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Friday, 25 March 2011

Kat’s Floppy Sun Hat

Spring has sprung and I was in need of a hat to shield my eyes from the sun whilst out painting the fence! It went so well, I'm sharing it here.

This crochet lark is far quicker than knitting; So much so that (and I never thought I'd say it)I think I'm turning into a crochet queen rather than a knitting nutter!

Once I've typed this pattern up I'll be off out to take on the fence... it's a horrible job, but you've got to look after your wood! Besides it's an absolute stunner of a day, the daffodils are out and the birds are singing; what more could you want? Ooooo I know - a floppy sun hat!!

Ok - here's the pattern:

Abbreviations:
sts - stitches
sl st - slip Stitch
ch - chain
sc - single crochet

HAT

Using a 5.5mm (size I) hook, and DK yarn, start by making a chain of four sts and then join with a sl st.

Round 1: ch 1 and do 10 sc into the loop. If you are changing the colour for a striped effect like mine, join by adding the new colour through your first and last sc. - 10 sts.

Round 2: ch 1, do 2 sc in every st of the round and join by adding the original colour through your first and last sc. - 20 sts.

Round 3: ch 1, then sc all sts, increasing every third st by doing 2 sc in the same space. Join with alternate colour.

Round 4: ch 1, do 1 sc in each st of the round then join with alternate colour as before.

Round 5: ch 1, then sc all sts, increasing every third st by doing 2 sc in the same space. Join with alternate colour.

Round 6: ch 1, do 1 sc in each st of the round then join with alternate colour.

Round 7: ch 1, then sc all sts, increasing every third st by doing 2 sc in the same space. Join with alternate colour.

Round 8: ch 1, do 1 sc in each st of the round then join with alternate colour as before.

Round 9: ch 1, then sc all sts, increasing every third st by doing 2 sc in the same space. Join with alternate colour.

(If you want the pattern to continue as it is and have all stripes the same width, continue your colour changes as established. If you want them like mine, you now change colour on every other row, giving you a 2 row thickness.)

Round 10: ch 1, do 1 sc in each st of the round then join with alternate colour as before.

Round 11: Count your sts - we want 66, you’ll have less. ch 1, then make up the difference by increasing evenly across this row.

Round 12 - 31: ch 1, do 1 sc in each st of the round then join, remembering to colour change where required in order to obtain your desired stripe pattern.

FLOPPY BRIM

Round 32: sc every st, increasing 8 sc evenly across the round.

33 - 42: Continue to increase 8 sc on each round as established, alternating the spacing of your increases so as to avoid developing an increase line.

Final Round: working in the back loop only, sc in each st of the round and join with a sl st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

You can make the brim as big as you like….I did mine so it was just enough to shield my eyes, but you could do a huge silly one! (If you really want to.)

Right, that's me done - I'm off out in the sun.... lookk out fence, here I come!

12 comments:

Peggie said...

This hat is just the thing!!
Thank you for sharing it with me.

Photokat22 said...

No worries - let me know how you get on :-)

Geowyn said...

Very cute hat. What size crochet hook did you use? Thanks for the pattern.

Cindy said...

I used a "J" hook and the hat is a bit too big. I crochet tight. I think I will try it again with an "H". I do like the pattern and it works up very nicely. I make the brim a bit wider and flip it up with a crochet flower so I can wear the hat with the brim up while I ride my bicycle and the brim down (turn the hat around) for when I am in the pool and want my face shielded from the sun. Thanks for the pattern!

Photokat22 said...

It's an I (5.5mm) - I can't believe I didn't put that in the pattern! Oooops... I'll add it in now - thanks! :-)

Firebird said...

My tribal bellydance teacher taught me to crochet on Saturday and your hat is going to be my first attempt! I will let you know how it turns out :-)

Firebird said...

My tribal bellydance teacher taught me to crochet on Saturday so, your hat is going to be my first attempt!

I will let you know how I get on:-)

Many thanks for a fab pattern!

Amy Lynn said...

Love this hat pattern! I'm making one with an extra floppy brim for one of our Hospice patients. Thanks for posting it!

Jacque said...

I have been searching for a pattern for this hat exactly. Thank you! Now let's see if I can actually get it to look as cute as yours!

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