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I have a confession to make; I have never finished a crochet project. So when I encountered an online pattern where you could make a hat in about an hour, I just knew I had to give it a try! I also figured by putting this on my editorial calendar for my blog; I’d light enough of a fire under my butt to get it done.
I found a cool free video tutorial via Make And Do Crew, which I used to make my hat.
The yarn used in the tutorial was variegated one, I instead chose to use Bernat alpaca yarn, as it was of a similar weight (5 or “bulky”). I had a few skeins of this lying about, however, I did only use one of them for the hat. I wanted to try a natural yarn as I often find acrylic wool to be somewhat itchy and the natural fibers tend to breathe better.
Things You’ll Need
- 1 Skein of a “bulky” or “5” weight yarn
- Size L (or 8mm) hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Pom Pom Maker (Or you can make your own with cardboard, check out this tutorial)
- Stitch markers (optional)
I got started with my foundation chain, and while I didn’t keep stopwatch going when I was working on this project, I did make an effort to keep track of the time. It’s not precise, but in general, I marked my progress at various intervals. Also, I didn’t exactly sit down and crochet for a full hour, I picked at the project over the course of about a week!
About 15 minutes in, I was able to start the first row of double crochets. Not too bad, considering I am a slow crocheter and I haven’t done it in a long time.
Dark yarn is awesome if you’re just starting to crochet or coming back to it after a while. It is hard to see what you’re doing, but at the same time, it hides your mistakes very nicely. I guarantee I made mistakes on this hat but thanks to the darker blue of the yarn, you can’t see them!
Halfway Done, or About One Hour In
It took me about an hour to get halfway done; as such, this project will take me longer than the original promise of the article. However, it won’t take THAT much longer. My rectangle of double crochets though is coming along nicely, and so far I’m pleased with my progress.
True to my estimate, I took about two hours to finish. Once you have 18-22 rows of double crochets (I did 20), you will have a rectangle that you will then fold it in half like a book. The crochets should run vertically (so you have your “lines” running up and down). You then work the final tail of yarn along the seam so your rectangle now basically looks like a leg warmer. Once you got that down, you then work your yarn along the top to create a drawstring to pull it closed. I found it quite easy to do all this, especially if you follow along with the tutorial!
Once that’s done, you make a pom pom (if you don’t have one, check out this video tutorial) and attach that to the top. Boom, done, may your head stay nice and toasty warm! I found the alpaca yarn less itchy, so if you’re similar to me, I suggest giving natural fiber wools a try.
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Next week is going to be a seasonal post, all about Easter baking and cooking. Until next time, stay crafty my friends!