Double Yarn Hat

I frequently get requests to make various things for people and right now I am working on making hats for the people in my Dad’s office. Something I know is an issue with crochet, especially hats, is that it leaves holes. This is just produced normally by the technique of crochet and these holes unfortunately allow for air to pass through and doesn’t always keep the noggin completely warm. The remedy that I came up with for this is to make a hat holding two strands of worsted weight yarn together. Doing so seems to allow the yarn to disperse a little better and keeps the old noodle warmer. I am making a hat using this technique to make the hats for Dad’s co-workers. I’m sharing this pattern so that others can also keep their head warm. The yarn I used for my hat is Red Heart With Love in Peacock and Caron Simply Soft Grey Heather. I usually don’t use Red Heart yarn because it is just so rough and I don’t like to use any yarn I can’t cuddle with, but Red Heart has been producing some very nice value yarns as of late. The With Love line is very reasonably priced and is very soft and cozy. I will definitely be using more of their yarns in the future. I normally go for Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn when I want to use acrylic but I actually think Red Heart’s With Love is softer. I would definitely recommend giving it a try. Also, Caron is always a good acrylic choice. It is a bit on the thinner side of worsted but it is also soft and cuddly and they have tons of colors to choose from.

Double Yarn Hat

Double Yarn Hat

Items needed:

Two skeins of worsted weight yarn (either the same color or two different colors) or one skein of bulky weight yarn

Size J crochet hook

Scissors

Yarn needle

Stitch Marker

Pattern:

Start with a magic circle.

Row 1: 5 hdc into the magic ring making sure to put the stitch marker into the first stitch of the row and move to first stitch of each row. Pull magic ring closed. Do not join. (5 sts)

Row 2: 2 hdc into each stitch around. (10 sts)

Row 3: hdc in next stitch, 2 hdc into next stitch. Repeat around. (15 sts)

Row 4: hdc in the next 2 stitches, 2 hdc into next stitch. Repeat around. (20 sts)

Row 5: hdc in the next 3 stitches, 2 hdc into next stitch. Repeat around (25 sts)

Row 6: hdc in the next 4 stitches, 2 hdc into next stitch. Repeat around (31 sts)

Row 7: hdc in the next 5 stitches, 2 hdc into next stitch. Repeat around (35 sts)

Row 8: hdc in the next 6 stitches, 2 hdc into next stitch. Repeat around (39)

Row 9: hdc in the next 12 stitches, 2 hdc into next stitch, hdc in the next 12 stiches, 2 hdc into next stitch, hdc in next 13 stitches, 2 hdc into last stitch. (43 sts)

Row 12-19: hdc in each stitch around.

Row 20: sc  in each stitch around.

Row 21: sl st in the next 3 stitches and finish off. Weave in ends.

Feel free to produce and sell this hat but if you post this pattern anywhere please reference back to me!

One Ring to Rule Them All

So…the magic ring. It really is magic you know, and it is a great tool to have in your crochet tool box and is one that can be difficult to master. It’s not that it’s super hard to accomplish; it’s just one of those things that is hard until you really get it and then it isn’t so hard anymore. When making a hat, or anything else that starts with a circle, there are two commonly used methods to starting said hat: one is to chain four and then join the chain into a circle and work around the circle you have created, and the second is to form a magic ring and work into it. What makes a magic ring so awesome is that when using the first method you tend to end up with a bit of a hole in the top of whatever you are working on, but with the magic ring you can pull the tail and close that circle right up. See, like I said, it’s magic! So, right now you are probably saying to your computer screen, “How does one make this magic ring of which you speak?” Lucky for you I am going to pass this knowledge along.

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Figure 1: Make a loop with the tail end of your yarn overlapping the working end.

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Figure 2: Insert your hook into the loop from back to front and yarn over with the working end of your yarn and pull through.

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Figure 3: Chain one. You have now formed your magic ring!

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Figure 4: Start working around the loop making sure you are also working around the tail. I single crocheted around mine.

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Figure 5: Here is the first stitch. Again, make sure you are working around the tail end. This helps secure the magic ring.

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Figure 6: When you have as many stitches around the magic ring as you need simply pull the tail end until the ring is closed.

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Figure 7: This is the finished magic ring. There is no hole in the middle. Just start on your next row and make sure you weave in that tail when you are ready to finish.

There you have it! The magic ring of awesomeness. Now go forth and embark on a crochet journey that will be a little better with the magic ring.