Crochet a Hat for Charity

chartThere are many articles listing charities that take crocheted items, and there are many worthy charities. However, I’ve decided to focus on making hats. For any charity, use a crochet stitch to produce a tighter fabric. Hats should always be handmade, new, and free from smoke and pet hair.

As Red Heart says, “make sure your item matches their guidelines before you send it in. Groups may have restrictions or guidelines on size, color, etc. on the items they can take”. They may only accept items made from an approved pattern list or only those items made with specific yarns.

Tips on better hat making:

  • Seamless hat:  The chain at the start of a round does NOT count as a stitch. Ch2 and hdc in same place [1 hdc]; or ch 2 and dc in same place [1 dc]. Join the last st of the round with slip st to the first st, not the chain. This will hide the seam.
  • Start with a twist: Sloppy Slip Knot adapted from http://www.freshstitches.com/wordpress/?p=19
  • Color Change Join adapted from jogless color instructions at http://needlenoodles.com/home/node/139

Free Patterns by Yarn Weight

These are all patterns worked from the top down. I strongly prefer starting at the crown and working to the desired diameter (see the chart).

Worsted Weight

Alpine Nights Beanie. Crocheted in a waffle stitch with an I (5.5 mm) hook. Pattern recommended to me by someone who uses this to crochet hats for the homeless.

Basic Men’s Hat Seamless Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet. hdc stitch.

Beanies for the Homeless. Similar to the Little Monkeys pattern, but with dc stitch.

Better Late Than Never Beanie. A wonderful striped hat pattern that I’ve made at least 4 times. Designer Kathy North alternates rows of dc and sc. I average 1.6 oz total yarn, 91 yds for both colors (52 yds main color and 39 yds contrast color).

Caron Cakes Slouchy Beanie. Worked in a cute yarn that changes color. hdc stitch, H-8 (5 mm) hook.

Cuffed Cutie Hat. For children. Uses K-10.5 (6.5 mm) hook and post stitching to create a turn-up brim. Recommended by Wool-Aid.

Double-Double Crochet Hat by Kathy North. Extra warm; made with 75 yds. each of 3 colors worsted weight yarn (light, medium, dark color) and a K-10.5 (6.5 mm) hook.

Shanti Hat. For children or adults. Uses K-10.5 (6.5 mm) hook and 60 – 190 yards (55 – 174 m) yarn. I’ve made this hat 4 times.Wool-Aid also recommends this pattern. Some of my pattern notes:

  • Medium size: 18″ head size, 5.75″ across and 10.25″ long, will fit a variety of head sizes. Looks better inside out. TOTAL: 2.44 oz, 132 yds (1.4 balls).
  • Medium size, with stripes: Total yarn: 2.64 oz, 143 yards. Work to 6″ across, then stop increasing. Work rounds 6 to 16 even, then add ribbing.

Two Stripe Beanie by KT and the Squid. A cute way to use up leftover yarn. Worked from the top down in a variety of sizes.

Chunky / Bulky Weight #5

Chunky Beanie Hat. This pattern uses a contrast color for the last round. She also provides tips for a neat finish.

Gumdrop Slouchy Hat. Uses a J-10 (6 mm) hook. Author says, “This is a really simple slouchy hat that even a beginner could handle! It’s a heavier slouchy hat that is perfect for colder days and nights. You can make it a solid color or change colors after every round to make stripes.”

Just Like That Hat. A thick and warm hdc beanie.

Lovely Lady Slouchy Hat. Uses a K-10.5 (6.5 mm) hook. Pattern calls for Homespun yarn.

Maia’s Hat. Free download from Ravelry. One of my favorite patterns. Because you work from the top down, you can actually use any weight yarn, not just bulky yarn. Work crown to desired diameter. Using the back loop only (blo) for hdc puts a lovely ridge on the hat and makes in stretchy.

