I saw someone else wearing a hat sort of like this, and a friend requested something similar. I found a cool book of stitch patterns at the library and modified one of them to make this hat. This is my first time creating a pattern that uses something more complicated than single crochet, double crochet, and puff stitches as the building blocks, so it was a cool challenge.
I used an F hook and Patons Classic Wool Worsted yarn in “plum heather” from Jo-Ann Fabrics.
It helped me to conceptualize this pattern by thinking of the stitch sequences in terms of bumps and loops.
a “bump” is: (sc, ch 3, sc)
a “loop” is the chain that separates the bumps from the previous round. Sometimes you’re chaining 3, sometimes 4, and sometimes 5 as you increase. “Loop” refers to this chain.
“Bump in next loop” means you are making your stitches around the whole loop, not just through one of the chains. Conversely, “bump in first ch of loop” means you make your stitches through that chain and not around the loop itself.
Since you’re working in a spiral, it will always look like your count is slightly off because you’re always “starting the next row,” so don’t worry. I used a safety pin as a stitch marker and moved it straight up every round – because you’re making bumps in the loops from the previous round, your stitch marker will be in a bump, then a loop, then a bump, etc., alternating. This paragraph might not make much sense to you until you start the project.
Make a magic circle.
Rnd 1 – in circle, (dc, ch 1) six times around and pull tight. Join with sl st. – 6 dc, 6 ch.
Rnd 2 – (ch 3, bump around “loop” created by the “ch 1” in the previous round) six times around – 6 loops, 6 bumps.
Rnd 3 – (ch 4, bump in next loop) six times around – 6 loops, 6 bumps. [The first loop that you make a bump in, is the first “ch 3” from the previous round. This is where you really start to spiral and should insert the stitch marker in the first stitch of the round.]
Rnd 4 – (ch 5, bump in next loop) six times around – 6 loops, 6 bumps.
Rnd 5 – ch 4. (bump in first ch of loop, ch 3, bump in 5th ch of loop, ch 3) six times around – 13 loops, 12 bumps.
Rnd 6 – bump in next loop. (ch 4, bump in next loop) eleven times around – 12 loops, 12 bumps.
Rnd 7 – (ch 5, bump in next loop) twelve times around – 12 loops, 12 bumps.
Rnd 8 – ch 4. (bump in first ch of loop, ch 3, bump in 5th ch of loop, ch 4, bump in next loop, ch 4) six times around – 19 loops, 18 bumps.
Rnd 9 – bump in next loop. (ch 3, bump in next loop) seventeen times around – 18 loops, 18 bumps.
Rnds 10-30 – (ch 4, bump in next loop) eighteen times around – 18 loops, 18 bumps.