In my previous post, I was chatting about all the Christmas gift-giving plans, it is officially Christmas Crunch time and I love it! Most of these gifts were going to be hats because of the speed with which they could be made, and I have several members of the family ask for new hats, Hooray! Of course, I could not just do an established pattern with my dk weight yarn, something like the Skipton Hat but for some reason I felt the linen stitch calling to me.
I found two wonderful tutorials on youtube about the linen stitch (sometimes called moss stitch or granite stitch) but these were using a chunkier yarn and hook than what I wanted to use. So armed with a hook, yarn, and a vague idea I set about to making my hat a reality.
Without further ado, let me walk you through this very simple and fun hat recipe. If you prefer a video tutorial click here
1 ball/skein of dk weight yarn – I used Littlebean loves yarn dk weight base (100% Superwash Merino in the His Mothers Eyes Colorway. After making the hat and the pom pom I had 20 g left over.
3.5mm hook for the brim
4mm hook for hat body
hdc – half double crocher
sc – single crocher
ch – chain
Hat is designed to fit a standard adult head. 21.5″ when done in dk weight yarn.
The original version was made in dk weight wool yarn, in this tutorial, I used a Caron Cupcakes in the Pistachio cup colorway and although the yarn weight does say light, I found that the stitches were tighter and it made for a slightly stiffer hat.
The hat is worked from the rib to the crown decreases and uses basic stitches such as hdc, and sc. The rib is worked flat and then joined in the round.
The main body of the hat uses the linen stitch, for a detailed tutorial press here
Invisible sc decrease. Detail Tutorial here Invisible decrease by happy berry crochet
1.Using the 3.5mm hook, foundation hdc 10 stitches. Ch 2, turn
Row 2 – Skip the first stitch (the ch 2 counts as the first stitch) HDC in the back loop of each stitch across. Ch 2, turn. Repeat this step until your piece measures 20 in, for me this was 60 rows.
3. Fold your work in half so that the two ends are meeting.
4. Join with a Slip stitch into the back loops of each stitch across.
BODY OF THE HAT
Round 1 – To work the body of the hat we will switch to the 4mm hook and begin working our linen stitch on the rows of hdc. We will place 1 stitch on each row for a total of 60 stitches across.
Round 2 – 22 Continue working linen stitch in the round until the body of the hat measures 6 in, for a slouchier hat I would go up to 7 in. In order to reach the 6 in I completed 22 rounds of linen stitch.
Once we are done crocheting the body of the hat we will begin our crown decreases.
Round 23 – 1 sc in each chain space all the way around (60 stitches).
Round 24 – 1 sc in each sc across.
Round 25 – 1 sc in each of the next 8 sc, invisible decrease over the next two sc, Repeat around.
Round 26 – 1 sc in each of the next 7 sc, invisible decrease over the next two sc, repeat around.
Round 27 – 1 sc in each of the next 6 sc, invisible decrease over the next two sc, repeat around.
Round 28 – 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, invisible decrease over the next two sc, repeat around.
Round 29- 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, invisible decrease over the next two sc, repeat around.
Round 30 – 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, invisible decrease over the next two sc, repeat around.
Round 31 – 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, invisible decrease over the next two sc, repeat around.
Round 32 – 34 / invisible decrease all around until the gap at the top of the hat is small enough to close without stretching the stitches.
Leave a long tail to close the gap and weave in the ends.
Optional, include a pom pom!
YAY!!! WE HAVE FINISHED A HAT! Wrap it up and gift it or wear it!