Inspired by how ridiculously cold it's been here the last couple of days, I decided to drop everything I was working on and make myself a hat.
Black side out:
Rainbow side out:
Level of difficulty: if you already know how to do crochet-on-the-double, this is really really easy. If you don't, but you are comfortable with the Tunisian Simple Stitch, then you'll find this pattern somewhat easy once you get going on it. If you don't know either of those techniques, I recommend learning them on something easier (perhaps a scarf?) before attempting this. ^_^
Yarn: Bernat Satin, uses the equivalent of 1 ball for each side of hat; for mine I used 1 ball of black and small amounts of 8 colours.
Hook: 6mm double-ended hook (J/10)
This pattern is for crochet-on-the-double (crochet-on-the-double tutorial
), using the Tunisian Simple Stitch. Each row has two parts, A and B, in A you lift loops onto the hook, in B you turn
and work them off
MC = main colour
CC = contrasting colour
ch 50 in MC
Row 1A - lift up one loop in 2nd ch from hook, and in each subsequent ch (50 loops on hook, including starting loop)
Row 1B - turn, pull a loop of CC through first loop of MC. *pull a loop of CC through two loops* repeat until 1 loop of CC remains on hook.
Row 2A - loop on hook counts as first loop, insert hook from right to left through vertical bar of the second stitch from the hook on the previous row, pull up a loop of CC. Do this for every subsequent stitch (50 loops on hook)
Row 2B - turn, pull a loop of MC through the first loop on hook. *pull a loop of MC through two loops* repeat until 1 loop of MC remains.
Row 3A - pull up a loop in the second vertical bar from the hook, and continue to pull up loops until there are 2 vertical bars left (48 loops on hook)
Row 3B - turn, work loops off in CC
Row 4A - work loops on in CC (48 loops on hook)
Row 4B - turn, work loops off in MC
Row 5A - work loops on in MC until there are two vertical bars left (46 loops on hook)
Row 5B - turn, work loops off in CC
Row 6A - work loops on in CC (46 loops on hook)
Row 6B - turn, work loops off in MC
Row 7A - work loops on in MC until there are two vertical bars left (44 loops on hook)
Row 7B - turn, work loops off in CC
Row 8A - work loops on in CC (46 loops on hook)
Row 8B - turn, work loops off in MC
Row 9A - work loops on in MC until there are two vertical bars left (42 loops on hook)
Row 9B - turn, work loops off in CC
Row 10A - work loops on in CC (42 loops on hook)
Row 10B - turn, work loops off in MC
Row 11A - work loops on in MC until there are two vertical bars left (40 loops on hook)
Row 11B - turn, work loops off in CC
Row 12A - work loops on in CC (40 loops on hook)
Row 12B - turn, work loops off in MC
Row 13A - work loops on in MC, 40 loops from previous row, plus the 2 missed vertical bars from each previous row (50 loops on hook)
Row 13B - turn, work loops off in CC
Row 14A - work loops on in CC (50 loops on hook)
Row 14B - turn, work loops off in MC
One wedge made!
Repeat from 3A to 14B until you have 8 wedges
To finish, slip stitch to bind off both colours by *inserting the hook through the next vertical bar, pull a loop through it and the loop on the hook* until you reach the end. Do the MC first, then the CC. Leave LONG tails.
Use the CC tail to sew the last row made to the first row (try to join it with the CC of the first row if you can). Use the MC tail to weave in and out of the stitches at the top of the hat, pull tightly like a drawstring until the hole at the top is closed. Secure with a knot, then use the rest of that tail to sew the seam down on the MC side of the hat.
Weave in all ends.
To alter this pattern to fit better, or use a different yarn, etc. :
Make a swatch (I recommend making a scarf-sized swatch
) to determine how many stitches and rows you get per inch/cm. Measure your head, and do some math. ^_^
You can easily start with fewer stitches to make a shorter hat, do more "stop two stitches short of the end" rows to make the rounded-top part bigger, and change the number of wedges you do to fit a smaller or larger circumference.
To easily keep track while making this hat, I made sure that my "miss the last two stitches" rows always happened with the black yarn (MC in the pattern), and the CC rows were just repeating its previous row. It'll make sense when you're doing it. ^_^
If you need any help with this pattern, feel free to ask! If you spot any errors, let me know so that I can fix them. ^_^