Thursday, 30 October 2014

Blue Ice Slouch

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A very simple and quick slouchy hat that you can whip up in an evening quite easily.

To fit adult;  20”-22” circumference

You can choose to make the band folded over and stitched, so that it is doubled, as in the first picture, or you can leave it plain, as in the second picture – totally up to you!

Materials:  1 skein worsted weight yarn (aran/10ply); 5.5mm hook; yarn needle.

Abbreviations:  dc = double crochet; fpdc = front post double crochet; bpdc = back post double crochet; beg = beginning; rep = repeat; yo = yarn over.

Special stitch:  DC Cluster:  (yo, insert hook into next st; pull yarn through; yo, pull yarn through 2 loops) 3 times, yo, pull yarn through remaining 4 loops on hook, ch1.

Gauge:  5 clusters and 6 rows of clusters on 5.5mm hook = 4”

Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.


Pattern:

Row 1:  With 5.5mm hook, make a magic ring.  Chain 1, make 8 DC clusters into ring, sl st to join with beg cluster. (8 DC Clusters)

Row 2:  sl st to next space between clusters, ch 1, 2 DC Clusters in every stitch around.  (Don’t forget that ch1 at the end of each cluster).  Sl st to beg cluster. (16 Clusters)

Row 3:  sl st to next space, ch1, *Dc Cluster in next space, 2 DC clusters in next space*; rep from * to * around, sl st to beg cluster.  (24 Clusters)

Row 4:  sl st to next space, Ch1, DC Cluster in next space; 2 DC clusters in next space; *Dc Cluster in next 2 spaces; 2 dc clusters in next space* (3 times); dc cluster in next space. Sl st to beg cluster. (32 clusters)

Row 5:  sl st to next space, Ch1, Dc cluster in next space; 2 dc clusters in next space; *dc cluster in next 3 spaces; 2 dc clusters in next space* (3 times); dc cluster into next 2 spaces. Sl st to beg cluster.  (40 clusters).

Row 6:  sl st to next space; ch1, dc cluster in next space, 2 dc clusters in next space; *dc cluster in next 4 spaces; 2 dc cluster in next space* (3 times), dc cluster in next 3 spaces; sl st to beg cluster.  (48 clusters).

Row 7:  sl st to next space; ch1, dc cluster in next space, 2 dc clusters in next space; *dc cluster in next 5 spaces; 2 dc cluster in next space* (3 times), dc cluster in next 4 spaces; sl st to beg cluster.  (56 clusters).

Row 8:  sl st to next space; ch 1; dc cluster in every space around, sl st to beg cluster. (56 clusters).

Repeat row 8 until hat measures 9”.

Next Row:  Ch3, dc into the top of every cluster around, skipping the ch1 in between clusters; sl st to beg ch3 (56)

Next Row:  Ch3, *fpdc in next st, bpdc  in next st*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg ch3.  (56)

Rep the previous row until ribbed band measures 4” if you are going to double it over, and 3” if not.
If you are doubling it over, once you reach 4”, fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Use the tail to sew the edge of the band to the inside of the hat, at the beginning of the ribbing.  Don’t sew it too tightly, make sure you keep enough stretch in the band to go around the head.

If you are leaving the band plain, simply work the ribbing to the desired length and fasten off.

Weave in ends, and your hat is done.

©AG Handmades 2014







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