This week, I offer you a crochet pattern that I adapted to suit my means. I now have 3 hats based on the Big Easy Red Bag pattern: first, I didn’t take any heed of the gauge and just worked tightly and stopped at the end of the straight section to make a big beanie I could leave very slouchy or brim for a tighter fit according to how warm I wanted to be; I then used the first hat as a template and did about 20 straight rows and added some flower appliqués I made to make something small and sweet for my mum. But it was all leading up to this proper pattern, a man-sized ear-covering hat with a slight brim. This pattern is written using UK terminology.
Storm at Sea
Yarn: Approx. 100g heavy dk weight wool/cotton blend with nylon binder. I used Texere Storm.
Hook: 5mm/H, preferably birch
Other supplies: Large-eyed needle, stitch marker
Tension: 4 double crochet per inch
- Chain 5, slip stitch to first loop to make a circle. Work 6 dc through the hole in the centre.
- Work 2 dc in each outer loop. The pattern is worked in continuous rounds, so you might want to put a stitch marker on the start of each round.
- Work 2 dc in first loop, then 1 in the next. Repeat around.
- Repeat step 3 for several rounds, adding 1 single stitch to each repeat until you reach 14.
- When you’ve completed the round that repeats the sequence of 2 dc in 1 stitch then 1 dc in the next 14, work 1 dc in each stitch for every round until the piece measures 20cm from start.
- Work 1 round of half-treble crochet, then 1 round of treble.
- Join with slip stitch, expand loop to pull yarn ball/cone through, tighten loop and snip yarn, leaving a tail.
- Weave in all ends with the needle, and then snip close to the piece.
- Admire lovely warm hat. Take photo and share with me.
Many thanks to Bernadette Faulker for modeling here. I wanted to get a pic of her wearing this hat, as it was her encouraging me to make them for Apostleship of the Sea that made this pattern possible.