Size: Teen to adult, depending on the hook you use.
4.5mm hook (Pre-Teens and Teens), 5mm hook (Adult)
1 Skein worsted weight yarn (4)
1 Button; Yarn needle
Sc – single crochet
Ch – chain
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – double crochet
Fphdc – front post half double crochet
Bphdc – back post half double crochet
Fpdc – front post double crochet
Bpdc – back post double crochet
Sl st – slip stitch
Flo – front loops only
Gauge: 5sts and 5 rows on dc = 2”
Using 4.5mm hook for pre-teens/ teens, or 5mm hook for adults (use a larger or smaller hook to get the correct gauge)
Row One: Make a magic ring, ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), work 12 hdc into ring, sl st to 1st hdc. (12)
Row Two: Ch2, 2 hdc in each stitch around, sl st to 1st hdc (24)
Row Three: Ch2, fphdc in same st, *hdc in next 3 sts, fphdc in next st*, repeat from * to * to last 3 sts, hdc in last 3 sts, sl st to beg fphdc. (24)
Row Four: Ch2, fphdc in same st, *1 hdc, 2hdc in next st, 1hdc, fphdc*, rep from * to * to last 3 sts. 1 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc, sl st to 1st fphdc. (30)
Row Five: Ch 2, fphdc in same st, * 1 hc, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, fphdc* rep from * to * to last 4 sts. 1 hdc, 2hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, sl st to 1st fphdc. (36)
Row Six: Ch 2, fphdc in same st, *1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, fphdc* rep from * to * to last 5 sts, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, sl st to 1st fphdc. (42)
Row Seven: Ch 2, fphdc in same st, *1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, fphdc*, rep from * to * to last 6 sts, 1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, sl st to 1st fphdc. (48)
Row Eight: Ch 2, fphdc in same st, *1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts, fphdc* rep from * to * to last 7 sts, 1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts, sl st to 1st fphdc. (54)
The increasing is done, and the “seams” are set in place. Now the hat has to grow longer in the front than in the back, while making a divide for the button strap, and making the crown sit further back on the head as a baseball cap does.
To achieve this, lay out your work so far in front of you, with the back of the hat towards you. Divide the circle in half horizontally, and place 2 markers either side at the half way marks, as shown in the next picture. You can use yarn or stitch markers, whatever you prefer.
For the next part, you need to work in hdc below the markers (to the back of the hat) and dc above the markers (front of the hat).
Keeping pattern as set out previously, continue as follows:
Row Nine: ch2, fphdc in same stitch as ch 2, hdc 8, fphdc, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, fpdc (note that this is now a fpdc not a fphdc), (dc in next 8 sts twice, fpdc) twice, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, fphdc, hdc to end, sl st to 1st fphdc.
Repeat Row Nine until work measures 4” (10cm) at the back of the hat.
Divide for Opening:
Slip stitch to 4th st, in 4th st, ch2, hdc in same st as ch2. Continue in pattern as in Row Nine, keeping “seams” in place and working hdc below the markers and dc above the markers, until 4 sts remain. TURN.
Next Row: ch2, hdc in same st as ch2, hdc in next 3 sts, bphdc in next, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, bpdc, dc in next 8 sts, bpdc, dc in next 8 sts, bpdc, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, bphdc, hdc in next 4 sts, TURN.
Continue back and forth, in pattern, until work measures 6.5” (17cm) at the back of the hat.
You can now stop working in half hdc and half dc! (Fasten off here if you are not making the optional lining.)
(optional – you can miss this step if you wish, but I think it makes the hat sit better. If you do not make the lining, fasten off here and continue to making the button strap.)
Slip stitch over 1st stitch, working on the inside of the hat, hdc in FLO around the edge, to the last but one stitch. TURN.
Work 2 more rows in hdc, fasten off sew loosely or sl st at intervals around the lining, inside the hat, making sure there is still enough stretch allowed.
Make button strap:
Ch 16. Dc in 3rd ch from hook to the end and into next 13 sts. Do not turn.
Ch1, 2sc in same st, sc into side of the last dc. Carrying on around the other side of the chain, sc in each st around, working 1sc into the dc at the other end of the strap, and 2 sc in the corners. After working sc all around, sl st to 1st sc, fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing the strap to the hat.
With two strands of yarn, working at the front of the hat, between the left “seam” from centre and the right “seam” from the centre, attach yarn to 1st st inside right seam, and sc to just inside left seam, sl st to last st at the seam itself. TURN
Row Two: Ch 1, sc across, st st to hat edge at end (at right seam). TURN
Row Three: Ch 1, sc 2 tog, sc to last 2 sts, sc 2 tog, TURN
Row Four: Ch 1, sc across, TURN
Row Five: Ch 1, sc 2 tog, sc to last 2 sts, sc 2 tog, TURN
Row Six: Ch 1, sc across
Continue in this manner, decreasing on every second row until the peak measures 3” (7.5 cm)
Now sc all around the peak and the edge of the hat, including the divide at the back, working sc 2 tog in the inner corners of the divide, and 2 sc in one stitch at outer cornes of divide and peak. Sl st to 1st sc.
Slip stitch all around previous row of sc, then work another row of sc, over both the previous row of sc and the previous sl st row to make a thicker, more sturdy edge.
Sew on button strap and button, tidy up ends, and your hat is complete!
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