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Monday, March 16, 2015

Touch of Spring Hat | Free Crochet Pattern | My Hobby is Crochet


This is a simple hat using double crochet stitches, finished with a star stitch border and embellished with flower appliques. 
 

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Touch of Spring Hat

 
Materials used:
- Caron Simply Soft yarn (color A); yarn weight Aran/ 10 ply,  approx. 70 g.
- small amount of Caron Simply Soft Paints for the star stitch border (color B)
- small amount of yarn in 3 other colors for the flowers
- 5 mm crochet hook for the hat and 4.5 mm crochet hook for the flowers
- tapestry needle to sew in the ends.


Size 3-5 years (to fit 20″ circumference)
Hat circumference: 48cm - 50 cm
Hat height: 17 cm

Gauge: 15dc and 8 rounds = 10 x10 cm (4 inches x 4 inches)

Stitches, terms and abbreviations used:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
sl st: slip stitch

Special stitches:
- csdc: Chainless starting double crochet: see this Tutorial by Moogly
- The Star Stitch, explained in the pattern. (See this Video Tutorial by Crochet Geek)

Notes: To have pretty seamless rounds, the increase rounds (for the crown of the hat) are started with the chainless starting double crochet (csdc).

Hat Pattern:

The crown of the hat (increase rounds):

Using a 5 mm crochet hook start with a magic ring.

Round 1: work 1 csdc and 11 dc into ring; join with slst to top of csdc. (12 sts)
Alternative: ch2 (will not be counted as a stitch), 12 dc into ring; join with sl st to top of first dc. (12 sts)
Round 2: csdc, 1dc in same stitch, 2dc in each of the next 11sts, join with slst in the top of the first dc. (24 stitches)

Round 3: csdc, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc in next st, *2dc in next st, 1dc in next st*, repeat from * to * around, slst in the top of the first dc. (36 stitches)

Round 4: csdc, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, *2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 2 sts*, repeat from * to * around, slst in the top of the first dc. (48 stitches)

Round 5:
csdc, 1dc in same stitch, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, *2dc in next st, 1dc in each of next 3 sts*, repeat from * to * around, slst in the top of the first dc. (60 stitches)

The sides:
Rounds 6 – 13: ch2 (does not count as a st), 1dc into same st, 1dc into each st around, sl st to top of first dc. (60 sts)
At the end of round 13 sl st with color B to top of first dc!
The Star Stitch Border: (See my Picture Tutorial in this post!!)
a) The first star stitch: Continue with color B and ch 3, insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop;
insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, pull up a loop;
insert hook into first st, pull up a loop;
insert hook into 2nd st, pull up a loop;
insert hook into 3rd st, pull up a loop;
having 6 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook;
ch 1 to close the star stitch.

b) Making the second star stitch:
Insert hook into ch 1 on top of start stitch just made, pull up a loop;
insert hook under the 2 bars of last spike of the star just made, pull up a loop;
insert hook into same st where last loop of previous star was made, pull up a loop;
(insert hook into next st, pull up a loop) x 2 times
having 6 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 6 loops on hook;
ch 1 to close the star stitch.

For the next 28 stars of the round repeat all the steps from b); before the last star you will have one stitch left. At the last star of the row, to make the last bar you will insert the hook under ch 3 at beginning of the row. Join with sl st into top of ch 3 at beginning of row. (30 stars)

Last roundsl st to ch1 on top of first star, ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, 2 hdc into ch1 of each star around; sl st to top of first hdc. (60 sts)
Cut yarn. Fasten off.

Flower Pattern: (Make 2 flowers using the colors of your choice.)

Flower center:
With a 4.5 mm hook and yarn color C make a magic ring. 5 hdc into ring, join with sl st to top of first hdc. Cut yarn. Fasten off.

Flower petals:
Join yarn color D into top of a hdc of the flower center.
*ch 2, 3 dc in same st, ch 2, sl st into next st *, repeat from * to * 5 times. (5 petals made).
Cut yarn leaving a long tail to sew the flowers on the hat. Fasten off. Sew the flowers on the hat.

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Written pattern and pictures copyright Kinga Erdem 2015.
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