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« on: October 28, 2007 08:22:12 AM »

I started crocheting a hat with no pattern, just by eyeballing and crocheting continuously in the round. The hat has stripes that I make by tying the yarn together. Well, I've frogged the thing about 5 times now because whenever I come to completion, the top of the hat looks like a puffy muffin top and the bottom has turned out too tight. It somehow always ends up looking like a demented chef's hat and I can't figure out how to get it to not take that shape. Am I decreasing too much? Before the hat starts taking form of an actual hat I can put on my head it looks like a huuuuge pancake. Do I just keep crocheting and hope it doesn't turn out too horrible or should I frog the whole thing and attempt to knit it? Crochet patterns confuse me and I only can chain, crochet, and double crochet.

I crochet the hat from the top down. Should I be doing it the opposite way?
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2007 10:53:10 AM »

Once you get the top of the hat to the right size, you just crochet even. You don't decrease. You want the sides of the hat to come straight down. That's why you get the weird muffin-top thing going on.

Try this:
Using the same hook and yarn you use for the actual hat, crochet a square about four inches wide, more or less. Measure how many stitches per inch you make. Measure around your head. Multiply that number by the stitches per inch in your swatch. That's how many stitches around your hat needs to be to fit.
Start your hat. When you have increased to the point that you have that many stitches in a round, stop increasing. Just crochet even until your hat is as long as you want it to be. Do Not Decrease!  HTH

Good luck. Let us see how it turns out.
Later you can learn to make a beret, and then I think you'll begin to see how come you've been getting the muffin-top effect. Smiley

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