On a whim a couple years ago I bought a bunch of Lion Brand Homespun yarn (hey, it was a good sale!). I had no real plan for it but the colors were just too pretty to pass up. That yarn sat in my stash forever!! Why? Because I didn’t realize what a pain it can be to work with. However, I was determined to make something of it. Enter, this hat.
The ribbed band is made from single crochets in the back loop. This can be a little challenging at first but I find it easier to feel for the next stitch vs only relying on seeing where to put my hook.
The body is made up of the half double crochet V-stitch, it isn’t as lacy as the more traditional v-stitch made from double crochets which makes for a really warm and cozy hat. The half double v-stitch is made by crocheting in a space vs in a stitch.
This is really the key to working with this particular yarn, no guessing where to put your next stitches.
- Less than 1 skein Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (aff link) I used the colorway called Painted Desert
- 6mm/J Clover Amour Crochet Hook (aff link)
- Tapestry needle
Gauge and Sizing
It is hard to measure a gauge with this yarn so instead, I am giving you a few key measurements so you know that you are on track.
Band width: 3 inches
Finished hat measures 10 inches tall. 10 inches across the body and 9 inches across the band.
- I use US terminology
- Ch(s): chain(s)
- Sc: single crochet
- Sl St: slip stitch
- BLO: back loop only
- Hdc: half double crochet
- St(s): Stitch(es)
- Sc2tog: single crochet 2 together
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. Ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 2: Working in BLO, sc in each stitch across ch 1, turn. (9)
Row 3-45: repeat row 2
Put ends of band together to form a tube. Sl st edges together in BLO of each side. Turn inside out. Do not cut yarn
Rnd 1: Ch 1. Starting in the same space as ch 1, place 48 hdc evenly around the edge of band. Join to top of 1st hdc using sl st.
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), skip 1 st, *(hdc, ch1, hdc) in next st. skip 1 st. repeat from * around. Hdc in same st as beginning ch 2. Ch 1, join to top of ch 2 with sl st.
Rnd 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch 1 space from previous round continue around until last ch 1 space. (Hdc, ch1) in last ch 1 space. Join with sl st to top of ch 2
Rnd 4-15: repeat round 3
Rnd 16: ch 1, sc2tog in each ch 1 space around. Join to top of 1st sc2tog. Cut yarn and finish off leaving a long tail to cinch top closed.
Turn hat inside out. Using your tapestry needle weave your yarn in and out through the stitches around the top of hat. Pull yarn to cinch the top closed. Place a couple stitches in the top of hat to secure it. Weave in ends.