Friday, 12 September 2014

Oh the Possibilities!

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Would you like a pattern that includes instructions for one basic hat that you can turn into...

A Beanie  ?
A Winter hat ?
A Bobble Hat ?
A Earflap Hat ?
A Slouch?

With a bow, a flower, a sweet little corkscrew, or braided ties?

In all sizes, newborn to Adult?

With this basic hat pattern, you can make them all!  This pattern is so versatile, you can use your imagination to make any combination you wish.

First:  Pick your size.
Second:  Pick the hook required for that size.
Third:  Pick your style!

Decide if you want a basic hat or a slightly more complicated hat – Your choice!  Take a look at the pics and be inspired to create your own!

I hope you enjoy using this pattern as much as I enjoyed making it.

AG :)  

**Pattern is written in US terms, a chart to convert to UK terms is included**

For those interested in the story behind the project, you will find it HERE.


Materials required:  1 Skein Worsted weight yarn (4) in either one or two colours.
4mm (G/6); 4.5mm (7); 5mm (H/8) crochet hook; stitch markers; yarn needle.

0-3 months: Circumference 11.5” – 13” (29-33 cm); hat length 5.5” – 6” (13-15 cm)
3-6 months: Circumference 12.5” – 14” (32-36 cm); hat length 6.5” – 7” (16.5-18 cm)
6-12 months: Circumference 14.5” – 16” (37-41 cm); hat length 7.5” – 8” (19-20 cm)
1 to 3 years: Circumference 16.5” – 18” (42-46 cm); hat length 8” (20 cm)
3 to 10 years: Circumference 17.5” – 19” (44-48 cm); hat length 8.5” (22 cm)
Pre-Teens and Teens: Circumference 19” – 20.5” (48-52 cm); hat length 9” – 10” (25 cm)
Adult Men & Women: Circumference 20” – 22.5” (48-57 cm); hat height 11.5” (29 cm)

Abbreviations:  Sc – Single crochet; Hdc – Half double crochet; Dc – Double crochet;
Flo – Front loop only; Sl st – Slip stitch

Hooks required: 

4mm          0-3 months
4.5mm       3-6 months
5mm          6-12 months
4.5mm       1-3 years
4.5mm       3-10 years
5mm          Pre-Teens and Teens
5mm          Adult Women/Men

If you wish to substitute hdc for dc in the main body of the hat, you can do that,  just work extra rows to reach the desired length. 

Dimensions are given for sizes from newborn to adult, and the hooks needed to make them.  All hats are made with worsted weight (aran/10ply)

First:  Pick your size.
Second:  Pick the hook required for that size.
Third:  Pick your style!

 The pattern is laid out as follows:

Instructions for Basic Hat Pattern:                                                   
Instructions for Defined Rib Turn up Band  (Option A)               
Instructions for Basic Rib Turn up Band       (Option B)                 
Instructions for Earflaps & Braids                                                    
Instructions for Bow                                                                          
Instructions for Simple Flower                                                         
Instructions for Bobble                                                                     
Instructions for Corkscrew                                                               

**Different numbering for different sizes are colour coded as in the “Hooks Required” section above, and placed in brackets according to size.**

To keep seams almost invisible, always work ch3 at the beg of a dc row, but do not count it as a stitch.  Sl st to the first dc (not the ch3) at the end of the row.

Hat 1:  A basic beanie:  I worked this in hdc throughout.  You can use dc if you wish. (Simple Flower pattern included).

Hat 2:  A basic beanie (similar to Hat 1):  worked in dc throughout, and a stripe added on the last row before edging with single crochet.  The world’s easiest bow added.  (Bow Pattern included).

Hat 3:  Beanie, with a Winter striped turn up brim. (Brim Pattern included)

Hat 4:  Beanie, as above, with a Winter striped turn up brim (Option A under Turn Up Brim), Earflaps and Braids); with or without bobble.


Hat 5:  Hat 4 without turn up brim, but with earflaps and braids, and bonus added corkscrew! (Pattern included).

Note:  I did this one for 3-6 months, and worked it all in hdc instead of dc.  You can do either.
Using the required hook for the size you are making, work through the basic pattern, inserting one or two different coloured stripes at regular intervals starting about 2/3rds down the hat. Hint:  if the finished measurement is 6.5”, start the stripes once your hat is about 4.5” long.   Carry on to the required length.  On the last row, end with 1 hdc, 1sc, and a slip st to even out the edge.  Then work as per instructions for Earflaps and Braids

Hat 6:  Semi-slouch …….I worked this in plain hdc with a simple rib brim (Option B under Turn Up Brim.