Mama’s Easy Hat. A dc hat that is slightly slouchy. Note that pattern calls for Lion Brand Jiffy, which has been discontinued. Use 135 yds/123 m of any acrylic yarn with #5 weight instead.

Super Bulky #6

Lion Brand Junior Crochet Hat. Free pattern, but you must be a member of the web site to see the pattern. Uses a N-13 (9 mm) hook. One size; will stretch to fit a range of sizes. Finished circumference about 21 in. (53.5 cm). Finished length about 11-1/2 in. (29 cm).

Lion Brand Ridge Hat. Free pattern, but you must be a member of the web site to see the pattern. Uses a N-13 (9 mm) hook and J-10 (6 mm) hook. One size; about 20 in. (51cm), Hat will stretch to fit a range of sizes.

Under the Bridge Hat. Hat is worked in continuous spirals without joining. The author says, “I designed this hat to meet the charity group Bridge and Beyond Project’s specifications for donations, but it’s a great unisex project that works up quickly in super bulky yarn. Crocheting in the round in the half double crochet stitch’s third loop creates a look to mimic to the stockinette stitch in knitting.”

Finding a Charity By Fiber

Start with this section if you want to work through your stash by fiber (such as, “I have a lot of wool hats on hand; where can I send them?” or “Which charity wants washable acrylic only?”)

Wool Only

Generally, these charities serve children and adults in cold climates.

  • Wool-Aid: Fiber used must have 80% wool content. Their biggest need is for children 8 to 12 years old. Hats should be thick and dense, not lacy; consider adding a cuff.
  • Hats and More for War-Torn Syria (wool preferred but not required). Washable fibers preferred.

Acrylic or Cotton Only (Washable and Soft)

Generally, these charities serve cancer patients, who need extremely soft yarn and seamless caps. Hats should cover the ears.

Any Fiber

These charities will accept hats made from any fiber.

  • The Hat Box Foundation collects hats for cancer patients and others in need. They accept hats for all ages and genders. They say, “Hats for children should be at least 18″ in circumference; hats for teens and adults should be at least 22″ in circumference.” They prefer soft yarns (see the approved yarn list from Knots of Love).
  • Operation Gratitude (sends care packages to US military). Items for adults only, 21 to 23-inch heads. Since items sent in care packages are not regulation, they can only be worn by people who are off-duty. They request colors “on the subtle side–blues, browns, olives, grays, maroon, and black.”

Silky Mesh Scarf

Copyright Statement:

It is my pleasure to share this pattern with the craft community. If you make one of these items, I would love to see a picture of it. This free pattern is not in the public domain.

YES: This pattern is free for your personal, individual use. Print out one copy of the pattern to work with, or save this pattern to disk for your personal use. The finished items that you make from this pattern are yours: feel free to keep them, sell them, donate to charity, or give them away. You may use this pattern more than once.

NO: You must not reformat the pattern for commercial use, and you must not sell or redistribute the pattern. You must not post the pattern or its accompanying photos and/or illustrations on another Web site.

Sharing: Everyone who uses this pattern needs to get their own copy of the pattern directly from this Web site. You are encouraged to share the link to the pattern. Any usage beyond this must be negotiated with the designer. Thank you for your help and your respect of copyright law.

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Designed and crocheted by Carrie Cooper. Please do not repost the pattern on any website; link to this post instead. Thanks!

Download the PDF from Ravelry.

Project Notes

The mesh stitch is an economical way to use one ball of fancy yarn. The scarf can be spread out or scrunched up, which gives a variety of looks. I really liked the scarf by lilibethsgarden, but I didn’t want to do row after row of “double triple crochet.” The Crochet Stitch Bible provided a great alternate gridded mesh. The pattern uses an easy two row repeat with double crochet and chains. It is written with US crochet terms.

Finished Size

About 9.5″ wide x 68″ long

To Fit: One size fits most

Gauge/Tension: Not important

Materials

Crochet Hook: US Size H-8 (5mm)

Yarn: 250 yds fingering weight yarn

  • 1 ball Done Roving brand Silky-Criations (70% baby alpaca [cria]; 30% silk). 3 oz / 85 g. 250 yds. Color: Thistle (purple/green).

