Whether you’re new to crochet or just want a quick, simple project, this is for you. I LOVE how quickly this hat whips up…hello instant gratification! Using bulky yarn or two skeins of worsted held together makes this hat fast AND cozy warm.
If you really want a warm hat, choose a yarn with a little bit of wool, or better yet, baby alpaca. Baby alpaca is the softest and least scratchy, I find. And it’s beautiful…
This pattern uses mostly single crochets. The ribbing is made with front and back post double crochets. If you’ve never tried this stitch pattern, you’re going to love it! It’s easy and fun and makes the nicest, stretchy ribbing for crochet. Don’t worry if you’ve never done front and back post stitches before, I give you step by step photos below to walk you through it.
Let’s get started!
Gauge: 7 sc 4”
~Any bulky weight yarn OR two strands of worsted held together (I used two skeins of Coffee Beenz yarn by Plymouth Yarn Company color 9204.)
~U.S. size N/10mm crochet hook
~A 6” square scrap of faux fur…I used a scrap of Tissavel by Shannon Fabrics for these photos, but I have also bought a 10″ square of faux fur from Incredible Cat on Etsy.
~Polyester fiberfill for your pom
~A long scrap of worsted weight yarn or regular sewing thread for sewing on your pom
~stitch marker (or a scrap of yarn in another color to mark your rounds)
Symbols and terminology used:
dc: double crochet
fpdc: front post double crochet (see helpful photos in the pattern below)
bpdc: back post double crochet (see helpful photos in the pattern below)
Front post and back post double crochets are used to form a stretchy rib stitch for the edge of the hat. You will simply perform your dc around the post of the dc in the previous round instead of in the st as you normally would. For fp (front post) you’ll loop behind the post (so the st will show on the front of the hat) and for bp (back post) you’ll loop in front of the post (so the st will show on the back of the hat).
inc (increase): 2 sc in the next st
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
Sizing: Designed to fit most adults with a 20-22” head circumference
Using two strands of worsted weight yarn held together or a single strand of bulky weight yarn:
Form a magic loop or ch3 and join to form a loop.
Round 1: 6sc in loop, pull on the short yarn tail to form a tight circle
Round 2: 2Sc in each st (mark the first st in this round with your st marker and move it up to mark the beginning of each round as you go) (12sc)
Round 3: *sc, inc, repeat from * around (18sc)
Round 4: *2sc, inc, repeat from * around (24sc)
Round 5: *3sc, inc, repeat from * around (30sc)
Round 6: *4sc, inc, repeat from * around (36sc)
Rounds 7-16: sc (continue to move your stitch marker up as you go)
Round 17: ch 1, dc in each st around
Round 18: *fpdc, bpdc, repeat from * around (see photos below)
For fp (front post) you’ll loop behind the post (so the st will show on the front of the hat) and for bp (back post) you’ll loop in front of the post (so the st will show on the back of the hat).
Round 19:repeat round 18 (Do fpdc on the fpdc and bpdc on bpdc from last round to form ribbing.)
You can repeat rounds 18 and 19 again if you like wider ribbing or your hat needs to be a little bigger.
Join with a sl st to beginning of round.
Tie off. Weave in loose ends.
Making and attaching the pom:
Cut your fur into a 6” diameter circle. Use your yarn needle and a scrap of worsted weight yarn to sew all along the outer edge of the fur. (You may need to use regular sewing thread and needle depending on the type of backing your faux fur has. )
Don’t knot the yarn at the beginning, just leave about a 6” tail.
When you get back to the beginning, pull both ends of the yarn to gather the pom into a ball and form a little bag. Insert the fiber fill stuffing before tying it closed completely. Leave a long tail when you cut your yarn. Use the tail to sew the pom firmly to the top of the hat. If it wobbles, add a few stitches further out from the center to stabilize it. Tie off and weave in loose ends.
All Done! Congratulations!
Be sure to share a photo of your hat and tag me @tealandfinch on Instagram…I’d love to see it!
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