Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Zipper Hat




THE ZIPPER STITCH HAT AND MESSY HAIR BUN HAT

I like to play with stitches and make them look different to what they are. In this pattern I have created a new look sc, which is combined with the hdc. The hdc is worked as normal, around the post, or in the back loop for subtle pattern changes.
I believe you will enjoy making this Unique Crochet Hat, the new sc stitch, which I am going to refer as to the zipper stitch (zsc), will be used in alternating rows and in color 2.


I have included a video of this stitch being made, it's at the bottom of this post.

The hat begins from the brim, which is made in a strip then joined, the hat is the made upward and in rounds that are joined. The pictures will illustrate the zipper stitch and the progress of the pattern. Lets begin.



This hat can be made in all sizes, from baby to adult, for males or females, it has a stitch repeat of just 1.
The brim when stretched out, needs to be the size of the circumference of the head you are making it for.
For example, I want a hat that fits a head size of 21 inches around, so I make the length of my brim measuring 21 inches when stretched (not stretched it measured 17 inches), for this size it was 46 rows.



You can use the hat size chart below as a guide to making the size you want.  
If you are making an infants size, simply stop the pattern at the length required and go on to the decreases for the hat pattern.
You will have completed about 7 of the pattern rows.

 
Suggested experience: beginner +

Materials needed:
10 ply/worsted weight
5mm/H-8 hook
Stitches used:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
bl = back loop
fp = front post
bp = back post
dec = decrease


Special stitch used:
yif sc = yarn in front sc, I'm also going to refer to this method as the zipper single crochet.
zsc = zipper single crochet




To do the zipper stitch, bring your working yarn to the front of your work, hold it down with your thumb, then make a sc as normal, the stitch you just made looks like a knit st when held side ways.



To Begin: All sizes.
Make the band/brim
Ch 9 for an adult size, (ch 7 for a baby and work 6 sc's for 1st row)
Row 1. work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1 and turn (8sc)
Row 2. work 1 sc into the back loop of each sc, ch 1 and turn (8sc)
continue working row 2 until you have reached the length for the size of your hat. Leave yarn attached, ch 1 and sl st to join using the back loops of the last row made and the unworked loops of the beginning chain row.
Do not join too tight as it may pucker.













Body of Hat: (sl st to join each round)
Round 1. ch 1, treating each row as a stitch, work 1 fphdc around each row end and the sl st join, change color, (leave main yarn attached)
 
 make sure you get a fphdc in the sl st join


Round 2. ch 1, work 1 zsc, in each hdc st to end, change color, (leave 2nd yarn attatched)
 
Round 3. ch 1, work 1 hdc in each sc to end, change color, (leave main yarn attatched)


Round 4. repeat round 2.

Round 5. ch 1, work 1bpdc around each sc of the round, change color, (leave 2nd yarn attatched)


Round 6. repeat round 2.
Round 7. repeat round 3.
Round 8. repeat round 2.


Round 9. ch 1, work 1 hdc into the back loop of every sc of the round, change color, (leave main yarn attatched)


Round 10. ch 1, work the zsc into the back loop (3rd loop) of each hdc of the round, change color, (leave 2nd yarn attatched)


Round 11.
repeat round 3.


Round 12. repeat round 2, break off 2nd color (unless you want to use it in the making of the crown)


Round 13. working in main color, ch 1 and work 1 zsc in each sc, sl st to join.



Count your st's, you will need to increase or decrease a few st's in this row so that the number of st's remaining is dividable by 6. I have 47 st's, I'm going to add a stitch in this round to get to the number 48, which is dividable by 6.
6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72, 78 etc.

Round 14. ch 1 and work 1 hdc in each sc (inc or dec evenly in this row)


Round 15. ch 1, *work 1 hdc in each of next 4 st's, work the next 2 st's together* (dec made) repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join


Round 16. ch 1, *work 1 hdc in each of next 3 hdc, work the next 2 st's together* (dec made) repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join


Round 17. ch 1, *work 1 hdc in each of next 2 hdc, work the next 2 st's together* (dec made) repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join.


For a messy bun hat finish hat here and work 1 round of regular sc's, for a complete hat keep decreasing


Round 18. ch 1, *work 1 hdc in next hdc, work the next 2 st's together* (dec made) repeat from *to* to end, sl st to join

Round 19. ch 1. *hdc 2 st's tog* repeat from *to* to end, finish of and sew around remaining st's to close the hole.


I forgot to mention, when I finished the hat, I went back to the hat edge and did a row of zsc around the band, it looked awesome!

IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU'LL LOVE THIS
 




Free Pattern, Courtesy Of Cathy Wood
Aka, Cats-Rockin-Crochet.
2017.
You can sell your items made from this free crochet pattern
I’d love to see this pattern used for charity use
Please link back to this pattern if you use it.

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