Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hats in the Round, my way

A friend of mine sent me a message and wanted to know what pattern I used for my hats.  Me, the amateur crocheter who mostly makes things like scarves, baby blankets, Prayer Shawls, things that are flat. But I do make hats and started making preemie hats fifteen years ago, I suppose there was a pattern of some kind in the beginning but once I got the hang of those first hats I just winged it from there., so I was at a loss to name a pattern.  Someone asked me how I know what size to make, my response "if I crochet a hat to donate, they will find a head to fit." 

So Sherrill, this is for you and basically this is how I make ALL my hats and change sizes by using different size hooks and and yarns.   I crochet all my hats in the round .

Basic Hat Instructions - child size

Size J hook
Knitting Worsted yarn
Yarn marker
Yarn needle

Basic Hat

Chain 5, join to first chain to make a ring or use Magic Ring (my preferred method)

Row 1. 12 (dc) Double Crochet in the ring.  12 stitches.  Place marker on first dc. 

Row 2.  2 dc in each dc of the first row.  24 stitches.  Move marker to first dc of this row.

Row 3.   *1 dc in first stitch, 2 dc in second stitch, repeat from * to end of  row. 36 stitches. Move marker to first stitch in row.

Row 4.  *1 dc in each of the first two stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch, repeat from * to end of row.  48 stitches.   Move marker to first stitch in row.  This forms the crown of your hat and determines how large the hat will be.  For a smaller hat you could omit Row 4.

Rows 5 to 13.  1 dc in each dc going around in a circle and each time as you come to the marker just move it up one row.  After a while you will feel comfortable with just leaving the marker in one stitch and you will be able eyeball the rows.

If  the hat seems to be about the right size, you can continue to finish off as follows.

Row 14. 15, 16 (sc) single crochet in each stitch of the previous row.

Finish off.  Cut about 4 or 5" tail and slip stitch to secure.  Weave in end with large yarn needle.
At the beginning stitches of the crown (the ring) pull the loose yarn tail to draw ring closed and weave in the end of yarn.

For a man's hat -----all the above rows plus add another increase row.

*1 dc in the first seven stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch. 56 stitches.  Repeat from * to finish row.
Add more rows of dc for extra size.  Finish off with 3 rows of sc stitches and finish.

Sometimes when making a hat for a girl or lady I will use a hdc half double crochet after forming the crown.

Try different yarns and size hooks.
Baby yarn ---- F hook
Sport yarn ---- G or H hook
Knitting worsted ---- J or K hook
Bulky yarn ---- K or L hook

The other pattern that I use a lot is the Ugly But Warm Hat, a similar hat but holding two yarns at once and a M hook.  I also make this one in the round.

Enjoy all the stitches of your life,

P.S.  Sherrill I tried to email you a couple weeks ago but emails keep coming back undelivered. Hope you see this post but remember I am an amateur and definitely don't write crochet patterns..
Hugs, Betty Lou


Candace said...

Great tutorial, Betty Lou! Mr. Squash wants to learn to crochet hats for soldiers and this is perfect for him!

Sherrill said...

Hey thanks, Betty Lou. I don't do well with using the marker thingies to keep my place each round but will definitely give it a whirl. They're so cute!!

Kindred Quilts said...

I haven't crocheted for YEARS... but the idea of making little preemie hats is so appealing! I'm printing your hat instructions just in case!


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