I love teaching friends to crochet
hats! They are quick projects, don't rely heavily on sizing, and are the perfect
way to learn a new crochet technique or begin designing your own unique
|Chullo Hat by Ellen K. Gormley
The most common crochet hat
construction is from the top down. These hats begin at the top of the crown and
are worked to the brim.
There are three basic methods of
beginning a top-down crochet hat. You can chain the designated number of stitches,
usually two for single crochet and four for double crochet, and work the
desired number of stitches into the first chain. You can chain a designated
number of stitches and join them into a circle, working the first round of
stitches into the circle you just created. Or, perhaps the most popular, you
can use the magic loop which allows you to tighten the opening, almost
completely eliminating the circle at the top of the crown.
|| The crown of my hat after the last increase round is worked.
Okay, now that you have the first
round worked, it is time to start increasing. My favorite way to work crochet
hats in in the round without joining. This eliminates the visible line that can
sometimes be detectable where the rounds begin and end. If you are using this
method, don't forget to use a stitch marker to mark the first or last stitch of
the round and move the marker up each round.
If you are working stripes or a
stitch pattern that changes from round to round, such as cables, it may be
necessary to work in joined rounds. If your beginning chain counts as a stitch,
you can try playing with the number of chains you use. I chain loosely, so
using three chains for a double crochet can leave a hole. When working hats in
the round, I frequently substitute a chain two for the beginning chain three.
When crocheting a hat from the top
down, increases are worked to keep the crown flat. Because you are usually
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 you begin crocheting the body, working
even in rounds without increasing, the hat will become round again.
|Boyfriend Beanie by Melissa Horozewski
And there you have it: a very basic
explanation on the construction of a top-down hat. There is much more to
learn-different methods of increasing, adding brims or earflaps, and sizing for
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P.S. What is your best tip for crocheting hats?