Where I live, fall is less than a month away and I can already taste the pumpkin spice latte’s! I love fall. I love the fashion, the weather, and most importantly I love wearing my collection of handmade goodies. The first fall pattern of the season was inspired by a delightfully squishy skein of yarn I purchased while visiting the Lion Brand Studio in New York City, their 100% baby alpaca yarn. I would love to make that yarn a required material for this pattern, but the truth is, this particular yarn isn’t readily available in stores. So I improvised and came up with another lovely yarn from Lion Brand, Amazing, and let me just say the colorways are, well, amazing. For my hat I chose to use the color “Strawberry Fields”. If you don’t have any Amazing yarn in your stash, no worries! This pattern is perfect for that special skein of yarn you splurged on at the yarn store. This hat requires only 146 yards of yarn, so it is the ultimate one-skein wonder!
The Fall for Me Spiral hat will be a great addition to your fall fashion accessories. Crocheting in the round using the back loops only are the secret to creating the spiral. It’s completely versatile. Wear it as a slouchy or a beanie for much colder weather. And let’s talk about that faux-knit band, yes it is crocheted!
Fall For Me Spiral Hat
Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2014.
Please do not copy, sell or redistribute this pattern without first obtaining my permission. Items produced using this pattern may be sold, however please do not use the photo above.
-1 Skein Lion Brand Baby Alpaca or Amazing yarn. (146 yards)
-Size 5mm crochet hook
-Size 5.5mm crochet hook
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip Stitch
Sc – Single Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
The finished diameter of the Fall For Me Spiral Hat is 8.5″. It is comparable in size to an adult S/M. If you are having difficulty with the sizing, I recommend you double check how loosely you are crocheting your slip stitches at the brim of the hat. If you crochet them too tight, they will drastically change the overall size of the hat. Before you get to the faux-knit brim, make sure the hat fits properly on your head. Once you crochet a few rows of faux-knit, check it again. If it is too tight, you are making your slip stitches too tight.
Dc 11 times into the first chain. (12 sts) Do not join.
Dc into the third chain and place your stitch marker on this first stitch. Dc one more time into the same chain.
The remainder of this pattern is worked in the back loops only. The spiral effect is acheived by crocheting in the back loops only and by not joining at the end of each round. The hat is worked in the spiral until you reach the faux-knit band.
*Dc 2 into the next stitch* and stop at the stitch just before your stitch marker. (24 sts)
Dc into the stitch with the stitch marker. Remove the stitch marker at place it on the new stitch you just created. *Dc 2 into next stitch. Dc 1 into next stitch* Repeat around and stop at the stitch before your marker. You should end up with 2 Dc in the last stitch. (36 sts)
Dc into the stitch with the stitch marker. Remove the stitch marker at place it on the new stitch you just created. Dc into the next stitch. *Dc 2 into next stitch. Dc 1 into next 2 stitches* Repeat around and stop at the stitch before your marker. You should end up with 2 Dc in the last stitch. (48 sts)
Dc into the stitch with the stitch marker. Remove the stitch marker at place it on the new stitch you just created. Dc into the next 2 stitches. *Dc 2 into next stitch. Dc 1 into next 3 stitches* Repeat around and stop at the stitch before your marker. You should end up with 2 Dc in the last stitch. (60 sts)
Dc into the stitch with the stitch marker. Remove the stitch marker at place it on the new stitch you just created. Dc into the next 3 stitches. *Dc 2 into next stitch. Dc 1 into next 4 stitches* Repeat around and stop at the stitch before your marker. You should end up with 2 Dc in the last stitch. (72 sts)
Remove the stitch marker. Dc one into each stitch around in a spiral until you have a total of 13 rounds.
Once you have reached the stitch marker after completing round 13, hdc in the next two stitches then sc in the next two stitches. At this point you will need to begin using the 5.5mm hook. The band is created using slip stitches which are notorious for working up much tighter than the rest of the stitches. Using the slightly larger hook compensates for this and ensures that the band will not be too tight to fit on your head!
We are still working in the back loops only for the faux-knit band. To create this effect, we need to flip our work as if we are working on a flat piece. The concept is the same when working in the round, only we are bending the “traditional” rules a bit. Typically you do not turn your work when crocheting in the round, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. We will be using our stitch marker to keep track of the beginning of the round so we know when we need to turn. We must also pay close attention to our joining method so it looks clean and professional.
Important tip: Work your slip stitches as loosely as possible. So loose, it seems like you’ve done it wrong. This will save you a ton of time on your subsequent rounds. Slip stitches are notoriously hard to work into, so making your stitches very loose will make crocheting into the back loop a breeze.
Start off by slst into the next stitch available (after your 2nd sc from the previous step). Now place your stitch marker into that stitch. Slip stitch into the back loop of every stitch until you reach your stitch marker. Slst into the stitch with the stitch marker and turn your work. *Skip the stitch next to your hook (place your stitch marker into this stitch) and slst into the back loop of the next stitch and repeat around. Slst into the stitch with the stitch marker and turn your work. Repeat from * for the remaining rounds.
Your Join at the back of the slip stitch band should look something like the picture below. If you are a beginner, it may take you a few tries to get your join to look neat like this. That’s perfectly normal! Most new crocheters have little experience working with slip stitches and just like all the other stitches you’ve learned, practice makes perfect!
Bind off and weave in your ends. Embellish the band with buttons if you choose!
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