Elliott had so many incredible hats made for him when he was born as all the shop brought ones were way to big and just would not stay on his head. It made me really want to learn how to make one for him myself.
I used the pattern from Maybe Matilda. Click here for her wonderful site.
I couldn’t believe how simple and easy it was to create once my amazing best friend explained the stitches to me.
You will need:
– I used black double knit wool from Hobbycraft
– K hook (10 mm)
– blunt large-eye needle for sewing tails in
– Pom pom maker.
fsc = foundation single crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
ch = chain
Hat is worked from brim up. Do not turn your work at the end of each row. The finished hat will be roughly square shaped, with 2 pointed corners at the top, where you will place your pom poms. Leave a long yarn tail at the end of your work to sew the top of the hat closed.
1) Start with a row of fsc long enough to reach easily around the head of the person you’re crocheting for. (I kept checking my length around Elliott’s head)
Sl st to join your work in a loop (make sure the loop is flat and has not twisted!).
2) Ch 2, dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of starting ch.
3) Ch 2, *fpdc in next stitch, bpdc in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of starting ch.
4) Repeat row 3, working fpdc in each fpdc of previous row and bpdc in each bpdc of previous row.
5) Ch 2, dc around in back loop only of each stitch. Join with sl st to top of starting ch.
6) Ch 2, dc around. Join with sl st to top of starting ch.
7-?) Repeat row 6 until desired hat ‘height’ is reached. Again I kept popping it on Elliott to make sure it was how I wanted it.
Add roughly 2 inches to suggested hat heights, since this style is meant to sit high on the head and fit loosely. Fasten off when desired height is reached, leaving long yarn tail.
Use ending yarn tail to stitch the top of the hat closed. Simply lay the hat flat with the seam centered in the back, and sew back and forth with the ending yarn tail to create a long, flat seam. The hat will look square. Sew in all yarn tails.
Using a pom pom maker, make 2 large pom poms. Sew pom poms to top corners of hat.
Crafting next to the play mat and during nap times has been a lot of fun. I’d say a solid craft would take about an hour and a half. With a baby doing it here and there it took me a week.
Elliott seems a fan of his new hat. Now I can’t wait to make another design….