Striped Sun Hat

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This is very similar to the Gardening Hat I made, but with a nice stripe pattern.  I made it for my mom, who taught me all the gardening I know.  It is a very simple pattern, which makes a women’s size.  It works up very quickly and the pattern is easy to memorize.

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I used Lily Sugar and Cream yarn and an H hook.  I work loosely with this yarn.  You might want to use an I hook.  For gauge, piece should measure 6-6.24 inches (15-16 cm) across after step 5.  See variations at the end.

Hat:

  1. in magic circle ch3, dc11 (starting ch3 here, and throughout, counts as a dc) (12)
  2. ch3, dc in same st, 2dc around (24)
  3. ch3, 2dc in next st, (dc, 2dc) around (36)
  4. ch3, dc, 2dc, (dc2, 2dc) around (48)
  5. ch3, dc2, 2dc, (dc3, 2dc) around (60)
  6. ch3, 3dc in same st, (skip 3, 4dc in next st) around, join with sl st (60sts, 15 shells)
  7. sl st to center of next dc cluster, ch3, 3dc in same sp, (4dc into the center of the next cluster) around (60sts, 15 shells)
  8. repeat step 7 until you have 4 more times (6 rounds of shells)
  9. ch1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, join to first sc (60)
  10. switch to color B (my white), ch1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, join to first sc (60)
  11. switch to color C (my dark green), ch1, hdc in same st and in each st around, join with a sl st to first hdc (60)
  12. work another round of hdc, as in step 11
  13. switch to color B (my white), ch1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, join to first sc (60)

Brim:

  1. switch back to main color, ch1, sc in same st, sc in each st around, join to first sc (60)
  2. ch3, dc in same st, 2dc around, join with sl st to top of ch3 (120)
  3. ch3, dc in same st, 2dc around, join with sl st to top of ch3 (120)
  4. ch3, dc in same st, 2dc around, join with sl st to top of ch3 (120)
  5. optional: work a round of crab stitch (backwards sc).  This stiffens the edge of the brim

 

Variations:

I just did 4dc clusters for the shells.  You could work a different shell pattern, as long as it gives you 60 sts around.  Here are a few ideas which should work (untested, I’ll update if I test them):

  1. 15 groups of 2dc, ch1, 2dc
  2. 10 groups of 3dc, ch1, 3dc
  3. 20 3dc clusters (work between the clusters on the next round)
  4. 30 2dc clusters (work between the clusters on the next round)
  5. 30 “V”s: Tested! see below
  6. For a solid hat you could dc 60 sts around for 6 rounds instead of 6 rounds of shells.

To skip the stripes, work 8 rounds of your texture pattern, instead of 6, and then proceed directly to the brim.

For flowers to add on, see The Quest for The Perfect Flower: Evolution of a Pattern

Also see K’s Chemo Sun Hat Pattern for a different shell pattern.

 

“V” Stitch Striped Sun Hat  (also available on K’s Chemo Hat Post)

I wanted to modify the Striped Sun Hat.  The shell pattern is lovely, but the pattern leaves gaps.  Those holes are great ventilation for gardening or the beach, but in a chemo cap would probably lead to spots of sun burn.

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Work as in my Striped Sun Hat through round 5 and then

6. ch3, dc in the same st, (skip a st, 2dc) around, join with sl st (30 2dc pairs)

7. sl st to between the first 2 dc, ch3 and dc in the same sp.  Work 2dc between each pair of dc around, join with a sl st (30 dc pairs)

repeat step 7 four more times, and then work the rest of the hat as in the pattern.  I did all 4 stripe rounds (sc/hdc/hdc/sc) in white.  I also did a round of crab stitch around the brim at the end, in the same color as the brim.

This hat is unquestionably going to be a repeat project.  I have another one halfway done already.  I love the “V” stitch pattern for the top.

The Salmon-colored flower, on the blue hat, I made up a new pattern.

  1. in a magic circle, ch4, (sc, ch3) 7 times (8 ch3 loops, first set of petals done)
  2. working behind previous round, (sc between previous sc, ch4) 8 times, join with a sl st (8 ch4 loops)
  3. ch1 (sc, dc3, sc) in each ch4 loop, join with a sl st (2nd round of petals done)
  4. ch1, working behind all the previous petals, (sl st around scs from round 2, ch1) 8 times, join with a sl st (little 8-spoke “wheel” shape made behind flower)
  5. ch5, (dc in next ch1 space on “wheel”, ch2) 7 times, join with sl st to 3rd sh of starting ch (8 ch2 spaces made)
  6. ch1, in each ch2 space work (sc, 2dc, 2tc, 2dc, sc), end (3rd round of petals done)

 

 

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