Notions: tapestry needle for weaving in yarn ends; scissors

Leftover Yarn

None

Instructions

This mesh is a (multiple of 3 sts) plus 1 st, then add 4 for foundation chain. I used 16 x 3 = 48, plus 1 = 49, plus 4 for foundation = 53 ch. Pattern uses the American double crochet (dc) / British treble crochet.

Chain 53.

Row 1: Dc in 8th chain from hook, *ch 2, skip 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch; repeat from * across row to end. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 5, skip 1st dc and 2 ch; *1 dc in next dc, ch 2, skip 2 ch; repeat from * across row to end. Turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you are almost out of yarn.

Finishing

Fasten off, leaving a 6-inch tail. Weave in all ends.

Credits

“Large Mesh Ground” stitch instructions adapted from The Crochet Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden

Scarf pattern inspired by “Crocheted Mesh Scarf” on http://lilibethsgarden.wordpress.com

Photo by Carrie Cooper, https://qctester.wordpress.com

Crocheted Produce Bag

Crochet, project #363, completed June 2012

Copyright Statement:

It is my pleasure to share this pattern with the craft community. If you make one of these items, I would love to see a picture of it. This free pattern is not in the public domain.

YES: This pattern is free for your personal, individual use. Print out one copy of the pattern to work with, or save this pattern to disk for your personal use. The finished items that you make from this pattern are yours: feel free to keep them, sell them, donate to charity, or give them away. You may use this pattern more than once.

NO: You must not reformat the pattern for commercial use, and you must not sell or redistribute the pattern. You must not post the pattern or its accompanying photos and/or illustrations on another Web site.

Sharing: Everyone who uses this pattern needs to get their own copy of the pattern directly from this Web site. You are encouraged to share the link to the pattern. Any usage beyond this must be negotiated with the designer. Thank you for your help and your respect of copyright law.

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Notes
I crocheted this produce bag as a gift for a co-worker. The big hook turns single crochet into an interesting mesh. The bag is made from sturdy cotton-acrylic blend yarn and should hold “about a pound of apples”.

PATTERN
Pattern adapted from instructions by ScrapJam (link) — sadly, its last update was May 2011

PROJECT DETAILS

Finished Size
About 16″ long and 9″ across (when flat)
GAUGE: Not important. Keep it loose enough to get the big hook through the stitches!

Materials
Crochet Hook: 11.5 mm (P)
Yarn: 3 oz, 176 yds worsted weight yarn

  • From 1 hank Berroco Weekend (75% Acrylic, 25% Peruvian Cotton), 3.5 oz. / 100 g, 205 yds. / 187 m. Color: 5960, Cherry.

Notions: tapestry needle for weaving in yarn ends, scissors, and 1 yard leather thong (72″ boot laces cut in half)

ABBREVIATIONS
This pattern uses American crochet terms.
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
slip sc = slip stitch

INSTRUCTIONS
IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. This bag is made in joined rounds (not spirals) until all increases have been completed.
  2. Once you have either 48 or 50 sts, start working in a continuous spiral without joining rounds.
  3. Whether you are working in rounds or in a sprial, crochet without turning at the end of a round.
  4. The square brackets [ ] denote a set of instructions to be repeated all the way around. Each increase round adds 6 sts.
  5. My increase to 50 sc was accidental, but it makes a nice size bag. So now it is a design element 🙂 Round 9 has directions for making the bag 50 sc on purpose.

