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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

“Reflective Stripes” Hat for Children and Adults - Free Crochet Pattern

If you are looking for a warm, soft, comfy and stretchy hat, The “Reflective Stripes” Hat it’s the perfect solution! It has all these attributes and even more: the reflective stripes are looking amazing in flash photography! Wait... I almost forgot!! It looks like knitted and the back seam it's almost invisible. I really love this hat and the yarns used! I hope you will love it as much as I do!

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Sizes available: the pattern is written for 2 sizes: child size and adult men.
The child size will fit children having 50-52 cm (20-21 inch) head circumference.                               Adult men with 60-61 cm head circumference (23-24 inch).
You can work smaller sizes by working less increase rounds or using a thinner yarn and smaller hook size.

Materials used:
- yarn: Red Heart Heads Up: almost 1 skein of  Cocoa (brown) for the child size/ 1 skein of Navy for the adult size.
            Red Heart Reflective: small amount in 2 colors: orange and blue for the child size; half of skein of gray for the adult size. If you like, you can work the entire hat using reflective yarn in one or more colors, I only wanted some reflective accents. The Heads up yarn it’s a bit thicker than the Reflective yarn, but they worked well together.
Many thanks to Red Heart Yarn for sponsoring the yarn used for this pattern!

- 6mm crochet hook
- yarn needle
- scissors

Gauge: with Red Heart Reflective yarn: 10 hdc in 3rd loop = 10 cm

Stitches, terms (US) and abbreviations used:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
slst: slip stitch

Special stitch:
hdc into 3rd loop: working into the 3rd, “hidden” loop of the stitches will produce a knit look stockinette stitch. 
Watch the Video Tutorial by Moogly here!

Please read the notes carefully before starting to work!
Notes:
The hat it’s worked top down in rounds.
To create a nice seam and straight stripes, beginning with round 2, I have used a special join into round!
Special join into round (See the photo collage below!)
- release yarn from hook,
- holding the working strand of yarn at the back of your work, insert hook from back to front under the 2 top loops of the first st,
- pick the working loop with the hook and pull it through, bringing it to the back of work (special join/ special slst made). Control the tension to create a nice joining. 
For photography purposes, I have used a lighter yarn in the photo collage below!

In the pattern, the color changes are not written, please use the notes below!
When changing colors from color A to B: after completing a round with color A, join into round with color A using the special join, then wrap yarn color B around hook and pull it through the loop color A on hook. (This will replace the ch 1 at the beginning of rounds when changing colors!!  When changing colors this way, don't ch1 anymore! ) Continue the next round with color B.


I haven’t cut the yarn when changing colors, instead carried the unworked yarn from round to round this way: when changing to new color yarn, wrap the strand of new color under the strands of the yarn strands not in use.

The color change scheme used for the child size:
first 4 rounds Heads Up brown, *1 round Reflective blue, 2 rounds Heads Up brown, 1 round Reflective orange, 2 rounds Heads Up brown*, repeat from * to *; the last brown (Heads Ups) tripes made of 3 rounds: first round hdc (in 3rd loop of sts), second round sc (in 3rd loop of sts) and 3rd round slst around.

The color change scheme men size:
the crown (the increase rounds) made with Reflective gray, *2 rounds navy (Heads Up), 1 round Reflective gray*, repeat from *to*, the last stripe made with navy (Heads Up) over 3 rounds: hdc, sc and slst around.


Pattern:
I. The crown of the hat:
Start with a magic ring.
Round 1: ch1, 8hdc into ring, slst to top of first hdc (8 sts)
Round 2: ch1, 2hdc in each st around, special join to top of first hdc. (16 sts)
Round 3: ch1, working into the 3rd loop of stitches, *1 hdc in first st, 2hdc in next st*, repeat around from * to* , special join to top of first hdc. (24 sts)
Round 4: ch1, working into the 3rd loop, *1hdc in each of next 2sts, 2hdc in next st* , repeat around from * to* , special join to top of first hdc. (32 sts)
Round 5: ch1, working into the 3rd loop, *1hdc in each of next 3sts, 2hdc in next st* , repeat around from * to* , special join to top of first hdc. (40 sts)
Round 6: ch1, working into the 3rd loop, *1hdc in each of next 4sts, 2hdc in next st* , repeat around from * to* , special join to top of first hdc. (48 sts)

Men size only:
Round 7: ch1, working into the 3rd loop, *1hdc in each of next 5sts, 2hdc in next st* , repeat around from * to* , special join to top of first hdc. (56 sts)


II.The sides:
For child size:
Rounds 7- 18: ch1, work into the 3rd loop of sts 1 hdc in each st around, special join to top of first hdc. (48 sts)

For adult size:
Rounds  8-18 same as for the child size. (56 sts)
If needed a longer hat for men, work 1 or 2 rounds more for the length. (For my husband’s hat the length  is equal to the child’s size length, only that the hat is wider)

Both sizes:
The last two rounds are made with sc, resp. sl st; together will create a similar look to the previous rounds made with hdc in the 3rd loop.
Round 19: ch1, work into the 3rd loop of sts, 1sc in each st around, regular join with sl st to top of first hdc. (48 sts)
Round 20: work relaxed sl st into each st around. (48 sts)
Cut yarn. Fasten off. Weave in the ends.
This is how the back seam will look:


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