I am so excited to have you joining me in crocheting the Goldilocks' Hat! You were just the inspiration I needed. I already have one hat finished and a second, boys version, in process. This is a great, easy project, perfect for those of you who are new to hat crochet. I am going to walk you through the construction, and please comment below if you have any questions. Let's get started!
|Goldilocks' Hat by Marty Miller
The most common crochet hat construction is from the top
down. Goldilocks' Hat begins by chaining two and then working six single
crochet in the second chain from the hook. Try not to stretch the second chain
out while working into it as this opening will be at the top of the hat. If you
find that you end up with more of a hole than you like, you can try working six
single crochet stitches into a magic loop. If you discover after the hat is
finished that you do want to cover the opening at the top of the hat, you can
always cover it with the ever popular pom pom.
Okay, now that we have the first round worked, it is time to
start increasing. This hat is worked in the round without joining. This means
that there will not be a visible line where the rounds begin and end, but it is
also essential that you mark where the round begins. So place a marker in the
last stitch of the round. This is the sixth single crochet you worked. With
each round, you will need to move this marker up to the last stitch of the new
round you just worked.
For Round 2, work 2 single crochet stitches in each single
crochet around. At the end of this round remember that you are not joining to the first stitch with a
slip stitch or turning. Move the marker up to the new last stitch and begin
Round 3 begins by working two single crochets in the first
stitch, then one single crochet in the next stitch, and then work two single
crochets in the next stitch. Continue this pattern of working two single
crochets in the same stitch and then one single crochet around. Again, do not join or turn and
move the stitch marker up.
|The crown of my hat after the last increase round is worked.
Round 4 is worked in a pattern of two single crochets and
then one single crochet in each of the next two stitches. Each increase round
follows this same pattern of working two single crochets in a single stitch
(increase) and an ever increasing number of single crochet stitches between
Because you are working increase stitches directly above
increase stitches from the row below, your piece will begin to take on the
appearance of a hexagon with six visible "sides." Don't worry, when we begin
working even in rounds without increasing the hat will become round again.
Whether you are working the ruffled version for a little
girl or awaiting the stripe and earflap modifications, the crochet baby hat construction will begin the
same. Later this week we will look at adding stripes and earflaps.