MAKE THE BAG:
1. Ch 2. Work 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook – 6 sc. Join round with slip stitch.
2. Ch 1, [2 sc in each sc] – 12 sc. Join round.
3. Ch 1, [sc in next 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc] – 18 sc. Join round with slip stitch.
4. Ch 1, [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] – 24 sc. Join round with slip stitch.
5. Ch 1, [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] – 30 sc. Join round with slip stitch.
6. Ch 1, [sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] – 36 sc. Join round with slip stitch.
7. Ch 1, [sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] – 42 sc. Join round with slip stitch.
8. Ch 1, [sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] – 48 sc. Join round with slip stitch.
9. Optional: Add 2 more sc in this round. If you want them evenly spaced, then ch 1, [sc in next 23 sc, 2 sc in next sc] – 50 sc. Join round with slip stitch.

Continue to work rounds of sc in a spiral (no need to join rounds) until the yarn runs out: sc in each sc around.

Finishing: Fasten off, leaving a 6-inch tail. Weave in all ends tie off, weave in ends.

Thread the cord in an out of the second row of stitches from the top, secure in any way you like.

CREDITS

  • Photo by https://qctester.wordpress.com
  • Thanks to THE “Crochet abbreviations” article for language about brackets (link)
  • Written instructions were edited with standard pattern language suggestions from Kim Guzman and the “Crochet on Ravelry” group (“Pattern Grammar” post)

288. Alaskan Gulf Shores Hat (crochet)

Crochet, project 288. Completed 8-Feb-2011

A Gulf Shores hat...made with Alaskan yarn

PATTERN
Hat adapted from the Gulf Shores pattern by Melissa Rotert — great pattern, have made it several times.
Flower adapted from a detail for a sweater pattern in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2010 (page 72).

MADE FOR
A friend’s birthday

SIZE: Adult Med, 19-inch head
GAUGE: Top down construction; gauge is not important. Worked until 6.5” diameter

MATERIALS
Yarn: 2 oz, 137.5 yds worsted weight yarn

  • 1 ball Raven Frog Fiber Arts (100% merino wool), 8 oz / 550 yds. Color: Dark Winter Nights.

Crochet Hook: US Size G-7 (4.5 mm)

NOTES
The yarn is hand-dyed in Alaska and has generous yardage. Leftover Yarn: 6 oz, 412.5 yds yarn

287. Felted Bucket Hat (crochet)

Crochet, project 287. Completed 6-Feb-2011

After felting, on a 22-inch head

PATTERN
Adapted from a free pattern by the Purl Bee

MADE FOR Myself

SIZE
Hat circumference: 24 inches. TO FIT: Adult XL.
GAUGE: 1.5 single crochet sts = 1 inch (unfelted)

MATERIALS
The original pattern called for Cascade Eco+ (100% Wool), 8.8 oz/ 250 g, 478 yds.
Yarn: 7.5 oz, 333 yds worsted weight yarn held double

  • 3 balls Stitch Nation Full O’ Sheep (100% Peruvian Wool) 3.5 oz / 100 g, 155 yds / 142 m. Color: 2012, Black Sheep
    Leftover Yarn: 3 oz, 132 yds (0.85 ball) yarn

Crochet Hook: US Size Q-19 (15.75 mm or 16 mm). Adjust hook size as needed to get gauge.
Tools: Stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in yarn ends, and scissors

NOTES
From the original pattern: “We decided to send the Bucket Hat to the Laundromat! The result is a beautifully felted topper, good for protection from rain, sun and snow and for increasing general well being.” Now, who wouldn’t like a hat that increases your “general well-being”? Also, I needed a warm hat to wear in the snow, and this one was perfect.

The yarn is doubled throughout this pattern. I used two full balls to start, with the yarn strands held together. I finished the hat with two ends of the last ball held together.

Before felting, 22" across bottom (44" around)

Before felting: Hat is about 22” across the bottom (shown here draped over the 22-inch glass head). Felting instructions in the original pattern were brief. Here’s what I did:

Felting the Hat
Place the hat in a zippered pillow case to control the fuzz. Toss the pillow case into a top loading washing machine with some soap and a tennis ball. Set the water for HOT and the smallest amount of water. Check progress after 10 minutes, and then every 5 minutes until felted to the right size. Do not let it spin out.

