Happy almost weekend, my friends! Isn’t it funny how, when we dive into projects, we tackle some things right away and others stay on our to do lists f-o-r-e-v-e-r? I have been crochet blogging and designing for two and a half years, and today’s free pattern has been on my list for a looooong time. Why didn’t I get around to it before now? No reason really, but I’m so glad that I finally did because I am loving the results. I hope you enjoy the Illusions Slouch Hat. Keep reading for the free crochet pattern.
One of my most favorite things to do when designing is to figure out how to make stitches and colors work together. I love it even more when the process is simple with beautiful results! This Illusions stitch pattern was first used for my Illusions Tote when I designed the pattern two years ago! I loved it then, and always wanted to make some wearables with the same stitch. This is the result!
You are going to love this pattern because it is a relatively simple two row repeat, AND it is a great scrap buster. You can most definitely play with your color choices, and this customizable hat would be a great addition to your holiday gifting “to-make” list.
Abbreviations (written in U.S. terms):
sl st: slip stitch
BLO: back loop only
SC: single crochet
HDC: half double crochet
HDC2Tog: half double crochet two together
DC: double crochet
Tr: treble crochet
Tr spike: treble spike - Yarn over twice, insert hook into next st 2 rows below, complete the Tr stitch as usual
9 sts x 9 rows = 2” square in BLO SC
ch stitches at the beginning of rows/rounds do not count as a stitch
in the sample Color A is Aquamarine and Color B is Linen
Note: You will be working in rows first to make the ribbed edge of the hat.
Start with Color A
Row 1: SC in the second ch from the hook and SC across (12). Turn.
Row 2-56: ch 1, SC in the BLO across (12). Turn.
When you finish the ribbed band, fold it so that Row 1 and 56 are on top of on another. Working through the back loop of Row 56 and the front loop of Row 1, seam the two rows together by slip stitching across. Do not cut your yarn. Continue on to work in rounds along the “raw” edge of ribbed band.
Round 1: ch 1, SC around the top of the band working one stitch per row (56). Attach to first SC of the round with a sl st.
Round 2: ch 1, *SC in 3, HDC in 2, DC in 2, Tr in 3, DC in 2, HDC in 2, repeat from *around (56) Attach to first st of the round with a sl st.
Round 3: (Color B) ch 3, *Tr in 3, DC in 2, HDC in 2, SC in 3, HDC in 2, DC in 2, repeat from * around (56) Attach to first st of the round with a sl st.
Round 4: (Color A) ch 1, *SC in 3, HDC in 2, DC in 2, Tr spike in 3, DC in 2, HDC in 2, repeat from *around (56) Attach to first st of the round with a sl st.
Round 5: (Color B) ch 3, *Tr spike in 3, DC in 2, HDC in 2, SC in 3, HDC in 2, DC in 2, repeat from * around (56) Attach to first st of the round with a sl st.
Round 6-13: repeat Round 4 (on even rounds) and Round 5 (on odd rounds)
Round 14: (Color A) ch 1, *HDC2Tog, HDC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around (42) Attach to first st of the round with a sl st.
Round 15: ch 1, HDC2Tog around (21) Attach to first st of the round with a sl st.
Tie off leaving a long (approx. 12”) tail of yarn. Using a yarn needle, weave the yarn back and forth through the stitches of Round 15. Pull tight to cinch the top of the hat closed. Make and attach a pom pom if desired. Weave in all ends.
No need for a hat, but love the stitch? Try the Illusions Tote Bag!
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