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« on: May 31, 2005 05:10:54 PM »

I've known how to crochet for 5 years .. but i never learned to make a hat or read a pattern. .. I need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2005 05:48:53 PM »

I don't use patterns either, and this is what I do to make a hat: Crochet 2 or 3 chain stitches, then slip stitch into the first to make a closed loop, like what you'd do to start out a granny square. Then crochet 10 to 20 or so of whatever stitch you want ignoring the starter chain stitches, and instead plunging your hook directly into the middle of the loop. I like half double crochet because it's faster than single but still tight looking, but you can use whatever stitch you like, play around with it, whatever. Basically you're starting at the very top of the hat and working in increasing rounds so it gets wider and wider as you go. Slip stitch the last stitch of each round back into the start, then do a chain stitch or two depending on what stitch you're using to get up to the next round, and stitch 2 in each row. In the next row, cut it down to maybe two in every third, then two in every 5 or 6, etc. whatever looks like it will give your hat the desired roundness.  If you want the hat to be more tubular, then increase to the point where it fits then don't increase but keep on going.  You can increase just a few if you want it to be more of a pointy hat, increase more if you want it to be flatter on the top like a skull cap. Rember to try it on when it starts getting big so you don't make it inhumanly large, because crochet stretches so much it may look tiny but fit fine! If you want to make a beret, keep increasing till it's a couple inches wider than your head, then decrease until it's small enough to fit around your head again. Another way would be to chain a length close to the diameter of your head, turn and crochet one row back, then continue around and crochet the other side of the same row. If you've ever made a simple potholder, it's the same, only instead of closing it up on the diagonal when you have a square, you'd just keep going around and around until it's big enough to get your head into. The same method also works to make a bag/purse/soapholde/etc. With either of these methods, if you'd rather work around and around in a coil than deal with slip stitching each row to move up to the next row, it would work perfectly fine. Happy crafting!

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