Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to Crochet a Striped Hat and Hide Only 4 Strands of Yarn!


The hat you see is one of two hats I crocheted for my 13-year-old grandson. He was diagnosed in December with bone cancer, so he requested a yellow and gold hat since yellow and gold are the colors for pediatric bone cancer.

While the colors on the label weren’t listed as yellow and gold, I was able to find colors that closely matched – Yarn Bee’s Soft Secret Honey and Yarn Bee’s Soft Secret Butter. I started making the hat in the presence of my grandson, who calls this new hat his Honey Butter hat (I made the other hat with fuzzy gray yarn).

What size should I make the hat?

First measure the head from just below the back of the crown to the eyebrows. That measurement will tell you how long to make your initial chain. Then measure the circumference of the head. That measurement will tell you how long to make the hat. Keep in mind, though, that the length of the hat is what will wrap around the head.

Instructions for making the hat:

Note The entire hat, with the exception of the last row, is created using the basic SC (Single Crochet) through BLO (Back Loop Only). It will be modified with the last row.

Using COLOR 1, chain a length of yarn 9 inches long or however long you measured the head from below the back of the crown to the eyebrows. 

Front of Chain

Back of Chain – you would crochet through the horizontal loops
in the middle of the back of the chain
so that two loops will appear at the bottom. You'll need two loops
for the last row instructions.

Row 1 Skip a chain and SC through the back loops of the foundation chain so that you see two loops left on the piece instead of just one (see image above). Chain 1.

Row 2 Go through the back loop only and when you are in the last SC, with two loops remaining on the hook, add COLOR 2 to complete the last Single Crochet (see image below – though it has the foundation chain and four more rows, it will show you how the instructions work). Chain 1.

Every time you change colors, with two loops left on the hook, grab previous color,
pull up tightly, and then pull through the two loops from the previous two rows, and Chain 1.

Rows 3 & 4 With COLOR 2, create two rows single crocheting in the back loops only with a Chain 1 at the end of each. When you get to the end of the row and you are in the last SC of the second row, with two loops remaining on the hook, grab COLOR 1 and pull tightly through the two loops. Chain 1 (see image above).

Row 5 With COLOR 1, create two rows with a Chain 1 at the end of each. When you get to the end of the row and you are in the last SC, with two loops remaining on the hook grab COLOR 2 and pull tightly through the two loops. Chain 1.

Repeat the same pattern throughout the hat until it reaches the length you previously measured for the circumference of the head (in my 13-year-old grandson’s case, the circumference measured 22”), switching colors every two rows with the method mentioned above. 

LAST ROW When the hat is the size you want, leave off with one row of COLOR 2. Fold the hat so that the inside of the hat faces you. SC together the last row of COLOR 2 into the Foundation Chain by placing your hook through the back loop of the front row and into the back loop of the back row. Pull yarn through two loops and then wrap yarn again and pull through the remaining loops. Leave a long tail at the end for weaving through the top of the hat (through the side where you drew up threads from previous rows). 

When you complete the hat, you’ll have only four threads of yarn to weave into the hat!

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    1. Thank you, Priscilla. That yarn is VERY soft. I know it's going to feel great on my grandson's head.

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