Double crochet and treble stitches form the pattern of this versatile accessory, which can be worn as a cosy hood or a cowl.
Simple Crochet Hats by Vanessa Mooncie,GMC Publications, distributed in the US by Taunton Press. RRP $22.95.
Size: To fit: up to 20[22:24]in (51[56:61]cm) head circumference
Gauge: 8 sts and 7 rows to 4in (10cm) over pattern on 10mm hook. Use larger or smaller hook if necessary to obtain correct tension.
Yarn: Drops Eskimo, 100% wool (54yd/50m per 50g ball), or any super chunky yarn: 5[9:10] x 50g balls in 47 Light Beige Mix (A)
Hook: 10mm (UK 000:USN–P/15) crochet hook
Notions: Blunt-ended yarn needle
The hood is worked in rows of alternating double crochet and treble stitches to create the textured pattern. The short ends are stitched together to form a tube of fabric. If substituting for another yarn, be aware that some super chunky yarns are more dense than the one used for this project, so will create a much firmer fabric. Compare hook size and tension information on the ball bands to find a suitable substitute.
With 10mm hook and A, make 57[73:77] ch.
Row 1: 1 dc in second ch from hook, 1 tr in next ch, (1 dc in next ch, 1 tr in next ch) to end, turn (56[72:76] sts).
Row 2: 1 ch (does not count as a st throughout), (1 dc in next tr, 1 tr in next dc) to end, turn.
Rep row 2 until work measures 16[20:22]in (40.5[51:56]cm). Fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn at the end.
Use the tail of yarn to sew together the short edges, matching the rows. Weave in all ends.