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Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this sample!
I recently had a chance to sample some Lion’s Pride Woolspun (by Lion Brand Yarn), and boy, was I impressed!
This #5 bulky weight yarn is awesome. Sold exclusively at Michael’s stores, it’s a sturdy yarn that doesn’t split and shows stitch definition very clearly. I had been looking around for a nice bulky yarn that I could use to make a chunky version of the popular Yenni Slouch, and when I saw this yarn, I knew it would be perfect.
Just look at that stitch definition!
I went a little crazy and designed a matching scarf. It’s big, it’s chunky, and it’s adorable.
Isn’t my model adorable, too? She rocked this photo shoot.
So grab your bigger hooks and join me for a quick, trendy project that will keep your head warm all winter long!
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One Size Fist Most (Preteen – Adult Woman).
Hat measures 10.5” across at band, and is 10” tall.
- N hook (9.00mm) and I hook (5.50mm)
- Yarn needle
- Lion’s Pride Woolspun (from Lion Brand), 190-200 yards. The color in the photos is Taupe.
*About Lion’s Pride Woolspun:
Weight: #5 Bulky
Fiber: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
Yardage: 100 g (3.5 oz) / 127 yd (116 m)
- Button embellishment (mine is 1″)
Gauge: With N hook, a row of 7HDC = 3″ in length.
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
DC (double crochet)
SC+DC (this just means to put a single crochet and a double crochet in the same stitch)
3rd Loop – Some rows call for the stitches to be completed in the “3rd loop”. When working in turned rows, and after completing a row of HDC, these loops will be visible just below the front loop. So instead of inserting your hook into the top loops, you’ll only insert it into that 3rd loop. This will force the top loops to go to the front of your work, which is how we get the “ribbing” effect. View a tutorial here.
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.
(2) The button is just a decorative embellishment (non-functional).
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Using N Hook, and leaving an 18″ tail, CH21.
Row 1: SC+DC in 3rd CH from hook. (Sk next ST, SC+DC in next ST) across. (20)
Row 2: CH1, turn. Skip 1st ST, SC+DC in next ST. (Sk next ST, SC+DC in next ST) across. (20)
Row 3: CH1, turn. Skip 1st ST, SC+DC in next ST. (Sk next ST, SC+DC in next ST) across. (20)
Row 4: CH1, turn. SK 1st ST. HDC in each of the next 18 STS. 2HDC in last ST. (20)
Row 5: CH1, turn. Working in 3rd loops, (SK next ST, SC+DC in next ST) across. (20)
Rows 6-44: Repeat Rows 2-5, in order, until you have 44 total rows (you will end with a repeat of Row 4).
Switch to I hook.
Row 45: CH1, DO NOT turn. Begin to SC down the LONG edge of the project, putting 5SC in each section between ribbing rows (see photo below for a visual). You should end up with 55SC. Then, CH8 to create the base of your button flap.
Row 46: Turn your work. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. Continue to SC across. (62)
Rows 47-50: CH1, turn. SC across. (62)
Row 51 (edging): CH1, turn. SC across (62). Putting (SC, CH1, SC) in both corners, continue to SC around the edge of the button flap. Stop when you get here:
Sewing the hat together
Fasten off your yarn, leaving a long tail. Using a yarn needle, sew the ends of the hat together. Utilize the 3rd loop of the edge with the HDCs in order to blend the seam in so it is hardly noticeable. (A note: several of you have mentioned that it looks as though I’m seaming with a bit of an overlap according to the photo below. The photo is an unintentional optical illusion; I actually did seam the edges together with no overlap, and the “overlap” you’re seeing is actually the opposite side of the hat. So sorry for the confusion!)
Once you get to the top of the hat, make a knot and weave in the end.
Cinching the top
Turn your hat inside out. Use your starting tail to cinch the top of the hat by threading it through a yarn needle and weaving the needle in and out along the top edge of the hat at even intervals. Once you’ve gone all the way around, pull the tail tight and insert your yarn needle across the cinched area a few times to really keep it closed, then make a knot and weave in the end. Turn your hat right-side out again.
Finishing the Button Flap
We still need to sew our button flap in place and attach our button. Using a needle and appropriately-colored thread, position the button flap in place and sew along its 3 edges to secure it. Use your needle and thread to attach your button as well.