The February Hat

In my continuing series of the Well-Traveled Hat, I present the February Hat.

I'm all ready with a super chubby yarn called Schulana Grande, distributed by Skacel (100% wool, color 42 turquoise). I'm using a suitably chubby hook, an Addi size N / 10 mm (also distributed by Skacel).

Isn't this the happiest crochet hook you've ever seen? It has glitter in it! (It's embedded in the acrylic, so it doesn't actually move. That would make you dizzy, don't you think?)

OK, and here's the thing with this hat: I do not have a pattern. I am making it up on the fly. As it were.

And if you follow along, by the end, you'll have a free crochet hat pattern!

I start by chaining 3 and working double crochets in the third chain from the hook (first 2 chains count as a dc). I find that 9 double crochets fill out a little circle. So that's 10 dc, counting the ch. Then slip stitch in the top of the starting ch 3. And ch 3 to start the next round (counts as a dc).

On the second round, I need to increase by working twice as many stitches. With this voluptuous yarn, I decide that I'll reduce the heft of the second round by increasing between the stitches instead of working two stitches in one stitch. Here's what it looks like to work between the stitches:

In the second round you work 1 dc in a dc, then 1 dc in the space between that dc and the next dc. Repeat around. At the end you have 20 dc. Sl st in the top of the ch 3.

The third round needs to increase also, but I'm still watching the bulkiness. And this yarn is making the hat grow pretty fast. I should have the right size for the top of the hat at the end of this round, so I also need to have enough stitches for the body of the hat by the end of this round.

I decide to double the stitches in this round, using a lightweight increase method.

Chain 4 (this counts as 1 dc + 1 ch). Work a dc in each dc, with a ch in between each dc.

At the end of round two you have 20 dc and 20 ch-1 sp. This is essentially 40 stitches, but you will be working in only half of them. This will keep the hat from turning into a helmet.

For round 4, sl st into the first ch-1 sp. Then ch 4 and work a dc in the next ch-1 sp. (Ch 1, dc in ch-1 sp) around, ending with ch 1, sl st into top of ch 3.

About the middle of this round, I'm thinking this hat is going to be too dang big.

But by the time I finish Round 4, things are looking good & hat-like. Nice curve.

Here's a close-up of the dc worked into the ch-1 space. I'm on Round 5, which is worked the same as Round 4.

By the time I'm on Round 6 (also worked the same as Round 4), ten minutes have passed since I started Round 4. That's pretty speedy, but I have to say I'm not focusing entirely on the hat.

Because in front of me, up by the ceiling in the aisle is this:

OK, you can't see a thing on that little screen. It's the Drew Barrymore vehicle Whip It, all about the high-speed, high-tattoo world of grrrrrlz Roller Derby. (You may have missed this during the five minutes it was in the theaters, but maybe you can catch it on a cross-country flight sometime. No, this flight doesn't have the nifty back-of-the-seat screens that entertained me during the January Hat flight.)

Despite the distraction of the drama on the screen, the hat is taking shape.

I work a total of 7 rounds (that's 4 rounds of the dc, ch-1 pattern). Then I work a round of sc: ch 1, work a sc in every dc and every ch-1 space. Sl st in the starting ch 1.

And I have this much yarn left:

Rolled into a tidy ball, it looks like this:

I could call the hat done, but — I wonder what I can crochet with that much yarn.

I have no scissors, so I unwind the wee ball and start from the tail end. After a couple of false starts, this is what I end with: Ch 2. *sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, rep from * 4 times. sl st into ch 1. You'll have 5 sc, and 5 ch-3 sp. Work *3 sc in ch-3 sp, sl st in sc, rep from * 4 times.

This will bring you right up to the hat:

Not a bit of wiggle there. But I pivot the flower up and use the tail to attach it to the hat (finger weaving; no needles):

And done.

I love this hat. A lot. I love that I had a ball of yarn and a hook and knew that they would come together somehow to make a hat. But I didn't know how that would happen.

Then, an hour and 12 minutes later, I had this hat (actually, this hat can be made in 45 minutes or less, if you don't stop to cheer on Babe Ruthless or take a trip to the little loo. Oh, and if you have the pattern. Which you have now.)

It needs a special home. It's soft enough for a chemo cap, but a bit airy. I think someone in need of a smile should have this hat.

Please let me know what charity you think I should send this to.

Meantime, crochet on!

Happy trails,



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