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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Men's Chunky Hat - Free crochet pattern: written instructions, chart and video tutorial

This hat using front post double crochet stitches is very warm and stretchy! The man and boy(s) in your life will surely love it! 



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Materials used:
- yarn Caron Simply Soft, 2 colors (approx. 100 g in main color)
  (yarn weight: Aran)
- 4,5 mm crochet hook
- tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

Size: men size, 60 cm circumference, approx. 21 cm length.
You can make smaller sizes working less rounds with increases for the crown of the hat, or using thinner yarn and smaller hook size.
Gauge: 16 fpdc x 15 rounds = 10cm X 10 cm

Stitches, terms (US) and abbreviations used:
ch: chain
st: stitch
dc: double crochet
fpdc: front post double crochet
fpsc: front post single crochet
sl st blo: slip stitch back loops only

Notes:
The hat it is worked in rounds top down.
Each round begins with ch2, that will be not counted as a stitch.
Work the first fpdc around BOTH the beginning ch2 and the first fpdc of the previous round. This will make the seam less visible.
Each round ends with a sl st into the top of the first stitch of the round, not into the top of the ch2.

If you prefer working along with a video tutorial, you can watch below the 
Video Tutorial by BobWilson123!  





Written Instructions: (See also the CHART at the end of the post! )

The Crown of the hat:
Using color A start with a magic ring.
Round 1: Make 8dc into magic ring, sl st into top of the first dc. (8 sts)
Round 2: ch2, work 2fpdc round each dc of the round, sl st into top of first fpdc.
(16 sts)
Round 3: ch2, *1fpdc round next st, 1dc into top of same st, 1fpdc round next st *, repeat around from * to * ; sl st into top of first fpdc. (24 sts)
Round 4: ch2, * 1fpdc round next fpdc, (1fpdc round next dc, 1dc into top of same dc), 1fpdc round next fpdc* , repeat around from * to *; sl st into top of first fpdc.
(32 sts)
Round 5: ch2, * 1fpdc round each of next 2fpdc, (1fpdc round next dc, 1dc into top of same dc), 1fpdc round next fpdc* , repeat around from * to *; sl st into top of first fpdc. (40 sts)
Round 6: ch2, * 1fpdc round each of next 3fpdc, (1fpdc round next dc, 1dc into top of same dc), 1fpdc round next fpdc* , repeat around from * to *; sl st into top of first fpdc. (48 sts)
Round 7: ch2, * 1fpdc round each of next 4fpdc, (1fpdc round next dc, 1dc into top of same dc), 1fpdc round next fpdc* , repeat around from * to *; sl st into top of first fpdc. (56 sts)
Round 8: ch2, * 1fpdc round each of next 5fpdc, (1fpdc round next dc, 1dc into top of same dc), 1fpdc round next fpdc* , repeat around from * to *; sl st into top of first fpdc. (64 sts)
Round 9: ch2, * 1fpdc round each of next 6fpdc, (1fpdc round next dc, 1dc into top of same dc), 1fpdc round next fpdc* , repeat around from * to *; sl st into top of first fpdc. (72 sts)
Round 10: ch2, * 1fpdc round each of next 7fpdc, (1fpdc round next dc, 1dc into top of same dc), 1fpdc round next fpdc* , repeat around from * to *; sl st into top of first fpdc. (80 sts)
Round 11: ch2, * 1fpdc round each of next 8fpdc, (1fpdc round next dc, 1dc into top of same dc), 1fpdc round next fpdc* , repeat around from * to *; sl st into top of first fpdc. (88 sts)

The sides:
From now on there will be no increase made anymore.
(It is a little difficult to count the rounds; a good tip from my pattern tester Lucy: "Add a stitch marker at the end of round 11, when you stop making increases; this way it will be easier to count the rounds of the sides"). 
Round 12: ch2, 1fpdc round each st around, sl st into top of first fpdc. (88 sts)
Repeat round 12 until you reach the desired hat length, about 19 cm. I made 27 rounds.
Cut yarn.

The band (2cm)
Join color B.
Rounds 28-29: Using color B work the same as round 12.
Round 30: ch1, 1fpsc around each st around, slst into top of first fpsc.
Round 31: ch1 tight, work 1sl st blo around, inserting the hook into the back loops of the stitches from round 30 and back loops of the stitches from round 29. See the picture bellow.
Finish off invisibly. Weave in the lose ends.



 Charted Pattern:


Chart for the crown of the hat:
For each round repeat the blue highlighted section!


Reduced pattern for the sides:



Many thanks to my lovely pattern testers: 
1) Lucy M.

2) Lisa A. from the blog Free Crochet Patterns


3) Carey C.V. from the Facebook Page Knotz N Stichez



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Written and charted pattern copyright Kinga Erdem 2014. 
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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