Belliveau Cove & Gulf Shores Crochet Hats

Sep 14, 2006
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by Melissa Rotert

Introduction

Shell Stitch Hats

The simple shell-stitch is one of my favorite crochet designs. The combination of dc and sc, plus a few slip-stitches here and there, make it the perfect next step for a beginner who wants something more elegant and interesting than your basic sc or dc rounds, but doesn’t have the skills or confidence yet to tackle a more elaborate pattern. Not only that, but shell-stitch certainly is not lost on the more advanced hooker: it provides a fast-finished, low-concentration alternative to the more pithy patterns available, and still turns out a really pleasing finished product. That is why, when I was busy turning out caps to sell at the Relay for Life, I turned to Google in search of a pretty shell-stitch hat. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find one, so I set forth to make my own. My goal was to create a fast crochet hat pattern that was made of soft yarn with no seams, so I chose a simple worsted kitchen cotton and a large hook. I was so delighted with the finished results, I began experimenting with other yarns and slight alterations in the pattern and came up with two very satisfactory designs: a warm/cool-weather style and a cold-weather style.

Materials List

Belliveau Cove (white):

  • Brown Sheep Company, Lamb’s Pride Bulky (100% wool; 125 yds / per 4 oz.), Color M10, 1 skein
  • US size K / 6.50mm hook
  • Yarn needle

Gulf Shores (blue):

  • Lily, Sugar and Cream (100% cotton; 125 yds / per 4 oz.), Color Delft Blue, 1 skein
  • US size J / 6.00mm hook
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Approx. 23" circumference.

Gauge

Belliveau Cove: 12 sts x 5 1/3 rounds of dc = 4" (10 cm)

Gulf Shores: 16 sts x 8 rounds of dc = 4" (10 cm) 

The Pattern

Belliveau Cove ClocheBelliveau Cove

Named after a lighthouse bought and paid for by proceeds from a clam festival in the nearby Nova Scotian village, Belliveau Cove is sure to help keep you toasty and stylish on those cold winter adventures. 

Dc increase rounds

Ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring.  

Round 1:  Ch 2 (counts as dc throughout), work 11 dc into ring, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (12 sts)

Round 2:  Ch 3 (counts as dc, ch 1), *dc in next st, ch 1,* rep from * to * around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (24 sts)

Round 3:  Ch 2, work 2 dc into next ch-1 space, *dc in next dc, work 2 dc into next ch-1 space* rep from * to * around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (36 sts)

Round 4:  Ch 2, dc in each of next 2 sts, ch 1, *dc in each of next 3 sts, ch 1,* rep from * to * around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (48 sts)

Round 5:  Ch 2, dc in each of next 2 dc, work 2 dc into next ch-1 space, *dc in each of next 3 dc, work 2 dc into next ch-1 space*, repeat from * to * around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (60 sts)

Begin shell stitch rounds as follows:

Round 6:  Ch 1, *skip 2 dc, work 5 dc in next dc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc,  sl st in beginning ch to close ring.

Round 7:  Ch 2 (counts as dc), work 2 dc in sl st, *sc in 3rd dc of shell, work 5 dc in sc,* rep from * to * around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of last shell, work 2 dc in sl st to complete beginning shell, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.

Round 8.  Ch 1, *work 5 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc, sl st in beginning ch to close ring.  

Rounds 9-11:  Repeat Rounds 7 and 8, for a total of 6 shell rounds.

Shape bell

Round 12:  Ch 1, *work 7 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc, sl st in beginning ch to close ring.   

Round 13:  Ch 3 (counts as tr), work 3 tr in sl st, *sc in 4th dc of shell, work 7 tr in next sc,* rep from * to * around, ending sc in 4th dc of last shell, work 3 tr in sl st to complete beginning shell, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Gulf Shores ClocheGulf Shores

Dc increase rounds

Ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 2 (counts as dc throughout), work 11 dc into ring, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (12 sts)

Round 2:  Ch 2, dc in sl st, work 2 dc in each st around, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (24 sts)

Round 3:  Ch 2, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in next st,* rep from * to * around, work 2 dc in last st, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (36 sts)

Round 4:  Ch 2, dc in first st, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts,* rep from * to * around, work 2 dc in last st, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (48 sts)

Round 5:  Ch 2, dc in each of next 2 sts, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around, work 2 dc in last st, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (60 sts)

(To fit a child's or smaller adult's head, stop increasing here and begin working Rounds 7-14.)

