Turtle Shell hat

Jan 20, 2008
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Alissa

Introduction

I was browsing through my copy of The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches in search of an adventure and came across the Zig-Zag Lozenge Stitch. I was so enamored by it that I had to adapt it into hat form, and this is what was spawned! I call it a Turtle Shell Hat because to me it looks like a turtle shell. I did this mostly by ear and I've never written a pattern before, so if anyone spots any errors or if anything confusing please point them out and I'll glady fix em.

Blogged Here: http://oddlyweird.blogspot.com/2008/01/turtle-shell-hat.html

Materials List

Yarn:
CC1 Red Heart Super Saver – dark brown

CC2 Lion Brand Homespun – Prairie

Hook Size: J

Special Stitches:

Dc3tog or dc2tog (Lozenge Stitch)

Finished Size

I wrote this pattern for a medium-largish hat. As said in the notes, just change the increases and decreases where needed to fit your size.

Gauge

No specific guage -- just make it so it fits!

Notes

You can change the size/fit of the hat by omitting or adding more of the increases and decreases indicated. I chose to decrease in the last row a little because I wanted it to fit the shape of my head more -- you don't have to do this.

Also, I used fairly bulky yarn for the lozenge stitch, but normal weight yarn for the hdc rows. You may have to adjust the pattern slightly if you use different weights.

The Pattern

1. CC1: sc 6 into magic ring, sl st in 1st st to join.

2. Ch 1, 2sc increase in each sc, sl st in 1st st to join.

3. Ch 2, hdc in 1st st, *skip 1 st, 1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc* around, sl st in 1st st to join.

4. CC2: ch 3, 1dc in 1st st, *1ch, work 1dc3tog in next ch sp, 1 ch, work 2dc3tog (increases every other ch sp) in next ch sp; rep from * to last ch sp, ending in 1ch, dc2tog into top of tch, sl st in 1st st to join.

5. CC1: ch 2, hdc in 1st st, *skip 1 st, 1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc* around, sl st in 1st st to join.

6. CC2: ch 3, 1dc in 1st st, *1ch, work 1dc3tog in next ch sp; rep from * in 3 ch sp, work 2dc3tog in next ch sp*, rep from * to * (increases every 4th ch sp), sl st in 1st st to join.

7. CC1: Repeat Row 5

8. CC2: ch 3, 1dc in 1st st, *1ch, work dc3tog in next ch sp; rep from * to last ch sp, ending in 1ch, dc2tog into top of tch, sl st in 1st st to join.

9. CC1: Repeat Row 5
10. CC2: Repeat Row 8
11. CC1: Repeat Row 5
12. CC2: Repeat Row 8

13. CC1: Repeat Row 5

14. CC2: ch 3, 1dc in 1st st, *1 ch, work 1dc3tog in next ch sp*, work 2dc3tog in next 2 ch sp (decreases), rep from * to * to last 3 ch sp, work 2dc3tog in next 2 ch sp, 1 ch, work 1dc3tog in next ch sp, end in 1ch, dc2tog into top of tch, sl st in 1st st to join. Bind off and weave in ends. Ta dah! Finished!

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GingerS@3 wrote
on Jan 20, 2008 11:42 PM

Cool - this may be just what I need to use the novelty yarn I got for Christmas!

SamanthaL@4 wrote
on Jan 21, 2008 7:50 AM

LOL, I saw the thumbnail and actually thought "What's that, a turtle?" Nice job!

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stephola18 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 12:23 PM

Hi, I really think this hat looks super fun and am trying to make it, but I am getting hung up on row 6. Can you clarify it a little better. With the 3 * marks I am not sure where to repeat from and how many times. The way I have been doing it makes the hat very tight. Thanks!

yipiyuk wrote
on Jan 29, 2008 1:13 PM

Okay, yeah, I totally understand. xD I had trouble trying to make this line clear. So the idea is that you're doing one dc3tog stitch for 3 spaces, and then in the fourth space you do two dc3tog stitches to increase. Does that clear it up a little? xD

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Duckwa wrote
on Apr 16, 2008 9:24 PM
Hey there,

I posted a thread in the forum, but I'm hoping you're active on this site since you'll be able to help- how exactly is Dc3tog or dc2tog (Lozenge Stitch) done? Or more exactly, could you explain what you mean by 1dc3tog & 2dc3tog.. I just can't make sense of it, sorry :(

yipiyuk wrote
on Apr 16, 2008 10:44 PM

Okay, lemme think, it's been a while since I wrote this xD

Alright, so dc3tog is done like this:
yarn over
pull under stitch
yarn over
pull under stitch
yarn over
pull under stitch
(this will leave you with a bunch of loops on your hook!)
yarn over
pull through all of the loops on your hook

(this should give you a big clump of yarn - this is the lozenge stitch)

When I put a number in front of the dc3tog, like 1dc3tog or 2dc3tog, that is just saying how many lozenge stitches I want in that space - in the case of 2dc3tog it would increase the number of stitches.

