Thursday, November 29, 2018

Easy Buffalo Plaid Hat...

I’ve got to admit, this was a fun project to work on. I didn’t know how it would turn out overall with me and plaid. And, surprisingly, I really love it.

I used worsted weight yarn in white, black, red and burgundy with a 6.0mm hook.

Buffalo Plaid Hat
Size:  Average-sized Adult Head (21"- 22" head circumference)

--6.0mm hook
-- 1 skein each of #4 worsted weight yarn in Red, White, Burgundy and Black (it takes a total of 100 -150 yds of yarn, depending on the size of your head) -- I used "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby
--1 white faux fur pom (or you could opt to make your own pom or omit it)
--tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
HDC:  half double crochet
DC:  double crochet
BLO:  back loops only
Rep:  repeat
Sk:  skip
FO:  fasten off

Plaid Stitch Note:
You will be carrying over the yarn as you work around the hat.  In each round, you will only be working with 2 colors so leave the third color to the back at the start of each round and then you will pick it back up on the next round and drop the unused color to the back.
1.  First round is worked rotating between 3 DC of Burgundy yarn and then 3 DC of Black yarn all the way around.  Sl st join to the first stitch and ch1.
2.  Second round is worked rotating between 3 DC of Red yarn and then 3 DC of Burgundy yarn all the way around.  Sl st join to the first stitch and ch1.

To get the size you need this is what you will need to do.
1.  First, remember, you have to work in multiples of 6 when doing the plaid stitch.
2.  Second, I used white yarn and the 6.0mm hook to make the ribbed band first.  I made 48 rows for the length of my band.  I made 18 stitches in BLO for the width.  I used HDC stitches.  I then slipped stitched  the short ends together to form a ring.  You will want to make sure that the length will comfortably fit around your forehead.

A couple of things to note if you are altering the size:
1.  If you are starting with less or more chains than the pattern calls for, then remember to work in multiples of 6.
2.  Your last round for the top of the hat will be half the number of chains you start with.
3.  Length of hat:  I made 10 rounds of plaid.  For a smaller-sized hat, you may only need 8-9 plaid rounds (or 11-12 rounds for larger).  You may also decrease the number of border rounds to 3-5 (or add 1-2 more rounds for larger). 


Band of Hat:
--With 6.0mm hook and white yarn, Ch19.
1.  HDC in 2nd ch from hook and across.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
2.  Working in the BLO, HDC in each st across.  Ch1 and turn.  (18)
3-48.  Rep #2.

At the end of Row 48, sl st the short ends together.  Now, you will be working in the round.

Body of Hat:
1.  With White yarn, 2 SC in first st, 1 SC in next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  (72)
2.  Join Burgundy yarn and Ch1.  DC in the first and second st.  DC in the third st, however before you complete the st, drop the Burgundy yarn and pick up the Black yarn and complete the stitch.  Carry over the Burgundy yarn as you work your next 3 DC in Black yarn.  Remember, before you complete the 3rd DC st of each set, you will change the color.  Continue this pattern around.  Sl st join to first st.  (72)
3.  With Red yarn, Ch1.  3 DC in Red.  Before completing the 3rd DC stitch, drop the Red yarn and join the Burgundy yarn and complete the stitch.  Carry over the Red yarn as you work your next 3 DC st in red yarn.  Continue this pattern repeat around. (72)
4-11.  Rep steps 1 and 2.  At the end of Round 11, you can trim and weave the ends of the Red and Black yarn.  (72)
12.  With Burgundy yarn, 1 SC in each st around.  Sl st join to the first st and Ch1.  (72)
13.  *1 SC in the first st, Sk the next st,* rep from * to * around.  Sl st join.  FO and leave a long tail to weave in and out of the last round.  Pull the tail to tighten the center and secure remaining tail by weaving in and out the stitches to make sure the hat center does not come undone.  (36)

Pom (Optional):
1.  You can make a White Pom with yarn.  I wrapped white yarn around 4 of my fingers 60-70 times.  I then double-tied a center knot to secure.  I then trimmed the ends, fluffed and attached to the center top of the hat.
2.  Or, you can add a faux fur pom of your color choice.

Once I complete the hat, I then like to go back to the band section to complete a smooth row of SC stitches for the final trim.  I join white yarn in any st and Ch1.  SC in same st and around.  Sl st join to first st.  FO and weave ends.  (48)

Here it is with a black band and pom:

Black or White band/pom - both are gorgeous!!!!
Happy Crocheting...

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