Round 6:  Ch 2, dc in each of first 3 dc, *work 2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 4 dc,* rep from * to * around, work 2 dc in last dc, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.  (72 sts)

Begin shell stitch rounds as follows:

Round 7:  Ch 1, *skip 2 dc, work 5 dc in next dc, skip 2 dc, sc in next dc,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc,  sl st in beginning ch to close ring.

Round 8:  Ch 2 (counts as dc), work 2 dc in sl st, *sc in 3rd dc of shell, work 5 dc in sc,* rep from * to * around, ending with sc in 3rd dc of last shell, work 2 dc in sl st to complete beginning shell, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.

Round 9.  Ch 1, *work 5 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc, sl st in beginning ch to close ring.  

Rounds 10-12:  Repeat Rounds 8 and 9, for a total of 6 shell rounds.

Shape bell

Round 13:  Ch 1, *work 7 dc in next sc, sc in 3rd dc of next shell,* rep from * to * around, ignoring last sc, sl st in beginning ch to close ring.

Round 14:  Ch 3 (counts as tr), work 3 tr in sl st, *sc in 4th dc of shell, work 7 tr in next sc,* rep from * to * around, ending sc in 4th dc of last shell, work 3 tr in sl st to complete beginning shell, sl st in 2nd ch to close ring.

Fasten off, weave in ends.,

Additional Variations

The variations on this theme are endless. A third specific variation I’ve already made is a child’s bucket-style hat with a wide brim. The pattern is identical to Gulf Shores, including hook size and yarn type, with the following alterations. Use Rounds 1-5 of increases, and work Rounds 7-10 of shells, then skip to Round 13, worked as written. In Round 14, work 9 tr per shell, and finish off with a sc border around the entire hat.  The much larger shell will help the brim stand out, and the sc border will keep the brim from being too floppy.

The size of these hats is determined by the dc increase rounds, and can be adjusted significantly by adding or subtracting increase rounds, or subtly by changing hook sizes.  Because each round increases by a multiple of the number used by the pattern stitch, no allowances need to be made to accommodate the rest of the pattern if size is adjusted using more or fewer increase rounds.  The open-work in Belliveau Cove can be replaced by the closed top in Gulf Shores and vice versa.  The only difference is the gauge in Gulf Shores requires an extra round of increases for a comfortable fit.

Because the gauge is only minimally important, any worsted or bulky yarn can be substituted.  In fact, lighter yarns can be used provided you make allowances for additional increase rounds following the patterns outlined above, and probably more shell-stitch rounds before the bell shaping.  A sport-weight cotton and open-work increase rounds would make a beautiful summer cap.

And, of course, these make wonderful chemo caps.


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Comments

sol wrote
on Sep 15, 2006 11:50 PM

i love this hat, thank you so much for creating it. i will make this for sure.

Steph wrote
on Sep 16, 2006 3:02 AM

Such a pretty hat. Love the fact that you have given two variations. We are heading into summer in my part of the world, so I will have to give the warmer weather version a go.

Sasha wrote
on Sep 16, 2006 8:46 AM
Just learning, but would love to make this for my 3 year old, she has one similar made of paper & she loves it.

Could this pattern fit her?

MRotert wrote
on Sep 16, 2006 9:29 AM

Thanks guys. :D Sasha, I made a version for my daughter out of the cotton. There are notes about it in the "Additional Variations" section. But really, to get the fit right, all you'd have to do is remove the last row of increases, and I think that'd work for either the wool or cotton version.

