First Snowfall Slouch Hat

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That first batch of snowflakes is magical, and so is this beautifully textured hat. The ribbed band and clever combination of stitches will make it an interesting project to work up and an even better one to wear out in the cold.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Approx. 9” wide at ribbed band x 10” long from band to top

Gauge: 20 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Wst using larger hook; 20 sts and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Eesc using larger hook

Materials

Yarn: Berroco Weekend (75% Acrylic, 25% Peruvian Cotton; 205 yards [187 meters]/100 grams): #5966 Turquoise, 2 balls

Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm); H/8 (5.0 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Extra Extended Single Crochet (eesc)

Insert hook into st indicated and pull up a lp, [yo, pull through 1 lp on hook] twice, yo, pull through all lps on hook.

Waistcoat st (Wst)

Insert hook into ‘heart’ of next sc (between 2 strands that make a “V” on front of sc stitch), yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the bottom up.

Ribbed band of hat is worked first as a long strip, folded in half and then sc together.

The back bar of hdc is the loop that runs horizontally underneath the back loop of the completed stitch.

Pattern

Ribbed Band

With smaller hook, ch 22
Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn – 20 hdc.

Row 2: Ch 2, working in back bar of each hdc, hdc in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, working in back loop of each hdc across, hdc in each st across, turn.

Rows 4-55: Rep Rows 2-3, 26 times.
Do not fasten off.

Fold band in half lengthwise with RS facing each other (on inside). Match short ends up and join with sc in each row across working in loop of each st from Row 1 (on 1 end) and working in back bar of hdc (on Row 55).

Turn so RS is facing out. Fold in half so long sides line up. Pin in place so ends of Rows line up,

ch 1, join long sides together with (2 sc in end of next Row, sc in end of next Row) around – 84 sc.

Tip: When working 2 sc in end of Row, work along post of st so 2 scs slightly spread out.

Do not join with a sl st to first sc. Work in a spiral and use a stitch marker to mark beg of each rnd.

Body of Hat

Rnd 1: Now working in rnds and with larger hook, (sc in next st, eesc in next st) around.

Rnd 2: Sc in first 2 sts of next rnd, (sc in next st, eesc in next st) around.

Rnds 3-4: Rep Rnds 1-2.

Rnd 5: Sc in each st around.

Rnd 6: (Wst in next st, sc in back loop of next st) around, sc in last st of rnd (working through both lps).

Rnds 7-10: Rep Rnd 6.

Rnd 11: Working through both lps, sc in each st around.

Rnds 12-16: Rep Rnds 1-5.

Rnds 17-21: Rep Rnds 6-10.

Rnd 22: Rep Rnd 11.

Rnds 23-26: Rep Rnds 1-4.

Rnd 27: (Sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in next 10 sts) 7 times around – 77 sts.

Rnds 28-31: Rep Rnd 6.

Rnd 32: (Sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in next 10 sts) 6 times around, sc in last 5 sts – 71 sts.

Rnd 33: (Sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in next 8 sts) 7 times around, sc in last st – 64 sts.

Rnd 34: (Sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in next 6 sts) 8 times around – 56 sts.

Rnd 35: (Sc2tog in next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts) 9 times around, sc in last 2 sts – 47 sts.

Rnd 36: Sl st into next st, ch 2, dc in next 2 sts, (dc2tog over next 2 sts) around, join with sl st to top of first dec – 25 sts.

Rnd 37: Sl st around post of 2nd leg of current decrease, ch 4, FPtr around 2nd leg of each decrease around.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for assembly.

Finishing

Using yarn tail and tapestry needle, work a running stitch through the last rnd of sts. Pull yarn tight to close up hole. Secure with a knot and weave in ends.

Lightly steam block and let dry completely.

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