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12 days of DIY crochet gifts to make: Day 5- trendy slouchy hat

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Day 5 of the 12 days of DIY gifts to make presents a very trendy slouchy hat that is simple to make, yet is so visually stunning.

When it comes to hats, most, if not all hat patterns, usually have you going in rounds without turning, and I thought what happens if you do turn your work in a hat pattern, will something bad happen? Apparently not as I discovered that crocheting in the round, and turning your work after each round (like when working a square or rectangular piece) gives a normal simple hat pattern that extra bit of pop.

The pattern as is will work as a small. If you need a larger size, some suggestions would be to not do the single crochet decreases called for in the pattern, or use a bigger hook size.

The beauty of this hat is that it will work for a woman or a man, which should make gift giving easy. This hat is great for advanced beginners to try something new and it is great for experienced crocheters wanting to try something different.

The hat project time is about 4 hours.

Please do not post this pattern on your website or take it as your own. I ask that you instead link to my page, which will help with internet karma. Please note you can use this pattern for personal use and sell what you make. I only ask that you credit me as the pattern creator and link to this article. Thank you.

Materials:

H hook

Redheart Soft in Spearmint or any similar worsted weight yarn

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Stitches used:

Double Crochet – dc

Single Crochet – sc

Single Crochet Decrease – sc dcr

Special notes:

*Remember from round 2 on, you will be turning and going into the back loop only (blo). Also remember to make sure you have turned the hat before ch 2 as it hides the seam a bit better.*

With the H hook either chain 4, slip stitch to form a ring or a magic circle.

Round 1 Ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout) then dc 11 more times. Sl st into ch 2.Turn (12 dc)

Round 2 Ch 2, dc in same stitch as ch 2, then 2 dc in each stitch around, making sure to only dc in the blo from here on. Sl st into ch 2. Turn. (24 dc)

Round 3 Ch 2, 2 dc in the next stitch, * dc in next stitch, 2 dc in the next stitch* repeat from * to the end. Sl st in ch 2. Turn. (36 dc)

Round 4 Ch 2, dc in the next stitch, 2 dc in the next stitch, *dc in the next 2 stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* repeat from * to the end. Sl st in ch 2. Turn. (48 dc)

Round 5 Ch 2, dc in the next 2 stitches, 2 dc in the next stich, *dc in the next 3 stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* repeat from * to the end. Sl st in ch 2. Turn (60 dc)

Round 6 Ch 2, dc in the next 3 stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch, *dc in the next 4 stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* repeat from * to the end. Sl st in ch 2. Turn. (72 dc)

Rounds 7-18 Ch 2, dc in each stitch around to the end. Sl st in ch 2. Turn. (72 dc)

Round 19 (No more turning for the remaining roounds) Ch 1 (counts as a sc), sc in the next 3 stitches, sc dcr in next stitches, *sc in next 4 stitches, sc dcr in next stitches* repeat from * to the end, however no sl st into ch 1, just keep going after this round in the blo. (60 sc)

Rounds 20 – 22 Sc in blo. (60 sc) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Be sure to look out for day 6.

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