This pattern will make a slouchy beanie hat, of the kind so popular with younger people at the moment. It’s also useful for putting lots of hair up and out of the way.
You can make this hat any size you like – if you want it larger, add more chains at the start. If you want it smaller, chain less. You basically work according to the size of the head the hat is destined for.
So, to start:
Chain 20. Then hold up your work with one end at the crown of your head and pull it straight. See where it ends on your forehead. If you need to, add a few more chains until it reaches the middle of your forehead.
*Next, turn your work and double crochet FOUR times (US sc). Find something to mark this fourth stitch – a stitch marker, paper clip, whatever you normally use. This end of your work wil be the crown and will shape the hat.
Then half treble (US hdc) all the way along the rest of the chains. If you want to, you could treble (US dc) instead of half treble.
When you reach the end, turn your work and chain two. Half treble back again until you reach your stitch marker. Take it out so that you can crochet four double crochet . When you reach the end of the row, turn your work, chain one, then crochet four double crochet again and reinsert your stitch marker.**
Repeat from * to ** over and over again until you can wrap your work around your head so that it fits you comfortably, bearing in mind that wool is stretchy. Stop crocheting at the end of your work opposite from the stitch marker but do not fasten off. Just move right onto the next stage of the pattern.
Next, place the two longest ends of your work together. Crochet them together from one end to the other with your chosen stitch, until you reach your stitch marker. Remove the marker and crochet these last four stitches with double crochet. Again, do not fasten off here. Move onto the next stage of the pattern.
Cut your wool off from the ball aka skein, but leave a nice long tail. Then we need to feed this tail through all the stitches around this opening (which, remember, is the crown of your hat). You can either use your fingers to carefully do this or use an embroidery needle (the needles that aren’t actually sharp and pointy but are the same width all the way along). Basically, you’re weaving your wool around this opening inside the stitches so that, when you’ve gone all the way around, you can pull the opening closed like a drawstring.
All that’s left after that is to fasten off and weave in the end. That’s it!
If you like, you can crochet a further row or two around the brim of the hat. This will tighten it up a bit and neaten it, if, like me, you weren’t super tidy on your first attempt.
Now, my instructions make sense to me, but please do ask if I haven’t been clear! :>>>