How to make a hat….recipe.

5 Dec

In thinking about what to write in my blog I have decided that it’s time to have a little fun and hopefully to teach you something J.  So I have posted a recipe here that should give you the basics you need to make yourself a hat. Please remember that this is not a pattern so you will have to do most of the figuring out yourself, it is just meant to give you a basic idea of how to go about it.

This is a recipe for making a crochet hat from the bottom up. While my written patterns are much more complex than this as they need figures for different sizes and often mix stitch patterns, you should be able to use this pattern to make a hat that fits yourself or anyone you have available to try it on. Choose a yarn you like and a hook size that is suitable for the type of yarn.

I like my fabric nice and soft so I tend to go for a hook size a little larger than what is recommended.

The first thing you have to do is decide on a stitch pattern that you like for the body……a stitch dictionary is good for this and there are a lot of stitch patterns online. Sites like mypicot.com  or have a hunt around some crochet blogs for something. You can even use the stitch pattern from something else that you like.

Once you’ve decided on this find out what the number of stitches you need is for the pattern repeat and make a note of it…..this hat I’m making uses a pattern repeat of 4 sts. I do recommend that you try and keep your pattern repeat a manageable number to start with, you can play around with larger repeats later.

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To begin you need to make your band…we will use fpdc for this, I always start with foundation dc because it is nice and stretchy which is good for a band, there is a tutorial for this on www.mooglyblog.com .

Using an even number of stitches fdc enough stitches so that it fits comfortably around your head, if you like it to fit firmly stretch it a bit before trying it on. Make a note of the number of stitches you used.

Join with a slip stitch to form a ring (be careful not to twist it), then start with your fpdc or rib pattern….you can use any stitch you like for your band really I just find that the fpdc gives a nice stretch.

I have some hats however where I have used one stitch pattern for the band and another for the body…like this one. s5

Ch3(counts as dc) then fpdc in your next st, dc in next st….and continue on until you get to the end. Your last st should be a fpdc, then you will slip stitch into the top of your ch3.

Do this for as many rounds as you want until the band is the width you like, 4 to 6 rounds usually works for me but it does depend on your yarn…you will need more rounds for dk yarn than you will for worsted weight for example.

Right, now is the time to prepare for your stitch pattern, first decide if you want a slouchy hat or a beanie.

Have a look at the number of stitches you used and see if it’s divisible by the number of stitches you need for your pattern…….e.g. If you have 56sts and your stitch pattern is over 4 sts like mine then you are right but if you have 58 sts you will have to increase your number of sts by at least 2. If you want a beanie this is easy, I usually do one last row of rib increasing whatever number of stitches I need evenly within the row…do this in your dc’s not your fpdc…somewhere in the row you will make 2dc’s in the one stitch instead of one, do this as many times as you need to. If you want a slouchy hat you will need to increase the number of stitches by a lot more……I usually double mine although 1 ½ times can work as well, it really depends on how slouchy you want to go. If I am doubling my stitches I find it is easier to do this by crocheting one round of single crochet, 2 stitches in each stitch. If I am going for 1 ½ times then I do one more round of rib and crochet 2dc’s in each dc in the round…it will look something like this….

ch3, dc in first st, fpdc, *2dc in next st, fpdc, rep from * to end, sl st in top of beg ch3 to join.

After creating the right number of stitches you should be able to start your stitch pattern.

Continue with your chosen stitch pattern until the hat is the right length to fit your head, if you are making a slouchy hat then continue on some more. The longer you make the body of your hat the slouchier it will be.

Now once you get to a good length for your hat body then you will need to finish up……for slouchy hats I often just finish then draw the yarn through all the stitches on the last round then gather it up tightly but if you want to decrease for a while then this is how I do it.

Some stitch patterns are easy to decrease within and you can continue with the stitch pattern while decreasing, for others I would change to single crochet and make my decreases.

So do one round of sc, then divide my stitch number evenly hopefully with a number somewhere around 10…could be 8, 9, 11, 12 etc….if you can’t divide evenly don’t worry too much just decrease a few extra in the first round to get a number that can be divided.

Here is an example using 56 sts as the number of sts I had……56 divided by 8 is 7 which means that every decrease row will decrease by 7sts.

Basically I would sc 6 sts, then sc2tog over stitch 7 & 8, then repeat that all the way around, then I crochet a straight sc round.

Next round you reduce the number of sc’s by one before you sc2tog, e.g. sc5, sc2tog, etc.

Continue doing this until you are at sc2tog each time with no sc’s in between, once you get to that you can decide if you need to continue decreasing for a round or two more (don’t forget your straight sc round in between)then end off and run your yarn through the last round of sts and pull up tightly.

I’d love you to have a go at this and let me know how it worked out.

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4 Responses to “How to make a hat….recipe.”

  1. Nice piece of work December 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    This looks gorgeous. I can’t get my head around a hat right now (am up to my eyeballs in bikinis) but certainly will when I get a break. Thanks for all the useful links, too. I’ve actually never looked at an online stitch dictionary – doh!!!

    • sarahscrochet December 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      Thank you :)….the online stitch dictionaries can be really useful!

  2. Opal @ Playing with Fiber December 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    That’s very informative, thanks so much for sharing.

    My first crochet hat pattern was something I created. I was just playing around with stitches. I tend to make my own patterns with knitting also, but I never write them down. Which is my approach to cooking, lol. I really need to get better in both those areas. In doing so, I can share with others.

    • sarahscrochet December 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      Sounds like my approach too…I spend way too much time reverse engineering my own patterns because I forgot to take notes…lol

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