It’s gross out. It’s going to be gross out all day. It’s just a gross, dreary, rainy day. Gross. So, what better than a little coffee and crochet? Um, nothing! Here’s the coffee….
(I LOVE this time of year for the coffee creamer alone!)
Here’s the crochet….
Let’s make a News Boy Cap!
What you need…..
A Medium Yarn (I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in greybeard), scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers, 2 buttons, an “i” or 5.5 mm crochet hook. You may also need thread and a needle if your yarn needle won’t fit through your button holes (mine didn’t, but I didn’t know that when I snapped this pic)
What you need to know….
Basic crochet skill are needed for this hat. The only stitches we use are single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc) and slip stitch (sl). I use the magic circle to make most hats. If you don’t know how to do a magic circle, LEARN! It’s amazingly simple and you don’t end up with a hole at the top of your hat. I can’t stand that stupid hole. Here’s a great video to get you started with a magic circle.
Here we go….
Make 10 hdc in magic circle and pull tight.
Slip stitch in top of chain 2 and chain 2. Hdc in first stitch, *2 hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next* repeat from * to * around.
Join with a slip stitch in top of chain 2. Chain 2, *1 hdc in next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in third stitch* repeat * to * around
DO NOT SLIP STITCH TO JOIN! I know, crazy, right? That’s how I roll. It’s a solid colored hat, let’s just skip the slip stitch. I have found that with other yarns I sometimes need another increase row to get the circumference that I need. A lot of the time I will skip right to 2 hdc in every 5th stitch for my final increase row. For I Love This Yarn, that’s not necessary.
(yarn needles shows where we SHOULD have slipped stitch. Oops. We’re so bad!)
Continue with hdc around. When you have some length built up on the sides of the hat, double check your circumference. If you don’t know what to look for, there is an awesome size chart here.
Since we broke the rules and didn’t slip stitch to join our last increase row, we need to reduce the size of the stitches so they blend into the body of the hat before we tie off our yarn. Find the seam in the crown of your hat.
The yarn needles shows the seam in the crown of my hat. When you’ve worked the body to that point, sc in next stitch, slip stitch in the following stitch and cut your yarn leaving enough of a tail to weave in later and secure.
Look! You have a beanie! Way to go!
Now for the brim….
Fold your hat in half, with the tail (the back) on one side and the front on the other.
Count back 5 stitches from the front and place your stitch marker in the 5th stitch. Flip the hat over and do the same on the other side, so there are 8 stitches between the stitch markers. You will start your brim with a total of 10 stitches.
Chain one, turn. Work 1 sc into each stitch across. When you come to the end of your brim, place one hdc in the next stitch in the body of the hat. Sc into next 2 stitches. Slip stitch into the next 2 stitches. You should have worked a total of 5 stitches into the body of the hat.
This is what your hat should look like at this point….
Sc across, chain 1, turn. Continue this until the band is the width that you need it for the buttons that you chose. I needed a total of 4 rows for these buttons. For smaller buttons I only used 2 or 3 rows. Decide on the placement of your buttons and attach them to the band BEFORE attaching the band to the hat.
When attaching the band to the hat, be sure to determine your placement without stretching the band. You don’t want the band to mess with the circumference of the hat. The band should go from one side of the brim to the other, and be sure to attach it straight. I use the first row of sc on the brim as a guide.
Weave in all of your end, and, OH MY GOSH, you have a news boy cap!