This cute hat pattern comes to us from Cathy Wood of Cats Rockin’ Crochet Blog.
The basic dc crown can be used for the beginning of many hat designs. Once you have the crown made the stitch count is complete and you can begin a pattern with an exact stitch count.
Let’s say your pattern has a pattern repeat of 6 stitches, your crown is made up of 60 st’s, the pattern can be repeated 10 times in all (6 st’s x 10=60). If you have a pattern repeat of 7 or 9 st’s and your crown is 60 st’s, you can still achieve this by adding a couple of more st’s to the crown, in this case for the 7 or 9 you will need to add 3 extra dc’s in the last row of increases, which will give you 63 dc’s. For the 7 st pattern repeat you will be doing 9 pattern repeats (7 st’s x 9=63), for the 9 st pattern repeat you will be doing 7 pattern repeats(9 st’s x 7=63).
Your pattern stitch must use the same st as the crown, IE: we have a dc crown as our example here, the pattern must use the dc stitch, if not your hat will reduce (using all sc’s) or increase (using all trbl’s) in the circumference sizing. How ever a mixture of st types and ch’s can be used with out changing the size of our hat, this will depend mostly upon your pattern.
We must also be aware of how many rows our pattern needs to be complete. A simple pattern repeat may only need a few rows; there fore we need to repeat this pattern for our desired length of the hat. A pattern repeat with more rows may be too long for our hat. So we must keep in mind, the length of our hat and the length of the pattern. The average hat height is about 9 inches or 11 inches with a folded brim.
Many afghan patterns can be used for a hat. I have a perfect example with the Catherine Wheel Stitch.
Pattern for the basic double crochet crown:
(Includes instructions to complete a dc hat)
- The measurements given are an approximate as many yarns will differ from brand to brand.
- I am using an AU 8 ply yarn (US 4 ply) and a 4.00mm hook (US G/6)
- The crochet terms I use are US
- I will be giving instructions for a small adult and medium to large adult, both reflecting woman’s sizes.
DC= double crochet
SL ST= slip stitch
Tension: see pictures below for measurements
Notes: the beginning ch 3 is counted as a dc.
To begin: Ch 4
Row 1: Work 11 dc into 4th chain from hook, sl st to join in top of ch 3. (12 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3, work 1 dc in same place as ch 3, work 2 dc in each dc around, sl st to join in top of ch 3 (24 dc)
Row3: Ch 3, work 2 dc in next dc, *work 1 dc in next dc, work 2 dc in next dc,* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join in top of ch 3 (36 dc)
Row 4: Ch 3, work 1 dc in next dc, work 2 dc in next dc, *work 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, work 2 dc in next dc,* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join in top of ch 3 (48 dc)
Row 5: Ch 3, work 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, work 2 dc in next dc, *work 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, work 2 dc in next dc,* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join in top of ch 3 (60 dc)
Stop increasing here for a small adult hat.
Row 6: Ch 3, work 1 dc in next 3 dc, work 2 dc in next dc, *work 1 dc in each of next 4 dc, work 2 dc in next dc,* repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join in top of ch 3 (72 dc)
Stop increasing here for a medium to large adult hat
You are now ready to work with out increasing.
Work 1 dc in each st around, sl st to join in top of ch3.
Repeat above round with out increasing for hat height desired.
You also have the option to use a stitch pattern in the hat, once the crown has been established. If you choose to do this you will need a stitch pattern that is dividable by the amount of st’s you already have. Keeping in mind that you will be joining the pattern round. It will not matter too much if you need to increase/decrease a stitch or 2 for this to happen. The average hat height is about 9 inches or 11 inches with a folded brim.
I have used this method in many of my original hat designs which you can view at my blog “Cats-Rockin-Crochet”. I offer my patterns for free and give clear instructions along with many pictures and some video’s. I learned how to crochet from the generosity of many who provide free crochet advice on the internet. I hope that you have found this informative and can use this guide to further your crochet skills. I know that I am always learning something new in the crochet world all of the time.
Cheers and good luck, Cathy Wood