Sunday, September 2, 2012

Free Pattern: Cluster Hat - 6 Months



Premie size here.
Newborn size here.

Love this sweet hat for a temperate fall.



Materials:
Worsted weight cotton yarn (I love this cotton)
5mm hook (H/8)
Tapestry needle (for sewing on flower)

Abbreviations:
Ch - chain
Dc - double crochet
YO - yarn over
Sl st - slip stitch

Special Stitch:
Cluster -Make a dc within one step of finishing (2 loops left on hook).  Repeat (3 loops left on hook), repeat (4 loops left on hook).  YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook.



Round 1: Magic Ring.  Inside the ring, ch 3.  Make a dc within one step of finishing (2 loops left on hook).  Repeat (3 loops left on hook).  YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook.  Ch 2.  *Cluster, ch 2.  Repeat from * three times.  Pull ring tight.  Sl st to top ch of ch 3.  Sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 sp.  (5 clusters)

Round 2: Ch 3.  In ch-2 sp, make a dc within one step of finishing (2 loops left on hook).  Repeat (3 loops left on hook).  YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook. Ch 2.  In same sp, cluster, ch 2.  *In the next ch-2 sp, cluster, ch 2.; cluster ch 2.  Repeat from * in each ch-2 sp.  Sl st to top ch of ch 3. Sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 sp.  (10 clusters)

Round 3:  Ch 3.  In ch-2 sp, make a dc within one step of finishing (2 loops left on hook).  Repeat (3 loops left on hook).  YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook. Ch 2.  In same sp, cluster, ch 2. *In the next ch-2 sp, cluster, ch 2.  In next ch-2 sp, [cluster, ch 2; cluster, ch 2.]  Repeat from * around.  (End on a single cluster in the sp.)  Sl st to top ch of ch 3. Sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 sp.  (15 clusters)

Round 4:  Ch 3.  Make a dc within one step of finishing (2 loops left on hook).  Repeat (3 loops left on hook).  YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook. Ch 2.  *In the next ch-2 sp, Cluster, ch 2.  Repeat from * in each ch-2 sp.  Sl st to top ch of ch 3. Sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 sp. (15 clusters)

Round 5:  Ch 3.  Make a dc within one step of finishing (2 loops left on hook).  Repeat (3 loops left on hook).  YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook. Ch 2.  *In the next ch-2 sp, [cluster, ch 2; cluster, ch 2.]    In next two ch-2 spaces, cluster, ch 2.  Repeat around.  Sl st to top ch of ch 3. Sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 sp.  (20 clusters)

Rounds 6-10:  Ch 3.  Make a dc within one step of finishing (2 loops left on hook).  Repeat (3 loops left on hook).  YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook. Ch 2.  *In the next ch-2 sp, Cluster, ch 2.  Repeat from * in each ch-2 sp.  Sl st to top ch of ch 3. Sl st in next st, sl st in ch-2 sp.  (20 clusters)

Rounds 11-13 or 14: Loosely sl st around in back loops only.  Join, turn.
Finish with chs facing out.  Finish off, weave in ends.



Bow:
Ch 20.  (For a larger bow, chain more)
Join into a circle.
Round 1: Loosely sl st in back loop of each ch around.  Join.
Rounds 2-20: Ch 1, turn.  Loosely sl st in back loop of each ch around.  Join.
Finish off, weave in ends.
Leaving a long tail, wrap yarn around middle of bow.  Tie ends together.  Pull one end under the wrapped yarn and use to tie to hat.  You will also need to sew the sides of the bow to the hat.

©2012 Alli Hyer, all rights reserved.  You may sell items you make with this crochet pattern, but if you sell them online, you must link to this crochet pattern.  You may not sell this crochet pattern or claim it as your own.   You may publish or post a link to this crochet pattern, but you may not publish or post this crochet pattern in whole or in part.

12 comments:

  1. Just curious why you repeat 15 clusters in round 4 instead of going straight to 20 clusters. If I am making a larger version (for a toddler) by continuing the increase for a few extra rounds, would you still recommend repeating at 15?

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  2. Good question. If I was making it bigger I would keep round 4 as-is because it had started increasing too fast. You want the hat to be round like a head, not flat on top. That's why I did round 4 w no increases. With a bigger hat, you will have plenty of room to increase, so I might even do a non-increase round in between each increase round after that point. You will just have to eyeball how well the hat is shaping up.

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  3. I LOVE the magic ring! thank you so much for teaching it ... I don't know if I'll ever do it the 'other' way again!

    Just finished making this hat - love it!! and am excited to start another. I used a worsted weight yarn and a different size hook as I crochet quite tightly.

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  4. Hi,
    So I am a bit confused about the cluster. At the top you say that a cluster ends with YO through 4 but then the directions say Yo through 3 loops. Can you help? Thanks.

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  5. I just wanted to let you know that I figured it out. Thanks for the great pattern.

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  6. Hi!

    I love the crochet pattern but I have a bit trouble finishing it neatly. So at the end I sl st in the back loops only and then the instructions say "turn". Does that mean going the same way back instead of crocheting in continuous rounds? And which side has to face outside?

    Thanks!

    Mel

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  7. If you can't get the hang of slip stitching around, you can just replace that whole part with two rounds of single crochet.

    You slip stitch really loosely in back loops only, then join at the end to make a full round. Then you turn the work and slip stitch in back loops only going the other way. You always join, but you have to go the other direction each round of sl st. The side facing out is the side with two ribs instead of the side with only one. Just go until you like the way it looks. Hope it works out for you!

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  8. Hey Alli!

    Thank you for the explanation. I think I got it right in the end. Now I'm trying the bow with the slip stitch. It works out so far as well and it looks different from just single crochets. Once you've joined the row at the end with the first stitch do you chain one to turn the work? Otherwise the yarn seems to be 'in the way'.

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  9. Yep, you're right. I changed it.

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