2014/40 – Super cute slouchy hat

Hey there!

I’m a new admin here, (I’m “the tall one”, daughter #1). I’m 22 and I’m a university student and new dressmaker. I’m still learning to sew clothes but I like to make things that look a bit different from current fashions (mostly involving popular styles in different or surprising fabrics or prints). Something I want to experiment with is mixing crochet and sewing projects together, since mixing textures and fabrics together on clothes seems to be quite popular at the moment. As far as that goes, watch this space!

Today’s post is about a really pretty hat pattern that we found, which I really like because it’s quite comfy and great for a bad hair day. It’s also got lots of gaps in it, so it’s quite breezy, enough so that you can probably wear it in the summer if you want. This would probably look cute with glittery/shiny wool or the occasional shiny little bead threaded throughout.

For this one, just bear in mind that when it says “single crochet”, that’s a UK double, and where it says a “double crochet” that’s a UK treble crochet.

Click here for the pattern from Gleeful Things.

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/18 A hat for the spring and summer … if we get one of either

Found this on Moogly and just made it for my eldest daughter’s birthday. She noticed me sneakily making it and said she wasn’t sure … but then put it on and loves it. The pattern is quite easy to memorise so you can make it in front of the telly, plus you’ll learn a really cool way of making hat brims and slouchy beanies.

Pattern here.



2014 number 5 – a cool weather beanie – pattern translation

In theory, Spring is supposed to be on its way in the Northern Hemisphere, while our friends down south are still enjoying a Summer  that will turn into Autumn before long, so we think this light and airy slouchy beanie suits the change in weather ahead.

The designer, Julie from Gleeful things, calls it a Sugar Cone Skully Hat, which is kinda weird and awesome at the same time. The pattern has loads of potential beyond the lovely version pictured.

It only requires UK DC (sc) and UK TR (dc), so it’s a great pattern for everyone to try.

Visit Julie for the free pattern!

Candy Corn Hat which I’m using as a Pixie Hat pattern!

Found this on Ravelry when I was looking for a pixie hat pattern for Christmas presents. You could extend this pattern to make a witches’ hat or even a Hogwarts school hat 😛

It’s a free download from Taraduff

It’s in all in US terms so crochet a UK DC where it asks for an sc. Easy!

Make a hat from granny squares!

I’m typing through my tears because The Teenager is playing Cher Lloyd’s “Swagger Jagger” in the living room. My ears might drop off before the end of this post, but I shall soldier on!

It’s rare for me to find a hat design that I would actually wear. I’m a bit fussy. This one, however, is so darling that I’m going to make it and – le gasp – keep it for myself! That’s right! I’m going to crochet something and not give it away!

The pattern is by Lisa Gentry at RedHeart and is available as a pdf download (does everyone know about these? Would anyone like some pointers?). I personally like to wear hats all year round so you could make this with lighter yarn or thread for the Summer, and with something chunkier for the winter. You could also vary colours and even square designs once you’ve mastered the patterns.

Clever idea!

When the patterns asks for an SC, crochet a UK DC. When it asks for a DC, crochet a UK TR.

Crochet a butterfly beanie – pattern translation

A video this time – from BobWilson on youtube.

Make a cute butterfly beanie – something different! And if you vary your wool thickness, you can make it for either Summer or Winter.

She made this hat entirely in UK HTR – easy!

Simple slouchy beanie hat pattern

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! :>>>