Sunday, 25 January 2015

Soft winter hat & scarf pattern



Since I have been making this hat several times and found out it is actually so easy to make, I decided to write down this pattern so you can all enjoy this soft winter hat.

This pattern is written to make a hat for a toddler / child. I used a 10mm crochet hook and matching yarn.
 To make a larger hat, add a multiple of 2 chains to the base chain. Also add extra rows without the HDC-Vst decrease. That way your hat will become "higher".





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Stitches & US terms used:

HDC-Vst: half double crochet V-stitch
SC-Vst: single crochet V-stitch
Decr.: decrease
CH: chain
ST: stitch
SL ST: slip stitch
SP: space
SK: skip chain
YO: yarn over

Pattern uses a 10mm crochet hook and 9-10mm bulky yarn.

General:

This pattern uses V-stitches. You start every V-stitch in the same stitch as where you ended your previous V-stitch.

Pic. 1

Stitch instructions:


HDC-Vst: 
YO, insert hook in same SP, pull up loop, (3 loops on hook),
YO, SK1, insert hook in next SP, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook),
YO, pull yarn through all loops.

HDC-Vst decrease: 
YO, insert hoop in same SP, pull up a loop (3 loops om hook),
Insert hook in next SP, pull up loop (4 loops on hook),
Insert hook in next SP, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), YO, pull through all loops.

SC-Vst:
Insert hook in same CH, pull up loop, insert hook in next CH, pull up loop, YO, pull through all loops.

SC-Vst decrease:
Insert hook in same CH, pull up loop, insert hook in next CH, pull up loop, insert hook in next CH, pull up loop, YO, pull through all loops.

Pic. 2
Pattern:

0) CH 32 (the lenght of chains should be about 45 cm, stretched a little), SL ST into the 1st CH.

1) CH1, start your 1st HDC-Vst in the last CH of previous round. (see pic.1),
[CH1, SK1, HDC-Vst] repeat between [...] to end. CH1, SL ST into top of 1st HDC-Vst.

Your last HDC-Vst will end in the ST you used 1st in this round. 
From now on you will crochet in the CH1 spaces you created between the HDC-Vstitches.

2) CH1, start your 1st HDC-Vst in the last SP of previous round. [CH1, HDC-Vst] repeat between [...] to end.  CH1, SL ST into top of 1st HDC-Vst.

3 & 4) Repeat row 2

For a bigger hat or when you use smaller yarn, add more rows untill the hat reaches the desired height. When you want to create an egde as I did in the Blue / Pink hat, add another row.




5) In this round, you use 2 HDC-Vst decreases.
CH1, start your 1st HDC-Vst in the last SP of previous round, CH1, HDC-Vst, HDC-Vst. decrease,

Fold your hat in two to find our where your 2nd HDC-Vst decrease should be. (check pic.3)

Pic. 3
[CH1, HDC-Vst] to the other side, CH1, HDC-Vst decrease, [CH1, HDC-Vst] to end, CH1, SL ST into top of 1st HDC-Vst.


6) In this round, you use 4 HDC-Vst decreases.
Use same technique as used in round 5, this time HDC-Vst decrease as shown in pic. 4.

Pic.4
In this pattern you end up with 5 HDC-Vstitches and 4 HDC-Vstitch decreases.
Don't worry about the extra HDC-Vst.

7) In this round you use the SC-Vst.
CH1, SC-Vst, starting in same ST, [SC-Vst] to end. SL ST in 1st SC-Vst.

8) SC-Vst decrease around. (see stitch instructions), SL ST to 1st SC-Vst.

Pull up a long loop through last ST. Use this to close the hole. Pull yarn inside and finish off.



Edging:
Now you can add any edge you like.

Blue hat:
Attach your yarn to the base chain of the hat.
1&2) Create 2 rows of SC's. Finish off.
3) SL ST around in the 1st made row. Finish off

Pink / blue hat:
You have added an extra row 2! (HDC-Vstitches) so this hat is a row taller.
Attach yarn to the base chain.
1) SL ST around.
2) Reverse SC in the top loop of the SL stitches made. Finish off


Scarf:
The scarf uses the same stitches as the hat without the decreases.

1) Chain a base chain as long as you desire, be sure to use a multiple of 2 chains, SL ST to 1st CH.
2) SC around
3) CH1, HDC-Vst around as done in hat pattern row 1., SL ST to 1st.
4/6) Repeat row 2 of hat
7) SC in every CH around, finish off

Enjoy!

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