This was made for Christmas as a special request with matching Wristwarmers and CowlCowl. It was the forerunner for the selection of tea bag hats made for the Wool Haven classes and has only taken this long to be posted because I forgot to take pictures at the time.
Normally I would make this type of hat with a chunky yarn, which at the time I thought would not be suitable for the gloves, so I did this in a double knit James C Brett Diamond. This yarn looks lovely when knitted but a word of warning I found it knotted up easily and I felt like I spent a lot of my time untangling it.
I had planned to use 1 thread for the gloves and 2 for the hat but ended up using 2 threads on each part of the set.
Finished size: Diameter 19 inches / 48 cms, height 9 inches / 22 cm .
- 100 gms either DK or chunky yarn
- 8mm hook
- ch – chain
- slst – slip stitch
- dc – double crochet
- htc – half treble crochet
- Cast on 23 chain (11 inches / 28 cm long)
- Row 1: dc to end
- Row 2 : Ch 2, turn. Working in back loops only, htc to end.
- Row 3 onward: Repeat Row 2 until the piece is long enough to wrap around your head (about 19″ / 48 cm long) – I took 31 rows
- Now you have a rectangle. Fold it in half width-wise, and join using dc.This forms a tube. Fasten off.
- Fold tube so that there is a central back seam. Dc across one of the open ends.
- Fasten off and weave in ends. Turn the hat inside out so seams are now on the inside.
- Join the yarn by the seam and work using dc around the open edge of the hat. Join with a slst to the first dc.
- Rnd 2: Ch 1, working in back loops only, dc in each stitch around, slst to join.
- Rnd 3: Ch 2, working in back loops only, htc in each stitch around, slst to join.
- Rnd 4: Ch 1, working in back loops only, dc in each stitch around, slst to join.
- Fasten off and weave in ends.
Thread yarn onto a needle and stitch diagonally through the top corners of the hat to form ears. I took about a quarter to a third of the top seam for each ear
Pull on stitches a bit to define the ear shape, tie knots to secure, and weave in the ends.
Took about 2 hours to make. (However working with black yarn in artificial light is notoriously slow going)