This season, I’ve gotten very excited about the Herringbone Stitch. There are so many different ways to change up the look of this stitch! Today, I’m introducing a set of patterns that utilize the Herringbone Double Crochet stitch (HbDC), worked in a continuous round.
The interesting thing about this stitch for me was that as I started experimenting with it, I quickly discovered that while the right side of my work kind of bored me, I was intrigued by the texture showing up on the wrong side. So, I designed the Savannah Slouch Hat to showcase the wrong side!
This pattern is great for a confident beginner to wants to branch out beyond those most basic stitches we all learn at first.
And, it has a matching scarf which is even more beginner friendly! Showcasing a different texture on each side, the matching scarf is so simple; you’ll definitely want to bring it along to your next Netflix binge.
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SAVANNAH SLOUCH HAT
Finished Size: 9″ tall x 9.5″ wide (when laid flat)
Hooks: K (6.5mm) and H (5.00mm)
Yarn: About 150 yards of Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand (that’s a little less than 1 skein). Vanna’s Choice is a #4 aran yarn. The sample is shown in “Linen”.
Gauge: With larger hook, 10 rows of 11 HbDC = 4″ square
You’ll also need: Yarn needle, stitch marker, 3 small buttons, sewing needle, and thread to match yarn color.
MC (magic circle – view tutorial here)
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
HbDC (herringbone double crochet; see “special stitch” below)
HbDC – Herringbone Double Crochet. When worked in the round without turning, this stitch creates two beautiful and very different textures on either side of the piece. Here’s how you do it:
HbDC: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through first loop on hook. Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over again and pull the loop through both loops on the hook.
(If you need additional help, Moogly has an excellent video tutorial here.)
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Pattern is worked in a continuous, seamless round until the band. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds.
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To begin: Make a MC; CH1.
Round 1: 12 HbDC in MC. (12)
Round 2: 2 HbDC in each ST around. (24)
Round 3: 2 HbDC in each ST around. (48)
Round 4: (2 HbDC in next ST, 1 HbDC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (64)
Rounds 5-15: HbDC in each ST around. (64)
If you want a slouchier hat, add more rounds here before moving on to Round 16.
Round 16: HbDC in each of the first 56 STS (6 STS remain). HDC in each of the next 2 STS. SC in each of the next 2 STS. SL ST in each of the 2 remaining STS. (64)
Switch to H Hook.
Round 17: CH1, turn. SC in each ST around. (Do not join.) CH9. This is the base for our button flap. (64 + CH9)
Round 18: Turn. SC in 2nd CH from hook and in remaining 7 CHs. Continue to SC in each ST around (you’re going in the opposite direction from Round 17). (72)
Rounds 19-23: CH1, turn. SC in each ST around (including the button flap). (72)
Round 24 (edging): CH1, do not turn. SC in each ST around flap and around the entire base, putting 3SC in each corner. Join with a SL ST to the top of the first SC.
Fasten off. Turn hat inside out to display the “wrong side” (the one with more texture). Now considering this the outside of the hat, weave your ends securely into the inside of the hat.
Line up the flap with the section of the band that it will overlap, and use a needle and appropriately-colored thread to sew it in place. Position buttons as desired and sew them in place as well.