Basic Hat Pattern:

** Use required hook for your chosen size, as in the chart on page 1, or size to obtain gauge **

Make a magic ring (alternatively, chain 4, sl st into 1st ch to make a ring).

Row 1: Chain 3 (does not count as 1dc), dc 9 into ring, sl st to beg dc. (9)

Row 2: 3ch, 2 dc in same stitch as 3ch, then 2 dc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg dc (18)

Row 3: 3ch, 2dc in same stitch as 3ch, *1 dc in next st; 2 dc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg dc (27)

Row 4: 3ch, 2dc in same stitch as 3ch, *1 dc in next 2 stitches; 2 dc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg dc (36)

*Sizes 0-3 months; 3-6 months; 6-12 months – skip rows 5 and 6 and move on to Row 7*

Row 5: 3ch, 2dc in same stitch as 3ch; *1dc in next 3 stitches; 2 dc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg dc (45)

1-3 years and Pre-Teens/ Teens – skip Row Six and move on to Row Seven*

Row 6:

** Size 3 – 10 years only – 3 ch, 2 dc in same stitch as 3 ch; 1 dc in each stitch around, increasing 2 more times evenly, sl st to beg dc (48)

**Size Adult only – 3 ch, 1 dc in same stitch as 3ch; *1dc in next 4 stitches; 2 dc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to 3 ch (54). 

Row 7: Ch 3, work dc in each st around, sl st to the beginning dc. If you wish, you may now work in a continuous round to avoid a seam.

Rep Row 7 to required length, depending on size: 5.5” (6.5”, 7.5”, 8”, 8.5”, 9”, 11”) 

Note:  if you wish you can skip the Winter brim and go straight to making earflaps and braids.

For a slouch hat – simply work a few extra rows here before working on the edging or making a turn up band.

For a simple beanie, work 1 hdc into next st, 1sc into next st; sc around for 2 rows.  Sl st in the last st, fasten off and weave in ends.

Turn Up Brim

With a half size larger hook,

Row 1: dc into front loop only. *I like to work into the small loop at the front as well as the front loop of the stitch here, as it keeps the stitching nice and snug, instead of being too loose as it often does when working in just one loop only. ~ See Picture Below*

Work on the *inside* now, for the rest of this band:

Option A:  (as in Hat 3); fpdc into every stitch:

Row 2:  Ch3, fpdc into next st, and each st around.  Sl st to beg fpdc.  Do not turn.

Row 3:  Rep the prev row, change to contrast colour on the last stitch.

Row 4:  Ch3, fpdc into same st and in each st around. Sl st to beg fpdc – change back to main colour on the last st.

Row 5:  Ch3, fpdc into same st and in each st around. Sl st to beg fpdc – change back to contrast colour on the last st.

Row 6:  Ch3, fpdc into same st and in each st around. Sl st to beg fpdc – change back to main colour on the last st.

Row 7:  Work one more row in main colour.  Sl st to beg fpdc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Option B:  (As in Hat 6): Alternate fpdc and bpdc in the row to create a looser ribbing band.

Row 2:  Ch3, *fpdc into next st, bpdc into next st*; rep to end.  Sl st to beg fpdc.  Do not turn.

Row 3:  Rep Row 2 until you reach the desired length of your turn up band, adding a stripe if you wish, or working plain with only main colour (as in Hat 6)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ear Flaps:

Fold the hat in half with the centre back at the centre back.  Mark off each side as in the picture below:

Next, Mark off 4, (4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts to the front of each marker (including the st the marker is in) and 6, (6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9 ) sts to the back of each marker (not including st containing marker). 10, (10, 12, 12, 12, 14, 16) sts total for each earflap.

Take out the first 2 side markers.  It should now look like this:

You will be working your earflaps between these two sets of markers.

Turn the hat inside out, with the striped brim towards you and the crown away from you. (For other hats without the turn up brim, simply work on the outside of the hat between the markers and ignore the instructions for working on the “ridge” (below).

You will see the “ridge” created when you worked into the front loop only at the start of the turn up brim.  You need to now work the earflaps into these sts, working into the left-over loop, *and* the smaller loop behind it:

Working with the band towards you, as in the picture above, attach yarn at the marker to the right.  Going back to your normal hook for the size you are making,  Chain 1, sc in same st and in next 9, (9, 11, 11, 11, 13, 15)  sts (to marker on the left).  Turn.

