So the weather has most definitely turned here in the UK. We’ve had a wonderful, long Summer – but the heating has now gone on and the logs have been delivered to keep the wood burner going over the Winter. And while it’s a shame to see the cold coming in, it’s also a great excuse to get more yarny loveliness on the go – knowing that it will come in handy pretty soon.
The last couple of days I’ve been playing around with hats. Mainly because one of my wonderful friends in the states has just had a baby girl and I wanted to send over something handmade and (hopefully) useful! So, here are the two I came up with. What do you think?
I really wanted to stay away from pink for some reason – having had a girl and been overwhelmed with the pinkness of all baby girl clothes I suppose.
Here’s the pattern for the dark green hat – and I’ll work on the light green one soon:
This pattern uses UK terms.
You will need:
- 30g of your chosen double knitting yarn
- scrap of alternative colour for flower
- 4mm hook
- tapestry needle for sewing in ends and attaching flower / button
The finished hat measures 14 inches in diameter and is 5.5 inches high – but is very flexible and will ‘grow’ by a good couple of inches in width. It really is very quick to make – a lovely project for a day when you have some spare time. Effectively we are going to make a flat circle with a starting number of 10 trebles. Here’s the explanation below if you’re not familiar with how this works: (Note: if you want to make the hat bigger, simply carry on increasing until you have a diameter you want, then work rows without increases until the desired height)
Please note, this pattern uses UK crochet terms and the number in brackets at the end of each line is the total number of stitches for that round.
- chain 4 and join into a loop using a slip stitch.
- chain 3 (counts as first treble), then make 9 more trebles into the central loop. Slip stitch into the 3rd of the initial 3 chain to join. (10)
- chain 3 (counts as first treble), make one more treble into same space, then 2 trebles into each stitch from the previous round. Slip stitch into the 3rd of the initial 3 chain to join (20)
- chain 3, 2 tr into next stitch, then *1 tr into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch*, repeat from * to * 8 more times. Slip stitch into the 3rd of the initial 3 chain to join. (30)
- chain 3, 1 tr in next stitch, 2 tr in next stitch, then *1 tr, 1 tr, 2 tr*, repeat from * to * 8 more times. Slip stitch into the 3rd of the initial 3 chain to join. (40)
- chain 3, 1 tr in next 2 stitches, 2 tr in next stitch, then *1 tr, 1 tr, 1 tr, 2 tr*, repeat from * to * 8 more times. Slip stitch into the 3rd of the initial 3 chain to join. (50)
- chain 3, 1 tr in next 3 stitches, 2 tr in next stitch, then *1 tr, 1 tr, 1 tr, 1 tr, 2tr*, repeat from * to * 8 more times. Slip stitch into the 3rd of the initial 3 chain to join. (60)
At this point, my circle measured around 4.5 inches across. From now on, you can work one treble into every stitch and start to work on the height of the hat. From this point onward, I added 10 more rows. Start each round with 3 chain which counts as your first treble, and end each round with a slip stitch into the 3rd of these initial 3 chain.
To make the edging for the hat, I’ve used crab stitch, which is such a lovely neat way to finish off I think. Crab stitch is basically a normal double crochet but worked backwards (i.e. in the opposite direction). Now while I know that can sound confusing, it’s actually very easy once you get your head round it. There’s a great video from All Free Crochet here for instructions on crab stitch.
Once you’ve finished your edging, sew in your ends and make a flower to add a little interest.
Making the Flower:
- In the contrasting colour, chain 4 and join into a loop using a slip stitch
- 1 chain, work 6 double crochet into the loop and join using a slip stitch into the initial chain (6)
- chain 1 and work 2 double crochet into each stitch from the round below. Slip stitch to join (12)
- To make the front petals, we are going to work into the front loops only, leaving the back loops free to help form the back petals. (See here for Jo’s explanation on how to identify back and front loops)
- Slip stitch along to the next stitch, then make 5 trebles into the next stitch along to form your first petal
- Slip stitch into the next stitch, which will help define the petal
- *make 5 trebles into the next stitch, then slip stitch into the next*. Continue from * to * until you have made 6 petals and are back to where you started. Join with a slip stitch.
- Now, to make the back petals change the yarn to the same yarn as you’ve used for the main hat. Turn your flower over and identify the back loops from the round below which you left when you formed the front petals.
- Working into these back loops, work *1 double crochet in the first back loop, then 2 double crochet in the next back loop*, repeating from * to * 5 more times. Slip stitch to join (18)
- Now, slip stitch along to the next stitch. Make 7 trebles into the next stitch to form your first petal.
- Slip stitch into the next two stitches
- *make 7 trebles into the next stitch, then slip stitch into the next 2*. Continue from * to * until you have made your 6 petals. Join with a slip stitch.
Now you can select a button and sew the flower and button onto the hat.
If you have any questions or comments, please do let me know.
Time to sit back, admire your lovely, cute hat and have a cup of tea!
Hope you enjoy