Well hello and a Happy New Year to you ! So finally, after eating all the quality street and drinking all the prosecco in the house, I am ready to start 2016!
I started these puff stitch hats over the Christmas period, I love the puff stitch and thought it would look good on some hats for my smallies. Now, I am not claiming its an original design or pattern for that matter, there are loads of patterns with this stitch but this is my take and I wanted to share.
I originally saw a puff stitch hat over on allaboutami.com, she did a tutorial on one from a Vicki Howell pattern. This hat was made from bottom up and the band was made separately & then joined on . You can read more about this tutorial here. My hat starts from the top down and the band is worked with double crochet in the back loop.
and here’s another variation on it, the second hat just has a mix of colour and I added a row of crab stitches to the final row on the band.
These hats are sized for toddlers and they fit my toddler aged 3. You can increase until you reach the diameter you want for the head size.
Puff Stitch Hat PATTERN – Toddler Size (UK Terms)
- Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 50g ( I used 50g and some more, sorry I can’t be more precise, I was winging when i started this project ! but you won’t need a lot )
- Hook: 3.25mm
- Needle to sew in your ends
Ch – Chain
Pf – Puff Stitch – see notes
DC – Double Crochet (SC US Terms)
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Sts – Stitches
CS – Crab Stitch – see notes
Puff Stitch (Pf) – Insert your hook into designated stitch, YO and pull up a loop. (4times) you will have 9 loops on hook. YO and pull through all 9 loops. Chain 1.
Crab Stitch (CS) – This stitch is a double crochet but it’s worked in reverse. Have a look at this tutorial to see how its done. Some people find it difficult but its gives a nice finish.
- Start with a Magic Ring (there’s a great tutorial on YouTube from Bella Coco, click here to see how to do this)
- 6 Puff Stitches into ring. Join with sl st to the first puff stitch
- 2 pf stitches in each chain 1 space. Join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. (12 sts)
- *1 pf stitch in the first ch 1 space, then 2 pf stitches in the next space. Repeat from* and join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. (18 sts)
- *1 pf stitch in the first ch 1 space, 1pf stitch in the next ch 1 space, then make 2 pfs in the next space.* Repeat from * and join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. (24 sts)
- *1 pf stitch in the first ch 1 space, 1pf stitch in the next ch 1 space and another 1pf stitch in the next ch 1 space, then make 2 pfs in the next space. Repeat from *Join with a slst to the first puff stitch. (30 sts)
- *1 pf stitch in the first ch 1 space, 1pf stitch in the next ch 1 space and another 1pf stitch, and another 1 pf stitch in the next ch 1 space, then make 2 pfs in the next space*. Repeat from * and join with sl st to the first puff stitch (36 sts)
- *1 pf stitch in the first ch 1 space, 1pf stitch in the next ch 1 space and another 1pf stitch in the next ch 1 space, and another 1 pf stitch in next ch 1 space, then make 2 pfs in the next space. Repeat from * and join to first puff stitch (42 sts)
- I stopped increasing here as the diameter was 6” across, you might need to increase further.
- 1 pf stitch in each ch 1 space (42 sts) Repeat this row until you reach the length you want. I did a total of 12 rows
- Double crochet in each stitch around
- Change colour and double crochet in each stitch around
- Next 3 rows, just double crochet in the black loop (blo) only around, its creates a ridge effect.
- Optional: Finish the final row with a crab stitch.
This is my first time actually sitting down and writing out a pattern, I hope you can understand it ok! if I have made an errors please let me know. I don’t claim to be an expert.
Since I did these little hats, I have come across another site which has a similar pattern to this, have a look over here. She goes into more specifics, which maybe helpful for beginners.
So what hats have you done? I love hats, can you recommend any patterns?
Till next time!