For this project you will need a 5mm hook ( H ) and worsted weight 10 ply (4 ply) yarn. A tapestry hook and something to measure your work. Also you will need a marker of some kind because this is worked in a continuous round. (Pattern updated July 29th 2013)
NOTE: If the hat is coming out to small, then go up one hook size and if it's to big, go down one hook size. Make sure to crochet the beginning chain loosely.
Ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sc dec = single crochet 2 sts together
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = Stitch(es)
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Round 1 making the rim
To start: Chain loosely
ch 70 and sl st into beginning ch to form a ring.
sc in next stitch from where you sl stitched, and in all stitches around (69 sts )
Rounds 2 & 3
(place marker at beginning stitch) sc in the next 7 sts, then sc decrease. repeat for the next two rounds, you should stop decreasing when you have 56 sts.
Rounds 4 & 5
sc in all sts (56 sts)
when you get to the end of round 5, then sl st into beginning st and ch 1
crab stitch / reverse single crochet in the next 5 sts, then skip a stitch and crab stitch into the next.
Skipping a stitch after ever 5th crab stitch will help keep rim tighter and prevent the stretched look.
After the last st of the round, Sl st into beginning st and ch 1, cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough to be worked in with a tapestry needle.
Round 7 - Now working on the other side of the rim, where we first did our ch.
sc your color on, doesn't matter where on the round, just make sure you are going through the top loops only, and sc in all sts around. When you get to the end of the row, ch 1
If your having touble with this stitch, I have made a video with slow motion to teach you
If you are having trouble with the rim, maybe this beginner video can help you
Continue this pattern until your hat reaches 25 cms (10 inches)
Time to reduce!
Round 1 of reducing
Sc into first stitch, then sc dec, then repeat, sc 1, sc dec, when you get to the end of the row, place a marker here.
Rounds 2 and 3 of reducing
sc into all sts around.
Round 4 of reducing
sc 1, sc decrease
Rounds 5 and 6 of reducing
sc into all sts around.
After round 6, cut your tail leaving a long tail. Thread your tapestry needle. Weave through the stitches like a draw string, go through all sts and turn your hat inside out. Pull string to tighten hole and sew in knots, even tie a few knots if you like. Hide tail.
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