Round 6. To make larger (about 23” in circumference), add another increase round after Round 6 and work Round 9 twice. For the well above average head, add two increase rounds after Round 6 and work Round 9 three times.

Gauge

13 dc = 4″ using J (6 mm) hook

Notes

Back Front Single Crochet (bfsc):  Insert hook in back loop of stitch and draw up a loop, insert hook in front loop of same stitch and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), yo and draw through all three loops on hook.

The Pattern

Instructions

HatWith larger hook and MC, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), work 10 dc into ring, sl st in top of 3rd ch to join round. (11 sts)

Round 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, work 2 dc in each st around, sl st in top of 3rd ch to join round. (22 sts)

Round 3:  Ch 3,  dc in same st, dc in next st, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * around, sl st in top of 3rd ch to join round. (33 sts)

Round 4:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next two sts, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts,* rep from * to * around, sl st in top of 3rd ch to join round. (44 sts)

Round 5
:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next 3 sts, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around, sl st in top of 3rd ch to join round. (55 sts)

Round 6:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next 4 sts, *work 2 dc in next stitch, dc in each of next 4 sts,* rep from * to * around, sl st in top of 3rd ch to join round. (66 sts)

Round 7
:  Ch 3, dc in each st around, with MC and CC together, sl st in top of 3rd ch to join round. (66 sts)

Round 8:  Holding both strands together, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), sk next st, dc in next st, *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next stitch,* rep from * to * around, ending ch 1, sk last st, sl st in top of 3rd ch to join round. Fasten off  CC and leave tail. (33 dc, 33 ch-1 spaces)

Rounds 9 – 10:  With MC, ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st in top of 3rd ch to join round. (66 sts)

Round 11:  With smaller hook, ch 1 (counts as first bfsc here and throughout), bfsc (see Notes) in each st around, with MC and CC together, sl st in top of ch to join round. Fasten off MC and leave tail. (66 sts)

Round  12: With CC, ch 1, bfsc in each st around, sl st in top of ch to join round.

Round 13: Ch 1, bfsc in each st around, with MC and CC together sl st in top of ch to join round. Fasten off CC and leave tail.  

Round 14:  Do not ch 1, with MC, sl st in each st around, sl st in first sl st to join round. Fasten off, weave in yarn tails.

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