I love making hats! With the arrival of each new issue of Interweave Crochet,
I browse the pages for new hat patterns. And I know that I am not
alone. Crocheters whip up dozens of hats.
|Atomic Hat, Interweave Crochet Fall 2011
We crochet them while we are
on vacation, waiting in line or at a sporting event, visiting with
friends at crafty night, and relaxing at home on a quiet evening. I have
been known to whip up a hat or two while sitting in a long meeting.
||Atomic Hat with crocheted ribbing brim
the years of crocheting hats, I have made just about every possible
mistake-from too big to too small and from too long to too short. The
issue I still fight is length. My hats frequently are too short for my
what do you do if your hat is too short? Tighter than normal tension,
caused by an effort to create crisp cables and not enough attention to
gauge, meant that my second Atomic Hat was about an inch too short even
I learned to create crocheted ribbing as an edging for sweaters, like the Belcarra Cardigan (below) in Interweave Crochet Winter
2010, but this technique is the perfect addition to hats as well. It
allows you to add length and makes for a great snug fit. Working the
crocheted ribbing in the next hook size down is also a great option if
your finished hat is too big.
I learned to
create crocheted ribbing as an edging for sweaters, like the Belcarra Cardigan in Interweave Crochet Winter 2010, but this
technique is the perfect addition to hats as well. It allows you to add length and makes for a great, snug fit. Working the crocheted ribbing in the next hook size down is also a great option if your finished hat is to big.
||Belcarra Cardigan, Interweave Crochet Winter 2010
Adding ribbing to the
edge of a project is an easy technique. Simply join your yarn to the
edge of your project and chain the number of stitches required for the
length of ribbing desired. For my ribbing, I chained seven stitches.
Turn and single crochet in the back loop in each chain across. When you
reach the edge of the garment again, slip-stitch in the next row-end
adjacent to your join to attach the ribbing. Slip-stitch in the next
row-end to begin the next row of the ribbing and single crochet in the
back loop only across each stitch of the ribbing. Repeat these last two
rows until you have worked the ribbing all the way to the edge of the
project. I work a row of slip stitches to join the first and last rows
So add a little
ribbing to your finished projects-whether it is the hem of a fabulous
sweater or the edge of a crocheted hat. Find great projects and learn
more new tips and techniques by subscribing to Interweave Crochet today.
P.S. You can find more information on ribbing in my How to Create Crochet Ribbing blog.