Using the J (6.0mm) hook:
Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across, turn (12)
Rows 2-11: ch 1, hdc across, turn (12)
You should now have a square that measures 4" wide and 4" tall. If your square is too large, try going down a hook size. If your square is too small, trying going up a size.
Now on to the pattern!
- Less than 1 skein of worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice in Mustard)
- Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook
- Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Optional: Stitch markers
st(s) = stitch(es)
ss = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
flo = front loop only
dec = sc decrease
dc2tog = double crochet 2 together (decrease over 2 dc)
Using the smaller (5.5mm) hook:
Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across, turn (7)
Row 2: ch 1, hdc across in the 3rd loop (see note above), turn (7)
Repeat row 2 until the brim is your desired length. I made mine 22" when lightly stretched. Make it as long as you need to fit comfortably on your head, but please keep in mind that the brim will stretch a tiny bit with use over time.
Body of the hat:
Using the larger (6.0mm) hook:
Round 1: Work 76 sc evenly across the top of the brim, with the right side facing out. If you've divided your brim into 4 sections, you can evenly work 19 sc into each section (or you can just eyeball it if that works better for you). Join to the first sc with a ss. (76)
Round 3: ch 1, hdc across in flo, ss to join (76)
Rounds 4-5: ch 1, hdc across in 3rd loop, ss to join (76)
Round 6: ch 1, sc across in 3rd loop, ss to join (76)
Round 7: ch 2, dc across, ss to join (76)
Round 8: ch 1, [sc, fpdc] around, ss to join (76)
Round 9: ch 1, sc across, ss to join (76)
Round 10: ch 1, hdc across in flo, ss to join (76)
Rounds 11-12: ch 1, hdc across in 3rd loop, ss to join (76)
The next row will begin the decreases. I recommend using a slight variation on the invisible decrease stitch. To make the invisible stitch, insert your hook into the next 3rd loop, as normal...
Round 13: ch 1, [sc in the next 2 sts, dec in the next st] around in 3rd loop, ss to join (57)
Round 14: ch 2, dc until the last 2 sts, dc2tog (56)
Round 15: ch 1, [sc, fpdc] around, ss to join (56)
Round 16: ch 1, dec around, ss to join (28)
Rounds 18-19: ch 1, hdc across in 3rd loop, ss to join (28)
Round 20: ch 1, dec around in 3rd loop, ss to join (14)
Note: If you want the hole to be larger, you can do fewer decreases in the last round; feel free to contact me if you have questions about how to do this.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me in the comments section below or on social media. And if you make a hat, I'd love to see it! Happy hooking!