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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Crochet Hat Swirling Ribs - Free crochet pattern with tutorial and crochet chart

This is a chunky, warm hat, perfect for winter! It is very stretchy, that's why can fit a 6 year old child, but also an adult woman! 




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You can work the hat using one solid color or 2 colors, alternating the colors for an interesting effect.  I think it would look amazing using just one solid color! It's a unisex hat, for both boys and girls; just use other color(s) for a girlie look and add a flower embellishment, if you wish!
Size: Hat circumference 52-54 cm
        Hat height: 19 cm
You can adapt the size of your hat, making it bigger or smaller. The easiest way is to change the size of the hook and the weight of the yarn used.
Other way is to start with more/less stitches as in the pattern required; the total number of your stitches should be a multiple of 4! Also adjust the numbers of the rounds, until the desired length!


Material used:
- yarn Caron Simply Soft, 2 colors: Chocolate (color A) and Blue Mint (Color B)
(yarn weight:- Aran)
- 1 crochet hook size 4.5 mm 
- 1 crochet hook size 5 mm
- tapestry needle to wave in the ends.



Stitches, term and abbreviations used:
ch: chain
st:stitch
dc: double crochet
fpdc: front post double crochet
bpdc: back post double crochet
fpdc dec=fpdc2tog: front post double crochet decrease two together
bpdc dec= bpdc2tog: back post double crochet decrease two together
See my detailed Tutorial with Step by Step Pictures "Decrease front post double crochet, decrease back post double crochet and combined decreases".

Notes:
The hat is worked in rounds from bottom to top!

Use crochet hook size 4.5 mm till the round 7, then switch to crochet hook size 5 mm.
Each round starts with chain 2, ch2 does not count as a stitch!
Each round ends with a sl st into the top of the first dc made, not into the top of beginning ch2! If you are not sure where the round starts and ends, mark your beginning ch2, so that you know you will not work in it.
The pattern stitch for the ribbing is *2 fpdc stitches, 2 bpdc stitches * repeat around.
The diagonal ribbing it's obtained by moving the ribbing each round one stitch to the right. 
Tip: I always count my stitches in the round this way: 1, 2 for the front post stitches and 3, 4 for the back post stitches, always repeating 1,2, 3, 4... 1, 2, 3, 4. :)  I don't get confuse this way.

The last 4 rounds are decrease rounds.

Pattern: 
For the CHART click on this link:  Charted Pattern of the Swirling Ribs Crochet Hat!!
The pattern repeats after each 4th round, starting with round 2!
With yarn color A and a 4,5 mm crochet hook, ch 72 stitches a little loosely, join in round with sl st into first chain made.

Round 1: ch2, 1dc in same st and 1 dc in each ch around. Join with sl st into top of first dc. (72 sts total)
Note: In all the pictures below, it is only a reduced sample of the pattern, without the color change! In each round you should have 72 stitches total, till the decrease rounds.



Round 2: (First ribbing round)
ch2, *1fpdc round each of the next 2sts, 1bpdc round each of next 2sts *, repeat around from * to *; sl st with yarn color B into top of first fpdc.

Round 3: Continue with yarn color B, ch2, 1fpdc round first st, *1bpdc round each of the next 2 sts, 1fpdc round each of next 2sts*, repeat around, ending with 1fpdc round last st; sl st into top of first fpdc.


Round 4: ch2, *1 bpdc round each of next 2sts, 1 fpdc round each of next 2sts *, repeat around, sl st with color A into top of first bpdc.
Round 5: Continue with yarn color A, ch2, 1bpdc round next st, *1fpdc round each of next 2 sts, 1bpdc round each of next 2 sts*, repeat around, ending with 1bpdc round last st, join with yarn color B into top of first bpdc.



From now on the pattern repeats, each round like the 4th round before it! Just move the stitches one stitch to the right, after a while you will work without the pattern. :)
Round 6 worked the same as Round 2, but with yarn color B : ch2, *1fpdc round each of next 2st, 1bpdc round each of next 2sts *, repeat around, sl st with yarn color B into top of first fpdc.
Round 7: Change to hook size 5 mm!!!
Work the same as the Round 3!
Ch2, 1fpdc round next st, *1 bpdc round each of next 2st , 1fpdc round next 2 sts*, repeat around, ending with 1 fpdc round last st. sl st into top of first bpdc.
Round 8, worked the same as Round 4.
Round 9 worked same as Round 5.
Continue this way, repeating rounds 2-5 til Round 20. (Till your hat measures approx.15-16 cm)
Round 21 it's a decrease round. You will decreases only the bpdc stitches 2 together!! 
See the Step by Step Tutorial Decrease back post double crochet 2 together!
ch2, *1 bpdc dec, 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc *, repeat around, sl st into top of first bpdc dec stitch. (54 sts total)
Round 22 it's a decrease round. Decrease only the fpdc stitches 2 together!!
See the Step by Step Tutorial Decrease front post double crochet!
ch2, *1bpdc round next bpdc, 1fpdc dec *, repeat around, sl st into top of first bpdc.
(36 sts total)
Round 23  it is decrease round. Decrease each 2 stitches together, but in the decrease you will work front post around fpdc stitches and back post around bpdc stitches! Sl st into top of first st. (18 sts total)
See the Step by Step Tutorial Combined decrease front post and back post double crochet!
Rounds 24 it is a decrease round. Decrease each 2 stitches together working around front post. (fpdc dec 2 tog) x 9 times.
Sl st into top of first st. (9 sts total)
Leaving a long tail, cut yarn, fasten off.
Turn your hat inside out.
Thread yarn on tapestry needle,  stitch under the top of each stitch around the hat top, pull yarn to close the opening. Fasten off. Weave in the ends.
Here is a back view of the hat: 


If you crochet the hat for a girl/woman, you can embellish it with a flower. Check out my free Flower Patterns (and many other patterns) in my PATTERN GALLERY.

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Written pattern, pictures and chart copyright Kinga Erdem 2013.
Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, instead link to the pattern, if you would like to share it with others. Thank you! 
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