I’ve never made a hat before this one.  I had seen a lot of patterns, but nothing was exactly what I wanted so I decided to come up with my own.  It was a lot of trial and error, but I finally got it!  I know I succeeded because my daughter loves it.  Since she’s the one I made it for, I’d call that a win.  🙂  

This pattern is very basic.  It uses simple stitches, but they alternate in a way that gives it a little extra design.  It looks like a lot of steps, but it’s really just increasing and then decreasing.  The finished hat lying flat is about 10 inches from side to side and 9 inches from top to bottom.  See photos below.   If you try it, please share your pictures on my community Instagram page –  @simplethingscc.  I’d love to see them!

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Materials:

Crochet hook size J

Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn in Ecru

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

ss – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch, stitches

sp – space

Special stitches:

dc2tog – double crochet 2 together to create 1 decrease (start  to dc in stitch but don’t pull through the last two loops.  Yarn over.  Place in in next stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops – there will be 3 loops on hook.  Yarn over.  Pull through all 3 loops to complete the decrease.)

Instructions:

Note:  Chain 2 counts as dc throughout.

Start with a magic ring. 

Round 1:  sc six times into magic ring, ss to join.

Round 2:  ch 2, dc at base of chain, ch 1, *2 dc in next st, ch 1*, continue from * to * around.  Slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.  See photo below.  You should have 14 dc.

Round 3:  ch 2, dc at base of chain, ch 1, *2 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 2 dc in space between next dc cluster, ch 1*, continue from * to * around.  Slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.  You should have 28 dc.

Round 4:  ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp, *1 dc in next sp, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp*, continue from * to * around.  Slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.

Round 5:  ch 2, 1 dc at base of ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts*, continue from * to * around.  Slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.

Round 6:  ch 2, 1 dc at base of ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 spaces, *2 dc in next sp, 1 dc in each of next 3 spaces*, continue from * to * around.  Slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.  Hat starts curving at this point.

Round 7:  ch 2, dc in next 5 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts*, continue around from * to *.  When you get back to the beginning of the round, do 1 dc at base of the first ch 2 and join with a ss to create a dc cluster.

Round 8:  ch 2, dc in next 6 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts*, continue around from * to *.  When you get back to the beginning of the round, do 1 dc at base of the first ch 2 and join with a ss to create a dc cluster.

Round 9:  ch 2, dc in each st around, slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.

Round 10:  ch 2, *dc in each of next 6 sts, dc2tog*, continue from * to * around.  1 dc in last st, slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.

Round 11:  ch 2, *dc in each of next 5 sts, dc2tog*, continue from * to * around, slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.

Rounds 12-15:  ch 2, dc around, slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.

Rounds 16-19:  ch 2, hdc around, slip stitch to join at top of first ch 2.

Round 20:  ch 1, sc around, slip stitch to join at top of first ch 1.  Tie off and weave in ends.