MRotert wrote
on Sep 16, 2006 9:30 AM

Ooh, lol, whoops, you'll also want to adjust the length, obviously, but you can do that to your taste just be taking out rows of the 5-per shell. But like I said, to get the fit around the head right, just taking out the last row of increases will work.

carikate wrote
on Sep 17, 2006 6:37 AM

I made one of the cotton versions of this last night -- it turned out *really* cute, but thought I'd share one small addition I made. I put a row of reverse sc around the edge of the brim, which made a nice finishing touch -- made it look really finished.

MRotert wrote
on Sep 17, 2006 8:39 AM

In all honesty, my prototype has a row of sc around the outside edge, but it was too small, and I found that when I made the larger version, pictured above, I almost ran out of yarn, so I left the sc row off in order that it could be made with just one ball of the cotton. If you have the yarn, the sc row is definitely a nice finishing touch!

Sasha wrote
on Sep 19, 2006 5:53 PM

Thank you so much for getting back to me. Sorry, I did not read the variations section. Just waiting for the hook to come in the post.

My daughters lost paper hat was made with what looked like flowers in hexagans starting at the top & going round, a bit like a turtle shell.

She als has one that looks a bit like a soft straw hat with plastic boneing in the brim which works really well. have you seen a pattern for something like that?

Thank you

Sasha

Merrily wrote
on Sep 20, 2006 8:16 AM

Great hat! Thanks for sharing it.

To the webmaster: A print version of the pattern would be helpful so we don't have to print the entire web page. Thanks!

Merrily in Iowa

on Sep 20, 2006 8:35 AM

Merrily - Click the "printer friendly version" link just under the designer's bio.

arabella wrote
on Sep 21, 2006 11:04 PM

love this! I've been wanting a hat with shell stitch but I was too lazy to make the pattern myself and actually count stitches to make sure the shell pattern would work... thanks for designing this and sharing it!

W. L. Wilson wrote
on Oct 6, 2006 9:02 PM

Thanks for the pattern! I love Gulf Shores and this hat reminds me of all the fun times at the beach. Very functional!

Tina Colo'n wrote
on Nov 2, 2006 9:58 AM

Thank you so much for the beautiful hat pattern i love it and enjoy doing new hats.

Janet wrote
on Nov 21, 2006 1:41 AM

Thank you so much for this pattern. I made it in Lion Jiffy and a G hook as a chemo cap for my sis in law in Denver and tarted it up with some crochet flowers. it was lovely,soft, warm and MUCH more attractive then the "skully" patterns I ran across. By the way, I am a brand new, book taught crocheter who learned how to ease that helpless nothing I can do feeling.

Shelly wrote
on Nov 26, 2006 7:45 PM

I have been looking for a hat for my mother-in-law and this one was perfect. It was so quick and easy to make that I made 3 more and I can't stop! I love the way it look on and the fit is perfect. Thanks so much for posting this pattern!

rose wrote
on Nov 29, 2006 3:51 PM

I make hats here in the UK for ladies who lost their hair to chemo, and I found yours hats perfect for the purpose.

Anonymous wrote
on Mar 28, 2007 4:22 PM

Hi! I am new to crocheting, and I am having some problems interpreting the instructions for determing the gauge for these lovely hats. I have crocheted 8 rounds of the pattern with a J size hook. It measures 8 inches from the center outwards, thus it is twice as big when measured across the diameter. Some experienced crocheters have told me that it should measure 8 inches across the diameter--not just from the center out. I don't see how to accomplish this. Perhaps I am misinterpreting the instructions. Afterall, the gauge instructions do not say to work in the pattern. The gauge instructions do not specify hook size either. Am I missing something? Please help! I think that these hats are great in the photos and look forward to creating them. Thank you for creating the pattern for them.

qctester wrote
on May 6, 2007 5:12 PM
This family of shell hat patterns is just great. I have worked this pattern twice: in cotton yarn, the Child’s Bucket Hat variation. I also made a version the Bellieveau Cove in Lamb’s Pride Bulky for the winter.

They both turned out so cute! Thank you, Melissa, for these wonderful instructions. They were both quick to crochet and indeed stylish, as promised.

Anonymous wrote
on Jun 29, 2007 12:55 PM

I can't wait to try this pattern! It's feminine without being too much! I have a rather funny shaped head (lol), but maybe this pattern will work out for me! Crossing my fingers on this one!

