The Benefits of Slip Stitch Crochet

It might not be the fastest crochet hat I've ever made, but I am a fan. The Best Guy Hat Ever is worked entirely in slip stitch crochet. Because the slip stitches are so short it takes 32 rows to make 4 inches of fabric and a hat in slip stitch needs more rows than a similarly sized hat worked in single crochet.

Slip Stitch Crochet HatBut I can see why this stitch was historically popular in cold climates for hats and mittens. The resulting fabric is incredibly thick with incredible stretch between rows. The thickness of the fabric means that projects worked entirely in slip stitch would use more yarn but be much warmer than many other crochet or knit stitches.

The rows in this hat are worked vertically, as you can see in my color changes. This is important as the slip stitch technique has phenomenal stretch between rows, but not much stretch between stitches.

Men's Crochet HatI haven't yet decided what I will do with this hat when it is finished. The colors are perfect for a guy, but this hat may just find its way into my own closet.

You can find the pattern for The Best Guy Hat Ever as a single pattern download or purchase Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 in the Crochet Me Shop.

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you crochet slip stitch accessories? I would love to hear what you think of them.

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