Sometimes designs take forever to hash out and sometimes they happen in one sitting. That was this crochet hat. I sat down with my hook and some Wool-Ease Thick ‘n Quick in my favorite Hudson Bay and voila’ the Oakland Hat was born.
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Hats are my go-to crochet projects for when I can’t decide what to make or when other things I start aren’t working out like I want. Sometimes a quick hat is all I need to get the creative juices flowing. What’s your go-to?
This works up fast… like an hour or two… and would make a great gift or addition to your market tables this fall/winter. It uses one skein of Wool-Ease T&Q and features a simple stitch pattern of alternating rows of single and double crochets worked in the back loop.
Wool-Ease Thick and Quick from Lion Brand Yarn is my very favorite super bulky yarn. It’s soft and comes in so many great colors. I just love the prints/stripes collection, which includes this Hudson Bay color, Fossil and a few other gorgeous blends.
My secret trick to working with super bulky yarn is to use a crochet hook 1 or 2 sizes bigger than called for on the ball band. In this project I used a 11.5 mm hook. Using a larger hook makes your project have really great drape.
-1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Hudson Bay
Gauge and Sizing
–Gauge: 6.5 stitches x 5 rows.
Pattern for gauge: alternate rows of dc and sc
–Finished: 9in wide x 11 in tall laying flat. Should fit most adult women.
-I use US Terminology
-Sc: single crochet
-BLO: back loop only
-Slst: slip stitch
-Dc: double crochet
-Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together, single crochet decrease
-Brim is worked flat
-Body of hat is worked in joined rounds
-Each round is worked in the back loop only
-Ch 1 and 2 do not count as a stitch
Row 1: Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn (6)
Row 2: Ch 1, working in BLO, sc same st as ch 1 and in each st across. turn (6)
Row 3-32: repeat row 2. After last row, join short ends together using a sl st in back loops. Do not break yarn, continue to body of hat.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, Dc 32 times evenly around, placing 1 st at the end of each row. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (32)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, Working in BLO, sc in same st as ch 1 and in each st around. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. (32)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, Working in BLO, dc in same st as ch 2 and in each st around. Join to top of 1st dc with sl st. (32)
Rnd 4-9: Repeat rows 2 & 3.
Rnd 10: Ch 1, Sc2tog starting in same st as ch 1. Sc2tog around. Join to top of 1st st with sl st.
Finish off yarn leaving long tail. Using tapestry needle, weave yarn tail in and out around the hat and pull to cinch top closed. Weave in ends.
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Matching cowl pattern coming soon!