Sunday, 11 January 2015

"Stormchaser" Drawstring Slouch



“Stormchaser” Drawstring Slouch
Inspired by the recent storms in the UK, here is an easy slouchy hat which can be worn as a normal slouch, or drawn tighter to the head in bad weather, and tied under the chin to keep you warm.  In sizes newborn to adult.  (My own recommendation for newborn to 1 year old would be to make the drawstrings shorter, or omit them altogether for safety).
Materials:  1 Skein worsted weight (aran/10ply) in Main colour; Oddments in contrasting colour; 4mm hook; 4.5mm hook; 5mm hook; 5.5mm hook; yarn needle for sewing in ends.
Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; fphdc = front post half double crochet; blo = back loop only; beg = beginning; rep = repeat; sp = space; st = stitch; sl st = slip stitch; MC = main colour.
Gauge:  10 sts and 14 rows on 5mm hook, working half double crochet = 4”.
Sizing:  Newborn to Adult
0-3 months Circumference 12”-14”; Length 5.5 -6”
3-6 months Circumference 14”-16”; Length 6 – 6.5”
6-12 months Circumference 16”-17”; Length 6.5 – 7.5”
1-3 years Circumference 18”-19”; Length 7 - 8”
3-10 years Circumference 19”-20”; Length 7.5 - 9”
Teens Circumference 20”-21”; Length 8 - 10”
Adult Circumference 21”-23”; Length 10 - 12”


Pattern is written in US terms, a conversion chart is included at the end.
You will also need, to complete all the hats, crochet hooks as follows:


0-3 months 4mm  
3-6 months 4.5mm  
6-12 months 4.5mm  
1-3 years 5mm  
3-10 years 4.5mm  
Teens 5mm
Adult 5.5mm
Pattern:
0-3 Months:  
With 4mm hook and MC
Row 1: Make a magic ring; Chain 2 (does not count as 1hdc), hdc 8 into ring, sl st to beg hdc. (8)


Row 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in same stitch as ch2, then 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg hdc (16)


Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc.  (16)


Row 4: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next st; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next st;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (24)


Row 5:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc.  (24)


Row 6: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 2 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (32)


Row 7:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc.  (32)


Row 8: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 3 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (40)


Row 9:  ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (40)


Repeat Row 9 to 5.5 - 6”.  You can make the hat longer here depending on how slouchy you want it to be.  Change to contrast colour.


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in blo of next st and each stitch around, sl st in beg sc, change back to Main Colour on the last sl st.


Next Row:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; *hdc in next st; fphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; sl st to beg ch2.


Next Row:  Rep previous row.


Next Row:  Change back to contrast colour, ch1, sc in blo of every stitch around, sl st to beg sc.  Change back to main colour on last sl st.


Last Row:  With main colour Slip Stitch *fairly loosely* in every stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Complete as for “Tassels and Ties” making the ties shorter for babies for safety.


3-6 months:


With 4.5mm hook and MC,


Row 1: Make a magic ring; Chain 2 (does not count as 1hdc), hdc 8 into ring, sl st to beg hdc. (8)


Row 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in same stitch as ch2, then 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg hdc (16)


Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc.  (16)


Row 4: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next st; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next st;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (24)


Row 5:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc.  (24)


Row 6: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 2 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (32)


Row 7:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc.  (32)


Row 8: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 3 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (40)


Row 9:  ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (40)


Repeat Row 9 to 6 – 6.5”.  You can make the hat longer here depending on how slouchy you want it to be.  Change to contrast colour.


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in blo of next st and each stitch around, sl st in beg sc, change back to Main Colour  last sl st.


Next Row:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; *hdc in next st; fphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; sl st to beg ch2.


Next Row:  Rep previous row.


Next Row:  Change back to contrast colour, ch1, sc in blo of every stitch around, sl st to beg sc.  Change back to main colour on last sl st.


Last Row:  With main colour Slip Stitch *fairly loosely* in every stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Complete as for “Tassels and Ties” making the ties much shorter for babies for safety.

