Simple Crocheted Hats includes patterns to make 15 stylish hats in three different sizes.
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15 beautiful designs to create with ease
Simple Crocheted Hats
Simple Crocheted Hats includes patterns for 15 stylish hats. Each hat is available in 3 sizes (20 inches, 22 inches and 24 inches) and includes both written instructions and stitch charts. All hats can be completed in under a day.
You will find the table of Contents on page 4, an introduction to the Designer, Vanessa Mooncie on page 8.
The Techniques section begins on page 127 and includes the Getting Started section (supplies, a note about substituting yarns, reading instructions and reading charts), Crochet Stitches section and Seams section. The Abbreviations, Conversions (UK/US Crochet Terms) and Resources (for yarn) are found on page 140-141.
- Peaked Cap | Chunky Weight Alpaca Blend Yarn  | 5 mm (H) + 5.5 mm (I) crochet hooks | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference | peak is stiffened with buckram
- Plaid Hat | DK Weight Yarn  | 3.25 mm (D) + 3.5 mm (E) crochet hooks | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Cowl Hood | Super Chunky Wool Yarn  | 10 mm (P) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Square Hat | Chunky Yarn  | 6 mm (J) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Tie-top Hat | Dk Weight Cotton Yarn  | 4 mm (G) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference | worked flat and shaped with drawstring closure
- Wide-brimmed Hat | Super Chunky Weight Yarn  | 6.5 mm (K) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Pompom Tam | Aran (Medium) Weight Yarn  | 5 mm (H) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Bucket Hat | Chunky Weight Alpaca Blend Yarn  doubled | 6 mm (J) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Ribbed Hat | Chunky Weight Yarn  | 8 mm (L) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Fairisle Hat with Earflaps | Aran (Medium) Weight Wool Yarn  | 5 mm (H) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference | lined or unlined options
- Hooded Scarf | Aran (Medium) Weight Wool Blend Yarn  | 5 mm (H) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Colourblock Beanie | Aran (Medium) Weight Wool Blend Yarn  | 5 mm (H) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Pinwheel Beret | DK Weight Cotton Yarn  | 4 mm (G) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Bowler Hat | Aran (Medium) Weight Cotton Yarn  | 4.5 mm (7) crochet hook | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
- Beanie with Rolled Brim | Chunky Weight Wool Yarn  | 5.5 mm (I) + 6.5 mm (K) crochet hooks | sizes 20, 22 and 24 inches circumference
The Peaked Hat (which I quite like) mentions that the peak is stiffened with buckham. I had to google that because I didn’t know what that meant or how that would be done. I wish additional information had been included about how to stiffen something with buckham. After using google I think I understand but I would have liked to see more about this in the book.
I also wish there had been more information about how to line a hat (for the Fairisle Hat with Earflaps). I’ve always wanted to line a hat but adding fabric properly to hat is something I’ve never tried. I was happy though that this project does have additional information for folks like me who don’t know how to line a hat, to make an unlined version.
All of the projects are written in UK crochet terms.
If you are used to following US crochet patterns, don’t let the fact that these are written in UK terms hold you back! You can find the US equivalent terms on page 140 and since each stitch is explained in the Crochet Stitches section, with helpful diagrams, it is easy to double check how a stitch is being made.
- slip knot
- holding the work hook
- holding the yarn
- magic loop
- chain (ch)
- slip stitch (sl st)
- double crochet (dc) – US single crochet (sc)
- half treble (htr) – US half double crochet (hdc)
- treble (tr) – US double crochet (dc)
- increasing (dc2inc)
- decreasing (dc2tog) (US sc2tog)
- working into the back or front loop only
- working with multiple colors (joining a new color, carrying unused yarn across work)
A couple seams that can be used to finish the hats are explained on page 138-139. They include:
- Right-Side Seam
- Back Stitch
A resource section has been provided on page 141 that includes different vendors that distribute the yarns that were used for the projects. Substituting yarns can be done so long as you use the gauge information for the pattern to confirm you are reaching the stitches and rows per inch for the design.
Which crocheted hat is your favorite?
Vanessa’s book includes hand-drawn stitch diagrams for each size of hat included. She does these amazing diagrams for her books and I love this personal element. I find it easier to follow stitch diagrams and charts than written instructions and the way she creates her charts is slightly unique (she does them in sections, or sets of rounds, rather than the entire hat from start to finish). This makes them even easier to follow and to keep track of where you are in her pattern.
My favorite hats in the collection are the Pinwheel Beret and the Bowler Hat. I love the variety of crocheted hats included in Simple Crocheted Hats. Each hat is constructed in a slightly different way. Some are made top-down, others are made in rows, some are pieced together in parts and some have multiple purposes (make the Wide-brimmed hat in wool for winter or in raffia for summer).
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