Crochet Hat_Stretchy Hat PDF
Pattern for use by kind permission of Anneke Sevink
This hat fits well – nice and snug, it can be made with or without roll-up brim and it looks great in plain colours, stripes or variegated yarn.
The ribbing allows for extra warmth as well as stretch to fit the child. If you are concerned about warmth, please use 100% wool or a wool/acrylic blend.
A blanket can keep almost all of a child warm, but they still need something to protect their heads from the cold! Please make sure that the hats are large enough to fit a child’s head. Proportionally, a four year old’s head is almost the size of an adult, so please keep that in mind when you are crocheting. If the hat fits you, it will fit a child.
Materials and Tools
- Light worsted weight yarn (American)/DK (UK)/8 ply (Aus)
- 4.5 mm/US 7 hook
- Worsted weight yarn (American)/Aran (UK)/10 ply (Aus)
- 5.00mm/US 8 hook
Since the hat will be made in sc, a hook bigger by 0.5mm than advised on the yarn label is recommended. Sc is a rather tight or stiff stitch and the hat needs to be flexible and stretchy.
Note: Pattern uses American terminology
|slip stitch (sl st)
||= single crochet (sc)
|single crochet (sc)
||= double crochet (dc)
Make a chain which measures 8” (20cm) (height for hat without brim) or 9½” (24cm) (height for hat with brim).
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn.
Note: By making the “chain 1” at the end of the row instead of at the beginning of the next row you will have a twisted stitch for a solid edge.
Row 2: Sc in back loop of each stitch, last stitch in both loops of sc of previous row, ch 1, turn.
Repeat row 2 until the rectangle measures 18” (46cm).
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
The rectangle will stretch to about 20” (52-53cm).
Pattern note: When the circumference is big enough to almost fit you, and the height is long enough for the hat to cover your head and ears, it will fit the child.
Join the foundation row and the last row by sewing sides together.
Alternate joining instructions: Join by crochet
Join the foundation row and the last row with single crochet. The advantage will be an invisible seam on both sides of the work and the seam will have the same tension as the hat.
Work as follows:
Fold the work, join the beginning chain and the last row by single crochet, beginning chain at the front of the work and put the hook through the opposite back loop of the last row, make a single crochet in each stitch as shown in the photo.
Leave a long tail for the finishing off the top of the hat.
Insert yarn by stringing through the spaces between the stitches at the top of the hat. Pull tight and anchor firmly by stitching crosswise several times through the top of the hat.
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