I had three balls of the Hometown USA Yarn - Fort Worth Blue, Cincinnati Red, and New York White - sitting around from the 4th of July. I was working on some Mini Blankets for my sister-in-laws photography stuff - Briana Lugo Photography - and had an idea in mind to make an American Flag blanket. I did start it, but I didn't like how the blanket was working up. The yarn is VERY thick. It worked great for this hat though!
When I started this hat, my idea was to make it into a baseball cap-like for my friend, Keef, but I couldn't get the bill to come out just right. So... after a while, I changed plans and decided to go with a brim I knew I already loved - and it became a new hat for my collection!
While I did use Super Bulky yarn for this hat, I wore it around all day yesterday (with a high of 92 degrees Fahrenheit!) and I was comfortable. I'm not sure if it was because the hat was of white color but I'm not complaining - very happy camper here.
It would also definitely make a GREAT hat for the upcoming Fall and Winter Seasons!
- Small Hook (such as a D3/3.25mm) to weave in your ends
- K10.5/6.5mm Hook
- N15/10mm Hook
-1 (2) Balls of Super Bulky Yarn (6) - I used Hometown USA in New York White
*Or 5 (10) oz of any Super Bulky Yarn!
**You can also use Homespun Thick & Quick. Wool Ease Thick & Quick also meets the gauge but it's a scratchy feeling yarn. Try 2-3 strands of regular Wool Ease held together instead - you will need to test out the gauge as I haven't yet!
Each hat took about an hour to work up.
The 18" has a flat crown diameter of 5.5", and the 23" has a flat crown diameter of 7.25".
These hats will almost reach down to the bottom of your ear but not quite! If you want it to completely cover your ear, just add an extra row or 2 to the bottom of the hat.
My head measures 21.25" in circumference and the 18" fits comfortably! It even fits my boyfriend, Chad, and his brother, Lucas. If I were going to make them a hat though, I would follow the instructions for the 23" pattern just to make sure they are extra comfortable (even though they both said they were fine in mine!)
CH - Chain
HDC - Half Double Crochet
ST - Stitch
Sl St - Slip Stitch
Notes for Pattern:
Beanie's are worked in continuous rounds so no joining or chaining 1 in between rounds.
You absolutely can join and chain 1 at the end of each round if you're more comfortable with that. If you do, there will be a visible seam and the beanie will work up just a tad bit bigger.
Weaving in ends will be done with the smallest crochet hook - since weaving the thick yarn with an embroidery needle is difficult. You will have the same result and it will be easier than trying to fight with the needle and yarn.
If you're more comfortable using a needle for weaving in your ends, feel free to do so instead!
CH 5. Join to form ring. CH 1, 10 HDC in ring. Join.
Row 2: 2 HDC in ea ST around (20 HDC)
Row 3: 2 HDC in 1st ST, 1 HDC in next ST, (2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next ST) around. (30 HDC)
Row 4: 2 HDC in 1st ST, 1 HDC in next 2 STS, (2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next 2 STS) around. (40 HDC)
(23" Only - Row 5): 2 HDC in 1st ST, 1 HDC in next 7 STS, (2 HDC in next ST, 1 HDC in next 7 STS) around. (45 HDC)
Row 5 - 11 (6 - 12): HDC in ea ST around.
If you want just a plain, chunky beanie, simply leave off the brim and you're done!
Otherwise, continue on with the Brim. DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
To Make the Brim: Switch to a K10.5/6.5mm. Sl St into the next ST then follow the Brim pattern from the Slouchy Peaked Hat pattern courtesy of Bernat Yarns and found on the Yarnspirations site. I have made this pattern - check out my Pattern Review!
Don't Crochet/Knit but Interested in Purchasing One?
I will be adding this hat in different colors to my Etsy shop. Feel free to send in your custom color requests! Search a few yarn options here: Hometown USA,
07/21/14 UPDATE: I haven't used the Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn before but while walking around JoAnn's, I picked up a ball and then put it right back down. It is scratchy. If wanting a Wool option, I can use the Regular Wool Ease.
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