In the heat of July, the last thing on your mind is probably keeping warm in the winter. But if Grandma taught me anything, it was to plan ahead, and…crochet! Now is the time to start working on things that will keep you and your family warm in the coming months. Here’s a simple pattern that can be easily adjusted to fit anyone. Enjoy!
Round 1: Ch 5
Create a chain of 5, connecting the first to the last to make a loop. Keep the loop pretty tight, so there’s not a big gap in the top of your hat.
Round 2: 2sc in each sc around
There should be 10 sc’s after this round.
Round 3: sc in first sc, 2sc in next sc, continue around.
Alternate: sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc all the way around (this round should have 15 sc’s).
Round 4: sc in first two sc, 2sc in third sc, sc in next two sc, 2sc in next sc.
2sc in every third sc: 2 singles, 1 double, 2 singles one double.
Round 5: sc in first three sc, 2sc in fourth sc, sc in next three sc, 2sc in next sc.
2sc in every fourth sc: 3 singles, 1 double, 3 singles, 1 double.
Round 6: sc in first four sc, 2sc in fifth sc, sc in next four sc, 2sc in next sc.
2sc in every fifth sc: 4 singles, 1 double, 4 singles, 1 double.
Round 7: sc in first five sc, 2sc in sixth sc, sc in next five sc, 2sc in next sc.
2sc in every sixth sc: 5 singles, 1 double, 5 singles, 1 double.
Round 8: sc in first six sc, 2sc in seventh sc, sc in next six sc, 2sc in next sc.
2sc in every seventh sc: 6 singles, 1 double, 6 singles, 1 double.
Round 9: sc in first seven sc, 2sc in eighth sc, sc in next seven sc, 2sc in next sc.
2sc in every eighth sc: 7 singles, 1 double, 7 singles, 1 double.
Round 10: sc in first eight sc, 2sc in ninth sc, sc in next eight sc, 2sc in next sc.
2sc in every ninth sc: 8 singles, 1 double, 8 singles, 1 double.
After each round, try it on. It won’t cover your ears, but you want to make sure it fits properly on top of your head. Once it feels like it is starting to get too big, you can move on to the next step. Depending on the size of your head and the type of yarn you’re using, you may be able to stop after round 6 or 7; or, you may need to add a few more rounds in the above fashion. For mine, I usually use 10 rounds, then move on:
Round 11: sc in each sc all the way around.
Here’s the easy part. Just crochet away. The hat is as big around as it’s going to get, now you’re just adding length to cover your ears. You can make it as long or as short as you want, then cut the yarn and weave it in. I recommend a dab of fabric glue (on the inside) to keep it in place, but you can just tie a knot.
Adding a little color to your hat is simple. To make rows of a different color, simply cut your yarn when you get to the beginning of a round, and tie the end onto the end of the 2nd color. You can tuck the knot inside once you’re finished so it’s not visible.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s a simple project that won’t take long. Try it with different weights of yarn—lighter yarns (like the multi-colored one) produce more flexible hats, while heavier yarns (blue and yellow) provide more warmth.
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