I hope that helps, sorry I didn't catch that on the forums. If you have any more questions just reply here, I'll probably notice it quicker. ^^

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Duckwa wrote
on Apr 17, 2008 12:04 AM

Thankyou so much, that makes much more sense. Now I can get on with making this hat for my dad ^_^

JacquelineF wrote
on Nov 2, 2008 8:08 PM
Turtle Hat (revisited)I teach beginners. One of my students brought this hat pattern for a first project. I figured it out and re-wrote the directions. I hope this helps. My copy of the Harmony guide does not have the stitch! Ack!

It is a nice design. Thanks for sharing it with us. Jackie

MC smooth worsted, dark contrast color
CC Lion Brand Homespun (textured boucle)
Hook J

Gauge: 4 inches at the completion of round 4.

Ch=chain, sl=slip, hdc=half double crochet,

dc=double crochet, sp=space, rep=repeat

Pattern stitch: 3 dc cluster (3dc-cl)
3 dc partially made, 4 loops total, draw up a loop

pull through all 4 loops on the hook.

Notes: Join new color by pulling up a loop in any ch 1 space.
MC=worsted weight yarn for the hdc rounds

CC=textured or bulky yarn for 3dc-cl rounds.

To begin: Ch 4. Join into a ring.

1. CC, using the smooth yarn, ch 1(counts as first sc),
5 sc in ring. Sl st in 1st ch to join.

{6 sc}

2. Ch 1, counts as first sc, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in 1st ch to join.

{12 sc}

3. Ch 3, counts as first hdc and ch 1, hdc in same st. *skip 1st st, In the next st
work hdc, ch 1, hdc, ch 1, hdc*. Join with a sl st in 2nd ch (of the starting ch 3).

{6-ch 1 spaces}

4. {1st Increase round} MC: Join new color in any ch 1 space. Chain 2, counts as first partial dc. In the same space, work 2 partial dc, 3 loops on the hook, draw up a loop pull through all 3 loops on the hook. Ch 1. * Work 3dc-cl, ch 1, twice, in each ch 1 space around. 3dc-cl, ch 1 in same space as the first 3dc-cl. Join in top of first 3dc-cl. {12-ch 1 spaces and 6 pairs of 3dc-cl}

5. CC: Join new color in any ch 1 space. Ch 3, counts as hdc, ch 1, hdc in same sp *hdc, ch 1, hdc, in space between each 3dc-cl*. Slip stitch in 2nd ch of the starting ch 3 to join. {12 ch 1 spaces}

6. {2nd increase round} MC: Join new color in any ch 1 space. Chain 2, counts as first partial dc. In the same space, work 2 partial dc, 3 loops on the hook, draw up a loop pull through all 3 loops on the hook. Ch 1. *Work 1--3dc-cl, ch 1, in next ch 1 space. Work 2--3dc-cl, ch 1, in next sp*. 3dc-cl, ch 1,in same sp as the first 3dc-cl.

Join in top of first 3dc-cl. {18-ch 1 spaces}

7. Repeat round 5. {18-ch 1 spaces}

8. {3rd increase round}} MC: Join new color in any ch 1 space. Chain 2, counts as first partial dc. In the same space, work 2 partial dc, 3 loops on the hook, draw up a loop pull through all 4 loops on the hook. *Ch 1, work 1--3dc-cl, ch 1, in next ch 1 space, twice. Work 2--3dc-cl, ch 1, in next sp* Work 3dc-cl, ch 1 in same space as the first 3dc-cl. Join in top of first 3dc-cl. {24-ch 1 spaces}

9. Repeat round 5. {24-ch 1 spaces}

10. MC: Join new color in any ch 1 space. Chain 2, counts as first partial dc. In the same space work 2 partial dc, 3 loops on the hook, draw up a loop pull through all 3 loops on the hook. Ch 1. *Work 1--3dc-cl, ch 1, in each ch 1 space.*

Join in top of first 3dc-cl. {24-ch 1 spaces}

Repeat rounds 5 and 10 alternately, to desired length.

To finish: With CC, work 2 or 3 rounds of sc in the back loop.

To work up at a smaller guage or a larger hat try Hook size H, DK wt yarn start with 8 sc in ring end with 30 ch 1 spaces.

mancusol wrote
on Dec 3, 2008 8:57 PM

I love this hat and am giving it a try. I'm relatively a beginner here so bear with me. Question...each time you change yarn, you are starting from any given sc...does this mean you truly fasten off each time?

Thanks in advance!

on Aug 4, 2012 6:02 PM

Im having a bit of trouble with making this. Can someone please clarify this for me? thanks :)