6-12 months:


With 4.5mm hook and MC,


Row 1: Make a magic ring; Chain 2 (does not count as 1hdc), hdc 7 into ring, sl st to beg hdc. (7)


Row 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in same stitch as ch2, then 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg hdc (14)


Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around, sl st to beg ch2.  (14)


Row 4: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next st; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next st;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (21)


Row 5:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around, sl st to beg ch2.  (21)


Row 6: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 2 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (28)


Row 7: Ch2, hdc in each stitch around, sl st to beg ch2.  (28)


Row 8: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 3 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (35)


Row 9:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around, sl st to beg ch2.  (35)


Row 10: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 4 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 4 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (42)


Row 11:  ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (42)


Repeat Row 11 to 6.5 - 7”.


You can make the hat longer here depending on how slouchy you want it to be.  
Change to contrast colour.


Next Row:  ch1, sc in blo of next st and each stitch around, sl st in beg sc, change back to Main Colour on the last sl st.


Next Row:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; *hdc in next st; fphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; sl st to beg ch2.


Next Row:  Rep previous row.


Next Row:  Change back to contrast colour, ch1, sc in blo of every stitch around, sl st to beg sc.  Change back to main colour on last sl st.


Last Row:  With main colour Slip Stitch *fairly loosely* in every stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Complete as for “Tassels and Ties”, making ties an appropriate length for this age group.

1-3 years


With 5mm and MC,


Row 1: Make a magic ring; Chain 2 (does not count as 1hdc), hdc 8 into ring, sl st to beg hdc. (8)


Row 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in same stitch as ch2, then 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg hdc (16)


Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (16)


Row 4: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next st; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next st;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (24)


Row 5:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (24)


Row 6: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 2 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (32)


Row 7:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (32)


Row 8: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 3 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (40)


Row 9:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (40)


Row 10: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 4 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 4 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (48)


Row 11:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (48)


Repeat Row 11 to 7 – 8”.


Change to contrast colour.


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in blo of next st and each stitch around, sl st in beg sc, change back to Main Colour on the last sl st.


Next Row:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; *hdc in next st; fphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; sl st to beg ch2.


Next Row:  Rep previous row.


Next Row:  Change back to contrast colour, ch1, sc in blo of every stitch around, sl st to beg sc.  Change back to main colour on last sl st.


Last Row:  With main colour Slip Stitch *fairly loosely* in every stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Complete as for “Tassels and Ties”, making ties an appropriate length for this age group.

3-10 years


With 4.5mm and MC,


Row 1: Make a magic ring; Chain 2 (does not count as 1hdc), hdc 8 into ring, sl st to beg hdc. (8)


Row 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in same stitch as ch2, then 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg hdc (16)


Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around, sl st to beg ch2.  (16)


Row 4: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next st; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next st;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (24)


Row 5:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (24)


Row 6: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 2 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (32)


Row 7:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (32)


Row 8: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 3 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (40)


Row 9:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (40)


Row 10: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 4 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 4 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (48)


Row 11:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (48)


Row 12:  Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 5 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 5 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (56)


Row 13:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (56)


Repeat Row 13 to 7.5 - 9”.  You can make the hat longer here depending on how slouchy you want it to be.  Change to contrast colour.


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in blo of next st and each stitch around, sl st in beg sc, change back to Main Colour on the last sl st.


Next Row:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; *hdc in next st; fphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; sl st to beg ch2.


Next Row:  Rep previous row.


Next Row:  Change back to contrast colour, ch1, sc in blo of every stitch around, sl st to beg sc.  Change back to main colour on last sl st.


Last Row:  With main colour Slip Stitch *fairly loosely* in every stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Complete as for “Tassels and Ties”, making ties an appropriate length for this age group.

