Brenda K. B. Anderson
This stylin’ hat is quick and easy to make. The simple stitch pattern creates nice drape and an interesting texture. I needed a hat that wouldn’t look weird or misshapen if I pulled it over my hair bun. This hat is stretchy and slouchy and looks equally good over big hair or short hair.
- One skein (no more than 100 yards) of super bulky weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Thick n’ Quick in “Lemongrass”.
- Size N – 10mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
This hat is very stretchy and is meant to be loose fitting and slouchy. Hat is sized for adult small (medium, large) with corresponding head circumferences of 20″ -21″ (21″- 22″, 22″-23″). The (un-stretched) finished circumference of the hats measure 19″ (20″, 21″) respectively. My head measures 22″ and I can wear either the medium or large size. The medium size fits more snug to my head, and the large size has a bit more drape to it. The hat in the photos is size large. The live model has a 22″ head. The Styrofoam head model has a 21″ head. Each hat is approximately 9″ tall.
10.5 stitches = 4″ in stitch pattern
7 rows = 4″ in stitch pattern
To make a gauge swatch in stitch pattern:
Foundation row and row 1. Ch 14 sts, turn, 1 sc in 4th ch from hook, [ch 1, skip next ch st, 1 sc in following st] 5 times
row 2. Ch 1 (turning chain – does not count as a stitch), turn, [ch 1, skip next sc st, 1 sc tbl into following st] 6 times. (12 sts).
row 3. Ch 1 (turning chain- does not count as a stitch), turn, [ch 1, skip next sc st, 1 sc flo into following st] 6 times. (12 sts).
Repeat rows 2 and 3 twice more.
Abbreviations and terms used in this pattern:
Ch = chain
Flo = Front loop only. When you sc flo (single crochet front loop only), you will insert your hook under only the front loop of the next stitch, not under both loops like a normal crochet stitch.
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together. This is a decrease stitch. Work as follows: Insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through to front of work, insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull loop through to the front, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch (stitches)
tbl = through back loop. When you sc tbl (single crochet through back loop) you will insert your hook under only the back loop of the next stitch, not under both loops like a normal single crochet stitch.
yo = yarn over
The back bump: This is also known as the back or backside of a chain stitch. This is the part of the chain stitch that is opposite of the two loops (the ones that form the “v”) that you would normally insert your hook under. In other words, if you turn the chain upside down, so that you are looking at the bottom of it, you will see a line of dashes. It is under each dash, that you would insert your hook if you were instructed to crochet into the back bump of each chain stitch.
The main part of this hat is crocheted back and forth in rows. (Each row is oriented vertically when hat is complete). After joining the foundation row to last row (to form a tube), stitches are worked into the top edge or the tube (in a spiral) to finish the center top of the hat.
Foundation row and row 1. Ch 22 sts, Turn, 1 sc into the back bump of the 4th chain stitch from the hook, [ch 1, skip next ch st, 1 sc into the back bump of the following st] 7 times, 1 sc into the back bump of each of the next 4 sts. (20 sts).
row 2. Ch 1 (turning chain- does not count as a stitch), turn, 1 sc tbl in each of the next 4 sts, [ch 1, skip next sc st, 1 sc tbl in following st] 8 times. (20 sts).
row 3. Ch 1 (turning chain- does not count as a stitch), turn, [ch 1, skip next sc st, 1 sc flo in following st] 8 times, 1 sc tbl in each of the next 4 sts. (20 sts).
Repeat rows 2 and 3:
- 16 more times for small size
- 17 more times for medium size
- 18 more times for large size
Do not fasten off!
Hold the rectangle that you have made so that your crochet hook is at the right side of your work (as though you are about to work another row). Take the beginning edge of your rectangle (the foundation chain edge) and bring it in front of the last row that you worked. In other words, fold the rectangle in half (with right sides together) and line up the short edges. Your crochet hook will be to the right, and in the row behind the beginning yarn tail. Slip stitch these rows together by inserting your hook into the back loop of the foundation chain stitch, and then through the back loop of the stitch directly behind it (from the last row worked). Yo and pull loop through both stitches to front of work and through loop on hook. Be careful not to pull too tightly on your slip stitches; make them a bit loose. Repeat across row. (20 sl sts worked). Do not fasten off.
Now that you have turned your rectangle into a tube, turn it right side out. Your hook is now located at the top edge of the tube. From now on, you will crochet around top edge of the hat in a clockwise direction. As you do so, you will be making decrease stitches to cinch in the top of the hat. Make 1 sc stitch for every 2 row ends as follows: Insert hook through the end stitch of each of the next 2 rows, yo and pull loop through to front of work, yo, and pull through remaining 2 loops on hook.
- For size small, work 17 decrease stitches (as described above) around top edge, work one more sc st into last row end (18 sts).
- For size medium, work 18 decrease stitches (as described above) around top edge, work one more sc st into the last row end (19 sts).
- For size large, work 19 decrease stitches (as described above) around top edge, work one more sc st into the last row end (20 sts).
Next row: sc2tog 9(9,10) times. There will be 9(10.10) sts left. Fasten off leaving a 10″ tail. Using yarn needle, weave the yarn tail through the front loop of each of the remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends.
I hope you love this hat as much as I do!