Remove the hat from the zipped case and gently rinse it in cold water. Roll the wet hat in a towel and gently pat to remove water. Unroll the towel, smooth out any creases in the hat, and place on a glass head to dry.

Let dry for about 3 days, until all the water is gone.

After felting, on a 19-inch head

283. Eco Duo Scarf (crochet)

Crochet, project 282. Completed 12/25/2010

Buttons keep the looped scarf in place

PATTERN
Adapted from a Lion Brand pattern for a light DK weight cashmere yarn (82 yds/ball). “Easy Tweed Scarf“, Pattern #80779AD.
(Site registration is required to get the pattern. The Lion Brand scarf is sized about 4 x 66 inches and looped around the model’s neck.)

MADE FOR
Myself

SIZE
4″ wide x 50” long

Gauge: Not important

MATERIALS
Yarn: 1 ball Cascade Yarns – Eco Duo (70% undyed baby alpaca; 30% undyed merino wool). 3.5 oz / 100 g. 197 yds / 180 m. Color: 1701.

Crochet Hook – US Size M-13 (9 mm)

Other: 2 buttons, sewing needle and thread, large-eye yarn needle, and scissors

NOTES
Scarf is made with one ball of yarn, held double throughout (Wind into a ball, pull the tail from the center, and hold the two ends together). This easy scarf was completed in a day.

Sew two buttons on the end. Wind the scarf around your neck and button it closed.

Variation: Use 100 yds each of two colors held together to make a tweed scarf.

282. Mochi Plus Team Wristlets (crochet)

Crochet, project 281. Completed 12/25/2010

One size fits most

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions in the free pattern “Team Color Crocheted Wristlets” by Kim Werker, originally published in Interweave Crochet, Winter 2008. Download the pattern from Knitting Daily.

MADE FOR A colleague
SIZE: One size fits most

Gauge: Not important

MATERIALS
1.35 oz, 73.3 yds yarn: 1 ball Crystal Palace Mochi Plus (80% merino, 20% nylon). 50 g / 1.75 oz, 95 yds. Color: 558 (“Neptune Rainbow”).

Crochet Hook – US Size H-8 (5mm)

Tools: large-eye yarn needle; scissors

NOTES
Great pattern, and it uses less than 75 yds of yarn! I’ve used this lovely pattern at least twice. From Kim Werker: these “wristlets are worked mostly in single crochet through the back loop for a close-fitting ribbing … double crochet at one end provides the flair needed for them to fit comfortably over the lower hand to the thumb.”

240. Seed-Stitch Baby Cloth

Copyright Statement:

It is my pleasure to share this pattern with the craft community. If you make one of these items, I would love to see a picture of it. This free pattern is not in the public domain.

YES: This pattern is free for your personal, individual use. Print out one copy of the pattern to work with, or save this pattern to disk for your personal use. The finished items that you make from this pattern are yours: feel free to keep them, sell them, donate to charity, or give them away. You may use this pattern more than once.

NO: You must not reformat the pattern for commercial use, and you must not sell or redistribute the pattern. You must not post the pattern or its accompanying photos and/or illustrations on another Web site.

Sharing: Everyone who uses this pattern needs to get their own copy of the pattern directly from this Web site. You are encouraged to share the link to the pattern. Any usage beyond this must be negotiated with the designer. Thank you for your help and your respect of copyright law.

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Crochet, project 240. Completed 4/15/2010
FREE PATTERN
Instructions by CD Cooper, based on a stitch guide.

MADE FOR
An adorable baby I met while traveling

FINISHED SIZE
About 5.88 inches wide x 15.25 inches long

MATERIALS
Yarn: Cotton worsted weight (any brand). Shown above:
1 ball — Jarbo Garn super Soft Cotton (100% cotton), 50 g / 1.75 oz, 80 m / 87.4 yds. Color #8865 (purple/green mix)

Crochet Hook: US Size G-7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook

GAUGE
Not important

NOTES
American crochet terms are used in this pattern. Work the stitch pattern, which is called “Granite Stitch (Seed Stitch)” with a 2-sc border, until piece is desired length.

