I love this hat! It’s warm, stretchy, and oh so comfortable. But I think the pom pom is my favorite part. I wasn’t sure how this yarn would look in a pom pom, so I was extremely pleased with the result. It’s floppy and lush, and reminds me of a lion’s mane. This is the perfect accessory for strolling down a city street on a frigid winter day or sitting around a bonfire roasting marshmallows! Plus, you can change up the look by adjusting the cuff up or down, or not cuffing it at all for a more boho style. This pattern works up very quickly and with basic stitches so it’s great even for beginners.
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Lion Brand Hometown yarn in Hoboken Honey – 2 skeins
Hook size N – 9.00 mm
Yarn threader – I don’t think you could thread this particular yarn without one of these.
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Sc blo – single crochet back loop only
Hdc blo – half double crochet, back loop only
St, sts – stitch, stitches
1. Beginning chains do not count as stitches.
2. You will be making a rectangle. You will then sew the short sides together and cinch the top closed to form the hat.
3. The finished size of the rectangle is approximately 18” x 13 1/2”. You can adjust how tall the hat is (and therefore, how slouchy), by increasing or decreasing your starting chain. You can adjust the width (how it fits around your head), by adjusting the rows. Just wrap it around your head as you crochet the rows and stop whenever it’s comfortable for you.
4. I highly recommend using stitch markers to mark the last stitch of each row and moving them up with each row completed. That way you know you are always doing your last stitch in the right place and can be assured of straight edges.
9 sts = 4”, 9 rows = 4”
Blo stitches – Looking at the top of your row of stitches, you will see two loops in a v-shape. Normally, you insert your hook under both of these loops. With back loop only stitches, you insert your hook in between those two loops and into only the back loop.
Sc blo – For the sc blo stitch, insert your hook into the back loop, yarn over, pull through the loop, yarn over, and pull through both loops on your hook.
Hdc blo – For the hdc blo stitch, yarn over, insert your hook into the back loop, yarn over, pull through the loop, yarn over, and pull through all three loops on your hook.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. 32 sts.
Row 2: Turn, ch 2, hdc blo in 1st st and in each st across.
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc blo in 1st st and in each st across.
Rows 4 – 34: Continue alternating rows 2 and 3, ending with the pattern from row 2 as your last row. Weave in ends.
For the hat:
Note: You will be sewing together the short sides and then weaving in and out of the top. You can cut one long length of yarn and do it with one continuous piece, or you can cut a length of yarn for the side seam and then another one to cinch the top.
Lay your rectangle out flat with the more dominant ridges facing up. Bring the short sides together. Attach a length of yarn at the bottom and stitch up the seam.
Attach another length of yarn at the top edge. (If you’re using one long piece of yarn, just continue with that.) Weave in and out of the top edge, gathering as you go.
When you get back around to the beginning, pull the yarn tight to cinch the top together and tie off. This yarn is very thick, so you will still have a gap in the middle. I sewed mine closed, but after I attached the pom pom, I realized you probably wouldn’t have seen it anyway. So it’s up to you if you’d like to sew the gap closed or not.
Turn the hat right side out and fold up the cuff.
For the pom pom:
Cut a piece of yarn about 12” long so that you can wrap it around your pom pom like a belt and tie it to the hat. Use all of the remaining yarn to make the pom pom. You can use a pom pom maker, or simply wrap the yarn around a piece of cardboard that is 6” wide or a book of the same size. Just be sure that your yarn pieces will end up about 6” long. Carefully slide the looped yarn off and tie it very tightly in the middle with the 12” piece of yarn. Cut through the loops on each end of your pom pom. Weave the two loose ends of the yarn that is belted around your pom pom through the top of the hat and tie it to secure it in place.