HAL02 – Worsted02


Here is the second Hat/Hemp along. I crocheted this hat with a 12 ply worsted 100% raw hemp yarn. I have used a 5.5mm metal hook.

I created a hat with a circumference of 22 1/2 inches, before I made the brim. I think I crochet a pretty tight stitch. There is very little give to cellulose fibres in any case!

These starting pictures are the pictures I took from my fall trip to the US, I took pictures after each round. This is how I make this style of hat.

I start with a loop

I create my anchor knot

You can see how this start works in video here. I don’t use a double loop, because this 12 ply worsted hemp is quite strong.

I add my 6 starting stitches.

Tighten the ring down

I use single crochet stitches throughout this hat pattern. The first ring of 6 will now be doubled to 12 stitches. Stitch 2 stitches into each of the 6 single stitches.

The first round is 6 stitches long. The second round is 12 stitches long. The third and all successive rounds in the crown of the hat will now increase by 6 stitches for each round.

Round 3: crochet 1 stitch in the first stitch and then crochet 2 stitches into the next stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 18 stitches long.

Round 4: crochet 1 stitch in the first and second stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the third stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 24 stitches long.

Round 5: crochet 1 stitch in the first, second and third stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the fourth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 30 stitches long.

Round 6: crochet 1 stitch in the first, through forth stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the fifth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 36 stitches long.

Round 7: crochet 1 stitch in the first, through fifth stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the sixth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 42 stitches long.

Round 8: crochet 1 stitch in the first, through sixth stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the seventh stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 48 stitches long.

Round 9: crochet 1 stitch in the first, through seventh stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the eighth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 54 stitches long.

Round 10: crochet 1 stitch in the first, through eighth stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the ninth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 60 stitches long.

Round 11: crochet 1 stitch in the first, through ninth stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the tenth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 66 stitches long.

Round 12: crochet 1 stitch in the first, through tenth stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the eleventh stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 72 stitches long.

Round 13: crochet 1 stitch in the first, through eleventh stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the twelfth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 78 stitches long.

This is where I stop making the crown of the second hat. My husband’s head circumference is 24″. The hat circumference at this point (78 stitches long) is 22 1/2″. This hat fits him very snuggly.

Some experimentation may be necessary for each individual at this point. Comparing your head circumference to the hat circumference is a start. If you decide to proceed with making the sides of the hat and it feels too tight or too loose, you will have to really should return to this point of the pattern and adjust accordingly. Hat fit comfort is very individual. How your yarn will act after it is washed and blocked is also a factor in figuring out what will work for you.

The next stage of making this hat is the easiest. We change from making increasing rows. From this point until we reach the hat height we want, each row of stitches maintains the stitch row number. In this hat case we stopped the increases when the rows are 78 stitches long. Each subsequent row for this part of the design is 78 stitches long.

The hexagonal shape of the hat crown will be evident for a few more rows. Then the hat will gradually start shaping. I made this hat with the following rounds.

Rounds 14-21: single crochet 78 stitches in each row around.

Round 22: double crochet 78 stitches in each row around.

Rounds 23-24: single crochet 78 stitches in each row around.

Round 25: double crochet 78 stitches in each row around.

Rounds 26-33: single crochet 78 stitches in each row around.

Continue adding rows or use fewer to fit your size.

Deciding how tall your hat should be for your head, again brings up to a point in the design that is individual to every individual out there. I like my hat to hit just above my ears, and also to have some headroom at the top for ventilation and space for the dent in the fedora. This makes for a taller hat than would be strictly necessary for a bucket hat.

At this point I would also note that some people like their hat to hit over/around their ears. This could affect the original circumference measurement.

To assess fit for the fedora pinch I would put the hat on my head and try to pinch down the crown the way I like. There is a balance between how the hat perches on your head versus how tall the hat is to accommodate the pinch. And it always comes down to a matter of personal taste here.

I crocheted 21 rows in total which measures 5″ .

For the first row of the brim I like to change my stitch up. Normally I make my stitches through both loops of the previous chain stitch.

If you use this method it will make a much more rolled brim on the hat.

This is not the method I use!

Instead, for one row I only crochet through the loop closest to the outer stitches of the hat.

This stitch will create an angle outwards on the outside of the crocheted hat.

And leaves a “rib” on the inside of the hat.

Round 34: I continue to crochet through only one side of the chain stitches for the entire 78 stitch round.

After this one set row switch back to normal crochet where you bring the hook through both loops of the previous chain stitch.

Round 35: (brim) crochet 1 stitch in the first, through twelfth stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the thirteenth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 84 stitches long.

Round 36: (brim) crochet 1 stitch in the first, through thirteenth stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the fourteenth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 90 stitches long.

Round 37: (brim) crochet 1 stitch in the first, through fourteenth stitches and then crochet 2 stitches into the fifteenth stitch. Repeat 6 times, so the next row will be 96 stitches long.

Round 38-42: single crochet 96 stitches in each row around.

Bind off and sew down the ends.

The tight brim on this hat makes it feel very european to me.

This hat is also easy to mold, but sits too tight on my husband’s head. It does not fit at all at this point. I look forward to seeing what it is like after it gets washed a few times, maybe it will fit me. This hat feels like it will hold nicely without the stiffener.
This hat can be made out of almost any similarly sized cellulose fibre yarn. I like to use hemp, linen, and cotton.

Next up – shirinakge sizes as I measure them out after a few quick washes.

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2 Responses to HAL02 – Worsted02

  1. wow, thanks for all of the details! you’ve made a lovely hat 🙂

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