Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hat Making for the 2014-2015 School Year is in FULL SWING!

E2 has perhaps made 50 hats already. (Making hats is far, Far, FAR easier than blogging about hats!) No photos of them yet except for a few. Here is a peek at some of the hats for the 14-15 school year.

This is our FIFTH YEAR of making the 310 Hats. Imagine that. When we first started, back at Christmas time of 2009, we weren't sure it would be physically possible to manage to create so many hats by Fall 2010. But as a team, with the help of many friends (and strangers!), we did it. Then we did it again in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013. We plan to accomplish the same goal for Fall 2014.

Crochet Basic Roll-Brimmed Hat

From 310 Hats

Worsted weight yarn
I hook (5 mm)

  • Chain 2
  • 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Place marker in last stitch.
  • 2 sc in each sc (12). Move marker.
  • (1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (18 sc). Move marker.
  • (2 sc in each of first 2 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (24 sc). Move marker.
  • (3 sc in ea of first 3 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (30 sc). Move marker.
  • Continue in this manner for 13 or 14 rounds (increasing the number of scs before the increase by 1 each round) until your radius is about 3", diameter about 6", and circumference about 18". (78 scs or 84 scs). This should make a nice flat disc, which is the hat top.
  • Work even without increasing. It will start making a bowl shape. Continue even until the depth is about 6". It needs to be long enough and and big enough around to cover a Kindergarten-age child's head and ears.
  • To create a rolled brim, increase the stitches by 50%: (1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) repeat around.
  • Work a few rounds even.
  • Slip stitch around to give a nice tight, neat edge.
  • Cut yarn. Work in ends.
  • If the hat is too "airy", you can weave colored yarns through the stitch spaces. Colored yarns will be very decorative.