I was gifted a new scarf and set of gloves over the holidays – both in a matching green. Which, of course, prompted me into crochet a complementary hat. I went through my crochet pattern books looking for the simplest hat pattern available which led me to the chevron hat pattern in The New Crochet. Examining the pattern I decided to use it, but instead of crocheting it in a single rectangular panel as in the book I decided to crochet it in the round. It did not turn out horribly, but it was not perfect either – part of the price of home crafting. It doesn’t help that I have a large head and plenty of hair. At least it will keep my head warm, which is more then I can say about those wired bun hats that seem to be trending lately. What is the point of a hat with a large hole in it? You may as well wear a headband. It would achieve the same overall effect and you would look a lot less stupid – trust me. I think the key to a proper bun hat is to have a hole proportionate to your hair so that your hair covers the hole and maintains the warmth, but I have yet to see a bun hat that is not a gapping hole with a small clump of hair sticking out… once again… stupid… probably just as stupid as my love for pom-poms… I blame the pom-pom maker…toooo much funnnnnn……….
Oooooh…. I should make a bun hat with a pom-pom corded tie! Then I could use the cord to cinch the hole around my hair bun… yeah, that might just work… stupidly creative thinking in progress – I’ll let you know if I come up with anything….
- 2 different colors of a medium weight (#4) Cotton Yarn
- Crochet Hook – Size G (6)(4.5 mm)
- Pom-pom Maker
Make a chain of ~71 ch (increase or decrease the hat size in multiples of 10 to fit the desired head). Sl st the chain ends together.
- Rnds 1 – 6: Ch 3. *Place 1 dc in each of the next 4 sp (4 dc total). Dc3tog in the next 3 spaces (*Yarn over and insert hook into the next sp. Yarn over and draw the hook through the st. Yarn over and draw the hook through the first two loops*. Repeat the steps between the asterisks twice in the next two sp until 4 loops remain on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through all 4 loops.). Place 1 dc in each of the next 4 sp (4 dc total). Make 3 dc in the next sp.* Repeat until you finish the rnd. Sl st the rnd tog.
- Rnd 7: Switch to the contrasting color of yarn, and proceed to crochet the rnd using the same crochet sequence as used in the previous rnds.
- Rnd 8: Switch back to the base color, and proceed to crochet the rnd using the same crochet sequence as used in the previous rnds.
- Rnd 9: Repeat Rnd 7.
- Rnd 10: (Still using the contrasting color) *Ch 3. dc 1. dc2tog. dc 1. dc3tog. dc 1. dc2tog. dc 1. dc 3 in the same sp.* Repeat until the rnd is complete. Sl st the rnd tog.
- Rnd 11: (Still using the contrasting color) *Ch 3. dc 3. dc3tog. dc 3. dc 3 in the same sp.* Repeat until the rnd is complete. Sl st the rnd tog.
- Rnd 12: Switch back to the base color, and repeat the same crochet sequence from Rnd 11.
- Rnd 13: Switch back to the contrasting color, and repeat the same crochet sequence from Rnd 11.
- Rnd 14: Switch back to the base color. Ch 3. dc 3. *dc3tog. dc 7.* Repeat until you complete the rnd. Sl st the rnd tog.
- Rnd 15 – 22 (or until you are down to your last few st): Ch 3. *Dc 1. Dc2tog.* Repeat until you complete the rnd. Sl st the rnd tog.
- Fasten the hat off, and tuck in the yarn ends.
- Create a cord:
- Cut 5 yards of the base color of yarn.
- Fasten the middle of the yarn piece around the door knob of a closed door.
- Stand back from the door so that the yarn in taut.
- Twist the yarn tightly. Do not let go.
- Fold the yarn in half, and release it so that the yarn twists together to form a cord.
- Create one large pom-pom and two small pom-poms from the contrasting yarn.
- Attach the large pom-pom to the top of the hat.
- Tie the cord through the top of the hat.
- Attach the two smaller pom-poms to the ends of the cord. (Too many pom-poms? Then don’t attach the final two, and just call it a day)