Friday, April 20, 2012

Rectangle Hat Pattern Basics


Making hats out of a simple rectangle is a relatively easy process. The idea came to me a few years back when I was working with the Tunisian Stitch. I mean, duh! All the hoops were already on the hook! Why couldn’t I simply yarn over and pull one strand through the entire top of my piece to gather it; then, without finishing off, I could crochet the seam in place and again, without finishing off I could start my trim or border for the hat. It’s an obvious concept that makes producing hats a breeze!

For this particular post, I crocheted a new hat using the Narcissus Lace Stitch I demonstrated recently. You can use any stitch you’d like, however, as long as you make a horizontal rectangle.

Rectangle Hat Pattern Basics
Step 1:  Crochet a rectangle the width and height you’d like for whoever will be wearing the hat. Measure the head, add a few extra chains to your foundation for seam allowance and gathering. When measuring the head, measure the circumference and height. We’re not making Yarmulke’s (unless you want to of course). We’re making hats.

Step 2:  Gather top edge of hat by pulling yarn through each stitch.
Step 3:  Join sides with a simple crocheted seam. Slip Stitch and single crochet are least noticeable, but you can use whatever stitch you’d like.
Step 4:  Crochet a border or fancy trim if you’d like.
Note:  It is possible to make a vertical rectangle and use this same process. In this case, you need to adjust your measurements accordingly.

Narcissus Lace Rectangle Hat Instructions
Step 1:  Measure and make a foundation chain (divisible by 4) long enough for your project.
Step 2:  Crochet 12 full rows of Narcisssus Lace Stitch into a horizontal rectangle. Do Not Finish Off.
Step 3:  Cast loops on afghan hook one more time.

Step 4:  Carefully draw yarn through each loop of the hook, to gather top of rectangle hat.

Step 5:  Chain 1; pull top closed. Turn hat inside out, matching right sides together and crochet a seam down the edge, joining both sides together to finish formation of hat.

Step 6:  Chain 1; turn hat right side out; single crochet around edge of hat. Join with a slip stitch to first single crochet of round. Finish off. 

Congratulations! You just made a rectangle hat :)

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