21 May 2014

Spring Hat



I have found that there are two types of weather days in Denmark: bright and sunny and gorgeous or spittering sprinkling rain all day. In either case, I found myself wanting a wide brimmed hat and came up with this. It is slightly tapered in the front to better contour your head and shade your eyes.

I embellished the hat with a simple green ribbon and a dogwood flower and leaves. You could easily substitute any flower you like!

The hat was made with 2 strands of cotton fingering weight yarn and a 3.5 (E) mm hook. The hat comfortably fits a 22 inch (56 cm). I have noted which rows should be altered to change sizes.




Gauge for sizing this pattern: 8 sc in 8 rows makes a 2 inch square.

Disclaimer:
In this pattern: 2 sc = 2 sc in the next st
   sc 2 = sc in each of the next 2 sts



Hat:
Row 1:  Ch 5, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook (the Skinny End of the hat), sc 2, 5 sc in the last ch (the Fat End of the hat, continue on other side of foundation ch, sc 2 (Fig. 1). (12 sts around)
Row 2:  2 sc in the next 3 sts, sc 2, 2 sc in the next 5 sts, sc 2.
Row 3:  [Sc, 2 sc] repeat 3 times, sc 2, [sc, 2 sc] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
   Note: This is the first time I use a shorthand where "2 sc" means "2 sc in the same stitch" See disclaimer above.
Row 4:  [2 sc, sc 2] repeat 3 times, sc 2, [2 sc, sc 2] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 5:  Sc 36.
Row 6:  [Sc 3, 2 sc] repeat 3 times, sc 2, [sc 3, 2 sc] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 7:  [2 sc, sc 4] repeat 3 times, sc 2, [2 sc, sc 4] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 8:  [Sc 5, 2 sc] repeat 3 times, sc 2, [sc 5, 2 sc] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 9:  [2 sc, sc 6] repeat 3 times, sc 2, [2 sc, sc 6] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 10:  Sc 68.
Row 11:  [Sc 7, 2 sc] repeat 3 times, sc 2, [sc 7, 2 sc] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 12:  Sc 76.
Row 13:  [2 sc, sc 8] repeat 3 times, sc 2, [2 sc, sc 8] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 14:  Sc 84.
Row 15:  [Sc 13, 2 sc] repeat 6 times.

   Note: To make the hat smaller, omit Row 15.
      To make the hat larger, add a row: [Sc 14, 2 sc] repeat 6 times.

   From here on out, follow the pattern as written for all sizes. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of each row and crochet to the marker. The number of repeats for larger or smaller sizes will increase or decrease respectively.

Row 16-25:  Sc 90.
Row 25:  [Sc 14, 2 sc] repeat 6 times.
Row 26-27:  Sc 96.
Row 28:  [Sc 11, 2 sc] repeat 8 times.
Row 29-30:  Sc 104. Mark Row 29

   If you are making a larger or smaller hat, make note of the number of stitches in Row 30. This is the number of stitches needed for the starting chain of the band below.

   Note:This is where the brim of the hat begins. The hdc half of the next round should line up with the Skinny End of the hat from Row 1.

Row 31:  [Hdc 9, 2 hdc] repeat 5 times, sc 2, [sc 9, 2 sc] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 32:  Hdc 55, sc 59.
Row 33:  [2 hdc, hdc 10] repeat 5 times, sc 2, [2 sc, sc 10] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 34:  Hdc 60, sc 64.
Row 35:  [Hdc 11, 2 hdc] repeat 5 times, sc 2, [sc 11, 2 sc] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 36:  Hdc 65, sc 69.
Row 37:  [2 hdc, hdc 12] repeat 5 times, sc 2, [2 sc, sc 12] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 38:  Hdc 70, sc 74.
Row 39:  [Hdc 13, 2 hdc] repeat 5 times, sc 2, [sc 13, 2 sc] repeat 5 times, sc 2.
Row 40:  Hdc 75, sc 79.
Row 41:  Sc 154, sl st 2.
   Tie off. Weave ends in.

Band:
Row 1:  Leave a long tail for sewing. Ch 104, sl st to form a ring.
Row 2:  Sc 104.
Row 3:  Sc 104, sl st 2.
   Tie off. Leave long ends to sew the band onto the hat at Row 29 (marked). I found that the band doesn't look right unless it is sewn in at least 6 evenly spaced locations around the hat.

   Block the brim of the hat by carefully wetting it in a sink. Brace the hat over a bowl, stretch out the brim and pin to a foam board or mattress until dry.

   A little side note: In this pattern I alternate increasing at the beginning of a repeat and increasing at the end of a repeat sequence. This staggers the repeats and prevents the obvious line of symmetry that is made if increases are always on top of each other.




I hope you enjoyed this free crochet hat/fedora pattern!






Fig. 1:   Starting round of stitches.



Fig. 2:   Hat before blocking.





Fig. 3:   Hat after blocking.





Fig. 4:   Hat with flower embellishment.