Updated: May 4
I was trying to come up with some new unique hat designs for some craft shows this fall. I was struggling to be honest. I pulled up some of my older stitch pattern designs and created this one first. Cro-Shake informed me it was a "pillow hat" because it looks like a pillowcase for your head. I thought that was genius, so I just ran with it. Of course she needed one, and her little sister did too, so away I went.
I created this one with my Victoria Stitch design and am also working on another pattern with my Burst Stitch design for next year. It is just such a fun design! I can't help smile seeing my kiddos bouncing along with their little pom-poms and a smile on their faces.
Here's what you'll need to get started:
Big Twist Value Yarn(approx. 120 yds)
CA = Lilac(approx. 60 yds)
CB = Bubblegum(approx. 60 yds)
H(Boye 5mm) Hook
2 Pom Poms
SK = Skip
sts = Stitches
ST = Stitch
SL= Slip Stitch
CH = Chain
HDC= Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
BLO = Back Loop Only
FLO = Front Loop Only
FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet\
-Final measurements should be 9.5” wide (folded) at the brim and 7.5” tall.
-You can adjust the brim circumference slightly by going down a hook size or 2 for ROUNDS 19-21. If you need it taller just continue adding more rows of ribbing after ROUND 22.
-GAUGE IS IMPORTANT!!! Kids are all so different so make sure you measure your child's head circumference and adjust accordingly! 4 sts should equal 1 inch.
-This yarn and stitch combination has some stretch to it. Slightly(fractions of an inch) smaller is better as it will stretch larger.
-The Victoria stitch pattern is worked in multiples of 2 when working a connected row round. To adjust your starting chain you will need to add or subtract by 2's.
-Leave a long tail at the beginning to sew the top of your hat shut.
To Begin CH 76 with CA, SL to your beginning CH to connect
ROW 1: CH 1(does not count as a ST), HDC in each ST around, SL to your beginning HDC to connect(76)
ROW 2: CH 1(does not count as a ST) & turn, repeat (HDC BLO, HDC FLO) around ending with a HDC FLO in the last ST, SL to your beginning HDC to connect(76)
ROW 3: CH 1(does not count as a ST) & turn, repeat (HDC FLO, HDC BLO) around ending with a HDC BLO in the last ST, SL to your beginning HDC to connect(76)
ROW 4: REPEAT ROW 2
ROW 5: REPEAT ROW 3
For Gauge: At this point your piece should measure 9.5” wide by 2” high, but will stretch bigger. TEST it on your child's head. If it's way too big subtract multiples of 2, if it's way too small add multiples of 2, to your starting Chain.
Change to CB
ROW 6: CH 1(does not count as a ST) & turn, HDC in each ST around, SL to your beginning HDC to connect(76)
NOTE: For the CB section you can adjust the height by adding or subtracting a (ROW 2, ROW 3) repeat if needed.
ROW 7: REPEAT ROW 2
ROW 8: REPEAT ROW 3
ROW 9: REPEAT ROW 2
ROW 10: REPEAT ROW 3
ROW 11: REPEAT ROW 2
ROW 12: REPEAT ROW 3
For Gauge: At this point your piece should measure 9.5” wide by 4.5” high, but will stretch bigger.
Change to CA
ROW 13: CH 1(does not count as a ST) & turn, HDC in each ST around, SL to your beginning HDC to connect(76)
ROW 14: REPEAT ROW 2
ROW 15: REPEAT ROW 3
ROW 16: REPEAT ROW 2
ROW 17: REPEAT ROW 3
For Gauge: At this point your piece should measure 9.5” wide by 6” high, but will stretch bigger.
Change to CB
ROUND 18: CH 3(counts as your first ST), DO NOT TURN, DC in each ST around, SL to the top of your beginning CH 3 to connect(76)
ROUNDS 19-21: CH 1(does not count as a ST), DO NOT TURN, repeat(FPDC, BPDC) around, SL to your first DC to connect(76)
For Gauge: At this point your piece should measure 9.5” wide by 7.5” high, but will stretch bigger.
Turn your hat inside out. Fold your hat so that the seam is running up the back center. Sew both sides of the top opening together leaving a small hole on either end for your pom-pom elastic to feed through if that is the type you have. Weave in all of your ends and add a pom-pom to each corner point.
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