Thank you for sharing the pattern Melissa! Beautiful and simple, can't wait! :)

JAGsHunny71 wrote
on Oct 19, 2007 8:56 PM

I love, love, love this pattern! I've made four so far and I have another in progress; they're chemo hats for my Mom. It's perfect in fluffy, soft yarn. They're so cute my three daughters want them too; high praise from teen agers. LOL

crocheting wrote
on Mar 1, 2008 11:31 AM

Even though I'll only be echoing others' praise here, I just had to say it anyway!

Excellent patterns! So easy yet doesn't look it at all. Making the child's version in aran weight cotton with brim for my nephew as a sun hat. The shell stitch is a soft look for baby, yet boyish enough when hooked in earth tone colors.

Thanks so much for posting the pattern!

S.

crocheting wrote
on Mar 1, 2008 11:31 AM

Even though I'll only be echoing others' praise here, I just have to say it anyway!

Excellent patterns! So easy yet doesn't look it at all. Making the child's version in aran weight cotton with brim for my nephew as a sun hat. The shell stitch is a soft look for baby, yet boyish enough when hooked in earth tone colors.

Thanks so much for posting the pattern!

S.

LuxMaxine wrote
on Mar 30, 2008 8:43 AM

I have been making chemo caps and recently made Gulf Shores using Red Heart Soft Yarn and when completed my daughter tried to steal it.



I had to add 4 rows of shells to make it long enough, but I liked the pattern very much. This was my first time using a shell pattern.

genevieveann wrote
on May 20, 2008 10:07 PM
I love this pattern! I just finished my 11th tonight. I keep getting requests for more. I haven't had a chance to make one for myself! Using different yarns and sizes, there is a look for anyone that can be worked from this pattern!

Thanks for the design!!

JulieK wrote
on Jul 9, 2008 6:17 PM
I just finished making this hat, I love it. I used red heart in Camo Pink! It is so snug and fits perfectly. I made the Belliveau Cove hat!
I have will be posting pictures of it on my blog, http://jjkawano.blogspot.com and on my ravelry projects page.
Please feel free to comment on it.

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Toady2 wrote
on Dec 13, 2008 1:39 AM

I made Gulf Shores for a friend of mine. I had to add a few extra shell rounds so it'll cover her ears and I had some problems with the bell cause I ran out of my handspun yarn so it was 5 trebles instead of 7. I'll definately make a few more of these when it gets warm down here.

Karies123 wrote
on Feb 22, 2009 9:11 AM

New to this website just because I was hunting for hat patterns. This one looks adorable! I can't wait to try it! Thanks!

woodrabbit88 wrote
on Jan 9, 2010 8:19 PM

what a cute hat!! I love the shell stitch and the two variations you give. I'll have to try the warmer version first since it's winter, but i'll definately try both!

rozaroni wrote
on Jan 20, 2010 3:01 PM

This is a great pattern. Between 12/30/09 and 1/8/10, I made nine of them as chemo caps for my mother (I just left off the brim). I'm recommending this pattern to all of my friends who crochet.

kat02368 wrote
on Jun 2, 2010 8:13 AM

Nice pattern~and worked up quick.  I made the Belliveau Cove hat as part of a chemo cap donation basket. Thank you for sharing!

ehsanasif wrote
on Mar 15, 2013 4:22 AM

I, too, am having a problem getting the gauge correct with the recommend yarn and hook sizes.  I have attempted it anyway with recommended hook size and it was SunVPN VPN service too large.  I went down one hook size and it was too small.  Two strikes and I don't know if I will bother with it again.  It's so pretty and easy, but something weird in the sizing.

Judithagnes wrote
on Apr 2, 2014 11:52 AM

Can someone tell mow where to find the Printer Friendly version, please?

Judithagnes wrote
on Apr 2, 2014 11:52 AM

Can someone tell mow where to find the Printer Friendly version, please?

Judithagnes wrote
on Apr 2, 2014 11:52 AM

Can someone tell mow where to find the Printer Friendly version, please?