1 ball is enough to make 2 square washcloths in this same stitch pattern instead.

Work the pattern over an even number of stitches. Start and finish every row with 2 sc (rows end with a sc in each of the last two stitches).

INSTRUCTIONS
Foundation Single Crochet 26 sts.

Row 1: Ch 1, turn. Sc into first 2 sts. *ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in following st;* repeat from * to last 2 sts. Finish with 1 sc each in last 2 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc into first 2 sts. *sc in chain-1 space, ch 1, skip 1 sc;* repeat from * to end. Finish with 1 sc each in last 2 sts.

Repeat row 2 until you are almost out of yarn. Fasten off.

229. Felted “Swedish” Hat

Copyright Statement:

It is my pleasure to share this pattern with the craft community. If you make one of these items, I would love to see a picture of it. This free pattern is not in the public domain.

YES: This pattern is free for your personal, individual use. Print out one copy of the pattern to work with, or save this pattern to disk for your personal use. The finished items that you make from this pattern are yours: feel free to keep them, sell them, donate to charity, or give them away. You may use this pattern more than once.

NO: You must not reformat the pattern for commercial use, and you must not sell or redistribute the pattern. You must not post the pattern or its accompanying photos and/or illustrations on another Web site.

Sharing: Everyone who uses this pattern needs to get their own copy of the pattern directly from this Web site. You are encouraged to share the link to the pattern. Any usage beyond this must be negotiated with the designer. Thank you for your help and your respect of copyright law.

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Crochet, project 229. Completed 2/20/2010

Felted snugly

I became obsessed with the crocheted hat worn by the Swedish team during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here’s my version, in different colors and felted for extra warmth. Be sure to use 100% wool yarn — superwash won’t felt at all.

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions at Crafty Peach (link) and Tofu Crafts (link)

SIZE
Felted to fit 19-inch head

MATERIALS
Yarn: Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian highland wool), 100 g/3.5 oz, 220 yds, in 4 colors
•    Color A (yellow) – substitute #9478, Cotton Candy
•    Color B (white) – substitute #8509, Gray
•    Color C (black): #8555
•    Color D (blue) – substitute #7802, Cerise (dark pink)

Crochet Hooks:
US Size J-10 (6 mm) hook and I-9 (5.5 mm) hook)

GAUGE
About 3 DC = 1″; 1 round DC = .75″ tall

NOTES
All rounds begin with a ch 3 as the first dc, and end with the last dc joined to the first dc/ch 3 with a slip stitch.

Join the last stitch in each round to the first with a slip stitch. The first ch-3 or ch-2 always acts as a stitch — so, for example, in the first round, where 12 DC are needed in the first stitch, the first ch-3 acts as a stitch and only 11 more need to be made.

All color changes are made by finishing the last dc of the round with the old color, and slip-stitching the round closed with the new color. Ch 3 and continue round with new color.

INSTRUCTIONS
COLOR A (COTTON CANDY / LT PINK)
Start with J-10 (6 mm) hook.
1.    Ch 3. Join round. Work 11 DC in ring for a total of 12 DC. Join. (12 DC)
2.    Ch 3. DC in same stitch (2DC). *2DC in next stitch; repeat from * around. (24 DC)
3.    Ch 3. DC in same stitch (2DC). *DC in next stitch. 2DC in next stitch; repeat from * around (36 DC)
4.    Ch 3. DC in same stitch (2DC). *DC in next 2 stitches. 2DC in next stitch; repeat from * around (48 DC)
5.    Ch 3. DC in same stitch (2DC). *DC in next 3 stitches. 2DC in next stitch; repeat from * around (60 DC) — about 6.5″ across
6.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)

COLOR B (GRAY)
7.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
8.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)