Teens:


With 5mm hook and MC,


Row 1: Make a magic ring; Chain 2 (does not count as 1hdc), hdc 8 into ring, sl st to beg hdc. (8)


Row 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in same stitch as ch2, then 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg hdc (16)


Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (16)


Row 4: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next st; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next st;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (24)


Row 5:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (24)


Row 6: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 2 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (32)


Row 7:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (32)


Row 8: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 3 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (40)


Row 9:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (40)


Row 10: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 4 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 4 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (48)


Row 11:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (48)


Row 12:  Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 5 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 5 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (56)


Row 13:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (56)


Repeat Row 13 to 8 – 10”.  You can make the hat longer here depending on how slouchy you want it to be.  Change to contrast colour.


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in blo of next st and each stitch around, sl st in beg sc, change back to Main Colour on the last sl st.


Next Row:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; *hdc in next st; fphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; sl st to beg ch2.


Next Row:  Rep previous row.


Next Row:  Change back to contrast colour, ch1, sc in blo of every stitch around, sl st to beg sc.  Change back to main colour on last sl st.


Last Row:  With main colour Slip Stitch *fairly loosely* in every stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.


Complete as for “Tassels and Ties”, making ties an appropriate length for this age group.

Adult:


With 5.5mm and MC,


Row 1: Make a magic ring; Chain 2 (does not count as 1hdc), hdc 8 into ring, sl st to beg hdc. (8)


Row 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in same stitch as ch2, then 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg hdc (16)


Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (16)


Row 4: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next st; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next st;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (24)


Row 5:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (24)


Row 6: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 2 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (32)


Row 7:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (32)


Row 8: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 3 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (40)


Row 9:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (40)


Row 10: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 4 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 4 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (48)


Row 11:  Ch2, hdc in next and every stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (48)


Row 12:  Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 5 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 5 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (56)


Row 13:  Ch2, hdc in each stitch around; sl st to beg hdc. (56)


Repeat Row 13 to 10 – 12”.  You can make the hat longer here depending on how slouchy you want it to be.  Change to contrast colour.


Next Row:  Ch1, sc in blo of next st and each stitch around, sl st in beg sc, change back to Main Colour  last sl st.


Next Row:  Ch2, fphdc in next st; *hdc in next st; fphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; sl st to beg ch2.


Next Row:  Rep previous row.


Next Row:  Change back to contrast colour, ch1, sc in blo of every stitch around, sl st to beg sc.  Change back to main colour on last sl st.


Last Row:  With main colour Slip Stitch *fairly loosely* in every stitch around.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tassels and Ties:


For each of the back tassels, take 2 strands of yarn worked together and make 10-15 chain.  (Leave 2 long ends of yarn at the beginning to sew them to the hat.)  Then take long lengths of yarn, and fold them over and over until you have 8 strands in total, and the piece you are left with is about 6 inches long.  Fold this in half again, and using another piece of yarn, tie it in the middle, at the same time attaching it to the end of the chain you just made.  Fold the strands  down once more, to form a tassel on the end of the chain, take another strand of yarn, and tie it around the tassel about an inch down from where the tassel is tied to the chain, thus forming a ball of strands, with all the loose strands coming out of the bottom.  Sew in any loose strands from the yarn you used to tie the tassel into shape, and trim the ends to about 1.5”-2”.  Repeat for the other tassel.


Ties:  As with the back tassels, take two strands together but this time chain 80-150 (depending on whether you are making them for a baby or an adult).  Take the long chain you now have and thread it through and through the hat from the brim to the crown and back down to the brim again, at the side of the hat about where the wearer’s ear will be , leaving a space of about an inch between the two sides of the chain.  This will enable the hat to be pulled tighter on the head when necessary.  You will now have two chain ties which you now need to add tassels to as you did with the back tassels on the hat.  Repeat the same process as before to make two tassels for each of these two ends of the chain.  Repeat again for the other side of the hat.  


Tidy up ends, and your hat is complete!  Now you can wear it as a slouch, or as a tight beanie by pulling those strands down to tighten the hat on your head.

©AG Handmades 2015




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