I've been thrilled that Halloween fell on a Monday this year. That gave me one extra day to get this pattern to you. I needed it. As it is, I believe this one's going to need a revision. It has not been tested unless you count my prototype. I'd normally go for a beanie style, but this one decided not to work up that way. I kinda' like the bucket shape, so I plan to rework it as a beanie and post that later in the season (which means maybe January). So tell me... How are you all spending your Halloween?
about 4 oz. (180-190 yds.) worsted weight yarn
size I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook for main body
size G-6 (4.0 mm) crochet hook for band
yarn needle or smaller size hook for weaving in ends
All instructions use American terminology and standard abbreviations.
front post double crochet (fpdc)--yo, insert hook behind post of stitch (from front to back to front), yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through remaining 2 loops
back post double crochet (bpdc)--yo, insert hook around post of stitch (from back to front to back), yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through remaining 2 loops
The term join, as used in this pattern means join with slip stitch in first stitch of round.
You will notice that I don't not instruct you to join at the end of every round. I found it easier to work the body of the pattern in continuous rounds. This prevents having a visible seam up the back of your hat. If you choose to join at each round, begin the next round with a ch1, even when that round begins with a dc, until you're instructed to ch3 when working the band.
Round 1: using magic ring method, 12 sc in ring, pull ring tight to close gap (12 sc)
Round 2: 2sc in each st around (24 sc)
Round 3: sc in each st around (24 sc)
Round 4: [2sc in next st, sc in next st] around (36 sc)
Round 5: sc in each sc around (36 sc)
Round 6: [2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around (48 sc)
Round 7: sc in each sc around (48 sc)
Round 8: [2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around (60 sc)
Round 9: sc in each sc around (60 sc)
Round 10: [2sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] around (72 sc)
Round 11: sc in each sc around (72 sc)
Round 12: [2sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts] around (84 sc)
Round 13: sc in each sc around (84 sc)
Round 14: in back loop only, sc in each sc around (84 sc)
Round 15: repeat Round 14
Round 16: in back loop only [sc in next st, dc in next st] (84 sts)
Round 17: in back loop only [dc in next st, sc in next st] (84 sts)
Round 18: repeat Round 16
Round 19: repeat Round 17
Round 20: repeat Round 16
Round 21: in back loop only sc in each st around (84 sts)
Round 22-23: repeat Round 21
Round 24: sc in each sc around (84 sts)
Rounds 25-29: repeat Round 24, join at end of Round 29 (84 sts)
switch to smaller hook
switch to smaller hook
Round 30: ch3, dc in each st around, join (84 sts)
Round 31: ch2, [fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st], join (84 sts)
Rounds 32-33: rep Round 31
finish off, weave in ends
I still hope to find time enough to post the matching mittens in time for Christmas gift-giving, but the way my schedule looks right now, that is pretty unlikely. I hope you all enjoy the scarf and hat as much as I enjoyed making them. As always, if you run into any mistakes in the pattern, please email me or leave a comment and I will fix them. And please, don't share the pattern. I prefer you share the link. For further information on that, see the bottom of the page where I've posted "Da Roolz."
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