COLOR C (BLACK)
9.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)

COLOR D (CERISE / DK PINK)
10.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
11.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
12.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
13.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)

COLOR A (COTTON CANDY)
Change to I-9 (5.5 mm) hook.
14.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
15.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
16.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)

COLOR C (BLACK)
17.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)

COLOR B (GRAY)
18.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)

COLOR D (CERISE / DK PINK)
19.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
20.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
21.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
22.    Ch 3. *DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. (60 DC)
23.    Last rd: Ch 1. *sc in next stitch; repeat from * around. (60 sc)

Finishing
Cut yarn, leaving about a 6″ tail. Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew hole shut.

Place hat in a zippered pillowcase and felt to desired size in a machine washer.

Before felting (left, 22-inch head) and final version (right)

228. Denim Baby Blanket

Crochet, project 227. Completed 2/18/2010

Copyright Statement:

It is my pleasure to share this pattern with the craft community. If you make one of these items, I would love to see a picture of it. This free pattern is not in the public domain.

YES: This pattern is free for your personal, individual use. Print out one copy of the pattern to work with, or save this pattern to disk for your personal use. The finished items that you make from this pattern are yours: feel free to keep them, sell them, donate to charity, or give them away. You may use this pattern more than once.

NO: You must not reformat the pattern for commercial use, and you must not sell or redistribute the pattern. You must not post the pattern or its accompanying photos and/or illustrations on another Web site.

Sharing: Everyone who uses this pattern needs to get their own copy of the pattern directly from this Web site. You are encouraged to share the link to the pattern. Any usage beyond this must be negotiated with the designer. Thank you for your help and your respect of copyright law.

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FREE PATTERN

On the blocking board

PATTERN
Adapted from instructions by Lisa Lately (link) and Lazy T Crochet (link)

SIZE
20″ across by 26″ long. This is about stroller size: 18″ across

MATERIALS
Yarn:

  • Main color (280 yds / 5.8 oz): 2 skeins — Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Worsted (100% premium acrylic), 85 g / 3 oz, 145 yds. Color: 860-300, Denim Mist.
  • Border (46 yds / 0.8 oz): 1 skein — Plymouth Encore Worsted (75% Acrylic, 25% Wool), 100g / 3.5 oz, 200 yds. Color: 194, Gray.

Crochet Hook: US Size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook

GAUGE
Not important. Gauge doesn’t matter, and you can use any type of yarn and whichever hook you like.

NOTES
326 yds total for project.
I edited Row 2 so it works better.

INSTRUCTIONS
It starts with a foundationless double crochet (also called Triple Base Chain Stitch).
The pattern is basically groups of two DC’s, with a single DC at the beginning and end of the row. The single DC’s will be used in the border round.
Note: Ch 2 counts as first DC in the DC rows.

Start with main color yarn. Work in rows.
First Row: 1.    Foundationless double crochet (FDC) the width you want, ending with an even number of DC’s: Ch 1, turn.
Note
: I used 54 DC.

Pattern Rows:
2.    Work 1 sc in 1st DC. *ch 2, skip 2 DC, sc in space before next DC; repeat from * across, sc in top of turning chain. Ch 2, turn.
3.    Work 2 DC in each ch-2 loop across. DC in last sc. Ch 1; turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the desired length. End with row 3, but ch 2, turn.

Last Row: DC in each stitch across, DC in top of turning chain. Ch 2 (or 3), turn.

Border:
The border is worked in rounds.
1.    Round 1: Join new yarn (border color). Ch 2, turn, work DC in each stitch across top. Work 3 DC in top of turning chain for corner.

Side edge: Work 2 DC around each DC post and 1 DC in the end of each sc row, ending with 3 DC in last stitch for corner.

Repeat from * for bottom edge and side edge. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the first turning chain. Ch 1. Do not turn.

2.    Round 2: Work sc around, working 3 sc in center DC of each corner. Join with a slip st to first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Border detail