Finding the perfect hat for the outdoorsy men in my family can be a bit of a challenge. They aren't looking for frills or embellishments; they want a utilitarian stocking cap that will keep them warm on a chilly spring afternoon in the mountains. Enter The Best Guy Hat Ever. Yes, that's really this crochet hat pattern's name, but it lives up to its claim with a thick stretchy fabric that any guy will love.
The hat is constructed in rows of slip stitch through the back loop only and uses short rows for shaping. The thickness of this hat can be attributed to the compact slip stitches, but the superb stretchiness of this cap is due to the fact that the stitches are worked through the back loop only.
To work through the back loop only, first identify the top two loops. See if you can identify the top two loops in the picture on the right. Normally you would insert your hook under both loops to work your stitch.
When working in the back loop only, insert your hook under the back loop only. The back loop is the loop that is the farthest from you (see image below left).
Slip stitch through the back loop only by inserting your hook under the back loop of the stitch you are working into, pulling up a loop, and drawing the loop through the loop on your hook. Simple, right?
Stitches of any height can benefit in the right circumstances from the additional stretchiness of being worked in the back loop only. The Big Bow Cardigan is worked entirely in double crochet through the back loop only. The ribbed texture of the fabric creates a flattering, fitted silhouette. And single crochet stitches worked through the back loop only are also commonly used to create ribbing at the cuffs or hem of garments or around the brim of a hat.
Try using slip stitches through the back loop only to create your own Best Guy Hat Ever. For a limited time, you will find The Best Guy Hat Ever as well as other great patterns on sale in the Crochet Me Shop. Check out this great sale and download your next pattern today.
P. S. Do you work your crochet stitches through the back loop only? Let us know what you like about this versatile technique. You can find out more about working in the back loop only in these additional blogs: