I love the texture this hat has and it’s quite simple to create with a HDC in one stitch and a SS in the next. The trick to creating this texture is turning your pattern at the end of every row of the HDC-SS rows.
There were a few things that I felt may be helpful to clarify in Mary’s pattern that didn’t appear clear in her written instructions. I believe since I’ve done this technique before, I already knew that it was a given to make sure that when you are doing each row, that the HDC go into the SS on the row below and that the SS go into the HDC of the row below. Just knowing that is helpful in making sure each stitch is in the correct spot so you can achieve the correct look as you go along. That way, you won’t have to FROG at the end of the row!
I lengthened my hat a little on the last few decrease rows to make it a little longer. I usually give my hats to Cancer charities and I like them long enough to cover the whole head and ears. I added a row of SC stitches without decrease and then another row of decrease and another row of SC stitches without decrease. My final circle of stitches was only about 1 1/2″ (or less) in diameter before I closed off the top.
I love how this hat looks with Red Heart Super Saver in Coral. It’s a perfect color for Fall! My favorite way to make a Pom Pom is using a Pom Pom Maker. It’s a quick easy way to make them full and even and seems easier to trim into a round ball.
The pattern calls for a 4.5mm Hook, but I chose to use a H-5mm Hook and it turned out beautifully with no trouble with size. I love using these ergonomic crochet hooks by Clover. They are very comfortable on the hands and work smoothly through the yarn. It makes crocheting for hours a breeze…. though this pattern can easily be made in just a couple of hours!
Give this great pattern a try! I think it would look smashing with any yarn color choice! Post pictures in the comments of your finished projects, as well as over at Croyden Crochet!
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For more fun Free Patterns, check out this post with links to Three Quick and Easy Crochet Hats for Winter!