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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

SO YOU WANT TO MAKE A HAT?




The Loopers! (invitational) class wants patterns so patterns they shall have. "E" asked for a hat and since I made one yesterday, the "pattern" is still in my head. The mp3 bag, egg, basket and other practice stitches will be up shortly.

THE HAT!
(You can do this in ANY stitch you want, just check size/gage over and over and it'll be fantastic, here's some guidelines and a reminder or two)

HDC which is “half double crochet”. Wrap yarn over your hook (like the beginnings of a double crochet!) Push your hook through your stitch to the back and wrap yarn over the hook. Pull the yarn through the stitch to the front. Look! There are THREE loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook. BRAVO, it’s a HDC!

SC is “single crochet”. Push your hook through your stitch, yarn over and pull through, LOOK! There are TWO loops on the hook, yarn over hook and pull through the two loops. BRAVO! It’s a SC!

Here we go, work slow and steady

Ch 3

Sc 6times in first loop

2x hdc in each stich (12 stitches total now) – place a marker so you know where you are. Remember to move your marker up each row !

Hdc in first stich, 2x hdc in next stitch – repeat this pattern to marker (18 stitches now)

Hdc in first stitch, hdc in next stitch, 2xhdc in third stitch – repeat to marker (24 stitches now)

Do one round without increasing (24 stitches)

*This is a classic amugurumi increase, you add one hdc (or sc or dc or whatever stitch you are doing) each time before you increase by doing two in one stitch. We are up to 3 hdc then increase by doing 2 hdc in one stitch, then it will be 4 hdc then increase, then 5 and increase then 6...see the pattern? OK, back to the pattern


Hdc, hdc, hdc, 2xhdc – repeat to marker; (30stitches now!)

Hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, 2xhdc – repeat to marker (36 stitches now)

Do one round without increasing (36)

Hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, 2xhdc – repeat to marker (42)

Measure your head, measure the diameter of the round so far, if you are crocheting “loosey goosey” this will be big enough. IF you are crocheting crazy wild tight, do another two rows of increase! I think 42 stitches is a good size for a kid but gage it to how you are working your yarn! If it’s too big, give it to your mom, your dad, your nearest friend or relative with a really giant head. If it’s too small, a younger sibling is a fine gift recipient!

Do as many rounds as you like WITHOUT increasing, count count count each round to be sure you are not increasing by accident which will make it a giant hat. Try it on alot and make it longer or shorter depending your current fashion sense.

IF it starts to get ridiculously wide, you can simply reduce the width by doing a decrease (DEC) remember those? Insert hook through stitch and yarn over, pull yarn through, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through, there'll be THREE loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through all three stitches and bingo, presto, you have decreased!!

When you are happy with the length do one more step.

SK (skip) a stitch and sc in the 2nd stitch from hook... this will flatten out the end and make it even, do it, you'll see what I mean. Cut the yarn and pull it through the loop and weave in your end. Presto, bingo, it's a hat!

Your final step? Put the hat on your head and take a picture of it and send it to me! NOW you’re done!

You can add ribbon, flowers, logos or wacky weaving to your hat to make it yours and yours alone. Oh and by the way, good job!

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