Saturday, 6 September 2014

Accidental Spiral Slouch



This hat was going to be something else!

Well always a hat, but I made a mistake in learning a new stitch (as you do), and the stitch you see in this hat was the result.  I liked it, and continued on with the hat.   I hope you like it too!

The hat is made with worsted weight yarn, and is worked mostly with front post stitches and double crochet.  The front post treble stitches are worked into the stitches *2 rows below* the normal row, and the trebles and double crochets alternated to create the spiral cable texture.

The hat is meant to be slouchy, with a wide ribbed band.  You can adjust the length of either as you wish.

Accidental Spiral Slouch

         
Fits Adult 20”-22”Circumference; 9.5” height (adjustable)

Materials:  2 skeins worsted weight yarn; 4.5mm, 5mm hooks, or size to obtain gauge, yarn needle.

Gauge:  12 sts and 12 rows fpdc on 5mm hook.  This works quite a loose brim, feel free to use a smaller hook for the brim if you need to.

Abbreviations: sc = single crochet; dc = double crochet; hdc = half double crochet; sk = skip; sl st = slip stitch; beg = beginning; ch = chain; rep = repeat;  fpdc = front post double crochet; fptrc = front post treble crochet

**Pattern is written in US terms, a chart to convert to UK terms is included at the end.**


Row 1: With 5mm hook, make a magic ring. Ch2, hdc 9 into ring, sl st to beg hdc.

Row 2: Ch2 (does not count as a stitch on this row), 2 hdc into each stitch around (18)

Row 3: Ch2 (counts as a stitch), hdc into same st, *1 hdc into next st, 2 hdc into next st*; rep from * to * around, 1hdc into last st, join. (27)

Row 4: Ch2 (counts as a stitch) , hdc into same st, *1 hdc into the next 2 sts; 2hdc into next st* rep from * to * to last 2 sts, 1 hdc into each of the last 2 sts; join. (36)

Row 5: Ch2 (counts as a stitch) , hdc into same st, *1 hdc into next 3 sts, 2 hdc into next st* rep from * to * to last 3 sts, 1 hdc into each of the last 3 sts, join. (45)

Row 6: Ch2 (counts as a stitch) , hdc into same st, *1 hdc into next 4 sts, 2 hdc into next st* rep from * to * to last 4 sts, 1 hdc into each of the last 4 sts. join. (54)

Row 7: Ch2 (counts as a stitch), hdc into same st, *1 hdc into next 5 sts, 2 hdc into next st* rep from * to * to last 5 sts, 1 hdc into each of the last 4 sts, 2hdc into last st. join. (64)

Row 8 & 9:  Ch2, hdc around, sl st to beg ch2.  (64)

Row 10: Ch3, fptrc in next st (working in st 2 rows below the current row ~ see pic below); dc in next st, fptrc in next st – rep around, sl st to beg ch3



Row 11:  Sl st to next st (top of previously worked fptrc); ch 3, fptrc in next st (working in st 2 rows below the current row), dc in next.  Note that to make the stitch spiral, you must work into the dc 2 rows below directly to the left of the fptrc, as in the picture below.  Rep to end, finishing with a fptrc.   sl st to beg ch3.



Row 12:  Sl st to next st (top of previously worked fptrc); Ch 3, fptrc in next dc (working in st 2 rows below the current row), dc in top of next fptrc.  Don’t forget that to make the stitch spiral, you must work into the dc 2 rows below directly to the left of the fptrc, as in the picture above.  Rep to end, finishing with a fptrc.  sl st to beg ch3.

Repeat Row 12 until work measures 7” from the crown.


If you want the hat to be more slouchy, work a few extra rows here.  If not, carry on as follows:


Next row:  Ch1, fpdc in same st and every stitch around (this time working normally on the same row, not stretching the stitch over 2 rows), sl st to beg fpdc.

Repeat this row 4 more times

Change to 4.5mm hook

Ch1, fpdc in same st and every stitch around, sl st to beg fpdc.  (for 2 rows)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Your Accidental Spiral Slouchy is complete!
©AG Handmades 2014





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