Monday, January 9, 2017

Free Pattern: Curly Top Crochet Hat

This is basically an easy beginner crochet pattern that I first got when I joined Binky Patrol back in the day.  I just added a few twists, literally:  the twisty top curlicue.

The yarn pictured is good old Plymouth Encore, one of my favorite go-to yarns for baby things.



CURLY TOP CROCHET HAT
We start with directions for a preemie weighing about 4 to 5 pounds.  Directions for how to make it bigger or even smaller follow.

MATERIALS
around 50 yards worsted weight yarn
H hook or size to get gauge

GAUGE:  4 dc = 1 inch, 2 rows = 1 inch

ABBREVIATIONS
beg = beginning
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch

DIRECTIONS—PREEMIE HAT
Rnd 1:  Ch 4, 11 dc in first ch, join with sl st to top of beg ch 4.  Do not turn, now and throughout.
Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
Rnd 3:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
Rnds 4—8:  Ch 3, *dc in next dc, rep from * around, join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
Rnd 9 (crab st, a.k.a., reverse sc): ch 1, sc in same st, working backwards, *sc in st behind first sc, rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc.
Finish off and weave in ends.

FOR A BIGGER HAT
After rnd 3, insert an extra rnd as follows:  Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
Then do rnds 4 through 9 as for the preemie size.
FOR AN EVEN BIGGER HAT
After rnd 3, insert two extra rnds as follows:
Rnd 3A:  Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
Rnd 3B:  Ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join with sl st to top of first ch 3.
Then do rnds 4 through 9 as for the preemie size.
FOR A SMALLER HAT
Leave out rnd 3 in first set of directions.  This would be for a very tiny preemie.  Some do weigh less than 2 pounds.

CURLICUE
Ch 10.
2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *3 sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch, rep from * to end of ch.  Finish off, leaving a long enough tail to pull through top of hat.  Weave in ends to secure.





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