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), end

 

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):

  1. 15 groups of 2dc, ch1, 2dc
  2. 10 groups of 3dc, ch1, 3dc
  3. 20 3dc clusters
  4. 40 2dc clusters
  5. 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.

 

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