Row 1:  Ch1, sc across.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch1, sc 2tog, sc to last 2 sts, sc 2 tog.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch1, sc across.  Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until 4 sts remain.

Ch1, sc 2tog twice.  Turn.

Ch1, sc across.  Turn.

Ch1, sc 2tog.   Fasten off.  Weave in end.

Repeat for the other earflap, this time, don’t finish off or break off the end. 

Working on the Outside of the hat, ch1, sc all around earflap, all around hat brim (work into those 2 loops as before), all around 2nd earflap, and back to where you began.  Sl st to beg sc, fasten off and weave in ends.


To work the braids, you will need to take 6 strands of each colour, about 1 yd long for the little hats, and about 2 yds long for adult hats.  Divide them out so that you have 3 of each colour for two braids, fold one of the 6-strands (3 of each colour) in half, making a loop at the end with your finger.  Holding on to that loop, insert a large crochet hook from the back of the earflap through to the front, hook onto those 6 strands and pull the loop through a little, about 2 inches.  Then take the other end of those strands and feed them through that large loop.  Pull tight to attach it to the earflap.  Repeat for the other side.

You now have 6 strands (3 of each colour) looped through the ends of the earflaps.  Divide them into 3 sections, (2 of each colour in each section), and braid them together.  Tie a knot in the end and trim neatly.  Repeat for the other side, making sure both braids and knots are of equal length.

I tend to make the braids on the longer side, figuring you can always trim them later, but you can’t add more on once they are cut!  Round about 12” is pretty good for an older child/ teen/adult, about 7”-9” for a younger child.

Here are the completed braids:

Easiest bow ever!

Ch13, (leave a tail about 4” long); sc in 2nd ch from hook and to end, turn.  Ch 1, sc to end, for 4 rows.  Fasten off leaving another tail about 4” long. 

Weave in those ends but take them only to the centre back of the piece, top and bottom.

Pinch the rectangle together at the centre and use the two ends at the back to wrap around that centre so that you can then knot them at the back.  Sew or tie the bow to the hat.  Simples!  J

Easiest Flower ever!

Ch4, sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.  Ch1, work 5 sc into ring.  Sl st to beg sc.

*Ch3, 2 dc in same st, ch2, sl into next sc*; rep around (5 petals).  Fasten off leaving one long end.  Weave in short end – use long end to attach to hat.


Making a bobble is surprisingly simple.  You will need either two pieces of stiff card, or you can just use your hand! 

Card Option:  Cut two pieces of card in a circle (whichever size you want the bobble to turn out), with a slit in the bottom and a small circle cut out of the centre of both cards.  Wrap your yarn around both pieces of card until the circles are entirely covered – more is better when it comes to bobbles!  Keeping the circles together, cut around the edge between the two pieces of card to cut through the yarn all around the circle.  Before removing the cards from the yarn, take 2 strands of yarn, thread them around the bobble, between both cards, tie firmly to keep the pieces of yarn together in the centre.  Leave the 2 pieces of yarn long to hold on to while trimming, and to tie the bobble to the hat.  Trim as required, to make a nice round ball shape, watching that you don’t cut those 2 long ties.  Tie firmly to the crown of the hat.

Hand Option:  Lay 2 long pieces of yarn through the gap between your third and fourth fingers, let them hang down past your wrist.  Now wrap yarn around and around your fingers, keeping those long ends in place.  Wrap as many times as you can, remembering that if you make a narrow band of yarn, the bobble will be of corresponding height – try to make it as tall as it is wide.  When you are done, pull up the long strands, tie firmly in the centre.  Pull the yarn off your hands, and snip the sides, again watching you don’t cut the two ties.  Trim it to a ball shape, and tie firmly to the crown of the hat.


A sweet little addition to any baby beanie!  Easily done – attach yarn to the first row at the crown, on one side stitch there.  Chain 10.  In 2nd ch from hook, make 4 sc.  Make 4 sc in next chain and each chain to end of chain 10.  The piece will twist all by itself as you are making it.  Once you have reached the end of the chain 10, sl st to the opposite stitch on the first row of the crown.  Then use your yarn needle to sew down the bottom flap of the corkscrew so that it sits nicely on top of the hat.  


There you have it.  A basic hat pattern that you can use to make a variety of styles and sizes, using pure imagination to create very different looks every time!  I hope you have enjoyed this pattern as much as I enjoyed making it.

If you have any problems, feel free to ask. J           ©AG Handmades 2014

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