Happy Valentine’s Day Hat How-To

Valentine Hat

Last week I was thinking it would be fun to make something valentiney, and then while I was working at The Net Loft, I re-discovered the Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted semi-solid colors. This combined with the fact that I’m currently taking a knitting class in designing nordic mittens led me to try out a stranded hat with the new yarn and Valentine theme. I’m considering it a warm-up for the crocheted fair-isle bear sweater I’m about to start. I was out of practice doing crocheted colorwork, and I had to play around a bit with holding the yarn to get a comfortable technique. I ended up holding both colors in the left hand.

I began the hat at the top, and concentrated the increases instead of spiraling them throughout the crown so that I didn’t have to worry about changing colors and increasing at the same time. I also didn’t want obvious increase lines since the color patterning is what should get the attention.

Valentine Hat

I used the special tapestry crochet graph paper from Carol Ventura‘s More Tapestry Crochet to initially chart the hearts. The slanted graph paper shows what the charts look like in crocheted stitches which don’t stack vertically, especially when worked in the round. I then transferred it to standard graph paper so it’s easier to follow while crocheting.

Valentine Hat

Then after working the heart chart, I worked even to create the rolled brim. (BTW, the mist on the lake behind me? They call that “frozen fog.” Selma and I think the back yard looks like Narnia under the rule of the White Witch.)

Valentine Hat

I didn’t write a conventional pattern, but I drew out the chart so if you want to make the hat too, you can.

I used a partial skein of skein of Lamb’s Pride in Creme (M-10) and almost the whole skein of Strawberry Smoothies (M-200). My gauge with a 5mm hook was about 4.3 sts per inch. The hat has about a 23″ circumference.

Valentine Hat

Starting with 6 sts, I doubled in the sts in the 2nd and 3rd rounds and again in the 5th. In rnd 9, I increased again in every other st, and in rnd 12 in every 3rd st for a total of 96 sts. I increased once more to 99 sts before beginning the hearts.

The chart represents 1/2 of the hat. So, you’ll continue each pattern row as you began to the end of the round. (The rounds are spiraled, but I’d recommend placing a marker at the beginning, so you can keep track.) The x’s mark the white stitches. Clicking on the chart will take you to its flickr page where you can download a hi-res version.

hat chart

Like I said, I had to fiddle a bit before getting comfortable again changing colors. I made a little (low-quality) video so you could see what I ultimately ended up doing. It also demonstrates how to yarn over with the new color in the stitch before the color change.

Let me know if you have questions. I’d be happy to answer them. We’re taking a trip to Anchorage with the kids for Valentine’s day. It will be my first time on the ferry in Prince William Sound and I’m looking forward to it. We’ll be seeing the new movie Coraline based on the book by Neil Gaiman that Selma got for Christmas and loved, and we’ll be stocking up on chocolate hard-to-find groceries.

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  • Pam

    The video is extremely helpful. Thanks so much for the pattern too, really cute!

  • http://handzuhand.blogspot.com/ doro

    great hat and especially wonderful photos.
    thanks for the tutorial. i'm sure i will make such a hat.

    i set a link to your tutorial at my latest post. i hope you'll agree. if not, please leave a short comment.

    thanks and many greetings, doro.

  • Lisa

    great hat, and it looks very white there. And cold. Keep warm!

  • http://craftingwithcathair.blogspot.com/ Missie Zee

    This is so cute! I wish I could crochet a hat. The last one I tried came out looking like a doily :)

  • http://chickenbetty.wordpress.com/ Sara

    I lurve the hat! and that graph paper is one of my best friends :)

  • http://www.ellenbloom.blogspot.com Ellen Bloom

    Adorable hat!!! Happy Valentine's Day!

  • http://www.thehookandi.com plainsight

    I'm glad it helped, thanks!

  • http://www.thehookandi.com plainsight

    Thanks for the link–I'm glad you liked the hat.

  • http://www.thehookandi.com plainsight

    A Doily? Sounds like you're on the right track–a doily is a lot like the
    crown of a hat, just bigger. I would definitely try again. :-)

  • Diane in Northern CA

    Very cute hat! Your family will enjoy Coraline; catch it in 3D if you can and stay through the end for some additional fun effects throughout the rolling of the credits.

    Diane

  • http://www.vickiehowell.com Vickie Howell

    Love it!

  • http://oneprettything.com Rachel

    This is GORGEOUS!!! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking to this.

  • TapestryCrochet

    Your hat is wonderful – and has a lovely message! The way I see it, the little hearts on top represent little acts of kindness – and the result is a lot of love (the big hearts) all around! What a great way to switch back and forth from yarn to yarn, too! Thanks! Carol

  • dottyknits2

    This is so cute, and the photos are beautiful.
    Really nice project Amy.
    It came out really cute.
    Happy Valentines Day!

  • http://simonoreilly.net Simon

    I love this hat. Thanks for being so creative.

  • http://simonoreilly.net Simon

    I love this hat. Thanks for being so creative.

  • Denise

    thats so beautyful and talented . thanks someday i attempt to make this hat

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  • Nana

    Hi I made the hat from the pattern. It worked! I find it easier with it graphed than the other way. This is the second hat I made It was a challenge with changing yarn but I managed. Also your pattern helped me come up with a hat pattern of my own. I made a hat of Spades and curently making the scarf. I will soon make a diamond and try to make a clover hat. Thank you for the lovel pattern.

  • http://www.thehookandi.com plainsight

    Hi Nana–that’s great. I’d love to see pictures of your hats! I’m glad
    you’re enjoying the pattern and making up your own designs.

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