The ribbing of a knitted hat always manages to fit perfectly around your head, so why not bring that style element to crochet hats? Alternating colors make up the color scheme, so it’s easy to switch things up based on preference.
Size: Finished Head Circumference = 16 (18¾, 20, 21¼)” [40.5 (47.5, 51, 54) cm]; to fit head size 17 (19¾, 21, 22¼)” [43 (50, 53.5, 56.5) cm] or Baby (Child, Adult S, Adult L); Length = 5½ (6¾, 8¾, 9½)” [14 (17, 22, 24) cm]; 1” negative ease recommended; Shown in size 20″ [51 cm] head circumference
Gauge: 16 sts (4 SR) = 5¼” [12 cm] and 12 rnds = 4¾” [12 cm] in Stripe Pattern with larger hook; 19 sts and 12 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in hdc-blo with smaller hook, after wet blocking
(Note: For proper fit, it is more important to match the row gauge of the hdc-blo than the stitch gauge)
Quince & Co. Owl (50% American wool, 50% alpaca; 120 yards [110 meters]/50 grams): Huckleberry (MC, 2 (2, 3, 3) hanks), Chamomile (CC, 1 (1, 2, 2) hanks)
Crochet Hooks: US size G/6 (4.0 mm) and US size I/9 (5.5 mm) hooks
Notions: Tapestry needle, 3″ pom-pom maker (optional)
(multiple of 4 sts)
Set-up Rnd: With MC, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc, here and throughout), 2dc into first sc, sk 1 sc, sc into next sc, sk 1 sc, *3dc into next sc, sk 1 sc, sc into next sc, sk 1 sc; rep from * end, sl st into top of tch to join.
Rnd 1: With CC, ch 1, sc into first dc, sk 1 dc, 3dc into sc, sk 1 dc, *sc into next dc, sk 1 dc, 3dc into sc, sk 1 dc; rep from * to end, sl st into first sc of rnd to join.
Rnd 2: With CC, ch 3, 2dc in same sc used to join the last rnd, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, sk 1 dc, *3dc in next sc, sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, sk 1 dc; rep from * to end, sl st into top of tch to join.
Rnd 3: With CC, rep Rnd 1.
Rnd 4: With MC, rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 5: With MC, rep Rnd 1.
Rnd 6: With MC, rep Rnd 2.
Rep Rnds 1-6 for patt.
The brim is crocheted side to side, then the beg and end are sewn together into a ring. The body is worked off of one edge of the brim.
There is a slipped st worked near the center of the brim as a folding line. This will help the hat stay folded in the same place consistently for an even brim width all the way around the hat. To simplify the brim, or if you don’t want the fold-line, work the sl st as hdc on each row of the brim.
With smaller hook and MC, ch 19 (23, 27, 27), turn.
Set-up Row (WS): Hdc-blo of third ch from hook, and in the next 7 (9, 11, 11) ch, sl st-blo of next ch, hdc-blo of rem 9 (11, 13, 13) ch to end, turn. (16 (20, 24, 24) hdc and 1 sl st)
Note: Place a removable marker into the side of one of the 7 (9, 11, 11) hdc. This will be used to identify this section when joining the yarn to make the body.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 2 (does not count as a st, here and throughout), hdc-blo of next 9 (11, 13, 13) hdc, sl st-blo of sl st, hdc-blo of rem 7 (9, 11, 11) hdc, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc-blo of next 7 (9, 11, 11) hdc, sl st-blo of sl st, hdc-blo of rem 9 (11, 13, 13) hdc, turn.
Rep the last 2 rows 22 (26, 28, 30) more times, then work Row 1 once more. (48 (56, 60, 64) total rows)
Break yarn leaving 12″ [30.5 cm] tail.
Block brim to meas 3¾ (4¾, 5½, 5½)” [9.5 (12, 14, 14) cm] wide by 16 (18, 20, 21¼)” [40.5 (45.5, 51, 54) cm] long.
With the WS of brim facing, use tail to whipstitch through front loop of foundation ch and back loop of the last row, so the column of “ribs” looks like all the others on the RS.
With larger hook, hold the brim so the marked side with 7 (9, 11, 11) hdc is at the top and the WS is facing; join MC with a sl st into the end of the first row of the brim, near the seam. (Note: the WS of the brim is facing so the RS will be facing when it is folded.)
Set-up Rnd: With MC, ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc into the end of the same row used to join the yarn, then sc into the end of each row of the brim, sl st into first sc to join. (48 (56, 60, 64) sc)
Work Set-up Rnd of Stripe Patt. (12 (14, 15, 16) SR)
Work Rnds 1-6 of Stripe Patt 1 (1, 2, 2) times. Work 0 (2, 0, 2) more rnds, ending after Rnd 6 (2, 6, 2) of Stripe Patt.
Dec Rnd 1: With the same color used for the last rnd, ch 1, sc into first dc, sk 1 dc, dc into sc, sk 1 dc, *sc into next dc, sk 1 dc, dc into sc, sk 1 dc; rep from * to end, sl st into first sc of rnd to join. (24 (28, 30, 32) sts rem)
Dec Rnd 2: Ch 1, *sc2tog; rep from * to end, sl st into first sc of rnd to join. (12 (14, 15, 16) sts rem)
Fasten off, leaving a tail about 8″ [20.5 cm] long.
With tail threaded through tapestry needle, insert tapestry needle through the back loop of every st of last row, then pull tail to draw the top of the hat closed. Securely weave in this end to the WS of the hat, and/or use it to secure the optional pom-pom.
Pom-Pom (optional): Use the remaining yarn of both colors to make a pom-pom and attach it to the top of the hat.
Weave in rem ends.
Block hat to measurements with brim folded at the sl st fold line.